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Teslim Balogun Stadium to Host 2014 Fed Cup Final

By Alonge Akinlolu - Oct 24, 2014 7:56 PM EDT

The Teslim Balogun Stadium (TBS), which sit adjacent to the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos will host the 2014 Federation Cup final, formerly known as FA Cup.

The 24,325 capacity stadium has hosted the Federation Cup final since 2011 and will still welcome Premier League clubs, Enyimba FC of Aba and Dolphins FC of Porthacourt on the 23rd of November 2014.

FEATURED STADIUM  Gila River Arena

New Review: Arizona Coyotes

4.4
4.1

Oct 24, 2014

There's been a name change to the team and to the arena in Glendale. Review of Gila River Arena by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

Interview with Ultimate Football Road Trip Author Sean MacDonald

By Jon Hart - Oct 24, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

Sean MacDonald had one heck of an itch. He had an itch for football, and he had an itch to hit the road. He scratched that itch - and then some. During the 2013 season, he saw a game in each of the NFL's thirty two stadiums, including the Super Bowl. He writes about his experiences in the Ultimate Football Road Trip, which is part travel diary and part guidebook. Sean took a time out to discuss his epic journey.

FEATURED STADIUM  TCF Bank Stadium

New Review: Minnesota Football

4.0
4.3

Oct 24, 2014

An updated look at the home of Golden Gophers football, where they are experiencing a revival in 2014. Review by Regional Correspondent Marcus Traxler.

A Witness to History: Seeing Peyton Manning Break Brett Favre's TD Pass Record

By Scott Bultman - Oct 23, 2014 7:38 PM EDT

What prompts people to go to sports games? Some go to see their favorite team play. Some see it as a chance to hang out with friends and family. Some go to see a favorite player. Some go to see a team they haven't seen before. For me, it is all about the numbers. Number of venues seen, games seen, players seen, and oh yeah... the game as well. The October 19th San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos game had been circled as a game of interest before the season started. The game included two teams that played in their respective conference title games last season. This game was also a nationally televised Sunday Night Football game which meant national attention on this game.

FEATURED STADIUM  J. Richard Awalt Field

New Review: Loyola (MD) Soccer

3.1
N/A

Oct 23, 2014

If you're looking for a nice facility in which to take in a Division I soccer match, your travels should take you to Baltimore. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

2014 MLB Ballpark Experience Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Oct 23, 2014 10:02 AM EDT

Which is the best ballpark in Major League Baseball? We've reevaluated every single ballpark in MLB during the 2014 season and come up with our rankings of the best overall fan experience. Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards tops our list for the first time since 2010, and there's no doubt that the Orioles strong season contributed to a better overall experience.

We rate each stadium using our FANFARE scale which includes the food and beverage in the ballpark, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium is located, the fans, the access (which includes parking, traffic, restrooms, and handicap accessibility), the overall return on investment, and any special or unique features. We utilize the ratings of our readers and members as the primary tiebreaker, and encourage you to share your ratings of any of the ballparks.

Thanks for reading, and without further ado, here are the updated 2014 MLB ballpark rankings:

FEATURED STADIUM  Gary Moore Stadium

New Review: Issaquah Eagles

3.3
N/A

Oct 23, 2014

Friday night is football night in Issaquah, WA. First review by new correspondent Josh Eastern.

Nigeria Super Eagles To Open Akwa Ibom Stadium on November 6

By Alonge Akinlolu - Oct 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT

Nigeria's Super Eagles, made up entirely of domestic league players, will play a friendly game in Uyo, Akwa Ibom to formally open the new Akwa Ibom Stadium on November 6, 2014. Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation disclosed in Abuja that the friendly encounter, which is to be bankrolled by the Akwa Ibom State Government, will see the Super Eagles play a North African team that will be confirmed this week. Head Coach Amodu Shaibu is already planning to use the opportunity of this international friendly to begin preparations for Nigeria's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaigns in November.

FEATURED STADIUM  Daejeon Hanbat Baseball Stadium

New Review: Hanwha Eagles

3.9
2.6

Oct 22, 2014

The Hanwha Eagles of the KBO have updated their stadium. Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards has this updated review.

Can Boston Land the 2024 Olympics?

