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FEATURED STADIUM  Auburn Arena

New Review: Auburn Basketball

3.6
3.6

Dec 20, 2014

Bruce Pearl has brought some energy to the Plains. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

Astrodome: From Eighth Wonder to Indoor Park?

By Paul Donaldson - Dec 20, 2014 9:16 AM EST

The Houston Chronicle reported that a panel from the Urban Land Institute released renderings of the latest proposal for alternative uses for the aging Astrodome, once known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." It wasn't long ago that the fate of the Astrodome seemed certain to be demolition. Houston residents and city officials, however, have had a hard time letting go.

FEATURED STADIUM  Louis Crews Stadium

New Review: Alabama A&M Football

2.9
N/A

Dec 20, 2014

The regular college football season may be over, but we continue our look at collegiate venues here at Stadium Journey. Tennessee Regional Correspondent Eric Taylor has a look at Alabama A&M.

FEATURED STADIUM  Rose Bowl

New Review: UCLA Football

4.3
3.9

Dec 19, 2014

As we wrap up our college football coverage be sure to check out the updated review of one of the most famous venues in the world, the Rose Bowl. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

2014 FBS College Football Stadium Experience Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Dec 19, 2014 7:50 AM EST

This season, we visited 50 of the 128 FBS college football stadiums to provide updated coverage. We'll continue to visit each FBS stadium every 2-3 years to ensure we have updated information for sports travelers. Our ranking of the stadium experiences in college football is based on the rating of our official correspondents. We've included the food & beverage inside the stadium, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium resides, the fans, access to and inside the stadium , overall return on investment, and an "extras" category for any unique features not covered adequately in our other categories. Where ties exist, we use the ratings of our members. We encourage you to share your experiences and opinions of any venues you've visited.

FEATURED STADIUM  Budweiser Events Center

New Review: Colorado Eagles

4.1
3.8

Dec 19, 2014

One of the best teams from the CHL is now an established franchise of the ECHL. Special Correspondent Meg Minard reviews the Budweiser Events Center, home of the Colorado Eagles.

FEATURED STADIUM  War Memorial Stadium

New Review: Wyoming Football

2.9
3.2

Dec 18, 2014

War Memorial Stadium is the highest stadium based on elevation in the United States. Review by Special Correspondent Scott Bultman.

Larry McElreavy, Former Columbia Football Coach, Wins Big!

By Jon Hart - Dec 18, 2014 1:56 PM EST

New Hampshire high school football coach Larry McElreavy is a winner. This past season, he led his Newport High School Tigers to a 9-2 record and within one game of a state title. But Larry is not just any high school coach. A veteran college coach, Larry gained national recognition in 1988 at Columbia, where his team broke the historic 44-game losing streak, setting off a glorious celebration in Morningside Heights. Larry took a few moments to discuss his return to coaching, breaking The Streak and what it takes to win.

The Invincible Home of Juventus FC

By Stefano Romagnoli - Dec 18, 2014 9:31 AM EST

The home of Italian Serie A champion Juventus FC hosted 18 matches in league play in 2014. Juventus was victorious in 17 of their home matches, along with one draw (the last match of the year against Sampdoria 1-1 on December 14th). Juventus scored 44 goals during the year, while only yielding nine goals against.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bren Events Center

New Review: UC-Irvine Basketball

3.1
3.0

Dec 18, 2014

As college basketball heats up, check out the review of one of the lesser-known programs in the nation, UC Irvine, and their home, the Bren Events Center.

NRL Releases 2015 Draw

By Lloyd Rothwell - Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST

Earlier this week the National Rugby League (NRL) finally released their draw for the 2015 season.

The season will kick off in Brisbane with the hometown Broncos hosting 2014 premiers South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium. This game will mark the first game for the Broncos under returning master coach Wayne Bennett, while the Rabbitohs will be looking to kick off their premiership defence in style. This fixture is worthy of a huge crowd however Thursday night games have not exactly been embraced in the past.

Having said that, the NRL has insisted they have taken into account the wishes of the fans in deciding the schedule. The 2015 draw features more daytime fixtures as well as more games on public holidays.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lambeau Field

New Review: Green Bay Packers

4.7
4.3

Dec 17, 2014

An updated review of one of the most iconic venues in all of sports. Review by Wisconsin Regional Correspondent Ryan Napralla.

