Today from historic Keens Steakhouse, New York Sports Tours launches New York City’s only luxury sports tour ride experience — the world’s only known guided tour of sports history that features exclusive documentaries and other original content.
Acclaimed sports broadcaster and New York City native Mary Carillo — who narrates more than 30 of the brief documentaries — hosts the launch event, with a keynote address by Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees.
Created for sports fans and non-fans alike, the three-hour multimedia tour is conducted in a comfortable luxury vehicle throughout Midtown Manhattan. Guests learn from a live narrator and on-screen content how sports people, places and events in Greater New York have helped shape culture and society in the city, nation and world.
All tours are scheduled to end at Keens, an iconic restaurant that has hosted sports figures for more than 130 years. On select days, the experience continues with an intimate lunch or dinner with a New York sports personality.
“The New York Sports Tours team is committed to bringing guests a highly entertaining and educational experience,” said Jordan Sprechman, the founder of New York Sports Tours. “The tour reflects our prioritization of historical accuracy and our firm belief that experiencing Midtown Manhattan through the lens of sports history presents the city in a way never before seen.”
The tour begins on Vanderbilt Avenue near Grand Central Terminal and passes more than 50 points of interest from Greater New York sports history, with stories that demonstrate sports’ influence over the past 150 years in fields such as advertising, architecture, civil rights, entertainment, fashion, finance, health, language, law, politics and science.
During the tour, guests are invited to examine rare historical items that are connected to the stories told along the tour route. At the end of the tour, each guest is given a private password to access New York Sports Tours’ virtual New York sports history museum, an online site that houses exclusive and rare content, including original documentaries tied in to places on the tour route but not seen on the tour.
“This is a ride through time,” Carillo said. “Sports is its thread, but the experience covers so much terrain that you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. Even so, sports die-hards will learn a lot.”
The many sites featured along the tour route include sports birthplaces, including those of baseball as we know it, of football’s foundational rules, and of basketball’s broad popularity.
“We are thrilled with all the positive responses we’ve received from guests during our preview tours,” said Kevin O’Keefe, the president of New York Sports Tours. “We are dedicated to presenting a compelling and seamless narrative that will engage every guest.”
Nine guest seats are available per tour, with plans to offer tours for up to 20 guests. Luxury vehicles of other sizes are available for private groups. Tickets are $200 for the outing that includes the meal hosted by a sports personality, and $150 for the tour offered without a meal. Gift cards are also available. Each guest receives a complimentary New York Sports Tours baseball cap.
Private group tours can be arranged for specific days and times. Some tour and meal elements can be customized to meet the group’s needs and are priced accordingly.
About New York Sports Tours
New York Sports Tours LLC is dedicated to preserving and bringing to life the history of sports in Greater New York through guided tours, which include meals with New York sports personalities. For information about reservations, contact Kathy Paprocki at [email protected] or 212 244 1132.