NYC Sports Calendar

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by nycgo.com staff, 08/19/2014

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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

Ongoing:

New York Rangers Hockey
When:
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. To see the stands particularly charged, come to a game when the Rangers host the Islanders.

New York Islanders Hockey
When:
Starting October 2015
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: visit barclayscenter.com for info
Islanders vs. Rangers is one of the fiercest rivalries in sports, and starting in October 2015 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, is making a splash 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 

New York Knicks Basketball
When:
Regular season runs through April
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.

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
When:
Regular season runs through April
Where: Barclays Center
Full Schedule and Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's newest big-league sports team plays in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The Nets' black-and-white gear has become a staple on the borough's streets, and they've acquired star players like Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett. Still, they're a bit of an easier ticket than the Knicks.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
When:
 Home opener is March 22; regular season runs through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: newyorkredbulls.com
The New York Red Bulls are the NYC area's long-running local entry (to be joined by New York City FC in 2015) 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 15; 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—made a big splash before ever pulling on their light-blue jerseys by adopting Yankee Stadium as their temporary home pitch and signing well-known players like David Villa. The squad, co-owned by Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees, is set to play its first season in 2015.

New York Mets
Citi Field. Photo: Jen Davis

New York Mets Baseball
When: Home opener is March 31; regular season runs through late September
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. Its 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 and Curtis Granderson.

New York Yankees Baseball
When: Home opener is April 7; regular season runs through late September
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 2014 season is widely expected to be the last for Derek Jeter, so catch him if you can. If you're bringing the kids, you might want to avoid the bleachers—the language can get pretty salty out there.

New York Liberty
Photo: Julienne Schaer

New York Liberty Basketball
When: Opening night is May 17; regular season runs through August 17
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's WNBA team returns to Madison Square Garden this season after playing across the river in New Jersey for a couple of years while their home was being renovated. 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.

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: Home opener is June 14; regular season runs through September 1
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 this year include nights themed around zombies and Seinfeld. Future Mets like Ike Davis and Bobby Parnell were Cyclones before reaching the big leagues.

Staten Island Yankees
Photo: Julienne Schaer

Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: Home opener is June 13; regular season runs through September 1
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 Jets Football
When: Home opener September 7; regular season runs through December
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 14; regular season runs through December
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 Bolts Football
When:
Fall
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: TBA
Brooklyn's team will be among four entrants in the new Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). Early reports say the league hopes 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. If nothing else, the team could give sports fans a reason to head out to Coney Island after the Cyclones' baseball season is over.

Special Events:
College Basketball


When: Through March 2015

Where: Citywide, including Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
More Info: Check MSG and Barclays Center websites, plus all of the local teams' schedules
You may not think of New York City as the center of the college basketball universe. We're a long way from Lawrence, Kansas, or North Carolina's Tobacco Road, but there’s no place where you can see a wider variety of NCAA action. Top teams come to Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden tournaments all season long, and St. John's—which calls MSG its home for big games—got off to a hot start this year. Even on days when the arenas aren't hosting college games, there's a good chance you'll find one elsewhere in the City. All five boroughs have Division I teams that play games on campus.

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.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
When: February 16–17
Where: Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94
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; the additional space has allowed for the entry to increase to 3,200 dogs. Junior showmanship finals and group and best-in-show judging will take place evenings at Madison Square Garden. For an MSG event, the dog show allows an unusual level of access—if you time your approach correctly, some breeders will be glad to talk to you backstage. The winner of last year's show was a wire fox terrier named Sky. Also of interest to dog lovers: the Masters Agility Championship, to be held on February 14 at Pier 94.

WWE Wrestling

When:
February 27 and March 7

Where: Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
WWE cranks out one of America's most enduringly popular sporting events, and NYC's big arenas will host the organization's stars early in 2015. It's scripted, and the plots may be a tad over-the-top for some folks' taste, but you can't fake the athleticism these performers display night after night.

BNP Paribas Showdown (Tennis)
When:
March 10
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
This exhibition tennis doubleheader features big names. Roger Federer takes on Grigor Dimitrov on the men's side, while women Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini square off to round out the event.

Big East Tournament (Basketball)
When:
March 11–14
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check bigeast.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 (Basketball)
When:
March 11–15
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
UMass, Saint Louis, VCU and the rest of the teams in the Atlantic 10 play for their conference's auto bid.