Approval Given for New DC United Stadium to Proceed

By Richard Smith - Dec 17, 2014 12:40 PM EST

It looks like D.C. United will finally have a new stadium. A vote by the Washington D.C. Council gave final approval to B20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014. The city will own the land, with a lease back to the Major League Soccer team.

Duck Dynasty Invades the Independence Bowl

By Paul Donaldson - Dec 17, 2014 9:05 AM EST

One of America's favorite reality television families will invade the 2014 Independence Bowl which features a match-up between the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6, 3-5 SEC) and the Miami Hurricanes (6-6, 3-5 ACC) on December 27th. The famed company run by the Robertsons, Duck Commander, agreed to a six year sponsorship in February of the locally hosted Independence Bowl, replacing the former sponsor Advocare. With Duck Commander headquarters located just east of Shreveport in the Monroe area, the sponsorship continues a love fest between Louisiana and all things Duck Dynasty.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sears Centre

New Review: Chicago Mustangs

3.1
N/A

Dec 17, 2014

The Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois is the home venue for the Chicago Mustangs of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). Review by Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

FEATURED STADIUM  InfoCision Stadium

New Review: Akron Football

2.9
1.1

Dec 16, 2014

Our latest from the Mid American Conference (MAC). Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

R.I.P. Brooklyn Nets Super Fan Jeffrey Gamblero

By Jon Hart - Dec 16, 2014 12:25 PM EST

I attended two Brooklyn Nets game last season. I don't remember anything about the games, but I'll never forget Jeffrey Gamblero. Jeffrey was a super fan. He was at every Nets home game - and you couldn't miss him. He wore funky glasses, neon and danced in the aisles through out the game. He made the artificial piped in arena tunes seem almost natural. Jeffrey seemed like the happiest guy in Brooklyn. Jeffrey was such a positive, passionate presence that the Nets invited him on their recent London trip.

Another American OHL Club on the Move?

By Robbie Raskin - Dec 16, 2014 8:12 AM EST

Last week, we reported on the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers probable upcoming move out of Michigan, but now it looks as though longstanding rumours surrounding the relocation of another American team could be coming to a head.

The Erie Otters, currently well-known for their star-studded roster including Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, have long been tied to rumours surrounding their potential relocation to Hamilton, Ontario or another market. In fact, the club's Canadian owner Sherry Bassin (who originally moved the team from Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1996) entered a deal with the Edmonton Oilers for financial assistance in moving the club to Hamilton. Now, the Oilers are suing Mr. Bassin for the $4.5 million they loaned him, as the franchise still remains in Erie.

FEATURED STADIUM  Gene L. Shirk Stadium

New Review: Albright College Football

2.4
N/A

Dec 16, 2014

Our second ever review from Division III football. Review by Special Correspondent Tyler Stern.

Texas A&M's Kyle Field Implosion Scheduled

By Paul Donaldson - Dec 15, 2014 7:16 PM EST

Texas A&M has officially scheduled for the west side of Kyle Field to be imploded on Sunday, December 21st at 8:00am. The implosion paves the way for Phase II of a $450 million renovation of Kyle Field which began in 2014.

FEATURED STADIUM  Mackay Stadium

New Review: Nevada Football

3.9
4.0

Dec 15, 2014

As we wrap up our coverage of college football here is a fresh look at Mackay Stadium, home of the Nevada Wolf Pack.

FEATURED STADIUM  Moody Coliseum

New Review: SMU Basketball

4.1
3.4

Dec 15, 2014

There has been a resurgence with SMU basketball with the hiring of Larry Brown and quick improvement of the program. Their arena has seen great improvements as well. Review by North Texas Regional Correspondent Michael Davis.

FEATURED STADIUM  SECU Arena

New Review: Towson Basketball

2.9
2.9

Dec 14, 2014

Towson basketball has a new home and some recent postseason success. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  DCU Center

New Review: Worcester Sharks

3.1
2.9

Dec 14, 2014

Our latest review from the American Hockey League (AHL). Review by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  Peden Stadium

New Review: Ohio Football

2.4
3.3

Dec 13, 2014

A new look at the home of the Ohio Bobcats in Athens, OH. Review by Special Correspondent Miles Markiewicz.

