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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

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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. 

 Major League Ballpark Map

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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.

The Swimming Pool at Chase Field

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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.

 US Bank Stadium, Home of the Minnesota Vikings

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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. 

 

 

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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.

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.

 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.

 Chicago Blackhawks Fans at the United Center

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It's no secret that the Nashville Predators and their fans don't particularly like the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When playoff tickets went on sale for Game 1 of the divisional semifinals tonight in Nashville, no tickets were sold online, all tickets had to be purchased locally. The Predators organization also allowed their season ticket holders to purchase additional playoff tickets rather than issuing a limit. In years past, if you wanted tickets for a Blackhawks/Predators game at Bridgestone Arena, you had to also purchase tickets for a second Predators game later that season. Not only does the Predators organization try to find ways to hinder Blackhawks fans from invading Bridgestone Arena but they're also copying their traditions too. For Game 1 tonight in Nashville, Predators President Sean Henry asked the Nashville crowd to sing during the national anthem before the puck dropped. At the United Center in Chicago, Blackhawks fans are known to cheer loudly when the national anthem is performed by Jim Cornelison.  As Henry put it "it would be against God to cheer during the National Anthem while fans are singing it". 

First of all... Sean Henry... - SELL OUT YOUR ARENA! Either Nashville is too small of a sports market, you've priced your own fans out of attending games in person or have done a poor job at engaging them. Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens fans can show you how the whole sellout thing works. Sean Henry's statement also brought me to three questions. Why do Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the national anthem? How is it "disrespectful"? And how did this tradition start? 

 Modern Woodmen Ballpark

 The dynamic of what makes a great Minor League ballpark is a little different from what makes a great Major League ballpark. Minor League ballparks typically don't come with all of the bells and whistles that the Major League venues have. If you ask most people, history is what makes a ballpark - Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) are two of the most iconic stadiums in Major League Baseball. They're also the two oldest. 

With a smaller demand, smaller payroll and smaller talent pool in smaller cities, the Minor Leagues do the best with the resources they do have. We've compiled a list of the ten best Minor League ballparks in America. See if a city local to where you live made our short list. 

Commissioner Rob Manfred

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Steroids. Gambling. Racism. Lying. Cheating. Like any other professional sports league, Major League Baseball has seen it's share of questionable characters. The league has done an excellent job at reprimanding it's players and keeping them in check. But when it's all said and done, whether or not that player should be allowed into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown always comes up. Newly appointed baseball commissioner Robert Manfred is currently in talks with former Cincinnati Red Pete Rose and his attorneys to decide if he will lift Rose's ban from the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose is baseball's all time leading hitter with 4,256 hits. If the ban is indeed lifted, why stop with Pete Rose? 

George M. Steinbrenner Field, Home of the Tampa Yankees

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Every summer, Florida sees some of it's largest baseball audiences invade Marlins Park and Tropicana Field to see two New York teams; the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The New York Yankees have a minor league affiliate known as the Tampa Yankees. The New York Mets have a minor league team in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Native New Yorker Dick Vitale is a season ticket holder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter lives in Tampa during the off-season. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez lives in Miami during the off-season. But why? New York City is 1200 and 1500 miles from Tampa and Miami. To understand why there are so many New York Yankees fans in Florida, you must first understand why there are so many New Yorkers in Florida to begin with. 

 Fans Sitting in Empty Marlins Park

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Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to be a season ticket holder of your favorite sports team? Few sports fans have the disposable income to make that dream a reality these days but let's admit, we've all thought about it.  The many opponents and players you would see in your hometown. The many friendships you would make in your section. The legendary tailgates you would throw beginning during the wee morning hours on game day. Unfortunately, buying season tickets is not always as simple as just sending a personal check to your team's ticket office. Many teams these days, especially NFL teams, are now requiring fans to purchase what's called "personal seat licenses" or "permanent seat licenses" before even spending a dime on tickets for the season. What exactly are PSLs?

 
William "WorldWide Wes" Wesley
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 An article by a website called the Pasadena Post caught my attention on Twitter recently. The article was very outlandish but I do believe that there was some truth to it. It insinuated that Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and his agent William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley cheated during the 2014 NCAA Tournament. How did they cheat?

 

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For whatever reason, sports fans see ticket scalpers as such mystifying people. How do they get tickets? Do they sell tickets for a living? How do I know if the tickets they sell me are real? These are questions we hear all of the time. And for those that cannot afford tickets on websites like Stubhub or maybe don't even know how to use them, ticket scalpers are their only hope.

 

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Not since 1988 has the city of Cincinnati, Ohio hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game. At the time, the game was played at the former home of the Cincinnati Reds, Riverfront Stadium. 12 years after the opening of Great American Ballpark (2003), the organization is gearing up for this year's "Midsummer Classic". The first order of business - replacing the old seats with brand new ones. 

Obstructed View Seats

 

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Purchasing tickets to your favorite event isn't always fail proof. Thousands of ticket transactions happen every single day a game is played. Mistakes are often made and it isn't always your fault. Below are the most common mistakes made when purchasing tickets to your favorite event and our advice on how to resolve the situation. 

 

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 The NBA has definitely seen it's share of bad nicknames over the years - especially before it merged with the ABA. Who would have guessed that Utah isn't known for it's Jazz and Grizzly bears aren't native to Memphis, Tennessee? However, we wanted to touch base and document how all 30 NBA teams came up with their nickname for everyone's enjoyment.

 

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The NHL has a lot more history than the rest of the sports world gives it credit for and hockey had history decades before the NHL was even founded. With it's rapidly growing popularity in the United States, I thought it would be cool to include a brief history on how all 30 NHL teams came up with their nicknames. Some of the stories are cooler than others. Enjoy!

 

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Why are the 49ers called the 49ers? What is a Packer? Don't lie. As big and popular as the National Football League is, few fans know the origins of even the team they cheer for. Well let us put an end to all of that ignorance. We did some research and here is how all 32 NFL teams got their nickname. Enjoy!

 

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As devout as Major League Baseball fans are, I would guess that 70% of fans don't know the history of their team's nickname. I knew my favorite team's history (Cincinnati Reds) but not to the extent that I had expected. From This Seat did some research as to how all 30 Major League Baseball teams arrived at their nickname. Keep in mind that many of these are legend and that there are conflicting stories but the ones listed are by wide consensus. We're looking forward to your comments below. Enjoy!