Best Towns For New York Super Fans

Sep 27, 2022

Cheer on your new home team.

New York is home to an incredible lineup of professional and collegiate sports teams – no matter where you land, you’re never more than a train ride from a Yankees, Nets, Knicks, Mets, Rangers or Islanders game. But if you’d rather cheer on more local teams? Check out these New York City suburbs, perfect for super fans.

Long Island

Garden City and Rockville Centre

Garden City locals are lucky to have quite a few athletic venues so close to home. The New York Islanders play about seven miles away, at the newly constructed UBS Arena (local tip: the venue also hosts some amazing concerts). 

If college hoops are your thing, check out a St. John’s University basketball game and support the Red Storm, ranking 9th overall for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball victories. The campus, though technically in Queens, is about 25 minutes from Garden City, by car. 

Nassau Coliseum, is only 15 minutes away from both Garden City and Rockville Centre and hosts the Long Island Nets basketball team and the New York Riptide, a professional lacrosse team.  Right next door, you’ll find Hofstra University and Mitchel Athletic Field. Hofstra’s women’s soccer team was recently ranked #10 overall in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Looking for even more soccer? Catch the Long Island Rough Riders compete at Mitchel Athletic Stadium. Tickets to these semi-pro teams typically are more affordable and cater to young families. 

Molloy College is a private university located right in Rockville Centre that fields D2 soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and softball teams. Most outdoor games are played right in the Rockville Centre Sports Complex. 


Harrison, Rye and White Plains

If you end up settling in Harrison, Rye Brook or White Plains you’ll have easy access to the games at Manhattanville College. Cheer on the Valiants soccer, volleyball or basketball teams in the heart of town.

The Brazen Fox in White Plains is a favorite with Rangers fans. And on Sundays during football season, this place gets packed with NFL fans. 

There’s even a professional basketball team, the Westchester Knicks, based in White Plains. The team is part of the NBA G League and they’re an affiliate with the New York Knicks. Home games for the 2022-2023 season are scheduled for the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT, which is about 35 miles from White Plains. If you have little sports fans in your family, check out the unique experiences offered by the Westchester Knicks. They could have the chance to run out with the team or be part of the high-five tunnel.

New Jersey

Montclair,  West Orange, Summit and Westfield

MetLife Stadium, home to the Jets or the Giants, is only 20-30 minutes from Maplewood, Montclair and Livingston… Join local NFL fans for a tailgate before heading into the game.  The Meadowlands also has a race track for thoroughbred and harness horse races.

There’s something fun about getting behind the local college team and anyone settling in Glen RIdge, Verona, West Orange or the neighboring towns can cheer on the Montclair State Red Hawks. The athletic program includes football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and lacrosse. 

The New Jersey Jackals, a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, also play home games at Montclair State’s Yogi Berra Stadium (the famous Hall of Fame catcher actually called Montclair “home”).

Soccer supporters can head to the Red Bull Arena in nearby Harrison for both Gothom FC and New York Red Bulls matches. Before a game, head to the arena’s Biergarten for live music, drink specials and a live pre-game radio show.

If you don’t want to drive, take the train instead to the Prudential Center in Newark to catch a New Jersey Devils or Seton Hall men’s basketball game. This arena regularly hosts other collegiate and professional sporting events so keep an eye on the calendar. 

No matter what your priorities are, we can help you find a suburb that checks all your boxes. Get in touch today to get started.

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