FEATURED STADIUM  KSU Convocation Center

New Review: Kennesaw State Basketball

3.6
3.9

Dec 13, 2014

Fans in Kennesaw clearly give a hoot about their Owls. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

FEATURED STADIUM  The Palestra

New Review: Penn Basketball

4.0
4.3

Dec 12, 2014

For those familiar with the City of Brotherly Love, The Palestra is a true landmark. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Q&A with Red Sox Blogger and Trivia Maven, The Mighty Quinn

By Jon Hart - Dec 12, 2014 11:11 AM EST

By some accounts, John Quinn is a normal, regular guy. However, when his beloved Red Sox or trivia are involved, he becomes an entirely different animal: The Mighty Quinn. The Mighty Quinn took a few moments away from his blogging and work as a background actor to discuss his two passions, his favorite stadiums and his appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

FEATURED STADIUM  Enyimba International Stadium

New Review: Enyimba FC

3.1
N/A

Dec 12, 2014

Home of arguably the most successful and popular club team in Nigeria, we take a look at the atmosphere of Enyimba International Stadium. Review by Nigeria Regional Correspondent Alonge Akinlolu.

Boston Bruins Break Ground on New Practice Arena

By Paul Baker - Dec 11, 2014 4:23 PM EST

A new and interesting trend among professional sports teams is the movement by many teams to upgrade their practice facilities as a way to lure star players into the fold and to create new revenue streams. The days of using a local rink, gym, or field as a practice facility is quickly going the way of the wooden stick or the underhanded free throw as teams discover another potentially lucrative revenue stream.

FEATURED STADIUM  Owings Mills Gymnasium

New Review: Hoopsville Classic

3.0
N/A

Dec 11, 2014

Owings Mills athletic complex for Stevenson University hosts the third annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic. Review by Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Ottawa Senators May Look to Build New Downtown Arena

By Robbie Raskin - Dec 11, 2014 8:09 AM EST

Fans of the NHL's Ottawa Senators will almost unanimously agree that the biggest issue off the ice for the club is the location of their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre. While the arena is under twenty years old, and a fine place to watch a game, it is located at the extreme western edge of the city's metropolitan area, a massive inconvenience for many fans.

FEATURED STADIUM  Glass Bowl

New Review: Toledo Football

3.6
3.2

Dec 11, 2014

One of the best old stadiums in the Mid American Conference. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie. Follow all of Dave's sporting adventures on Twitter @profan9.

Building Commences for New Perth Stadium

By Lloyd Rothwell - Dec 10, 2014 10:42 PM EST

Construction of the new Perth Stadium commenced this week. The 60,000-seat venue is expected to be complete in time for the 2018 AFL season at a total precinct cost of almost $900 million. Once complete, the venue will become the home of the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers of the AFL, and the Western Force Super Rugby team.

FEATURED STADIUM  Huff Hall

New Review: Illinois Volleyball

4.3
N/A

Dec 10, 2014

Our 4th college volleyball venue review, and this one is a classic. Review by Special Correspondent Gregory Priebe.

Red Sox Announce Improvements to Fenway Park

By Paul Baker - Dec 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST

The Boston Red Sox have issued a press release which details improvements they plan to make to Fenway Park for the upcoming 2015 season. Since 2002, the current ownership group has spent over $300 million in upgrades to Fenway Park. While none of the improvements scheduled for 2015 would be considered a major upgrade, they should improve the game day experience in Boston.

FEATURED STADIUM  H.A. Chapman Stadium

New Review: Tulsa Football

1.7
3.0

Dec 10, 2014

An intimate venue that has been home to Golden Hurricanes football since 1930, however something is missing from the overall experience at Chapman Stadium. Review by Oklahoma Regional Correspondent Bradlee Ross.

