Are you ready?! The Finale of the 2019 Longines Global Champions Tour is finally here! After battling it out at 18 other venues including Rome, Paris, and Monaco, the New York Empire riders are ready to take a stand on their home turf. The Statue of Liberty will hold her everlasting torch high as Georgina Bloomberg, Scott Brash and Daniel Bluman represent the team in the Longines Global Champions League of New York.
What is so special about this competition? This is the final chance for teams to qualify for the Finale in Prague, Czech Republic. Only the top four teams after New York will be fast tracked to the semi-finals at the Playoffs! It is a close competition and the electricity is felt in the air.
The riders will compete the weekend of September 27th for the first time ever on Governors Island. This car-free haven in New York Harbor stretches over 172 acres only 800 yards from the tip of Lower Manhattan. Surely the saying “the city that never sleeps” will be true this weekend!
Just in the background…in plain view…our lady liberty—yes, the Statue of Liberty is the perfect NYC symbol to represent one of the United States most incredible cities! NYC, is one of the most incredible cities in the world!
On the show grounds, you can expect a beautiful manicured Shopping Village to fill your time between classes. Do not worry about missing the action, you can watch and shop simultaneously with a clear view of the main arena!
Be sure to give yourself more than a weekend in the city! Here is a bucket list with our favorite places you must visit:
This 840 acres sanctuary is the largest park in Manhattan, New York and not to mention one of the city’s biggest attractions. You will be amazed by the magnitude of the park. Located within
Central Park, take a tour through the Zoo, or get a picture in front of the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. Amazingly, the fountain dates back to 1873 and the Angel of the Waters, 1842! Starts at 59th Street –Central Park South (right smack dab in the middle of Manhattan-between the Upper East and the Upper West sides of the city) and ends at 110th St.
If someone gave you a chance to jump through a time machine, would you? Welcome to the American Museum of Natural History, the largest museum of natural history in the world! You may recognize the name from the well-known film, Night at the Museum. We would love to say the movie was filmed inside the museum itself, but alas, the grandness of the building and the artifacts inside call for maximum security. Do not miss an opportunity to take a tour! Keep your eye out for the little Capuchin monkey, Dexter as seen in the Night at the Museum. Be careful, he is a trouble maker! Located at Central Park West and W. 79th St.
What would a trip to New York City be without a walk down Times Square? You will be caught gazing up at the scaling sky scrapers lining the roads. To give your neck a break, pop in and out of the hundreds of stores and little cafes that are calling your name… and wallet! Find the Macy’s store and kick up your leg like the Rockettes! Okay, well maybe we should leave that to the professionals. But hey, one can dream! If you visit during the daytime or when the clock strikes twelve, you can be sure the streets will be alive and bustling with activity.
Did you know? This is Times Square… Times Square is not really a square. Times Square refers to the four quarters created where 7th Ave. and Broadway intersects in Midtown Manhattan.
However, most New Yorkers refer to the larger neighborhood as Times Square, which stretches north and south from 40th St. to roughly 52nd St. and east and west from 8th Ave to 6th Ave.
One thing is for sure, there will be plenty to see and plenty of walking! Wear some comfortable shoes and tour New York City! The New York Empire riders will be facing off in the final deciding event in the Global Champions League on September 27th, 2019. If you cannot make it, tune into the Global Champions website and follow our Instagram and Facebook! Empire Strikes!