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FEATURED STADIUM  Osceola County Stadium

New Review: Houston Astros Spring Training

2.6
3.6

Apr 23, 2014

The days of the Astros playing their spring training in Central Florida may be numbered. Review by Special Correspondent Jason Collette.

2014 OHL Arena Experience Rankings

By Dave Cottenie - Apr 23, 2014 11:28 AM EDT

The OHL experience is one of the greatest in all of sports. Intimate arenas without the controversy of major U.S. college basketball or football. The opportunity to really see the stars of tomorrow mixed with players who just love to play the game. The energy level on the ice is unparalleled by any other hockey league in the world.

This year’s rankings are a bit of an anomaly. A temporary move has made a team go from first to worst with the Ottawa 67's temporary home in the Canadian Tire Centre. Next year's rankings have the chance to look a bit different. The 67's will move back home to their newly named TD Place Arena, and the Niagara Ice Dogs will move into their new home in St. Catharines, the Meridian Centre. The lowest score for any arena was just shy of 3, with the top score reaching just over 4. All of the experiences can be great and all are worth checking out regardless of where they feel in our ranking.

The rankings are comprised of scores from official rankings taking into consideration the rankings from members of the Stadium Journey website. Not all arenas have been reviewed by the same person. Scores are based on the Stadium Journey FANFARE rating scale. Enjoy!

FEATURED STADIUM  Buccaneer Ballpark

New Review: Charleston Southern Baseball

3.1
N/A

Apr 23, 2014

Baseball is pretty popular in the Palmetto State. Charleston Southern is working to put themselves on a crowded map. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

Warriors Adjust Sights South to Mission Bay

By Ryan Norris - Apr 22, 2014 10:12 PM EDT

Whether it was ownership admitting to or wising up to the fact that construction at Piers 30/32 would never happen, the Warriors have decided to abandon plans for building on an aging public pier in favor of building on private land. The new Warriors arena will be built on 12 acres of land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.

The Mission Bay neighborhood is not a historical portion of the city, rather a neighborhood established in the late 1990's as a development project. Out moved lower income people and in moved biotech companies, luxury housing and high-end restaurants. While still growing, the neighborhood already offers more pre or postgame options than their current home at Oracle Arena.

FEATURED STADIUM  Meiklejohn Stadium

New Review: Penn Baseball

2.1
N/A

Apr 22, 2014

Believe it or not, there are ballparks where not all the power comes on the field. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

The Slowing Pace of MLB Games

By Sean MacDonald - Apr 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT

At Stadium Journey, we are about the whole stadium experience. That isn't limited to just the categories that constitute our Fanfare rating, but includes anything that might impact your visit to a game. For example, the amount of time you might be spending in the stadium.

If you're a major-league baseball fan, you've likely noticed that games are getting longer these days. The issue popped up when an unnamed MLB executive raised the idea of limiting games to 7 innings. There is no chance of this ever happening, but the fact that such a ridiculous idea made the news is telling. Games are getting longer. But what you probably don't realize is that they are getting slower as well.

FEATURED STADIUM  Wells Fargo Center

New Review: Philadelphia Flyers

4.4
3.9

Apr 22, 2014

We've reached crunch time in the NHL, and it's time to look at the home of one of their most storied franchises. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  GSU Baseball Complex

New Review: Georgia State Baseball

2.9
N/A

Apr 21, 2014

Georgia State University baseball has a home away from home, but they make the best of it. Review by Georgia Regional Correspondent Brian Jones.

NLL Arena Experience Rankings, 2014 Edition

By Jim Flannery - Apr 21, 2014 8:26 AM EDT

Since Stadium Journey released its rankings of the nine arena experiences in the National Lacrosse League in 2013, one of the teams has relocated (the Washington Stealth moved to Vancouver for the 2014 season). As a result, it is time to revise the list and see how all the locations are looking now.

We evaluate the stadium experience by looking at the food and beverages available at the facility, as well as the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access, return on investment and any extra features the stadium has to offer. Our primary tiebreaker is “crowd reviews” as submitted by our members.

Of note is that no arena in the NLL scored worse than a 3.1 out of five, with an average score of 3.8, reaffirming (in my humble opinion) that indoor lacrosse is the best spectator sport ever invented.

