If you’re like me and would rather see a sporting spectacle than spend money on a Broadway show whilst in New York City, Madison Square Garden is the place to do it. Although tickets range from about $80-$800 for an average NHL game, the passion exuded by thousands of screaming Rangers fans is truly impressive and the novelty of watching a game at a stadium as imbedded in America’s sporting culture as Madison Square Garden is worth the extra in ticket prices.
And if you still haven’t got your sporting fix, why not try a Yankee Stadium tour (or catch a Yankees game if your New York City visit falls between Spring-Autumn). The Classic tour costs $20 online and includes a visit to the Yankees Museum, Monument Park and the dugout. Unfortunately, during my visit the field had been temporarily converted into a football field but that hardly detracted from the experience of visiting the home of the most famous baseball team in history.
If you’re interested in taking some sporting merchandise home with you…
The NHL Store (1185 Ave of the Americas) offers customisable jerseys from every hockey team as well as mini helmets, mini hockey sticks, etc. There’s also a PlayStation and Xbox set up in the middle of the shop, which are hooked up with the newest NHL game, and provide hours of entertainment for weary shoppers. Don’t forget the NBA Store (590 5th Ave), with two stories of basketball jerseys, jackets and snapbacks belonging to each and every team, you’re sure to find something you like. And for everything Yankees related, visit one of the various Yankees Clubhouses scattered around the city.