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AT A GLANCELocated approximately 20 minutes northeast of the host hotel by subway, Gay Bowl XIX will take place at a state-of-the-art, premier sports complex.Randall’s Island Park is home to 60-plus fields, which is approximately half of all the athletic fields in Manhattan. These fields accommodate a variety of sports, including soccer, softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby. Randall’s Island Park has both synthetic and grass fields with a limited number of them being lighted for night play.Randall’s Island Park has sustained a long and colorful history, leading to the comprehensive sports and recreational facility which today welcomes New Yorkers and other visitors to its shores. The Island’s 480 acres once comprised two separate islands, Randall’s and Wards, which for hundreds of years were used not as a public park but as a location for a range of public facilities including a boys’ home, a hospital, and a home for civil war veterans. The new Randall’s Island brings back to New York City the glory of a park that once hosted a dream roster of national greats including Duke Ellington, Jesse Owens, Pelé and Jimi Hendrix.
GETTING TO THE FIELDS
Provided shuttles are highly recommended as a means to get to the fields, though there are alternatives:
SUBWAY: Stations closest to Randall's Island96 Street - (20 min. walk) 103 Street - (20 min. walk)
PERSONAL TRANSPORTATIONEnter Randall’s Island Park from the north side of the island, around 125th Street. Depending on your origin, it will likely be easiest and quickest to use FDR/Harlem River Drive to get there, though due to fickle traffic in the area, we recommend using a mapping app on your smart phone to find the quickest route.