New York State Boxing Venues

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New York State Boxing Venues

  • Arctic Oval: Johnson & Varick Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Bay Ridge Stadium (also known as MacArthur Stadium): 15th Avenue & 86th Street, Brooklyn
  • Boxing Drome Athletic Club (AC): Westchester Avenue & East 167th Street, the Bronx
  • Boyle’s Thirty Acres: Montgomery Street at Florence Street-–south side of Montgomery Street, east of Cornelison Avenue, a mile west of the Grove Street PATH station, Jersey City (also known as Tex “Rickard’s Arena"; built for the July 2, 1921 Carpentier-Dempsey title bout; demolished June 1927; now the site of Hudson County Schools of Technology & the Montgomery Gardens Housing Project)
  • Broadway Arena: 944 Halsey Street, Bushwick section, Brooklyn (Tuesday night shows; capacity: 4,500; closed in 1951--an apartment house & adjoining park now occupy this site)
  • Brooklyn Elks Lodge (1930s): Livingston St & Boerum Place.
  • Bronx Coliseum: 1100 East 177th Street at Devoe Avenue, adjacent to the Starlight Amusement Park, the Bronx (commonly known as the New York Coliseum-–but it is not to be confused with the venue of the same name built in 1954 at Columbus Circle, Manhattan; capacity 16,800 to 20,800; sample show: Jan 24, 1934; it was demolished in 1997)
  • Bronx Velodrome: east side of Broadway at 225th Street, the Bronx (capacity: 23,000; see June 26, 1922; burned to the ground in the summer of 1930; the site of the Marble Hill Houses since 1951)
  • Columbus Sporting Club (SC), Yonkers. Exact address unknown.
  • Commonwealth SC: 14 East 135th Street, Harlem (formerly called the “Harlem" and the “Olympic"; opened in the 1910s & closed in 1931; Saturday night shows; Charley Phil Rosenberg was a favorite here in the 1920s; as of 1998 it is a small park adjoining the Abraham Lincoln Houses)
  • Coney Island Stadium: Surf Avenue near West 6th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn (also known as “Fugazy Bowl" in the 1930s when promoter Humbert J. Fugazy promoted boxing shows here; lasted from the 20s thru the 30s; capacity: up to 12,000; sample show: June 25, 1926 between Ruby Goldstein & Ace Hudkins)
  • Coney Island Velodrome: Neptune Avenue & West 12th Street, Brooklyn (built in 1930; capacity 10,000; last known major show: Sept 4, 1950; torn down & replaced by high-rise housing)
  • Crescent AC: Shore Road & 85th Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
  • Dexter Park Arena: north side of Jamaica Avenue, between Elderts Lane (since renamed Dexter Court) & 76th Street, Woodhaven, Queens (capacity: 15,000-plus)
  • Dexter Park Stadium (Brooklyn): *See note*
  • Dyckman Oval (20s & 30s): bordered by Nagle Avenue, Academy Street, Tenth Avenue and 204th Street. Click here for more info.
  • Eastern Parkway Arena: 1435 Eastern Parkway near Howard Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn (built in the mid-1940s as an in-door roller skating rink; known as the "House of Upsets" and for its televised Monday night fights in the 1950s; matchmaker: Teddy Brenner (who became the Matchmaker for Madison Square Garden from 1959-79); capacity: 4,500; last main event: May 16, 1955, although shows continued there for a few years afterward; eventually torn down and became a parking lot.)
  • Empire AC: See Star Casino below.
  • Fairmont AC: 251 East 137th Street near Third Avenue, Mott Haven section, South Bronx (owned & run by Billy Gibson). Gene Tunney fought here in 1915.
  • Fort Hamilton Arena: Fort Hamilton Parkway & 99th Street, Brooklyn
  • Freeport Auditorium: Freeport, LI. Also known as Brall's Arena in the 1920's. Capacity: 1,800
  • Freeport Municipal Stadium: Freeport, LI; seated at least 7,000.
  • Glencoe Oval: 126th St & 2nd Ave. Harlem, NY.
  • Golden City Arena: Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Hippodrome: 6th Ave, bet. 43rd & 44th Sts., NYC. Built in 1905, closed Aug. 16, 1939.
  • Hunts Point Palace: Bronx, NY. (Became the Palace Sporting Club in 1917)
  • Jamaica Arena: 91-16 (Archer Avenue) & 144th Place, Jamaica, Long Island.
  • Lenox SC (or New Lenox SC): See Star Casino (Harlem) below.
  • Long Beach Stadium: Long Beach Boulevard & East Harrison, Long Beach
  • Long Island City Bowl: See Madison Square Garden Bowl below.
  • Luna Park Arena: Surf Avenue & West 10th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • MacArthur Stadium: See Bay Ridge Stadium above.
  • Madison Square Garden (there were four versions): 51 Madison Avenue–from 26th to 27th Street between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue South(Fourth Avenue) (site of the first two MSG venues-–the first existing from 1879 to 1890; the second-–perhaps the most memorable of them all-–lasted from 1890 to 1925); 825 Eighth Avenue-–on the west side of Eighth Avenue between 49th & 50th Street (3rd version: from 1925 through 1967); and 33rd Street between Seventh & Eighth Avenues, above Pennsylvania Station (the present Madison Square Garden).
  • Madison Square Garden Bowl: south side of Northern Boulevard at 45th Street, Long Island City, Queens (also known as the “Long Island City Bowl" & “The Graveyard of Champions" because no reigning champion ever successfully defended his title here; capacity: 72,000; opened in 1932, but by 1939 rarely used as a boxing venue; site of four heavyweight title contests between 1932-35, including the June 21, 1932 Max Schmeling-Jack Sharkey bout)
