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Here our editors will bring you plenty of news coverage on tickets, ballparks, stadiums and arenas as they pertain to the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA.  If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to the articles, feel free to 'Contact Us' via the navigation bar.

Interior photo of a suite at NRG Stadium. Home of the Houston Texans.

Watching an NFL game from a suite was something only the 1% and their friends could do a decade ago. Today, with an emerging suite rental market, it’s become much easier for NFL teams to charge more for suites while also having the flexibility to rent them out on an individual game basis when left vacant. One such company is Suite Experience Group (SEG) who are a leader in suite rentals and cater to normal fans like you and I. 

Photo of Laurence "Marlins Man" Leavy being interviewed.

Laurence Leavy, a Miami Marlins season ticket holder since 1993, is not renewing his season tickets in 2018. Leavy, also known as “Marlins Man”, is the most famous Miami Marlins fan in the United States and possibly the most famous baseball fan in Major League Baseball. Last week, Leavy wrote a check for four Miami Marlins season tickets in the amount of $200,000. The check was to cover season tickets for the next three seasons and to his surprise, the Miami Marlins rejected the offer.

Photo of a San Jose Sharks morning skate at the SAP Center.

Teams in the National Hockey League are having fewer and fewer morning skates these days. In fact, coaches often want their players to stay as fresh as possible during the long and strenuous NHL season. As a result, NHL practices have become very fluid and are sometimes scheduled or cancelled at the last minute. Many NHL franchises are often kind enough to let fans seek autographs and watch practices for free at the team's practice facility. Here is a list of each NHL's team practice facility and morning skate location. Please keep in mind that morning skates often also take place at the team's main arena so it's important to check your favorite team's practice schedule ahead of time. Visiting teams will also practice at these facilities from time to time as well.

Photo of the lone red seat at Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced they would be dedicating a seat to former player Kirk Gibson at Dodger Stadium. The Kirk Gibson seat denotes the landing spot of the game winning home run ball hit by Gibson during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The Boston Red Sox have a similar landing spot marked at Fenway Park which is likely where the Los Angeles Dodgers got the idea from. The lone red seat, located in Fenway Park's right field bleachers, marks the longest home run in the stadium's history.

Photo of the seats at Bridgestone Arena during a Nashville Predators game.

The Nashville Predators organization have come a long way since first struggling with home attendance during the early 2000’s. For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators’ entire supply of available season tickets are now owned by a season ticket holder. As a result, the team has created a season ticket waitlist called Smashville Select.

Photo of the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

SSLs (stadium seat licenses) for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers are now on sale beginning last week. The new Los Angeles stadium will not open until 2020 but is currently accepting season ticket deposits which will require the purchase of the SSL. Current season ticket holders for the Rams and Chargers will get a first peek at the seating options via renderings at the LA Stadium Premiere Center in Inglewood.

Exterior photo of the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers.

Comcast Spectacor will be contributing $250 million towards the renovation of the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). The arena is now 22 years old and renovating the venue made much more sense than building a new arena for the two teams. An estimate for a new arena exceeded $700 million. Any fan that has visited other NHL and NBA arenas know that there is currently nothing that separates the Wells Fargo Center from the rest of the pack.

Photo of a Vancouver Canucks game at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver Canucks fans like to throw salmon onto the ice at Rogers Arena. How did this tradition begin? What is significant about salmon in relation to the Vancouver Canucks?

Photo of an Edmonton Oilers game at Rogers Place.

The National Hockey League has all kinds of quirky traditions. Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the signing of the national anthem. Hockey fans throw their hats onto the ice after a player scores three goals in one game. Detroit Red Wings fans throw octopuses onto the ice. NHL players grow unsightly beards during the playoffs and refuse to touch the Wales and Clarence S. Campbell trophies. But why do Edmonton Oilers fans throw Alberta beef onto the ice during games?

Exterior photo of U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Sports Business Daily Journal recently announced their nominees for their 2017 “Sports Facility of the Year Award”. Nominees include U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings), Target Center (Minnesota Timberwolves), SunTrust Park (Atlanta Braves), T-Mobile Arena (Vegas Golden Knights), Little Caesars Arena (Detroit Pistons and Red Wings) and Notre Dame Stadium. 

