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Getting tickets

If you're going to an event as part of a big group, beware that there's often a cap on the number of tickets you can buy (to stop touts buying up tickets in large numbers and reselling them at higher prices). For example, you can't buy more than eight for an event at Wembley Stadium – and check carefully how many children one adult can accompany, whether there are age caps or if infants are allowed. 

You don't always have to buy tickets in advance – sporting events can be a last-minute decision. At Wimbledon, you can queue and get a ticket on the day.

'If you fancy a Centre Court ticket for just £56, then all you need is a tent, two free days and a frisbee to keep you entertained,' says Piers Newbery (@piersnewbery), BBC sports tennis writer. 'Queuing over a night for a show court ticket is only for the hardiest of souls, but arriving by 6am should see you through the gates a few hours later with a ground pass.' 


When you've bought your ticket, the next thing you need to plan is how to get there. Most major events have a section on their website for travel advice that include things you may not have thought of, such as car park tickets.

Driving may not be the best way to get to an event and there may be two or three different bus routes or rail stations that will get you near a venue (such as Wimbledon main station for Wimbledon, as well as Southfields tube) so check the venue's website for the best travel advice.

'Make sure you know your gate number and check exactly where you're heading, because arriving on the wrong side of the grounds can require another stiff walk to make amends,' adds Piers Newbery.

Research what you can take in and what to wear

Some events require attendees to make a bit of an effort, so check whether you need to dress up. Royal Ascot earlier in June, for example, requests a certain level of 'sartorial elegance', with ladies asked not to wear short skirts or show their shoulders and encouraged to wear hats. 

Some venues, such as Lord's and Wimbledon, actively encourage spectators to bring picnics and drinks, while others, such as Wembley Stadium and Twickenham, discourage it – so it's worth checking with the venue. 

One last bit of advice from Piers Newbery on Wimbledon: 'Bad news for all your friends on social media – selfie sticks are banned. You'll have to get Roger or Rafa to hold the phone for both of you.'

Make a party of it

Lots of sporting events are a good excuse for getting together with friends to celebrate a birthday, an engagement or just enjoying the summer. Events such as the FIFA World Cup are a perfect opportunity to gather your mates around to watch the match. Just don’t be too disappointed when England don’t get through the first round. 

If you decide to move your TV to a bigger room (or even outdoors) and accidentally drop it, LV= home insurance customers are covered for the costs of a damages as standard.

Cover yourself

Always buy tickets through a member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) – that way if an event you're attending is cancelled by the organisers, you'll be entitled to a full refund. Citizens Advice offers more information on its website.

If you're travelling to an event, check you have the right travel insurance to cover you in the event of a cancellation. Plenty of the summer's sporting events make for a great excuse to get together at home, splash out on a new TV and get stuck in. Just remember to check your home insurance is up-to-date, especially if you buy a new TV or are planning a party, in case of accidental damage. 

Staying safe 

Due to recent acts of terrorism, sporting events and stadiums have increased their security measures, so check the venue's website before you travel and prepare to spend extra time going through security. 

Lord's (@homeofcricket) cricket ground in London is one of those venues to have stepped up security. 

'We are working with the Metropolitan Police and have a robust security operation in place,' says Lord's spokesman Neil Priscott. 'We are famous for inviting people to bring in a hamper, but bag searches take time so we ask members and visitors to arrive early and have some patience.'

Follow adventure travel and sports writer Abigail Butcher (@abi_butcher‏) on Twitter for more sporting stories.

Some of this summer's top sporting events

In June

14 June to 15 July: Football - World Cup, Russia - full fixtures

14 to 17 June: Golf - US Open 

18 June: Football - World Cup: England v Tunisia, Volgograd

18-24: Tennis - Fever-Tree Championships, Queen's Club

19 to 23 June: Horse racing - Royal Ascot

23 June: Boxing - Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray, WBO middleweight title fight

24 June : Formula 1 - French Grand Prix

24 June: Football - World Cup: England v Panama

27 June : Cricket - England v Australia

28 June : Football - World Cup: England v Belgium, Kaliningrad

Starting in July

2 to 15 July: tennis - Wimbledon

6 to 7 July: football - World Cup quarter-finals

7 to 29 July: cycling - Tour de France

8 July: formula 1 - British Grand Prix, Silverstone

10 July: football - World Cup semi-final, St Petersburg

11 July: football - World Cup semi-final, Moscow

14 July: football - World Cup third-place play-off, St Petersburg

14 to 15 July: athletics - World Cup London 2018, London Stadium

15 July: football - World Cup final, Moscow

19 to 22 July: golf - The Open, Carnoustie

21 to 22 July: athletics - London Anniversary Games, London Stadium

Starting in August

1 to 5 August: cricket - England v India, first Test, Edgbaston

9 to 12 August: golf - US PGA Championship, Bellerive Country Club, Missouri

9 to 13 August : cricket - England v India second Test, Lord's

11 to 12 August: football - Premier League 2018/19 season opening starts

15 August: football - Uefa Super Cup, Tallinn

18 to 22 August: cricket - England v India, third Test, Trent Bridge

25 August: rugby league - Challenge Cup final, Wembley

26 August: motorcycling - British MotoGP, Silverstone

30 August to 3 September: cricket - England v India, fourth Test, Southampton

31 August: football - Women's World Cup qualifiers - Wales v England; Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland

Starting in September

2 September: formula 1 - Italian Grand Prix, Monza

2 to 9 September: cycling - Tour of Britain

4 September: football - Women's World Cup qualifiers - Kazakhstan v England; Albania v Scotland; Northern Ireland v Slovakia

6 September: football - Uefa Nations League - Wales v Republic of Ireland