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New Era Stadium, Home of the Buffalo Bills

Ralph Wilson Stadium has been the home of the Buffalo Bills since 1973 and is the sixth oldest stadium in the National Football League. As of yesterday, the Buffalo Bills organization will change the stadium's name to New Era Stadium or a similar name for the 2016 NFL season after selling the stadium's naming rights to New Era Cap Company. At the time of it's founding, the stadium was named after Rich Products, a local food company. The stadium changed it's name to Ralph Wilson Stadium in 1998 in honor of Ralph Wilson, the long time owner of the Buffalo Bills. 

 Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California

The NBA's Sacramento Kings will be debuting at the brand new Golden 1 Center on October 10th, 2016, when they host Maccabi Haifa B.C., a professional basketball team for Israel. Both Sacramento residents and the Kings organization have been longing for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings for quite some time. From 1988 to 2016, the Kings played their home games at ARCO Arena which later changed it's name to Power Balance Pavilion and then Sleep Train Arena. Arco Arena, however, was located in the suburb of Natomas which wasn't a location that could bolster attendance for home games.

 Los Angeles Rams

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The Kroenke Group and it's subsidiary Hollywood Park Land Company have chosen AECOM and Turner Construction Company to build the new home stadium for the Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke uprooted the Rams from St. Louis and moved them back to the West Coast following the 2015 NFL season. The city of St. Louis was unable to secure a plan for a new stadium in downtown St. Louis. In the meantime, the Los Angeles Rams will play at their old home, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, until the new stadium is completed. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the current home of the USC Trojans football team and is the former home of the Los Angeles Raiders. The Coliseum is one of the most historic venues in football. 

Petco Park, Home of the San Diego Padres
 
The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Here are a few of the sights from around the ballpark during the 2016 Home Run Derby. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins took home the crown with 61 total home runs in three rounds. Other participants include Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox, Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles, Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds, Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies. Here are some of the sights and happenings around Petco Park from the fan's perspective.

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

I've always said it's hard for sports fans to get excited for hockey when it's 100 degrees outside. The NHL isn't working in Phoenix and the Arizona Coyotes could soon relocate to another city. Hockey didn't work in Atlanta, Georgia; twice. The Florida Panthers in Miami consistently lead the NHL in the league's lowest attendance. Could Las Vegas, Nevada be the exception to this trend when the NHL expands to 31 teams for the 2017 season? Only time will tell. The team's nickname will be decided on in September of 2016 and the team will play at the brand new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas strip. 

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

T-Mobile Arena is a brand new $375 million multi-purpose arena on the Las Vegas Strip. It is also home to the 31st and newest expansion NHL team. If you're like me, you've always been skeptical of the idea that Sin City could lure a professional sports franchise. There's no way team owners and investors will go for it. Too many outside entities would want a piece of the action. The city has too many transplanted residents for there to be loyal and dedicated season ticket base. The city doesn't have the population. You don't want the ugly underbelly of the gambling world to have close access to professional athletes. There were just too many indicators that professional sports in Las Vegas just couldn't work out. It appears I was wrong; at least for now. 

Fort Bragg Game - Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

Major League Baseball made a very touching tribute to America's military this past 4th of July weekend while celebrating our nation's Independence. The league gave servicemen and women stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina the opportunity to see a Major League game on base between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. The event marked the first time a professional sporting event has taken place on a military base. The land, formerly a golf course, was transitioned into a 12,500 seat baseball stadium in just over 100 days. The field will remain and continue to be utilized by the military base which is the largest in the United States with 53,000 active military members and over 250,000 residents. 

 Dodger Stadium, Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers

In Major League Baseball, there are "hitter's ballparks" and then there are "pitcher's ballparks". A hitter's ballpark is characterized as a ballpark that benefits hitter's more so than pitcher's and as a result, tends to give up more offense and home runs. On the flip side, a pitcher's ballpark tends to have extremely deep outfields and foul territories that keep the ball in play more often. Our staff decided to crunch some numbers and determine which Major League ballparks tend to give up the least amount of home runs season to season. Of the ballparks that made the list, let's just say that we weren't surprised in our findings and that the usual suspects comprised our list. See if your favorite team's stadium made the list!

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Home of the Anaheim Angels

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, never receives a ton of publicity by Major League Baseball and it's fans. It's the fourth oldest ballpark in the MLB and has been renovated many times in an attempt to keep up with the rest of the league's updates. After visiting Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, during the same week, it's safe to say Angel Stadium is the third best Major League ballpark in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean that it's not an excellent place to see a ball game. To us, Angel Stadium of Anaheim was the perfect suburban ballpark and offers an excellent bargain in the price of tickets.

Petco Park, Home of the San Diego Padres

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, was the second leg of our staff's trip to Southern California to see all three Major League ballparks in the region. We entered Petco Park and the beautiful city of San Diego with low expectations. The San Diego Padres are a small market baseball team on the West Coast that Major League Baseball rarely shines the limelight on unless they're making serious noise. Let's just say that we were blown away and can now see plain as day why the ballpark was able to secure the 2016 MLB All-Star game. 