So without further ado, here are the rankings of the current NLL arenas.

FEATURED STADIUM  Conaty Park

New Review: Bryant Baseball

1.6
N/A

Apr 21, 2014

We make the return trip to Smithfield, Rhode Island to see the experience of Bryant Bulldogs baseball in person. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

Montreal Canadiens Raise the Bar on Playoff Intro Videos

By Brandon Gee - Apr 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT

After the Cleveland Cavaliers and junior hockey club the Halifax Mooseheads utilized 3D projections as a part of their pre-game ceremonies, now the Montreal Canadiens, a team with a penchant for enthralling openers, have entered the fray. This video was shown tonight before Game 3 at the Bell Centre in the Canadiens' series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

FEATURED STADIUM  BMO Harris Bradley Center

New Review: Milwaukee Admirals

3.0
3.1

Apr 20, 2014

Our updated look at the home of the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. Review by Regional Correspondent Scott Bultman.

Las Vegas Wranglers Rooftop Arena Won't Work Out

By Brandon Gee - Apr 20, 2014 10:50 AM EDT

In February, the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team announced an interesting change of venue due to the issues they were having with their home, the Orleans Arena.

The team announced it would play the 2014-15 season in a temporary structure atop a 5-story parking garage at the Plaza Casino. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported recently, the team will instead play at ground level in a tent-like structure built on a surface parking lot next to the Plaza.

FEATURED STADIUM  Camelback Ranch

New Review: Chicago White Sox Spring Training

4.0
3.2

Apr 20, 2014

Our final review from the Cactus League this spring. Review by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

FEATURED STADIUM  TD Garden

New Review: Boston Bruins

4.3
4.0

Apr 19, 2014

It's been another great season for the Bruins, winning the President's Cup with the best record in the NHL. Their home arena is a great experience, fitting for a outstanding team, and one of the Original 6. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

The Turnstiles: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

By Brandon Gee - Apr 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT

James Madison University announced it would forego an invitation for its football program to join the Sun Belt Conference and will remain, for now, at the Football Championship Subdivision level in the Colonial Athletic Association. The experience of Dukes' games at Bridgeforth Stadium earned them the 7th-best ranking in SJ's list of FCS schools. However, the school remains open to the idea of moving up to FBS football in the right circumstance.

FEATURED STADIUM  George S. Erath Field at Coy O. Williard Baseball Stadium

New Review: High Point Baseball

2.9
N/A

Apr 19, 2014

We at Stadium Journey continue our tour of Big South Conference baseball venues with a stop at High Point University's Williard Stadium. Review by Carolinas Regional Correspondent Brian Wilmer.

FEATURED STADIUM  Maryvale Baseball Park

New Review: Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training

1.4
N/A

Apr 18, 2014

The only reason to go to a Brewers home game during Spring Training is if you are a hardcore baseball traveler. Getting to the park itself is awful, and then once you’re in it doesn’t get any better. Sorry Brewers, but you can do so much better than this. Review by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

FEATURED STADIUM  O'Donnell Field

New Review: Harvard Baseball

2.3
N/A

Apr 18, 2014

A perfect spring Saturday on the campus of Harvard, and around its athletic facilities is a great way to spend an afternoon, even if it the Crimson ballpark is a bare-bones experience. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

Ranking the Ballparks of the Cactus League

By Jason Bartel - Apr 17, 2014 10:20 PM EDT

Every March, baseball fans descend upon the Valley of the Sun for MLB Spring Training. While on the surface it seems like the experiences should all be similar, they most certainly are not. From the greatness of Salt River Fields (named the 22nd best stadium experience in the U.S. and Canada last year by Stadium Journey), to the ultra-crowded Maryvale Baseball Park, the Cactus League offers all kinds of experiences for every baseball fan.

With half of MLB within 45 minutes of each other for a month, the Cactus League is always a good time. Here’s how we rank the different experiences, keeping in mind that several teams share stadiums and have essentially the same game day staff and amenities.

