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Every time I walk on Freedom Way through "The Banks" development in downtown Cincinnati, I smile. The Banks sits on the former site of Riverfront Stadium, the hallowed ball field that served as the home of the Big Red Machine and Cincinnati Reds from 1970-1995. Naming rights were changed in 1996 where it was known as Cinergy Field until it's implosion in 2002. This was where I saw my first Major League Baseball game at 8 years old between the Reds and the Houston Astros. You may have heard the adage "Cincinnati is a baseball town" before. And while that's very true, Cincinnati is very passionate about their Bengals football as well. In 1981 and 1988, Riverfront Stadium was home to the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. With that said, we wanted to give Cincinnati sports fans a little walk down memory lane with this collage. Enjoy!

 

Great American Ballpark has been our staff's home ballpark for many years. A few cool things we've witnessed there was Barry Bonds hitting a home run a few weeks before setting the all-time home run record, the first playoff game at Great American Ballpark (Reds vs. Phillies) and the first series that the Marlins played as the 'Miami Marlins'. It may not have the history of Fenway Park or a swimming pool in the outfield but many Cincinnati Reds fans appreciate it for what it is; a very comfortable place to watch a baseball game. After writing about each and every game we attended, we decided it would be much better to write an official review for Great American Ballpark for our readers. 

 Aerial View of Paul Brown Stadium

For a long time, Paul Brown Stadium was the home stadium for our staff. In fact, we haven't missed a playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium or gone a season without attending at least one Cincinnati Bengals home game since 2004. However, we had never written an official review for it so we decided to finally put one together for our readers. 

When the Edmonton Oilers vacate Rexall Place after the 2015-2015 NHL season, a piece of NHL history dies along with it. The "old barn" is one of only two old style hockey arenas that still remain - the other being Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. Both the Oilers and the Red Wings have brand new arenas in the works. The Rogers Place, future home of the Edmonton Oilers, is less than a year away from opening and will have a capacity of almost 19,000 for hockey. The Rogers Place will join the Barclays Center (Islanders) and Consol Energy Center (Penguins) as brand new and breakthrough hockey venues that boast amenities that few other NHL arenas can rival. What can Edmonton Oilers fans expect?

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The National Hockey League is expanding once again and I think this growth is excellent for the sport. It's likely that Quebec City, Quebec will get their Nordiques back with the recent completion of the brand new 18,000 seat Videotron Centre. That possibility especially came to fruition when the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg to become the rebirth of the Jets. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the hardest tickets to get in the NHL.

Las Vegas also expects to be the home of a new NHL franchise upon completion of it's $375 Million arena in April 2016; name pending. Two new NHL teams will complete the Pacific and Central Divisions giving both the Eastern and Western Conferences 16 teams each. Seattle, Washington fits into the mix somehow and something tells me that Gary Bettman and the NHL front office secretly hopes that the city is able to secure a franchise. Bettman insists that the earliest play could begin in any of these three cities is the 2017-2018 NHL season. 

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

The National Football League generated more than $7 Billion during the 2014 season and Roger Goodell still isn't happy. The often criticized league commissioner hopes and projects that those numbers will reach $25 Billion by the year 2027. Those numbers may seem unreachable because let's be honest, how much more popular can the NFL get? This projection is why there is so much commotion to get the correct NFL franchise in it's ideal city and market. Los Angeles is the only American city to lose two NFL franchises to other cities when they lost the Rams to St. Louis and the Raiders to Oakland. Let's not kid ourselves, there is some risk involved with experimenting with professional football in Los Angeles again. But the NFL and it's popularity and revenue streams are vastly different in 2015 than in 1995. 

The Atlanta Braves aren't the only Atlanta sports franchise having a shiny new home built. The Atlanta Falcons are leaving the aging Georgia Dome for the high tech Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door. Like Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn't see the Georgia Dome as being adequate for another 20 plus years of professional football. The partnership with Mercedes-Benz secures their naming rights of the stadium for 25 years from 2017 to 2042. See how the stadium's progress is coming along. 

