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Top Sporting Events in 2017

Although 2016 has set a high bar to beat when it comes to sport, 2017 won't disappoint. With half of the world flying to Belfast to compete in hockey, football, golf and even basketball tournaments, you are sure to find something that will float your boat!

2017 Ice Hockey World Championship

23 - 29 April
SSE Arena, Belfast

The World Championship is hosted by Ice-Hockey UK for the first time in 25 years when the international ice hockey tournament takes place at the SSE Arena, this April. Team GB are the host nation and will be joined by Japan, Netherlands, Lithuania, Croatia and Estonia for a festival of ice hockey in Belfast as the six nations play 15 games for gold, silver and bronze. Unmissable event! Read more >>

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

1 May
Belfast City Centre

Are you up for a challenge of the year, with a chance of supporting a charity? Then join in with the 36th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, taking place on May Day Bank Holiday, 1 May 2017. The marathon is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland and over 17,500 runners are expected to hit the streets of north, south, east and west of the city. This year, support Mencap NI and choose between participating in the main marathon race, wheelchair race, eight mile walk, fun run or team relay! Read more >>

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland

3 - 4 June
Belfast and Northern Ireland

Get on the roads of Belfast and join in with the The Giro d'Italia Big Start legacy event which returns to Northern Ireland on Sunday 4 June 2017. Choose from two challenging routes and reward yourself with a post-ride party with Italian cuisine, beer and wine. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia weekend is fast becoming one of the must-ride sportives in the UK and Ireland, as the event is rider-focused and the organisers aim to deliver a special experience. Come along and check for yourself! Read more >>

24 Hour World Championships

1 - 2 July
Victoria Park, Belfast

Join the world's very best ultra runners who will compete in the 12th International Ultra Association (IUA) World 24 Hour Running Championships. 45 nations will be represented and athletes will endure some 160 miles of running – that's six marathons back to back! So come along and support the athletes, day or night, in Victoria Park. Read more >>

Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament

3 - 5 July
Malone Golf Club, Royal Belfast Golf Club and Shandon Park Golf Club

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament, where the most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to offer this unique contest. Have a chance to play in this Titanic-esque pairs event where the best scores count over three days! So what are you waiting for? Prepare your kit and sign up to take part in this new and exciting golfing novelty! Read more >>

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017 

6 - 9 July
Portstewart Golf Club

A world-class golf event, The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, will return to Northern Ireland this summer. Providing yet another stunning backdrop to this prestigious tournament from 6 to 9 July, will be the picturesque Portstewart Golf Club, set on Northern Ireland's stunning Causeway Coast. Read more >>

UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship

8 - 20 August
Windsor Park, Belfast

After an eventful year of football in 2016, Northern Ireland will play host to the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championships where eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16 day tournament at venues across the country. Read more >>

MCE Ulster Grand Prix

6 - 12 August
Dundrod Circuit

The 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix returns for a spectacular week of racing from the 6 to 12 August. Join some of the biggest racing names and brightest young talents as they fight for titles during the most thrilling tournaments in Northern Ireland. Read more >>

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

9 - 26 August
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Belfast will play host to the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in the city between 22 - 26 August. Cheer the 12 teams competing across 30 matches to determine the world champions of women's rugby! 12 out of 16 matches will take place in the heart of Belfast, the Queen's University Sport and Kingspan Stadium. To top that off, the final game will take place at the Kingspan Stadium on the 26 August 2017. Read more >>

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

17 September
Belfast City Centre

Are you not quite ready for a full marathon but still want to challenge yourself? Then this event will be right up your alley! The fifth Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 17 September 2017, starting at 9am from Ormeau Park and finishing at the same location. Be a part of over 3,000 participants, and raise money for the Mencap charity! Read more >>

Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament

24 - 25 November
SSE Arena, Belfast

The Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament is returning to Belfast with four new colleges from the US competing at the SSE Arena for the Belpot Trophy. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Clarkson University, Providence College and the University of Maine will travel to Belfast on 24 and 25 November for the tournament. Read more >>

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

1 - 2 December
SSE Arena, Belfast

Calling all basketball fans! The first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament is coming to the SSE Arena this winter. The two-day tournament will feature Holy Cross v Manhattan College and La Salle University v Towson University, followed by consolation and championship play on the second day. Read more >>