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Our staff was finally able to attend a Los Angeles Dodgers home game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California earlier this week. Of the 12 Major League ballparks our staff has visited, we haven't seen a more beautiful setting for a ballpark than Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles' Elysian Park neighborhood. Dodger Stadium is the largest ballpark in Major League Baseball, the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (founded in 1962) and certainly has witnessed it's share of historic moments. 

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Home of the Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers organization is lobbying for the construction of a brand new stadium only 22 years after the opening of Globe Life Park in Arlington. It seems as if the Rangers are following the footsteps of the Atlanta Braves who will move into Suntrust Park next season after playing only 20 years at Turner Field. The motive? Well, there are a few.

Everbank Field, Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars 

There is a lot of construction and commotion going on at Everbank Field these days, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. After Florida's two other NFL franchises announced their plans to revamp their home stadiums (the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers), owner Shad Khan and the Jaguars organization have decided to follow suit. 

U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox 
 
Whether or not the upper deck seats at U.S. Cellular Field is riddled with bullet holes is an urban legend that has circulated around the city of Chicago for two decades now. The ballpark is the home of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox and was formerly known as Comiskey Park II from 1991 to 2002. I was first told about the subject years ago when I roomed with a Chicago native in college.

 

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We've all heard the saying, "chicks dig the long ball". And that's a true statement. However, no matter your age or gender, there isn't a more exciting moment during a Major League Baseball game than seeing a home run launched into the outfield seats. Say what you will about Major League Baseball's "steroid era", during the 1990's and early 2000's but many of us kind of miss it. Nevertheless, there are a number of ballparks in Major League Baseball where fans can usually count on seeing at least one home run every single game. Here are the 7 Major League ballparks that give up the most home runs virtually every season.

Raymond James Stadium doesn't make the headlines quite as often as say AT&T Stadium, Lambeau Field or Soldier Field. However, it's one of the best travel destinations for NFL fans during the winter months with it's warm climate and beautiful scenery. If you ask most NFL fans what they know about Raymond James Stadium, they'll say that it's the stadium with the pirate ship in the end zone. However, the stadium is currently undergoing a series of renovations that will hopefully allow the stadium to lure and host another Super Bowl. Raymond James Stadium previously hosted Super Bowl XXXV between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants and Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals

 

Nissan Stadium, formerly LP Field and the current home of the Tennessee Titans, is currently replacing all 70,000 of the venue's seats as well as the stadium's expansion joints.  When Nissan Stadium inherited the stadium's naming rights in 2015, the ramps, lights and signage were all colored red to reflect Nissan's colors. The change was also an effort to refresh and brighten up the stadium. Many different NFL fan bases in previous years had complained that the stadium was bland and boring and many couldn't disagree with that statement. 

 

There are more than 100 professional stadiums and arenas in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. Out of all of those stadiums are a few seating areas that offer sports fans a more memorable experience than any other. After all, why do we attend ball games? To have fun, cheer on our favorite teams and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Here are five of the most iconic seating areas in professional sports. 

Scotiabank Saddledome, Home of the Calgary Flames 
 
There is great myth and legend surrounding the infamous "Heroin Beer" served during Calgary Flames games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Although the stadium serves ordinary draft beers such as Molson, Rickard's, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, etc, Calgary Flames fans suggest that the draft beer has higher alcohol content than in other NHL arenas. In fact, the myth became so popular that the Toronto Sun decided to test the beer at a local laboratory in an effort to debunk the myth. What they found out was that the alcohol content was 4.9%, which is standard for the beers served on draft at the arena.  

The Original Six are the six hockey teams that comprised the National Hockey League during the league’s earliest days. Although many of these teams were organized before the 1942-1943 NHL season, the Great Depression and World Wars interfered with professional hockey during that time period. The Original Six would play each other exclusively for 25 years from 1942 to 1967 until the NHL expanded to 12 teams. Few hockey fans know that there were many teams that did not make the modern area of hockey, including the Montreal Maroons, St. Louis Eagles and Pittsburgh Pirates. 

So who are the Original Six NHL teams? Documenting their complete history would be long and exhausting but here we go.

 

If your goal is to visit all 31 NFL stadiums, know that it's going to take some time to accomplish this feat. As you know, NFL games are only played on Sundays and Mondays and sometimes Thursdays. Heck, now we've even got the NFL forfeiting some of their home games to London, England and Toronto, Canada. Visiting all 30 ballparks in Major League Baseball is much easier to accomplish since baseball games are played seven days a week.

When planning a road trip to an NFL city, here are the factors you need to consider ahead of time.

 

  • What is your budget?
  • Transportation. Will you get there by plane, train or automobile?
  • Lodging. What hotel will you stay at and for how many nights?
  • Dining. Which of the tourist dining spots do you want to visit and for what meal?
  • Parking. Have you purchased your parking yet?
  • Will you be tailgating? Have you purchased your tailgating pass yet? 

 

This list is not just comprised of the top 5 best NFL stadiums to visit. In order to make this list, an NFL city had to offer much more than just football. Which NFL cities have the best tourist spots, dining and history in order to give fans the best NFL road trip possible. Here are five NFL road trips that you and your friends just have to make.