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Photo of the exterior of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has announced that the organization will be lowering the prices of select food items at M&T Bank Stadium. The move comes after the Atlanta Falcons lowered their concession prices by 50% last season after debuting at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The change resulted in Atlanta Falcons fans spending 16% more on food items than the year before. In order to do so, the Baltimore Ravens must amend their contract with Aramark, the food and beverage provider for M&T Bank Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers announced earlier this week that Appaloosa Management founder and hedge fund billionaire David Tepper has purchased the team at cost of $2.27B. The transaction surpasses billionaire Terry Pegula’s $1.4B acquisition of the Buffalo Bills in 2014. At the time, Pegula's purchase of the Buffalo Bills was a record sale price for the National Football League. Strangely, Sherman Financial founder and South Carolina native Ben Navarro's $2.6B bid for the Carolina Panthers was rejected. Perhaps because of David Tepper’s experience as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009?

Photo of the ice at Gila River Arena. Home of the Arizona Coyotes.

The Arizona Coyotes will officially launch their “weekender ticket plan” next weekend during the club’s open house and skating party for fans. The event will take place from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday May 19th at Gila River Arena. Fans will be able to mingle with the team’s cheer squad, meet Arizona Coyotes analyst and former player Paul Bissonnette, skate on the ice and tour the locker rooms of both teams. Like the paint the ice event several weeks ago, the skating party is an effort to help the Coyotes organization increase their season ticket base.

Photo of the field at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and their home stadium, Chase Field (owned by Maricopa County), rarely dominate the headlines of professional sports. However, the relationship between the two is in the national spotlight following a lawsuit over much needed repairs for Chase Field. The dispute began last season when Chase Field began having issues with flooding and it’s air conditioning system. The Arizona Diamondbacks suggest Maricopa County is responsible for repairs to Chase Field. Maricopa County says the opposite. Earlier this week, the Maricopa County Stadium District Board of Directors voted in favor of a memorandum that would allow the Arizona Diamondbacks to pursue a new stadium in the Phoenix area.

Photo of the field at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The construction costs for Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, has been a thorn in the side of Hamilton County taxpayers for nearly two decades now. Under the current lease agreement which was signed back in 1997, Hamilton County taxpayers will begin contributing nearly $3M annually to the Cincinnati Bengals to pay for operational costs on game days. Hamilton County has requested to delay 2018’s payment until 2019 because it is currently facing a budget deficit of more than $28M. Go figure.

Photo of the ice at the KeyBank Center from the upper level. Home of the Buffalo Sabres.

The Buffalo Sabres have become one of the most under-performing teams in the National Hockey League over the last few seasons. So bad that the Buffalo Sabres organization are introducing an exchange program that will allow season ticket holders to return their season tickets in exchange for points. These points can be redeemed at one of the Sabres’ merchandise stores at the KeyBank Center. However, owner Terry Pegular announced that despite the team’s poor performance, ticket prices would remain the same for the upcoming 2018-2019 NHL season

Chad Johnson, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.

Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was no stranger to eccentric actions both on and off the field. Whether it was changing his name to Chad Ocho Cinco, growing a blonde mohawk, creating quirky touchdown dances or asking to become the team’s kicker, Chad Johnson was 100% authentic. Earlier this week on Twitter, Chad admitted that he lived at Paul Brown Stadium during his rookie and second seasons in the National Football League. The reason? Because he was too cheap to buy his own home.

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.