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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Update; Future Home of the Atlanta Falcons
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.
Suntrust Park Construction Update; Future Home of the Atlanta Braves
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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.
Planning Your Trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
30 Yonge Street
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.
Planning Your Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
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.
Planning Your Trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
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.
Our Review of Bridgestone Arena. 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.
Our Review 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.
Planning Your Trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1000 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105
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.
Our Review 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!
Our Review of Comerica Park. Home of the Detroit Tigers.
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.
Our Review of Nissan Stadium. Home of the Tennessee Titans.
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.
Our Review of PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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?
Who's Who Among Major League Baseball's "Super Fans"
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.
Our Review of Turner Field. 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.
The Decay of the Abandoned Pontiac Silverdome, Former Home of the Detroit Lions
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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.
How to Visit all 30 Major League Ballparks on a Budget
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Traveling and seeing all 30 Major League Ballparks is the summertime goal of many baseball fanatics. Attaining this feat is a little different than visiting venues of any other sport. Each ballpark is so different and unique, varying in size, age and character. You have the nostalgic ballparks like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. You have the new era ballparks like Camden Yards, Progressive Field and the Rogers Centre. And then you have the shiny new ballparks like Marlins Park, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Did I mention it all takes place during the best weather of the year? From This Seat is going to show you how to cut down on costs on your quest to see as many ballparks as possible next summer.
5 Cool Features at Major League Ballparks you Probably Didn't Know About
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There are 30 Major League Ballparks and the beauty of visiting all 30 in person is that they are all so different. There are many features at every ballpark that could have made this list. Some of the more popular being the fountains at Kauffman Stadium, the swimming pool at Chase Field (pictured above), the train atop Minute Maid Park, the Green Monster at Fenway Park or the hideous home run sculpture at Marlins Park. However, From This Seat wanted to honor the hidden gems at ballparks across the country that may not get the recognition of those others. See if your favorite ballpark made our list.
Minnesota Vikings' US Bank Stadium on Schedule for 2016 Grand Opening
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It was announced two months ago the US Bank had purchased the naming rights for the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. The agreement will span 25 years and is believed to be in excess of $200M dollars. This is a positive considering the stadium's construction costs will exceed $1B dollars by the time it is completed in 2016 making it the most expensive construction in the state's history. The Minnesota Vikings and US Bank have wasted no time in attracting big acts to the Twin Cities. The venue is already scheduled to host the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Men's NCAA Final Four and that's only the beginning.
ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball Crew Wraps up "Sunday From The Seats"
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The Sunday Night Baseball crew consisting of Dan Shulman, Buster Olney, Aaron Boone and John Kruk decided to take a break from the press box for four straight Sunday night baseball games on ESPN. The break would give baseball fans a first hand look at some of the most unique seating areas in all of Major League Baseball without leaving their sofa.
Our Review of Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs
Ever since the movie "Rookie of the Year" with Gary Busey hit theatres, I've been intrigued by Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Some 20 years later, I was fortunate enough to see the Chicago Cubs take on the San Diego Padres this past weekend. The excitement I felt seeing Wrigley from the subway was hard to explain. However, I may have chosen a terrible time to form an opinion on this historic ballpark. There was a ton of construction going on, especially in the famous bleacher area.
Our Review of U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox
View of U.S. Cellular Field's Exterior from Gate 5
After attending a Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, I saw firsthand the differences between the White Sox and Cubs fan bases that I had heard so much about. I also saw the difference between both of their ballparks. And to be honest, I think the Chicago White Sox have the Chicago Cubs defeated in both categories.