Sports Fans Guide for Visiting New York City

Whatever sport you love, New York City has a way to enjoy it while you visit.

Sports fans visiting New York City will find no shortage of great athletic experiences. Whether you want to check out the city's baseball stadiums, experience the U.S. Open or check out some horse racing, New York City offers taste of just about everything.

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    New York Yankees Fans
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    Four baseball teams, representing four of the five boroughs, call New York City home. The New York Yankees play in the American League East at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The New York Mets play in the National League East at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens home. If you're looking for minor league baseball, you can catch the Brooklyn Cyclones at Key Span Park and the Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in their respective boroughs. All four stadiums are easily accessible by public transportation from Manhattan.

  • 02 of 08

    Football in New York

    New York Giants v New York Jets
    ••• New York Giants v New York Jets. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

    While New York City doesn't have its own football stadium, there are two New York NFL teams -- the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Both New York football teams play in New Jersey, but it's just a few miles from midtown Manhattan and easily accessible by public transportation. New York and New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014.

    New York Jets:
    Season: September - January
    Stadium: MetLife Stadium, Secaucus, New Jersey

    New York Giants
    Season: September - January
    Stadium: Metlife Stadium, Secaucus, New Jersey
    Tickets: $85-700

  • 03 of 08

    Hockey in New York

    Madison Square Garden
    ••• Madison Square Garden. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

    If you're coming to New York City hoping to catch a hockey game, seeing the New York Rangers face off against their opponents at Madison Square Garden is your best bet. Either that, or head to New Jersey to see the Devils play at the Prudential Center. The New York Islanders play at Nassau Coliseum, but it's tough to reach by public transportation.

    New York Rangers:
    Season: October - April
    Where They Play: Madison Square Garden
    Tickets: $30-1000+

    New York Islanders:
    Season: October - April
    Where They Play: Barclays Center in Brooklyn
    Tickets: $40-110

    New Jersey Devils:
    Season: October - April
    Stadium: Prudential Center Newark, NJ
    Tickets: $10-250

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    New York Basketball

    Knicks vs Nets
    ••• Knicks vs Nets. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    The New York area is home to three professional basketball teams -- the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and WNBA team, the New York Liberty. If you're more interested in basketball showmanship, you might be able to catch the famous Harlem Globetrotters if they're in town.

    New York Knicks:
    Season: October - April
    Where They Play: Madison Square Garden
    Tickets: $10-2000

    New York Liberty:
    Season: May - September
    Where They Play: Madison Square Garden
    Tickets: $10-260

    Brooklyn Nets:
    Season: October - April
    Where They Play: Barclays Center in Brooklyn
    Tickets: $50+

    Harlem Globetrotters:
    Season: late December - late April

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  • 05 of 08

    Boxing in New York

    Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. Weigh-In
    ••• Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. Weigh-In. Jarrett Baker/Getty Images

    While boxing in New York doesn't necessarily have the same cache as it does in Vegas, Madison Square Garden has been hosting boxing matches in New York since 1882 when John L. Sullivan defended his heavyweight champion title against Joe Collins. If you're after amateur boxing, New York City has several different options, including Friday Night Fights in Hell's Kitchen. For more details on NYC-area amateur boxing events, check out USA Boxing, Metropolitan Association.

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    Tennis in New York City

    U.S. Open Men's Championship
    ••• U.S. Open Men's Championship. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    Spectator tennis doesn't get better than the U.S. Open, held from late August - early September every year at USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Tickets go on sale in early June and tickets for prime matches go quickly, but there are several free events, including the Qualifying Tournament, Arthur Ashe Kid's Day and Open Practice Day.

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    Horse Racing in New York

    141st Running of the Belmont Stakes
    ••• 141st Running of the Belmont Stakes. Al Bello/Getty Images

    Take the train to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens to enjoy horse racing from October through May. Technically, the Belmont Racetrack is located on Long Island, but it's accessible from New York City and the Belmont Stakes offers spectators a wonderful horse racing experience in early June every year.

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    New York City Marathon
    ••• New York City Marathon. Dan Cross

    Over two million spectators line the streets of New York City to watch the over 35,000 participants in the New York City Marathon. The New York City Marathon takes place the first Sunday in November and has been a New York City tradition since 1970.