TRANSPORTATION

Traveling to the NYC area

Choices in getting to the NYC area are plentiful, with air, rail, bus and auto transportation all viable options.   NYC is served by three airports, LaGuardia in Queens, JFK in Brooklyn, and Newark Intl in Newark, NJ.   Amtrak to NY Penn Station is also an option.  Driving to the NYC area is doable, though once in the area, public transportation or walking to the Barclays Center is all but mandatory, given limited parking facilities near the arena.

Bus Transportation to NY through Day Tour Sports

VCU Athletics is coordinating bus transportation for all Ram fans to the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. The bus will leave the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday, March 12 at TBA and return immediately following the 1:00pm Atlantic 10 Championship Game on Sunday, March 16

Round Trip Bus Transportation: $135

VCU Athletics is coordinating bus transportation in conjunction with Day Tour Sports for all Ram fans to the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. The bus will leave the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday, March 12 and return immediately following the 1:00pm Atlantic 10 Championship Game on Sunday, March 16. The bus will drop off all fans at the Marriott Downtown NYC on Wednesday, March 12. This will be the only drop off point. Visit daytoursports.com to reserve a spot today!

On Sunday, March 16, the bus will be located at Marriott Downtown NYC for fans to load their luggage on the bus. If fans wish for transportation to the Atlantic 10 Championship Game, the bus will leave the Marriott Downtown NYC at approximately 10:00am for the Barclays Center. The bus will then depart from the Barclays Center, immediately following the championship game for Richmond.

PLEASE NOTE: Times and exact details will be communicated when the trip is confirmed. The bus will only be used to drop off fans on Wednesday, March 12 and pick up on Sunday, March 16. Transportation will not be provided for fans to and from the Barclays Center throughout the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament. There is not a one-way option available. If the minimum quantity of participants is not reached by February 14, the bus trip will be cancelled.

Traveling within NYC area

Once in the NYC area, public transportation is the best option for getting around town.  Driving within the NYC metro area is challenging, stressful, and traffic prone, and for most should be avoided.   Also, parking is hard to find and/or expensive.  Specifically, parking near the Barclays Center is nearly non-existent, so it is strongly recommended that A-10 tourney visitors NOT drive to the games.  If the NYC area hotel you choose has economical parking, driving to the hotel will likely be a reasonable choice.

The NYC subway system is the best choice in public transportation given that the system is vast, generally reliable, inexpensive, and safer than many non-NYers likely perceive.  The Atlantic Ave subway station is less than the distance of a football field from the front entry of the Barclays Center, making the subway the obvious way to get to the arena for those staying in Manhattan.   Atlantic Ave is a stop on the following subway lines: 2 and 3 (Broadway line); 4 and 5 (Lexington Ave line); and the B and D (Sixth Ave line).  Those staying in nearby Brooklyn can potentially walk to the arena.

General mass transit web site: CLICK HERE

NYC SUBWAY MAP: CLICK HERE

How To Ride the Subway Guide: CLICK HERE

The following maps below are individual train lines servicing the Barclays Center:

Map of 4 train: CLICK HERE
Map of 5 train: CLICK HERE
Map of 2 train: CLICK HERE
Map of 3 train: CLICK HERE
Map of B train: CLICK HERE
Map of D train: CLICK HERE

Cabs are another solid, but more expensive choice, for local travel.  In NYC, cabs are hailed from the streetside.  Be aware that some Manhattan cabbies, though required by law to take passengers to Brooklyn, can refuse to make the trip.

Editor’s Note:  Following is a quick reference guide for VCU basketball fans planning the trip to Brooklyn.  This is an unofficial guide, created in December 2012, from sources believed to be credible and correct.  However,  VCU and the author will bear no responsibility for the original, or maintained, accuracy.  Opinions stated are those of the author, and may not align with individual readers sensibilities.  We strongly encourage readers to make their own decisions after doing their own work, and suggest visiting online travel guides for additional information.

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