For the avid sports fan, the summer season isn’t quite as appealing as it is to most. Sure, we appreciate outdoor brunches and beach weekends, but the sunshine loses some of its luster without college football Saturdays or bracket-busting buzzer beaters. But before the sporting summertime blues set in, we’ve rounded up our picks of the best sporting events to look forward to during the year’s warmest months!
Stanley Cup Finals, June
We’re in the thick of the Conference Finals, with both series tied at two games each. The hunt for the cup is officially on, as only Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Jose are left standing. Once the final two are chosen, the Stanley Cup Finals are scheduled to kick off early June!
NBA Finals, June 2-14
The Conference Finals are accelerating quickly, and pretty soon we’ll know which two teams will battle it out for the highest honor in professional basketball. Whether we’re treated to a rematch from last year (The Warriors and Cavs are in the hunt) or two completely new squads, the excitement for this year’s Finals is mounting.
U.S. Open, June 13-19
The second of the four major golf tournaments, the U.S. Open is set for mid-June at the iconic Oakmont Country Club, dubbed “the hardest test in golf” by golf legend Jordan Spieth.
Wimbledon, June 27-July 10
The oldest and most prestigious tennis championship in the world, Wimbledon is where legends are born. Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli…the grassy courts have cultivated some of the best competitors in history over the past 150 years.
Summer Olympics, August 5-21
All eyes will be on Rio this summer as the world gathers to watch the greatest athletes on the planet compete for the universe’s ultimate bragging rights. From gymnastics to golf, cycling to croquet, the best of the best will go head to head for the gold.