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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.

1. New York Baseball

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.

2. Football in New York

New York Giants v New York Jets
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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 will be hosting <a href="/od/sports/fl/Super-Bowl-XLVIII-February-2-2014.htm">Super Bowl XLVIII</a> on February 2, 2014.

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

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

3. Hockey in New York

Madison Square Garden
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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.

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

New York Islanders:
Season: October - April
Where They Play: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Long Island, NY
Tickets: $40-110

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

4. New York Basketball

Knicks vs Nets
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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

5. Boxing in New York

Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. Weigh-In
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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. Occassional Broadway Boxing at B.B. King's is another option if you're interested in watching professional boxing. 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.

6. Tennis in New York City

U.S. Open Men's Championship
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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.

7. Horse Racing in New York

141st Running of the 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.

8. New York City Marathon

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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