 

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No, it hasn't even been 20 years since the Atlanta Braves began play at Turner Field on Atlanta's south side. A stadium originally created for the 1996 Olympics, Turner Field never really felt like the home of the Atlanta Braves. At least not like Fulton County stadium did many years ago. That's the perception from a fan that has been to both ballparks. The Braves will begin play at Suntrust Park at the beginning of the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Check out the progress thus far.

Exterior View of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario

Brookfield Place

30 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5E 1X8

 

The Hockey Hall of Fame was first founded in the town of Kingston, Ontario in 1943 despite not having an actual home until 1961. Kingston is halfway between the cities of Toronto and Montreal and many argue that this city was where hockey was founded back in 1886. The Hall of Fame only lasted in Kingston for 15 years before being moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1958. From 1961 until 1993, the Hockey Hall of Fame was headquartered at Exhibition Place, a fairground in Toronto near Lake Ontario. In 1993, the Hall of Fame was moved to beautiful downtown Toronto into a former bank building on Yonge Street, it's current location.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Main Entrance in Canton, Ohio 

2121 George Halas Drive NW

Canton, Ohio 44708

330-456-8207

 

Canton, Ohio seems like the most unlikely home for the Pro Football Hall of Fame considering the popularity of today’s game, right? That may be true. But did you know that the NFL was founded in Canton, Ohio in 1920? Did you know that the Canton Bulldogs were once an NFL team? These are two factors that helped the city of Canton land the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in September of 1963.

Exterior View of The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York

25 Main Street

Cooperstown, New York 13326

(888) 425-5633

 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1939 by local hotel owner Stephen Carlton Clark. After the Great Depression decimated Cooperstown's local economy, Clark wanted an attraction that would bring tourists to Cooperstown, New York for years to come. Many baseball fans refer to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as simply "Cooperstown". More than 300,000 baseball fans make the trek to this small and beautiful village to see the museum annually. For you baseball fans that haven't made the trip to Cooperstown, we wanted to give you as many tips as we can to make sure your trip is a success. 

Bridgestone Arena Exterior, Home of the Nashville Predators

Our staff’s trip to Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators was kind of last minute. It was a weeknight and the Predators were hosting the Anaheim Ducks, two great teams but not what anyone would call a heated rivalry. Nashville, TN has become a destination city being that it’s the country music capital of the world and the home to many celebrities. It was our second trip to the city, the first trip was to see Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. (See our Nissan Stadium Review at the bottom of the page). Let us tell you a little more about the arena and what we thought about it. 

Exterior view of Joe Louis Arena, Home of the Detroit Red Wings

Joe Louis Arena is arguably the most storied arena in the National Hockey League now that the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens are defunct. (Strangely, it’s named after boxer and Detroit icon Joe Louis). No team has been more consistent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the last thirty years than the Detroit Red Wings. And when rumors started circulating that the Detroit Pistons could be moving downtown to share an arena with the NBA's Detroit Pistons, I knew I had to rush to Michigan to see Joe Louis Arena in person. It didn’t take long after our visit for the city of Detroit to break ground on plans for a new arena which is scheduled to open in 2017. The rumors were true.

 Basketball Founder Dr. James Naismith

1000 Hall of Fame Avenue

Springfield, MA 01105

1-877-446-6752

 

Many basketball fans are confused as to why the Basketball Hall of Fame would be located in Springfield, Massachusetts of all places. After all, basketball founder and creator Dr. James Naismith was born in Ontario, Canada and will be forever linked to the University of Kansas’ basketball program. Few knew that for six years, Naismith served as a P.E. teacher at the Springfield YMCA in Massachusetts before joining the University of Kansas athletic department. Naismith would go on to give more than 40 years of service to the university as an instructor, coach and athletic director. But Springfield, Massachusetts is where it all began.