Photo of Oakland Coliseum from behind home plate. Home of the Oakland Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics are announcing a goodwill effort for the 2018 season called “Community Impact Wednesdays”. The organization will give baseball fans the opportunity to name their price for tickets in section 322 on the upper level of Oakland Coliseum. Bids must be greater than $1 per ticket and all proceeds will be donated to the Oakland A’s community fund. The promotion will run every Wednesday for the entire duration of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

Exterior photo of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The first indoor hockey game was played in 1875 in Montreal, Quebec. Fast forward more than 100 years later and the National Hockey League has expanded to 31 teams in North America and could possibly add more in the near future. We wanted to compile a list of the largest NHL hockey arenas in Canada. Our list begins with the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photo of the entry gates at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

After finishing the 2017 season near the bottom of Major League Baseball’s attendance standings, the Baltimore Orioles are making a family-friendly offer to fans this season. The promotion is called “Kids Cheer Free” and will run the entire 2018 season. For every upper level ticket sold, an adult will be given two free tickets if they’re accompanied by children under the age of 9.

Photo of a table full of donuts and pastries.

In case you haven’t noticed, the people in Seattle, Washington are a little…different. And the Seattle Mariners organization appears to be just as eccentric. Last week, the team announced they will be adding a donut bar to Safeco Field in 2018. This comes one year after hosting “Yoga Day” at the ballpark as well as debuting toasted grasshoppers as a food offering.

Photo of the Kirk Gibson seat at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be dedicating a bleacher seat to former Dodger Kirk Gibson in the right field pavilion of Dodger Stadium. The seat will commemorate the landing spot of Gibson’s game-winning home run during game 1 of the 1988 World Series vs. the Oakland Athletics. The seat will be sold as two tickets for $150 each for the entire season and will include all-inclusive food as well as two t-shirts. More than 60% of the proceeds from the Kirk Gibson seats will be donated to the Kirk Gibson Foundation which raises awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.

Photo of Petco Park from behind home plate; home of the San Diego Padres.

Just a few weeks ago, all 30 Major League Baseball teams announced that they would be extending the protective netting at their home stadiums to better protect spectators. The move comes after a young girl was violently struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium last summer. The San Diego Padres recently released the details pertaining to expanding the protective netting at Petco Park.

Photo of Jack Nicholson courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game. 

Jack Nicholson has been a Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holder since the 1970’s. The talented actor always sits courtside at the Staples Center and is one of the most recognizable celebrities at Lakers games in addition to David Beckham, James Goldstein and Rihanna. However, on Sunday night when the Lakers were hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nicholson was asked to show his ticket to the courtside usher.

View of the outfield wall at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim is one of the oldest stadiums in Major League Baseball. However, age doesn’t make the venue immune to updates and changes. The Los Angeles Angels have announced that they will be lowering the height of the home run boundary in right field from 18 feet to 8 feet.

View of Oakland Coliseum from the left field bleachers.

The Oakland Athletics have been playing at Oakland Coliseum since 1968 and have spent the last several years lobbying for the construction of a new stadium. Out of left field (no pun intended), the team will be adding a 10,000 square foot party area where the left field bleachers used to be. The area will be called “The Treehouse” and will consist of an indoor bar, a bar and lounge on an outdoor terrace as well as a patio deck.

Photo of downtown Calgary skyline. 

Talks between the Calgary Flames organization and the city of Calgary about the construction of a new arena in downtown Calgary have officially stalled. The talks have actually been stalled for several months now, at least according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The proposed arena would be built in the Victoria Park section of downtown Calgary which sits just north of the Scotiabank Saddledome. Neither the team nor the city was able to agree on how the project would be funded which is common for most new stadium talks. Over the last two years, many cities across North America have begun to put up resistance when sports teams ask for public dollars to build new stadiums.

Photo of downtown Seattle, Washington.

The Oak View Group, the investment group desperately trying to secure an NHL franchise for the city of Seattle, received an enormous response for their season ticket drive earlier this week. Seattle area residents were asked to put down a $500 or $1000 deposit for season tickets to gauge the city’s interest in an NHL expansion team. Not only did the Oak View Group secure more than 25,000 season ticket deposits in an hour, the deposit drive also caused Ticketmaster’s computer systems to crash.