By Paul Baker - Oct 22, 2014 2:10 PM EDT

The city of Boston is interested in bringing the 2024 summer Olympics to Massachusetts, and the first budget estimate was revealed last Friday to members of the Massachusetts legislature, along with some initial pieces of the plans for the Summer Games. Dan O'Connell, president of the Boston 2024 Partnership, met with local lawmakers for the first time to present some initial proposals for Boston's bid. O'Connell stressed that these plans are very fluid, as all planning is in the very early stages, and Boston has yet to even be selected by the United States Olympic committee as the U.S. representative. Other cities rumored to be interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Games are Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

2016 UEFA Champions League Final to be Held in Milan

By Stefano Romagnoli - Oct 22, 2014 8:07 AM EDT

The stadium Giuseppe Meazza in Milan will host the final for the 2016 UEFA Champions League. This will be the fourth time that the most prestigious European cup will have been decided at San Siro, where AC Milan and Inter Milan play their home matches.

FEATURED STADIUM  Progressive Field

New Review: Cleveland Indians

4.4
4.0

Oct 22, 2014

During the 2014 season, the writers at Stadium Journey visited and re-reviewed each Major League ballpark. Here is our final review of the season from MLB, Progressive Field. Review by Northern Ohio Regional Correspondent Samuel Watkins.

Korea Baseball Organization Ballpark News

By Kirsten Richards - Oct 21, 2014 9:17 PM EDT

South Korea Regional Correspondent shares some recent news from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) including the new KBO expansion team now has a name for the stadium they will call home next season, analysis of the KBO attendance from the 2014 season, and the launch of the KBO SAFE campaign.

FEATURED STADIUM  University Stadium

New Review: West Georgia Football

3.1
N/A

Oct 21, 2014

Even though much of the attention is focused on FBS football, there's a lot of great action at the D3 level. Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown takes us to one of the newest -- and finest -- facilities in that classification.

Rays Hopeful About New Stadium

By Tyler Stern - Oct 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

After 16 years at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays are finally looking to start plans for a new stadium. Brian Auld, the new president of the Tampa Bay Rays, spoke about the possibility of a new stadium during his tenure. Auld stated that he was optimistic and looks forward to seeing what the future brings.

Changing Face of Domestic One Day Cricket in Australia

By Lloyd Rothwell - Oct 21, 2014 7:56 AM EDT

Cricket has changed a lot in recent years. The rise of Twenty20 cricket is irrefutable. Inevitability, something has had to give. In this case, 50 over cricket is suffering, both at an international level and domestically.

A domestic one day competition first began in Australia in 1969-70 in a knock-out format. Since then the competition has evolved to a round-robin format with the top teams qualifying for a finals series. A succession of naming rights sponsors has ensued, however the competition itself has remained a constant over the years. Experimental rules have often been introduced at this level, along with sponsor gimmicks such as a cash bonus awarded for batsman who hit signs strategically placed around the fence, along with prize money for members of the crowd who successfully catch a six.

FEATURED STADIUM  Memorial Stadium

New Review: Illinois Football

3.7
3.2

Oct 21, 2014

Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois has great potential, but the results on the field remain lacking. Review by Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

New Review: Colorado State Football

3.0
2.1

Oct 20, 2014

Check out our newest review of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Review by Rich Kurtzman.

A Great Road Trip

By Meg Minard - Oct 20, 2014 4:17 PM EDT

Are you on your way to reaching Club 122 (visiting all NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA stadiums)?

Or, are you a stadium journeyer who can visit the Midwest to see games in all four major leagues sports in less than a week?

This doesn't come often but here's a perfect opportunity for just that:

Sat, 10/25 Blackhawks/Blues (NHL)

Sun, 10/26 Rams/Chiefs (NFL)

Tues, 10/28 Giants/Royals (MLB)

Wed, 10/29 Timberwolves/Grizzlies (NBA)

The Pit Will Always Be the Pit

By James Hilchen - Oct 20, 2014 9:40 AM EDT

What's in a name? The Pit has played host to University of New Mexico Lobos basketball for over 40 years. Once known as University Arena, its name was officially changed to The Pit in 2009. The name came about due to the majority of the structure being underground.

Officials at UNM recently announced U.S. Bank ponied up $1.7 million for three premium seating sections in the arena. The donation was the second largest gift ever donated to UNM athletics.

