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AT&T Park Seating Chart, San Francisco Giants.

AT&T Park, formerly Pacific Bell Park, is often regarded as one of the best and most beautiful ballparks in Major League Baseball, especially when compared to Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics) across the Bay. AT&T provides an excellent view of McCovey Cove and the Pacific Ocean, Alcatraz Island in the distance and has close proximity to the popular Fisherman’s Wharf. Aside from the views of the Pacific Ocean, what really sets AT&T Park apart from other Major League ballparks is it’s plethora of premium seating options. That’s expected considering the vast corporate presence in the Bay Area and nearby Silicon Valley.

Exterior photo of US Bank Stadium. Home of the Minnesota Vikings.

US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, will host the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Due to the vast amount of natural sunlight that seeps into the venue, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is spending $5.2M on blackout curtains and darkening solution. The blackout curtains will limit the glare on the basketball court during day games. In all, more than 500,000 square feet of windows will need to be covered.

Photo of TIAA Bank Field. Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be the first team in the National Football League to build a dog park into it’s home stadium at TIAA Bank Field. The organization’s primary goal is to help the Jacksonville Humane Society raise money to provide services to needy animals in the North Florida area. The dog park will be named Pet Paradise Park and will be found in the south end zone of TIAA Bank Field.

Photo of the court at Philips Arena. Home of the Atlanta Hawks.

The Atlanta Hawks will be rolling out fan-friendly concession prices at Philips Arena during the 2018-2019 NBA season. The move will follow a multi-phase renovation of Philips Arena and a successful experiment in the reduction of concession prices at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons). The concession items will be set up as a value menu; Philips Arena will still offer premium concession items as well.

PNC Park Seating Chart, Pittsburgh Pirates. 

PNC Park is widely considered to be both the best and most beautiful ballpark in Major League Baseball. Our staff certainly thinks so. Read our official review of PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates incorporated so much into this ballpark from the view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, the stadium’s location on the Allegheny River, the Roberto Clemente pedestrian bridge in the distance, the escalator in the rotunda, the bronze statues of former players, the Riverwalk behind the outfield, the local concession offerings with favorites such as Manny’s BBQ and Primanti Brothers. PNC Park has it all.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Seating Chart, Baltimore Orioles.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is widely considered to be one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball. In fact, Camden Yards set the tone for the way Major League ballparks would be designed following the cookie-cutter stadium era of the 1970s and 1980s. Other groundbreaking ballparks built around the same time as Oriole Park at Camden Yards include Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) and Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians).

Rogers Centre Seating Chart, Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rogers Centre was the first stadium in Major League Baseball to have a retractable roof which was necessary due to Canada’s cold temperatures when the baseball season begins in April. Many baseball fans consider the Rogers Centre to be an outdated baseball stadium compared to the other 29 stadiums and they wouldn’t be wrong. The concourses are bland, the stadium doesn’t have an extensive amount of premium seating for fans, there are no escalators that service the upper level, no mixed-use developments outside of the Rogers Centre and the seats themselves are dated.

Comerica Park Seating Chart, Detroit Tigers. 

Comerica Park is one of the most underrated ballparks in Major League Baseball although it can’t quite measure up to the old Tiger Stadium in terms of history and nostalgia. Give it some time. What’s great about Comerica Park is that it is in close proximity of both Ford Field (Detroit Lions) and Little Caesars Arena (Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings) so fans are sometimes able to squeeze other professional sporting events when visiting Comerica Park. The stadium is also close to Greektown and the popular Greektown Casino which offers plenty of entertainment for fans before and after games.

Photo of exterior of Coors Field. Home of the Colorado Rockies.

Coors Field has been through several changes over the last few seasons as the Colorado Rockies organization aim to improve and modernize the stadium. Recent additions include The Rooftop in upper center field, upgrades to the club level and club level concessions, and a new scoreboard in left center field. Up next will be the construction of a mixed-use development in the west parking lot which is located on the corner of 19th and Wazee Streets in downtown Denver.

Exterior photo of NRG Stadium. Home of the Houston Texans.

NRG Stadium is a very modern and up-to-date NFL stadium in regards to fan amenities and technology. Thanks in part, to the renovations the Houston Texans completed before hosting Super Bowl LI in 2017. The Houston Texans will now be renovating many behind-the-scenes areas of NRG Stadium.

Photo of Ferris Bueller and Cameron at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is a popular movie about an upper middle-class teenager growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The plot includes Ferris pretending to be sick, playing hooky from high school and exploring Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron. However, their quirky principal ends up pursuing Ferris all day with the hopes of catching him and suspending him. On that eventful day, Ferris and his friends attended a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field in addition to visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, performing at the Von Steuben Day Parade and eating at an upscale restaurant. The question is which Chicago Cubs game did Ferris and his friends attend at Wrigley Field? Let’s explore.

