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by nycgo.com staff, 08/16/2014 [Updated 11/24/2015]

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New York City is where Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard 'round the world" and where Willis Reed limped onto the court to play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. And with teams in every major sport, there are new classic sports moments being created every day in the five boroughs. To find out about upcoming sporting events, read the listings below.

Pro Teams
Special Events

New York Rangers Hockey
When: 
Home opener October 10; regular season runs through April
Where: Madison Square Garden
Full Schedule and Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Fans of the Blueshirts, as the Rangers are affectionately known, pack the Garden even when the team is having a down year and lend the arena one of the more intense atmospheres in New York City sports. Lately that enthusiasm has been amplified by the team's postseason runs. To see the stands particularly charged, come to a game when the Rangers host the Islanders.

New York Islanders Hockey
When:
Home opener October 9; regular season runs through April
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Islanders vs. Rangers is one of the fiercest rivalries in sports, and it may get even more intense as the Islanders move from Nassau County to Brooklyn (which, while within the boundaries of New York City, is geographically a part of Long Island). The team, led by young star John Tavares, reached the playoffs in its last season before moving. If the Isles keep up their winning ways, they may find that their new hometown adopts them with great enthusiasm. The team's management will also be quick to point out the LIRR stop right outside the arena, which should make it easy for suburban fans to follow them to the City.

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
When:
Home opener October 28; regular season runs through April 13
Where: Barclays Center
Full Schedule and Tickets: ticketmaster.com
The Nets' black-and-white gear has become a staple on the borough's streets, they play in a shiny new arena and their roster is headlined by the high-scoring Joe Johnson. Still, they're a bit of an easier NBA ticket than the Knicks.

New York Knicks Basketball
When:
Home opener October 29; regular season runs through April 10
Where: Madison Square Garden
Full Schedule and Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Manhattan's NBA team boasts a rich history that includes a pair of titles and more than a fair amount of tabloid drama, and its rabid fan base always makes a game at Madison Square Garden—which has just been renovated—feel like an event. Celebrities, most prominently the omnipresent Spike Lee, frequently sit courtside.

New York Riveters (women's professional hockey)
When:
Home opener October 18; season runs through February 14
Where: Aviator Sports Complex
Tickets: TBA; check newyorkriveters.com for info
The Islanders aren't Brooklyn's only new hockey team. Women's pro hockey comes to the borough as part of the brand-new National Women's Hockey League. Armed with one of the coolest logos in sports and a roster of international talent, the Riveters hope to amass a big following in year one.

New York Mets
Citi Field. Photo: Jen Davis

New York Mets Baseball
When: Home opener is April 8; regular season runs through early October
Where: Citi Field
Tickets: mets.com
New York City's National League franchise is younger than the Yankees and has a reputation as a plucky underdog, but fans have big expectations after the Mets reached the 2015 World Series. The team's ballpark was designed to resemble Ebbets Field, home to spiritual forefathers the Brooklyn Dodgers (the Mets were formed shortly after the Dodgers and the New York Giants left town for the West Coast). The team's star players include David Wright, Curtis Granderson and pitching ace Matt Harvey.

New York Yankees Baseball
When: Home opener is April 4; regular season runs through early October
Where: Yankee Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
One of the most famous and successful franchises in sports, the Yankees have won a staggering 27 World Series championships; no other team comes close. Former players like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle are as much a part of American folklore as they are athletes. The team's stars include relief pitcher Dellin Betances and Alex Rodriguez, designated hitter turned nascent broadcaster. If you're bringing the kids, you might want to avoid the bleachers—the language can get pretty salty out there.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
When:
 Home opener is March 6; regular season runs through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: newyorkredbulls.com
The New York Red Bulls are the NYC area's first local entry in Major League Soccer—the top soccer league in the United States. Red Bull Arena, widely considered among the best soccer-specific stadiums in the nation, features stands with metal flooring that fans can stomp on, and the place gets loud for big games.

New York City Football Club Soccer
When:
 Home opener is March 13; regular season runs through October
Where: Yankee Stadium
Tickets: nycfc.com
The New York City market's second Major League Soccer team—a rival to the Red Bulls—have adopted Yankee Stadium as their temporary home pitch and signed well-known players like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.

