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Photo of a New York Islanders game at the Barclays Center.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated two weeks ago that the New York Islanders’ Belmont Park arena project is still on schedule for construction to begin in May 2019. The project will include the construction of a new home arena for the Islanders, a new hotel, and a mixed-use development adjacent to the arena. The New York Islanders are splitting their home games this season at both the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Exterior photo of Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, will be the first stadium in North America to go completely cashless. The decision has angered many Tampa Bay Rays fans; a risky move considering the organization already struggles with attendance compared to other MLB teams. Accepted payment options will include gift cards, credit cards, and Apple Pay. Fans without credit cards will be able to purchase gift cards from vendors that will roam throughout the stadium during games. Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holders will be issued season ticket holder cards that will be able to disburse money as well.

Photo of Angel Stadium of Anaheim from behind home plate during a Los Angeles Angels game. 

The Los Angeles Angels are currently exploring options for a new home baseball stadium after opting out of the team’s previous lease with the city of Anaheim last October. The previous lease would have kept the team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim through the 2029 MLB season. However, the Angels have signed a new one year lease extension that will keep the team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim through the 2020 MLB season. Until then, the Anaheim City Council (who approved the lease) and Angels owner Arte Moreno will explore whether to renovate Angel Stadium of Anaheim or build a new stadium nearby.

Photo of Arrowhead Stadium during a Kansas City Chiefs game.

Arrowhead Stadium, one of the oldest and loudest stadiums in the National Football League, is set to receive a series of upgrades for the 2019 NFL season. The upgrades are expected to cost nearly $10M to complete. The venue has not received any upgrades in just over a decade and is striving to continue offering a fan experience that is competitive with other NFL stadiums.

Photo of the center field gate at Nationals Park. Home of the Washington Nationals.

In an effort to enhance safety for baseball fans, the Washington Nationals announced earlier this week that they will be banning backpacks from Nationals Park in 2019. Most small bags like diaper bags, drawstring bags, and small coolers will still be welcome. Backpacks that measure even smaller than the traditionally banned 16 X 16 X 8 will not be allowed through the Nationals Park entry gates.

Photo of the Nashville, Tennessee skyline.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is exploring league options to add new Major League Baseball franchises via expansion. Potential cities that have been mentioned in the past include Portland (Oregon), Montreal (Quebec), San Antonio (Texas), Charlotte (North Carolina), Vancouver (British Columbia), and Las Vegas (Nevada). Commissioner Rob Manfred seems to think that Nashville, Tennessee could be added to that list of potential MLB expansion cities as well.

Photo of a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Globe Life Field, future home of the Texas Rangers, is scheduled to open on Opening Day in 2020. According to the Texas Rangers organization, Globe Life Field will be more intimate for Texas Rangers fans than Globe Life Park in Arlington, the team’s current ballpark. Globe Life Field is currently being constructed on the same property as Globe Life Park and will be built alongside a mixed-use development. The mixed-use development will be similar to The Battery Atlanta outside of SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves and will feature bars, restaurants, shopping, and office space.

Photo of a Miami Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium.

Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, has undergone one of the most dramatic structural changes in NFL stadium history over the last few seasons. The millions of dollars in renovations have drastically improved the venue’s revenue; nearly 40% from the previous fiscal year. Moving forward, Hard Rock Stadium’s profits are expected to rise by 2% each year for the next ten years and 2.5% annually thereafter.

Photo of Anaheim Ducks players warming up at the Honda Center. 

The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and the City of Anaheim have renewed their partnership for an additional 25 years. The new agreement will keep the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center through at least the 2048 NHL season; the original agreement was set to expire in 2023. After 2048, a total of 5 five-year extensions are also on the table for both parties.

Photo of the baseball diamond in an empty Rogers Centre. Home of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Toronto Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro has been under plenty of scrutiny from Blue Jays fans since taking over the reigns in 2015. The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t made the playoffs in three seasons and have fired several managers since Shapiro took over as team CEO. Earlier this week, Shapiro said that he anticipated Toronto Blue Jays’ home attendance to be down during the 2019 season. An omen to the kind of team the Toronto Blue Jays will field in 2019.

