A Tourist's Guide to WWE SummerSlam 2015 in Brooklyn, New York
Wrestling fans will be flocking to the Brooklyn borough in New York City over the next week to witness the grand nature of the 2015 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view.
This year’s SummerSlam will take place on Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Barclays Center in New York. As the second-biggest PPV on WWE’s schedule, the week leading up to the event is full of festivities and activities.
As if a wrestling card filled with marquee matchups like Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker and WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. John Cena weren’t enough, NXT TakeOver Saturday night at the Barclays Center will be the cherry on the wrestling sundae.
Any fan that can make their way to New York City should be ready for a wild weekend.
The ideal plan of attack to maximize your weekend would be to arrive in NYC on Saturday as early as possible. One exciting edition to this year’s event is a SummerSlam panel that will be taking questions starting at 10 a.m. EST. Seeing the top stars in the WWE and NXT like Triple H, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor in person would be the perfect way to kick off a Saturday in New York.
After leaving the SummerSlam panel at the Barclays Center, wrestling fans should use their time to explore the city on a Saturday in the summer. First and foremost, being in the borough means the No. 1 place to visit is the Brooklyn Bridge. The iconic landmark has become the symbol of the area and will take visitors into the rest of the city.
Any true wrestling fan who is in NYC needs to visit Madison Square Garden. From the bygone days of legends like Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales to three generations of McMahons running wrestling shows at the previous and current MSG buildings, wrestling has been part of the city for many years.
Once the fans have enough of exploring the history of wrestling in the city, they can shuttle back to the Barclays Center for the NXT TakeOver live event starting at 7:30 p.m. EST. Traffic can be an issue in New York City, so allot enough time to get to the venue and explore other means of transportation if possible—public transportation or a cab—when planning your visit.
If you love WWE and still don’t have tickets—the box office is sold out so you better use a StubHub.com to grab them fast—to Saturday’s show headlined by Owens vs. Balor for the NXT Championship, what are you waiting for?
After a night jam-packed with action at the NXT event, the party in New York City doesn’t stop. For those looking to have a little fun after the show, head down to the Comedy Cellar near Greenwich Village to have a few drinks before making your way to see Times Square.
Something you must experience at least once in your life... night in Times Square New York City pic.twitter.com/ysRi8Rlmt4— Gap Year Travel (@gapyear) June 11, 2015
The key after a night of wrestling, drinking and overall merriment, will be to get some food in your stomach on Sunday morning. Since fans will likely be staying in the city, they should look no further than Tom's Restaurant in Morningside Heights for a great meal. Whether it’s a mid-morning breakfast or a late-afternoon hangover lunch, this is authentic New York food at its best.
Add in the fact that Tom's Restaurant is the same hangout that Jerry and the gang visited on the TV series "Seinfeld," and wrestling fans can have a little fun while filling their stomach with a much-needed meal. If having breakfast in the same spot as the "Seinfeld" crew wasn’t enough for one day, fans must take the trip to Long Island.
It will be a longer ride no matter how you get there, but the ride will be worth it once you reach the heart of Long Island. Not only can fans visit the favorite hangout spots of natives Mick Foley and Zack Ryder, but history buffs can also visit the original Nassau Coliseum before it is complete renovated. The Coliseum was the site of WrestleMania 2, SummerSlam 2002 and 15 episodes of "Raw."
Eventually, wrestling fans will make their way back to the Barclays Center for the four-hour edition of the PPV. With the pre-show as well, fans should arrive at the building at around 5 p.m. EST, enjoy some tailgating festivities and then begin finding their seats. Expect the building to be packed, so be prepared for traffic delays and long lines at the arena.
With a huge card featuring some of the top names in the wrestling business, seeing the WWE’s second most important PPV in New York City will be great. Seeing the show after exploring the wrestling history in the city and seeing the future of the business at the NXT show the night before, though, would make this a trip any wrestling fan will never forget.
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