Atlanta Gains an MLS Team and an Instant Rival

By Brandon Gee - Apr 17, 2014 3:39 PM EDT

Yesterday, before a crowd of Atlanta soccer supporters including groups like Terminus Legion, the city of Atlanta was officially named as the home of Major League Soccer's 22nd franchise. The new club will join the league in 2017. League Commissioner Don Garber extolled the virtues of the city before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the team's owner, Arthur Blank, who also owns the Falcons, spoke about their excitement to bring pro soccer to town.

FEATURED STADIUM  Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

New Review: Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training

4.7
3.9

Apr 17, 2014

Not only the best ballpark of all of the spring training venues, but Salt River Fields is one of the best live sports experiences in the world. Review by Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

Mississippi State Sets Baseball Attendance Record

By Justin Sutton - Apr 17, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

Dudy Noble Field, the No. 1 ranked college baseball venue by Stadium Journey, not only provided the scene for a dramatic tenth inning victory for the Mississippi State Bulldogs over the Ole Miss Rebels this past Saturday, but it also saw an all-time attendance record set for an on-campus NCAA baseball game.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cubs Park

New Review: Chicago Cubs Spring Training

3.3
N/A

Apr 17, 2014

The Chicago Cubs have some new digs for their spring training. There are some kinks to work out, but this is going to be a wonderful venue. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

FEATURED STADIUM  Curtis Granderson Stadium

New Review: UIC Baseball

2.3
N/A

Apr 16, 2014

It's still a work in progress for the new UIC baseball facility, Granderson Stadium. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney.

FEATURED STADIUM  Canadian Tire Centre

New Review: Ottawa 67's

2.9
N/A

Apr 16, 2014

The tenure of the Ottawa 67's at Canadian Tire Centre is nearly ended and they will soon return to their old/new home at Lansdowne Park. The team has done a great job of surviving on nearly foreign ice. Fans have waited patiently and hopefully will be rewarded with a better experience at TD Place Arena. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

FEATURED STADIUM  CFE Arena

New Review: Orlando Predators

4.3
N/A

Apr 15, 2014

One of the most successful franchises in the Arena Football League has a new home on the UCF campus. The more intimate venue helps improve the overall experience of attending a Orlando Predators game. Review by Special Correspondent Jason Collette.

FEATURED STADIUM  Smoothie King Center

New Review: New Orleans Pelicans

3.9
3.1

Apr 15, 2014

An updated look at a venue that recently got a new name to go with the new team nickname, all set in one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

College Hockey Arena Rankings

By Paul Baker - Apr 14, 2014 9:15 PM EDT

While college hockey may take a backseat in the headlines to football and basketball, no other sport can compare to the passion and dedication of its fans. Stadium Journey is very proud to present our rankings of the arena experience for 57 of the 59 teams that compete in Division I. Unfortunately, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are missing from our ranking. It is our mission to include these schools in our next edition.

Our reviews are based on several categories including: food & beverage in the arena, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras. We use the rating of our correspondent as our primary ranking, with the crowd reviews of our members as the secondary factor. In cases where there is still a tie, we have an internal discussion to determine which arena experience might be slightly better. To read any of the full reviews, just click on the name or picture for each arena.

As with all lists of this nature, there will be debate and disagreement. Frankly, that's why we love these lists. We welcome your feedback in the comments section, and encourage you to rate the arenas where you have attended a game. Without further ado, we present our rankings for the best overall arena experience in college hockey...

FEATURED STADIUM  Murray Stadium

New Review: Brown Baseball

2.7
N/A

Apr 14, 2014

Our latest from the Ivy League. Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Tropicana Field

New Review: Tampa Bay Rays

3.3
3.8

Apr 14, 2014

Our updated look at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field

New Review: Northern Kentucky Baseball

2.3
N/A

Apr 13, 2014

We have now reviewed more than 150 of the college baseball facilities in Division I. Review of the NKU experience by Ohio Valley Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

FEATURED STADIUM  McCoy Stadium

New Review: Pawtucket Red Sox

3.7
3.2

Apr 13, 2014

For more than four decades, the Pawsox and Red Sox have had an affiliation which suits the New England fan base well. McCoy Stadium is well worth a visit for Sox fans and general baseball fans alike. Review by Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Family Arena

New Review: St Louis Ambush

3.1
N/A

Apr 12, 2014

Our 3rd review from the Major Indoor Soccer League. Review by Special Correspondent Dennis Morrell.

