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^Granted this study was from 2011, but it appears it provides a 5% bump: http://www.sbnation.com/2011/1/19/1940438/home-field-advantage-sports-stats-data

 

I think my biggest gripe (and why I much prefer college) is that all these new modern stadiums are not in any way, shape, or form designed for the common fan to do what you would expect at a sporting event: stand, cheer, high 5, etc. Basically, they've morphed from stadiums to broadway theaters with the focus being on premium seating. I enjoy the amenities, but I do also like not being 5 miles away from the action and among fans also having a good time when I can't afford those amenities.

 

^^I might have done that on purpose.

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^Yeah I'm with ya there, which I why I really like what they've done in Jacksonville. They added great amenities and premium seating locations (and yes freaking swimming pools) but it still feels like a football stadium. The amenities compliment and enhance the experience rather than distracting from it. That may have just been what was most affordable at the time instead of funding an entirely new venue but I'm glad they went the route they did.

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^ Give it a few more years and I am sure the Jags will be asking for a new stadium or threatening to move...

 

It is on my bucket list to check out the pools there and at the D-backs stadium.

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^Granted this study was from 2011, but it appears it provides a 5% bump: http://www.sbnation.com/2011/1/19/1940438/home-field-advantage-sports-stats-data

 

I think my biggest gripe (and why I much prefer college) is that all these new modern stadiums are not in any way, shape, or form designed for the common fan to do what you would expect at a sporting event: stand, cheer, high 5, etc. Basically, they've morphed from stadiums to broadway theaters with the focus being on premium seating. I enjoy the amenities, but I do also like not being 5 miles away from the action and among fans also having a good time when I can't afford those amenities.

 

^^I might have done that on purpose.

 

I totally agree!

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Slight bump...As I said earlier, I did treat myself to the USC/Alabama game at Jerry World. There are no photos of said game because, well, it wasn't much of a game.

 

But I did make a return trip to Rangers Ballpark, took the tour of the stadium, and sat inside the batters eye! So here are some more photos of Rangers Ballpark...

 

Heading up to Seattle in a few weeks for USC/Washington and will possibly do the Safeco field tour as well, so expect more updates soon! Well, if USC wins of course.

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The press box. Very exciting, I know.

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The view from the press box. A lot of teams have been moving their press boxes to the corner to sell more premium seats, so this is probably a better view than most new stadiums

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The field level tunnel.

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Rangers Clubhouse

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As you walk from the clubhouse to the dugout, they have signs commemorating all their award winners. Motivation I suppose.

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The dugout!

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View from dugout. What was cool about this tour, is they still conducted it with players working out. A lot of teams would restrict the field if this was happening. Elvis Andrus took photos with fans.

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Everything was already set up for the game/players workout

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The post game interview area. Connected directly to clubhouse.

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View from inside the batters eye. The Rangers turned it into a private all you can eat club. Great value for the $90 we paid.

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Also visited the Rangers Hall of Fame. I guess this guy pitched a long time.

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History on the stadiums.

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And construction of said stadium.

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Well, that's awkward...

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everything is bigger in Texas.

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They were aggressively campaigning to get tax payers to pay for a new stadium, when this one is only 22 years old...Murica!

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Fireworks night while waiting for our Uber.

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Ooooh boy it's been years since I visited this thread! I guess they might as well build a new stadium so you can give us a review of it

Must be bittersweet to a 49ers fan, you finally get a new stadium...........on the other hand many say it's soulless, it's 40 miles from SF and you give Harbaugh the boot so you go down the toilet... For some reason the upper deck still looks really high even after having all the suites on the other side, I wonder where the last row of the LA Coliseum would match up with that grandstand.

 

Can't wait to see the Clink and Safeco?

 

The home field advantage I hear is really just mostly from the refs/umps having a bias towards the home team.

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^Thankfully USC won, but I can say from experience that it was very loud inside Husky Stadium and likely contributed to the 3 or 4 false starts USC committed.

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The fact that the Rangers (and Braves) are getting new stadiums is ridiculous. Great photos of that perfectly good, relatively modern ballpark.

 

Agreed. I wouldn't be opposed to it if the ownership groups were paying out of their own pocket, but in both these cases the taxpayers are footing the bill. And if you read the news articles---not even close to good deals.

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Yeah, that's why I like what Missouri's done. In KC, Kauffman and Arrowhead got some upgrades, but they're the same stadiums we've had since 1973. In STL, the Cardinals got a new stadium in 2006, replacing a really crappy 40-year-old stadium that never was any good. In exchange, we got a beautiful venue that pays homage to the golden age of baseball while also providing modern conveniences that people have come to expect. But when the Rams said they wanted a new place, when we had just given them one 20 years ago that's still perfectly fine, we said L.A. looks good.