FEATURED STADIUM  Estadio Cidade de Barcelos

New Review: Gil Vicente FC

2.3
N/A

Oct 20, 2014

Our latest review from Portugal. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Foxall.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bulldog Stadium

New Review: Fresno State Football

3.1
3.1

Oct 19, 2014

We've made a return trip to Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, CA. This time the review is by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cross Insurance Arena

New Review: Portland Pirates

3.4
3.7

Oct 19, 2014

After a year and a half away, the Portland Pirates have returned to their renovated arena. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Levi's Stadium

New Review: San Francisco 49ers

4.1
N/A

Oct 18, 2014

Levi's Stadium is the newest stadium in the NFL. It is a far-cry from the 49ers last home at Candlestick Park. Review by Northern California Regional Correspondent Ryan Norris.

FEATURED STADIUM  Columbus Crew Stadium

New Review: Columbus Crew SC

3.3
3.4

Oct 18, 2014

An updated look at the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. Review by Special Correspondent Miles Markiewicz.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cowell Stadium

New Review: New Hampshire Football

3.3
2.1

Oct 17, 2014

Renovations are underway at Cowell Stadium on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Delaware Stadium

New Review: Delaware Football

3.9
3.9

Oct 17, 2014

Updated review of Blue Hens football stadium experience. Review by Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Ludwig Field

New Review: Maryland Terrapins Soccer

3.3
N/A

Oct 16, 2014

Our 14th college soccer review. Review by Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Will Notre Dame/Navy Help Attract More Events to FedEx Field?

By Richard Smith - Oct 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT

FedExField is not a stadium that gets extensive usage like other NFL stadiums. The local MLS team instead uses its antiquated predecessor, RFK Stadium. Major concerts will also tend to go to RFK, Nationals Park or M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. When the Military Bowl felt that they needed something better than RFK they looked to Annapolis' Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, without much of a glance towards Landover.

PPL Park Ready for CONCACAF Women's Championship

By Richard Smith - Oct 16, 2014 10:18 AM EDT

At Stadium Journey we have been very glad to see soccer specific stadiums flourish around the United States. These have been primarily been built to accommodate MLS teams across the country. But they can serve many other purposes.

PPL Park in Chester, PA, opened in 2010, and is usually the home to the Philadelphia Union of MLS. But it has also been the home of occasional Villanova/Delaware rivalry football games, rugby event such as the Collegiate Rugby Championships, concerts, drum & bugle corps competitions and lacrosse matches such as the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.

FEATURED STADIUM  Ironwood Ridge High School

New Review: Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks

2.7
N/A

Oct 16, 2014

Tucson's newest high school is also one of its best in football. Review of Ironwood Ridge High School by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

Building Boom for Atlanta Stadiums

By Lloyd Brown - Oct 15, 2014 9:23 PM EDT

After hibernation due to the poor economy, Atlanta's favorite bird, the building crane, has returned to the metro Atlanta area. Not one, not two, but three sports related facilities are in the process of construction, final design or have opened recently.

FEATURED STADIUM  Wrigley Field

New Review: Chicago Cubs

4.7
3.9

Oct 15, 2014

An updated look at Wrigley Field as it begins its second century of hosting Major League Baseball. Review by Great Lakes Regional Correspondent Steven Burke.

FEATURED STADIUM  Husky Stadium

New Review: Washington Football

4.0
3.2

Oct 15, 2014

Check out our thoughts on picturesque Husky Stadium, home to Washington football. Review by Scott Bultman.

FEATURED STADIUM  Carlton D Henley Sports Complex

New Review: Lyman Greyhounds Football

4.0
N/A

Oct 14, 2014

Our first high school football review from the Sunshine State. Review by North Florida Regional Correspondent Zach Earnest.

MiLB Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Oct 14, 2014 2:03 PM EDT

When people picture Americana, it's hard not for baseball to enter the frame. While a trip to a Major League Baseball stadium is a fantastic experience, doing a tour of Minor League ballparks really is a great way to get to know this country. There are so many excellent ballparks where fans can just sit back and enjoy the scenery and simplicity of the pastoral game.

During the 2014 season, the writers at Stadium Journey revisited and re-reviewed 65 of the 160 ballparks on this list. We continue to be committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the ballparks of MiLB, and re-reviewing at least once every three years.

