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Best Sports Venues in New York

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A renowned entertainment venue in the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has gained iconic importance around the world. Attracting crowds since 1968, the stadium is abuzz with voices of Knicks and Rangers fans. With a capacity of 18,000, it is considered to be Midtown Manhattan's revered and oldest entertainment spot. From glamorous music concerts to award shows, the venue has witnessed some of the biggest events over time. A sought after venue in New York City and sitting right above Penn Station, it is easily accessible for everyone.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens hosts most of the major events in the professional tennis circuit. The center is named after Billie Jean King, the famous tennis player. Numerous tennis fans gather to witness some spectacular matches held here, with a bit of celebrity spotting thrown in as a bonus. Most famously, the US Open is played here, giving the venue a vibrant, carnival-esque atmosphere. The venue has both indoor and outdoor courts, with a seating capacity for thousands. Most of the courts are open daily with access to the public at nominal admission charges. Check the website for details of upcoming tournaments.

Within view of the LaGuardia Airport and Flushing Bay, Citi Field delights sports fans of all ages in its modern, 40,000 seat venue. Major League Baseball's New York Mets have called Citi Field home since 2009. Citi Field's tasteful architecture and improved infrastructure makes it a much more enjoyable place to take in a ballgame than their previous home, Shea Stadium. Bring the whole family and witness one of the greatest American sport pastimes.

The 1923 Yankee Stadium was a historic landmark in the world of Major League Baseball. Some of the sport's greatest players spent their careers there, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. Though they'll never be able to replace that historic monument, the franchise debuted their new stadium in 2009, directly across the street from the old park. The "new" Yankee Stadium has many new features, such as expanded walkways, more concessionaires, and a renovated Monument Park. Lifetime fans will notice familiar touches, though, the biggest among them being the outfield frieze back in its original location around the upper deck. Suite and party facilities are available for those looking for something slightly more private. Check the website for pricing, schedules and other info.

A premier sporting arena and entertainment center in Brooklyn, Barclays Center opened with much fanfare in September 2012 with their very first event, a deafening Jay-Z concert, being a sold out affair. It's not surprising though, as Brooklyn has never been short on enthusiasm in terms of mega sports and entertainment. The gigantic venue boasts of a capacity of 19,000 fans and can host basketball and ice hockey as well as concerts with equal aplomb. Designed by the experts responsible for such stellar venues as TD Garden and Time Warner Cable Arena, Barclays Center boasts of excellent facilities for fans. There are VIP as well as party suites catering to those looking for a bit of privacy. There are no less than 37 food options as well as a few shopping outlets. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets.

Arthur Ashe Jr. was the first African-American to win the U.S. Open Championship and Wimbledon, and the first to be included in the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963. In 1988, he was diagnosed with AIDS. Today, his memory lives on with a memorial that he would have been proud of. The Arthur Ashe Stadium is a four-level structure featuring state-of-the-art broadcast and audio systems, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants, a two-level players' lounge, and individual seating for 23771 fans.

MCU Park (formerly known as Keyspan Park) is home to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The ballpark is built on the same template as most others. However, it deftly makes use of the surrounding attractions. A few blocks away from here is Astroland Amusement Park at Coney Island; it makes for a wonderful view over the left field fence. Towards the right field wall are the endless blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It's a spectacular place to watch a game and the unmistakable energy of the Brooklyn fans just adds to the excitement.

This racing park is home to the Belmont Stakes, the last race of the Triple Crown. Operating since 1905, this beautiful track with convenient accommodations is one of the most popular and highly attended racetracks in the nation. Many beloved horses have triumphed in this stadium, including Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown here in 1973.

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