October 2013 Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 09/18/2013

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The days are getting shorter. The temperature is dropping. Leaves are falling from the trees. Autumn doesn't necessarily foster the same optimism as, say, spring, but October 2013 nevertheless feels like a chance at renewal for many of New York City's sports teams. In football, that most popular of fall sports, it's still early in the season as the Giants aim to make up for missing the playoffs last year (and, despite a slow start, maybe make a run at a Super Bowl in their own backyard), while the Jets look to rebuild. The Red Bulls, after years of falling short in their quest for a major trophy, are within striking distance of the Supporters' Shield and can put themselves in prime position for a run at an MLS Cup as they hit the home stretch of their regular season. The Rangers didn't meet expectations in last year's lockout-shortened campaign, but goalie Henrik Lundqvist and friends get a fresh start this month. In basketball, the Knicks are talking tough and—despite many pundits' doubts—insist that they can improve on last year's finish (the revamped Nets also tip off their season soon—in early November). And even the Yankees, who've had a tumultuous 2013 filled with injuries and one very prominent scandal, find themselves with a shot at playing in October if they finish strong. For details about these and the rest of the month's local sporting events, read on.

New York Yankees Playoffs
When: TBA, if they make it
Where: Yankee Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
At press time, the Bronx Bombers were lurking on the outskirts of the American League wild card race. If they string together enough wins to snag a berth, they'll play at least one postseason game in October—and have to do it without Derek Jeter, who's done for the year. A recent injury to A-Rod (who'd already been in the news a bit this season) hasn't helped matters; but with Robinson Canó and Alfonso Soriano in the lineup, there's still some hope. Stay tuned.

New York Giants Football
When: October 6 and 21
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York Jets Football
When: October 13 and 20
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's favorite football outfits continue their seasons in October. Big Blue has re-signed Brandon Jacobs (a onetime disgruntled former Giant—which could be a pretty good Alanis Morissette album title, come to think of it), and will host the Eagles on October 6 and the Vikings on October 21. Meanwhile, the Jets—whose defense, at least, looks strong—welcome the Steelers on October 13 and the Patriots on October 20.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
When: October 5 and 27
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: redbulls.com
When: October 12 and 20
New York Cosmos Soccer
Where: Shuart Stadium, Hofstra University
Tickets: nycosmos.com
At press time, an Eastern Conference title—and, dare we say it, even the Supporters' Shield and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League—remain possibilities for the Red Bulls. It's a close race at the top of that table, though, so Thierry Henry and company may need to secure three points each against New England (October 5) and Chicago (October 27) to keep those dreams alive. Out on Long Island, the new Cosmos continue their NASL campaign with matches against the Carolina Railhawks (October 12) and FC Edmonton (October 20).

Henrik Lundqvist. Photo: © 2010 Madison Square Garden

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens
When: October 28
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com and stubhub.com  
After a long off-season, Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist—the suavest man in hockey—and the rest of the Rangers hope to redeem themselves after falling far short of expectations last time around; in a year when some expected the Blueshirts to contend for a Stanley Cup, they fell to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden. Courtesy, New York Knicks

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
When: October 30
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com (not yet on sale) and stubhub.com
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
When: November 1
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com and stubhub.com
The Knicks tip off their 2013–2014 season against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. Whether Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and company will be able to improve on a campaign during which they won their first playoff series in more than a decade remains to be seen—but 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—don't get started at home until November 1. But when they do, it's a big one: they host LeBron James and the back-to-back defending champion Miami Heat.

Wheelchair Basketball
Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Photo: Alex Lopez

Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
When: October 5–6
Where: Draddy Gymnasium, Manhattan College
More info: Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Facebook page
Take someone to a wheelchair basketball game for the first time and they may be surprised by what they find—a fast-paced, physical battle that's like a cross between NASCAR and the NBA. The smell of burnt rubber, the sound of screeching tires and the sight of determined athletes jostling for position under the boards often make fast fans out of newcomers. Plus, it's free to watch all the weekend's action in this tournament, which is put on by nycgo.com parent organization NYC & Company.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Championship Bout
When: October 5
Where: Nat Holman Gymnasium, CCNY
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 attest: this is adrenaline-pumping, cheer-inducing stuff. As if the action in the rink weren't enough, the event also features spirit-boosting jeerleaders. In this bout, the Queens of Pain and the Manhattan Mayhem square off for the league title.

NYC Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships
When: October 6
Where: Van Cortlandt Park
More info: NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
During this race—the first of this season's NYC Mayor's Cup events, which are organized by NYC & Company—roughly 1,500 high school athletes chug along for 2.5 miles in pursuit of the coveted distinction of "Best in the City." Though they don't often get the recognition that's showered on their football- and basketball-playing classmates, distance runners demonstrate an impressive combination of endurance, determination and (perhaps most of all) pain tolerance.

1864 Gothams Baseball
When: October 12
Where: Old Stone House
More info: gothambbc.com
If you haven't enjoyed such post–19th century changes as the addition of gloves to America's pastime, head out to the Old Stone House to see the New York Gothams—a team that plays the game by 1864 rules—take on the Flemington Neshanock.

Tour de Bronx
When: October 27
Where: Starting at Grand Concourse and E. 161st St.
More info: tourdebronx.org
Staten Island Half Marathon
When: October 13
Where: Starting near Richmond County Bank Ballpark
More info: nyrr.org
NYC Marathon Kickoff
When: October 27
Where: Central Park
More info: nyrr.org
October features a number of notable participatory sporting events. Among them: the Tour de Bronx, the largest of Transportation Alternatives' popular Tours de Boroughs and also the largest free bike ride in New York State. As with Transportation Alternatives' other big events, this is not a race—so there's no need to channel your inner Jan Ullrich. Just relax, keep pace with your fellow riders and enjoy some of the City's most scenic greenways. Meanwhile, runners may want to check out the Staten Island Half Marathon and the five-mile NYC Marathon Kickoff.

Columbia Football
Columbia Football. Photo: Mike McLaughlin

College Football
When: All month long
Where: Citywide
New York City's local Division I FCS NCAA football teams are all in action in October: Columbia hosts Lehigh on October 12 and celebrates homecoming on October 19 against Penn; Fordham, riding high after upset wins over Temple of FBS and then eighth-ranked Villanova, welcomes those aforementioned Engineers of Lehigh on October 5 in its only home game of the month; and Wagner takes on Robert Morris on October 26 in Northeast Conference action.

Deron Williams
Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets. Photo: Adam Pantozzi

Looking Ahead:
November 1: Nets home opener vs. Miami Heat, Barclays Center
November 3: ING New York City Marathon, Citywide
November 16: NYC Mayor's Cup Soccer All-Star Games, Poly Prep
November 27 and 29: Preseason NIT, Madison Square Garden
December 1: Kentucky vs. Providence basketball, Barclays Center
December 5: Nets vs. Knicks, 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 2014: NCAA Tournament, Madison Square Garden
Spring 2015: New York City FC (Major League Soccer), site TBA

related venues/(9)

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    Yankee Stadium
    1 E. 161st St.
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10451
  2. 2
    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
  3. 3
    Red Bull Arena
    600 Cape May St
    NJ 07029
  1. 4
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  2. 5
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
    Baker Field Athletic Complex, 533 W 218th St
    Manhattan – Washington Heights
    NY 10034
  1. 7
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  2. 8
    Draddy Gymnasium
    Manhattan College campus
    Bronx – Riverdale
    NY 10471
  3. 9
    CCNY Nat Holman Gym
    138th St
    Manhattan – Harlem

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