New York City Annual Sport Events
NYC often hosts world famous sporting events, including the US Open Golf 4 times in the last 10 years and the annual US Open Tennis in at the USTA in Flushing, Queens. Both events are so much fun to attend, as they are easy to get to from New York City (public transportation) and always draw famous athletes and audiences from around the globe. Not only can you see famous athletes – but there are almost guaranteed
star-sightings as well.
And even where there isn’t a global sporting event, you can always catch one of our professional sports teams, including the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets and Knicks.
US Open Tennis
August – September
A trip to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center‘s magnificent Arthur Ashe Stadium promises to be a tennis fan’s experience of a lifetime.
The center includes the Grandstand, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with dozens more tennis courts.
The match schedule is posted on www.usopen.org every night.
Traditionally, three matches are played in Ashe Stadium in the Day Session and two matches in the Evening Session.
Billie Jean King Cup
Held annually, in March
Madison Square Garden
(The ING) New York City Marathon
Held annually, the First Sunday of November
This race is amazing to watch and I always have a friend or two running. I love to cheer them on (while I have a Bloody Mary in hand, of course). The race attracts world-class professional athletes for the $600,000 in prize money as well as the chance to run before two million cheering spectators! The marathon goes through the streets of New York’s five boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The course unites dozens of culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods, crosses five bridges, and finishes at Tavern on the Green in world-famous Central Park.
National Invitation Tournament (NIT)
The longest running postseason tournament in college basketball, the NIT selects 32 teams after the NCAA Tournament is selected each year. Held at Madison Square Garden (www.thegarden.com).
US Open Golf
June 15-21, 2009 (future dates not announced)
Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
Tickets are offered first to USGA members in an annual lottery starting the prior year. Most of the tickets are sold in packages (3 day, 5 day), meaning many people will try and sell for the days they can’t go. Check out Craigslist and StubHub for access to tickets. If you can, try and attend a practice round – it’s actually as much fun as the finals and the players tend to be more accessible and sign autographs.
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