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On July 3, 1993, there was a baseball game between the Padres and Phillies that started at 1:28am and ended at 4:40am local time - the latest finish in MLB history. The game started so late at night because it was the second game of a doubleheader, and the first game ended very late due to 3 rain delays that added 5 hours 54 minutes of delay to the game.

On September 7, 2022, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner played a US Open singles quarterfinal match that lasted 5 hours 15 minutes and ended at 2:50am local time - the latest finish in US Open history.

Has there ever been a non-baseball professional or Olympic sporting event that ended later than 2:50am local time? I am only interested in events that are held in a single stadium/arena where spectators can see the entire court/field from their seat.

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    When does "late" become "early"? There are plenty of endurance events (Ironmans etc) which last more than 24 hours.
    – Philip Kendall
    Sep 15, 2022 at 2:14
  • I guess I will limit this question to events in a single arena. I am thinking about events where most attending fans would be expected to watch the entire event, and where such a late finish might be considered ridiculous as it may end after public transportation has closed for the night. Sep 15, 2022 at 2:51
  • Le Mans 24 Hours?
    – Philip Kendall
    Sep 15, 2022 at 5:59
  • I will limit this to events where all of the spectators can see the entire "playing area" from their seat (excluding obstructed view seats). Sep 15, 2022 at 6:15
  • In the London Marathon (and presumably elsewhere) people are still finishing at breakfast time the following day.
    – Chenmunka
    Sep 15, 2022 at 8:46

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The preliminaries for UFC 257 began at 04:00, with the main card starting 07:00 local time. I don't have a finishing time, but maybe around somewhere 08:00.

You may ask why would anyone plan anything at such a strange time? The answer is of course the COVID pandemic - UFC events during the pandemic took place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi with a limited in-person attendance, and the 04:00 to 08:00 Gulf Standard Time timeslot put it in prime time US viewing hours.

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  • +1 interesting answer, although I'm not sure whether this would be considered a very late or a very early start! Sep 15, 2022 at 16:48
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As far as events that fit my criteria, it seems it is mostly tennis matches that end beyond 4am.

According to ESPN, the latest that a tennis Grand Slam match ever finished was the third-round 5-set match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis in the 2008 Australian Open - it ended at 4:34am. There was also a second-round 5-set match between Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the 2023 Australian Open that ended at 4:05am.

But the latest finish ever in a tennis match was the first-round match between Alexander Zverev and Jenson Brooksby at the 2022 Mexican Open - it ended at 4:55am. It was only a 3-set match, but it started at 1:30am because the 2 previous matches that day ended up being the 2 longest matches in Mexican Open history.

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