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 Flying the W Flag at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

Major League Baseball fans are well aware of the long history that accompanies both the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Notable figures include the Wrigleyville Rooftops, Steve Bartman, Ronnie Woo Woo, the curse of the Billy Goat and the black cat from the 1969 World Series. One tradition that rarely gets mentioned is the flying of the “W flag” at Wrigley Field. Who came up with the idea? How did the tradition begin?

Exterior view of Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets 

Our staff was excited to finally visit Citi Field when we visited on June 13th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Chicago Cubs. “The New York Yankees are the better team but Citi Field is a better ballpark”. We had heard those same words from local New Yorkers over and over again during our trip to New York City and have come to the conclusion that they were correct (read our Yankee Stadium review). Citi Field is located many miles from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and in working class Flushing Queens, New York. However, it is a gem of a ballpark with a much more raucous fan base than that of the New York Yankees.

Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins 

The Minnesota Twins will be honoring legendary musician and Minnesota native Prince tonight at Target Field. The Twins will be hosting the Cleveland Indians for the weekend series. The first 10,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a limited edition “Purple Rain” umbrella. Minnesota Twins players will also wear Prince t-shirts during batting practice which will be later auctioned off for charity.

Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees

Our staff was fortunate enough to visit new Yankee Stadium for the first time on June 11th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Let me reiterate how disappointed we will always be that we were never able to visit old Yankee Stadium before it’s doors were closed in 2008. In fact, we’re now convinced that old Yankee Stadium should have been preserved just like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Old Yankee Stadium had been home to the team since 1923; a completely different era of baseball.

Safeco Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners's home ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since the stadium first opened in 1999. Safeco Insurance, which is headquartered in Seattle, signed a 20-year naming rights deal in 1998 that will expire following the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Safeco Insurance has decided not to extend the current naming rights deal and the ballpark will operate a new name at the beginning of the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

KeyArena, Former Home of the Seattle Supersonics

Seattle, Washington has been without an NBA team ever since 2008 when the Seattle Supersonics were relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Since then, hedge fund entrepreneur Chris Hansen has been trying to privately finance a brand new arena to be built on a plot of land he owns in Seattle’s SODO district. The SODO District was a formerly an industrial area of the city and is now home to both SafeCo Field (Seattle Mariners) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks).

New Era Field, Home of the Buffalo Bills 

Just three years ago, the Buffalo Bills organization renovated New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium; a $130 million project. The team’s lease with the stadium will expire in 2023 and it is already the fourth oldest stadium in the NFL behind Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers) and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles Rams). Talks for a new stadium have been sporadic but will likely pick up speed over the next two years.

 National Harbor in Washington, DC

The Washington Redskins organization has started discussing where to build their new home stadium. The Redskins play in one of the NFL’s largest markets and have played at the less than stellar Fedex Field since 1997. The team’s lease with the stadium is set to expire in 2027 and the team is making all efforts to allow for a timely construction of the stadium. Virginia politicians are attempting to lure the team to the Virginia side of the Washington, DC metro area although there are whispers that the site of RFK Stadium, the team’s former home, is the most desirable location.

 Chase Field, Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates are now offering their fans subscription plans for home games during the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The program is called the ‘Ballpark Pass’ and requires the download of the MLB.com ballpark app so that tickets can be sent to each fan’s mobile device. The Oakland Athletics were the first team to experiment with a subscription plan for their fans and did see increased attendances using it. The Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals have also experimented with similar subscription based plans.

Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders will be relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. Despite the move, the Raiders organization has sold all of it’s season tickets for the 2017 NFL season. Many of you readers will assume that the move is a desperate last second attempt to keep the team in Oakland. Others probably think this is just a way for fans to create a few final memories at Oakland Coliseum before the team leaves Oakland in the rear view mirror. However, the true answer could be that the Oakland Raiders don’t suck anymore and a playoff appearance this season is highly likely assuming the team resembles last year’s team. The team has also added Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native who is coming out of retirement.

Bell MTS Place, Home of the Winnipeg Jets

The MTS Centre, home of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, will be changing it’s name to the Bell MTS Place following Bell Canada’s acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services. The acquisition was worth more than $3.5 Billion. The downtown arena was built in 2004 and has been home to the Winnipeg Jets since the team relocated from Atlanta, GA in 2011.

Raymond James Stadium Exterior, Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay, Florida will host it’s fifth Super Bowl in 2021 when it hosts Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The event was supposed to be held in Los Angeles, California in 2021 at the new home stadium of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams. However, Los Angeles experienced record amounts of rainfall during the winter of 2016, thus, delaying construction.  

Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Raiders were unable to secure a deal for a new stadium in Oakland and will flee for Las Vegas, Nevada after the 2018 NFL season. The Golden State Warriors will also be leaving Oakland in the near future for a new arena in downtown San Francisco. Now that Oakland, California has lost two of it’s professional sports franchises, Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics are scrambling to find a location for a new ballpark. For several years, Jack London Square had been rumored as the most desirable spot for the team’s new home aside from the current site on Coliseum Way. Relocating the Athletics  to San Jose, California had also been a topic of discussion before the Oakland Athletics fell under new ownership.

Spectrum Center, Home of the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets will host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center on Sunday, February 19th, 2019. The Charlotte Hornets were supposed to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game but the NBA relocated the event to New Orleans due to the controversy surrounding House Bill 2. House Bill 2 was a legislative act in North Carolina that required transgenders to use the bathroom of their original gender. Who knew that there were so many transgender NBA fans? Nevertheless, the NBA didn’t like the bill.

Golden 1 Center, Home of the Sacramento Kings.

The Sacramento Kings will be adding 10 balcony boxes as a premium seating option at the Golden 1 Center next season. The balcony boxes will be located on the suite bridge inside the arena. The boxes will be theatre-style and will seat four guests and will be located above the arena’s main entrance. The Golden 1 Center currently offers 34 suites and 48 lofts as premium seating options and all were sold out during the arena’s inaugural season this year.

Bridgestone Arena, Home of the Nashville Predators

Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority recently hired Venue Solutions Group of Nashville, Tennessee to conduct an assessment of the improvements that will be needed at Bridgestone Arena (home of the Nashville Predators) and Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans). The consulting firm has determined that both venues are in need of nearly $500 million combined in renovations over the next 20 years. Both team’s lease agreements with their respective venues will expire in 2028. The renovations will include architectural improvements as well as improvements to the arena’s technology and plumbing.

Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are the most popular baseball team in the United States. This is common knowledge. However, the team’s declining ticket sales has baseball fans and league officials scratching their heads. The financial filings tied to the bonds sold to build new Yankee Stadium reveal that the New York Yankees organization has lost $166 million in ticket and suite revenue since opening the ballpark in 2009.

 Yoga Day at SafeCo Field

As if “bring your dog to the ballpark day” weren’t strange enough; the Seattle Mariners will be hosting Yoga Day at SafeCo Field on Sunday, June 4th vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. This year’s event will mark the 2nd annual Yoga Day, presented by CHI Franciscan Health. Participants will receive a Seattle Mariners yoga mat and a yoga mat bag from CHI Franciscan Health.

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.