Seeing either of New York’s two baseball teams involves a trip to the outer boroughs. The Yankees play in the Bronx, at Yankee Stadium, between 161st and 164th streets and River Avenue (718 293 6000, newyorkyankees.mlb.com). Get there on the #4, B or D subway lines direct to the 161st Street station. The Mets are based in Queens, at Citi Field, 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Willets Point, Queens (718 507 8499, newyorkmets.mlb.com). Take the #7 train, direct to Willets Point. Tickets for games run $15–30.

New York’s football teams – the Jets and Giants – play at the Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey (201 935 8500, metlife.com). Buses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, serve the stadium. Tickets for both teams are always officially sold out well in advance, but you can often get seats (legally) from websites such as stubhub.com.

There are three New York pro teams: the NBA Knicks (nba.com/knicks) and the WNBA Liberty (wnba.com/liberty), both of which play at Madison Square Garden, West 33rd Street at Seventh Avenue (212 465 6741, thegarden.com); and the Brooklyn Nets (nba.com/nets), who call Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave (917 618 6700, barclayscenter.com) home. Tickets for the Knicks are very expensive, and, due to impossibly high demand, available in only limited numbers, if at all. Nets tickets are easier to score, while the women’s games are fairly exciting and cheaper (starting at a little over $10, though they can be much more).

New York’s hockey team, the Rangers (rangers.nhl.com), also plays at Madison Square Garden; tickets range from $50 to $370. Starting in 2015–16, the New York Islanders (islanders.nhl.com) will skate at the Barclays Center. The area soccer team, the New York Red Bulls (877 727 6223, newyorkredbulls.com; tickets $23–73), play over in Harrison, New Jersey; a second pro team, New York City FC, starts play in 2015.

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