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16 in ’16: Signature Sporting Events in Massachusetts

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February 1 & 8
Beanpot Hockey Tournament
TD Garden, Boston
Initiated in 1952, the Beantown features four seminal local hockey teams: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University.

February 11
Polartec Big Air
Fenway Park, Boston
The U.S. Grand Prix big air snowboarding and free skiing event features champion athletes of Olympic and World Championship caliber navigating 140 foot high snow ramps.

March 28-April 3
ISU World Figure Skating Championships
TD Garden, Boston
The most prestigious figure skating competition in the world, it draws the top skaters from countries around the world.

March 25-26
NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast
DCU Center, Worcester
Four of the best college teams in the northeast play elimination hockey, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four National Championships.

April 11
Boston Red Sox Opening Day
Fenway Park, Boston
Boston Red Sox opening day at Fenway Park is one of the city’s great traditions, dating back to 1913. This year, the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles.

April 18
Boston Marathon
Hopkinton to Boston
The world’s oldest marathon, established in 1897, draws elite runners from around the world and is considered one of the best sporting events anywhere. 2016 marks the 120th annual race.

June 10, 12, 18
Copa America Centenario
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
South America’s biggest soccer tournament debuts in the United State in 2016. Gillette Stadium is one of ten US venues chosen, and has three games, including a quarter-final match.

August 6-7
Pan-Mass Challenge
Since 1980, the Mass-Pan Challenge has raised over half a billion dollars for cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Teams bicycle all across Massachusetts.

August 9-18
Babe Ruth Baseball World Series
Bullens Field, Westfield
Top baseball players from across the USA, Canada, Bermuda and the Bahamas comes to western Massachusetts this summer to compete at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series.

August 18-21
US Rowing Masters National Championship
Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester
The world’s top rowers, 21 and older, compete in 202 categories at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, which has been hosting regattas since the 1850s.

August 21
Falmouth Road Race
Woods Hole to Falmouth, Cape Cod
The 44th annual Falmouth Road Race attracts 12,000+ Olympians, elite and recreational runners compete along a seven mile scenic stretch of Cape Cod.

September 2-4
Indy Grand Prix
Seaport District, Boston
Twenty of the world’s top race car drivers compete in this fast paced, multi-sport racing event with contestants using single-seat, open-cockpit, twin-turbocharged cars over Labor Day weekend.

September 2-5
Deutsche Bank Golf Championship
TCP Boston Golf Course, Norton
The world’s best golfers play here each Labor Day weekend this wonderful par 71 course originally crafted by golfing great Arnold Palmer.

October 15-16
Gran Prix of Gloucester
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Known as the ‘steeplechase of bicycle racing,’ the Gloucester race draws competitors from US, Canada and Europe, racing over an obstacle course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

October 22-23
Head of the Charles Regatta
Launched in 1965, Head of the Charles draws 11,000 athletes from the world’s best crew teams to compete on the Charles River, cheered by 400,000+ spectators.

November 19
Harvard-Yale Football Game
Harvard Stadium, Cambridge
One of the oldest collegiate rivalries in college football, these two ivy-league colleges have been battling each other on the gridiron since 1875. This is the 133rd game between Harvard and Yale.