November 2013 Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 10/30/2013

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Some of November's most exciting sporting events are occasions that have been circled on fans' calendars for months: the New York City Marathon's return is likely to draw about 2 million spectators to the five-borough course, and the Brooklyn Nets' home opener against LeBron James and the back-to-back defending NBA champion Miami Heat is certain to attract a swarm of celebrity attendees, gawkers and media. Many Knicks and Rangers fans, meanwhile, get their first looks at the renovated Madison Square Garden in November—the arena reopened in late October. Slightly more under the radar, the Red Bulls hit the pitch in the playoffs as they try to follow up their first-ever Supporters' Shield with an MLS Cup championship, and college basketball season tips off all around the city. Finally, on the gridiron, the struggling Giants and somewhat surprising Jets aren't the only teams to watch—the Fordham Rams, a Division I FCS program, are off to an 8–0 start for the first time since (according to unofficial records) 1886, back before tackling below the waist was allowed. For more on these and the rest of the month's sports highlights, read on.

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
All month long
Where: Barclays Center
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New York Knicks Basketball
When: All month long
Where: Madison Square Garden
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The young 2013–2014 NBA season continues in November. Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, who open against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on October 30, aim to improve on a campaign during which they won their first playoff series in more than a decade. Considering that Metta World Peace (a native New Yorker who's always up to something interesting) was among their off-season acquisitions, it's safe to say they'll at least be entertaining. The Nets—whose roster now includes Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, guaranteeing some fun Knicks-Nets tilts this year—get started at home on November 1, hosting LeBron James and the back-to-back defending champion Miami Heat. Brooklyn's fans surely hope the team is as tough on the court as they looked on their recent Sports Illustrated cover.

Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls. Photo: Anthony Gruppuso

New York Red Bulls Playoff Soccer
November 6 or 7
Where: Red Bull Arena
Argentina vs. Ecuador Soccer
When: November 15
Where: MetLife Stadium
The Red Bulls took the Supporters' Shield as the team with the best regular-season record after a race that went down to the final game of the year. Now they host the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals. If their aggregate score at the end of a two-game series is greater than their opponents', they'll move on to the next round. Over at MetLife Stadium, there's a big international friendly between Argentina and Ecuador. And—not in New York City or even its suburbs, but worth noting—the new Cosmos, in their first NASL campaign, have qualified for the Soccer Bowl and will travel to Atlanta to play for a title on November 9.

New York Giants Football
When: November 10, 17 and 24
Where: MetLife Stadium
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New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
When: November 3
Where: MetLife Stadium
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Few pundits would have guessed that the Jets—seen by much of the press and the public as a discombobulated sideshow—would be the local football team with four wins entering November, while the Giants—a paragon of stability and success—would have just two. Alas, that's why they play the games. Geno Smith and Gang Green try to climb above .500 on November 3 against the New Orleans Saints, while the Giants will have ample opportunity to continue their recovery from a disastrous start with three consecutive home games to close out the month.

New York Rangers. Courtesy, MSG Photo Services

New York Rangers Hockey
All month long
Where: Madison Square Garden
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The Blueshirts got off to a rough start—playing their first nine games on the road probably didn't help, nor did the mysterious injury that's been nagging Henrik Lundqvist, the suavest man in hockey—but the season is still young. In addition to the hockey itself, the Rangers' home ice is bound to be an attraction in the early part of the season, as Madison Square Garden's much-ballyhooed renovation has finally been completed.

ING New York City Marathon
November 3
Where: Starting on the Staten Island side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and finishing at Central Park
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This is the participatory sporting event to end all participatory sporting events, during which roughly 48,000 competitors endure a punishing 26.2-mile journey through all five boroughs. Amateurs run the same route as professional stars, and millions of fans cheer them every step of the way. Marathoners compete not only on two legs but also on prostheses and wheels. For tips on the optimal spectator experience, check out our full guide.

Madison Square Garden
Photo: Mitchell Funk/MSG Photos

College Basketball
All month long
Where: Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and gyms citywide
This spring, the NCAA Tournament will return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since the 1960s—and there will be plenty of college basketball action to whet fans' appetites all season long. In November, highlights include the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which brings preseason no. 2 Michigan State and others to Brooklyn, and the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden, which could include such powers as no. 4 Duke and no. 5 Arizona. The local teams are all in action as well: Columbia, Fordham, Manhattan, Division III New York University, St. Francis, St. John's and Wagner have games on campus, while Long Island University plays games both in its own arena and at the Barclays Center.

College Football
All month long
Where: Jack Coffey Field and beyond
New York City has three Division I FCS football teams, and we at offer our full support to the fine young men at Columbia and Wagner. Check out the rest of those teams' games. Having said that, there's no question about who's the top college football team in town. That would be the Fordham Rams, whose 8–0 start—their best-ever in the modern era (we’ll call that beginning in 1906, with the advent of the forward pass)—has brought them to no. 9 in their division's rankings. Their last regular-season home game is on November 9 against Bucknell—but if they keep winning, it's virtually certain that they'll receive an at-large playoff berth.

NYC Mayor's Cup Soccer All-Star Games
November 16–17
Where: Poly Prep
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In an event organized by NYC & Company, high school soccer players from the Public Schools Athletic League, Catholic High School Athletic Association and independent schools compete to call themselves the "Best in the City."

World Championship Boxing
November 2
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Battle of the Badges Boxing
November 22
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Glory 12 International Kickboxing
November 23
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
If you're a fan of sports in which competitors punch and/or kick each other, you may find yourself frequenting the Theater at Madison Square Garden in November. On November 2, Brooklyn's own Curtis Stevens tries to knock the WBA and IBO middleweight titles from the grasp of undefeated Gennady Golovkin; on November 22, NYC's police and firefighters slug it out in the Battle of the Badges; and, on November 23, kickboxers compete for $150,000 cash and, we must assume, glory.

Boston University vs. Cornell Hockey
November 30
Where: Madison Square Garden
Two historically successful college hockey programs continue their recent tradition of facing off on the Madison Square Garden ice in what promoters call "Red Hot Hockey." They've previously played at the same location in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Looking ahead:
December 1: Kentucky vs. Providence basketball, Barclays Center
December 5: Nets vs. Knicks, Barclays Center
December 7: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi (boxing), Barclays Center
December 28: Pinstripe Bowl, Yankee Stadium
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 28 & 30, 2014: NCAA Tournament, Madison Square Garden
Spring 2015: New York City FC (Major League Soccer), site TBA

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  2. 2
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  3. 3
    Red Bull Arena
    600 Cape May St
    NJ 07029
  1. 4
    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
  2. 5
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  3. 6
    Coffey Field
    Fordham campus, 441 E Fordham Rd (field is on Southern Blvd side of campus, bet Third and Washington Aves)
    Bronx – Fordham
    NY 10458
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    The Theater at Madison Square Garden
    4 Pennsylvania Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10001

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