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Chicago Bears fans

The term “Bear Down” can be heard all throughout the day at Soldier Field during Chicago Bears home games. If you’re active on social media during football season, you’ll also see the term frequently hash-tagged by Chicago Bears fans. But what does "Bear Down" really mean?

Busch Stadium, Home of the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals recently faced backlash for announcing that they will be hosting a “Christian Day” on Sunday, July 30th when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. The event will feature former St. Louis Cardinal Lance Berkman as a post-game speaker, who has been vocal about his displeasure with the transgender bathroom issue.

Pete Rose statue at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds 

The Cincinnati Reds paid tribute to their most prolific player in team history on June 17th, 2017 when they unveiled a statue of Pete Rose outside of Great American Ballpark. The statue was designed by Tom Tsuchiya, an artist in the Cincinnati area. The statue depicts Rose sliding head first into a base and symbolizes the aggressiveness and hustle he displayed as a baseball player.

Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets

Thanks to Rafael L. Espinal Jr., a city council member in New York City, the New York Mets will be adding three times the amount of protective netting at Citi Field. The change comes via a bill Espinal introduced to improve fan safety at Citi Field that will protect baseball fans from foul balls and other debris like broken bats. Espinal is calling on the New York Yankees to take the same protective measures by adding more protecting netting at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. 

David Ortiz Drive outside of Fenway Park

For 14 seasons, David Ortiz dominated the diamond as a designated hitter and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox. Tomorrow, the organization will retire Ortiz’s number 34 during a game vs. the Anaheim Angels. Earlier today, the city renamed the Yawkey Way Extension outside of Fenway Park “David Ortiz Drive”. The Boston Bridge along Brookline Avenue is already named after Ortiz who played a total of 20 seasons in Major League Baseball and retired following the 2016 season.

 Flying the W Flag at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

Major League Baseball fans are well aware of the long history that accompanies both the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Notable figures include the Wrigleyville Rooftops, Steve Bartman, Ronnie Woo Woo, the curse of the Billy Goat and the black cat from the 1969 World Series. One tradition that rarely gets mentioned is the flying of the “W flag” at Wrigley Field. Who came up with the idea? How did the tradition begin?

Exterior view of Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets 

Our staff was excited to finally visit Citi Field when we visited on June 13th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Chicago Cubs. “The New York Yankees are the better team but Citi Field is a better ballpark”. We had heard those same words from local New Yorkers over and over again during our trip to New York City and have come to the conclusion that they were correct (read our Yankee Stadium review). Citi Field is located many miles from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and in working class Flushing Queens, New York. However, it is a gem of a ballpark with a much more raucous fan base than that of the New York Yankees.

Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins 

The Minnesota Twins will be honoring legendary musician and Minnesota native Prince tonight at Target Field. The Twins will be hosting the Cleveland Indians for the weekend series. The first 10,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a limited edition “Purple Rain” umbrella. Minnesota Twins players will also wear Prince t-shirts during batting practice which will be later auctioned off for charity.

Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees

Our staff was fortunate enough to visit new Yankee Stadium for the first time on June 11th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Let me reiterate how disappointed we will always be that we were never able to visit old Yankee Stadium before it’s doors were closed in 2008. In fact, we’re now convinced that old Yankee Stadium should have been preserved just like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Old Yankee Stadium had been home to the team since 1923; a completely different era of baseball.

SafeCo Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners's home ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since the stadium first opened in 1999. SafeCo Insurance, which is headquartered in Seattle, signed a 20-year naming rights deal in 1998 that will expire following the 2018 Major League Baseball season. SafeCo Insurance has decided not to extend the current naming rights deal and the ballpark will operate a new name at the beginning of the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

KeyArena, Former Home of the Seattle Supersonics

Seattle, Washington has been without an NBA team ever since 2008 when the Seattle Supersonics were relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Since then, hedge fund entrepreneur Chris Hansen has been trying to privately finance a brand new arena to be built on a plot of land he owns in Seattle’s SODO district. The SODO District was a formerly an industrial area of the city and is now home to both SafeCo Field (Seattle Mariners) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks).