New York Cosmos Soccer
When:
April through October
Where: Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, NY)
Tickets: nycosmos.com
Led by all-time Real Madrid scoring leader (and Upper East Side resident) Raúl, the North American Soccer League's Cosmos play most of their games out on Long Island—though they have also been known to drop by Queens and Brooklyn—and look forward to the US Open Cup as a chance to play their MLS rivals.

New York Liberty
Photo: Julienne Schaer

New York Liberty Basketball
When: Opening night is June 5; regular season runs through August
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's WNBA team is led by Swin Cash, Essence Carson and Queens-born star Tina Charles. Notable alumni include Becky Hammon, who has gone on to become the first female assistant coach in the NBA. It's more affordable to buy Liberty tickets than to go see the Knicks, which is one reason the squad has a family-friendly reputation.

New York Jets Football
When: Home opener September 13; regular season runs through December 27
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Gang Green shares a home with the Giants, but the team has always had a bit more of a flair for back-page dramatics than its stadium mates (Lawrence Taylor era aside): say, the antics of charismatic quarterback Joe Namath—who led the squad to a Super Bowl III victory—or more recent coach-and-player-related controversies.

New York Giants Football
When:
Home opener September 20; regular season runs through January 3
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Eli Manning has led the New York Football Giants to two Super Bowl victories during his decadelong tenure as quarterback. The team plays at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a quick train or bus ride from Manhattan.

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: Home opener is June 17; regular season runs through early September
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: brooklyncyclones.com
The Mets' short-season Single-A minor league affiliate plays by the beach at MCU Park in Coney Island. The organization is known for wacky themed promotions, which last year included nights themed around Back to the Future and Seinfeld. Future Mets like Daniel Murphy and Michael Conforto were Cyclones before reaching the big leagues.

Staten Island Yankees
Photo: Julienne Schaer

Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: Home opener is June 18; regular season runs through early September
Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
The "Baby Bombers" are a short-season Single-A minor league affiliate of the big-league Yankees. They play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, a waterfront stadium whose views are considered by many to be among the best in all of sports. Staten Island Yankees who have reached the majors include Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang.

New York Lizards Lacrosse
When:
April through July
Where: Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, NY)
Tickets: nylizards.com
The NYC area's professional lacrosse team plays out on Long Island; their home games offer you the chance to see the fast-paced, physical game played at a high level.

Brooklyn Bolts Football
When:
Home opener October 2; regular season runs through October 30
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: TBD; check fxfl.com for more info
The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) aims to stock its ranks with promising players who were cut from NFL rosters during the preseason, and to build itself into a football equivalent of the NBA Development League. The Bolts, Brooklyn's entry in the league, are going into their second season.

Special Events:
Ice-Skating
When: Year-round in some rinks; seasonal (usually November­­ through March) in others
Where: Citywide
More info: Our ice-skating roundup
For out-of-towners, one of the more familiar images of New York City during the winter is probably that of ice-skaters making their way around the rink at Rockefeller Center (thanks, NBC). And if you'd like to practice your figure eights in New York City, there are rinks in all five boroughs. Our rundown covers 17 options.

College Basketball
When:
November through March
Where: Citywide
More info: Our guide
Top-ranked college basketball teams from all over the country play in New York City throughout the season, especially at Madison Square Garden (where St. John's plays its biggest home games) and Barclays Center. Why not check out our guide to the highlights and then go see a couple of games yourself?

Michigan vs. Penn State (basketball and hockey doubleheader)
When: January 30, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden 
Tickets: Check thegarden.com for info (separate tickets required for each game)
In a novel doubleheader, Big Ten rivals square off in basketball and hockey contests on the same day. It's Wolverines vs. Nittany Lions in the games, and the MSG crew vs. time in the court-to-rink transition.

Westminster Dog Show
When:
February 15–16, 2016
Where: Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a favorite of dog lovers worldwide, showcasing some of the most beloved (and rarest) breeds in the world. This year, breed judging and benching will once again be at Piers 92/94; its space allows for nearly 3,000 dogs to be entered in the main event. Junior showmanship finals and group and best-in-show judging will take place evenings at Madison Square Garden. The winner of last year's show was a beagle named Miss P.

