Ten New York Sporting Meccas

New York holds a wealth of treasures for visiting sports fans. Visitors to New York are spoilt for choice in terms of the number of different sports and events to attend in the city. From the iconic New York Yankees baseball team to the ardours of the New York Marathon, there’s plenty of juicy sports action going down in the Big Apple.

The sights, the sounds, the smells… you have to be there to really get a feel for the passion for sports in this buzzing metropolis. Grab some flights to New York and experience this city’s sporting thrills and spills for yourself!

Baseball: New York Yankees

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The biggest team and arguably the biggest sporting obsession in New York. The Yankees moved to a new Yankee Stadium in 2009 and won the World Series in the same year at their new home. They hold the record for Series championships and also hold 40 American League penants.

Baseball: New York Mets

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The New York Mets are based in Queens, and play in the East Division of the National League. They are widely referred to as the ‘Amazins’ by both fans and commentators.

Football: New York Jets

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The New York Jets share the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey with the New York Giants. The Jets play in the Eastern Division of the AFC, in the NFL.

Football: New York Giants

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The New York Giants are the city’s NFL team, and play in the Eastern Division of the NFC. The Giants are the only surviving team of the five which joined the NFL back in 1925, and are the third most successful in NFL history, with seven titles.

Hockey: New York Rangers

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The New York Rangers hockey team play in the National Hockey League, and home games are played at Madison Square Garden. Founded in 1926, they are one of the oldest teams in the league.

Basketball: New York Knicks

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This team’s full title, the ‘New York Knickerbockers’ is generally not used, and they are familiarly referred to as simply the ‘Knicks’. The Knicks, along with the Boston Celtics, are one of only two NBA teams to still play in the city they were formed in.

Soccer: NY Red Bulls

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New York is represented in Major League Soccer by the New York Red Bulls. The team got their current name after being sold to Red Bull in March 2006.

Tennis: US Open

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One of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, the US Open at Flushing Meadows in Queens is also one of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the tour. The main arena, the Arthur Ashe stadium, is a 22,547-seat giant. Its wonderfully well maintained courts feature the DecoTurf surface for fast play.

Running: New York Marathon

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One of the largest marathons in the world in terms of competitors, the New York City Marathon attracted over 43,000 runners in 2009. The marathon has taken place every year since 1970 and its course now runs through each of the five boroughs of New York.

Boxing: Madison Square Gardens

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