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Photo of downtown Buffalo, New York and Lake Erie. 

Image Credit: Ken Lund (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mark C. Poloncarz, county executive of Erie County, New York, made headlines this week when he revealed that a new Buffalo Bills stadium would cost more than $1B to build. He went on to add that Erie County could not afford to build a new stadium for the team. Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula have also previously stated that they are currently content on the Bills playing their home games at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium). In the past, there has been speculation that the city would be building a new stadium on the waterfront or as part of a new convention center complex. Those proposals have failed to come to fruition. 

Exterior photo of the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Home of the Orlando Magic.

Image Credit: Ray Villalobos

Construction on the long-awaited mixed-use development outside of the Amway Center (home of the Orlando Magic) will begin in 2019. The new development has been more than a decade in the making and will sit within a plot of land surrounded by Church Street, Division, Central, and Hughey Avenues. With the recent addition of Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando City soccer team, the development will go a long way towards revitalizing downtown Orlando and the Parramore neighborhood.

Photo of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox.

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Fenway Sports Group, the ownership group of the Boston Red Sox, have announced that they are planning to build a theater behind Fenway Park. The group’s primary goal is to make Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, and the surrounding Fenway neighborhood a destination for tourists year around. The theater is expected to have a capacity of 5,000 and would be located on the corner of Ipswich and Lansdowne.

Exterior photo of Raymond James Stadium. Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently unveiled “Bucs Beach” outside of Raymond James Stadium; a pregame party area for fans. The new addition follows several new upgrades and renovations at Raymond James Stadium. The franchise’s overall goal is to provide a better experience for fans on gameday. Raymond James Stadium also had an inherent need for new upgrades for fans after the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins renovated their home stadiums.

Photo of Kansas City Chiefs fans tailgating outside of Arrowhead Stadium.

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Arrowhead Stadium has long been known as one of the best NFL stadiums for tailgating. Several weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they would be making a major change to their tailgating policy. Beginning immediately, football fans will be required to either enter Arrowhead Stadium or leave the stadium grounds after kickoff. This change has angered Kansas City Chiefs fans, however, the Chiefs organization is trying to avoid liability issues after a 2013 incident in which a fan died after a fight in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.

Exterior photo of FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Home of the Cleveland Browns. 

Image Credit: Sarah/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

On a memorable night that ended in quarterback Baker Mayfield leading the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets in primetime, another national story took place in the stands of FirstEnergy Stadium. A Cleveland Browns fan captured a lost possum in the stands, placed it in a box, and released it outside of the stadium.

Photo of the great hall concourse at Yankee Stadium. Home of the New York Yankees.

Image Credit: JC_NYC (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

The New York Yankees have announced that they will be partnering with City Winery to bring a permanent wine bar to Yankee Stadium. The wine bar will be called “City Winery Wine Bar” and will be located outside of section 106 on the lower level of Yankee Stadium. Together, the two will partner to create New York Yankees themed wines. The wine bar will also offer other red and white varietals, Moet & Chandon Champagne, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

Photo of the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena. 

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The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that they will be honoring the Hartford Whalers by wearing the defunct team’s old green uniforms for two games vs. the Boston Bruins.Those games will take place on December 23, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh and on March 5, 2019 at the TD Garden in Boston. The Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997 after struggling with financial and attendance woes in Hartford, Connecticut. The Hurricanes will be donning the green jerseys the Whalers wore between the 1985 and 1991 NHL seasons. The Boston Bruins were the Hartford Whalers’ primary rival during the franchise’s tenure in Connecticut.

Heinz Field Seating Chart, Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Where To Sit At Heinz Field

Heinz Field may not even be the best sports stadium in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood. (Read our official review of PNC Park). It may not be a historic as the old Three Rivers Stadium which sat on the same property. However, come Sunday, it’s one of the most happening stadiums in the National Football League and is home to the league’s most successful and historic franchise; the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chase Field Seating Chart, Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Where To Sit At Chase Field

Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark, is not a baseball stadium that gets a ton of press compared to ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park. However, at the time of it’s opening in 1998, Chase Field was one of the more groundbreaking stadiums in Major League Baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks were an expansion franchise at the time and the retractable roof was built to protect fans from the violent Arizona heat during the summers.

Miller Park Seating Chart, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Where To Sit At Miller Park

Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, was one of Major League Baseball’s first stadiums with a retractable roof. The roof is necessary due to Milwaukee’s colder temperatures compared to the rest of the league. Miller Park also offers an exciting tailgating scene which is rare for Major League Baseball stadiums due to it's location several miles from downtown Milwaukee.

T-Mobile Park Seating Chart. Home of the Seattle Mariners. 

