19 Sporting Events to Watch in 2019

19 Sporting Events to Watch in 2019

By Matt Swenson, January 14, 2019

US Quidditch Cup

The Round Rock CVB pulled a rabbit out of its hat last year by scoring the US Quidditch Cup. For an encore, it will make the event re-appear April 12-14 at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. The 2018 championship was the second largest quidditch event on record, following World Cup V in New York City in 2011.


Modeled after the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, this 27-sport event, in its fourth year, is expected to bring more than 25,000 attendees to Salt Palace Convention Center on April 12-13. Clay Partain, CSEE, director of sports market sales at Visit Salt Lake, expects an economic impact of more than $3 million.

Rogue Invitational

As its name suggests, this first-time event in Columbus, Ohio, is exclusive. But the participants will be a mighty few—20 male and 20 female athletes, plus 10 teams competing in a separate division May 18 and 19. A CrossFit Games sanctioned event, Rogue will feature the top 10 male and female finishers from the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games, along with a select number of additional athletes from the top ranks of the sport.

DreamHack Dallas

The global esports series will make Dallas its home May 31 to June 2. Atlanta is the only other U.S. city to host the event this year. Beyond tournaments in games like Counter-Strike, there will be an expo, live music and cosplay.

Perfect Game Events Series

This summer, Perfect Game, Inc., throws the first pitch in a three-year agreement with Orlando North, Seminole County Sports Tourism. In the deal, four national level events will be played at BOOMBAH Sports Complex in Sanford, Florida, including the 9U-12U Super25 National Championship/16U PG World Series Qualifier June 20-24 and the 13U/15U Super National Championship, which will take place July 5-9.

Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix

The atmosphere is electric in Brooklyn for this annual racing event, in its third year, occurring July 13-14. Cars hit speeds unheard of in New York—140 miles per hour—as they navigate 14 turns along the waterfront. There’s no time for participants to admire the Manhattan skyline, but spectators will appreciate the unique backdrop.

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