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Seeing either of New York’s two baseball teams involves a trip to the outer boroughs. The Yankees play in the Bronx, at the new Yankee Stadium, between 161st and 164th streets and River Avenue (t 718/293-6000, w http://www.yankees.com). Get there on the #4, B or D subway lines direct to the 161st Street station. The Mets are based in Queens, at the equally new Citi Field, 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Willets Point, Queens (t 718/507-8499, w mets.mlb.com). Take the #7 train, direct to Willets Point. Tickets for games run from $14 (Yankees’ bleachers) to $300 (again, for the Yankees).

New York’s football teams – the Jets and Giants – play at the New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey (t 201/935-8500, w http://www.meadowlands.com). Buses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, 42nd Street at Eighth Avenue, serve the stadium. Tickets for both teams are always officially sold out well in advance, but you can often get seats (legally) from secondary-broker websites such as w http://www.ticketliquidator.com.

Basketball’s two New York pro teams are the NBA Knicks (w http://www.nba.com/knicks) and the WNBA Liberty (w http://www.wnba.com/liberty). Both play at Madison Square Garden, West 33rd Street at Seventh Avenue (t 212/465-6741, w http://www.thegarden.com). Tickets for the Knicks are very expensive, and, due to impossibly high demand, available in only limited numbers, if at all. The women’s games are fairly exciting and cheaper (starting at $10, though can be much more). Another area team, the New Jersey Nets, are scheduled to move to Brooklyn in 2012 but for now, they play at the Izod Center in the Meadowlands Complex; tickets range from $10 to over $200, and are relatively easy to procure. New York’s hockey team, the Rangers (w rangers.nhl.com), also plays at Madison Square Garden; tickets range from $40 to $254. The area soccer team, the New York Red Bulls (t 201/583-7000, w http://www.newyorkredbulls.com; tickets $22–50), play over in Harrison, New Jersey.

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