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Photo of Buffalo Bills fans tailgating outside of New Era Field.

Its no secret that the Buffalo Bills have some of the most unruly fans in the National Football League. Ask any fan of the New England Patriots or New York Jets that have been brave enough to venture into New Era Field as a visiting fan. In fact, they’re almost as bad as Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Buffalo Bills are now taking measures to deter unruly football fans from tailgating in the bus lots at New Era Field. The measure will require all limos and fan buses to purchase a tailgate package for their occupants as well as tailgate within a designated area called “Tailgate Village”.

Photo of the Anchorman race at Petco Park during a San Diego Padres game.

Major League Baseball is no stranger to mascot races held in between innings of games. The Washington Nationals host the Presidential races. The Milwaukee Brewers host the sausage races. The Atlanta Braves allow a lucky fan to race “The Freeze”. The San Diego Padres have debuted the “Anchorman Race” at Petco Park. As you know, 'Anchorman' was a 2004 comedy starring Will Ferrell as a quirky San Diego newsman named Ron Burgundy. An 'Anchorman' sequel was released in 2013.

Photo of FirstEnergy Stadium from the 50 yard line during a Cleveland Browns game.

In 2018, the Cleveland Browns posted their best record in 11 seasons with a record of 7-8-1. After adding standout wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and free agent running back Kareem Hunt to the roster this off season, Cleveland Browns ticket prices have doubled on ticket resale websites like StubHub, Vivid Seats, and SeatGeek. According to Vivid Seats, the median ticket price for a Cleveland Browns home game is $148 for the 2019 season. For the team’s opening home game vs. the Tennessee Titans, an upper level ticket will cost between $100 - $126 per ticket. How the Cleveland Browns are graded following this weekend’s 2019 NFL Draft could also impact ticket prices and fan expectations.

Photo of the turf at Ford Field during a Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants game. 

The Detroit Lions will be replacing the artificial field turf at Ford Field for the 2019 NFL season. Crews will begin installing the turf on Wednesday, May 1; a project that will take roughly four weeks to complete. That process will include vacuuming the old turf’s infill, cutting and removing the old turf, laying down the new turf, and installing the new turf’s infill. Football fans will be unable to notice a difference in the design and appearance of the new turf system.

Photo of Oakland Coliseum from the upper deck during an Oakland Athletics game.

The Oakland Athletics have signed an exclusive agreement with concessionaire Aramark who will provide the hospitality services at Oakland Coliseum. Aramark will be responsible for the food and beverage offerings for the stadium’s three primary areas; general concessions on the main and upper levels, dining on the club and suite level, and catering for special events. The official press release that announced the partnership stated that Aramark’s goal was to create an updated menu that included Bay Area food and drink offerings, and is served via fan-friendly amenities and technology.

Photo of a Philadelphia Phillies game from the outfield of Citizens Bank Park.

2026 will mark the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In lieu of the celebration, the Philadelphia Phillies will host the 2026 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park. 2026 will mark the fifth time the city of Philadelphia has hosted the MLB All-Star Game. The city last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1996 and 1976 when the Philadelphia Phillies played their home games at the old Veterans Stadium. The Philadelphia Athletics hosted the Midsummer Classic at Shibe Park in 1943 and 1952.

Photo of a luxury suite at U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings home game.

Daniel Escamilla, a San Francisco resident, has been charged with providing fraudulent checks to the Minnesota Vikings for a luxury suite rental at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged the 39-year-old Escamilla last week with three counts of theft by swindle and one count of theft by false representation. His first offense occurred on September 5, 2018 when Escamilla contacted the Minnesota Vikings about renting a suite for a Minnesota Vikings - San Francisco 49ers game on September 9, 2018. Not only did Escamilla write a $37,000 fraudulent check for that home game but he wrote an additional fraudulent check totaling $190,000 for the Minnesota Vikings - Buffalo Bills game. At the moment, the Minnesota Vikings are at a loss of $70,000 in their dealings with Escamilla. 

Photo of an Indiana Pacers game from the upper level of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

CNO Financial Group has owned the naming rights to the Indiana Pacers’ home arena since the venue first opened in 1999 as Conseco Fieldhouse. The arena’s name was then changed in 2011 to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. CNO Financial Group announced last year that they would not be renewing their naming rights agreement with the Indiana Pacers for Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which expires in June 2019. The Indiana Pacers’ ownership group, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, are currently pursuing a new naming rights partner with the help of Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment.

Photo of a Buffalo Bills game at New Era Field from the end zone.

