The latest in a series throughout the summer highlighting how you can use your MetroCard to enjoy all that New York has to offer brings us to Randall's Island.
Swipe your MetroCard and hop on a 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th Street and transfer for the M35 to Randall's Island.
Randall's Island has been a home for sports events since 1936, when the old Downing Stadium opened to host Jesse Owens' famous Olympic trials. The stadium was also once home to iconic soccer team, the New York Cosmos. Today, Icahn Stadium continues to host a full slate of amateur and professional track and field events, concerts and Cirque du Soleil.
For those who prefer to be a bit more active, the Randall's Island Golf Center, renovated in 2008, provides a two-tier indoor/outdoor, 82-stall driving range, a 36-hole mini-golf course, grass tees, a short game area with sand bunker, and PGA instructors. (212-427-5689, randallsislandgolfcenter.com; $7, children under 12 $5). The 25-acre complex also has nine batting cages for aspiring big leaguers, and after a few putts or swings, you can unwind at the Golf Center's Beer Garden and Grill.
Randall's Island is also home to the SPORTIME Randall's Island Tennis Center (212-427-6150, sportimeny.com/randallsisland). Opened in 2009, the Tennis Center features 20 courts, along with a cafe, pro shop, fitness facilities and locker rooms. Lessons are offered and from May–October, 10 courts are reserved for NYC Parks Tennis Permit holders during the daylight hours. The Tennis Center is also the home to the NYC Sportimes of the World Team Tennis League and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.
Randall's Island boasts over 60 sports fields, accommodating a variety of sports including soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby. For more information, call 212-860-1830 or visit http://randallsisland.org/
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