July 2013 Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 06/19/2013

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Given our declaration before the 2012–2013 NFL season that the Jets had the league's best-looking quarterback tandem in Tim Tebow and Mark "Mr. Handsome" Sanchez, it’s only fair to concede that New England—in adding Tebow as a backup for the Ugg-booted Tom Brady—now holds that title. Still, there's plenty at which to gaze admiringly when it comes to NYC sports in July 2013. Major League Baseball's best players are coming to Citi Field for the All-Star Game; the world's most esteemed competitive eaters will convene at Coney Island to gorge themselves on franks at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest; and the Mets, Yankees, Red Bulls and Liberty all continue their regular seasons. For more information about these and the rest of the month's sporting events, read on.

New York Mets Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Citi Field
Tickets: mets.com
New York Yankees Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Yankee Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: All month long
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: brooklyncyclones.com
Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: All month long
Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's two major league baseball teams and their local single-A counterparts continue their seasons in July. Mets fans can get a peek at ace Matt Harvey and ace-to-be Zack Wheeler in Queens. Nas, who was raised in the borough, will perform after the game on July 19. The Yankees, meanwhile, host key series against divisional rivals the Orioles and the Rays.

Red Bulls
Photo: Joe Camporeale

New York Red Bulls Soccer
When: July 13 and 27, 7pm
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: newyorkredbulls.com
CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Doubleheader
When: July 8, 7pm
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: redbullarena.us
Street Soccer USA National Cup Championship
When: July 22, time TBA
Where: Times Square
More Info: streetsoccerusa.org
Cosmos Copa Soccer Championship
When: July 28, 2pm
Where: Icahn Stadium
More Info: cosmoscopa.com
Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the Red Bulls are still chugging along near the top of the Eastern Conference table. They’re chasing the Montreal Impact, a team that happens to visit Red Bull Arena on July 13. A win would be a boost to the New York side's conference-title hopes—the Impact have played four fewer games and still lead the East by a point. Also at Red Bull Arena, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Honduras play in a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader on July 8. In Times Square, four-on-four soccer teams will square off in the finals of the Street Soccer National Cup. Finally, at Ichan Stadium, admission is free to see the finals of Cosmos Copa, a sort of miniature World Cup in which teams represent New York City's diverse ethnic communities (NYC Spain, NYC Ireland and NYC Poland, for example).

New York Liberty
Plenette Pierson of the New York Liberty. Courtesy, MSG Photos

Liberty Basketball
When: All month long
Where: Prudential Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
The Liberty, off to a 4-2 start in the young WNBA season, contest their first home game of July against star rookie Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky. (By the way, fun fact: of 12 WNBA teams, only three—the Washington Mystics, the Los Angeles Sparks and the San Antonio Silver Stars—have an "s" at the end of their names. We just counted.) Remember, the Liberty are playing across the Hudson in New Jersey while Madison Square Garden is renovated, but their temporary home is just a PATH train ride away from Herald Square or Lower Manhattan.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
When: July 4, 1pm
Where: Nathan's Famous, Coney Island
More Info: ifoce.com
It's back. While nycgo.com's favorite competitive eater, Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, has hung up his stomach for good to open a food truck in Chicago, the show must go on, and we're sure that Joey Chestnut and company will, as ever, astound the hordes gathered at Coney Island and around their televisions at home with their abilities to eat more hot dogs in 10 minutes than a healthy person (arguably) should consume in a lifetime. The event also presents an opportunity to celebrate the eatery's recent reopening after the damage it had sustained from Hurricane Sandy.

Tour de Queens
When: July 7, 9am
Where: Starting at Astoria Park
More Info: tourdequeens.org
The Tour de Queens is not from the people who brought you the Tour de France, but it is from Transportation Alternatives, the organization behind the Tour de Bronx and Tour de Brooklyn. As with the other tours de boroughs, this is quite emphatically not a race but "a rolling parade," not to mention an outstanding opportunity to celebrate cycling and see 19 miles' worth of Queens on wheels. So don't ruin anyone's vibe by getting overly competitive; just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Dwight Gooden
Dwight Gooden. Courtesy, MLB Photos

Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Home Run Derby, FanFest and More
When: July 12–16
Where: Citi Field and beyond
Tickets: mlb.com and stubhub.com
The best players in the National and American Leagues are coming to Citi Field for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 16. This marks the first time the Midsummer Classic has come to New York City since 2008, when the old Yankee Stadium hosted. It's been longer still since the game's been played at the Mets' home park—the Senior Circuit prevailed at Shea in 1964, the year the dearly departed stadium first opened its gates. The 2013 game itself marks the climax to five days of All-Star events. And while tickets to the All-Star Game will set you back a pretty penny, you may find favorable StubHub deals for other events like FanFest and the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (featuring, among others, Dwight Gooden). For details, check out our article.

NYC Triathlon
New York City Triathlon. Photo: Joe Buglewicz

New York City Triathlon
When: July 14, 5:50am
Where: Finishes in Central Park
More Info: nyctri.com
New Yorkers are renowned multitaskers, always juggling priorities in this fast-moving metropolis. This race challenges participants to do three things at once (well, in rapid succession)—swim, cycle and run a grueling course (1,500 meters in the water, 40K on bike and 10K on foot). Sorry, potential competitors, registration is closed—but this event is a sight to behold for spectators as more than 3,000 athletes dive into the Hudson, pedal along the West Side Highway and then somehow muster the strength to run through Central Park, the final leg of the race.

Street Hoops
When: West 4th Street League seven days a week through July 25 (playoff information TBA); Rucker Park season runs through August 22 (Monday–Friday); Dyckman Park July and August schedules TBA (season typically runs through August); Orchard Beach Hoops in the Sun season runs through August 11 (on Saturdays and Sundays).
Where: West 4th Street Courts, Holcombe Rucker Park, Dyckman Park and Orchard Beach
Some of New York City's most exciting basketball is played on the blacktop, and you can catch the action at no cost. For details, check out our roundup from last season, and stay tuned for updates.

Looking Ahead:
August 10–11: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
August 26–September 9: US Open Tennis Championships, Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center
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

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Citi Field
    126th St. and Roosevelt Ave.
    Flushing – Flushing
    NY 11368
  2. 2
    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
    Icahn Stadium
    20 Randalls Island
    NY 10035
  3. 6
    Nathan's Famous
    1310 Surf Ave.
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224
  1. 7
    Astoria Park
    Enter at 21st Ave and 23rd St
    Queens – Astoria
    NY 11102
  2. 8
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  3. 9
    West 4th Street Courts
    Sixth Ave.
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10011

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