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by 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

New York Jets Football
When: Home opener September 7; regular season runs 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 Giants Football
Home opener September 14; regular season runs 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.

Brooklyn Bolts Football
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.

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

New York Rangers Hockey
Home opener October 12; regular season runs 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.

New York Knicks Basketball
Home opener October 29; regular season runs 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.

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
Home opener November 3; regular season runs 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.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
When: February 16–17
Where: Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94
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.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
Regular season runs from March through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
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
Regular season runs March–October, starting in 2015
Where: Yankee Stadium
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
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
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
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
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
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.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Rounds
When: July 2015
Where: MetLife Stadium
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.

NYRR Millrose Games
When: February 15
Where: New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory
The Millrose Games—which have taken place in New York City since 1909—return for another year at The Armory, home to one of the world’s fastest indoor tracks. Over the years, the games have seen memorable performances from the likes of Carl Lewis, Mary Decker and Bernard Lagat. The meet’s most famous event is the Wanamaker Mile, won last year by American Will Leer.

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.

WWE Wrestling
October 6 and December 26
Where: Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden
Tickets: and
WWE cranks out one of America's most enduringly popular sporting events, and NYC arenas will host the organization's stars twice this fall and winter. 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.

NYC Mayor's Cup
When: November 15–16 (soccer), December 20 (wrestling), March (basketball), April (outdoor track & field), May (chess), June (lacrosse, baseball, softball and cricket), October (cross-country)
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NYC & Company (the parent organization of 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.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State (Football)
December 27
Where: Yankee Stadium
The Boston College Eagles of the ACC and the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten meet in a clash of schools with enthusiastic New York City alumni bases. BC had an up-and-down season but did defeat No. 24 USC and took national title contender Florida State down to the wire. Penn State's campaign was a roller coaster too, but they took Ohio State (another playoff participant) to double overtime. In other words, the Bronx crowd could be in for a fun game.

Harlem Globetrotters
When: December 27, January 2–3, 2015
Where: Barclays Center and  Madison Square Garden

Having read the words Harlem Globetrotters, chances are you already have "Sweet Georgia Brown" (their whistled jazz theme music) in your head. Such is the team's indelible impact. The Globetrotters—known for their irrepressible tomfoolery (most basketball teams don't dump colorful confetti on the opposition) and preposterous winning percentage—seldom fail to elicit oohs, aahs and smiles from an adoring public.

JP Morgan Tournament of Champions (Squash)
January 16–23, 2015
Where: Grand Central Terminal
This event, held at a gorgeous glass-walled squash court in the middle of Grand Central Terminal, could attract more than a few new fans who might mistake it for the railroad depot's similarly sleek Apple Store. It's free to watch the games through the front wall (though spectators can also buy premium seating right up against the court), and the action moves at a blistering pace as players fling themselves back and forth and sometimes onto the playing surface. Their ruthless jostling for position might remind commuters of their own daily routine.

Pro Bull Riders
January 16–18, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden
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
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
December 19, 2015
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: Check 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
March 17–19, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check 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)
March 18 and 20, 2016
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets: Check 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)
March 24 and 26, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden
Tickets: Check 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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  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
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    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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