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We've all heard the saying, "chicks dig the long ball". And that's a true statement. However, no matter your age or gender, there isn't a more exciting moment during a Major League Baseball game than seeing a home run launched into the outfield seats. Say what you will about Major League Baseball's "steroid era", during the 1990's and early 2000's but many of us kind of miss it. Nevertheless, there are a number of ballparks in Major League Baseball where fans can usually count on seeing at least one home run every single game. Here are the 7 Major League ballparks that give up the most home runs virtually every season.

Raymond James Stadium doesn't make the headlines quite as often as say AT&T Stadium, Lambeau Field or Soldier Field. However, it's one of the best travel destinations for NFL fans during the winter months with it's warm climate and beautiful scenery. If you ask most NFL fans what they know about Raymond James Stadium, they'll say that it's the stadium with the pirate ship in the end zone. However, the stadium is currently undergoing a series of renovations that will hopefully allow the stadium to lure and host another Super Bowl. Raymond James Stadium previously hosted Super Bowl XXXV between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants and Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals

 

Nissan Stadium, formerly LP Field and the current home of the Tennessee Titans, is currently replacing all 70,000 of the venue's seats as well as the stadium's expansion joints.  When Nissan Stadium inherited the stadium's naming rights in 2015, the ramps, lights and signage were all colored red to reflect Nissan's colors. The change was also an effort to refresh and brighten up the stadium. Many different NFL fan bases in previous years had complained that the stadium was bland and boring and many couldn't disagree with that statement. 

 

There are more than 100 professional stadiums and arenas in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. Out of all of those stadiums are a few seating areas that offer sports fans a more memorable experience than any other. After all, why do we attend ball games? To have fun, cheer on our favorite teams and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Here are five of the most iconic seating areas in professional sports. 

Scotiabank Saddledome, Home of the Calgary Flames 
 
There is great myth and legend surrounding the infamous "Heroin Beer" served during Calgary Flames games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Although the stadium serves ordinary draft beers such as Molson, Rickard's, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, etc, Calgary Flames fans suggest that the draft beer has higher alcohol content than in other NHL arenas. In fact, the myth became so popular that the Toronto Sun decided to test the beer at a local laboratory in an effort to debunk the myth. What they found out was that the alcohol content was 4.9%, which is standard for the beers served on draft at the arena.  

The Original Six are the six hockey teams that comprised the National Hockey League during the league’s earliest days. Although many of these teams were organized before the 1942-1943 NHL season, the Great Depression and World Wars interfered with professional hockey during that time period. The Original Six would play each other exclusively for 25 years from 1942 to 1967 until the NHL expanded to 12 teams. Few hockey fans know that there were many teams that did not make the modern area of hockey, including the Montreal Maroons, St. Louis Eagles and Pittsburgh Pirates. 

So who are the Original Six NHL teams? Documenting their complete history would be long and exhausting but here we go.

 

If your goal is to visit all 31 NFL stadiums, know that it's going to take some time to accomplish this feat. As you know, NFL games are only played on Sundays and Mondays and sometimes Thursdays. Heck, now we've even got the NFL forfeiting some of their home games to London, England and Toronto, Canada. Visiting all 30 ballparks in Major League Baseball is much easier to accomplish since baseball games are played seven days a week.

When planning a road trip to an NFL city, here are the factors you need to consider ahead of time.

 

  • What is your budget?
  • Transportation. Will you get there by plane, train or automobile?
  • Lodging. What hotel will you stay at and for how many nights?
  • Dining. Which of the tourist dining spots do you want to visit and for what meal?
  • Parking. Have you purchased your parking yet?
  • Will you be tailgating? Have you purchased your tailgating pass yet? 

 

This list is not just comprised of the top 5 best NFL stadiums to visit. In order to make this list, an NFL city had to offer much more than just football. Which NFL cities have the best tourist spots, dining and history in order to give fans the best NFL road trip possible. Here are five NFL road trips that you and your friends just have to make.

 

NFL fans are only guaranteed ten days each NFL season to see their hometown team. That is unless, you want to travel, which we definitely encourage you to do. Two of those ten homes games are preseason games which suck and are difficult to get excited for. That leaves only eight guaranteed days per year to seriously celebrate a football Sunday with your favorite team. How do we make the most of those eight days? One word; tailgating. You would be very naive to think that all NFL tailgates are the same and equally as good. Some NFL fans just know how to cook, drink and party a little better than others. 

We wanted to put together a list of the five best NFL stadiums for game day tailgating and here they are. Enjoy!

Admit it. There's nothing like watching America's favorite pastime during the most relaxed and warmest months of the calendar year. And to top it all off - baseball is played and showcased on TV seven days a week.  While it's a true joy to take your kids to the ballpark and let them chase home run balls, beg for autographs during batting practice and gasp at the sight of their favorite players, sometimes the adults need to have a little fun on game day too. 

Major League Baseball cities have become great at giving baseball fans a complete game day experience by strategically building small communities outside of ballparks around the country. These communities often offer a variety of hotel, dining, shopping and sight seeing options that gives baseball fans a reason to come back all summer. We wanted to take the time and shine a spotlight on what we believe to be the five best neighborhoods in Major League Baseball. Enjoy!