Photo of Coors Field from the infield box seats. Home of the Colorado Rockies.

Coors Field is a ballpark that set the precedent during the 1990’s for many other newer Major League ballparks that would follow along with Progressive Field and Camden Yards. At the time Coors Field debuted, many MLB and NFL teams were sharing cookie-cutter stadiums that offered poor sightlines for baseball and a bland fan experience. The Colorado Rockies played their first two seasons (1993 & 1994) at the old Mile High Stadium with the Denver Broncos. The Colorado Rockies debuted at Coors Field in 1995.

Photo of the field at Guranteed Rate Field during a Chicago White Sox home game.

Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, is a baseball stadium that doesn’t get much press. In fact, it has changed names several times since opening in the early 1990s which has only confused and annoyed baseball fans. Guaranteed Rate Field is also no where near as historic as the old Comiskey Park which sat on the same property. It’s common knowledge that Guaranteed Rate Field isn’t even the best Major League ballpark in the city of Chicago. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is one of the most beloved stadiums in Major League Baseball history.

Photo of Alex Avechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup at T-Mobile Arena.

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The Washington Capitals won their inaugural Stanley Cup Championship last week after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in 5 games. That wasn’t the only “first” that took place that night. As the Washington Capitals players were skating a victory lap around the ice at T-Mobile Arena, the players were flashed by an attractive young female in a white dress.

Panoramic view of Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

Great American Ball Park (GABP) is one of the most underrated ballparks in Major League Baseball and is home to the league’s very first professional baseball team. Since 2003, the Cincinnati Reds have spent millions of dollars gradually updating the ballpark with the latest fan amenities to effectively compete with other Major League Baseball stadiums. Great American Ball Park took the national stage when it hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and offered one of the most exciting Home Run Derbys in MLB history

Panoramic photo of Progressive Field. Home of the Cleveland Indians.

Earlier this week, the Cleveland Indians asked the Cuyahoga County Council for $8M in taxpayer revenue to help pay for renovations to Progressive Field’s ticket booth, administrative offices and club seating area. Gateway Development Corp. serves as the middleman between the Cleveland Indians and Cuyahoga County when it comes to each party’s lease obligations.

Photo of the field at Safeco Field during a Seattle Mariners game.

Safeco Field will have a new name in 2019, however, the Seattle Mariners have signed a new 25-year lease extension that will keep them in SODO through the 2043 MLB season. Afterward, two three-year lease extensions will also be on the table which would extend through the 2049 MLB season. Safeco Field is owned and operated by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District. The inaugural lease and naming rights agreement for Safeco Field were signed back in the late 90s when the stadium first opened.

Photo of the home bullpen at AT&T Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants.

Last month, outfielder Mac Williamson of the San Francisco Giants tripped over a bullpen mound at AT&T Park and was diagnosed with a concussion. The Giants’ front office immediately tried to fight off the flood of requests to move the ballpark’s bullpens to the outfield. However, the team doesn’t have the space to accommodate a relocation of their two bullpens. The site AT&T Park is located on is only 12 ½ acres so the ball club is hard pressed for room as it is.

Exterior photo of the Enterprise Center. Home of the St. Louis Blues.

The Scottrade Center, home of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, is once again changing it’s name and will be known as the Enterprise Center effective July 1, 2018. Scottrade, a discount brokerage firm, was acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2016 and will not be renewing the naming rights for the hockey arena. As a result, car rental giant Enterprise Holdings swooped in and purchased the naming rights for the next 15 years although the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed to the public.

Photo of John Jaso talking to an usher at Tropicana Field.

Former Tampa Bay Rays catcher and designated hitter John Jaso is barely recognizable these days. The retired MLB player was hounded by an usher at Tropicana Field on Thursday night when he tried to get close enough to converse with his former teammates in their dugout. The Tampa Bay Rays were hosting the Boston Red Sox. After multiple attempts, Jaso was eventually able to catch the attention Rays third base coach Matt Quatraro from the stands.

Photo of the exterior of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has announced that the organization will be lowering the prices of select food items at M&T Bank Stadium. The move comes after the Atlanta Falcons lowered their concession prices by 50% last season after debuting at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The change resulted in Atlanta Falcons fans spending 16% more on food items than the year before. In order to do so, the Baltimore Ravens must amend their contract with Aramark, the food and beverage provider for M&T Bank Stadium.