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New York City's Top Summer Sporting Events

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 15 May 2017

While many people ditch the concrete jungle of New York City for cooler climates such as the Hamptons and other beaches and lakes, there are plenty of can’t-miss outdoor activities and sporting events coming to the city over the next few months.

Cyclones, Mets & Yankees (all summer)

“Take me out to the ballgame!” Nothing beats baseball and summer. Thankfully for New Yorkers, there are a multitude of options a subway ride away. The New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and rivals New York Mets are at Citi Field in Queens. The Brooklyn Cyclones, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Mets, play at MCU Park in Coney Island. For more information and tickets, visit these pages for the Yankees, Mets and brooklyncyclones.com.

AVP Beach Volleyball (June 8–11)

Beach volleyball in New York City? Yes, you read that correctly. For the third consecutive year the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) comes to the Big Apple for the New York City Open. The event is held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, with scenic views of One World Trade and the river. Best of all, admission is free. For more information, visit avp.com.

Belmont Stakes (June 10)

The third and final leg of America’s horse racing Triple Crown is held annually in Elmont, N.Y. First run in 1867, the Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown events, predating the Preakness Stakes (1873) and Kentucky Derby (1875). For more information and tickets, visit belmontstakes.com.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4)

The Fourth of July is synonymous with BBQs, sun, stars and stripes … and hot dogs. Held annually since 1916 on the Coney Island Boardwalk, thousands of fans gather to watch men and women scarf down as many hot dogs (and buns) as physically possible in 10 minutes. The men’s winner receives the coveted mustard-yellow belt, while the women’s winner receives a bejewelled pink belt. For more information, visit nathansfamous.com.

New York City ePrix (July 15–16)

The inaugural New York City ePrix features a 1.21-mile (1.95-km) track in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Formula E, launched in 2014, is the world’s first fully electric racing series. This event will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the city’s five boroughs. The course features 13 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. For more information and tickets, visit fiaformulae.com.

SummerSlam (Aug. 20)

The “Biggest Party of the Summer” returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the form of World Wrestling Entertainment’s second-largest event of the year, after WrestleMania. The pay-per-view event was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles from 2009–14 before moving to New York in 2015. The first SummerSlam was held in New York at Madison Square Garden in 1988. For more information and tickets, visit wwe.com.

U.S. Open (Aug. 28–Sept. 10)

Approximately 700,000 spectators flock to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., each summer for the two-week-long tennis tournament. The U.S. Open, first played in 1881, is the fourth and final major event that comprises the sport’s Grand Slam. With multiple arenas and courts, fans can view the game’s great stars up close and personal. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! For more information and tickets, visit usopen.org.