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Photo of Oakland Coliseum from the outfield bleachers. Home of the Oakland Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics will host a free game for all fans on April 17th, 2018 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The game will celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary in Oakland after relocating from Kansas City. Oakland A’s season ticket holders will have their tickets uploaded to their accounts and will be refunded their money. There have already been more than 200,000 inquiries for tickets as of today and the event will be the first free game in Major League Baseball history.

Photo of a Chicago Cubs day game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Day baseball is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. It provides the perfect excuse for Chicago area business professionals to play hooky or take a day off from work and head to Wrigley Field to witness America’s favorite pastime. But why do the Chicago Cubs play so many day baseball games? We found the answer to be rather surprising.

Photo of an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Home of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles set an all-time low for single game attendance earlier this week when they hosted the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The official attendance was 7,915 which is just 17% of the stadium’s capacity. The previous all-time low for single game attendance was set on April 12, 2010 when the Orioles hosted the Tampa Bay Rays. If we wanted to get technical, the all-time low for single game attendance occurred on April 29, 2015 vs. the Chicago White Sox when all baseball fans were barred entry due to the ongoing Baltimore riots.

Photo of Toronto Maple Leafs Fans at Maple Leaf Square.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in the National Hockey League. In fact, the demand for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets is so high that the NHL has even considered adding a second NHL team in Toronto. During the 2017-2018 regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs averaged just over 19,000 fans per game (102% capacity) at the Air Canada Centre. In lieu of the upcoming Game 3 of the 1st round series vs. the Boston Bruins, the general public were only left with 96 tickets to purchase. The reason?

Let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of things, work is not that important. Family and the memories we create are what matter most. That’s ultimately what we love about Major League Baseball; the ability to skip work or school and see games during the day. With the other three professional sports leagues, you can’t do that which is why we loved this story so much. And day baseball is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field! Earlier this week, a young boy in Illinois skipped school for the day to attend the Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Wrigley Field. Only to be seen by his principal who was also attending the game with his son.

Photo of the catfish tank at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. 

Catfish are to the Nashville Predators what the octopus is to the Detroit Red Wings. For decades, Detroit Red Wings fans have thrown octopus onto the ice as an ode to an old tradition that helped push the Detroit Red Wings to victory during the 1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nashville Predators fans have essentially copied that tradition and throw catfish onto the ice at Bridgestone Arena during games. The Nashville Predators organization have now even added a catfish tank to the concourse of Bridgestone Arena to the appeasement of Nashville Predator fans.

Photo of empty seats at Marlins Park during a Miami Marlins game.

Fewer than 7,000 fans attended the Miami Marlins’ Tuesday night home game vs. the New York Mets. The attendance marked the smallest crowd to see a baseball game at Marlins Park since the stadium opened in 2012. Monday’s attendance was almost as bad with just over 7,000 fans in attendance. And vs. the New York Mets of all teams? How does that happen with so many New Yorkers living in South Florida?

Photo of Phil Coyne, Pittsburgh Pirates usher.

If you’ve ever sat in sections 26 or 27 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you may have been shown to your seats by legendary usher Phil Coyne. After serving 81 seasons as an usher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 99-year-old Coyne is calling it a career and retiring. Phil Coyne began ushering for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in 1936 when he was a teenager. He went on to usher at Three Rivers Stadium until 2000 and then at PNC Park beginning in 2001.

View of Dodger Stadium from the Press Level.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be hosting the 2020 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers haven’t hosted the midsummer classic since 1980. 2020 will mark the fourth time that the Dodgers have hosted an all-star game; the first two were played at Ebbets Field (1949) in Brooklyn and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1959). The MLB All-Star Game is typically reserved for the Major League Baseball teams with the newest stadium but the Los Angeles Dodgers organization have recently renovated Dodger Stadium.

Photo of empty seats at Guaranteed Rate Field during a Chicago White Sox game.

The Chicago White Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 974 people. The White Sox organization announced a paid attendance of just over 10,000 people, many of which chose to stay at home because of the cold temperatures. In all fairness, Chicago did get hit with snow on Monday and the Chicago Cubs even cancelled Tuesday’s home game at Wrigley Field. The White Sox game was also originally slated to be a night game but both teams decided to play the game during the day. Day games seem to appeal more to the Chicago Cubs fans across town.

Photo of Shannon Sailes, the dancing usher at Detroit Pistons games.

The legend of Shannon Sailes, the Detroit Pistons’ dancing usher, began at the beginning of the 2011-2012 NBA season. Sailes was manning his post at sections 115 and 116 on the lower level of the Palace of Auburn Hills, when his section was featured on the arena’s jumbotron. The camera and the music triggered an impulsive burst of dance moves that drove the crowd crazy. The rest as they say, was history.

Photo of the Strasburger at Nationals Park.

