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The Corner Mixed-Use Development, Former Site of Tiger Stadium.

The old Tiger Stadium site in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood has sat vacant for nearly two decades now. A local group has spent time preserving the original field, however, the large lot is expensive real estate and it was only a matter of time before it was redeveloped. Earlier this week, Larson Realty Group broke ground on a $30M mixed-use development that will be known as “The Corner”. The nickname “The Corner” references Michigan and Turnbull Avenues which is where the historic stadium was originally located.

Photo of empty seats at New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills.

For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills have sold more than 50K season tickets for four straight seasons. The milestone surpasses the season ticket numbers of the early 1990’s when the Buffalo Bills appeared in numerous Super Bowls. This news also comes after the Buffalo Bills raised their season ticket prices for 2018 by an average of 3%. Payment plans for season tickets, however, are still free of interest for fans.

Nathan Hubbard, founder of Rival and former Ticketmaster CEO.

Photo Source: twitter.com/nathanchubbard

For a few years now, there have been whispers that Amazon will be making the jump into the ticketing and events industry to challenge Ticketmaster. They’ve technically already tested the waters but have since taken a few steps back. It looks as if Ticketmaster could have yet another challenger except this time, from a familiar face. Entrepreneur Nathan C. Hubbard once served as Ticketmaster’s CEO and recently left Twitter as head of it’s commerce initiative. He has now secured more than $30 million from various investors to launch ‘Rival’, a ticketing company that will aim to manage tickets sales and customer relationships in a more efficient manner.

Photo of the empty seats at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.

FirstEnergy Stadium has been home to the Cleveland Browns since 1999. The team’s lease with the stadium will expire in 2028 and by that time, it will be one of the oldest stadiums in the National Football League. Earlier this week, Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam went on record to say that the organization is looking at either renovating FirstEnergy Stadium or building another stadium in downtown Cleveland. The organization is studying both options and are hoping to incorporate the stadium into some type of development that would help revitalize downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Exterior photo of Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Shad Khan, owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, has put down a $1.2B bid to purchase London’s Wembley Stadium, home of the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur F.C. The news sent shockwaves around North Florida and caused Jacksonville Jaguar fans to speculate that Khan will eventually move the team to London, England. Hey! Roger Goodell and the National Football League have went on record to say that they would like to see the NFL establish a presence in London. However, Khan insists that he wants redevelop Wembley Stadium into one of the premier stadiums in the world in order to host major events like the Super Bowl and World Cup Final.

Photo of the Budweiser Brewhouse at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Budweiser Brewhouse hosted a gathering on Sunday titled “Eat, Drink & Chill” in which two people were tragically shot by an unknown suspect. One of those shot, 38-year-old Corey Hall of Florissant, Missouri, passed away while the other victim is still in critical condition. The suspect is still at large and St. Louis police have yet to give a description of the assailant. Corey Hall was a newlywed, the father of two young girls and was celebrating his birthday. The cause of the shooting was unknown and began when an argument broke out between two people attending the event.

Photo of the netting at Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees.

After several spectators were injured by foul balls at Yankee Stadium in 2017, the New York Yankees announced that they would be extending the netting to provide more protection to fans. The netting was not only raised higher but extended further down the first and third base lines. It didn’t take long for New York Yankees fans to complain about the netting’s support poles which obstructed their view of the field.

Photo of the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames.

It’s been more than six months since the Calgary Flames announced that they were no longer pursuing the construction of a new arena in downtown Calgary. However, a Calgary city councilor (Jeff Davison) has filed a motion that could create a committee to revive arena negotiations between the team and the city. The motion will appear before city council on May 28, 2018.

Photo of the ice at PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.

In lieu of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 20th anniversary in Raleigh, the organization is hoping to add numerous upgrades to PNC Arena. New Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon had requested that a new scoreboard be added first and in time for the start of the 2018-2019 NHL season. The new scoreboard is expected to be so large that it “stretched from blue line to blue line” in reference to the markings on the ice below. However, structural changes would need to be made to PNC Arena before a new scoreboard could be added. It appears Carolina Hurricanes fans will be left waiting another season before a new scoreboard will be added to PNC Arena.

Fans painting the ice at Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes.

The Arizona Coyotes allowed their fans to come onto the ice at Gila River Arena this past Sunday to paint personalized messages onto the ice. The gesture was a thank you to fans for their support throughout the 2017-2018 NHL season and resembles an event the Minnesota Wild offered to their fans back in 2014. The event was also an effort to increase season ticket sales for the 2018-2019 NHL season. Afterward, fans were encouraged to share their paintings on social media.

