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Photo of downtown Dallas, Texas.

Populous, the insanely successful architectural firm that specializes in the design of professional sports stadiums and arenas, have opened an office in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas office will employ 8 people. Populous is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and has opened regional offices in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The state of Texas has been on Populous’ radar for several years now with its low taxes and booming economy.

Exterior photo of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Home of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels have played their home games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim since 1966, making it the fourth oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. That era could be coming to an end, however, after the Los Angeles Angels decided to opt out of their lease with the city of Anaheim earlier this week. As Angels owner Arte Moreno put it, the Los Angeles Angels are looking for a stadium that delivers a fan experience that Angel Stadium of Anaheim does not offer. This bad news follows Angels manager Mike Scioscia announcing he would not be returning to manage the team in 2019.

Photo of Levi's Stadium from the west side of the stadium. Home of the San Francisco 49ers. 

The east side of Levi’s Stadium has long been known as a sauna and stares directly at the California sun. Just ask any San Francisco 49ers fan that has sat there during a 49ers home game in September. After many complaints from fans, the 49ers front office looked for a way to provide more shade for fans on that side of the stadium.

Photo of the red seats at Little Caesars Arena.

Little Caesars Arena, home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, will be changing the color of its seats from red to black. The changeover will begin in December and will take several months to complete. Work crews will swap out the seats during days when there are no events; the project will be completed during multiple phases. In the meantime, the red seats will be covered with black seat covers for concerts and games until the project is completed.

Photo of a flat screen television broadcasting an NFL game. 

If you’re like us, you become overwhelmed with the number of NFL games played simultaneously on Sundays during the football season. You may want to watch every single game but can only truly focus on one game at a time. Another issue NFL fans face pertains to where they reside. If they live in their favorite team’s television market, they’ll be able to watch every home game on cable television. If they don’t, they’ll either have to purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket via DirecTV, or go to a sports bar that does carry the NFL Sunday Ticket. Luckily, the National Football League has several products that allow fans to watch all games on Sundays but come at a price. NFL Game Pass is the league’s newest product, comes with a free trial for new customers, and allows fans to watch out of market NFL games after they’ve concluded.

View of Oakland Coliseum from the third baseline during an Oakland Athletics game.

The Oakland Athletics have decided to end their season ticket program for the 2019 Major League Baseball season. The replacement is a more flexible membership program called “A’s Access”. A’s Access will provide baseball fans with a reserved seat plan, benefits that are exclusive to A’s Access members, and admission to all regular season home games in 2019. The membership went on sale to the public in early August.

View of Bridgestone Arena from the upper level during a Nashville Predators game.

With the start of the 2018-2019 NHL season underway, the Nashville Predators will reveal several upgrades that were made to Bridgestone Arena during the off-season.

Exterior photo of New Era Field. Home of the Buffalo Bills. 

Mark C. Poloncarz, county executive of Erie County, New York, made headlines this week when he revealed that a new Buffalo Bills stadium would cost more than $1B to build. He went on to add that Erie County could not afford to build a new stadium for the team. Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula have also previously stated that they are currently content on the Bills playing their home games at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium). In the past, there has been speculation that the city would be building a new stadium on the waterfront or as part of a new convention center complex. Those proposals have failed to come to fruition. 

Exterior photo of the Amway Center. Home of the Orlando Magic.

Construction on the long-awaited mixed-use development outside of the Amway Center (home of the Orlando Magic) will begin in 2019. The new development has been more than a decade in the making and will sit within a plot of land surrounded by Church Street, Division, Central, and Hughey Avenues. With the recent addition of Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando City soccer team, the development will go a long way towards revitalizing downtown Orlando and the Parramore neighborhood.

Photo of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox.

Fenway Sports Group, the ownership group of the Boston Red Sox, have announced that they are planning to build a theater behind Fenway Park. The group’s primary goal is to make Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, and the surrounding Fenway neighborhood a destination for tourists year around. The theater is expected to have a capacity of 5,000 and would be located on the corner of Ipswich and Lansdowne.

Bucs Beach at Raymond James Stadium. Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently unveiled “Bucs Beach” outside of Raymond James Stadium; a pregame party area for fans. The new addition follows several new upgrades and renovations at Raymond James Stadium. The franchise’s overall goal is to provide a better experience for fans on gameday. Raymond James Stadium also had an inherent need for new upgrades for fans after the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins renovated their home stadiums.

