Find out what the buzz is all about. New York Sports Tours is a new company that provides an incomparable experience with their “New York Game Changers” luxury bus tour. It is a distinctive opportunity to delve into sports history and learn about the people and places have shaped the sports and cultural scene in the metro area and beyond.
The fascinating journey takes you through Midtown Manhattan as you listen to a live announcer and view a stunning array of photos and short documentaries narrated by celebrated sports broadcaster and New York City native, Mary Carillo. This one-of-a-kind tour has been expertly curated to include little known facts along with information about some of the most popular sports figures and events. New York Sports Tours will appeal to a vast audience from history buffs and sports enthusiasts to city tourists and New Yorkers who are looking for a great outing.
New York Sports Tours Vehicle at Grand Central Station
Our three-hour tour commenced on a Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grand Central Station on 44th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. From the very first minute it started, we found the tour to be illuminating. Our renowned, “Play by Play Announcer” was Gary Sussman, formerly of the New York Nets. During the excursion, we visited over fifty destinations highlighting wide-ranging sports topics. While we don’t want to give away all the surprises, it was exciting to learn about the development of Madison Square Garden, see where the NCAA was founded, view residences of influential sports figures, learn about the “Tenderloin District,” and so much more. New York Sports Tours is really a museum on wheels. As New Yorkers, we were amazed to learn about the significance of the landmarks that we have passed by hundreds of times.
Rare sports memorabilia were made available on the tour bus with items that included a medal from the world’s first indoor track meet held in Manhattan in 1868, a program from the first-season of the New York Knicks at Manhattan’s 69th Regiment Armory from the 1940’s, and the program from “The Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971.
Mickey Rivers (in hat) with New York Sports Tours’ Jordan Sprechman (sixth from right, in purple sweater), Kevin O’Keefe (fifth from right) and Kathy Paprocki (far right)
New York Sports Tour guests can take the luxury bus tour for three hours or enjoy the “Full Experience” that includes a dinner afterwards at the iconic Keen’s Steakhouse in Midtown with a special dinner host. When we took the tour, our charming dinner host was New York Times’ Richard Sandomir, the author of The Pride of the Yankees. Other hosts have included New York Yankees legend Mickey Rivers, soccer legend Shep Messing, New York Post sportswriter Fred Kerber, and New York Yankees historian and New York Times best-selling author Marty Appel. Melissa Ludtke will be the dinner host on September 24th.
Be intrigued, be informed, and be entertained. Gather your group and take a New York Sports Tour. The “New York Game Changers” tour is available weekly. Guests receive a premium baseball cap and an online code to go on the company’s web site and watch seven more exclusive mini-documentaries. Private tours can be customized with other points of interest for groups and corporate outings. For information on special tours, contact Kathy Paprocki at Kathy@newyorksports.tours. New York Sports Tours is located at One Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 321, New York, NY 10020. Call them at 212.244.1132 and visit the website.
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