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by nycgo.com staff, 08/20/2014

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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

New York Mets
Citi Field. Photo: Jen Davis

Ongoing:
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.

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.

New York Rangers
New York Rangers. Courtesy, MSG Photo Services

New York Rangers Hockey
When: Home opener October 12; 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 Knicks Basketball
When: Home opener October 29; 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: Home opener November 3; 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 15; regular season runs through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: newyorkredbulls.com
Thierry Henry leads the New York Red Bulls, the 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 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.

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.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
When:
March 29, April 12, May 3, June 7, July 19 and August 23
Where: Long Island University; John Jay College; Abe Stark Rink; and Nat Holman Gym, City College of New York
Tickets: gothamgirlsrollerderby.com
The competitors of Gotham Girls Roller Derby skate fast and hit hard. You may not know what jammers, blockers and pivots are when you enter the gym, but longtime aficionados can attest: this is adrenaline-pumping, cheer-inducing stuff. As if the action in the rink weren't enough, spirit-boosting jeerleaders are on hand to rally the crowd.

New York Liberty Basketball
When: Home opener is May 17; regular season runs through mid-August
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
New York City's WNBA team returns to a renovated Madison Square Garden after spending three seasons playing across the Hudson in New Jersey. Star players like Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson lead the Libs, whose fans hope this is the year their team finally wins a WNBA title. A bonus for those on a budget or bringing their families to the game: tickets to these games are cheaper than those to see the City's NBA teams.

New York–Penn League All-Star Game
When:
August 19
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: brooklyncyclones.com
Minor-league standouts showcase their skills in the Borough of Kings. NYPL players who have gone on to big-league stardom include Andrew McCutchen, Jerry Koosman, Evan Longoria—overall, more than 2,500 of the league's alumni have reached the majors. Before the game itself, MCU Park will host a "Civil Servant/Celebrity Softball Challenge" with such participants as Mets greats Dwight Gooden and John Franco and morning-news anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

USA Basketball vs. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
When: August 20 and 22
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: On sale June 5; for more info, visit usabasketball.com.
The dominant United States men's national basketball team plays exhibition games against the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as it prepares for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Among the players on Team USA's roster: Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin.

Elite 24 (Basketball)
When: August 22–23
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Tickets: Free
Twenty-four of the top American high school basketball players compete in a slam-dunk contest and a game outside at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2. Chances are there will be a future star or two in the mix: past editions of the game have included a whopping 40 NBA draft picks (including the most recent top pick, Andrew Wiggins). Admission is free.

Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game
When: August 21
Where: Barclays Center 
Tickets: ticketmaster.com 
New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia and former Yankee (now Seattle Mariner) Robinson Cano captain celebrity basketball teams. Though exactly how famous their team members will be remains an open question until we see the rosters, this is a chance to see Cano back in New York City with his old teammate. Proceeds will benefit Sabathia's and Cano's charitable organizations.

US Open Tennis Championships
When: August 25–September 8
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Tickets: usopen.com
Millions watch the US Open not only to see great tennis but also to be part of an event that has produced icons—like the Williams sisters and Rafael Nadal—who have ascended from mere sports stardom to full-blown celebrity. 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.

Brazil vs. Ecuador (soccer)
When: September 9
Where: MetLife Stadium 
Tickets: ticketmaster.com 
Those who don't want the international soccer fun to end after the World Cup can take heart as MetLife Stadium hosts a friendly clash of CONMEBOL powers. It's part of the Brazilian team's tour through the United States.

Dew Tour City Championships: Brooklyn
When: September 20–21
Where: House of Vans 
More Info: dewtour.com
Specific information is scant right now, but we do know that the traveling extreme sports competition is coming to Brooklyn, and will bring top skateboarders and BMX riders to town. Check the official Dew Tour website for details, including participating athletes and ticket information, as they become available.

New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils
When:
September 26
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
The Islanders are scheduled to move to Brooklyn in the fall of 2015, and fans can see them take the Barclays Center ice a bit early in this preseason matchup against New Jersey's entrant in the NHL. It's a chance to watch Islanders star John Tavares and living legend Jaromir Jagr of the Devils—who, yes, is still playing—up close.

New York City Marathon
When: November 2
Where: All five boroughs, finishing at Central Park 
More Info: tcsnycmarathon.org
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.

2K Sports Classic
When:
November 20–21
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Syracuse, Texas, California and Iowa compete in an early-season hoops tournament at Madison Square Garden. It's a chance to see young talent find its feet long before the pressure of March—and Syracuse, in particular, always brings passionate fans to the Garden.

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
When:
November 21–22
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Stanford, Temple, UNLV and the singularly polarizing college basketball force known as Duke square off at Barclays Center early in the season. The action on the court and the atmosphere in the stands should make for a fun weekend, and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Lehigh vs. Lafayette (football)
When:
November 22
Where: Yankee Stadium
Tickets: Stay tuned for details
It may not get the same press as, say, Auburn vs. Alabama, but the Lehigh vs. Lafayette football rivalry is the most-played one in college history. For their 150th meeting, they'll square off in the Bronx.

Legends Classic
When:
November 24–25
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Villanova, Michigan, VCU and Oregon—2014 NCAA Tournament teams, all—play at the Barclays Center. While we can't endorse using the term "Championship Rounds" to describe semifinals that are preordained no matter what happens earlier in this so-called "tournament," the action during these two days should be a treat for college basketball fans.

Barclays Center Classic
When:
November 28
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
La Salle, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and 2014 ACC champion Virginia square off in Brooklyn in this early-season tournament.

Cornell vs. Penn State (Hockey)
When:
November 29
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Cornell has a long history of success in Division I college hockey, while Penn State has only recently brought its program to the highest level. The two schools, both of which have plenty of enthusiastic New York City alumni, face off in Madison Square Garden's annual college hockey showcase.

Pro Bull Riders
When:
January 16–18, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
While a bull-riding competition in New York City might seem as incongruous as a kosher deli in Alabama, this Professional Bull Riders (PBR) showdown has quickly become one of the City's most anticipated annual sporting events. The action is fast and tough, and involves trying to hold on to a one-ton bucking bull for eight seconds. For details on how pro bull riding works—as told by one of the sport's greats, Ty Murray—check out our article on 2010's PBR Madison Square Garden Invitational.

NBA All-Star Weekend
When:
February 13–15, 2015
Where: Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Stay tuned
The NBA's stars come to New York City for three days—Brooklyn's Barclays Center is set to host events like the Rising Stars game and the Slam Dunk Contest, while Madison Square Garden will be the site of the game itself.

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.

NYC Mayor's Cup
When: January (Wrestling), March (Basketball), April (Outdoor Track & Field), May (Chess), June (Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Cricket), October (Cross Country), November (Soccer)
More Info: facebook.com/nycmayorscup
NYC & Company (the parent organization of nycgo.com) organizes 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. Many NYC Mayor's Cup alumni have already moved on to Division I college teams. The competition is fierce, and admission is always free. For more information, visit the official NYC Mayor's Cup Facebook page.

related venues/(9)

  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.
    Queens – 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
    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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