New Yorkers love sports. Anyone who grew up in New York could probably tell you they spent their days playing basketball or baseball after school. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, New York’s teams have become so iconic, their names and their stadiums are recognizable by anyone — this includes people from out of state.
Although fans of one sport might argue that it’s relevance in New York is higher than another sport, it’s hard to argue about the unifying power that sports has on people. Even if fans of different teams or of different sports disagree, there still lies the fact that they had something to disagree on, something to talk to each other about. This feeling of unity — even if it’s unity through dissent — is palpable at every sporting event throughout New York. For this very reason, going to a sport’s event is a must when in the Big Apple.
The New York Knicks
One of the most iconic teams is the New York Knicks. The Knicks’ name came from a name in the book “History of New York.” The author of the book published under a pseudonym with the last name Knickerbocker — a name that stuck and was shortened to its current nickname.
The Knicks play at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan. The start for the 2018-2019 NBA season will be in October and will run through June. If you’re visiting New York during this time, a great idea would be to catch a game.
The Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets play their home games at Barclays Center over in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights. It is a controversial New Yorker topic for which is the better team. The Nets were originally part of the ABA, another Basketball association, until 1976 and they were qualified to be admitted into the National Basketball Association. The Nets haven’t won any championships yet, compared to the Knicks’ 2, but the Nets are a much younger team.
The New York Liberty is one of New York’s most underrated teams. This women’s basketball team plays at the Westchester County Center. The team has an iconic logo that features the statue of liberty with the flames as a basketball — a reminder of how hard this team plays.
The long-standing argument about whether the Yankees or the Mets are New York’s main baseball team has yet to be left in the dust. Both teams have remained extremely relevant to New York culture up until now and it doesn’t seem as if they’ll be disappearing anytime soon.
The Mets play at CitiField located in Queens. The stadium is easily accessible via the 7 train and is a major attractions during baseball season. Tickets can go for cheap, so if you’re in the area, make sure to check them out!
The Yankees are another team that is iconic to New York. The stripped uniform that this baseball team wears is recognizable anywhere you go. Like Mets’ games, tickets can go for cheap, if you don’t mind sitting in the bleachers. If you don’t like baseball, go for the experience. There is nothing like sitting back with a beer, a hot dog and some friends to watch a game.
The Yankees can be found playing at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Hockey has been known for a long time as a violent sport. Many people would even argue that you watch a game just for the fights — these people aren’t true fans! Any fan of hockey knows that what makes the game great is the fast-paced gameplay that all the skilled players bring. The fast skating from one side of the rink to the other and the satisfaction of getting a complicated shot in the net.
The Rangers play at Madison Square Garden.
Just like the Rangers, the Islanders are another team that shares the state of New York. New Yorkers may disagree on which team is better, but around the board, it’s still New York pride.
Catch the Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Football has become a staple of American life. Almost every large university has its own football team, with players that get drafted to the NFL every year. Seeing a star rise and predicting how teams and players will do is one of the largest appeals to sports. People like to talk about the “what ifs.”
The Giants are one of New York’s two football teams. Through a unique arrangement both New York football teams play at the MetLife Stadium.
Now that sports betting might become bigger in the future with legality laws changing, keeping a eye on how teams are doing might be a good idea, even if it’s just for your fantasy team.
The Jets are the other New York football team. They can also be found at the MetLife Stadium.
Even if you aren’t into football, or sports for that matter, going to a game can be exciting. The crowds go wild for the teams that they root for, and the SuperBowl is known around the world for its impressive halftime show. Fans are notorious for getting crazy for their teams, which can be messy at times, but is also one of the reasons that seeing a live game is so much fun. Especially with football games, tailgating before the game is almost a ritual done with friends. People come together for the sake of a common interest and to enjoy themselves. Next time you’re in New York, go check out one of the iconic New York teams and sports!