FDNY Bravest Boxing vs. Garda Siochana Boxing Club
When:
March 14

Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Members of New York City's Fire Department take a break from fighting fires to put up their dukes against officers from Ireland's national police force; the card will also feature bouts spotlighting professional fighters Will “Power” Rosinsky and Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (a top Irish featherweight). It's all adds up to an event promoters are calling "McMayhem in Midtown."

NYC Mayor's Cup
When:
April 1 (basketball), April (outdoor track & field), May (chess), June (lacrosse, baseball, softball and cricket), October (cross-country)
November (soccer), December (wrestling)
Where: Baruch College (basketball)
More Info: NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page
The boys' and girls' NYC Mayor's Cup Basketball All-Star Games—sponsored by nycgo.com parent organization NYC & Company—pit the best seniors from the Public Schools Athletic League against their rivals from the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. You might see some future stars: previous installments of the event have featured a total of 32 players signed to NCAA Division I schools, including stars like Khadeen Carrington of Seton Hall and Aaliyah Lewis of St. John's. The girls play at 5:30pm, followed by the boys at 7:30pm, and tickets are $5 at the door.

For more information about this series of high school sporting events, in which talented young athletes compete for the right to call themselves "best in the City" in 10 different sports, visit the official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page.

Golden Gloves Boxing Finals
When: April 1–2

Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
NYC's storied amateur boxing tournament—whose past champions have included the likes of Riddick Bowe and Floyd Patterson—holds its finals at Brooklyn's NBA arena.

9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
When:
April 26
Where: Starting at Pier 26, Hudson River Park
Register: 911memorial.org
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum holds its annual 5K race and walk, along with a kickoff event featuring food and activities for children. The event's organizers hope to raise awareness of the museum and encourage volunteering.

New York Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury
When:
May 2
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: nycosmos.com
They may play in the North American Soccer League—the second tier of the US soccer pyramid—but the Cosmos have big-time ambitions. Last season, the team scored a US Open Cup victory over crosstown rivals the Red Bulls. This year, with the Red Bulls coming off a strong playoff run and New York City Football Club starting up in the Bronx, the Cosmos are doing their best to keep their share of support in the City. That's probably one reason they signed Spanish star Raul, and why they've scheduled their first-ever game at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Five Boro Bike Tour
When: May 3

Where: Starts at Franklin and Church Streets in Lower Manhattan

Register: 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. Alas, the tour is so popular (it's the largest bike event in North America) that a lottery was implemented to fill spots during registration this year. You can still enter, though, 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.


Adidas Grand Prix
When: June 13

Where: Icahn Stadium

Tickets: diamondleague.com
In previous years, the Adidas Grand Prix has brought international track-and-field superstars like Allyson Felix, Tyson Gay and Bernard Lagat to Randall’s Island in pursuit of glory and prize money. As of press time, there's not yet word on the lineup for this year's meet—but keep your eyes peeled for details.

Timbersports Collegiate and Professional Championships
When:
June 20

Where: Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park

More Info: stihlusa.com
A longtime staple of ESPN programming, the Timbersports championships have come of age. The event turns 30 years old in 2015. Celebrate by witnessing the competitive use of power tools before your very eyes at the historic Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. We can practically smell the wood shavings already.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Rounds
When: July 2015
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: concacaf.com
MetLife Stadium hosts key games in a major international soccer competition as CONCACAF—that’s the regional confederation to which the United States national team belongs—brings knockout-round matches to the venue. In a non–World Cup year, this is about as big as it gets. Stay tuned for info, including which teams might end up reaching this stage.

CBS Sports Classic
When:
December 19, 2015
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: Check barclayscenter.com for info, when it becomes available
College basketball tournaments are inordinately enthusiastic about dubbing themselves "classic." This event's never even been played before, after all. Semantics aside, it should be a good one: four of the NCAA's most storied programs—Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA—will take the court in Brooklyn during the 2015 holiday season.

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.

2016 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds (Basketball)
When:
March 18 and 20, 2016
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: Check ncaa.com for details
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 Duke, Vermont over Syracuse, Lehigh over Duke and Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown are just a handful of examples of memorable upsets from years past).

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.

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