New Jersey Nets
The 2002 Eastern Conference Champions shocked the league with their astonishing rise to prominence in 2001-2002 but have continued at the top of the Eastern Conference since and look to play competitive basketball for years to come. They play in the Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford ten minutes northeast of Newark at the moment, but are planning on building an arena to house both them and the Devils in downtown on Market Street and McCarter Highway.
Go to a Newark Bears game. I know, its not Major League Baseball, but its really fun especially if you've got kids.
They really make a good attempt to get the crowd into the game and they bring in decent talent who are either in contract disputes or retired from the Major Leagues. Its also a little piece of Newark history. Many years ago Newark had two minor league teams, the Bears (AAA Yankee affiliate) and the Eagles (Negro League). These two were the focal point of the town and kept a very racially diverse city in agreement on one point: Newark baseball ROCKS!!! The Bears eventually moved and the Eagles folded along with the rest of the Negro League. The current Bears play in the Atlantic League which is independent of the Majors.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils currently play in the Meadowlands about five minutes northeast of Newark. They plan however to move with the Nets to a new Arena downtown on Market and McCarter Highway. They have won 2 Stanley Cup Championships in the last 8 years, have the second best overall regular season record over the last decade, and are continually one of the best teams in the league. For fast-paced hockey action come to the Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex of East Rutherford.
New Jersey MetroStars
Technically a shared team, but we know who the real soccer fans are. ;) The Metros are going to be building a stadium right across the Passauc River from Newark in Harrison, but till then you can find them at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford at Giants Stadium.
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