FEATURED STADIUM  Clune Arena

New Review: Air Force Basketball

3.3
3.4

Dec 09, 2014

An updated look at Air Force basketball at Clune Arena. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

New Stadium for Colorado State Football Approved

By Scott Bultman - Dec 09, 2014 1:59 PM EST

Colorado State football had one of their finest seasons this year on the field and will soon have a new home. The Board of Governors approved a new stadium for the school with hopes of beginning play there in 2017. The stadium will cost an estimated $220 million dollars and will be located on the southwest edge of campus.

Plymouth Whalers on the Move?

By Robbie Raskin - Dec 09, 2014 8:02 AM EST

Despite great successes on the ice it looks as though the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers could be playing their last season in the Michigan. News broke yesterday that club owner Peter Karmanos (also owner of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes) was looking to imminently move the franchise with Chatham, Ontario the probable candidate.

FEATURED STADIUM  Franklin Field

New Review: Penn Football

3.6
3.6

Dec 09, 2014

An updated look at one of the most historic stadiums in the United States. Review by Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

FEATURED STADIUM  Folsom Field

New Review: Colorado Football

4.1
4.0

Dec 08, 2014

An updated look at historic Folsom Field, home of the Colorado Buffaloes. Review by Rocky Mountain Regional Correspondent Scott Bultman.

FEATURED STADIUM  Verizon Center

New Review: Washington International Horse Show

3.1
N/A

Dec 08, 2014

A sure sign of autumn in the nation's capital, Special Correspondent Gary Butterworth reviews the experience of attending the Washington International Horse Show.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sleeman Centre

New Review: Guelph Storm

4.1
3.6

Dec 07, 2014

Special Correspondent Robbie Raskin takes a new look at Sleeman Centre, home of the reigning Ontario Hockey League (OHL) champions.

FEATURED STADIUM  Heinz Field

New Review: Pittsburgh Steelers

4.4
3.9

Dec 07, 2014

One of the best experiences in the NFL, a trip to Heinz Field should be a part of every sports fan's travel bucket list. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sports Authority Field at Mile High

New Review: Denver Broncos

4.0
4.1

Dec 06, 2014

It may be one of the best times in history to attend a Denver Broncos game at Sports Authority Field. Review by Regional Correspondent Scott Bultman.

FEATURED STADIUM  Virtua Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees

New Review: Philadelphia Flyers Junior Hockey Team

2.7
N/A

Dec 06, 2014

The arrival of the USPHL in 2013 has made the Voorhees Skate Zone a slightly more attractive venue for fans who enjoy hockey primarily as a spectator sport. For the highest level of junior-aged amateur hockey available without a long drive, the venue certainly gets the job done. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Butterworth.

FEATURED STADIUM  Georgia Dome

New Review: Georgia State Football

2.4
2.4

Dec 05, 2014

Georgia State football is still a program in its relative infancy, but the growing pains are quite evident. Review by Georgia Regional Correspondent Brian Jones.

The NFL and the Common Fan

By Steven Bieniek - Dec 05, 2014 12:42 PM EST

It's becoming harder and harder to be a common fan of an NFL team. I don't mean this in the sense of it's hard to enjoy watching an NFL game or your favorite team, though maybe it is for specific teams (I'm looking your way Jacksonville). What I'm trying to say is it's physically, mentally and financially hard to be a fan. This also has nothing to do with all of the ancillary things that are going on in the NFL such as the off the field incidents and the perceived lack of overall leadership that helps anyone other than the owners and their wallets. I'm focusing on the overall process of just going to an NFL game for a fan.

FEATURED STADIUM  Scheumann Stadium

New Review: Ball State Football

2.9
2.0

Dec 05, 2014

An updated look at the Ball State football experience at Scheumann Stadium. Review by Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

FEATURED STADIUM  ShoWare Center

New Review: Seattle Thunderbirds

2.9
4.1

Dec 04, 2014

Our coverage of American junior hockey continues with this review of the ShoWare Center, home of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Review by Joshua Eastern.

FEATURED STADIUM  Memorial Stadium

New Review: Indiana Football

3.9
3.4

Dec 04, 2014

An updated look at an overlooked gem of a stadium experience: Memorial Stadium, home of the Indiana Hoosiers. Review by Ohio Valley Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

Spirit Communications Acquires Naming Rights for Columbia Ballpark

By Brian Wilmer - Dec 03, 2014 5:12 PM EST

In what has been a whirlwind few months surrounding baseball's return to South Carolina's capital city, Columbia's ballpark (due to open in 2016) now has a corporate sponsor and a name.

