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Sporty Hot Spots in New York City via the Subway
New York is one of the best cities in the world for theater, art, food and shopping. But it’s also a great city for those who love the sporting life. Here are just a few of the spaces and places that attract those who love to get their game on. For CityPASS holders staying in Manhattan, these venues are best traveled by mass transport, specifically NYC’s stellar subway system.
What’s big, bold and draws ten of thousands of people to Brooklyn on a nearly daily basis? No, it’s not the subway; although the Barclays Center sits on top of one of the largest transportation hubs in New York and that system is likely the best and easiest ways to get to and from this mega-sized entertainment complex. Opened in the fall of 2012, this $1 billion project has become a huge presence in NYC’s most populous borough. Located at the intersection of hip and happening (actually it intersects Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues), the Barclays is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets basketball team, coached by P.J. Carlesimo and features player Kris Humphries, of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fame. It is also the home to the NY Islanders hockey team, plenty of boxing matches and a slew of top concerts. Jay-Z, who is part owner of the Nets, was the first musical act to perform here, and many other legendary acts have too, including everyone from Barbra Streisand to Bob Seger. Eleven subway lines stop near the arena. Click here for routes and travel times.
For a good part of the last decade The New York Yankees has been playing America’s most beloved pastime in a stadium located smack dab in the middle of The Bronx in New York City. The stadium opened at the beginning of the 2009 Major League Baseball season as a replacement for the team's previous home, the original Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923 and closed in 2008. Just outside of the stadium, on 161 St., is Babe Ruth Plaza, a fitting tribute to a Yankee legend and perhaps baseball’s most iconic player. Inside you cannot only catch the game, but a little history from both of these stadiums at The New York Yankees Museum, located on the lower level at Gate 6. Here you’ll find the “Ball Wall”—a wall of hundreds of signed balls by both current and former Yankee players, including a ball signed by the incomparable Yogi Berra, plus other memorabilia. Want to take a piece of history home without having to catch a fly ball? The legendary blue seats from the original Yankee Stadium are up for sale and can be purchased here. The best way to get to Yankee Stadium is by subway. The Yankee Stadium subway stop is located on East 161st Street and River Avenue (click here for more details). A trip from Midtown Manhattan takes approximately 25 minutes.
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Beginning in late August, the two-week tourney that is the U.S. Open Tennis Championships—the world’s highest attended sporting event—takes place at Flushing Meadows in the NYC neighborhood of Queens on the bustling courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It’s here, at the largest public tennis facility in the world, where racket royalty vie for top honors and a chance to be called a champion. Built on the site of both the 1934 and ’64 World’s Fairs, the National Tennis Center features the main Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as 30 outdoor courts available for public play. In fact, the public is invited to play, on both indoor and outdoor courts, seven days a week, 11 months a year. For those who want to participate in the thrills of the U.S. Open—but can’t make when the tournament is in full swing—there is an hour and a half behind-the-scenes tour guided walking tour of the Center that takes you to center court and inside exclusive Players’ areas (click here for more information on the tour). By subway take the IRT #7 Flushing subway from either Times Square or Grand Central to the Shea Stadium / Willets Point Station. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is about a three-minute walk down the ramp from the station (click here for alternate routes).