Our History

Since 1983

As athletes living in Boston, Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin couldn’t purchase athletic gear anywhere near their apartments. Realizing they weren’t alone in their need for athletic gear and equipment, they founded City Sports in 1983 on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Athletic adults that lived, worked, or studied in Boston began to seek out the store for our assortment of products for “City Sports,” such as running, training, tennis, swimming, and cycling. Over time, thousands of visitors from around the country would leave Boston with our iconic City Sports t-shirt as an insider’s souvenir.

The legend grew, as they opened more stores in Boston and cities up and down the East Coast.  Eventually athletes in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC also found City Sports to be their favorite destination for athletic gear.  Walk down any street in one of these cities and without fail someone will be wearing a City Sports T-shirt.

Running Again

In 2015, after 32 years as the iconic sports retailer, City Sports closed its doors.  But two brothers, Blake and Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, who had been fans of City Sports for years, wouldn’t let that be the final chapter for City Sports.  They bought the brand and put in motion a plan to relaunch City Sports. 

That plan is coming to fruition with a new store in Red Bank, NJ during Holiday 2016, a new online presence and expected store openings in Boston, New York and Philadelphia by the end of 2017. 

And yes, we will be selling the City Sports t-shirts you know and love.

Let’s have some fun!