 

Old Yankee Stadium was one of the most storied stadiums in all of professional sports. Personally, I find it disappointing that the Yankees organization didn't preserve the ballpark the way the Boston Red Sox have done with Fenway Park and the Chicago Cubs have done with Wrigley Field. The venue was home to the Yankees from 1923 to 1973 and 1976 to 2008. During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, the stadium was temporarily closed so that new renovations could be completed. During that time period, the Yankees amassed 26 of their 27 World Series titles, the most in Major League Baseball. Yankee Stadium was also home to the New York Giants (football team) from 1956 to 1974. 

Candlestick Park was the longtime home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. The stadium was built in the beautiful Bayview Heights neighborhood of San Francisco on Candlestick Point. The location often gave the stadium strong wind gusts which sometimes halted the flow of the game. The Giants played there from 1960-2000 while the 49ers called it home from 1971-2013. A staggering 8 NFC Championship games were played at Candlestick Park, the very first was "The Catch", a game winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark. 

Civic Arena was the home arena to the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins from 1967-2010. Also called Mellon Arena or "The Igloo", the Penguins won three Stanley Cup championship while playing there (1991, 1993, 2008). The venue was also the first stadium with a retractable roof in professional sports. However, the roof was permanently shut during the 2001 season. 

 

Chicago Stadium was the historic home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls from 1967-1994 and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks from 1929 to 1994. Chicago Stadium was also nicknamed the "Madhouse on Madison" due to the crowd noise, some say it was the loudest arena in professional sports at the time. The noise levels were so high because of the structure of the building with it's tight seats and boxed in design. The old Barton organ that played throughout games was also situated at upper center court and many speculate this contributed to the crowd noise. Many Chicago sports fans can confirm that the United Center, current home of the Bulls and Blackhawks, is no where near as loud as the Chicago Stadium. 

 

Veterans Stadium was the long time home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and Major League Basbeall's Philadelphia Phillies. The stadium was located on the current site of all three of Philadelphia's stadiums and arenas; the South Philadelphia Sports Complex off of Broad Street. With 65,000 seats, Veterans Stadium was built in the typical cookie-cutter design of the era. Both the Eagles and the Phillies called "The Vet" home from 1971 to 2003. The final Eagles home game at Veterans Stadium was played on January 19th, 2003 when the Eagles hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The final Phillies home game was played on September 28th, 2003 when the Phillies hosted the Atlanta Braves. 

 

Cleveland professional sports teams have been the butt of jokes for many years. Cleveland Municipal Stadium, former home of the NFL's Browns and Major League Baseball's Indians, was no different. The stadium was often dubbed the "Mistake by the Lake" by fans of other cities' teams. The Browns called Cleveland Municipal Stadium home from 1946 to 1955. The Indians played there from 1932 to 1993. The stadium's capacity fluctuated between 75,000 and 80,000 seats which is why Cleveland Indians home games felt so empty. 

We recently featured Montreal Forum, former home of the Montreal Canadiens, as the most historic arena in NHL history. It's safe to say that Maple Leaf Gardens, former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is a close second. Maple Leaf Gardens was home to the Maple Leafs from 1931 to 1999. During that time frame, the Maple Leafs accumulated 11 Stanley Cup Championships. Elvis Pressley and The Beatles both performed in the building. The arena also hosted the very first NHL All-Star Game in 1947. 

 

Boston Garden was the long time home of the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins. The legendary arena opened on November 17th, 1928 as "Boston Madison Square Garden". It was given this name because it was designed by the same man that designed Madison Square Garden, Tex Rickard. Rickard was the founder of the New York Rangers and was also a boxing promoter. Years later, the arena's name was shortened to simply the "Boston Garden". Very few stadiums and arenas in professional sports could top the Boston Garden in regards to it's history and success. The Boston Bruins were one of the "Original Six" charter members of the NHL. The Boston Celtics have won more NBA championships than any other team with 17 NBA titles.

Montreal Forum was the long time home of the most historic hockey team in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens. Between 1926 and 1996, the building was home to an NHL record 24 Stanley Cup championships. It was the only arena in league history that was home to two NHL teams - the other being the Montreal Maroons. The Montreal Maroons played at the Forum from 1926 until 1938. It was also the first NHL arena to host the NHL draft when it hosted the event in 1980. In 1998, it served as the setting for the Nicholas Cage movie "Snake Eyes". 

Three Rivers Stadium was one of the most storied stadiums in the history of professional sports. Despite having the typical cookie-cutter design like so many other stadiums of the era, Pittsburgh sports fans were sad to see it go. Three Rivers was home to both Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970-2000. After the stadiums demolition in 2001, the Pittsburgh Pirates relocated next door to PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Steelers moved next door to Heinz Field. Three Rivers Stadium played host to four Super Bowl winning Steelers teams in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. It also saw the Pittsburgh Pirates bring home two World Series titles in 1971 and 1979. It's name paid homage to the three rivers that surround the city of Pittsburgh: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. Sports fans today would have found that aspect refreshing since corporate America has invaded professional sports so heavily with naming rights and sponsorships.

Major League Baseball left Montreal, Quebec in 2004 when the Expos relocated to Washington, DC to become the Washington Nationals.  The Expos had called Montreal home since 1976. However, the team had only been playing at Olympic Stadium since 1977. The team formerly played at Jarry Park Stadium. Olympic Stadium was erected in 1976 for the purpose of housing the 1976 Summer Olympics. Like Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, the stadium wasn't built specifically for baseball which forced the Montreal Expos organization to explore the possibility for a brand new stadium. It was common knowledge that Olympic Stadium was outdated and many structural issues with it's design. The Montreal taxpayers and government officials objected because Olympic Stadium still hadn't been fully paid for.