June Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 05/29/2013

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With the Knicks' and Rangers' seasons over sooner than their diehards would like, June presents an opportunity for New York City fans to leave the confines of climate-controlled arenas and take it outside. The weather is finally warm enough to comfortably watch the Mets and Yankees in short sleeves, and their minor league counterparts in Brooklyn and Staten Island are also set to start their seasons this month. The Red Bulls, fresh off the revelation that they'll have a new local rival in 2015, are doing their best to hang on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference at their stadium in Harrison, and there's plenty more soccer where that came from throughout the City, including Spain vs. Ireland at Yankee Stadium. Race fans can don their best wide-brimmed hats to the Belmont Stakes, and those who are looking for something truly novel can—in an event that's both outdoors and outside-the-box—run from zombies on Staten Island. For details about these and the rest of the month's sporting events, read on.

Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Cyclones. Photo: Jen Davis

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
Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: All month long, starting on June 17
Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: All month long, starting on June 18
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: brooklyncyclones.com
June is the heart of the baseball season, and no place is baseball-ier than New York City, whose four pro teams (two in the majors and two in the minors) are all in action this month. The Mets and Yankees each play full slates of games in their home parks—which means, for Mets fans, a chance to see the phenomenal Matt Harvey pitch every fifth day. The Yankees, meanwhile, welcome their archrivals the Red Sox—with whom they're in a tight race for the top spot in the AL East—at the start of the month, and host the Rays June 20–23. Minor-league squads the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees start the season with a home-and-home (and home!) series at their picturesque ballparks June 17–19, and keep playing all summer long.

Israel vs. Honduras
Israel vs. Honduras. Courtesy, MCI Photos

New York Red Bulls Soccer
Where: Red Bull Arena
When: Ongoing
Tickets: newyorkredbulls.com
Israel vs. Honduras Soccer
Where: Citi Field
When: June 2, 5:30pm
Tickets: mets.com
Spain vs. Ireland Soccer
Where: Yankee Stadium
When: June 11, 8pm
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
USA vs. Korea Soccer (women's)
Where: Red Bull Arena
When: June 20, 7:30pm
Tickets: redbullarena.us
Showdown NYC Soccer
Where: Sara D. Roosevelt Park
When: June 26, 6:30pm
Tickets: Free bleacher seating; more info at stevenash.org
Fresh off Major League Soccer's announcement that the league's 20th team will be New York City Football Club—owned by Manchester City FC and the Yankees—there's a bonanza of association football in NYC this June. The area's existing MLS team, the energy-drink sponsored Red Bulls, have climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference table and are already trash-talking their new rivals (who, thus far, only exist on paper). RBNY takes on Vancouver (6/1) and Houston (6/30) at home this month. On June 20, the USA women's national team faces Korea Republic at the Red Bulls' home, while each of NYC's major league baseball diamonds—Citi Field and Yankee Stadium—is set to become soccer pitches, hosting Israel vs. Honduras and Spain vs. Ireland, respectively. Finally, Showdown NYC is Steve Nash's annual charity soccer event, with free general admission bleacher seating.

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

New York Liberty Basketball
Where: Prudential Center
When: All month long
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Cappie Pondexter and her Liberty teammates take on WNBA rivals in Newark, hoping to get off to a fast start in search of their first-ever league title. Again, we remind you that the Libs' coach, Bill Laimbeer, is the same guy you'll find in the 1990s video game "Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball." The Prudential Center is just a PATH train ride away from Herald Square or Lower Manhattan.

Street Hoops
Where: West 4th Street Courts, Holcombe Rucker Park, Dyckman Park and Orchard Beach
When: West 4th Street League begins on May 28 (seven days a week); Rucker Park season runs June 17–August 22 (Monday–Friday); Dyckman Park schedule TBA (typically June–August); Orchard Beach Hoops in the Sun season runs June 8–August 11 (on Saturdays and Sundays).
Tickets: Free
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.

New York Sharks vs. Baltimore Burn
When: June 1, 4pm
Where: Aviator Sports Complex
Tickets: nysharksfootball.com
New York City's resident women's tackle football team hits the gridiron at the Aviator Sports Complex. At $15 (or $8 for kids and seniors), admission costs a fraction of what you'd pay to see an NFL game.

