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BudweiserBiergarten - Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, Michigan

Anheuser-Busch has signed an agreement with Little Caesar’s Arena to become a landmark partner of the arena when it opens later this year. Little Caesar’s Arena is the future home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons and is located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Bud Light will be the official beer of the Detroit Red Wings; replacing Miller Lite. Anheuser-Busch will have three designated areas inside the arena; the Budwesier Biergarten, the Bud Light Bar on the upper level and the Goose Island Pub on the main level of the arena.

Amalie Arena, Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning

There is great speculation that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting the 2018 NHL All-Star game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning haven’t hosted an NHL All-Star game since the 1998-1999 season when the team was one of the newest franchises in the National Hockey League. The team entered the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 1992.

Los Angeles Rams Stadium Construction in Inglewood, California

The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers were slated to open the 2019 NFL season at their new 70,000 seat stadium in Inglewood, California. However, long rains have complicated the excavation process at the stadium site, thus, delaying construction. Between November 2016 and February 2017, the area received nearly 16 inches of rainfall; double the normal amount of annual rainfall. The stadium will open in time for the 2020 NFL season.

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Site

The Oakland Raiders organization have just purchased 62 acres near Mandalay Bay Resort and the Las Vegas Strip for $77.5 million. The vacant land near Russell Road and I-15 will serve as the future site for Raiders’ home stadium which will be completed circa 2020 or 2021. The stadium’s construction costs are estimated to be just under $2 billion. The Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board also approved the Raiders’ lease for the stadium earlier this week. The other 31 NFL owners will also need to approve the lease during the league’s May meetings before construction on the stadium can finally begin; hopefully in January 2018.

CenturyLink Field, Home of the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks, their partner First & Goal Inc., and telecommunications giant CenturyLink have agreed to extend their ongoing naming rights agreement for CenturyLink Field until 2033. The agreement was originally signed in 2004 by Qwest, another telecommunications company that was later acquired by CenturyLink in 2011. Qwest Field became CenturyLink Field beginning in 2011. Arent Fox LLP served as counsel to the Seattle Seahawks during the renewal process.

NFL Stadium site in Inglewood, California

The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will begin playing at their brand new stadium in Inglewood, California in 2019. The stadium is estimated to cost more than $2 billion to construct, making it the most expensive stadium to build in the history of the National Football League. The Los Angeles Rams organization is currently shopping for a naming rights partner for the stadium and league experts expect the deal to also be the most expensive naming rights deals in NFL history.

2018 NHL Winter Classic

The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is a New Year’s Day hockey game that pays tribute to old time hockey when two teams meet outdoors. The event is the most popular event in the National Hockey League aside from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will be celebrating it’s ten year anniversary in 2018 when the New York Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field. Citi Field is located in Flushing Queens, New York and is home to Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. Citi Field will be the sixth Major League ballpark to host an NHL Winter Classic game.

Scotiabank Saddledome, Home of the Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames President and CEO Ken King has issued a warning to Calgary residents that the team is prepared to relocate if a new arena is not constructed for the team. Calgary’s city council is reluctant to use public funds to build an arena, as they should be. The Flames’ current home arena, the Scotiabank Saddledome, is the second oldest arena in the National Hockey League behind Madison Square Garden.

Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics who have long played in the less than stellar Oakland Coliseum, have decided to remove those unsightly tarps from the upper level of the ballpark. The tarps were used to cover the all too often empty seats of the upper level of the stadium; which is also home to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Tickets for all upper level seats will be $15 for the remainder of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

Philips Arena, Home of the Atlanta Hawks

The city of Atlanta has announced that it will contribute nearly $143 million towards the renovation of Philips Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks organization will contribute another $50 million towards the project which will keep the Hawks in downtown Atlanta until 2046. The extension comes via an additional 18 years added onto their current lease with the arena and city.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Home of the Anaheim Angels

Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno has announced that the team will continue playing at Angel Stadium of Anaheim through the 2028 Major League Baseball season. Moreno and the Anaheim Angels organization were previously making efforts to either have a new ballpark built in Orange County, renovate Anaheim Stadium and play there long term or play out the lease until expiration in 2028. The team's lease with Angel Stadium includes an escape clause that can be exercised following the 2019 MLB season which is why this discussion of a new ballpark has come up.

Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians 

Major League Baseball has announced that Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on July 11th, 2019. The All-Star Game will be the sixth All-Star Game hosted by the Cleveland Indians; a league record. The game will also be the second MLB All-Star Game to be played at Progressive Field; the first being in 1997, a time period in which the Cleveland Indians dominated Major League Baseball.

Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

Now that Las Vegas, Nevada has secured both an NHL and NFL franchise for the city, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has announced that the league is keeping an eye on the Las Vegas market. Assuming one of the 30 Major League Baseball teams begins to struggle financially, Manfred thinks Las Vegas would be the perfect city for a team that pursues relocation.

Quicken Loans Arena, Home of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has announced that it will implement a $140 million renovation that will be completed in 2020. The announcement, however, has sparked outrage with area residents who feel that public dollars would be better spent on the city’s lackluster economy, infrastructure and public school system.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter have committed nearly $200 million towards a $1.3 Billion acquisition of the Miami Marlins. The duo are currently seeking other investors to complete the sale, therefore, Jeffrey Loria and the Miami Marlins organization have halted talks with other potential buyers. Other potential buyers included Solamere Capital, Quogue Capital, Tagg Romney, oldest son of Mitt Romney, and Joshua Kushner, bother-in-law to Ivanka Trump.

Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

Each season, Kraft Foods, the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association hold two contests for smaller communities that allows them to put their passion for the game of hockey on full display. One contest is held in Canada and the other in America. The NHL will announce the winner of the 2017 USA competition during tomorrow’s second round matchup between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.  

Belmont Park Racetrack, Elmont New York

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed that the New York Islanders organization are exploring the possibility of having their own arena built near the Belmont Park racetrack or adjacent to Citi Field in Willets Point. For the Willets Point site, the Islanders have discussed the possibility of partnering with the MLB’s New York Mets. Islanders owner Scott Malkin recently sent a request for proposal to the state of New York for the Belmont Park sight in Elmont, New York.

 

Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball Commissioner

According to Forbes magazine, the average Major League Baseball team now carries an average net worth of $1.5 billion, an increase of 19% over the 2016 MLB season. The main culprits for the surging revenue increases are brand new local television deals as well as the growth of MLB Advanced Media. The broadcasting deal signed with ESPN, Fox and TBS in 2014 is expected to net Major League Baseball $12.4 billion through 2022.

Chicago Bears fans at Soldier Field

ESPN recently debuted an 8 episode docuseries titled “We the Fans” which follows several Chicago Bears season ticket holders during the horrendous 2016 NFL season. The series looks at the fans and their gameday traditions, what the Chicago Bears means to them and how it affects their relationships with friends and family members. The series is narrated by Terry Miller who is a Chicago resident and Soldier Field beer vendor. Mike Ditka and Steve McMichael also make cameo appearances in the pilot episode.

Turner Field, Former Home of the Atlanta Braves

Georgia State University has purchased Turner Field, former home of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. The university plans to condense the former ballpark into a football stadium for the Georgia State Panthers football team and the capacity will be in the neighborhood of 25,000-35,000 seats. Since 2010, the GSU football team have been playing their home games at the Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons.

Final home game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Red Wings fans and the National Hockey League waived goodbye to the league's only "old barn" still standing on April 8th following a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979, was the second oldest arena in the NHL behind Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers. Detroit Red Wings fans would have preferred to say the final goodbye following a 26th consecutive playoff appearance or perhaps a matchup vs. the Colorado Avalanche or an Original Six team. However, the crowd was loud and boisterous in an atmosphere that felt like playoff hockey.