Our ranking list is based primarily on the score of our correspondents, known as our FANFARE rating. This includes looking at the ballpark's food & beverage options, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood around the park, the fans, the access, the overall return on investment, and one category for any extras or special features. We also use the ratings of our readers, known as the "crowd score" as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you will share your own opinions, and that our list will inspire you to go and see a new ballpark in 2015. Happy Journeys!

Professional Baseball One Step Closer To Returning To Columbia, SC

By Brian Wilmer - Oct 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

The metropolitan Columbia, South Carolina, area has been without professional baseball for nearly a decade. That hiatus appears to be nearing an end.

South Carolina's capital city is already getting a new facility in nearby Lexington, as the Columbia (now Lexington) Blowfish announced plans to leave apparently-doomed Capital City Stadium to head west. Fans in downtown Columbia will soon have another nearby option, as a Minor League Baseball team will take up residence in the area beginning in 2016.

FEATURED STADIUM  Windsor Park

New Review: Northern Ireland National Football

3.1
N/A

Oct 14, 2014

Currently undergoing renovations to increase capacity to over 18,000, Windsor Park sings of history and the pride of Northern Ireland Review by Special Correspondent Gary Foxall.

FEATURED STADIUM  Stadio Renato Curi

New Review: AC Perugia Calcio

3.4
N/A

Oct 13, 2014

Our latest from Serie B. Review by Italy Regional Correspondent Stefano Romagnoli.

Volunteers Complete Their 15th Season at the Little League World Series

By Scott Bultman - Oct 13, 2014 1:38 PM EDT

The Sports Turf Management Association completed their 15th season of volunteering at the Little League World Series (LLWS) in August. Seth Whitehill led a group of 36-40 volunteers to keep the LLWS fields in pristine condition for the ten day tournament this season. The thirty plus game tournament is broadcast on the ESPN family of networks each year.

FEATURED STADIUM  Andy Kerr Stadium

New Review: Colgate Football

2.7
N/A

Oct 13, 2014

In a tiny hamlet in central New York, you'll find Colgate football's Andy Kerr Stadium. Review by Special Correspondent Sean Rowland.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bear Field

New Review: Mercer Soccer

3.4
N/A

Oct 12, 2014

A trip to Macon, Georgia and the beautiful Mercer campus, is well worth your time, especially if you are a soccer fan. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

FEATURED STADIUM  Estadio Gran Canaria

Ne Review: UD Las Palmas

2.9
N/A

Oct 12, 2014

Special Correspondent Gary Foxall made the journey to the lovely Canary Islands, and presents this review of the stadium experience for UD Las Palmas, currently playing in Spain's segunda league.

Cancellation of Asia Series Not Unexpected

By Kirsten Richards - Oct 11, 2014 9:03 PM EDT

This week's cancellation of the 2014 Asia Series, due to be held in Taiwan, has long been expected.

The scheduling issues for Japan and Korea were known well in advance. Korea paused the KBO season to ensure their strongest possible team at the Korean-hosted Asian Games. As a result, the possible dates for the Korean post-season stretch out to November 12th.

FEATURED STADIUM  AT&T Stadium

New Review: Dallas Cowboys

4.4
4.6

Oct 11, 2014

One of the largest and most unique venues in all of sports, a trip to see the Dallas Cowboys is a trip that every NFL fan must have on their bucket list. Review by North Texas Regional Correspondent Michael Davis.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bobcat Stadium

New Review: Montana State Football

4.0
4.1

Oct 11, 2014

We continue our coverage of college football with one of the best venues in the FCS. Montana Regional Correspondent Jason Karp reviews the experience at Bobcat Stadium.

FEATURED STADIUM  Hohe Warte Stadium

New Review: First Vienna FC

2.9
N/A

Oct 10, 2014

Once a football powerhouse in Austria, the oldest football club in Austria has fallen in the ranks. But its historic stadium, although a shell of its former self, is still worth a visit. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Foxall.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lakeside Field

New Review: Northwestern Soccer

3.4
N/A

Oct 10, 2014

Our second Big Ten soccer review take us to the north side of Chicagoland. Review by Regional Correspondent Steven Burke.

FEATURED STADIUM  Georgia Dome

New Review: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

4.3
N/A

Oct 09, 2014

The tradition of a neutral site game in Atlanta to begin the college football season has become a great tradition, and well worth your money to make the trip to follow your team. Review by Georgia Regional Correspondent Brian Jones.

