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    A Guide to the Area’s Best Sporting Events

Score Big in New Haven:
A Guide to the Area’s Best Sporting Events


Have you checked out New Haven lately? It’s buzzing with activity everywhere, and yes, even in sports! With Yale University hosting many popular events, including football games, there’s always something exciting to do. Whether you’re a sports nut or just love soaking up the energy of the city, you’ll find plenty of options.

If you live in the area or are thinking about moving to New Haven, we’ll share some sporting events to keep an eye on, year-round.

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Yale Sporting Events


Yale Football has a rich history in the New Haven area. During the season, spectators fill the Yale Bowl to see their Bulldogs play. The Yale Bowl is a college football stadium located about 1 ½ miles west of Yale’s main campus. 

One of the most well-attended and popular Yale football matches is the game against Harvard. This Ivy League match-up draws large crowds to the area to root for their favorite teams. But, be sure to catch football games all season in New Haven.


Hockey is another big sport at Yale. Ingalls Rink is home to the Yale hockey team. The rink has been called the rink with the “best design” across the country, according to The New York Times. Located on Sachem Street in the heart of the Yale campus, the rink is easy to get to and also offers open skating from time to time.

Other Yale Sports

Besides football and hockey, you can watch Yale teams in a variety of sports year-round. From basketball to softball, baseball, and track and field, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget about soccer, tennis, lacrosse, squash, and even fencing! When you call New Haven home, you have a world of sports right in your backyard.

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Area Sporting Events

When you choose to live in New Haven, you are also in close to other local sporting events year-round. Just a short driving distance away, you’ll want to keep these other teams and sports on your radar.

Bridgeport Islanders

The Bridgeport Islanders are a professional hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League. If you’ve been in the area for a while, you may know them as former Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Islanders are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.

During hockey season, you can catch the Bridgeport Islanders playing at The Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport which is about 20 minutes away from the Yale Campus.

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Hartford Yard Goats

Baseball fans living in New Haven can catch a great game on the diamond in the capital city. The Hartford Yard Goats is a minor-league baseball team that plays out of Dunkin’ Park in Hartford. While the venue is a 40-minute ride, it’s well worth it!

The team is working to put Connecticut on the map when it comes to minor league baseball. So, any support locals can swing their way is always appreciated.

Hartford Athletic

Hartford Athletic is the only professional soccer team in Connecticut. It is based in Hartford with the Trinity Health Stadium serving as its home stadium. The club was founded in 2018 and is constantly growing in popularity. Soccer fans in New Haven can take advantage of having a pro soccer team just a short drive away.

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The Connecticut Sun

A round-up of local sporting teams wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Connecticut Sun, a professional basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. They compete in the Eastern Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association. 

While it will take you a little more than 45 minutes to see The Sun play at their home court at The Mohegan Sun Casino, the team is highly competitive and is making a name for itself. Since its inception in 1999, the team has made it to 6 WNBA finals and won two championships.

That concludes New Haven area sports at its best. No matter which sports you enjoy watching, you’ll find a game for every season! Calling New Haven home puts you at the center of it all.

And, when you’re home relaxing at your New Haven Towers apartment, you can continue your quest for sports. Our 18 High rooftop deck houses an axe-throwing game and the theater room is designed to completely immerse you in any sport you watch. When you want to unwind or just have some fun, living at New Haven Towers gives you a wide world of sports right at home.

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