London is host to numerous great sporting events such as the World Cup, the coming 2012 London Olympics, and the Wimbledon Tennis Open. It is also home to
the best professional football teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea Football Clubs. This is not to mention the ginormous stadiums that hold important sporting events for cricket, football, and many more. Here are some of the top London sports venues, events, and sports clubs that make the city a great destination for sports fans:
The 2012 London Olympics
London will host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from July 27 to August 12 2012. It will be followed by the Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9. The city will be the first to host the modern Olympics three times. London hosted the event in 1908 and 1948. London promises to surpass the great achievements of Beijing in hosting the Games.
The Wimbledon Tennis Open
The Wimbledon Tennis Open is the world’s oldest and most esteemed tennis tournament. The event is held annually, lasting two weeks from June to July, and is played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It is the third Grand Slam event, following the Australian Open and the French Open. The US Open follows the Wimbledon. It is the only Grand Slam tournament played on a grass surface.
Arsenal Football Club
Football is one of the most popular sports in London. The London-based Arsenal or The Gunners is considered as one of the most successful English professional football clubs. Its winning record includes 13 First Division and Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and the first London club to make it to the UEFA Champions League final in 2005-2006. The team plays in the FA Premier League.
Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club is a professional football club that is based in west London. The club was founded in 1905 and also plays in the FA Premier League. It has spent most of its history in the top tier in English football. The club has won 3 league titles, 3 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups.
Chelsea FC Stadium
True blue football fans should not miss this 42,000-capacity football stadium. It has regular tours, which will show you behind-the-scene look around the home of the Chelsea Football Club. The tour will give you an informative, fun, exciting, and interactive experience specifically tailored for sports aficionados of all ages.
The Wembley is the world’s largest roof-covered football stadium. Perhaps the previous stadium was the most famous football stadium in the world, being the national football stadium of England.
Lords Cricket Grounds
Cricket is also one of the most popular London sports. Lord’s Ground is the top cricket ground in England. The Marylebone Cricket Club owns the grounds, which is home of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the European Cricket Council, and the Middlesex County Cricket Club. Lord’s usually hosts two Tests every summer and hosts the finals of the Friends Provident Trophy, the National Village Cricket Competition, and the MCC Universities Challenge tournament.