FEATURED STADIUM  Joe Louis Arena

New Review: Detroit Red Wings

3.6
3.8

Dec 03, 2014

An updated look at the home of the Red Wings. You have just three seasons left before the Wings move into their planned new arena in 2017. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald of Sports Road Trips.

From the Pit to the Pie

By James Hilchen - Dec 03, 2014 9:17 AM EST

The long-rumored sale of the naming rights to the iconic University Arena came to fruition on Monday when the University of New Mexico announced it received the largest donation in the history of its' athletic department. The $6 million donation by WisePies Pizza & Salad secures the name WisePies Arena for the next ten years.

FEATURED STADIUM  Kessler Field

New Review: Monmouth Football

3.1
N/A

Dec 03, 2014

We now have a review of each football stadium in the Big South Conference. Review by Special Correspondent Ed Pelle.

FEATURED STADIUM  Home Park

New Review: Plymouth Argyle FC

3.4
N/A

Dec 02, 2014

A classic football ground in southwest England. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Foxall.

Indy's Fairgrounds Coliseum Finishes Off Renovations With New Name, Cartoon Cat

By Brandon Gee - Dec 02, 2014 11:26 AM EST

After a $63 million renovation by the sports architecture firm Populous that completely gutted and replaced the interior of Indianapolis' historic Fairgrounds Coliseum, the venue is topping off the project with a new name.

FEATURED STADIUM  Rogers K-Rock Centre

New Review: Kingston Frontenacs

4.0
3.2

Dec 02, 2014

An updated look at the home of the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs. Review by Special Correspondent Robbie Raskin.

FEATURED STADIUM  Bell Centre

New Review: Montreal Canadiens

3.9
4.4

Dec 01, 2014

Stadium Journey visits one of the most historic NHL venues, the home of les Habitants. Review by Special Correspondent Sean Rowland.

FEATURED STADIUM  Memorial Stadium

New Review: Kansas Football

3.4
2.7

Dec 01, 2014

Although the Jayhawks are not famed for their football prowess, NFL Hall of Fame players Gayle Sayers and John Riggins both suited up in the Crimson and Blue and played their homes games in Memorial Stadium. Review by Regional Correspondent Cory Sims.

FEATURED STADIUM  StubHub Center

New Review: LA Galaxy

3.6
3.9

Nov 30, 2014

StubHub Center has become a destination for soccer fans in the United States, and it is truly one of the best venues to see the sport in the nation. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

FEATURED STADIUM  Nottingham Field

New Review: Northern Colorado Football

2.6
2.4

Nov 30, 2014

We roll our NCAA FCS coverage on with this review of Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colorado. Review by Correspondent Scott Bultman.

FEATURED STADIUM  PPL Center

New Review: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

3.6
4.3

Nov 29, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are enjoying a successful start to their inaugural campaign in the wonderful new PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Review by Sean MacDonald of Sports Road Trips.

Field of the Year Winners Announced

By Paul Swaney - Nov 29, 2014 12:05 PM EST

Earlier this week the professional organization, Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), named their winners of the 2014 fields of the year. According to the organization's press release, winners were determined "based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program."

FEATURED STADIUM  Lane Stadium

New Review: Virginia Tech Football

3.6
3.9

Nov 29, 2014

It's the home of the "Blacksburg Bounce", Hokie Stone and the Drill Field. Special Correspondent Josh Oakes takes us to Virginia Tech.

FEATURED STADIUM  Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

New Review: Salt River Rafters

3.7
3.3

Nov 28, 2014

Here we review one of the best Arizona Fall League venues, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

Charlotte Checkers to Return to Bojangles Coliseum on 10 Year Deal

By David Berger - Nov 28, 2014 8:50 AM EST

The Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) announced this week that they have an agreement in principal to return to Bojangles Coliseum next season. The Checkers have played in Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, since the building opened in 2005.

