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Vietnam Veterans Ceremony - Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox

In memory of the 50th anniversary of America's Vietnam War, the Boston Red Sox honored more than 1,300 Vietnam Veterans and their families at Fenway Park yesterday. A small on field ceremony was held before the team’s matinee matchup with the New York Yankees; a game the concluded after 16 innings of play. The ceremony included a flyover of four F-15 Jets from a local Air National Guard Base.

The Bradley Center, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks organization have officially signed a one year lease with the BMO Harris Bradley Center; the team’s final lease with the venue.The Milwaukee Bucks will begin playing at their new $524 million dollar arena beginning in the fall of 2018. Until then, the Bucks will play one final season at the Bradley Center; their home arena since 1988. 

Downtown Montreal, Quebec

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recently confirmed that league officials were monitoring the NFL and NHL’s successes in Las Vegas, Nevada very closely. Earlier this week, Manfred was once again asked whether Major League Baseball would be expanding and adding additional teams in the near future. Manfred confirmed that the league would like to expand but it’s not in their immediate plans. He went on to add that Montreal, Mexico City and Charlotte are the most attractive candidates for an MLB team at the moment. However, before the league could expand, both the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays would need to get new home ballparks built.

Little Caesar's Arena, Future Home of the Detroit Pistons

The NBA’s Detroit Pistons are set to move from Auburn Hills, Michigan to downtown Detroit this fall. The Pistons will share the newly constructed Little Caesar’s Arena with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. However, local activists D. Etta Wilcoxon and Robert Davis attempted to block the funding for the arena’s construction because property tax revenue is being used to fund it.

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Home of the Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers and City of Arlington have agreed on a funding and closing agreement for the team’s future ballpark. The 40,000 seat ballpark is expected to open in 2020 after the opening of an adjacent mixed-use development called “Texas Live!”. The development will feature retail, bars, restaurants and hotels; similar to Ballpark Village at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The agreement outlines the important steps that need to be taken in order for the new stadium to be funded and constructed.

Outfield bleachers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Cubs organization are continuing to modernize Wrigley Field with the addition of three new premium seating areas that will debut in time for the 2019 Major League Baseball season. The three new seating areas will all be private clubs; the Maker’s Mark Barrel Room, the W Club and the Catalina Club. The opening of the American Airlines 1914 Club (located behind home plate) had already been announced and that area will open at the beginning of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. The Chicago Cubs are actively pitching the three new seating areas to current Chicago Cubs season ticket holders.

M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Baltimore Ravens

In an effort to keep M&T Bank Stadium modernized and up to date with the rest of the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens will be implementing a $144 million renovation project over the next three seasons. The upcoming upgrades will include two new jumbotrons in each end zone that measure 200 X 36 feet. The new jumbotrons will be twice the size of the current jumbotrons.

Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium 

Michael Lewis of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia recently conducted a study to determine the best fans in the National Football League. How would someone be able to measure that? Lewis used three different metrics that he termed as social equity, fan equity and road equity.

Washington Redskins fans at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland

The Washington Redskins play in one of the largest markets in the National Football League and therefore, get plenty of media attention. If you spend any time on social media during football season, you’ve likely seen the hashtag “HTTR” in reference to the Washington Redskins. But what does it mean?

Chicago Bears fans

The term “Bear Down” can be heard all throughout the day at Soldier Field during Chicago Bears home games. If you’re active on social media during football season, you’ll also see the term frequently hash-tagged by Chicago Bears fans. But what does "Bear Down" really mean?

Busch Stadium, Home of the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals recently faced backlash for announcing that they will be hosting a “Christian Day” on Sunday, July 30th when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. The event will feature former St. Louis Cardinal Lance Berkman as a post-game speaker, who has been vocal about his displeasure with the transgender bathroom issue.

Pete Rose statue at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds 

The Cincinnati Reds paid tribute to their most prolific player in team history on June 17th, 2017 when they unveiled a statue of Pete Rose outside of Great American Ballpark. The statue was designed by Tom Tsuchiya, an artist in the Cincinnati area. The statue depicts Rose sliding head first into a base and symbolizes the aggressiveness and hustle he displayed as a baseball player.

Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets

Thanks to Rafael L. Espinal Jr., a city council member in New York City, the New York Mets will be adding three times the amount of protective netting at Citi Field. The change comes via a bill Espinal introduced to improve fan safety at Citi Field that will protect baseball fans from foul balls and other debris like broken bats. Espinal is calling on the New York Yankees to take the same protective measures by adding more protecting netting at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. 

David Ortiz Drive outside of Fenway Park

For 14 seasons, David Ortiz dominated the diamond as a designated hitter and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox. Tomorrow, the organization will retire Ortiz’s number 34 during a game vs. the Anaheim Angels. Earlier today, the city renamed the Yawkey Way Extension outside of Fenway Park “David Ortiz Drive”. The Boston Bridge along Brookline Avenue is already named after Ortiz who played a total of 20 seasons in Major League Baseball and retired following the 2016 season.

 Flying the W Flag at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

Major League Baseball fans are well aware of the long history that accompanies both the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Notable figures include the Wrigleyville Rooftops, Steve Bartman, Ronnie Woo Woo, the curse of the Billy Goat and the black cat from the 1969 World Series. One tradition that rarely gets mentioned is the flying of the “W flag” at Wrigley Field. Who came up with the idea? How did the tradition begin?

Exterior view of Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets 

Our staff was excited to finally visit Citi Field when we visited on June 13th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Chicago Cubs. “The New York Yankees are the better team but Citi Field is a better ballpark”. We had heard those same words from local New Yorkers over and over again during our trip to New York City and have come to the conclusion that they were correct (read our Yankee Stadium review). Citi Field is located many miles from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and in working class Flushing Queens, New York. However, it is a gem of a ballpark with a much more raucous fan base than that of the New York Yankees.

Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins 

The Minnesota Twins will be honoring legendary musician and Minnesota native Prince tonight at Target Field. The Twins will be hosting the Cleveland Indians for the weekend series. The first 10,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a limited edition “Purple Rain” umbrella. Minnesota Twins players will also wear Prince t-shirts during batting practice which will be later auctioned off for charity.

Yankee Stadium, Home of the New York Yankees

Our staff was fortunate enough to visit new Yankee Stadium for the first time on June 11th, 2017 for a home game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Let me reiterate how disappointed we will always be that we were never able to visit old Yankee Stadium before it’s doors were closed in 2008. In fact, we’re now convinced that old Yankee Stadium should have been preserved just like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Old Yankee Stadium had been home to the team since 1923; a completely different era of baseball.

SafeCo Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners's home ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since the stadium first opened in 1999. SafeCo Insurance, which is headquartered in Seattle, signed a 20-year naming rights deal in 1998 that will expire following the 2018 Major League Baseball season. SafeCo Insurance has decided not to extend the current naming rights deal and the ballpark will operate a new name at the beginning of the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

KeyArena, Former Home of the Seattle Supersonics

Seattle, Washington has been without an NBA team ever since 2008 when the Seattle Supersonics were relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Since then, hedge fund entrepreneur Chris Hansen has been trying to privately finance a brand new arena to be built on a plot of land he owns in Seattle’s SODO district. The SODO District was a formerly an industrial area of the city and is now home to both SafeCo Field (Seattle Mariners) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks).

New Era Field, Home of the Buffalo Bills 

Just three years ago, the Buffalo Bills organization renovated New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium; a $130 million project. The team’s lease with the stadium will expire in 2023 and it is already the fourth oldest stadium in the NFL behind Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers) and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles Rams). Talks for a new stadium have been sporadic but will likely pick up speed over the next two years.