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Here our editors will bring you plenty of news coverage on tickets, ballparks, stadiums and arenas as they pertain to the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA. To view some of our older articles, just click on the Archives. If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to the articles, feel free to 'Contact Us' via the navigation bar.

April 14, 2014

See that guy in the photo holding the baseball? Yeah, that's Zack Hample. Looks just like your ordinary baseball fan that you'd encounter in any 1 of the 30 Major League Ballparks on any given night. But he's not just your average baseball fan. Far from it.

Citizens Bank Park - 2012 NHL Winter Classic Photo Source: SportingNews.com

March 26, 2014

The NHL has proven that outdoor games are a winning idea. In fact, they are perhaps part of the formula that has recently helped the NHL overthrow the NBA in terms of popularity in the United States. Hockey, after all, originated on frozen ponds where there were very few rules (hence, the fighting).

 

 Photo Source: TiqIQ.com

March 18, 2014

FromThisSeat.com is happy to announce an ongoing partnership with the ticket search engine 'TiqIQ' beginning immediately. TiqIQ, founded by Entrepreneur Jesse Lawrence, is America's largest ticket search engine that offer sports fans the best deals on tickets from companies such as Ticketmaster, Ebay, PrimeSport, ScoreBig, et al.

 

FenwayParkSJ Photo Source: Stadium Journey

 March 17, 2013

 

There used to be a time when sports fans stumbled into stadiums and arenas blindly. We knew very little about the Fenway Parks and the Madison Square Gardens - maybe we had seen Google images of them or knew only what we could see on TV. But we all had heard the countless stories told by our friends who had visited those places and our interests were stimulated. Those days of the unknown, my friends, are over. Founded in 2009, Ann Arbor native Paul Swaney has launched 'Stadium Journey' into the most comprehensive stadium review site on the web. Additionally, the website is complimented by a monthly magazine he also publishes including it's March installment of "Iconic Venues of College Basketball".

 

July 19, 2012

 

Even if you're a casual sports fan or concert goer, you may have heard about the oncoming of 'paperless ticketing', a concept implemented primarily by ticket giant Ticketmaster. What exactly is paperless ticketing?

 

Lebron James Photo Source: Cleveland.Com

June 22, 2012

Since joining the NBA in the fall of 2003, all eyes have been on Lebron James; the self proclaimed 'Chosen One'. Aside from his inability to win an NBA title until last night, he has been under constant criticism for little things he has done both on and off of the court.

 

Joe Louis Arena Photo Source: Score Hockey Tickets

May 25, 2012

It has become common knowledge in the world of sports that new stadiums and arenas rarely yield the economic impact forecasted. Take for example, Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati; a debt Hamilton County taxpayers will have looming over their heads for years to come. And although the city of Detroit still has a fragile economy, Hockey Town's Joe Louis Arena has began to show it's age after it's 33rd season.

 

  Photo Source: Warriors Team Store

June 12, 2012

Many basketball franchises have begun to keep up with the Jones' when it comes to the need for new NBA arenas and the Warriors are next on the list. By 2017, a new NBA arena will be erected on the scenic San Francisco waterfront in a neighborhood known as Piers 30-32. The construction costs of the arena are expected to range anywhere from $450 to $500 million dollars.

 

Kris Brannon, Chris Hansen  Photo Source: Tri City Herald

May 19, 2012

Economists suggest that there is little evidence suggesting that new sports venues create a positive impact on a city's economy. However, Seattle is choosing to ignore that theory and has finally reached an agreement on a new NBA arena in the SODO section of town.

Phoenix Coyotes Logo Photo Source: Newpaper.LI

May 15, 2012

Formerly the Winnipeg Jets, May has been a historic month for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. Shortly before edging out the Nashville Predators for a Western Conference Final berth, the league found a businessman that has agreed to purchase the franchise that filed for bankruptcy three short seasons ago.

NHL logo Photo Source: The Hockey Writers

May 4, 2012

1. American Airlines Center - $420 (M)

2. Staples Center - $375 (M)

3. Prudential Center - $375 (M)

4. Consol Energy Center - $321 (M)

5. Bell Centre - $270 (M)

 

 

Camden Yards Photo Source: MLB.com

May 4, 2012

1. Yankee Stadium - $1.5 (B)

2. Citi Field - $900 (M)

3.Nationals Park - $611 (M)

4. Rogers Centre - $570 (M)

5.Marlins Park - $550 (M)

 

American Airlines Center

May 7, 2012

 

1.Barclays Center - $1+ (B)

2. Amway Center - $480 (M)

3. American Airlines Center - $420 (M)

4. Staples Center - $375 (M)

5. Air Canada Centre - $265 (M)

 

Photo Source: NFL.com

May 5, 2012

1. Metlife Stadium - $1.6 (B)

2. Cowboys Stadium - $1.3 (B)

3. Lucas Oil Stadium -$720 (M)

4. Soldier Field - $632 (M)

5. Lincoln Financial Field - $512 (M)

 

Toronto Skyline Photo Source: Searching Toronto

April 30, 2012

Cities like Seattle, Quebec City, Hartford, Hamilton, Long Island and even Las Vegas have long been pursuing a deal for a new NHL arena. Ironically and in all likelihood, the newest NHL arena will be erected in a city that already has a franchise. The Toronto suburb of Markham has just approved the construction of a $300 million arena which may or may not lure an NHL franchise in the future.

NFL Ticket Exchange Photo Source: NFL.com

April 27, 2012

Few NFL fans are probably aware that the NFL Ticket Exchange is a formed partnership between the NFL and ticket giant Ticketmaster. Since it's founding in 2008, the partnership's profits have multiplied extensively; now also boasting an NHL ticket exchange.

Bark in the Park - Turner Field Photo Source: Uptown Buckhead

April 26, 2012

Once upon a time, the only canine that could be found at an MLB ballpark was Schottsie at Riverfront Stadium. Schottsie was the lovable Saint Bernard, owned by Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. And back then, that was a pretty odd sight. No wait a minute, a goat at Wrigley Field...now that's an even odder sight.

Metrodome Photo Source: AcidCow

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April 25, 2012

With the Minnesota State Legislative session nearing it's end, the Minnesota Vikings are homeless and in dire need of a new NFL stadium. Upon the expiration of the franchise's lease with the Metrodome last season, the Vikings are expected to share TCF Bank Stadium with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers until a new stadium is constructed. 

 

Photo Source: Stubhub

April 12, 2012

When browsing various forums and online help services, it became obvious to me that not every sports fan is hip to the online ticket resource Stubhub. I say resource only because Stubhub is not a ticket broker. Founded in 2000 by two former Stanford MBAs, Stubhub is essentially the middle man between the seller and the buyer. 

 

Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto Photo Source: ABC News

April 10, 2012

Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty once stated that to be successful in baseball, a team must have a core group of players and then you add to the mix free agents and minor league prospects. Within the past two weeks, the former St. Louis Cardinals GM is making it obvious just who the Reds consider their core. After Jay Bruce was extended thru 2016 last year, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will now both likely be Reds'  for the rest of their storied careers. 

SODO Seattle

Photo Source: USA Today

April 4, 2012

When hedge fund guru and Seattle native Chris Hansen expressed his plans to bring two additional sports franchises to Seattle, the city was filled with excitement. Hansen's group of investors would foot most of the bill for the construction of a new NBA arena while the city would contribute it's share.