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^Not exactly how it played out. St. Louis tried to give everything they could to keep the Rams, but there was no question they were leaving no matter what St. Louis gave them.

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The feeling really was mutual. We made a good faith effort to draw up some plans for a new stadium, but the Rams were a huge flop from the city's perspective. The reason cities subsidize stadiums is that they attract visitors to the city who then stay in hotels and eat at restaurants (read: pay taxes to the city). The Rams never were a huge draw for visitors, so the city lost millions on the TransWorld Dome. The convention centre makes a fair profit, but the stadium never did. Hence why the offering from St. Louis was pretty weak--so much so that L.A. already began construction on the new stadium even before the Rams officially turned down St. Louis' offer. They were going to California and everyone knew it.

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^Construction actually just started last week because they needed FAA approval for the cranes since the site is so close to LAX. The construction prior to that was demolishing the horse racing track and rebuilding the casino. The city/state were ready to offer up $400 million for a new stadium in St. Louis.

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^ Okay, I guess I confused the demolition as part of the construction. But yeah, they asked for a stadium only as an excuse to get out of St. Louis. And we drew up plans only to give a show of effort. Neither side wanted to continue having the team in St. Louis. The stadium plans are still alive for the riverfront, just for a different kind of football. Honestly I think attendance would be better for an MLS franchise than for an NFL team. St. Louis is just that sort of town.

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MLS will be forgotten in 20 years. They are diluting the league by adding so many teams and not doing relegation. There's only so many hipsters in each market who think it's cool going to soccer matches...

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MLS is definitely no great shakes, but it's also managed to survive for 23 years and easily beat the best days of the NASL. Unless interest in soccer completely goes away, the league isn't going anywhere.

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^I'm certainly no expert, but I think the future of the league will be decided between 2019 and 2022 when the current CBA is up and their TV deal is up. Right now it's hot and the owners are probably making money from it being trendy and getting new teams to pay expansion fees, but I think the REAL test will be how big of a TV deal they get and if they can keep wages down.

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The fact that the Rangers (and Braves) are getting new stadiums is ridiculous. Great photos of that perfectly good, relatively modern ballpark.

 

Yes the park is pretty new, (Rangers) however with the brutal summers we have it should have been built with a roof in first place. 105 to 110 in the summer with field temps higher. It will make a for a better fan experience and I imagine would bring in other players such as pitchers who don't want to pitch for the Rangers in the brutal heat. The old stadium is staying put, it will be used as venue for entertainment and such.

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Finally another update!

 

USC played at UDub this season, so naturally I had to visit a city I had not been to since I was a kid (Seattle). Long story short: it was a fantastic college atmosphere. Very friendly fans, with only one drunk douchebag behind us who was suspiciously quiet at the end of the game when I waved goodbye....

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The exterior of the stadium blends in with all the building around it, with lots of bricks. Also a metro stop right at the stadium!

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Concourses were typical concourses...

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...But the hyped up view was as advertised. The stadium is basically on the shore of Lake Washington, so rich alumni "tailgate" on their boats

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The stadium features mostly aluminum bench seating (meh), but that combined with the awnings over the top decks really trap in the noise. It was a very loud stadium.

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We got a C-130 flyover (Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a ton of them based there)

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Half Time show honoring the USS Arizona

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The video board was quite nice (the stadium was renovated between 2011-2013). But by that I mean, check out the score!

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Been awhile since I've updated this...

 

So here's the moda center in Portland.

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While in Seattle, we made the 2hr drive up to Portland and stumbled upon great seats to a trailblazers game

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Obligatory concourse photo.

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View from our seats

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...which happened to be in a suite. Suite was huge with a bar area and...

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More banners than the clippers!

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Doors to suites were all open and unlocked, as opposed to ticket entry you usually see...so here's nikes absurdly nice suite

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The arena also has the obligatory "box seat" area

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Postgame tv show studio on the concourse

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Can't be in Portland without a beer themed restaurant

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FYI: bill Walton is the best/worst commentator on tv

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Upper concourse has a kids play area. Nice to fit that in.

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Restroom in the suite. Great amenity!

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The fact that the Rangers (and Braves) are getting new stadiums is ridiculous. Great photos of that perfectly good, relatively modern ballpark.

 

Yes the park is pretty new, (Rangers) however with the brutal summers we have it should have been built with a roof in first place. 105 to 110 in the summer with field temps higher. It will make a for a better fan experience and I imagine would bring in other players such as pitchers who don't want to pitch for the Rangers in the brutal heat. The old stadium is staying put, it will be used as venue for entertainment and such.

The Braves' stadium wasn't originally built for baseball. It was originally the Olympic stadium for the 1996 Olympics

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