FEATURED STADIUM  Durham Athletic Park

New Review: North Carolina Central Baseball

3.0
N/A

Apr 12, 2014

A well-known classic gets a new lease on life, thanks to a local university. Review by Special Correspondent Harrison Huntley.

FEATURED STADIUM  Fred Stillwell Stadium

New Review: Kennesaw State Baseball

2.9
N/A

Apr 11, 2014

Most people likely think of Georgia and Georgia Tech regarding Peach State baseball, but there's another game in town. Review by Georgia Regional Correspondent Brian Jones.

FEATURED STADIUM  Jadwin Gymnasium

New Review: Princeton Basketball

3.3
N/A

Apr 11, 2014

Our final review from the Ivy League. Review by Northeast Regional Correspondent Samantha Bunten.

The Turnstiles: It's Time for the Seventh-Inning-Go-The-Hell-Home

By Brandon Gee - Apr 11, 2014 11:59 AM EDT

An unnamed MLB team executive said in an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney on Monday that as a cure all to baseball's issues with a dwindling player pool, pitching injuries and a game length that's perceived by some as too long, an easy solution would be to cut games down to 7 innings. It's a radical idea (i.e. it won't happen), but would the shorter timeframe affect your fandom? Most of the ESPN piece is paywalled but For The Win expands on the idea.

FEATURED STADIUM  Coleman Coliseum

New Review: Alabama Basketball

3.3
3.1

Apr 11, 2014

Chances are you've seen our comprehensive ranking of all 351 Division I college basketball arenas. Check out our return trip to Tuscaloosa. Review by North Alabama Regional Correspondent Bob Waldrop.

FEATURED STADIUM  Scotiabank Saddledome

New Review: Calgary Flames

3.7
2.7

Apr 10, 2014

The Calgary Flames are the main event at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Read of the experience through the eyes of Alberta Regional Correspondent Jim Flannery.

FEATURED STADIUM  Family Arena

New Review: St. Charles Chill

2.9
N/A

Apr 10, 2014

The Chill are the newest members of the CHL, and with time, hopefully they can be a successful minor league franchise in the St Louis area. Review by Special Correspondent Dennis Morrell.

FEATURED STADIUM  Steinbrenner Field

New Review: New York Yankees Spring Training

3.3
N/A

Apr 09, 2014

Yankees baseball in the historic home of spring training, Tampa. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

FEATURED STADIUM  First Arena

New Review: Elmira Jackals

3.6
3.3

Apr 09, 2014

An updated look at the small, but wonderful home of the ECHL Elmira Jackals. Review by Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Stadio Luigi Ferraris

New Review: Genoa CFC

4.0
N/A

Apr 08, 2014

They may have a uniquely English name, but Genoa Cricket & Football Club are as uniquely Italian as their stadium. Review by Europe Special Correspondent Stephan Hoogerwaard.

Emotional Opening Day Experience at Fenway Park

By Paul Baker - Apr 08, 2014 9:58 AM EDT

The Boston Red Sox always do pomp and circumstance as well as anyone else out there. On Opening Day they had another chance to show off, as it was time for the defending World Champions to begin another campaign. When you are defending champs, Opening Day means rings and banners. Despite a cold, overcast day in Boston, Fenway Park was packed to capacity to celebrate the Sox' third World Championship this decade.

FEATURED STADIUM  James Lynah Rink

New Review: Cornell Hockey

3.1
N/A

Apr 08, 2014

The Lynah Faithful make the experience at Cornell. Now it's time to train the ushers. Review by Special Correspondent Andrew Kulyk of the Ultimate Sports Road Trip.

Madness in Memphis

By Bob Waldrop - Apr 07, 2014 9:45 PM EDT

Few terms ignite the sports fan's passion like "March Madness." It inspires us to fill out numerous brackets and take days off of work so we can indulge in 12-hour days of non-stop remote control flipping. It also assures us that over the course of the 3 weeks, some teams will emerge as Cinderellas while Goliaths will slink back from whence they came with tail tucked between their legs. We know it will happen, we just don't know specifics - but that is the beauty of it all! While I enjoy watching the first weekend, and you can get some exciting games such as occurred in Buffalo, to me the tournament really gets started on the 2nd weekend with the four regionals. This is when the Cinderellas are really put to the test.

