Home courts are a point of pride for college programs. But when your home is in New York City, only Trumps, Rockefellers and their dinner guests can afford the ultimate in luxury, which to some colleges in the Big Apple is a home court. Still, a New York state of mind also offers creative solutions for practice and competition.
When the City College of New York women’s soccer team practices at 6 a.m. in the fall, head coach Louis Manoussos first has to stop at Manhattan’s subway stations to pick up his players and shuttle them to Randall’s Island, in the middle of the East River, before heading to class on the Lower Manhattan campus.
Whenever bad weather in Queens forces the St. John’s University men’s and women’s tennis teams from practicing on their campus courts, they have a unique alternative: Travel six miles to practice at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, on courts used for the U.S. Open.
Going the Distance
Road trips never cease for Manhattan College’s baseball team. It holds practices in nearby Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. But on game days, the Jaspers pack up and head an hour north to Wappingers Falls, New York, where they play in Dutchess Stadium, home of the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades.
They Travel Well
For every practice, Yeshiva University’s softball players must carry their equipment down from the 11th floor of their midtown Manhattan athletics center, load it into vans and commute up to an hour to the fields at Fordham University. Then they reverse that process when they return to campus.
Home Away From Home
New York University got a new home court for its men’s volleyball team this spring after closing its longtime arena on the Lower Manhattan campus. The new home isn’t quite at home, though – it’s on NYU’s Brooklyn campus. That means players take a 20-minute subway ride to each game.
Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Hunter College has an ideal facility nearby for its cross country and track and field runners: They just walk two blocks west to practice on the scenic trails of Central Park.