NYRR Millrose Games
When:
February 20
Where: New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory
Tickets: nyrrmillrosegames.org
This event—which has taken place in New York City since 1908—returns for another year at the Armory, home to one of the world’s fastest indoor tracks. Over the years, the meet has seen memorable performances from the likes of Carl Lewis, Mary Decker and Bernard Lagat. This year's lineup includes Lolo Jones and Evan Jager. The meet’s most famous event is the NYRR Wanamaker Mile, won last year by Matthew Centrowitz (men's) and Shannon Rowbury (women's).

Big East Indoor Track Championships
When: February 26–27, 2016
Where: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
More info: bigeast.com
Staten Island's shiny new track-and-field facility hosts a very big event: the championship meet for a major college conference. It's a good opportunity to take a gander at the state-of-the-art complex, which cost $112 million to build and features a fast running surface on hydraulic lifts.

BNP Paribas Showdown (Tennis)
When:
March 8
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
This exhibition tennis doubleheader features big names. Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniakai square off in the juiciest match, with Stan Warinka and Gael Monfils rounding out the proceedings.

Big East Tournament (men's basketball)
When:
March 9–12, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check ticketmaster.com for details
Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier compete for bragging rights and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Atlantic 10 Tournament (men's basketball)
When:
March 9–13, 2016
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
UMass, Saint Louis, Virginia Commonwealth and the rest of the teams in the Atlantic 10 play for their conference's auto bid.

London Irish vs. Saracens (Rugby)
When:
March 12
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, world-class rugby comes to the New York City area—and it's a regular-season game, so it counts. The teams are Saracens and the London Irish, cross-city rivals whose history stretches back to the 19th century. For rugby fans and anyone with an interest in seeing sports played at their highest level, it's worth checking out. That it's a holiday will only add to the boisterous atmosphere.

NCAA Wrestling Championships
When:
March 17–19, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check ncaa.com for info, when it becomes available
This ain't WrestleMania: there will be no complicated story lines, amplified trash talk or pyrotechnics when the nation's best college wrestlers gather at Madison Square Garden—just good old fashioned grappling. For more information about where to stay and what to do in NYC during the event, visit our NCAA Wrestling Championships page

2016 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds (basketball)
When:
March 18 and 20, 2016
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
There may be no more exciting time in sports than the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament, when mid-majors get a shot at the sport's royalty (Princeton over UCLA, Vermont over Syracuse, Lehigh over Duke and Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown are just a handful of examples of memorable upsets from years past). For more information about where to stay and what to do in New York City during the event, visit our NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament page.

United Airlines NYC Half
When:
March 20, 2016
Where: Starts at Central Park
More info: nyrr.org
Professional and amateur runners trot their way through a 13.1-mile Manhattan course, starting at Central Park and finishing downtown on Wall Street.

National Invitation Tournament Semifinals and Championship (basketball)
When:
March 29 and 31, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
We all know that the NIT—which actually predates the NCAA tournament by a year—isn't the "Big Dance," but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. There are around 350 Division I college basketball teams, and only 100 compete in either the NCAA tournament (68) or the NIT (32). This means that the NIT field, which generally includes a few regular-season conference champions, is bound to be strong. Plus, well-known Madison Square Garden heroes (Walt Frazier) and villains (Reggie Miller) starred in the NIT long before making their marks on Knicks history.

Queens Marathon
When:
April 30, 2016
Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
More info: nycruns.com
Run 26.2 miles in the shadow of the Unisphere. This is the first edition of the Queens Marathon, which is a project of Queens Distance Runners and NYCRuns.

Five Boro Bike Tour
When: May 1

Where: Starts at Franklin and Church Streets in Lower Manhattan

Register (slots open on January 12): imathlete.com
During the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, more than 30,000 cyclists pedal their way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free, 40-mile course. As its name suggests, the event is a tour, not a race—so participants can relax and enjoy one of the best ways to see the City. Slots fill up fast, so hurry if you'd like to register. If the regular slots are filled, you may still be able to enter as a VIP or by committing to raise money for one of the Tour's charity partners. And, of course, you can always attend the event as a spectator.