Tour de Brooklyn
When: June 2, 10am
Where: Starting at Commodore Barry Park
More info: tourdebrooklyn.org
Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic
When: June 16, noon (pro race at 4pm)
Where: Marcus Garvey Park
More info: Official Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic Facebook page
June brings a pair of notable cycling events to the City. The Tour de Brooklyn is less than 22 miles, much shorter than the French version, and there's another important difference: it's a friendly ride, not a race. As the organizers put it, the pace is "slow," so relax and enjoy the scenery (registration is full for this year, so you may also just want to watch the riders pedal by). The Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic, meanwhile, is a Father's Day tradition in which participants run the gamut from professionals who give their all for 50 miles to youngsters pedaling through their very first race on a much shorter course.

New York Lizards
New York Lizards. Courtesy, Getty Images

New York Lizards Lacrosse
Where: Icahn Stadium
When: June 6 and 13, 7pm
Tickets: nylizards.com
Major League Lacrosse hits Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island as the Lizards—who play most of their home games out on Long Island—visit the City to face the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Hamilton Nationals.

Belmont Stakes
Where: Belmont Park
When: June 8, 6:30pm
Tickets: nyra.com
By far the area's biggest horse-racing event takes place in Elmont (yes, that's Elmont, just east of Queens—not Belmont, the Bronx neighborhood), New York. The main attraction doesn't start until a bit after 6:30pm, but you can arrive before noon for a full day of races. It costs only $10 to sit in the grandstand. On a related note, the New York Racing Assocation will hold a free fan festival on June 7 at Grand Central Terminal.

Rundead
Where: Henry Kaufman Campground, Staten Island
When: June 15, 7:30am
More Info: therundead.org
Experience a living nightmare for a good cause. Participants in this event are split into two groups: "zombies," who give chase along the 5K course, and humans, who flee. Proceeds from registration benefit the Special Olympics.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Photo: Manish Gosalia

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
When: June 15, 5pm
Where: Abe Stark Rink, Coney Island
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
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."

Glory 9
Glory 9 New York. Courtesy, Glory 9

Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner (boxing)
When: June 22, 4:30pm
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Glory 9 Kickboxing
When: June 22, 6pm
Where: Hammerstein Ballroom
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Do you like nicknames? Then you'll want to be in Brooklyn as Paulie Malignaggi, known as "The Magic Man," tries to solve Adrien "The Problem" Broner, who currently holds the WBA Welterweight Title. In other combat-sports action, Hammerstein Ballroom hosts four bouts during the Glory 9 New York kickboxing event.

NBA Draft
When: June 27, 7pm
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Come see very tall young men in suits walk up to a stage and put on team logo caps in Prospect Heights. The top pick goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets choose 22nd, and the Knicks 24th.

NYC Mayor's Cup Lacrosse
When: June 2, 4pm
Where: Poly Prep Country Day School
More info: Official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
NYC Mayor's Cup Softball
When: June 9, time TBA
Where: College of Staten Island Softball Field
More info: Official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
NYC Mayor's Cup Baseball
When: June 15, 2:30pm
Where: MCU Park
More info: Official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
NYC Mayor's Cup Cricket
When: June 22, time TBA
Where: Van Cortlandt Park
More info: Official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
NYC & Company's very own series of all-star high school sporting events continues in June. The rosters are jammed with the five boroughs' best athletes. The Cricket event will be the first ever at the new state-of-the-art facilities at Van Cortlandt Park, while the baseball game at MCU Park will be followed by an open Brooklyn Cyclones practice—and the first 500 fans in attendance will get free tickets to a regular-season Cyclones game of their choice.

Looking Ahead:
July 4: Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Nathan's Famous
July 8: CONCACAF Gold Cup, Red Bull Arena
July 16: Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Citi Field
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.
    Queens – 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
    Red Bull Arena
    600 Cape May St
    NJ 07029
  3. 6
    Sara D. Roosevelt Park
    Chrystie St
    Manhattan – multiple locations
    NY
  1. 7
    Icahn Stadium
    20 Randalls Island
    Manhattan
    NY 10035
  2. 8
    Rucker Park
    Frederick Douglass Blvd and 155th St
    Manhattan – Harlem
    NY 10039
  3. 9
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217

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