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New York SportNot many cities boasts as many top sports teams, acres of parkland and state-of-the-art sports complexes, New York is a sports hotbed, offering the very best in spectator sports and a comprehensive array of activities for sports lovers. The city's best indoor participant sports venue is the ultra-modern Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex www.chelseapiers.com, a 12-hectare (30-acre) facility situated on four beautifully restored early 20th-century piers at 23rd Street at West Side Highway, on the Hudson River. The complex has everything from a rock-climbing wall to an inline skating rink driving range and trampoline classes all of which can be done on a daily pass or as a member

 

Visitors interested in aquiring tickets to games are advised to book  well in advance, as sell-outs are not uncommon. Ticketmaster (tel: (212) 307 7171; website: www.ticketmaster.com) is the best and most recognised way for one to purchase a ticket to a New York sporting event.Please do not buy scalped tickets outside the arenas as they are often fakes and you will find yourself out of money and unable to enter.

 

With two Major League teams, the baseball season, which runs from April to October, attracts huge crowds to two major stadiums in the area. Shea Stadium, 123 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, Queens (tel: (718) 507 METS or 6387 or TIXX or 8499 for tickets), is home to the New York Mets (website: www.mets.com). The New York Yankees (website: www.yankees.com), the most successful baseball team in US history, can be found at Yankee Stadium, East 161st Street and River Avenue, in the Bronx (tel: (718) 293 6000).

 

The local basketball season runs from October to April. Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue, between 31st Street and 33rd Street, Manhattan (tel: (212) 465 6741; website: www.thegarden.com), is the home of the celebrated New York Knickerbockers, or Knicks (website: www.nba.com/knicks), as well as New York Liberty (website: www.wnba.com/liberty), the popular womens team.

 

American football teams from New York include the Giants (tel: (201) 935 8222; website: www.giants.com) and New York Jets (tel: (516) 560 8200; website: www.newyorkjets.com). The American football season kicks off in September. These two leading teams now play in New Jersey, at the Giants Stadium,in the Meadowlands Sports Complex (tel: (201) 935 3900; website: www.meadowlands.com). Tickets sell out well in advance and there are long waiting lists.

 

Ice hockey is also hugely popular and the National Hockey League (NHL) teams include the local New York Rangers (website: www.newyorkrangers.com). The team plays at Madison Square Garden (see above). Other local teams include New York Islanders (tel: (800) 883 ISLES or (800) 8834 7537; website: www.newyorkislanders.com), whose home ground is the Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (tel: (516) 794 9300; website: www.nassaucoliseum.com), and New Jersey Devils (website: www.newjerseydevils.com), who play at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey (tel: (201) 935 3900; website: www.meadowlands.com).

 

The Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, Queens, hosts the US Open Tennis Championships (website: www.usta.com), which takes place in late August to early September, featuring some of the world's top seeded players.

 

Beaches: There are several beaches in New York City, such as Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. The best beaches for tanning and swimming, however, are located on Long Island.Be advised where ever you swim to look out for riptide warnings as the currents are very strong

 

Bowling: Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, between 12th Street and 13th Street (tel: (212) 255 8188), is Manhattan's premier bowling centre with 42 lanes and an atmosphere of 1950s kitsch. The venue, which serves pricey cocktails, becomes a veritable nightclub on some evenings, when it is open until the wee hours, with a DJ and glow-in-dark bowling on offer.They also provide bumper lanes for the kids so everyone is a winner

 

Fitness centres: The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, 23rd Street (tel: (212) 336 6000; website: www.chelseapiers.com), is a 14,000sq-metre (150,000sq-foot) adult sports and fitness club. Facilities include an indoor track and swimming pool, sundecks, basketball courts, an indoor sand volleyball court, boxing ring, rock climbing wall and gym. Day membership passes cost US$50 and allow access to all facilities.

 

Golf: The Black Course at Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale (tel: (516) 249 0700), was the first public golf course to host the US Open. It is located just east of the city, on Long Island. Play costs approximately US$30, depending upon the course chosen. Clearview Golf Club, 202 Willets Point Boulevard (tel: (718) 225 4653), is open to the public for US$22 (weekdays) and US$24 (weekends). The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, 23rd Street (tel: (212) 336 6400; website: www.chelseapiers.com), is America's most high-tech super range. There is a 200-yard fairway, all-weather driving range, putting green and a full-service Golf Academy. A session on the driving range starts at US$20 and prices rise with the number of balls used in session. American Golf (website: www.americangolf.com) allows online booking of tee times.

 

Horseracing: New Yorkers love the races and the main racetracks include Aqueduct Racetrack, Ozone Park, Queens (tel: (718) 641 4700), and Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford ,New Jersey(tel: (201) 935 8500).

 

Running: New York Road Runners Club, 9 East 89th Street, between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue (tel: (212) 860 4455; website: www.nyrr.org), are the organisers of the NYC Marathon and promote the sport through races, events and publications.

 

Sailing: Chelsea Marina at Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street (tel: (212) 336 5600; website: www.chelseapiers.com), is the city's largest marina, featuring a sailing school as well as boats for dinner cruising and deep-sea fishing.


Tennis: Anyone for tennis ? The tennis courts at Central Park, located at 93rd Street (tel: (212) 280 0201), are open to the public during the summer.


 

 

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