America's Cup World Series (sailing)
When:
 May 7–8, 2016
Where: Lower Hudson River
More info: americascup.com
Races in the world's most famous regatta return to New York City for the first time in nearly a century; America's Cup races took place here regularly until 1920, but never since. Defending champion Oracle Team USA is set to take on challengers in competitions that will count in the point standings leading up to the 2017 America's Cup final in Bermuda. It's free to watch, and the Battery Park City Esplanade is a good place from which to do so.

Belmont Stakes
When:
June 11
Where: Belmont Park
Tickets: nyra.com
The third leg of the Triple Crown—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. There's a full day of eight stakes races, starting at 11:35am, and it costs only $10 to sit in the grandstand. Excitement is always in the air, and sometimes there's history as well; American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Copa America
When: June 12, 17 and 26, 2016
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets (on sale February 3 at noon): ticketmaster.com
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Copa America—which primarily features teams from CONMEBOL (the South American soccer federation)—the organization will bring together its usual participants with six North American teams at 10 venues throughout the United States. Among them: MetLife Stadium in the New York metropolitan area, which is scheduled to host a group-stage match on June 12, a quarterfinal on June 17 and the final on June 26. This is a very, very big deal. Outside of the World Cup, Copa America and the European Championship are generally agreed to have the highest level of play in international soccer. This year's tournament is likely to include such huge names as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Tim Howard.

The Copa America draw will take place on February 21 at Hammerstein Ballroom. That's when we'll find out who's going to be playing here, and when.

Adidas Grand Prix
When:
June 18
Where: Icahn Stadium
Tickets: diamondleague-newyork.com
International track-and-field stars compete for glory and prize money on Randalls Island. This year's field isn't yet set, but in the past the likes of Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Meseret Defarand have raced in the meet. It's a day of professional events, including the 100-meter dash, the pole vault and the javelin throw. Plus, some lucky youngsters will compete for the title of Fastest Kid in the City.

PGA Championship
When:
July 25–31
Where: Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield, NJ)
Tickets: pgalinks.com
The world's top professional golfers tee off in Springfield, NJ, just a short drive from New York City. It's one of many high-profile golf events on its way to the area—the PGA Championship returns to Long Island and New Jersey in 2019 and 2022, the US Open takes place on Long Island in 2018 and 2020, and the Ryder Cup comes to Long Island in 2024.

WWE NXT, SummerSlam and Monday Night Raw
When: August 20–22, 2016 and August 19–21, 2017
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: TBA
Well-known pro wrestlers put on a show in Brooklyn. It's scripted, but you can't fake the athleticism these performers display night after night. Next to WrestleMania, SummerSlam is as big as WWE events get—so it's sure to be a hot ticket.

US Open Tennis Championships
When:
August 29–September 11
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Tickets: usopen.org
The only Grand Slam tennis tournament in the US needs no introduction; the sport's biggest names will be at Flushing Meadows to compete for a championship at summer's end. Make sure to get your tickets early if you want good seats for prime matches. 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.

New York City Marathon
When:
November 6
Where: All five boroughs
More Info: tcsnycmarathon.org
This is the participatory sporting event to end all participatory sporting events, during which more than 50,000 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.

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament (basketball)
When:
March 2017 and 2018
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: TBA
Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest vie for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament (and, since the ACC typically sends all of its best teams to the Big Dance, for bragging rights and seeding). 

2017 NCAA Tournament East Regional (basketball)
When:
March 24 and 26, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check ncaa.com for details
College basketball squads knock on the door of the Final Four at basketball's most hallowed arena—the last team standing from this regional will move on to the semifinals. Last time this event came to Madison Square Garden, there was a free-to-the-public open practice. Keep your eyes peeled for details about this year.

Big Ten Tournament (basketball)
When:
February 28–March 4, 2018
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: TBA
Madison Square Garden, which already hosts the Big East men's basketball tournament, gets ahold of another marquee college basketball event in the Big Ten tournament. Look for the stands to be crowded with alumni and fans from across the league's membership: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

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  1. 1
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  2. 2
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  3. 3
    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
  1. 4
    Citi Field
    126th St. and Roosevelt Ave.
    Flushing – Flushing
    NY 11368
  2. 5
    Yankee Stadium
    1 E. 161st St.
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10451
  3. 6
    Red Bull Arena
    600 Cape May St
    NJ 07029
  1. 7
    MCU Park
    1904 Surf Ave
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224
  2. 8
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  3. 9
    USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11368

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