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Exterior of Century Link Field, Home of the Seattle Seahawks

The recent national anthem protests in the National Football League have brought the topic of federal subsidies being used to fund the construction of NFL stadiums to the surface. Since 1997, the National Football League has received $6.7 billion in taxpayer dollars to build ten new stadiums and renovate three others. Those number will exceed $7 billion with the completion of the Oakland Raiders new stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. The $750 million tax subsidy needed to build the new Raiders stadium will be the largest taxpayer contribution in NFL history.

Empty Seats at the Stubhub Center during a Los Angeles Chargers Home Game

Los Angeles, California lost both of it’s NFL teams back in 1994 when the Los Angeles Raiders relocated to Oakland, California and the Los Angeles Rams relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Both organizations struggled with attendance while playing their home games in Los Angeles. And as it appears, things haven’t changed much in Los Angeles with the return of the Rams and the relocation of the San Diego Chargers.

View of Miller Park from behind Home Plate, Home of the Milwaukee Brewers 

After expanding the protective netting at Miller Park in 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers will be adding more netting in time for the 2018 Major League Baseball season. The move comes after several other MLB teams have announced they will be taking similar measures. The netting is expected to extend to the beginning of the dugouts near first and third base areas of Miller Park.

Upper Level View of a Milwaukee Bucks game at the Bradley Center

The Milwaukee Bucks are currently pursuing a naming rights partner for their future home arena which is currently under construction. Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin is hoping to secure a partner that will pay the Bucks between $7 and $10 million and for a period of twenty years or more. According to Feigin, the Bucks have five or six suitors that are headquartered in either the United States or overseas. Bucks fans can expect an agreement to be completed over the next two months.

Downtown Portland, Oregon Skyline

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recently went on record to state that Portland, Oregon was on the short list of potential cities that could land a team down the road. Just a few months ago, Manfred also cited Las Vegas (Nevada), Charlotte (North Carolina), Montreal (Quebec) and Mexico City (Mexico) as potential cities that could land a team as well. Major League Baseball hasn’t expanded since 1997 when it introduced the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks.

View of the Scoreboard at Coors Field, Home of the Colorado Rockies

Coors Field has long been considered one of the groundbreaking stadiums in the new era of Major League ballparks. The venue will get an upgrade in 2018 when the Colorado Rockies organization add a massive 8,300 square foot scoreboard that will feature nearly 7 million LEDs. The scoreboard will be 2 and ½ times larger than the Rockies’ current scoreboard which was installed only ten years ago.

American Airlines Arena, Home of the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat recently unveiled several new upgrades to American Airlines Arena that will improve the fan experience this season.

View of the new Scoreboard at the Prudential Center, Home of the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will make their season debut at the Prudential Center tomorrow night when they take on the Colorado Avalanche. Devils fans will receive quite the surprise when they reach their seats as the New Jersey Devils organization have officially added the largest scoreboard in the National Hockey League. In recent months, the Detroit Red Wings were boasting the largest scoreboard in the National Hockey League at Little Caesars Arena; the team’s new home arena.

View of the Netting at Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees 

Two weeks after a 105 MPH foul ball struck a young girl at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees have announced they will be adding more netting around the infield. The netting currently extends from the beginning of both dugouts and behind home plate. In 2018, the netting will extend to the end of the dugouts.

Netting behind home plate at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

In the wake of a young girl getting hit by a 105 MPH line drive by Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs will be adding 30 additional feet of protective netting to Wrigley Field. In addition to moving the dugouts a little further down during previously planned renovations of Wrigley Field, the Cubs will extend the netting to the beginning of each dugout instead of the ends which are located near home plate.

Netting behind home plate at Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers

After a Todd Frazier (New York Yankees) line drive struck a young girl at Yankee Stadium last week, the Detroit Tigers have announced that they will be adding more protective netting to Comerica Park this offseason. Major League Baseball made league-wide recommendations for netting and fan safety back in 2015. The netting at Comerica Park currently extends between the start of both dugouts and runs behind home plate. The new netting will likely extend further down to the ends of both dugouts.

