Basketball is my jam (pun absolutely intended).
I played in high school. I was a huge fan during my college days (face paint and all). I still think March Madness is the greatest event in sports. So when I moved to New York, I was a little disappointed in my basketball exposure. It’s difficult to find an open court to play on and getting tickets to a Knicks game is expensive – certainly not something I would do more than once in a blue moon.
In small towns across the country, people support their local high school basketball team. It can be a big, fun community event. But somehow, going to a NYC high school basketball game would just seem like a creepy thing for me to do.
Fortunately, there is another option. I’m not sure why it took me a few years of living in the city to realize it, but there is a pretty significant college that has a basketball program located right in the middle of Manhattan: NYU.
The NYU athletics website takes some navigating, but I figured out that games were $5. And for me, they are actually $2 because technically I am a student in their continuing education program (paid for by my 9-5 job)! So last month, I gathered up a few friends and forced them to join me at the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center*.
Sure, this was wasn’t Lebron vs. Kobe, but the kids played with a ton of heart. Some of the highlights included:
- High fives from Bobcat, the mascot (I felt honored)
- Scrappy play from the NYU guards
- A pretty decent band featuring an electric guitar and bass in addition to the large horn section.
- Cheerleading and Dancing squads (the girlfriend who used to dance in high school and college was interested in their routines).
- Suprisingly good footwork from the big men (granted “big” means only 6’8” here)
- A close, back and forth game, that NYU unfortunately lost to Emory.
- Plenty of seating as apparently NYU basketball games aren’t the most popular event to attend (I have been to two games so far, more than most NYU students, I would wager).
Even after only 2 games, I now have favorite players and benchwarmers that I cheer for whenever they get into the game. It’s been a lot of fun and for $5 (or $2), it’s absolutely worth a try.
So if you are in NYC, check out an NYU game (they only have 2 more home games this season!) and if you live elsewhere, think about grabbing tickets to a college game nearby.
Oh, and if basketball isn’t your sport, all other NYU athletic events are 100% free! Of course, they don’t have football, but they do have baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and others!
*I always seem to be the one suggesting off-beat activities to my group of friends. I’m sure they all think I am weird, but they tend to enjoy themselves whenever they join me!
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