FEATURED STADIUM  Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

New Review: Abbotsford Heat

2.4
3.7

Apr 07, 2014

They have a beautiful arena, but will the lack of fan support doom the AHL Heat of Abbotsford? Review by Special Correspondent Dennis Morrell.

FEATURED STADIUM  Roger Dean Stadium

New Review: Miami Marlins Spring Training

3.0
2.9

Apr 07, 2014

The Marlins play their spring training ball just an hour or so up the road in Jupiter, Florida. Review by Special Correspondent Michael Rusignuolo.

FEATURED STADIUM  PC Baseball Complex

New Review: Presbyterian Baseball

2.6
N/A

Apr 06, 2014

Stadium Journey continues its college baseball tour with a stop in the Big South Conference town of Clinton, South Carolina. Review by Carolinas Regional Correspondent Brian Wilmer.

The Turnstiles: Can't Put A Price On Dignity

By Brandon Gee - Apr 06, 2014 11:09 AM EDT

Montreal's baseball fans got a chance to relive the good times of the Expos, if only for a weekend, when the Blue Jays and the Mets played a couple of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium. The bigger attraction for the event was Saturday's on-field reunion of players from the '94 Expos. The Montreal Gazette has more on the weekend.

FEATURED STADIUM  Swissporarena

New Review: FC Luzern

3.1
N/A

Apr 06, 2014

Our third review from Switzerland. Review by Special Correspondent Robert Pryce.

FEATURED STADIUM  Jobing.com Arena

New Review: Phoenix Coyotes

4.3
4.0

Apr 05, 2014

The future of the Phoenix Coyotes is stable for the time being thanks to new ownership. Read about the experience at Jobing.com Arena, thanks to Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel.

FEATURED STADIUM  Goodyear Ballpark

New Review: Cincinnati Reds Spring Training

3.4
3.3

Apr 05, 2014

Check out beautiful Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lander's Center

New Review: Mississippi RiverKings

4.0
N/A

Apr 04, 2014

A family friendly arena hosts the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Review by Special Correspondent Jimmy Knight.

FEATURED STADIUM  Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

New Review: Bologna FC

3.6
N/A

Apr 04, 2014

Our latest review from Serie A. Review by Italuy Regional Correspondent Stefano Romagnoli.

FEATURED STADIUM  Stratis Arena

New Review: Fairleigh Dickinson Basketball

2.6
N/A

Apr 03, 2014

We've now reviewed every arena in Division I college basketball. We conclude our journey with Samantha Bunten's look at the home of Fairleigh Dickinson basketball. It's not a glamorous venue, but a gym will do just fine.

College Basketball Arena Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Apr 03, 2014 1:26 PM EDT

It has taken us four years, and we are very proud to present our rankings of the arena experience for each of the 351 teams that compete in Division I. Our reviews are based on several categories including: food & beverage in the arena, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras. We use the rating of our correspondent as our primary ranking, with the crowd reviews of our members as the secondary factor. In cases where there is still a tie, we have an internal discussion to determine which arena experience might be slightly better. To read any of the full reviews, just click on the name or picture for each arena.

As with all lists of this nature, there will be debate and disagreement. We welcome your feedback in the comments section, and encourage you to rate the arenas where you have attended a game. Without further ado, we present our rankings for the best overall arena experience in college basketball...

FEATURED STADIUM  Madison Square Garden

New Review: New York Rangers

4.4
3.2

Apr 03, 2014

Our updated look at the transformed garden, with the Rangers as the home tenant. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

FEATURED STADIUM  Greensboro Coliseum

New Review: ACC Basketball Tournament

3.4
N/A

Apr 02, 2014

You'll have one more year to see the ACC Tournament where it belongs, in Greensboro, before it moves north to Washington DC and Brooklyn. Read about what the 2014 experience was like so you know what to expect in 2015. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

Nashville Is Quickly Becoming Hoops City

By Eric Taylor - Apr 02, 2014 9:14 AM EDT

Music City is as well-known in some music circles for the artists that don't have Country & Western roots as the ones who sing with a touch of twang. Granted, Nashville country has more Pop than Western, but that's a discussion for a different publication.