Exterior photo of Arrowhead Stadium from the tailgating lots. Home of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Arrowhead Stadium has long been known as one of the best NFL stadiums for tailgating. Several weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they would be making a major change to their tailgating policy. Beginning immediately, football fans will be required to either enter Arrowhead Stadium or leave the stadium grounds after kickoff. This change has angered Kansas City Chiefs fans, however, the Chiefs organization is trying to avoid liability issues after a 2013 incident in which a fan died after a fight in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.

Exterior photo of FirstEnergy Stadium. Home of the Cleveland Browns. 

On a memorable night that ended in quarterback Baker Mayfield leading the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets in primetime, another national story took place in the stands of FirstEnergy Stadium. A Cleveland Browns fan captured a lost possum in the stands, placed it in a box, and released it outside of the stadium.

Photo of the Yankee Stadium concourse. Home of the New York Yankees. 

The New York Yankees have announced that they will be partnering with City Winery to bring a permanent wine bar to Yankee Stadium. The wine bar will be called “City Winery Wine Bar” and will be located outside of section 106 on the lower level of Yankee Stadium. Together, the two will partner to create New York Yankees themed wines. The wine bar will also offer other red and white varietals, Moet & Chandon Champagne, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

View of PNC Arena from the glass seats during a Carolina Hurricanes game. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that they will be honoring the Hartford Whalers by wearing the defunct team’s old green uniforms for two games vs. the Boston Bruins.Those games will take place on December 23, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh and on March 5, 2019 at the TD Garden in Boston. The Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997 after struggling with financial and attendance woes in Hartford, Connecticut. The Hurricanes will be donning the green jerseys the Whalers wore between the 1985 and 1991 NHL seasons. The Boston Bruins were the Hartford Whalers’ primary rival during the franchise’s tenure in Connecticut.

Heinz Field Seating Chart, Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Where To Sit At Heinz Field

Heinz Field may not even be the best sports stadium in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood. (Read our official review of PNC Park). It may not be a historic as the old Three Rivers Stadium which sat on the same property. However, come Sunday, it’s one of the most happening stadiums in the National Football League and is home to the league’s most successful and historic franchise; the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chase Field Seating Chart, Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Where To Sit At Chase Field

Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark, is not a baseball stadium that gets a ton of press compared to ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park. However, at the time of it’s opening in 1998, Chase Field was one of the more groundbreaking stadiums in Major League Baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks were an expansion franchise at the time and the retractable roof was built to protect fans from the violent Arizona heat during the summers.

Miller Park Seating Chart, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Where To Sit At Miller Park

Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, was one of Major League Baseball’s first stadiums with a retractable roof. The roof is necessary due to Milwaukee’s colder temperatures compared to the rest of the league. Miller Park also offers an exciting tailgating scene which is rare for Major League Baseball stadiums due to it's location several miles from downtown Milwaukee.

Safeco Field Seating Chart. Home of the Seattle Mariners. 

Where To Sit At Safeco Field

Safeco Field is a Major League Baseball stadium that often flies under the radar in terms of press and popularity. The Seattle Mariners haven't made the MLB playoffs since 2001. Therefore, the Mariners fan base though devout, are often very quiet during games. Safeco Field was one of the first ballparks with a retractable roof which is a necessity given Seattle’s unpredictable cycles of rain. It has one of the best and most eclectic food offerings in Major League Baseball as well as the league’s largest scoreboard (Mariners Vision). Safeco Field’s construction in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, formerly an industrial area, has led to rapid growth in the area. Centurylink Field, home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, is located next door to Safeco Field.

Tropicana Field Seating Chart. Home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Where To Sit At Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field is one of the smallest ballparks in Major League Baseball. It is also widely considered to be the worst ballpark in Major League Baseball. For starters, the stadium is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and sits a good 30-40 minutes from Tampa Bay, Florida. Tropicana Field is also a domed stadium without a retractable roof meaning baseball fans are unable to enjoy the beautiful Tampa weather during the summer months. Tropicana Field also has catwalks on the interior near the ceiling that often interfere with home runs during games. If you’ve seen Tampa Bay Rays games on television, you’ve likely noticed how discolored the turf on the field looks as well. And to top things off, Rays home games are often boring because the fan base only gets behind the team during the playoffs.

Photo of the field at M&T Bank Stadium. Home of the Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens recently announced that they would be switching to a digital ticketing system at M&T Bank Stadium. The new system will require fans to download the Ravens Mobile App. This change will undoubtedly become a nuisance for many Baltimore Ravens fans, especially those that are older and aren’t as familiar with digital technology. However, the Baltimore Ravens have dealt with many cases of ticketing fraud in seasons past and were ready to make a change that will hopefully lead to fewer headaches for everyone.