After New Logo, Columbus Crew to Update Stadium

By Brandon Gee - Oct 09, 2014 11:01 AM EDT

Last night, Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew finally revealed their new logo and brand to an audience of Crew faithful. The event at the LC Pavilion in the Columbus Arena District featured short speeches from league commissioner Don Garber, the mayor of Columbus Michael Coleman and the team's braintrust of owner Anthony Precourt, President of Business Ops. Andy Loughnane, and Coach/Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter before the big unveiling of the team's new identity and modified name to Columbus Crew SC.

FEATURED STADIUM  Rogers Centre

New Review: Toronto Argonauts

3.6
3.5

Oct 09, 2014

The fan experience for a Toronto Argonauts game at Rogers Centre seems to be fading. What does the future hold for this historic CFL franchise? Review by Eastern Canada Regional Correspondent Dave Cottenie. Follow all of Dave's sporting adventures on Twitter @profan9.

FEATURED STADIUM  Buena Field

New Review: Buena Colts

2.6
N/A

Oct 08, 2014

We continue our coverage of high school football with a relatively new venue. Review by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

Leafs Get Generous, Finally Commit to Improving Atmosphere

By Robbie Raskin - Oct 08, 2014 2:37 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs have performed a brilliant turnaround in public perspective over the last couple weeks. Last month news broke that the club had signed a sponsorship agreement with Ford to rename the popular Maple Leaf Square to Ford Square. Public backlash was immediate and angry. The Leafs soon cancelled the agreement, but then performed a marketing coup of sorts; giving both Ford and the club some positive marketing publicity.

ECHL Absorbs Central Hockey League

By Brandon Gee - Oct 08, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

On Tuesday, the ECHL officially announced what had been rumored this summer, that the Central Hockey League would be ceasing operations and the ECHL would be taking on their remaining franchises as expansion teams. The addition of the new teams is effective immediately, with the start to the ECHL schedule looming just next week.

FEATURED STADIUM  Yeonhui Cricket Ground

New Review: South Korea National Cricket

3.3
N/A

Oct 08, 2014

Cricket is still a relatively new and unknown sport in Korea. Yeonhui Cricket Ground was built especially for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and is Korea’s first dedicated cricket ground. Review by South Korea Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards.

Stunning New Field House Unveiled at University of Toronto

By Robbie Raskin - Oct 07, 2014 4:11 PM EDT

The University of Toronto today unveiled the crown on their impressive roster of athletic facilities with a lively open house. The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, located at U of T's downtown St. George campus will be the home of the Varsity Blues basketball and volleyball teams. The state-of-the-art facility will seat 2,000 spectators in the Kimel Field House while a new training and gym area above overlooks Varsity Stadium across the street. The facility also features a sport medicine clinic and kinesiology studios.

FEATURED STADIUM  Stade Saputo

New Review: Montreal Impact

3.6
4.0

Oct 07, 2014

Our latest review from MLS. Review by Special Correspondent Dennis Morrell.

FEATURED STADIUM  Titan Field

New Review: Detroit Soccer

2.7
N/A

Oct 07, 2014

A sunny day and some college soccer equals a great way to spend a couple of hours on an autumn afternoon. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney. Follow Paul's journeys on twitter @PaulSwaney

Shining a Spotlight on Crowd Behaviour

By Lloyd Rothwell - Oct 06, 2014 9:03 PM EDT

Argentina's national rugby team, Los Pumas, made history over the weekend when they defeated Australia 21-17 in Mendoza to record their first ever Rugby Championship victory. While their win is no doubt good for rugby, the game also made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

FEATURED STADIUM  BMO Field

New Review: Toronto FC

4.0
3.9

Oct 06, 2014

Toronto FC made great strides in the off season in upgrading its team, and it has made an impact on improving the already good experience at BMO Field. Review by Eastern Canada Regional Correspondent Dave Cottenie. Follow all of Dave's sporting adventures on Twitter @profan9.

Cheer The Rain!

By Jon Hart - Oct 06, 2014 9:42 AM EDT

This past Saturday, the Columbia Lions did not roar. It rained hard, and they got routed by Princeton 38-6. Now, Columbia's often downtrodden football team is in the midst of a fourteen game losing streak. As far as Saturday's crowd, it was strictly friends, family, alums - and the slightly insane. Kudos to all those who braved the downpour. I personally found the rain refreshing.

