July 21st, 2011 by Sport Guy
Sports travel is a growing sector of the travel industry, with sport fans taking the opportunity to combine a city break with watching top stars in action, and few cities can rival New York when it comes to sports action.
All year round, there are great sporting events taking place in the Big Apple. So, whether you’re a fan of tennis, basketball, baseball, American football, ice hockey or any other sport, New York is a wonderful place to visit.
It’s quite easy to find cheap flights to New York, on sites like expedia or lastminute, so hopefully you’ll have some cash left over to buy tickets.
Flushing Meadows is the place to head to in August or September (the weeks before and after Labor Day weekend) for the US Open tennis tournament.
The US Open is the last one of the four Grand Slam tournaments each year, and is played on 33 courts. The biggest and most famous is the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which hosts the final and can seat 23,200 spectators.
Two of the newest sports venues in the city are the new baseball parks where the New York Yankees and the New York Mets play.
Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, replacing the stadium of the same name that was built in 1923. The Yankees, the most successful team in Major League Baseball history, play their 81 home games each season at the 50,000 seat stadium, which is in The Bronx.
The Mets’ new stadium, Citi Field in Queens, also opened in 2009 and has a 41,800 capacity.
Madison Square Garden in Manhattan is renowned as being one of the iconic venues for boxing title fights, and these days it hosts both NBA basketball (the Knicks) and NHL ice hockey (the Rangers).
If you’re a football fan, you might want to check out the New York Red Bulls at their 25,000-seat venue, Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
You’ll have to visit New Jersey, also, if you want to watch American Football, as both the New York Giants and the New York Jets play at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford.
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