Netting behind Home plate at SafeCo Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners

After a young girl was struck by a 105 MPH foul ball during a New York Yankees home game at Yankee Stadium, the Seattle Mariners are taking measures to add protective netting to Safeco Field. The measures of the netting are unknown but will likely extend down to the end of both dugouts and will be completed by the beginning of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

Pepsi Center Seating Chart 

The Pepsi Center has been home to the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets since 1999. The arena doesn’t get a ton of attention in the sports world. Especially when compared to arenas like the Staples Center, United Center and Madison Square Garden. The Pepsi Center is, however, located in the heart of downtown Denver and is an exciting place to see a Nuggets or Avalanche game when either team is doing well.

 

The Wells Fargo Center has been home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers since 1996. The venue is one of eleven arenas that is home to both an NHL team and an NBA team and is also one of the largest arenas in professional sports. With that said, we wanted to take the time to breakdown the Wells Fargo seating chart in a way that would make fans more knowledgeable about the arena’s seating before purchasing tickets. After all, it’s been widely noted that the Wells Fargo Center has some of the smallest and most uncomfortable seats known to man.

United Center Seating Chart, Chicago Bulls Games 

The United Center, home of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and NBA’s Chicago Bulls, is one of the largest and busiest arenas in both the United States and professional sports. The venue is one of eleven arenas that is home to both an NHL team as well as an NBA team. Our staff wanted to take the time to breakdown the United Center seating chart in a way that will be helpful for fans to use when purchasing their tickets.

Tilman Fertitta, Home of the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have been sold for an NBA record $2.2 billion to Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta. Forbes Magazine originally valuated the Houston Rockets at $1.6 billion but many league sources expected the sale price to easily exceed $2 billion. Fertitta is the owner of Landry’s Inc., one of the largest restaurant corporations in the United States. Under the umbrella of Landry’s Inc. are restaurants such as Morton’s Steakhouse, McCormick and Schmick’s and Bubba Gum Shrimp Company. Fertitta is also the owner of Golden Nugget Casino and Hotels.

Courtside Seats at the Staples Center, Home of the Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers organization are introducing a new premium seating area at the Staples Center with the addition of the “Star Courtside Seats”. The area will consist of eight seats that will sit courtside between the Clippers and visiting team benches. The scorer’s table that previously occupied the area will be broken up into smaller pieces.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Home of the Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are ramping up the sale of personal seat licenses (PSLs) for their new stadium in Inglewood, California. The venue is expected to open in 2020 and will also be home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. There are rumors that the Rams organization will be selling personal seat licenses that range from $175,000 to $225,000 per ticket. That price would set the mark for the most expensive personal seat licenses in NFL history; a record that the Dallas Cowboys currently own with some personal seat licenses that cost $150,000.

Canadian Tire Centre, Home of the Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators organization have added tarps to some of the uppermost seats of the Canadian Tire Centre which will reduce the arena’s capacity from 18,5000 seats to 17,000 seats.  The move comes one season after the Senators made a deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs but still struggled to sell out the arena during those games.

Staples Center Basketball Seating Chart - Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

The Staples Center, located in the heart of Los Angeles, is one of the busiest arenas in North America and is the only arena to host three professional teams under the same roof; the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) and Los Angeles Kings (NHL). The Staples Center has been home to the three teams since 1999 when it first opened. With the Staples Center hosting so many events each year, we wanted to dissect the Staples Center seating chart to give fans a better idea about the sections and arena’s layout before purchasing tickets. We’ll start with the coveted courtside seats for basketball games.

Future Site of the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

Both Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California have NFL stadiums that are due to open at the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. The Los Angeles stadium was originally slated to open in 2019 and will be home to both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. However, the NFL, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his ownership group delayed the stadium’s open date due to the site flooding earlier this year. It appears as if the Oakland Raiders could find themselves in the same spot with a flood-control channel underneath the stadium site that needs to be relocated.