FEATURED STADIUM  The Hawthorns

New Review: West Bromwich Albion FC

3.0
3.0

Oct 06, 2014

Updated review of The Hawthorns, home of West Brom for well over 100 years. Review by Special Correspondent Robert Pryce.

FEATURED STADIUM  Williams-Brice Stadium

New Review: South Carolina Football

4.4
4.2

Oct 05, 2014

Everyone knows about "2001" and "Sandstorm". Take a trip to the corner of Bluff and Assembly to see more. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

FEATURED STADIUM  Buck Shaw Stadium

New Review: San Jose Earthquakes

2.9
2.9

Oct 05, 2014

The Earthquakes are finishing up their final season in Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium. They will be moving into a new stadium in San Jose for the 2015 season. Review by Northern California Regional Correspondent Ryan Norris.

MLB Testing New Rules to Reduce Game Times

By Meg Minard - Oct 04, 2014 7:48 PM EDT

No longer are the days where you can go see a Greg Maddux , Tom Glavine or the like pitch a 2 ½ hour game. Most games have been greater than three hours these past few seasons with an occasional one or two close to four hours for nine innings.

A friend pointed out to me, it's not only that the games are longer; it's that they're slower with less activity and more waiting time for the fans. Waiting for batters to make adjustments to their gloves or taking practice swings between each and every pitch; waiting for pitchers to adjust their hats, tuck their shirts, or get some rosin.

MLB will be testing some rules to assist with reducing the time of a game during some Arizona Fall League games this Oct and Nov.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cochrane Soccer Stadium

New Review: Bowling Green Soccer

3.9
N/A

Oct 04, 2014

Who knew that there is a great little soccer experience in Bowling Green, Ohio. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney.

FEATURED STADIUM  McGuirk Stadium

New Review: UMass Football

3.0
N/A

Oct 04, 2014

The UMass Minutemen have returned to campus (at least part time) for the 2014 season. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

MASL Letting Four Teams Use Different Scoring System Than Rest of League

By Brandon Gee - Oct 03, 2014 9:20 PM EDT

Since the heyday of indoor soccer ended in the early 90s, leagues have been fighting to regain relevance in the mainstream sporting world. Earlier this year, the Pro Arena Soccer League (PASL) and six clubs from the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), decided to join forces, resulting in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) forming for this season. Twenty-three teams across the U.S. and Mexico are set to start their season October 25th, but with an interesting, and possibly confusing, wrinkle for fans to pay attention to.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bob Ford Field

New Review: Albany Soccer

2.9
N/A

Oct 03, 2014

We continue our expanded coverage of college soccer. Review by Special Correspondent Jackson Wang.

FEATURED STADIUM  UB Stadium

New Review: Buffalo Football

3.3
3.4

Oct 03, 2014

Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald takes a look at the MACtion at the University of Buffalo.

FEATURED STADIUM  Brookvale Oval

New Review: North Harbour Rays

3.3
N/A

Oct 02, 2014

The sport of rugby is alive and well in and around Sydney, including in the new National Rugby Championship (NRC). Review by Australia Regional Correspondent Lloyd Rothwell.

FEATURED STADIUM  ASUI Kibbie Dome

New Review: Idaho Football

2.3
2.9

Oct 02, 2014

The Idaho Vandals enjoyed great success as an FCS program but have struggled to find their way or a conference in the FBS. Review of the Kibbie Dome by Benjamin Evensen.

Upgrade Confirmed for Pirtek Stadium at Parramatta

By Lloyd Rothwell - Oct 01, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

As reported on our Stadium Journey Australia/New Zealand Twitter account @SJ_AusNZ earlier this week, it has finally been confirmed that Pirtek Stadium will receive a $29 million upgrade.

Pirtek Stadium is located at Parramatta in Sydney's west and is home to the Parramatta Eels rugby league club (NRL), Western Sydney Wanderers soccer team (A-League) and the Greater Sydney Rams rugby team (NRC).

FEATURED STADIUM  Smart Araneta Coliseum

New Review: Far Eastern University Basketball

4.0
N/A

Oct 01, 2014

Our first college basketball review from The Philippines. A historic venue, combined with knowledgeable and passionate fans makes for a great game experience at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Review by Southeast Asia Regional Correspondent Chuck Utech.