FEATURED STADIUM  Rodney Parade

New Review: Newport County AFC

3.1
N/A

Nov 28, 2014

It's been a struggle for Newport, but they are back in the English football pyramid, and in historic Rodney Parade. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Foxall.

Vale Phil Hughes

By Lloyd Rothwell - Nov 27, 2014 9:31 PM EST

Today has been a terribly sad day for Australian sport after cricketer Phil Hughes lost his battle for life at the tender age of 25 after a freak accident while batting in a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday left him in a coma with a severe brain injury.

25 Years Later, Soccer Scene Has Changed in Ottawa

By Marc Viquez - Nov 27, 2014 11:31 AM EST

If you do not like something, just wait 25 years.

This seems to have been the logic for the city of Ottawa as a quarter of a century has provided a dramatic shift for the sport of soccer in the Canadian capital. Back in 1989, professional soccer was on life support. To the many who were not born or were in diapers in 1989, but who are now die hard soccer supporters, think of this time as the dark ages for soccer.

FEATURED STADIUM  Ford Field

New Review: Detroit Lions

3.4
3.7

Nov 27, 2014

Updated look at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions and a Thanksgiving Day tradition since 1934. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

Serie B Increase in Season Ticket Sales

By Stefano Romagnoli - Nov 26, 2014 7:42 PM EST

The second division of Italian football (Serie B) dramatically increased the number of annual season ticket holders from the 2013/2014 to the 2014/2015 season. There were 66,080 season ticket holders last season, now there are 89,536. That is an increase of 23,456 fans (+ 35.5%).

FEATURED STADIUM  Martinsville Speedway

New Review: Martinsville Speedway

3.7
3.5

Nov 26, 2014

The Chase may have just ended, but don't miss our trip to one of the classic venues on the NASCAR circuit. Review by Special Correspondent Josh Oakes.

You Will Not Go Thirsty in Indianapolis

By Marc Viquez - Nov 26, 2014 8:02 AM EST

It is possible that sometime this year you will find yourself in the city of Indianapolis attending a sporting event somewhere in downtown at Lucas Oil Stadium or at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Perhaps, you may even catch a Butler basketball game at the Hinkle Fieldhouse or an Indy Fuel hockey game at the newly renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum. You may know that once you are downtown, you are located within close proximity of restaurants, retail shopping, bars, and museums that should enhance your visit to the city.

FEATURED STADIUM  Blue Sox Stadium

New Review: Sydney Blue Sox

3.1
3.0

Nov 26, 2014

Baseball continues to be a growing sport in Australia, and we take an updated look at the home of the Sydney Blue Sox. Review by Australia Regional Correspondent Lloyd Rothwell.

Otago Nuggets Withdraw from NBL

By Jeff Cheshire - Nov 25, 2014 8:32 PM EST

The Otago Nuggets will not enter a team in the 2015 New Zealand National Basketball League. Teams wishing to compete are given a deadline to pay a $5,000 deposit to Basketball New Zealand, a date which has come and gone for the Nuggets. It was an inevitable move and comes off the back of a tough financial period which has seen Basketball Otago amount a significant debt over the past three years. Despite this it is hoped that the Nuggets will enter a team in the 2016 competition following a split from BBO, which will see the two operate as separate entities.

FEATURED STADIUM  Dix Stadium

New Review: Kent State Football

3.4
3.3

Nov 25, 2014

A new look at Dix Stadium, home of the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Review by Northern Ohio Regional Correspondent Samuel Watkins. Photos by Laura Ceccarelli.

Contest: Win a Print from Ballpark Blueprints!

By Brandon Gee - Nov 25, 2014 9:57 AM EST

If you're a regular reader of Stadium Journey, then you're probably someone who appreciates the architectural quality of stadiums. For our latest contest, we're offering something that elevates stadium design into an art form.

We've partnered with Ballpark Blueprints Ltd. on a giveaway of one of their blueprint-style art prints. So far, the company has released over 30 prints from some of the most beloved stadiums in baseball and both pro and college football. These are suitable for framing and would make a great holiday gift.

