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Photo of the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

See how much money was spent on constructing your favorite Major League Ballpark. 

 

1. Yankee Stadium - $1.5 (B)

2. Citi Field - $900 (M)

3. Nationals Park - $611 (M)

4. Rogers Centre - $570 (M)

5. Marlins Park - $550 (M)

View of the court at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks.

See how much money was spent on constructing your favorite NBA arena. 

 

1. Barclays Center - $1+ (B)

2. Amway Center - $480 (M)

3. American Airlines Center - $420 (M)

4. Staples Center - $375 (M)

5. Air Canada Centre - $265 (M)

 Interior photo of Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

NFL Stadiums. They're the largest venues in professional sports though they're structures are all very similar in dimension and capacity. Here is a list of the 31 NFL stadiums and their construction costs. See how much it cost to build your favorite football team's home stadium.

 

1. Metlife Stadium - $1.6 (B)

2. AT&T Stadium - $1.3 (B)

3. Lucas Oil Stadium -$720 (M)

4. Soldier Field - $632 (M)

5. Lincoln Financial Field - $512 (M)

Photo of the downtown Toronto skyline.

Cities like Seattle, Quebec City, Hartford, Hamilton and Long Island have long been pursuing funding to build a new hockey arena. Surprisingly, the newest NHL arena could be erected in a city that already has a franchise. The Toronto suburb of Markham has just approved the construction of a $300M arena which may or may not lure an NHL franchise in the future.

NFL Ticket Exchange Logo

Photo Source: NFL.com 

Few NFL fans are probably aware that the NFL Ticket Exchange is a formed partnership between the NFL and ticket giant Ticketmaster. Since it's founding in 2008, the partnership's profits have multiplied extensively. So much that the NHL ticket exchange has also been launched.

Atlanta Braves fan with his dogs at Turner Field.

Photo Source: Uptown Buckhead

Once upon a time, the only canine that could be found at a baseball stadium was Schottsie at Riverfront Stadium. Schottsie was the lovable Saint Bernard, owned by Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. And back then, that was a pretty odd sight. No wait a minute, a goat at Wrigley Field...now that's an even odder sight.

Photo of the Metrodome roof collapsing.

Photo Source: AcidCow

With the Minnesota State Legislative session nearing it's end, the Minnesota Vikings are homeless and in dire need of a new NFL stadium. Upon the expiration of the franchise's lease with the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome last season, the Vikings are expected to share TCF Bank Stadium with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers until a new stadium is constructed. 

Stubhub Logo

Photo Source: Stubhub

When browsing various forums and online help services, it became obvious to me that not every sports fan is hip to the online ticket resource StubHub. I say resource only because Stubhub is not a ticket broker. Founded in 2000 by two former Stanford MBAs, Stubhub is essentially the middle man marketplace between the ticket seller and the ticket buyer. 

View of Great American Ball Park from behind home plate.  

Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty once stated that to be successful in baseball, a team must have a core group of players and then you add to the mix free agents and minor league prospects. Within the past two weeks, the former St. Louis Cardinals GM is making it obvious just who the Reds consider their core. After outfielder Jay Bruce's contract was extended thru 2016 last year, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will now both likely play in Cincinnati for the rest of their careers. 

Photo of SODO in Seattle, Washington.

When hedge fund guru and Seattle native Chris Hansen expressed his plans to bring two additional sports franchises to Seattle, the city was filled with excitement. Hansen's group of investors would foot most of the bill for the construction of a new multi-use arena while the city would contribute it's share.

Photo of the playing field at New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

It's been six short years since Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly made one of the boldest moves in NFL draft history. Reggie Bush, Matt Leinhart and Vince Young were can't miss prospects and former college football royalty. Instead, the Texans opted for the physically gifted Mario Williams out of North Carolina State University.

 Quebec Nordique fans in Quebec City.