Major League Baseball stadiums offer some of the most creative food items in professional sports. (Ever heard of the "Churro Dog" at Chase Field?) Baseball stadiums also offer a wide variety of food offerings. What sets Major League Baseball apart from the other leagues when it comes to culinary offerings? Baseball is a very laid back experience for spectators and has twice as many home games as the NHL and NBA. Games can also be much longer than the other three leagues, which are timed, so fans have plenty of free time at baseball stadiums. Our staff wanted to provide a small list of some of the best food items we've tried in our travels to various Major League Baseball stadiums around the United States. Enjoy!

Photo of the field at Guaranteed Rate Field from the outfield bleachers. Home of the Chicago White Sox. 

Sitting in the outfield for a Major League Baseball game is pretty amazing. Not only are the seats cheaper than the infield seats but they give fans the best chance at catching home run balls hit by their favorite players. And if you're a dad that brings young sons to the ballpark, all it takes is catching a home run ball in the outfield for them to be hooked on Major League Baseball for life. After reading up on Zack Hample and his travels to all of the Major League Ballparks, we couldn't help but notice that he knew exactly where to be in the outfield when certain players were up to bat. Here are the best sections to sit in if you want to catch a home run ball at every Major League ballpark. 

Photo of a St. Louis Blues game at the Scottrade Center.

The St. Louis Blues announced earlier this week that the 2nd phase of Scottrade Center renovations will begin during the summer of 2018. The upcoming renovations will include replacing all of the seats on the mezzanine level of the Scottrade Center, redoing the concourse and adding new local food offerings to the concession stands. New food offerings for the 2018-2019 NHL season will include Lion’s Choice, Byrd & Barrel, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and SugarFire BBQ.

Photo of a luxury suite at PPG Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Over the last decade, the National Hockey League's popularity has exploded. The explosion of a private suite rental market has coincided with the league's growth. The bulk of an NHL arena's private and luxury suite inventory are purchased by local corporations and small businesses that wish to entertain their most valuable clients and reward high-performing employees. Innovative companies like SuiteHop allow fans like you and I to rent suites at NHL arenas on an individual game basis when they're left unsold. Suitehop has the ability to hook fans and their guests up with a suite in as little as a few days notice. 

Photo of a private suite at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

In years past, renting a private or luxury suite at an NBA game was limited to large corporations and partners of teams. In fact, many NBA arenas didn't even have the ability to provide premium seating options for local businesses which is what led to the construction of so many new arenas. A rental market for suites has also emerged which allows for fans like you and I to rent suites for family and friends on an individual game basis. Companies like SuiteHop (based in Denver, CO) are leading the suite rental industry and can set fans up with a suite with just a few days notice. 

Photo of a luxury suite at SunTrust Park, home o the Atlanta Braves.

Watching a Major League Baseball game from a private suite is a first-class experience and a great way to spend an evening with friends. Several years ago, watching sporting events from private suites was an experience that was only available to corporations that purchase suites for an entire season. Private suites are seen as an excellent way for businesses to entertain clients and reward high-performing employees. However, a suite rental market led by companies like Suite Experience Group (SEG) have begun to emerge, allowing regular fans to purchase the suite experience on an individual game basis.

Photo of the court at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings.

Autism is a mental health disorder that is unfortunately on the rise all over the United States. The Sacramento Kings have made an initiative to provide an escape for fans with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders. The Sacramento Kings organization have added a sensory room on the main level of the Golden 1 Center and will offer kits that provide comfort to fans that may become overstimulated by the noise at Kings games.

Photo of a snow covering Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The New York Yankees 2018 home opener vs. the Tampa Bay Rays has been cancelled on the account of 4 inches of snow. You read that right. Yankee Stadium was pounded with snow this morning and the Yankees have rescheduled the game for tomorrow at 4 PM (4/3/2018). Rain is unfortunately also in the forecast for the rescheduled game tomorrow. It’s been a weird week for Yankee Stadium who recently made national news when they experimented with adding player images to beer foam. Major League Baseball was not impressed and quickly ended the fun.

Photo of the main concourse at Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees.

Earlier this week, Yankee Stadium’s food and beverage provider (Legends) tested out an imprint machine that was able to add images to beer foam. The images included the New York Yankees logo as well as the faces of players Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. However, Major League Baseball quickly intervened and told the organization that they were breaking league rules. According to MLB officials, active players are prohibited from being involved with any alcohol-related advertising and promotions.

Interior photo of a suite at NRG Stadium. Home of the Houston Texans.

Watching an NFL game from a suite was something only the 1% and their friends could do a decade ago. Today, with an emerging suite rental market, it’s become much easier for NFL teams to charge more for suites while also having the flexibility to rent them out on an individual game basis when left vacant. One such company is Suite Experience Group (SEG) who are a leader in suite rentals and cater to normal fans like you and I.