August Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 07/24/2013

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As August arrives, don't fret if you can't find the time for a summer vacation. When it comes to sports, the month offers ample opportunities to feel like you've escaped to an exotic land without ever leaving the New York City area. For example, international soccer titans Valencia, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea are set to visit for the Guinness International Champions Cup, while the national teams from Mexico and Ivory Coast will also square off in East Rutherford, NJ. The best tennis players from around the world—like Andy Murray of England, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal of Spain, Maria Sharapova of Russia and Roger Federer of Switzerland—are headed to the US Open in Queens, where the cuisine, too, comes from every corner of the globe. There's no need to head out of town for major-college football, either, as Penn State and Syracuse will kick off their seasons at MetLife Stadium. This is to say nothing of reliable standbys the Mets and Yankees, who are hitting the home stretch in their own seasons. And, hey, even if you'd like to vacation in the 19th century, you can go ahead and cancel your reservation on that time-machine voyage—the New York Gothams and Brooklyn Atlantics will play baseball by 1864 rules on Governors Island. For more info on these and the rest of the month's worldly sporting events, read on.

Yankee Stadium
Courtesy, New York Yankees

New York Mets Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Citi Field
New York Yankees Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Yankee Stadium
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: All month long
Where: MCU Park
Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark
1864 Gothams Baseball vs. Brooklyn Atlantics
When: August 24
Where: Governors Island
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There's plenty of baseball for New York fans throughout August: head up to the Bronx to cheer on the Yankees as they chase a postseason berth (they're three games out of the last wild card spot as of press time); ride the 7 train to Queens to see the Mets, perhaps because Matt Harvey—All-Star Game starter and a man who's been all over the media in varying degrees of dress—is pitching, or maybe because you're psyched to hear a postgame concert by Third Eye Blind (back when "Semi-Charmed Life" hit the airwaves in 1997, Harvey was eight years old). There's also minor-league action in Staten Island and Brooklyn, where the promotions include Billy Joel–themed fireworks on August 10. There's also a vintage baseball card exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Finally, if you haven't enjoyed such post–19th century changes as the addition of gloves to America's pastime, head out to Governors Island to see the New York Gothams—a team that plays the game by 1864 rules—as they take on the Brooklyn Atlantics.

David Wright
David Wright of the New York Mets. Photo: Jen Davis

New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls. Photo: Joe Camporeale

New York Red Bulls Soccer
When: August 17 and 31
Where: Red Bull Arena
Guinness International Champions Cup Soccer (Valencia, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea)
When: August 4
Where: MetLife Stadium
Mexico vs. Ivory Coast Soccer
When: August 14
Where: MetLife Stadium
New York Cosmos vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
When: August 3
Where: Shuart Stadium
At press time, the Red Bulls trail Kansas City by two points for the Eastern Conference lead. In August, Thierry Henry and company are set to host home games against both Philadelphia and their bitter rivals DC United. That's not nearly all the soccer action in the area this month, either. MetLife Stadium hosts two huge days of European football: on August 4, the Champions Cup brings international powerhouses Valencia, Milan, Inter and Chelsea to town for a doubleheader, while on August 14 the Mexican national team hits the pitch against Ivory Coast. Also of note: the reincarnated New York Cosmos—though their MLS dreams seem like a long shot with New York City FC on the way—play their first NASL match, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, out on Long Island.

MetLife Stadium
Courtesy, Metlife Stadium

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Where: Abe Stark Rink
When: August 3
The competitors of Gotham Girls Roller Derby skate fast and hit hard. You may not know what a jammer, blocker and pivot are when you enter the gym, but longtime followers can tell you that it may not be long before these ladies turn you into a hard-core fan. And as if the action in the rink weren't enough, the event also features spirit-boosting jeerleaders.

Havemayer Park, Brooklyn
When: All month long
A pop-up park with a bike course, space for yoga and more opened recently near the Domino Sugar Factory site in Brooklyn, and it's pretty neat for those who are into such things. Curbed has an informative post on the project, complete with plenty of photos.

New York Liberty Basketball
When: All month long
Where: Prudential Center
Cappie Pondexter and the rest of New York's pro women's basketball team continue their final season at the Prudential Center (which is, by the way, just a PATH train ride from Manhattan) before moving back to a renovated Madison Square Garden.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
When: August 10–11
Where: Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
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In addition to the athletes speeding their boats through Meadow Lake, this event features an array of entertainment to mark the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Past years have included kung fu demonstrations by the Shaolin Temple warrior monks; traditional music, dance and art from China, Mexico and Peru; and a diverse, delicious selection of international foods. Expect a similarly fun-filled, multicultural weekend this time around as well. Of course, the central happenings are still the dragon boat races themselves, during which more than 170 teams pilot long, colorful vessels in pursuit of trophies and cash prizes.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Photo: Dana Perotti

US Open Tennis Championships
When: August 26–September 9
Where: Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
When: August 24
Where: Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center
US Open Qualifying Tournament
When: August 20–23
Where: Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center
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Millions watch the US Open not only to see great tennis, but to be part of an event that has produced icons—like the Williams sisters and Rafael Nadal—who have ascended from mere sports stardom to full-blown celebrity. Make sure to get your tickets early if you want good seats for prime matches. And, by the way: the qualifying tournament, during which players compete for berths in the main draw, is free to attend. Considering the stakes, those matches are generally fierce. Finally, no word yet on who's playing Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on August 24, but last year the entertainment was Carly Rae Jepsen, so expect someone the young folks are very fond of.

The Barclays Golf Tournament
Where: Liberty National Golf Club
When: August 20–25
The world's best golfers play within driving distance of New York City in this event, the first stop of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. While, as per PGA rules, the field won't be officially released until the week before the tournament, past years' tournaments have featured such huge names as Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and a guy named Tiger Woods. With so much at stake, it's reasonable to expect a similarly stellar lineup this time around.<

College Football, including Penn State vs. Syracuse
When: August 31 and all month long
Where: MetLife Stadium and beyond
College football season kicks off in late August, and the biggest area matchup pits the Penn State Nittany Lions against the Syracuse Orange. The City's local teams are in action as well: Fordham opens up against Rhode Island on August 29, Wagner hosts Georgetown on August 31, and Columbia starts its season in September.

Looking Ahead:
September 21: Islanders vs. Devils (preseason), Barclays Center
January 26, 2014: Devils vs. Rangers, Yankee Stadium
January 29, 2014: Islanders vs. Rangers, Yankee Stadium
February 2, 2014: Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium
March 2014: NCAA Tournament, Madison Square Garden
Spring 2015: New York City FC (Major League Soccer), site TBA

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    Citi Field
    126th St. and Roosevelt Ave.
    Flushing – Flushing
    NY 11368
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    Yankee Stadium
    1 E. 161st St.
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10451
  3. 3
    MCU Park
    1904 Surf Ave
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224
  1. 4
    Richmond County Bank Ballpark
    75 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island – St. George
    NY 10301
  2. 5
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
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    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
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    Prudential Center
    165 Mulberry St
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    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    111th St to Van Wyck Expy
    Queens – multiple locations
    NY 11375
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    USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11368

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