Photo of ice outside of the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Toronto Blue Jays cancelled a home game earlier this week after large amounts of ice left a hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre. The ice was believed to have fallen from the top of the adjacent CN Tower which stands nearly 180 stories high. The ice was the result of a weekend of freezing rain that also struck the streets outside of the Rogers Centre. The falling ice also created a hazard for pedestrians in downtown Toronto.

Photo of Oakland Coliseum from the outfield bleachers. Home of the Oakland Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics will host a free game for all fans on April 17th, 2018 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The game will celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary in Oakland after relocating from Kansas City. Oakland A’s season ticket holders will have their tickets uploaded to their accounts and will be refunded their money. There have already been more than 200,000 inquiries for tickets as of today and the event will be the first free game in Major League Baseball history.

Photo of a Chicago Cubs day game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Day baseball is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. It provides the perfect excuse for Chicago area business professionals to play hooky or take a day off from work and head to Wrigley Field to witness America’s favorite pastime. But why do the Chicago Cubs play so many day baseball games? We found the answer to be rather surprising.

Photo of an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Home of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles set an all-time low for single game attendance earlier this week when they hosted the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The official attendance was 7,915 which is just 17% of the stadium’s capacity. The previous all-time low for single game attendance was set on April 12, 2010 when the Orioles hosted the Tampa Bay Rays. If we wanted to get technical, the all-time low for single game attendance occurred on April 29, 2015 vs. the Chicago White Sox when all baseball fans were barred entry due to the ongoing Baltimore riots.

Photo of Toronto Maple Leafs Fans at Maple Leaf Square.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in the National Hockey League. In fact, the demand for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets is so high that the NHL has even considered adding a second NHL team in Toronto. During the 2017-2018 regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs averaged just over 19,000 fans per game (102% capacity) at the Air Canada Centre. In lieu of the upcoming Game 3 of the 1st round series vs. the Boston Bruins, the general public were only left with 96 tickets to purchase. The reason?

Let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of things, work is not that important. Family and the memories we create are what matter most. That’s ultimately what we love about Major League Baseball; the ability to skip work or school and see games during the day. With the other three professional sports leagues, you can’t do that which is why we loved this story so much. And day baseball is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field! Earlier this week, a young boy in Illinois skipped school for the day to attend the Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Wrigley Field. Only to be seen by his principal who was also attending the game with his son.

Photo of the catfish tank at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. 

Catfish are to the Nashville Predators what the octopus is to the Detroit Red Wings. For decades, Detroit Red Wings fans have thrown octopus onto the ice as an ode to an old tradition that helped push the Detroit Red Wings to victory during the 1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nashville Predators fans have essentially copied that tradition and throw catfish onto the ice at Bridgestone Arena during games. The Nashville Predators organization have now even added a catfish tank to the concourse of Bridgestone Arena to the appeasement of Nashville Predator fans.

Photo of empty seats at Marlins Park during a Miami Marlins game.

Fewer than 7,000 fans attended the Miami Marlins’ Tuesday night home game vs. the New York Mets. The attendance marked the smallest crowd to see a baseball game at Marlins Park since the stadium opened in 2012. Monday’s attendance was almost as bad with just over 7,000 fans in attendance. And vs. the New York Mets of all teams? How does that happen with so many New Yorkers living in South Florida?

Photo of Phil Coyne, Pittsburgh Pirates usher.

If you’ve ever sat in sections 26 or 27 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you may have been shown to your seats by legendary usher Phil Coyne. After serving 81 seasons as an usher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 99-year-old Coyne is calling it a career and retiring. Phil Coyne began ushering for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in 1936 when he was a teenager. He went on to usher at Three Rivers Stadium until 2000 and then at PNC Park beginning in 2001.

View of Dodger Stadium from the Press Level.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be hosting the 2020 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers haven’t hosted the midsummer classic since 1980. 2020 will mark the fourth time that the Dodgers have hosted an all-star game; the first two were played at Ebbets Field (1949) in Brooklyn and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1959). The MLB All-Star Game is typically reserved for the Major League Baseball teams with the newest stadium but the Los Angeles Dodgers organization have recently renovated Dodger Stadium.

Photo of empty seats at Guaranteed Rate Field during a Chicago White Sox game.

The Chicago White Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 974 people. The White Sox organization announced a paid attendance of just over 10,000 people, many of which chose to stay at home because of the cold temperatures. In all fairness, Chicago did get hit with snow on Monday and the Chicago Cubs even cancelled Tuesday’s home game at Wrigley Field. The White Sox game was also originally slated to be a night game but both teams decided to play the game during the day. Day games seem to appeal more to the Chicago Cubs fans across town.