New York is arguably the greatest city in America (that’s subjective of course) but it’s true that is one of the biggest and has the most going on. It’s no different when it comes to sport and some of the biggest names in world sport are based in New York. Regardless of what sport you follow, there’s a venue and a team for you. Fortunately, flights to New York are readily available and not as expensive as they once were. Here’s a list of five of the best sporting venues you’ll find in New York.
The first one on our list is not technically in New York, the Metlife Stadium is actually based just across the Hudson River in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets of NFL fame. It was opened in 2010 to replace the old Giants Stadium and is one of the greatest stadiums in the USA. It is also the most expensive stadium in the world, costing $1.6 billion to build.
The NFL regular season runs from September to December and if the team makes the playoffs it runs into February so this is the best time to head to New York to catch a game. A capacity of over 82,000 means tickets shouldn’t be too much of a problem to buy.
The stadium is accessible from Exit 16W on the New Jersey Turnpike and accessible by trains from all over the area at the MeadowLands Station.
Madison Sq. Garden
Madison Square garden is known for more than sports but the most famous residents in this arena are the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. The Knicks are one of the original members of the NBA and the same can be said for the New York Rangers of the NHL. Maximum capacity for both is in the region of 20,000 so it’s not always easy to get tickets but is certainly worth it. The Garden is located between 7th and 8th Avenue on West 33rd Street. The nearest subway, Pennsylvania Station is directly underneath the arena so transport is not an issue. Boxing and Wrestling are also big attractions at The Garden.
If you’re a really keen basketball fan, the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets) also play in the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Baseball is probably the most popular sport in NYC and it is home to arguably the most famous baseball team of all times, the New York Yankees. The current Yankee Stadium is on the same site as the original which and has a capacity of over 50,000. Located in The Bronx, it is the largest baseball stadium in the world and the second most expensive of any kind (after the aforementioned Metlife Stadium) costing a cool $1.5billion.
The nearest subway station is 161st St – Yankee Stadium and the Yankess – East 153rd St Metro-North station is also close by.
For those of you that love baseball but can’t get tickets for the NY Yankees, all is not lost…
Citifield is in the New York Borough of Queens and is home to the New York Mets baseball team. The NY Mets have always been a little bit in the shadow of their more famous neighbours but are a force to be reckoned with. Citifield has a capacity of roughly 42,000 to ensure ticket demand can be met and generally you shouldn’t have problems seeing a game.
The stadium itself is located just across the water from LaGuardia airport and is served by the Mets-Willets Point subway station.
Red Bull Arena
The Red Bull Arena is home to the New York Red Bulls Soccer (football) team and like the Metlife stadium, is actually in New Jersey, Harrison to be precise. Although being easily the farthest away from New York in this list, they New York Red Bulls deserve a mention and a visit. ‘Soccer’ is still a relatively small sport in the USA but is growing exponentially.
The stadium is accessible from Harrison Station on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system and via free buses from Newark Penn Station.