1. Grandstand Seating

Image via TCS NYC Marathon website

Tickets are required for access to the Grandstand where you can witness the final approach to the finish line. You’ll need to reserve a spot in advance of race day on Eventbrite. Enter at West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue with your Grandstand tickets. There is no spectator access north of the grandstands in Central Park. Spectators can enter at the following areas: Broadway at West 61st Street or West 62nd Street, or from the east side via the Central Park path by Heckscher Fields – Kickball Field #3.

The post-finish area is not open to spectators. However, if you’d like to reunite with a runner, head to the Family Reunion section, located on Central Park West between West 60th Street and West 65th Street. It’s open from 12pm to 5pm, and visitors can enter from Broadway at the cross-street that correlates with the first letter of the last name of the participant (see map).

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