Summer Games Dates in General Olympics Discussion Posted August 14, 2012 · Report reply The IOC prefers a summer Games to happen in the time frame between July 15 and August 31. A few times they have fallen outside that window - Melbourne, Tokyo, Mexico, Seoul, Sydney were later in the year, Athens 1896 were in April, and other earlier Games were all over the calendar. But do you feel this is absolutely necessary? For me personally, I like September Games when they chill of fall starts to creep in. It can be hard to sit indoors and watch the world's athletes on TV out running, cycling, paddling and jumping about playing beach volleyball when I could be out doing the same thing. Do you think ratings could be higher if the Games didn't always have to fall in the height of the heavily populated Northern Hemisphere's summer? I'm sure some of the Southern Hemisphere and Middle Eastern bid fans would love this.