FEATURED STADIUM  Mustang Stadium

New Review: Stevenson Mustangs Football

3.7
N/A

Nov 25, 2014

A rare look at a Division III college football program, that despite its short time playing football, still has a lot of history to draw on. Review by Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Australia Gets Win in International Rules Series with Ireland

By Lloyd Rothwell - Nov 24, 2014 10:24 PM EST

While recent one-day cricket crowds around Australia have been poor, that wasn't the case for the International Rules football test match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium in Perth on Saturday night.

FEATURED STADIUM  Rynearson Stadium

New Review: Eastern Michigan Football

2.9
4.1

Nov 24, 2014

A new gray turf field has given Eastern Michigan football a unique identity, but it's the fans that Rynearson Stadium really needs to create a special football experience. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney.

Arthur Ashe Stadium Renovation Update

By James Hilchen - Nov 24, 2014 9:30 AM EST

Construction is underway on a retractable roof that will cover Arthur Ashe Stadium, the site of the finals of the United States Open tennis tournament. The plan is for the roof to be ready for the 2016 Open.

The roof is part of a bigger $500 million renovation plan at the National Tennis Center in New York. In addition to the roof over Ashe Stadium, a new Armstrong Stadium (possibly with a roof of its own), Grandstand, and viewing for practice courts are planned to be completed in phases.

FEATURED STADIUM  Hardy M. Graham Stadium

New Review: Tennessee-Martin Football

2.9
1.9

Nov 24, 2014

Halfway between Memphis and Nashville you'll find the charming town of Martin, home of the Skyhawks. Review by Tennessee Regional Correspondent Eric Taylor.

Japan and Argentina Confirmed for Super Rugby 2016

By Lloyd Rothwell - Nov 23, 2014 9:52 PM EST

SANZAR has officially confirmed that Japan and Argentina will enter the Super Rugby competition beginning in 2016. The Japanese franchise will be based in Tokyo at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, however they will also play 3 home games a season at the new National Stadium in Singapore at the Sports Hub complex. The Argentinian team will be based in Buenos Aires.

FEATURED STADIUM  Air Canada Centre

New Review: Toronto Maple Leafs

4.1
3.8

Nov 23, 2014

Slowly but surely the Maple Leafs are getting away from the corporate image of Air Canada Centre, and once again finding their place as the centre of the hockey universe. Review by Special Correspondent Robbie Raskin.

FEATURED STADIUM  Patriots Point Soccer Stadium

New Review: College of Charleston Soccer

3.1
N/A

Nov 23, 2014

For schools like the College of Charleston that don’t have football, soccer automatically becomes more important and the stadium reflects it. Review by Special Correspondent Harrison Huntley.

FEATURED STADIUM  Akwa Ibom Stadium

New Review: Nigeria National Football

4.0
4.9

Nov 22, 2014

The Super Eagles have a new national stadium in the state of Akwa Ibom. Review by Nigeria Regional Correspondent Alonge Akinlolu.

Play By Play: Interview with Chris Villani

By Jon Hart - Nov 22, 2014 9:52 AM EST

Chris Villani is a sports broadcaster. As a student at Syracuse University, he did broadcast work for the the school's football and men's basketball team, among others. Following graduation, Villani was the voice of the Harvard men's basketball team for four seasons. After that, for two seasons, he was the voice for the University of Vermont's (UVM) men's basketball team. This season, Villani will be calling college basketball games for ESPN3. Villani is usually the one doing the interviews. This time, we turned the tables and asked Villani a few questions. He was nice enough to discuss interviewing Jeremy Lin, best spots to hit in Syracuse and Burlington, Vermont and what it takes to call a big time game, among other subjects.

