With New York having such a rich sports history, one wonders why the idea of a sports tour hasn’t ever developed until now.
This week marked the launching of New York Sports Tours, an intimate, multimedia ride in a luxury vehicle throughout Midtown Manhattan.
The program was announced this past Thursday at the Acclaimed Keens Steakhouse on 36 street in New York City, where New York Sports Tours founder Jordan Sprechman was joined by several New York sports celebrities like Yankees GM Brian Cashman, former Knicks star John Stars and former New York Cosmos goalie and now sports analyst Shep Messing.
You’ll hear the voice of award-winning sports broadcaster and former tennis star Mary Carillo as you and eight others go through this guided three hour tour ride that stars on Vanderbilt Avenue near Grand Central Terminal.
The tour is followed by a lunch or dinner hosted by a New York Sports personality at Keens Steakhouse. The Price $200. On select days there will be tours without a Keens meal.
Carillo is thrilled to be the voice of the tour. (Interview)
You can tell the former Knicks guard John Starks is still smarting from the team’s NBA Finals loss to the Houston Rockets in 1994. Starks says he’d love to go on the New York Sports Tour with his former teammates Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Herb Williams….joking if he got into any trouble, those guys would look out for him.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman is a lover of history, so he thinks the tour is a great idea. Tour guests can hold historical items that relate to the tour narrative, they’re given access to private and rare online content as well. Former soccer great Shep Messing has already taken a tour.
Some of the cool items on display at Keen’s this week were a check from Jackie Robinson in the 60’s used to help start the student Emergency fund to help jailed and other students who were protesting segregation in the South. There’s a program from the Fight of the Century between Heavy weight Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and a medal from the world’s first indoor track meet held in Manhattan in 1868. New York Sports
Tours officially start July 8th.
Click above to hear Doug Doyle's feature on New York Sports Tours.