Bigger than the Brownlow: 10 blockbuster sporting events not to miss
Nothing beats the emotional rollercoaster of watching live sporting events. The sights, sounds and unrelenting energy from the crowd is unforgettable, whether you prefer bats, balls, fast cars or forehand winners down the line. Pull out your supporter jerseys, assemble your cheer squad and get ready to roar until you’re hoarse at one of these blockbuster sporting events in Queensland.
The inaugural ATP Cup will kick start the Australian Summer of tennis from January 3, as 24 countries battle for glory in this brand new format.
Headliners for the Brisbane Group Stage include Serbian superstar and 16 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, the Aussie contingent including Alex De Minaur and Canada’s Milos Raonic.
When: 3-8 January 2020
The first week of January is a tennis-lover’s dream with the re-vamped Brisbane International running alongside the ATP Cup (on certain days) at the Brisbane Tennis Centre.
The women’s tournament has an increased prize pool for 2020, and is headlined by the French Open Champion and Queenslander Ash Barty and former Australian Open Champion Naomi Osaka (JPN).
For seven glorious days, feel the tension, cheer with the crowd and be completely immersed in the world of tennis as the precinct comes alive with entertainment and activities for every sports lover.
When: 6-12 January 2020
Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo
High-action polo, picturesque surrounds and a cheeky cocktail (or two) make for the perfect summer afternoon. Watch some of the world’s finest polo players take to the field, including Argentinian superstar, Nacho Figueras.
When: 5 January 2020
The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival
The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is one of the most internationally renowned Queensland sporting events. But it’s the $10 million Raceday, including the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas exclusively for Magic Millions graduates, that gets lovers of live racing digging through their wardrobe for the perfect dress or suit.
Nine heart-stopping races at the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club, the Magic Millions Racing Women’s $500,000 Bonus, and Fashions on the Field have helped cement the carnival as the must-attend event for racing’s elite, punters, and fashionistas alike.
When: 11 January 2020
NRL All Stars
Indigenous and Maori male and female teams will face off for the second year running. This exciting double-header on Saturday 22 February marks the return of the NRL season.
When: 22 February 2020
NRL Telstra Premiership Brisbane Magic Round
Sporting events in Queensland don’t get much more electric than when the greatest weekend of NRL returns to Suncorp Stadium for the second instalment of the NRL Telstra Premiership Brisbane Magic Round.
The numbers are simple: 16 teams, eight games, four days, one venue. Summed up, this is all the NRL you could ever dream of.
The weekend is everything a true fan could ask for. It’s a chance to see your team (no matter who you support), NRL champions, superstars you’ve never seen play before, live music every day and a stack of activations across the stadium.
Don’t forget to add a walk down Caxton Street and a visit to its restaurants and bars to your football-packed agenda for the perfect weekend.
When: May 2020
2020 Bowls World Championships
Think Bowls is only for an older demographic? Maybe you’ve never sat green-side, beer in hand, watching as a bowl begins to pull up perilously close to the jack.
The Gold Coast continues to entrench itself as the home of Bowls in Australia, with the iconic Queensland sporting event, the 2020 World Bowls Championships to be held at three Gold Coast clubs.
Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale will host the two-week long tournament, with over 240 bowlers expected to take part in one of the world’s best Bowls events.
Australia will be hoping to better its haul of five gold medals from eight disciplines from the last time the event was held on home soil.
When: 23 May – 7 June 2020
Watpac Townsville 400
Soak up the colour and atmosphere of Townsville’s largest annual sporting event at the Watpac Townsville 400.
The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense. At the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce, including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action.
With a host of family entertainment both on and off the track, and free trackside admission for kids 12 and under, this is a great event for the whole crew.
When: 26-28 June 2020
ICC T20 World Cup
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup descends on Australia for the first time in 2020. The Gabba is set to host four games throughout the tournament, including a blockbuster double header on October 31.
Pakistan (2009 champions) and New Zealand kick-start the double-header before Australia take the field (opponent TBC) in the second game of the night.
The Women’s tournament will be in Brisbane for five warm-up games, including reigning champions Australia taking on the West Indies at Allan Border Field on 15 February 2020.
Strap in for big hits and plenty of action at cricket’s biggest party of the year.
When: 18 October – 15 November 2020
Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600
Switch on the lights.
The Supercars will take to the streets of Surfers Paradise once again, but for the first time it’ll be at night, battling through the tight street circuit as part of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 action is only the beginning. World-class beaches and a stellar entertainment line-up ensure the weekend will be pumping from the moment you arrive.
When: 30 October – 1 November 2020