FEATURED STADIUM  Columbus Civic Center

New Review: Columbus Cottonmouths

3.1
N/A

Nov 22, 2014

Our latest from the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). A trip to see the Cottonmouths is a good excuse to visit historic Columbus, Georgia. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

Earthquakes and Avaya Partner on New Stadium Sponsorship

By Ryan Norris - Nov 21, 2014 9:45 PM EST

On November 19, 2014 the San Jose Earthquakes announced a partnership with Santa Clara based company Avaya for the naming rights of their new stadium in San Jose. Three years after the project began, the $100 million soccer-specific stadium will open in time for the 2015 Major League Soccer Stadium, replacing their previous home Buck Shaw Stadium.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cubs Park

New Review: Mesa Solar Sox

3.0
N/A

Nov 21, 2014

Arizona Fall League action has started up again to satiate those waiting for spring training. This review of Cubs Park, home of the Mesa Solar Sox, by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

Life of a Groundskeeper at Red Bull Arena

By Sean MacDonald - Nov 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST

This Sunday afternoon, the New York Red Bulls host the first leg of their semifinal series against the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. With winter rearing its ugly head throughout the northeast, fans might be worried about the conditions on game day, when sitting outdoors for a few hours is not a particularly pleasant experience. But the weather is not only a matter of concern when the players take the field. For the field to be in perfect condition by that time it takes constant maintenance. During the season, the daily forecast is of utmost importance and no one knows that better than the professional groundskeeper.

MLS Stadium Experience Rankings

By Paul Swaney - Nov 21, 2014 9:58 AM EST

Major League Soccer saw average attendance in 2014 reach an all-time high, with more than 19,000 attending each match on average. You should expect that number to continue to grow with the folding of Chivas USA during the 2014 season, and the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City SC in 2015. Most important for stadium travel enthusiasts though, is that the experience of attending an MLS game continues to get better. This should also improve as the San Jose Earthquakes will move into their new home, Avaya Stadium, next season. It truly is a great time to be a soccer fan in the United States and Canada.

This season, the correspondents of Stadium Journey re-reviewed 11 of the 18 venues in MLS. Next season we'll continue our coverage by visiting the two expansion franchises as well as the seven we didn't see in 2014. We compile our rankings of stadium experience based on the components of our FANFARE rating scale which takes into account the food & beverage in the stadium, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium is located, the fans, access (which includes parking, traffic, ability to move within the stadium, and restrooms), the overall return on investment (is it worth the price?), and one catchall category for anything unique about the stadium experience. We utilize the ratings of our readers and members as our primary tiebreaker, and we encourage you to share your experiences and rate the venues you have visited.

FEATURED STADIUM  Reser Stadium

New Review: Oregon State Football

4.0
3.1

Nov 21, 2014

Reser Stadium is the smallest of the Pac-12 football venues but it packs a punch. Review by Oregon Regional Correspondent Paul Hilchen.

FEATURED STADIUM  War Memorial Gymnasium

New Review: Idaho Volleyball

2.9
N/A

Nov 20, 2014

As we expand our coverage to college volleyball, check out our review of the home of Idaho Vandals volleyball. Review by Correspondent Ben Evensen.

Stadium Journey Binge: Seattle

By Josh Eastern - Nov 20, 2014 11:10 AM EST

College basketball is starting to heat up while college football is winding down their regular season. This makes this time of year a great time for packing in the opportunity to see several venues in one weekend in one city. Even though Seattle doesn't have an NHL or NBA team, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of sporting events to attend.

This weekend in Seattle is one of the last weekends of overlap for college basketball, college football, and the NFL. This is really one of the only weekends that it happens all year, which makes for a fun weekend of Seattle sports at different venues. On Friday, the 21st there is a college basketball game followed by a college football game on the Saturday, and lastly followed by an NFL game on the 23rd.

If you can, make the trip to the Emerald City for a great sports weekend.

FEATURED STADIUM  Paulson Stadium

New Review: Georgia Southern Football

4.3
4.6

Nov 20, 2014

Georgia Southern is off to a great start in their first season at the FBS level, and Paulson Stadium remains one of the best small venues in all of college football. Review by Georgia Regional Correspondent Brian Jones.

FEATURED STADIUM  Punjab Stadium

New Review: Pakistan National Football

3.4
N/A

Nov 19, 2014

Last month Pakistan hosted Palestine in a rare international friendly in Lahore. Review by Special Correspondent Gary Butterworth.

ANZ Stadium $350m Upgrade Plan

By Lloyd Rothwell - Nov 19, 2014 9:22 AM EST

A $350m plan has been released which would see ANZ Stadium (Sydney's Olympic Stadium), transformed into the "best multipurpose stadium in the world."

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