In addition to its many other attractions, New York City features ten major stadiums for sporting events, concerts, parades, and more. Many of these stadiums boast rich histories, some going back more than a century, and little-known features that surprise New Yorkers and visitors alike. The above infographic, created by InterContinental Hotels Group, offers NYC visitors facts and tidbits of information about New York City’s stadiums and tips for finding nearby entertainment.
For instance, did you know that there have been four versions of the iconic Madison Square Garden across three different New York locations? There’s a chance it may move again, too. It’s also where the legendary Michael Jordan played his first professional basketball game, scoring an impressive 33 points as the Bulls faced off against the Knicks. Barclays Center, designed in part by SHoP Architects, is the first entertainment venue in the New York metropolitan area to carry the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.
You might also want to head up to the Bronx to visit the newer Yankee Stadium. It’s just across the street from where the original Yankee Stadium stood, and you’ll see reminders of its predecessor everywhere you look. As the second most expensive stadium in the United States (behind Fenway Park), it’s also noted for its modern design and technology.
For sports history buffs, a visit to what’s left of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn is a great pilgrimage. This home field of the Brooklyn Dodgers was replaced by a housing project, but you can find plaques and baseball-themed murals that pay tribute to the site. On the other end of the spectrum, the relatively new Red Bull Arena, located in Newark, is another fan favorite in the New York area. Not only does it feature a unique design, but the first row of seats sits just 21 feet from the touchline. And even though the original Shea Stadium was demolished, and replaced by the new Citi Field in 2009, the market for memorabilia like original seats, stadium signage, and even subway signs is still going strong.
Armed with an arsenal of facts from the above infographic, you should have plenty to talk about during a time out or seventh inning stretch during your next trip to the Big Apple.