Nashville is also known in college football circles to house a melting pot of college football fandom that is tough to match (Atlanta included).

Every city with an NFL team is an NFL city whether they follow the sport or not because the NFL has become a national pastime, but Nashville's bread and butter fandom lies in the passionate voice of the college sports fan.

FEATURED STADIUM  Central Coast Stadium

New Review: Central Coast Mariners

3.4
N/A

Apr 02, 2014

It seemed like the area between Sydney and Newcastle was about to lose its only professional team, but the area is embracing the arena and team to its fullest. Review by Australia Regional Correspondent Lloyd Rothwell.

Final Four Setup in Dallas is Spectacular

By Jason Bartel - Apr 01, 2014 4:22 PM EDT

The NCAA has been putting the Men's Tournament in football stadiums for a while now, but it's hard to tell on TV just how spacious those setups are. Well, the Final Four Twitter account has you covered for just how insane this year's setup in AT&T Stadium

FEATURED STADIUM  Bill Beck Field

New Review: Rhode Island Baseball

2.0
N/A

Apr 01, 2014

Baseball in New England in March can be a tricky travel experience, but Regional Correspondent Paul Baker recently attended a game at Rhode Island's Bill Beck Field and presents his review.

FEATURED STADIUM  J. Howard Starr Rink

New Review: Colgate Hockey

3.3
N/A

Apr 01, 2014

Our review of Colgate hockey at Starr Rink. Review by Guest Correspondent Mont Pooley.

FEATURED STADIUM  Molineux Stadium

New Review: Wolverhampton Wolves

3.1
2.1

Mar 31, 2014

Though they've been relegated twice since our last review, the fans still come out in droves. But, is it finally worth it? Updated review by England Regional Correspondent Matt Rees.

Harrisburg City Islanders Looking for Permanence in the USL Pro League

By Richard Smith - Mar 31, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

The Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL PRO League play in a field on City Island. Stadium Journey has not yet reviewed this current field, known as Skyline Sports Complex, but plans to do so later in this upcoming season. We have visited many times on non-game days and we can say it really is a field surrounded by temporary buildings and bleachers. We have heard that the game day experience is still pretty good, despite the lack of amenities. But the team's "playing on a field" days may be numbered as the City Islanders have announced a new stadium to be located on the same plot of land just north of Metro Bank Park, the home of the Eastern League's Harrisburg Senators.

FEATURED STADIUM  WVU Coliseum

New Review: West Virginia Basketball

3.4
1.7

Mar 31, 2014

An updated look at the WVU Coliseum. Review by Special Correspondent Douglas Wood.

FEATURED STADIUM  Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium

New Review: Navy Baseball

3.1
N/A

Mar 30, 2014

The heart of Annapolis features an interesting baseball facility. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Joe Cannon Stadium

New Review: Coppin State Baseball

1.7
N/A

Mar 30, 2014

It's a bit unusual to have a college facility 25 miles from campus, but such is the case with Coppin State. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Phoenix Municipal Stadium

New Review: Oakland Athletics Spring Training

3.9
3.4

Mar 29, 2014

2014 was the last year for the A's at Phoenix Muni as they move to Mesa in 2015. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

Ballpark Construction Begins in Biloxi

By Justin Sutton - Mar 29, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

With the first pitch of the opening season of minor league baseball in Biloxi only a year away, passersby could not be blamed if they did not even realize a new stadium would be coming to the downtown area, at least not until this past Thursday when some of the first constructive steps took place in making the new baseball stadium a reality.

FEATURED STADIUM  Hi Corbett Field

New Review: Arizona Baseball

4.1
4.1

Mar 29, 2014

Southwest Regional Correspondent Jason Bartel reviews the home of one of the top programs in the country, Hi Corbett Field.

FEATURED STADIUM  Nashville Municipal Auditorium

New Review: 2014 OVC Basketball Tournament

2.6
N/A

Mar 28, 2014

Nashville has a lot of modern sporting facilities, but one of its historic venues hosted postseason action in 2014. Review by Tennessee Regional Correspondent Eric Taylor.

FEATURED STADIUM  HTC Center

New Review: 2014 Big South Basketball Tournament

4.3
N/A

Mar 28, 2014

The Big South crowned a champion in 2014 that has not raised the trophy in over two decades. Carolinas Regional Correspondent Brian Wilmer reviews the experience.

