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 Interior view of the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will host their third NBA All-Star Game when they host the event on February 16th, 2020 at the United Center. The game will be the 69th NBA All-Star Game and will be the first held at the United Center which originally opened in 1994. The Bulls haven’t hosted an NBA All-Star Game since 1988 and before that, 1973.

Photo of empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have sold out every home game at M&T Bank Stadium since the team relocated from Cleveland in 1996. However, in light of the ongoing national anthem protests and declining attendance league-wide, the Ravens were forced to advertise tickets for Sunday’s matchup vs. the Detroit Lions. To say the Baltimore Ravens organization and the rest of the league are panicking about the decline in television ratings and game attendance would be an understatement.

Photo of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home of the Detroit Lions

The Pontiac Silverdome, located in Pontiac, Michigan, was home to the Detroit Lions from 1975 until 2001. Since 2001, the Pontiac Silverdome has been sitting idly and decaying. There are have been several efforts to revive the venue, however, nothing meaningful has ever come to fruition. Various events were held at the Silverdome as late as 2013. Triple Investment Group of Toronto, Ontario purchased the Pontiac Silverdome in 2009 for $583,000 at a public auction. After a snowstorm destroyed the stadium’s roof in 2013, the Silverdome began to decay at an even quicker pace.

Exterior of Oakland Coliseum, Home of the Oakland Athletics

One look at the exterior of Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics, and it becomes blatantly obvious that the team needs an upgrade in it's home stadium. Well friends, that day seems to be drawing near. The Oakland Athletics have chosen the future site of their new stadium and it sits near Laney College. The plot of land the team is interested in sits between Lake Merritt and I-880. Currently, there are warehouses, parking lots and offices that belong to the Peralta Community College District occupying the area. The Athletics organization will need to purchase and raze the entire area before construction can begin. The ballpark is not expected to be constructed for several more years.

Empty Seats during a San Francisco 49ers home game at Levi's Stadium

In case you haven’t noticed, Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, has been virtually empty on more than one occasion this season. One of those reasons appears to be because the east side of the stadium offers virtually no shade for fans on hot and sunny game days. This was especially the case for the first home game of the season when the team hosted the Carolina Panthers. As a result, the San Francisco 49ers organization have hired Populous, an architectural firm in Kansas City, to see if awnings can be added to Levi’s Stadium.

 Photo of the Downtown Kansas City Skyline

For many years, Kansas City sports fans have expressed disgust in the fact that their two sports stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex (Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium) sit several miles from downtown. Not only that, but there are virtually no bars, restaurants or hotels within the immediate vicinity of the two stadiums. The Kansas City Royals are currently funding a study that would explore possible locales for a new baseball stadium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A little over a decade ago, the Royals explored building a downtown stadium but that was before Kauffman Stadium was renovated.

Empty Seats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Home of the Los Angeles Rams

There were high expectations when the Los Angeles Rams returned to Los Angeles, California in 2016. Not since 1994 had the city of Los Angeles had a professional football team after the Rams originally fled for St. Louis and the Raiders fled for Oakland. Seven games into the 2017 NFL season and it’s beginning to look like the National Football League could flop in Los Angeles once again. The Los Angeles Rams are currently drawing 26,000 fewer fans to their home games than they did in 2016; the largest attendance decline in the NFL since 1993.

Exterior of AT&T Stadium, Home of the Dallas Cowboys

The city of Arlington, Texas recently took the steps to refinance the debt owed toward AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The strategy will help pay for both AT&T Stadium and the construction of Globe Life Field, future home of the Texas Rangers. Arlington is expected to contribute $500 million towards the construction of Globe Life Field and still owes $171 million in principal and interest towards AT&T Stadium.

Bell MTS Place Interior shot during a Winnipeg Jets game

True North Sports and Entertainment recently completed a series of renovations to the concourses of the Bell MTS Place, home of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. Improvements were made to the flooring, lighting and signage of the arena. The Jets also added 150 new HD televisions, new drink rails and 40 new points of sale including new concessions and retail spaces. The new points of sale were built with the goal of limiting wait times at the concession stands throughout the lower and upper concourses.

