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If you’re a sports fan looking for things to do in New Jersey, there are lots of opportunities to support your favorite professional teams during your visit to Elizabeth. And thanks to its extremely accessible location, you can easily get to a game by car, bus, or train. Here are some of the best places to enjoy sports near Elizabeth.
Situated just half an hour north of Elizabeth is MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets. If you’re a football fan, MetLife Stadium is the best place around to come out and cheer on the Giants or the Jets as they take on their rivals. MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and if you’re traveling by car you can get here in under 30 minutes for a bucket-list day of rooting for your team and maybe even tailgating.
Hockey fans who visit Elizabeth are in luck, because you’re just minutes away from Prudential Center, home of the NJ Devils. Located in Newark, Prudential Center is just about a 15-minute drive from Elizabeth. You can also get to the Prudential Center by taking a NJ Transit train from the Midtown Elizabeth Train Station to Newark, which is less than a 10-minute ride. This means that during your stay in Elizabeth, you can go to the Prudential Center to cheer on the NJ Devils and get your hockey fix. Perhaps you’ll even score those coveted rinkside seats where the action sometimes slams right into the protective glass in front of you.
Soccer lovers, listen up! You’re just a short car ride or train trip away from Red Bull Arena, a vast soccer stadium located in nearby Harrison, New Jersey. This sprawling arena is the home base of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League. Soccer fans coming from Elizabeth can drive here or take public transportation. Getting to Red Bull Arena takes less than a half-hour by car, and under an hour if you catch a train from Elizabeth Station.
If you enjoy the fast-paced action of horse racing, then you’ll love a visit to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment during your stay in Elizabeth. This horse racing track offers thoroughbred and harness racing throughout the year, where you can bet on your favorite horses and get your adrenaline pumping as you watch the races. In between all the racing, you can grab a drink or snack in one of the nearby restaurants and bars. The racetrack is about just about a half-hour drive from Elizabeth, so you can easily plan to come for the day or just catch a few races.
With Elizabeth as your vacation destination, you can enjoy nearby professional sports and then come back to town for more adventures.