New Era Field, Home of the Buffalo Bills 

Just three years ago, the Buffalo Bills organization renovated New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium; a $130 million project. The team’s lease with the stadium will expire in 2023 and it is already the fourth oldest stadium in the NFL behind Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers) and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles Rams). Talks for a new stadium have been sporadic but will likely pick up speed over the next two years.

 National Harbor in Washington, DC

The Washington Redskins organization has started discussing where to build their new home stadium. The Redskins play in one of the NFL’s largest markets and have played at the less than stellar Fedex Field since 1997. The team’s lease with the stadium is set to expire in 2027 and the team is making all efforts to allow for a timely construction of the stadium. Virginia politicians are attempting to lure the team to the Virginia side of the Washington, DC metro area although there are whispers that the site of RFK Stadium, the team’s former home, is the most desirable location.

 Chase Field, Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates are now offering their fans subscription plans for home games during the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The program is called the ‘Ballpark Pass’ and requires the download of the MLB.com ballpark app so that tickets can be sent to each fan’s mobile device. The Oakland Athletics were the first team to experiment with a subscription plan for their fans and did see increased attendances using it. The Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals have also experimented with similar subscription based plans.

Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders will be relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. Despite the move, the Raiders organization has sold all of it’s season tickets for the 2017 NFL season. Many of you readers will assume that the move is a desperate last second attempt to keep the team in Oakland. Others probably think this is just a way for fans to create a few final memories at Oakland Coliseum before the team leaves Oakland in the rear view mirror. However, the true answer could be that the Oakland Raiders don’t suck anymore and a playoff appearance this season is highly likely assuming the team resembles last year’s team. The team has also added Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native who is coming out of retirement.

Bell MTS Place, Home of the Winnipeg Jets

The MTS Centre, home of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, will be changing it’s name to the Bell MTS Place following Bell Canada’s acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services. The acquisition was worth more than $3.5 Billion. The downtown arena was built in 2004 and has been home to the Winnipeg Jets since the team relocated from Atlanta, GA in 2011.

Raymond James Stadium Exterior, Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay, Florida will host it’s fifth Super Bowl in 2021 when it hosts Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The event was supposed to be held in Los Angeles, California in 2021 at the new home stadium of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams. However, Los Angeles experienced record amounts of rainfall during the winter of 2016, thus, delaying construction.  

Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Raiders were unable to secure a deal for a new stadium in Oakland and will flee for Las Vegas, Nevada after the 2018 NFL season. The Golden State Warriors will also be leaving Oakland in the near future for a new arena in downtown San Francisco. Now that Oakland, California has lost two of it’s professional sports franchises, Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics are scrambling to find a location for a new ballpark. For several years, Jack London Square had been rumored as the most desirable spot for the team’s new home aside from the current site on Coliseum Way. Relocating the Athletics  to San Jose, California had also been a topic of discussion before the Oakland Athletics fell under new ownership.

Spectrum Center, Home of the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets will host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center on Sunday, February 19th, 2019. The Charlotte Hornets were supposed to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game but the NBA relocated the event to New Orleans due to the controversy surrounding House Bill 2. House Bill 2 was a legislative act in North Carolina that required transgenders to use the bathroom of their original gender. Who knew that there were so many transgender NBA fans? Nevertheless, the NBA didn’t like the bill.

Golden 1 Center, Home of the Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings will be adding 10 balcony boxes as a premium seating option at the Golden 1 Center next season. The balcony boxes will be located on the suite bridge inside the arena. The boxes will be theatre-style and will seat four guests and will be located above the arena’s main entrance. The Golden 1 Center currently offers 34 suites and 48 lofts as premium seating options and all were sold out during the arena’s inaugural season this year.

Bridgestone Arena, Home of the Nashville Predators

Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority recently hired Venue Solutions Group of Nashville, Tennessee to conduct an assessment of the improvements that will be needed at Bridgestone Arena (home of the Nashville Predators) and Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans). The consulting firm has determined that both venues are in need of nearly $500 million combined in renovations over the next 20 years. Both team’s lease agreements with their respective venues will expire in 2028. The renovations will include architectural improvements as well as improvements to the arena’s technology and plumbing.