Activities & Places For Sports Fans To Check Out While Visiting New York
The state of New York offers so much to travelers: History, beautiful scenery, artwork, culture, landmarks/tourist attractions, mouthwatering foods and entertainment — including Broadway plays and sporting events.
The Empire State is the place to be if you’re a passionate sports fan who would like to enjoy all sorts of special experiences during a vacation. As far as sports go, few places in the world offer as much unique history as the Big Apple.
New York has multiple sports teams in each of the “big four “ North American professional sports leagues: The NFL’s New York Giants, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, the NHL’s New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres and the New York Mets and New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. It should be noted that the Giants and Jets actually play their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It’s already been a year since the Empire State launched mobile/online and in-person sports betting. There are plenty of special New York sportsbook promo codes available to new customers upon signing up, including $150 in free bets from FanDuel if you bet $5, $200 in free bets from DraftKings if you wager $5 and five second chance bets worth up to $100 each from PointsBet.
Here are some of the best and most popular activities and places to visit during your stay in New York.
See A Rangers Or Knicks Game At MSG
Madison Square Garden is often referred to as “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, and for good reason.
Located in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden opened back in 1968. It serves as the home of the Rangers and Knicks, but MSG is also used for other sporting events (WWE events, college sports, etc.) and major concerts.
Madison Square Garden is one of the top must-see places in the world for any sports fan. Regardless of where the teams are in the standings, Knicks and Rangers fans provide a playoff-like atmosphere for every home game.
The NHL and NBA regular seasons always begin in October and run through mid-April. So sports fans planning a trip to New York have a nice six-month gap there to check out a game at the legendary MSG venue.
Buffalo Bills Game At Highmark Stadium
The Bills clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time in five years here in 2022. They’ve emerged as one of the NFL’s premier teams under GM Brandon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott and superstar quarterback Josh Allen.
Even before Buffalo returned to the club of the NFL’s elite, “Bills Mafia” was always providing a rock concert-like atmosphere for home games at Highmark Stadium. This was always a noisy and difficult atmosphere for opposing teams to visit, but it’s even harder now that the Bills are an annual Super Bowl contender.
Bills fans alone made Highmark Stadium worth visiting. Now that Buffalo is a top team in the AFC, led by the aforementioned Allen, sports fans coming to New York should be extra motivated to check out a game here.
See A Yankees Game, Monument Park & The Team Museum At Yankee Stadium
The New York Yankees are the most storied and successful franchise in American sports, with 27 World Series Championship banners in their trophy room.
This team has a winning culture that has lasted over a century, and there’s simply nothing like going to Yankee Stadium for a ball game. Led by superstars Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton, the Pinstripes are must-watch television every year.
Of course, there’s a lot more to enjoy at Yankee Stadium besides a baseball game.
Any baseball fanatic would greatly enjoy the chance to learn more about the historic franchise at the New York Yankees Museum, which is located at the team’s home venue of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The museum opened the same year as the ballpark, back in 2009.
There is a long list of special memorabilia located inside the museum. Whether you’re a Yankees fan or not, you’ll simply be blown away and very appreciate of the history and experience that the museum offers.
Monument Park, another museum located inside the stadium, celebrates the history of the franchise’s greatest and most influential players. At Monument Park, fans can check out retired numbers and plaques of legends like Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Phil Rizzuto, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson and more.