FEATURED STADIUM  Tiger Arena

New Review: Savannah State Basketball

3.7
2.4

Mar 27, 2014

Our thanks to Dakarai Penn of Tiger's Roar for his guest review of the home of Savannah State basketball.

Charlotte Knights Ready for Opening Day & New Ballpark

By David Berger - Mar 27, 2014 3:09 PM EDT

The Charlotte Knights held one of their last tune ups for opening the new BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte, with a season ticket holder event that included the first opportunity to pick up tickets, a new uniform unveiling, and a media softball game.

Ticket sales are already a roaring success in comparison to their last seasons at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The season ticket base is nearly double the average attendance reported in 2013, and a first day single game ticket event drove lines around the ballpark and more than 10,000 tickets sold in just a few hours.

Buffalo Madness!

By Dave Cottenie - Mar 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT

There is no doubt that the best weekend of March Madness is the first weekend. Being held in normal basketball or hockey arenas rather than the huge football stadiums gives the first, second and third rounds a distinct advantage for the sports adventurer over the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and even Final Four. Specifically, the second and third rounds are really the bread and butter of the entire tournament. It is in the first weekend that many a Final Four bracket is decimated. This year with the added drama of the Warren Buffet, $1 Billion Perfect Bracket contest, the first weekend was even bigger. Not a single perfect bracket was left after the 3rd round.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cheel Arena

New Review: Clarkson Hockey

4.4
N/A

Mar 27, 2014

Our 58th Division I college hockey review. Clarkson's Cheel Arena is well worth the trip to the northern most part of New York. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney.

FEATURED STADIUM  The Show Place Arena

New Review: 2014 CAA Women's Tournament

3.4
N/A

Mar 26, 2014

The 2014 CAA Women's Tournament was played in an interesting venue. Review by Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Jones Convocation Center

New Review: Chicago State Basketball

2.4
0.8

Mar 26, 2014

What was once rated as the worst experience in college basketball, the Chicago State Cougars and Jones Convocation Center are improving. Review by Special Correspondent Marc Heiden.

Pre-Construction Works Complete on New Perth Stadium

By Lloyd Rothwell - Mar 25, 2014 9:35 PM EDT

The West Australian State Government has recently announced the completion of pre-construction works for the new Perth Stadium, paving the way for construction to commence later this year with a completion date set for 2018.

FEATURED STADIUM  Richfield Ice Arena

New Review: Minnesota Magicians

2.9
4.6

Mar 25, 2014

Our 11th review from the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Review by North Regional Correspondent Scott Bultman.

FEATURED STADIUM  Budweiser Gardens

New Review: London Knights

4.1
4.1

Mar 25, 2014

The London Knights are a model franchise in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and it is well worth it for you to make a trip to Budweiser Gardens. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

Albuquerque Isotopes Install Largest Video Board in MiLB

By James Hilchen - Mar 24, 2014 10:50 PM EDT

If there weren't enough reasons to attend an Albuquerque Isotopes game, you can add another one to the list.

Isotopes Stadium, which already features a fantastic view of the Sandia Mountains and some of the best ballpark fare around, is adding an HD video board to the existing scoreboard. The 55 x 35 foot video board will be the biggest HD LED board in all of Minor League Baseball. The board contains more than 1.7 million LEDs and will be used to feature instant replays, close-ups of players and fans, in-game promotions, and much more.

FEATURED STADIUM  Ricoh Coliseum

New Review: Toronto Marlies

3.9
3.4

Mar 24, 2014

One of the best venues in the American Hockey League, Special Correspondent Andrew Kulyk makes a trip to Ricoh Coliseum.

FEATURED STADIUM  Welsh-Ryan Arena

New Review: Northwestern Basketball

3.1
3.3

Mar 24, 2014

Northwestern is still looking for their first ever appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, but a trip to Welsh-Ryan Arena is still worth your time and money. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

MLB Opens 2014 Season in Sydney, Australia

By Lloyd Rothwell - Mar 23, 2014 9:18 PM EDT

MLB has opened the 2014 season in Sydney, Australia and Stadium Journey was there to see how it all unfolded. Several million dollars were spent on converting the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) into an MLB venue, including the importation of 30 shipping containers of clay from San Diego to build the infield. Many pundits compared the look of the ground to that of the Coliseum in Oakland, with particular reference to the large foul territory. However, the SCG held up remarkably well all things considered, and certainly with all the charm and history of the stadium, was a good choice of venue.