Where To Sit At T-Mobile Park

T-Mobile Park is a Major League Baseball stadium that often flies under the radar in terms of press and popularity. The Seattle Mariners haven't made the MLB playoffs since 2001. Therefore, the Mariners fan base though devout, are often very quiet during games. T-Mobile Park was one of the first ballparks with a retractable roof which is a necessity given Seattle’s unpredictable cycles of rain. It has one of the best and most eclectic food offerings in Major League Baseball as well as the league’s largest scoreboard (Mariners Vision). T-Mobile Park’s construction in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, formerly an industrial area, has led to rapid growth in the area. Centurylink Field, home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, is located next door to T-Mobile Park.

Tropicana Field Seating Chart. Home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Where To Sit At Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field is one of the smallest ballparks in Major League Baseball. It is also widely considered to be the worst ballpark in Major League Baseball. For starters, the stadium is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and sits a good 30-40 minutes from Tampa Bay, Florida. Tropicana Field is also a domed stadium without a retractable roof meaning baseball fans are unable to enjoy the beautiful Tampa weather during the summer months. Tropicana Field also has catwalks on the interior near the ceiling that often interfere with home runs during games. If you’ve seen Tampa Bay Rays games on television, you’ve likely noticed how discolored the turf on the field looks as well. And to top things off, Rays home games are often boring because the fan base only gets behind the team during the playoffs.

Photo of Baltimore Ravens fans entering M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.

Image Credit: Austin Kirk (CC BY 2.0)

The Baltimore Ravens recently announced that they would be switching to a digital ticketing system at M&T Bank Stadium. The new system will require fans to download the Ravens Mobile App. This change will undoubtedly become a nuisance for many Baltimore Ravens fans, especially those that are older and aren’t as familiar with digital technology. However, the Baltimore Ravens have dealt with many cases of ticketing fraud in seasons past and were ready to make a change that will hopefully lead to fewer headaches for everyone.

AT&T Park Seating Chart, San Francisco Giants.

Where To Sit At Oracle Park

Oracle Park, formerly AT&T Park, and Pacific Bell Park, is often regarded as one of the best and most beautiful ballparks in Major League Baseball, especially when compared to Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics) across the Bay. Oracle Park provides an excellent view of McCovey Cove and the Pacific Ocean, Alcatraz Island in the distance and has close proximity to the popular Fisherman’s Wharf. Aside from the views of the Pacific Ocean, what really sets Oracle Park apart from other Major League ballparks is it’s plethora of premium seating options. That’s expected considering the vast corporate presence in the Bay Area and nearby Silicon Valley.

Photo taken from the upper level of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings home game.

Image Credit: Amy Merideth (CC BY-ND 2.0)

U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, will host the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Due to the vast amount of natural sunlight that seeps into the venue, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is spending $5.2M on blackout curtains and darkening solution. The blackout curtains will limit the glare on the basketball court during day games. In all, more than 500,000 square feet of windows will need to be covered.

Photo of dogs playing at the Pet Paradise Dog Park at TIAA Bank Field.

Image Credit: Pet Paradise/Facebook

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be the first team in the National Football League to build a dog park into it’s home stadium at TIAA Bank Field. The organization’s primary goal is to help the Jacksonville Humane Society raise money to provide services to needy animals in the North Florida area. The dog park will be named Pet Paradise Park and will be found in the south end zone of TIAA Bank Field.

Exterior photo of Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Image Credit: Katie - Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Atlanta Hawks will be rolling out fan-friendly concession prices at Philips Arena during the 2018-2019 NBA season. The move will follow a multi-phase renovation of Philips Arena and a successful experiment in the reduction of concession prices at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons). The concession items will be set up as a value menu; Philips Arena will still offer premium concession items as well.

PNC Park Seating Chart, Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Where To Sit At PNC Park

PNC Park is widely considered to be both the best and most beautiful ballpark in Major League Baseball. Our staff certainly thinks so. Read our official review of PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates incorporated so much into this ballpark from the view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, the stadium’s location on the Allegheny River, the Roberto Clemente pedestrian bridge in the distance, the escalator in the rotunda, the bronze statues of former players, the Riverwalk behind the outfield, the local concession offerings with favorites such as Manny’s BBQ and Primanti Brothers. PNC Park has it all.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Seating Chart, Baltimore Orioles.

Where To Sit At Oriole Park At Camden Yards

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is widely considered to be one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball. In fact, Camden Yards set the tone for the way Major League ballparks would be designed following the cookie-cutter stadium era of the 1970s and 1980s. Other groundbreaking ballparks built around the same time as Oriole Park at Camden Yards include Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) and Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians).

Rogers Centre Seating Chart, Toronto Blue Jays.

Where To Sit At The Rogers Centre

The Rogers Centre was the first stadium in Major League Baseball to have a retractable roof which was necessary due to Canada’s cold temperatures when the baseball season begins in April. Many baseball fans consider the Rogers Centre to be an outdated baseball stadium compared to the other 29 stadiums and they wouldn’t be wrong. The concourses are bland, the stadium doesn’t have an extensive amount of premium seating for fans, there are no escalators that service the upper level, no mixed-use developments outside of the Rogers Centre and the seats themselves are dated.