New York Penn League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Oct 01, 2014 1:07 PM EDT

The New York-Penn League was originally founded in 1939 as the PONY League, encompassing Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York. Today, the league has become a combination of teams from from eight states, with the addition of Morgantown, West Virginia coming in 2015. Unfortunately, there are just too many consonants to make for an appropriate anagram. The list of states with teams may have grown long, but the season is still short. Running from mid-June through August, the 14 teams compete as Class A affiliates to Major League franchises. The Jamestown Jammers will move to West Virginia for next season, so we are presenting our ranking list of the remaining 13 teams.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the New York-Penn League.

Arizona's Rich Rodriguez Praises Autzen Stadium Atmosphere

By Jason Bartel - Oct 01, 2014 12:33 PM EDT

The Arizona Wildcats are travelling to Eugene and Autzen Stadium for a Thursday night showdown with the Oregon Ducks this week, and while some teams may be intimidated, it doesn't appear Arizona is one of those teams.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lucas Oil Stadium

New Review: Indianapolis Colts

4.7
4.5

Oct 01, 2014

One of our favorite stadium experiences, and the best in the NFL three years running. Review by Ohio Valley Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

Dallas Stars are the NHL Meme Champions

By Jason Bartel - Sep 30, 2014 10:42 PM EDT

Preseason NHL games probably need a little something extra to keep the crowd going, and the Dallas Stars won the prize for the best way to do that.

FEATURED STADIUM  Peter Johann Memorial Field

New Review: UNLV Soccer

2.7
N/A

Sep 30, 2014

Andy Mantsch reviews another venue from Las Vegas. This time it is Peter Johann Memorial Field, home of UNLV Rebels soccer.

Midwest League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Sep 30, 2014 1:32 PM EDT

For more than six decades the Midwest League has been developing future Major League players, while providing great baseball experiences in communities throughout Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Iowa. New ballparks have made this league one of the best for ballpark chasers who want quality fan experiences in an intimate venue. A trip (or trips) through the Midwest League will appeal to families and ballpark junkies alike. If you haven't begun to explore the ballparks of the Midwest League, then look for a trip for the 2015 season.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the wonderful Midwest League.

When Will Los Angeles See a Return of the NFL?

By Paul Swaney - Sep 30, 2014 12:54 PM EDT

Time is running out for developer Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to sign a team and proceed with a downtown stadium plan in Los Angeles. According to the L.A. Times, the firm has requested an additional six months to reach an agreement with an NFL franchise before the city moves on. The plan has been to demolish the West Hall of the downtown convention center and build Farmers Field, a new stadium sponsored by Farmers Insurance.

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New Review: UMBC Soccer

3.4
N/A

Sep 30, 2014

Sometimes you just don't know how good a sporting event can be until you see it for yourself. Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith reviews the UMBC soccer experience.

Book Review of Chasing Lombardi

By Jon Hart - Sep 29, 2014 8:36 PM EDT

Rich Kurtzman has a love affair with the Denver Broncos. In his new book, "Chasing Lombardi," Kurtzman embraces that relationship, chronicling the Broncos' bittersweet 2013 season. Rich took a time out from his many writing assignments to discuss everything Denver Broncos and his favorite college team, Colorado State, among other topics.

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New Review: Delaware State Football

3.1
N/A

Sep 29, 2014

Our latest football review from the MEAC. Review by Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

International League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Sep 29, 2014 10:48 AM EDT

The International League features AAA minor league baseball, just one step from the Big Leagues. The league was founded in 1884, and currently features 14 teams all playing in the Eastern Time Zone and stretching from Indianapolis to Northern Georgia to Rhode Island. All of the ballparks in the International League have a capacity of 10,000 or greater. The teams compete in three divisions, with good geographic alignment to make it easy for fans who may want to plan 3-4 city AAA road trips.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the historic International League.

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New Review: New England Revolution

3.4
2.5

Sep 29, 2014

Swallowed up by their cavernous NFL digs, the New England Revolution still manage to put on a good game day experience. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

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New Review: Ann Arbor Pioneer Football

3.4
N/A

Sep 28, 2014

Our first ever high school football review. Look for more to come as we continue to provide everything you need to know to make the most out of your next live sporting event. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney. Follow Paul's journeys on Twitter at @PaulSwaney.

