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Whether you’re in town for two days or two weeks, you’ll find a variety of exciting sports in New Jersey. Boasting two NFL football teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the Garden State is also home to the NHL New Jersey Devils and the MLS New York Red Bulls soccer team. Minor league baseball teams can be found all over the state. See the Camden Riversharks at Campbell’s Field, watch the Lakewood BlueClaws at First Energy Park, or see the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park. The Newark Bears play at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, and the New Jersey Jackals keep crowds entertained at Yogi Berra Stadium. TD Bank Ballpark hosts the Somerset Patriots, and Skyland Stadium in Augusta is home to the Sussex County Minors.
New Jersey is rightfully proud of its sports arenas. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford is one of the largest football fields in the NFL and it is the only stadium in the league to host home games for two NFL teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Red Bull Arena in Harrison, home to the New York Red Bulls soccer team, is one of the country’s most visually striking soccer stadiums and offers state-of-the-art technology and amenities. There’s no shortage of college athletics in the Garden State.
See Montclair State University’s basketball teams in action at Panzer Athletic Center. The Montclair State Redhawks compete in NCAA football, baseball and soccer. Rutgers University in Newark boasts 27 varsity teams. Watch men’s and women’s basketball games at Louis Brown Athletic Center or cheer on the Scarlet Knights football team at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Princeton Tigers compete in 31 varsity sports.
See football games at Princeton University Stadium or watch exciting basketball playoffs at Jadwin Gymnasium. Seton Hall University’s Pirates play home basketball games at Prudential Center. Car racing enthusiasts have several racetracks to choose from. Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in East Brunswick hosts drag racing, motocross, and drifting events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association. The raceway has hosted NHRA Super Nationals and Sport Compact Spring Nationals.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginners get a shot at racing their own cars down the track. Throughout the year the park also hosts car shows, swap meets, and other special events. New Egypt Speedway, off Rte. 539, offers modified, sports car and street stock racing on a 7/16-mile track. Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township features modified, pro-stocks, and street stocks competing on a 1/3-mile track.
If the roar of the crowd and the sound of horse hooves pounding the track get your adrenaline going, head for Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. See exciting thoroughbred races, harness racing, and special events year-round. Freehold Raceway is the oldest half-mile harness racing track in the country. Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport features thoroughbred racing, track tours, and family-friendly activities like pony rides.
Seeing a rodeo in New Jersey might seem a little odd, but Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove presents thrilling competitions on Saturday nights from May-September. Watch professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash and prizes in seven events including saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and roping.
Golfers have more than 150 golf facilities to choose from ranging from basic nine-hole courses to sprawling 18-hole resorts with luxury amenities and stunning scenery. Golf Performance Institute in Mount Laurel offers fun ways to improve your game. The facility is open year-round and provides high-tech golf simulators with over 30 of the world’s most prestigious courses. Practice at the indoor driving range or take advantage of the 1100 square foot putting green and short game area.