Central Park is a haven of sports activities, organized and casual. The park has Lasker Rink and Pool, the North Meadow Recreation Center with Indoor and outdoor recreational facility indoor climbing wall 12 fields for baseball, softball, and soccer, the Reservoir with a 1.5 mile running track, Great Lawn Park with 8 softball fields, soccer, basketball, and volleyball court, and Woolman Rink which offers ice skating and hockey.
Organized sports are serious business in New York and the city often sports two teams per league.
The New York City Sports Commission is in charge with attracting big events to the city and posts news about current sports events. The U.S. Open tennis tournament is one such event. It is one of the most exciting sporting events in the city and takes place in late August. The ING New York City Marathon is run on the streets f the city and is watched by over 260 million spectators across the globe.
Yankee Stadium: A new stadium with the same name is due to open for the 2009 season. The new stadium has more amenities, 51,000-seats, and is in Macombs Dam Park.
Shea Stadium: In Queens, this stadium was home to the New York Mets with a capacity of 55,601. On Sunday, September 28, 2008, the Mets played their final game at Shea Stadium, a 4-2 loss to the Florida Marlins.
Citi Field: New home to the Mets, this field was built next to Shea Stadium. Inspired by tradition, Citi Field is clad in brick, limestone, granite and cast stone, with the brick closely resembling the masonry used at Ebbets Field. Exposed steel will be painted dark blue and the seats will be dark green. The field will open in 2009.
Madison Square Gardens: Sits atop Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan and is billed as "The World's Most Famous Arena." This is the home arena of the Knicks, and has other events as wide ranging as WWF wrestling to Elton John concerts have been held here.