It's been 17 long years since professional hockey was played in Colisse de Quebec; former home of the Quebec Nordiques. When attendances dwindled and the Canadian dollar began to weaken, the franchise fell upon hard times because the players' salaries were paid in American dollars. Almost two decades later, it looks as if the city has a legitimate shot at reclaiming their former franchise via an expansion or relocation. A relocation would be much cheaper for all parties involved.

View of the playing field at Metlife Stadium, home of the New York Jets.

The NFL's most talked about player will begin play in the league's largest stadium this fall. What Tim Tebow brings to the New York Jets isn't exactly out of this world talent, but instead, a fan base that's going to be intrigued by his name on the roster. As of 2012, there is currently a waiting list to become a New York Jets season ticket holder which means that there are more than 80,000 season ticket holders for Jets games. 

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies

Photo Source: Talk Sports Philly

With more than $100 million already committed to 8 Phillies players in 2013, it will be very unlikely that the Philadelphia Phillies will be able to extend the 2008 World Series MVP. At the age of 29, it is imperative for him to get every dime he can get out of the ball club. It's not that the Phillies don't want to keep Cole Hamels in a Phillies uniform. This is a numbers game and both Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay are inked in for more than $20 million next season.

Photo of the ice at PNC Arena from the upper level. Home of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Like American Airlines, AT&T and Target, PNC Financial now possesses the naming rights to two professional sports venues stadiums. They include PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Arena in Raleigh, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. After spending ten seasons branded as the RBC Center (Royal Bank of Canada), the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes will be playing in freshly named PNC Arena.

Hershey Park Arena

Unlike many historical stadiums and arenas, HersheyPark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania has been standing vacant for ten years and has yet to meet it's destruction. It is perhaps known more for Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game than the home of the Amateur Hockey League's Hershey Bears for 66 years. And Hershey, Pennsylvania is perhaps known more for it's chocolate factory than it's hockey team. We're pretty sure Hershey residents prefer to have it it that way anyway.

Photo of downtown Saskatoon skyline.

The NHL finally made it's way back to Winnipeg, Manitoba this past season when they inherited the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jets have sold out every single game at their home arena; the MTS Centre.  When will the NHL get smart and discontinue the trend of trying to expand the game into U.S. markets? Well, the case of the Winnipeg Jets may help put an end to U.S. expansions or at least expansions in the southern United States. Attendances for Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes games have been atrocious. 

Exterior photo of Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Our staff's trip to Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, was our first trip to an NHL game. Though a small market franchise and city, neither disappointed by any means. The Blue Jackets were victorious 3-1 over the Los Angeles Kings. As a kid and young adult, I had only attended minor league hockey games to see teams such as the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Knoxville Ice Bears and the old Kentucky Thoroughblades. That's really where my love for the game grew. The play and atmosphere that can be found in hockey arenas is way different than that of Major League Baseball, the NBA and NFL. 

Photo of SODO Seattle at sunrise. 

It's been 88 long years since Seattle was home to an NHL team; the old Seattle Metropolitans. The Metropolitans were the 1917 Stanley Cup Champions. It's also been 4 short years since Seattle was home to an NBA team; the old Seattle Supersonics relocated to Oklahoma City. A group of investors in Seattle are trying to come together to fund a new venue that would bring two professional franchises back to the city.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers signing autographs.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers just became the first Major League Baseball player to win an appeal against the league after being suspended. Congratulations to you, sir. Many of you are still not convinced that he is innocent and why shouldn't you be? When we see buff players like Frank Thomas, Ryan Howard and Jim Thome, we automatically assume that they have taken performance enhancing drugs to get to their size and hit all of those home runs. Not always the case.

  Fan Cost Index chart.

Photo Source: CNN.com

The fan cost index (FCI) is a sports statistic that has been around for several years now. Very few sports fans will be able to tell you what the fan cost index entails and how it affects the average sports fan. But don't you worry because our staff is going to break the term down to make it easy to understand.