Sports Fans Guide for Visiting New York City

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 a taste of just about everything.

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Baseball

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees heads off the field during a game at Yankee Stadium

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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.

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.

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Football

New York Giants football time
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While New York City doesn't have its own football stadium, there are two New York National Football League (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.

Season: September to January/February

Stadium: MetLife Stadium, Secaucus, New Jersey

03 of 08

Hockey

Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers

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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.

The hockey season is from October to April.

Where they play: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NY

Where they play: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Where they play: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

04 of 08

Basketball

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony

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The New York area is home to three professional basketball teams—the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Women's National Basketball Association (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.

The Knicks and Nets season is from October to April.

Where they play: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan

Where they play: Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Liberty plays from May to September and the Harlem Globetrotters are from late December to late April.

Where they play: Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY

Where they play: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan

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05 of 08

Boxing

Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam
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While boxing in New York doesn't necessarily have the same cache as it does in Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden has been hosting boxing matches in New York since 1882. Starting with John L. Sullivan defending his heavyweight champion title against Joe Collins.

If you're after amateur boxing, New York City has several different options. For more details on NYC-area amateur boxing events, check out USA Boxing, Metropolitan Association.

06 of 08

Tennis

US Open Tennis Tournament 2018 in Queens

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Spectator tennis doesn't get better than the U.S. Open, held from late August to 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. There are several free events, including the Qualifying Tournament, Arthur Ashe Kid's Day, and Open Practice Day.

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Horse Racing

149th Belmont Stakes
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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

Security increases during the New York City Marathon
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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.

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