  • Manhattan Casino: See Rockland Palace below.
  • Manhattan Center: 311 West 34th Street, Manhattan
  • Margolies Sporting Club: Arverene, Queens, NY.
  • Mecca Sporting Arena: 443 East 14th Street, Manhattan
  • Mitchel Field (often misspelled "Mitchell"), Mineola, Long Island: 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard? See here for more info.
  • National AC: See Pioneer Sporting Club below.
  • New Lenox Sporting Club (See Star Casino below)
  • New York AC: Seventh Avenue & 59th Street.
  • New York Coliseum: See Bronx Coliseum above.
  • New York Hippodrome: Sixth Avenue from 43rd to 44th Street, 1120 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan (capacity: 5,200; existed from 1905 to 1939)
  • Olympia A.C.: Harlem, NYC (sometimes called Olympic A.C. in some papers)
  • Palace of Joy Club: Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY (opened May 30, 1921)
  • Palace Sporting Club: Est. Jan. 1917 - Bronx, NY. Formerly the Hunts Point Palace.
  • Park Arena: 450 East 169th Street, the Bronx
  • Pioneer Sporting Club: 155 East 24th Street, on the north side of 24th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue, Manhattan (originally known as the National Athletic Club; it generally had Tuesday night shows; capacity: 3,500; sample bout: March 26, 1909--Stanley Ketchel vs. Philadelphia Jack O'Brien. Perhaps another version opened Oct. 1914 at 340 West 44th St, in the former Amsterdam Opera House, with Tom O'Rouke as matchmaker. See the Oct. 28 NYT.))
  • Polo Grounds: Eighth Avenue & 157th Street, North Harlem section of Manhattan (circa 1891; razed in 1964)
  • Prospect Hall: Prospect & Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Queensboro Arena: 29-49 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, near the Queensboro Bridge Plaza (lasted from the 1920s thru the 1940s; capacity: 4,000)
  • Queensboro Stadium: Jackson Avenue near Skillman, Long Island City, Queens
  • Ridgewood Grove SC or Ridgewood Grove Arena: northeast corner of St. Nicholas Avenue at Palmetto Street on the Brooklyn-Queens border, 341-343 St. Nicholas Avenue, Queens (existed 1926 to 1956; Saturday night shows; capacity: 4,000-5,000; also known as the New Ridgewood Grove; sample show: Davey Abad vs. Tony Canzoneri on Nov 6, 1926)
  • Rockland Palace: 280 West 155th Street, Harlem, on the southeast corner of Eighth Avenue & 155th Street (Harlem’s leading fight club in the 30s & 40s; capacity: 5,000; also known as the “Manhattan Casino" at 2926 Eighth Avenue; sample show: Benny Leonard vs. Freddie Welsh on May 28, 1917; closed down in the early 1950s; now the site of a parking lot)
  • Sea Gate AC: operated in the 1930s; located somewhere in Brooklyn.
  • Sherwood Oval: Merrick Road & Farmers Boulevard, Westbury, Long Island
  • Society of Auto Engineers S.C.: 1947 Broadway, NYC - Held monthly amateur bouts starting in October 1922.
  • Stauch’s Arena: Stillwell Avenue & Bowery, Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Star Casino: 105 East 107th Street, East Harlem, on 107th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues (also known as the Empire A.C. Most commonly known as the New Lenox SC. Existed from the 1910s thru the 1930s. Wednesday night shows. Now the site of a parking lot.)
  • Starlight Park (1930s): located on the east and west ends of the Bronx River between E. 174th Street and E. 172nd Street, the Bronx. (Also said to have been located at East 177th & Bronx River.) Was in the process of being renovated, as of the late 1990s. The renovations of Starlight Park will include new ballfields, additional green space, improved access to the river’s edge, a buffer zone of trees blocking the Sheridan Expressway, and parking.
  • Sterling Oval: Teller Avenue & East 164th Street, the Bronx
  • St. Nicholas Arena: 69 West 66th Street, on the northeast corner of 66th Street & Columbus Avenue, Manhattan (also known as “The Rink"; Monday night shows; used for boxing from 1906 until May 28, 1962-–the last main event. Capacity: 4,000)
  • Sunnyside Garden Arena: 44-16 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, Queens, between 44th & 45th Streets (lasted from 1926 until razed in December 1977; capacity: 2,400)
  • Twentieth Century Club (owned & run by Mike Jacobs): exact location in Manhattan unknown.
  • Vanderbilt A.C.: Brooklyn, NY *See note*

New York National Guard Armories (shows conducted in the 1920s & 1930s):

  • 1920-05-28: State Attorney General Charles D. Newton rules, in a decision transmitted to Adjutant General Charles W. Berry of the New York State National Guard, that state armories may be used for boxing. General Berry immediately issues a statement that armories would not be used for professional boxing "at the present time." New York Times
  • 1923-04-10: Brigade and Armory Commanders of the 2nd Corps Area (New York National Guard) draft resolution in favor of permitting boxing in the armories. New York Times

Armory Venues:

Most of these places closed down by the late 1940s/early 1950s.

Most of the above information on New York venues comes from Lawrence S. Ritter’s book entitled East Side, West Side (1998).