NYC Sports Calendar

NYC Sports

by staff, 08/16/2014 [Updated 11/25/2015]

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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 Red Bulls Soccer
 Home opener is March 22; regular season runs through October
Where: Red Bull Arena
[Update, 11/9: The Red Bulls have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, and will host the second leg of their playoff series against the Columbus Crew on November 29 at Red Bull Arena. The aggregate winner gets a spot in the MLS Cup. For tickets, visit]

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
 Home opener is March 15; regular season runs through October
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.

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
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
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 Liberty
Photo: Julienne Schaer

New York Liberty Basketball
When: Opening night is June 5; regular season runs through August
Where: Madison Square Garden
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.

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball
When: Home opener is June 17; regular season runs through early 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, 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
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 13; regular season runs through December 27
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 20; regular season runs through January 3
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 Rangers Hockey
Home opener October 10; regular season runs through April
Where: Madison Square Garden
Full Schedule and Tickets:
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
Home opener October 9; regular season runs through April
Where: Barclays Center
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.

On Friday, December 4, the Islanders will host an FDNY Night during which firefighters, EMS workers and their guests will receive discounts in honor of the FDNY's 150th anniversary. For details, email

Brooklyn Nets Basketball
Home opener October 28; regular season runs through April 13
Where: Barclays Center
Full Schedule and Tickets:
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
Home opener October 29; regular season runs through April 10
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 Cosmos Soccer
April through October
Where: Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, NY)
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 Riveters (Women's Professional Hockey)
Home opener October 18; season runs through February 14
Where: Aviator Sports Complex
Tickets: TBA; check 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 Lizards Lacrosse
April through July
Where: Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, NY)
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
Home opener October 2; regular season runs through October 30
Where: MCU Park
Tickets: TBD; check 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:
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.

Battle of the Badges (boxing)
November 20
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
The New York City Police Department and Fire Department are known for protecting the citizenry from felons and flames, but when they step into the boxing ring, "nobody can protect them from each other!"—or so the MSG website says. Indeed, this event pits New York's Finest against New York's Bravest in a series of slugfests. Who will win? As is the case with their lifesaving work, the answer must be the public at large—it's sure to be an entertaining evening.

CBS Sports Classic
December 19
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.

Michigan vs. Penn State (basketball and hockey doubleheader)
When: January 30, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden 
Tickets: Check 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.

Big East Indoor Track Championships
When: February 26–27, 2016
Where: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
More Info:
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.

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. 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)
March 18 and 20, 2016
Where: Barclays Center
Tickets:, on sale beginning October 17
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). 

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.

Copa America
When: June 3–26, 2016
Where: MetLife Stadium
Tickets: TBA
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 ten venues throughout the United States, including MetLife Stadium in the New York metropolitan area. 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. Stay tuned for details on who's going to be playing here, and when.

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament (basketball)
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)
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.

Big Ten Tournament (Basketball)
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.

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.
    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
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    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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