 Panoramic of Busch Stadium, Home of the St. Louis Cardinals

Our staff was stoked to visit Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals/New York Yankees series on Memorial Day of 2014. It had been many years since the Yankees had made the trip to St. Louis, their 1st at the new ballpark, so we knew we had to take advantage of the rare opportunity. We’re fans of all MLB teams but we’ve seen the New York Yankees in 4 different Major League cities which is more than most New York Yankees fans could even say. Busch Stadium was a massive stadium and all of the new additions that make up a development called “Ballpark Village” adjacent to the stadium were top notch. Ballpark Village quickly made Busch Stadium one of the 5 best ballpark experiences in Major League Baseball and their fans deserve it!

 

Exterior View of Comerica Park

Our staff was fortunate enough to be able to see the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons at their home stadiums all in one weekend. Me being the Major League Baseball fanatic that I am, I was especially excited to finally get to visit Comerica Park to see the Tigers. One of the neatest features you will see at Comerica Park are the giant tiger statues that sit atop the Comerica Park rooftops near the stadium entrances. They’re intimidating but works of art, nevertheless. There is tiger themed décor all over Comerica Park, almost to the point of excess but I liked it. I especially liked the tiger’s heads outside of the stadium that have baseballs in their mouths.

 View of Nissan Stadium from the Cumberland River

Our staff was fortunate enough to visit Nissan Stadium earlier this season for the home opener vs. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. While it’s certainly not that memorable of a venue, its proximity to downtown Nashville, TN makes Nissan Stadium one of the funnest NFL trips a visiting fan could make.

View from the Upper Level at PNC Park

Our staff made the trip to PNC Park during the 2014 MLB season to see the Pittsburgh Pirates face off against the New York Mets and the trip was everything we could have hoped for it to be. What a ballpark! It’s common knowledge that PNC Park is arguably the most beautiful ballpark in professional baseball and it’s definitely the best we’ve seen in person of the 8 Major League ballparks we’ve visited. So what’s so great about it?

Actor Paul Rudd at Kauffman Stadium

 You know the saying..."you never know what you'll see at the ole ballpark". That's true. But there are some faces that you can always count on seeing at the ballpark. Actor Paul Rudd, pictured above, is a Kansas City Royals fanatic. Ben Affleck loves the Boston Red Sox. Jerry Seinfield loves the New York Mets and Dick Vitale loves the Tampa Bay Rays. These figures, however, are stealing all of the "Super Fan" limelight. That's why we wanted to pay tribute to Major League Baseball's most well known and respected "true" super fans. We'll first start with Fenway Park. 

Turner Field North Entrance, Home of the Atlanta Braves

 Turner Field was the 8th Major League Ballpark our staff has visited in person in an effort to see all 30. The Atlanta Braves were hosting the New York Yankees in what turned out to be a very lopsided interleague series in favor of the Yankees. Going into the game, I was positive that the Atlanta Braves did not need to tear down a ballpark that isn’t even 20 years old in exchange for a brand new ballpark. The truth is, Turner Field wasn’t originally built for the Atlanta Braves; it was built to host the 1996 Summer Olympics. In fact, the Braves organization had to completely downsize and reconstruct Turner Field to accommodate baseball. By the time the game had concluded, I saw exactly why there is a need to construct Suntrust Park, future home of the Atlanta Braves.

 Pontiac Silverdome, Former Home of the Detroit Lions

Photo Source: VikingsDigitalDiaries

It wasn't that long ago that the Pontiac Silverdome was home to the NFL's Detroit Lions; 14 years ago to be exact. The Lions began playing at Ford Field in downtown Detroit in September of 2002. The Lions had been playing in suburban Pontiac, MI since 1975 and the move to Ford Field in 2002 was motivated by a number of things. Firstly, Lions ownership had the desire to own their home stadium outright. They also wanted more club and luxury seating installed at their new home, something that the Silverdome did not adequately provide. There was also some encouragement from the city to bring commerce and crowds back to downtown Detroit. 

The Silverdome remained open for four more years and closed in 2006. It reopened in 2010 under new ownership but would close three years later in 2013. It was then that the famous roof collapsed and the stadium fell into even further neglect.  We have provided a compilation of eerie photos from around the web of the current state of the now abandoned Silverdome.