5 Places to Catch a Game in New York

When living in (or visiting) New York City (and by the way, nobody here ever calls it The Big Apple), it’s requisite to identify as a Mets or Yankees fan. From there, it all gets easier.

The good news is if you’re a sports enthusiast, you’re in the right place! Here is a list of the pro stadiums and teams in and around town.

Yankee Stadium

Home of the New York Yankees (a.k.a. the Bronx Bombers), the “new” Yankees Stadium (1 E. 161 St.,The Bronx, www.mlb.com/yankees/ballpark) seats up to 54,251 fans and maintains several design features of the 1923 original (now a museum). For soccer nuts, the stadium also hosts the New York City Football Club, (nycfc.com).


Citi Field 

Located in the Flushing Meadows, Corona Park section of Queens, Citi Field (41 Seaver Way, Queens, mlb.com) is the home field of the New York Mets baseball team. All 41,922 seats in the park are green in honor of the Polo Grounds. Demolished in 1964, it was the original ballpark of the Mets.  


Barclays Center
This multipurpose, 13,917-seat Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, barclayscenter.com) is home to three New York pro teams: The Brooklyn Nets (men’s basketball), the New York Liberty (women’s basketball), and the New York Islanders (men’s hockey). The Islanders also play alternate games at another venue, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (nycblive.com) in Uniondale, located about seven miles past the eastern limits of the Borough of Queens. 


Madison Square Garden 

Madison Square Garden (“The Garden,” 4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan, msg.com) is the resident court of the New York Knicks men’s basketball team. The 20,789-seat arena is located directly above New York Penn Station.


MetLife Stadium 

You’ll need to either drive or (preferably) take “the train to the game” from Penn Station to see either of New York City’s pro football teams at MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. metlifestadium.com). The New York Giants and the New York Jets share this 82,500-seat venue, which is located roughly 12 miles outside of Midtown Manhattan.  


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