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New Review: Liberty Soccer

2.7
N/A

Sep 28, 2014

We continue to expand our coverage of college soccer. Review by Virginia Regional Correspondent Josh Oakes.

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New Review: Sydney Stars

2.9
N/A

Sep 27, 2014

Our latest from Australia's National Rugby Championship. Review by Australia Regional Correspondent Lloyd Rothwell.

Florida State League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Sep 27, 2014 9:43 AM EDT

Central Florida is a baseball hotbed in the month of March as Major League teams fill their rosters and prepare for the grind of a 162-game season. However, baseball does not disappear in April, as the teams of the Florida State League take up residence in those same ballparks. Since 1919, only World War II has disrupted the steady play of the Class A league. Due to the close proximity of the ballparks, this league provides a great getaway roadtrip.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the Florida State League.

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New Review: Ottawa RedBlacks

3.4
4.7

Sep 27, 2014

The Canadian Football League has returned to Canada's capital, and the experience is off to a great start. But Ottawa football fans still have something to prove. Review by Eastern Canada Regional Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

Stadium Arms Race in the Dakotas

By Marcus Traxler - Sep 26, 2014 5:36 PM EDT

There's a building boom going on in the Dakotas and it's a good time to be a sports fan as a result. In South Dakota, the state's largest city has finished a new arena to keep up with other regional cities of like size. And all four of the Division I schools in the region -- two in North Dakota and two more in South Dakota -- are adding facilities, either for practice year-round, basketball or football.

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New Review: Denver Soccer

3.6
N/A

Sep 26, 2014

We continue our coverage of NCAA soccer with this review of Denver Soccer Stadium. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

Indianapolis Colts Improve Game Day Experience for Fans with Autism

By Paul Baker - Sep 26, 2014 9:20 AM EDT

For so many families, a night out at our favorite sporting event is an opportunity to relax and enjoy a night out together. For sports fans with autistic children, it can be quite the opposite experience. The U.S Department of Education estimates that one out of every 50 school-aged children in the United States are on the autism spectrum. For many of these families, the simple act of going to a game can be anything but relaxing. The constant fear of how their child will react to this environment, as well as how others will react to their child, keeps many families from enjoying this seemingly routine event.

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New Review: Jacksonville State Football

3.1
4.4

Sep 26, 2014

Our first look at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. We now have a review of every football stadium in the Ohio Valley Conference. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

Eastern League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Sep 25, 2014 11:24 PM EDT

The Eastern League is one of three minor leagues that operate at the AA level, just two stops away for players aspiring to Major League Baseball. The League was founded in 1923, and currently consists of teams stretching from Ohio to Maine to Virginia. All of the ballparks in the league have a capacity under 10,000. What this means is that you will find a high level of play in an intimate setting, where you will be able to see the stars of tomorrow. Former Eastern League MVPs include Victor Martinez, Ryan Howard, Vladimir Guerrero, Jeff Bagwell, and Mark Grace.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the Eastern League.

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New Review: Lake Elsinore Storm

3.7
4.1

Sep 25, 2014

The Lake Elsinore Storm led the California League in attendance in 2014. Regional Correspondent Andrei Ojeda presents his updated review of their ballpark experience.

South Bend Silver Hawks Rebrand to Cubs with New Chicago Affiliation

By Brandon Gee - Sep 25, 2014 11:33 AM EDT

Fresh off a season where the team set a new single-season attendance record at Four Winds Field, the South Bend Silver Hawks (Class A, Midwest League) announced a number of changes this morning.

The biggest of which is the result of a new affiliation deal with the Chicago Cubs and in turn, a rebranding of the team to the South Bend Cubs. The new setup will give South Bend baseball fans a better chance to see their alumni in the majors since South Bend, Indiana is only about 100 miles from Chicago. The team had been a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 1997.

New Team, New Owners, New Stadium in Boise?

By Meg Minard - Sep 25, 2014 9:12 AM EDT

A week ago, the Rockies announced their short season A team will relocate from Gesa Stadium in the Tri-City area (Pasco, WA) to Memorial Stadium in Boise, ID (replacing the Chicago Cubs, who were affiliated with Boise since 2001). They will begin play in Boise beginning in the 2015 season.

Around the same time, the team (Boise Hawks) announced its sale to Georgia-based Agon Sports and Entertainment. The deal is still pending approval of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and the Northwest League. The potential new owners announced they want a new stadium.

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