Successful media, public relations, and influencer roles depend on you being in the right place at the right time; the best opening nights, society gatherings, and social occasions where the people you need to be communicating with are in attendance. You also want to spread your message and image to the wider masses through the media itself, which means being at the places where high-profile attendees draw in the photographers.

One sphere of influence that has long played an important role is sporting events. People from all realms of fame and fortune attend sporting events, providing excellent opportunities for productive interaction. Participation is also a valuable tool, both for providing a platform for business discussions, and for building relationships with people that matter; so where should you be making your presence felt in New York?

Madison Square Garden

This has to come top of the list as one of the most renowned sporting arenas in the world, let alone the US. It’s the home of ice hockey heroes the New York Rangers, as well as the Knicks, New York Liberty, and St. John’s men’s basketball teams. It regularly holds high-profile sporting events like boxing matches in addition to the basketball and ice hockey spectacles and also hosts many other non-sporting events throughout the year. You should definitely be keeping a close watch on what’s happening here and getting to as many events as you can.

Bethpage State Park Golf Course

The 2019 PGA Championships take place at the Bethpage State Park Black Course, Farmingdale, in May, which should tell you all you need to know about the quality of the course and the complex, and the PGA event is sure to attract a significant number of people with whom it would be worth making contact. If you play golf, Bethpage is an ideal, convenient location to meet up and enjoy a round, too. The Black course isn’t cheap to play, but if you take advantage of the opportunity, it could be a very worthwhile investment. If your handicap or your wallet isn’t up to the demands of the Black course, you could opt for the Blue course instead. Either way, do yourself a favor and invest in some cutting-edge clubs and the best golf irons to give your game a boost.

Flushing Meadows

This extensive public park and cultural hub in Queens houses the Citi Field baseball ground, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the US Open Tennis Championships are currently held every year. These venues and the surrounding facilities attract a massive international as well as local following. Hospitality services at the grounds are more than adequate for entertaining the most prestigious of guests, but even if you aren’t hosting, at least make sure you’re attending.

There are many other sporting hotspots in New York and the surrounding areas, all of which offer networking opportunities for dedicated publicity professionals. If you haven’t already done so, widen your social calendar to include events at these amazing locations.