View of field at Fenway Park from the outfield bleachers

The Boston Red Sox are considering adding a brand new row of 25 seats to the third baseline area of Fenway Park. The new row would put fans even closer to the action on the left field side. Down the first base side, the Red Sox are also considering adding a dugout suite below ground. This will require the team to move an entire row forward. 

Exterior of Century Link Field, Home of the Seattle Seahawks

The recent national anthem protests in the National Football League have brought the topic of federal subsidies being used to fund the construction of NFL stadiums to the surface. Since 1997, the National Football League has received $6.7 billion in taxpayer dollars to build ten new stadiums and renovate three others. Those number will exceed $7 billion with the completion of the Oakland Raiders new stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. The $750 million tax subsidy needed to build the new Raiders stadium will be the largest taxpayer contribution in NFL history.

Empty Seats at the Stubhub Center during a Los Angeles Chargers Home Game

Los Angeles, California lost both of it’s NFL teams back in 1994 when the Los Angeles Raiders relocated to Oakland, California and the Los Angeles Rams relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Both organizations struggled with attendance while playing their home games in Los Angeles. And as it appears, things haven’t changed much in Los Angeles with the return of the Rams and the relocation of the San Diego Chargers.

View of Miller Park from behind Home Plate, Home of the Milwaukee Brewers 

After expanding the protective netting at Miller Park in 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers will be adding more netting in time for the 2018 Major League Baseball season. The move comes after several other MLB teams have announced they will be taking similar measures. The netting is expected to extend to the beginning of the dugouts near first and third base areas of Miller Park.

Upper Level View of a Milwaukee Bucks game at the Bradley Center

The Milwaukee Bucks are currently pursuing a naming rights partner for their future home arena which is currently under construction. Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin is hoping to secure a partner that will pay the Bucks between $7 and $10 million and for a period of twenty years or more. According to Feigin, the Bucks have five or six suitors that are headquartered in either the United States or overseas. Bucks fans can expect an agreement to be completed over the next two months.

Downtown Portland, Oregon Skyline

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recently went on record to state that Portland, Oregon was on the short list of potential cities that could land a team down the road. Just a few months ago, Manfred also cited Las Vegas (Nevada), Charlotte (North Carolina), Montreal (Quebec) and Mexico City (Mexico) as potential cities that could land a team as well. Major League Baseball hasn’t expanded since 1997 when it introduced the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks.

View of the Scoreboard at Coors Field, Home of the Colorado Rockies

Coors Field has long been considered one of the groundbreaking stadiums in the new era of Major League ballparks. The venue will get an upgrade in 2018 when the Colorado Rockies organization add a massive 8,300 square foot scoreboard that will feature nearly 7 million LEDs. The scoreboard will be 2 and ½ times larger than the Rockies’ current scoreboard which was installed only ten years ago.

American Airlines Arena, Home of the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat recently unveiled several new upgrades to American Airlines Arena that will improve the fan experience this season.

View of the new Scoreboard at the Prudential Center, Home of the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will make their season debut at the Prudential Center tomorrow night when they take on the Colorado Avalanche. Devils fans will receive quite the surprise when they reach their seats as the New Jersey Devils organization have officially added the largest scoreboard in the National Hockey League. In recent months, the Detroit Red Wings were boasting the largest scoreboard in the National Hockey League at Little Caesars Arena; the team’s new home arena.

View of the Netting at Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees 

Two weeks after a 105 MPH foul ball struck a young girl at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees have announced they will be adding more netting around the infield. The netting currently extends from the beginning of both dugouts and behind home plate. In 2018, the netting will extend to the end of the dugouts.

Netting behind home plate at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

In the wake of a young girl getting hit by a 105 MPH line drive by Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs will be adding 30 additional feet of protective netting to Wrigley Field. In addition to moving the dugouts a little further down during previously planned renovations of Wrigley Field, the Cubs will extend the netting to the beginning of each dugout instead of the ends which are located near home plate.

Netting behind home plate at Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers

After a Todd Frazier (New York Yankees) line drive struck a young girl at Yankee Stadium last week, the Detroit Tigers have announced that they will be adding more protective netting to Comerica Park this offseason. Major League Baseball made league-wide recommendations for netting and fan safety back in 2015. The netting at Comerica Park currently extends between the start of both dugouts and runs behind home plate. The new netting will likely extend further down to the ends of both dugouts.