Best NYC Sporting Events to See in Fall 2019 staff

New York City Marathon. Photo: Julienne Schaer

New York City Marathon

November 3
Starts on the Staten Island side of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Around 50,000 runners are slated to participate in this 26.2-mile race through all five boroughs of New York City. Amateurs compete alongside professionals in one of the most exciting, festive days of sports in NYC or anywhere in the world. It’s an inspiring event to watch (millions do so): choose a spot from which to spectate and cheer on the runners. The finish line is near Tavern on the Green in Central Park.

Courtesy, New York Mets

Mets and Yankees Baseball

Through September 29 (regular season); playoffs start as soon as October 1
Citi Field and Yankee Stadium

The Yankees have a big lead in the American League East and are virtually assured a spot in the postseason. Keep an eye out for playoff tickets, and consider cheering them on down the stretch. A three-game series with the Angels (September 17–19), who are led by generational talent Mike Trout, might be an especially good time to head for the Bronx. No one is sure how the Mets’ roller-coaster season will finish, but they’re in the thick of the National League Wild Card race. Their fate could come down to the last weekend of the season, September 27–29, against their nemeses from Atlanta.

New York Giants. Photo: Evan Pinkos

Jets and Giants Football

September 8–December 29 (regular season)
MetLife Stadium

The New York City area’s football teams play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, accessible from Midtown Manhattan by bus from Port Authority or train from Penn Station. The Jets, led by young quarterback Sam Darnold, kick off their season on September 8 and host the defending champion New England Patriots on October 21. The Giants, with star running back Saquon Barkley, play their first home game on September 15 and face historical rival Dallas on November 4. The Jets and Giants meet each other in a rare regular-season matchup on November 10.

Red Bulls. Photo: Ben Solomon

Red Bulls and New York City FC Soccer

Through September 29 (regular season); playoffs start as soon as October 19
Red Bull Arena and Yankee Stadium

There’s not much regular season left in Major League Soccer, but both of the New York area’s teams are hanging tough in the top part of the table. Chances are both will qualify for the playoffs and chase an MLS Cup title, so stay tuned.

New York Rangers. Courtesy, Getty Images

Rangers and Islanders Hockey

October 3–April 4 (regular season)
Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum

New York City’s hockey teams—the Rangers, who are full-time residents at Madison Square Garden, and the Islanders, who plan to split the season between Nassau County and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center—return this fall. The Rangers host Winnipeg on October 3, while the Islanders’ first Brooklyn game is on October 6. The bitter rivals don’t play each other until the winter, but seeing any NHL game in NYC is always an intense experience.

Knicks and Nets Basketball

October 23–April 15 (regular season)
Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center

The young Knicks, whose roster includes promising players like Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith and rookie RJ Barrett, start the season against the Celtics on October 26. No matter what, Madison Square Garden is always packed for the Knicks, and the crowd frequently includes some of the club’s celebrity fans. The Nets had a bonanza of an off-season; while new addition Kevin Durant is injured won’t be ready at the start of the season, we hope to see fellow free-agent signee Kyrie Irving on the court as the Nets host the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 23.