Photo of the William Hill Sports Lounge at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The New Jersey Devils have launched the William Hill Sports Lounge at the Prudential Center where fans will be able to bet on sports via the William Hill smartphone app. New Jersey recently became one of the few states in the U.S. to offer legalized sports betting; Nevada being the first. The New Jersey Devils are expected to generate more than $5M in sports betting related partnerships during the 2018-2019 NHL season alone.

Photo of the interior of Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons will no longer be accepting tickets from fans that have been printed at home. Both teams have introduced mobile ticketing at Little Caesars Arena to better protect fans from counterfeit and fraudulent tickets. All fans will now be required to use a mobile device to gain entry to Red Wings and Pistons home games.The mobile ticketing technology they’ll be using was created by Ticketmaster.

Photo of the interior of T-Mobile Park. Home of the Seattle Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners have signed a 25-year naming rights agreement with mobile telecommunications giant T-Mobile. The team’s home stadium will change its name from Safeco Field to T-Mobile Park effective January 1, 2019. According to Forbes, the new naming rights agreement will pay the Seattle Mariners $87.5M or $3.5M per season.

View of the interior of Paul Brown Stadium during a Cincinnati Bengals game.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been playing their home games at Paul Brown Stadium on Cincinnati’s riverfront since 2000. Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown and family have agreed to several provisions to the team’s original lease for Hamilton County-owned Paul Brown Stadium. The changes to the Bengals’ lease with Paul Brown Stadium will include the following.

Photo of the third baseline seats at Wrigley Field before a Chicago Cubs home game.

The Chicago Cubs announced last week that they will be renumbering every seat at Wrigley Field as part of the 1060 Project. For fans that have been to Wrigley Field for a game, you’ve noticed how unorthodox the seating arrangements are compared to other Major League Baseball stadiums. “Aisles” at Wrigley Field will now be called “sections”. For Chicago Cubs season ticket holders, the only thing that will change is the seat number on your ticket.

Photo of a Detroit Lions game at Ford Field from the end zone seats. 

You can’t always count on the Detroit Lions making the NFL playoffs. However, you can guarantee that every Thanksgiving Day, they’ll be playing on national television. The Detroit Lions have been playing a home game on Thanksgiving Day every season since 1934. How did this tradition begin?

Exterior photo of Oracle Arena. Home of the Golden State Warriors.

If you thought things in California couldn’t get any wackier, you were wrong. The Golden State Warriors have launched the “In The Building Pass” that will provide basketball fans with admission to every Warriors home game at Oracle Arena for $100 per month. The catch? The monthly pass does not provide fans with a seat inside the arena or access to a standing room only area. This sad attempt at generating additional revenue for Oracle Arena is modeled after Major League Baseball’s “Ballpark Pass” which provides baseball fans with a standing room only ticket for every home at a low monthly price.

Photo of the home run sculpture at Marlins Park.

When Marlins Park (home of the Miami Marlins) first opened in 2012, baseball fans were irked by the colorful home run sculpture in left center field. The colorful sculpture is nicknamed “Homer” and was designed by Red Grooms, a New York City artist. However, Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has been critical of the 73-foot prop since taking over the reigns of the Miami Marlins. The Miami Marlins front office have now collectively decided to move the sculpture to the exterior of Marlins Park.

View of Quicken Loans Arena before a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

Lebron James’ departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers was guaranteed to have an effect on the team’s ticket sales and attendance. It was inevitable. However, many basketball fans didn’t expect his departure to resort to the Cleveland Cavaliers offering upper level tickets for a mere $2. The story made national headlines after TMZ took a snapshot of the ticket listings for an upcoming game vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Flash Seats, a popular digital ticketing system.

Photo of the visiting team's bullpen at Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox.

Fenway Park is one of the most intimate ballparks in Major League Baseball. However, its intimacy was a little too much to bear for Rick Honeycutt, pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. When conversing with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci after Game 1 of the World Series, Honeycutt expressed his anger over the verbal abuse Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers received from Boston Red Sox fans. As Honeycutt put it, the verbal abuse was "brutal". Honeycutt also wonders why Major League Baseball allows fans to get so close to pitchers in the bullpen, period. Fans are only three feet from the visiting team’s bullpen at Fenway Park.

Photo of downtown Dallas, Texas.

Populous, the insanely successful architectural firm that specializes in the design of professional sports stadiums and arenas, have opened an office in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas office will employ 8 people. Populous is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and has opened regional offices in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The state of Texas has been on Populous’ radar for several years now with its low taxes and booming economy.