Whether you enjoy the nostalgia of baseball or the exhilarating intensity of ice hockey, New York has some of the top sports stadiums in the world. New York is home to both modern and historic stadiums that add a little something to the experience of watching your favourite sport live. If you're visiting New York, use this visitor's guide to New York stadiums to plan your night out to see these exciting games in person.
Located in Concourse, Bronx, Yankee Stadium is the home field for Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and Major League Soccer's New York City FC. Built as a replacement to the original Yankee Stadium, the current stadium has similar design elements, such as a layout like the original 1923 stadium's stands and grandstand seating. The stadium is also home to Monument Park, an attraction with Yankees' retired numbers and monuments and plaques to notable players, and New York Yankees Museum, a museum with team memorabilia like balls autographed by players and a tribute to Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
Tickets to both baseball and non-baseball games are available through the stadium's website. The stadium can be reached via the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station complex from the 4, B and D trains of the subway and the East 153rd Street station of the Metro-North Railroad. The Bx1, Bx2, Bx6, SBS and Bx13 bus routes also travel to the stadium. You could also hire a car to drive to the stadium, which has multiple parking lots and garages.
Citi Field is a baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park that's home to Major League Baseball's New York Mets. The new stadium replaces the former Shea Stadium. Similar to the logo of the Mets, the stadium uses a bridge motif in its architecture as a homage to the bridges of the city. One of the highlights of Citi Field is the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, commemorating the Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson, which features images, quotes and a sculpture of his number 42, which is retired throughout the league. The stadium also has the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, which holds the team's World Series trophies, artefacts from the team and plaques for the Hall of Fame inductees.
The stadium is located in Queens and can be reached via the subway from the IRT Flushing Line. The New York Water Taxi offers a free ferry to the stadium before every game, which departs from Pier 11-Wall Street and East 34th Street Ferry Landing. The stadium is near many major highways as well, making it easy to reach by car.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, Madison Square Garden is an indoor arena that's used for a variety of professional sports, including ice hockey and basketball, as well as performing arts events, boxing, wrestling and more. The arena is home to the National Hockey League's New York Rangers and the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks. It's one of the oldest sports facilities in the city and hosts hundreds of events each year. The arena has several features honouring sports and entertainment history, including the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame and the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.
Madison Square Garden is near many of the city's landmarks and above Pennsylvania Station, a major transportation hub for the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. The arena can be reached via the subway from 8th Avenue, 7th Avenue and Herald Square.
Located within the Meadowlands Sports Complex in neighbouring New Jersey, MetLife Stadium is home to 2 of the city's major sports teams, the National Football League's New York Giants and the New York Jets. As one of the few stadiums in the world supporting 2 city teams, the stadium was inspired by Allianz Arena in Munich to create a design with louvres, glass and interior lighting that can change colours in support of the team playing. The stadium also has 4 locker rooms for both home teams and visiting teams.
MetLife Stadium is easily reached by car via Exit 16W on the New Jersey Turnpike. You can also get to the stadium from the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus from Port Authority or the 353 Bus from New Jersey Transit. On event days, the Meadowlands Rail Line has connecting service to Pennsylvania Station in New York City.
The Red Bull Arena is a soccer stadium in New Jersey that's home to Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls and the National Women's Soccer League's Sky Blue FC. The design of the arena is reminiscent of European soccer stadiums with top-notch seating and optimal sightlines. One of the arena's best features is the 'Red Ring of Honor', an attraction honouring the 20 best players in the first 20 seasons of the club.
The arena is approximately 7 miles west of Lower Manhattan. The arena is accessible via the Harrison station of the Newark-World Trade Center train of the PATH rapid transit system. You could also take a designated Red Bulls shuttle bus on game days from Newark Penn Station or Newark Broad Street Station. If you prefer to drive, you can reach the arena from the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and McCarter Highway.
Icahn Stadium is a track-and-field facility in Manhattan. It features an International Association of Athletics Federations Class 1-certified running track that boasts a Mondo Super X Performance surface and hosts many track and field events, as well as lacrosse and soccer. It's also hosted some prestigious events, such as the Reebok Grand Prix and the Adidas Grand Prix.
You can reach Icahn Stadium by bus lines M15 and M35, subway on line 6 and train from Harlem and Hudson. You could also walk to the stadium from one of the many pedestrian pathways that connect the boroughs.
If you're looking for a fun live sports experience in New York City, be sure to visit one of these exciting stadiums on your next trip to the city. Take a look at New York City holidays to plan your trip and check out more attractions in New York City!