FEATURED STADIUM  Carolina Stadium

New Review: South Carolina Baseball

4.7
4.6

Mar 23, 2014

South Carolina is loaded with baseball tradition. Stadium Journey paid a return visit to their home. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

FEATURED STADIUM  Thomas Assembly Center

New Review: Louisiana Tech Basketball

3.1
N/A

Mar 23, 2014

We complete our set of reviews of the basketball arenas of Conference-USA. Review by Special Correspondent Ed Pelle.

FEATURED STADIUM  Convocation Center

New Review: UTSA Basketball

2.6
N/A

Mar 22, 2014

Our 15th review from Conference USA. Review by Special Correspondent Jearold Hersey.

FEATURED STADIUM  Moody Coliseum

New Review: Abilene Christian Basketball

3.3
N/A

Mar 22, 2014

Welcome to Division I Abilene Christian! Review by Guest Correspondent Matthew Irby.

FEATURED STADIUM  Williams Arena

New Review: Minnesota Basketball

4.3
4.0

Mar 21, 2014

Our updated review of the great old barn, known as Williams Arena. It's a great mix of old and new. Review by North Regional Correspondent Scott Bultman.

Turnstiles: A Heart-Stopping Good Time

By Brandon Gee - Mar 21, 2014 9:58 AM EDT

Usually it's the minor league ball clubs that offer creative food options that can rival any state fair, like the Toledo Mud Hens announcing a new 'Bacon Mac n' Cheese Dog' to be served this season at Fifth Third Park, but the majors are getting in on the act. The Mud Hens parent club, the Detroit Tigers unveiled an expanded hot dog menu including a Poutine Dog, topped with french fries, cheese curds, and gravy at Comerica Park. The major food item this week comes from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who unveiled this monstrosity, an 18-inch, corn dog stuffed with jalapenos, cheese and bacon served on a (death)bed of fries, all for a cool $25 at Chase Field.

Cardiologists take note, and now on to the rest of the week's news.

FEATURED STADIUM  Convocation Center

New Review: Arkansas State Basketball

3.0
N/A

Mar 21, 2014

We now have a review of every college basketball arena in the Sun Belt Conference. Review by Arkansas Regional Correspondent Stephen Schmidt.

FEATURED STADIUM  Wells Fargo Center

New Review: Philadelphia 76ers

4.1
4.0

Mar 20, 2014

The Sixers may have struggled lately, but they still have a top-notch facility. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Interview with Larry DiVito, Minnesota Twins Head Groundskeeper

By Scott Bultman - Mar 20, 2014 9:32 AM EDT

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Larry DiVito, Head Groundskeeper for the Minnesota Twins. Upon entering Target Field, it seemed hard to imagine the work that goes into cleaning and fixing a snow covered winter field. Minnesota winters are brutally snowy and cold which can be tough for landscaping.

FEATURED STADIUM  Baltimore Arena

New Review: 2014 CAA Tournament

3.1
4.0

Mar 20, 2014

The Colonial Athletic Association moved their tournament to Baltimore this year. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Maples Pavilion

New Review: Stanford Basketball

3.7
3.7

Mar 19, 2014

Maples Pavilion has been the home to Stanford basketball for 45 years. Northern California Regional Correspondent Ryan Norris reviews the experience at a Cardinal basketball game.

Stadium Journey's Best College Basketball Bars

By Cory Sims - Mar 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT

Allen Fieldhouse, Cameron Indoor Stadium, The Pit at New Mexico. All are great places to watch the drama and thrill of college basketball, but unfortunately they, and many other arenas, tend to be available to only major donors, or fans willing to shell out three figures for single game tickets. Also, and this can't be stressed enough, most college basketball venues serve no alcohol. Fortunately, every college town offers an alternative to the live experience of college basketball, and this option also includes beer. Here is Stadium Journey's list of the best college basketball bars in the country.

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