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by staff, 12/24/2013

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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

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
When: October through April
Where: Barclays Center
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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.

[Update: 4/17/2014] The Nets are in the NBA playoffs, and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round. They'll play at home on April 25 and 27, and, if necessary, May 2. If you can't find tickets at Ticketmaster, you may want to try

New York Rangers Hockey
When: October through April
Where: Madison Square Garden
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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.

[Update: 4/17/2014] The Rangers have reached the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, where they will face the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers' home games are scheduled for April 17 and 20, and, if necessary, April 27 and 30. If you can't find tickets at Ticketmaster, try

New York Mets Baseball
When: Home opener is March 31; regular season continues through late September
Where: Citi Field
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 continues through late September
Where: Yankee Stadium
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 Basketball
When: May through September
Where: Madison Square Garden
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: June through September
Where: MCU Park
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 like "Trash Your Ex" and "Mustache Mayhem" nights. Future Mets like Ike Davis and Bobby Parnell were Cyclones before reaching the big leagues.

Staten Island Yankees Baseball
When: June through September
Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark
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 Knicks Basketball
When: October through April
Where: Madison Square Garden
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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 Giants Football
When: September through December
Where: MetLife Stadium
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 Jets Football
When: September through December
Where: MetLife Stadium
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 Red Bulls Soccer
When: Home opener is March 15; regular season continues through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
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.

Special Events:
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
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
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.

Run for the Wild
April 26
Where: Bronx Zoo
Money raised from this scenic 5K race (and family fun run/walk, immediately following), set entirely within zoo grounds, will be used to protect elephants in their natural habitat. Participating adults will be expected to raise $30 for the cause, and will receive free admission to the zoo and a race T-shirt for their efforts.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour
May 4
Where: Route passes through all five boroughs
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During the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, approximately 32,000 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.

NFL Draft
  May 8–10
Where: Radio City Music Hall
Tickets: Free
It doesn't cost anything to see NFL teams take their pick of the best college players turning pro—just show up early and wait in line. This year's event takes on extra historical significance as defensive lineman Michael Sam of Missouri would become, if selected, the first openly gay player in the league.

Brooklyn Half Marathon
May 17
Where: Starts near the Brooklyn Museum and ends at Coney Island
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To the extent that you can enjoy scenery of any kind while running 13.1 miles as fast as you can, this ranks as one of the prettier routes for NYC footraces—passing through Prospect Park and along Ocean Parkway before finishing by the beach at Coney Island. The race is sold out, but you can still cheer on competitors along the route and attend the "pre-party" taking place at Brooklyn Bridge Park May 14–16. The festivities will include basketball, roller-skating, handball, bocce and, for the particularly hip, shuffleboard—plus food, beer and music. For more on the party, visit

New York Liberty Basketball
When: Home opener is May 17; regular season continues through mid-August
Where: Madison Square Garden
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.

Jamaica vs. Serbia (soccer)
May 26
Where: Red Bull Arena
International squads square off on the pitch of the Red Bulls' home stadium.

USA vs. Turkey (soccer)
June 1
Where: Red Bull Arena
Tickets: Information TBA; details available from the US Soccer Supporters Club
The American soccer team faces Turkey in one of its last tune-ups before heading to the World Cup in Brazil. If the team plays well, the crowd in this relatively intimate venue could get festive and loud.

Greece vs. Bolivia (soccer)
June 6
Where: Red Bull Arena
Greece's national soccer team faces Bolivia in a tune-up before the World Cup.

Belmont Stakes
June 7
Where: Belmont Park
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. (Post time for the Belmont Stakes is still to be determined, so stay tuned for further details.)

Adidas Grand Prix
June 14
Where: Icahn Stadium
International track-and-field stars Yohan Blake, Bohdan Bondarenko, Jenn Suhr and a slew of other elite athletes compete for glory and prize money on Randalls Island. 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.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
July 4
Where: Coney Island
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With a combination of steely grit, limber lips and highly expandable stomachs, competitors in the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest devour wieners galore to the delight of throngs of screaming fans. A select group of skilled eaters convene at high noon, eating Nathan's dogs (and buns) for 10 minutes straight, stopping for nothing—not ketchup, not mustard, not even a french fry. In the 2013 battle, Joey Chestnut defended his men's title by devouring a world record 69 dogs. Don't miss this year's competition, which continues a tradition organizers claim was established in 1916 (historians, take note—records for the event extend no further back than the early 1970s).

International Champions Cup Soccer
July 24 and 30
Where: Citi Field and Yankee Stadium
Powerhouse European soccer teams compete at New York City's baseball stadiums, with AC Milan taking on Olympiakos in Queens and Liverpool facing Manchester City in the Bronx.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
August 9–10
Where: Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
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In addition to the athletes speeding their boats through Meadow Lake, this event features an array of entertainment to mark the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Past years have included kung fu demonstrations by the Shaolin Temple warrior monks; traditional music, dance and art from China, Mexico and Peru; and a diverse, delicious selection of international foods. Expect a similarly fun-filled, multicultural weekend this time around as well. Of course, the central happenings are still the dragon boat races themselves, during which some 180 teams pilot long, colorful vessels in pursuit of trophies and cash prizes.

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
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. The team will come from a preliminary roster that includes such NBA stars as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwight Howard.

US Open Tennis Championships
When: August 25–September 8
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
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.

New York City Marathon
When: November 2
Where: All five boroughs, 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.

Legends Classic
November 24–25
Where: Barclays Center
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
November 28
Where: Barclays Center
La Salle, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and 2014 ACC champion Virginia square off in Brooklyn in this early-season tournament.

NYC Mayor's Cup
When: Various dates
Where: Various locations
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NYC & Company 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 11 different sports. 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
    110th St
    Multiple Locations
  3. 9
    USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11368

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