It's no secret that the Buffalo Bills play in the most outdated stadium in the National Football League. Some Buffalo Bills fans wouldn’t have it any other way. However, Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula would be leaving a lot of corporate revenue on the table by not building a new stadium for the team. Pegula recently stated that a new Buffalo Bills stadium would be a “scaled-down” version of the newer stadiums being built throughout the National Football League.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Cincinnati Reds set an all-time single-game attendance low earlier this week when they hosted the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The game was a Monday night series opener and drew fewer than 8,000 fans. The story took a bizarre twist considering the Cincinnati Reds set a single-game attendance record just a few days earlier when they hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day. The Opening Day matchup vs. the Pirates drew more than 44,000 fans at Great American Ball Park.

Photo of Gate 14 at Target Field before a Minnesota Twins home game.

2018 marked the worst season in Target Field history for attendance with fewer than 2 million fans. In effort to increase attendance and boost revenue, the Minnesota Twins have introduced “Twins Pass”, a monthly subscription-based program that will provide fans with tickets for every home game at Target Field that month.

Photo of the construction of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Future home of the Texas Rangers.

2019 will mark the Texas Rangers’ final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington (formerly The Ballpark in Arlington), before moving down the street to Globe Life Field. The Texas Rangers organization are currently exploring ways to provide more affordable seating options for baseball fans at the new stadium. This news, of course, comes after public outcries from Texas Rangers season ticket holders that complained about the increase in season ticket prices for Globe Life Field.

Photo of the Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Its been nearly a decade since the Pittsburgh Penguins played their final home game at Civic Arena, also known as ‘The Igloo’ and ‘Mellon Arena’. The arena was home to the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1967 until 2010 and was finally demolished in 2012. The Pittsburgh Penguins recently announced that they would be redeveloping the 28-acre arena site into a mixed-use development that will feature restaurants and bars, a hotel, retail space, mixed-income housing, a food hall, a music venue, a four-acre public park, and office buildings.

Veterans Stadium liberty bell outside of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been playing their home games at Citizens Bank Park since 2004. However, the Phillies were recently reunited with a famous piece of Veterans Stadium history last week when they placed the old Veterans Stadium liberty bell outside of Citizens Bank Park. Fans will be able to view the liberty bell near 11st Street and Pattison Avenue entrance and the Pass and Stow area.

View from the Club Lounge at Progressive Field during a Cleveland Indians game.

The Club Lounge at Progressive Field will be receiving a facelift as part of a $6M renovation to the area. The Club Lounge is a private area for baseball fans seated in sections 326 through 348 on Progressive Field’s 1st base side. The area has remained largely the same since Progressive Field first opened back in 1994.

Photo of the turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during an Atlanta Falcons game.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, is the newest stadium in the National Football League. Two years after debuting, the Atlanta Falcons are already making changes to the stadium and have chosen to replace the turf ahead of the 2019 NFL season. However, turf replacement is a chore that is expected to be completed every few seasons due to the wear and tear by both the Atlanta Falcons and MLS’ Atlanta United FC. The constant repainting of the turf for different events also produces wear and tear.

Photo of the Safeco signage at T-Mobile Park being removed.

Telecommunications giant T-Mobile recently purchased the naming rights to Safeco Field; home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners. The naming rights agreement was T-Mobile’s second such agreement after securing the naming rights for T-Mobile Arena, home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. With the 2019 MLB season quickly approaching, the Seattle Mariners are removing the Safeco signage from the stadium to make room for the T-Mobile signage.

Photo of an Oklahoma City Thunder game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The NBA and the league’s 30 teams place a lot of emphasis on providing an intimate fan experience for basketball fans during games. Basketball fans also pay top dollar to sit courtside. However, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is calling for more protection from fans seated courtside after being tapped by a young fan during last night’s game. The incident happened at the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets.

Photo of Raymond James Stadium from the upper level during a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Effective March 1, 2019, Legends will become the exclusive hospitality partner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raymond James Stadium. The six-year agreement will allow Legends to develop and oversee the stadium’s general and premium concession offerings for the main level, club level, suites, Hall of Fame level, restaurants, and catering for special events. Legends also plans to enhance the concession items which will provide a higher quality of food and beverages for fans.

Photo of the scoreboard at Oracle Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants. 

Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, has long been considered one of the most popular stadiums in Major League Baseball. Now, the Giants organization are upgrading Oracle Park with the addition of an outfield scoreboard that will be three times the size of its current scoreboard. The scoreboard will be the first 4K scoreboard in Major League Baseball and will resemble the size of the scoreboard at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Photo of the outfield at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.

Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, is one of the newer ballparks in Major League Baseball and originally debuted back in 2010. The ballpark originally featured a large green batters’ eye area in dead center field that was decorated with pine trees. The green area, however, made it difficult for the players to track the ball when batting at the plate; the Twins organization installed a black wall in its place. Fast forward to 2019 and the Minnesota Twins are adding the first “living wall” in Major League Baseball.