Stadiums Near Me

What makes a great stadium experience?

If you've gone to an event at any of the new stadiums built over the last decade, you're well aware of the advancements between them and the older, more traditional stadiums.

Today's franchisees are not only trying to create more visually appealing structures. They're interested in making going to the game an all-encompassing entertainment event.

Dress your pet up for Game Day... Major League Pets!

It's doubtful that anyone who attended a baseball ball game in Cooperstown, could have foreseen the way technology would transform the game-day experience. They probably wouldn't have guessed that suites would begin to take over ballparks and force the average fan out.

These changes can be seen at today's stadiums, but will soon become the rule rather than the exception for a day at the game.

Will we have TVs in the bathrooms finally?

Want the easiest way to eliminate the lines during halftime and in between quarters and innings? How about putting TV's in the bathrooms already! The only place in the park where you're in the dark now is in the toilets, which is packed with joyous fans rushing to relieve themselves. That's not going to last long.

Will we have TVs in the seats like airplanes?

We've already talked about the boom of some current technology. That is only an introduction to sticking screens right into the seats in front of you. It's probably not practical to put a display into every position of an 80,000 person stadium. There will undoubtedly be sections that allow fans following the same game or a different one on their own screens.

What kind of personal, customization features will fans get?

Once the technologies are all hooked up, personalized content can begin to flow. The Penguins already offer their ticket holders the chance to view customized instant replays from home games on their cell phones.

Can we please get more access to the teams and players?

Fans are offered unprecedented access at Cowboys games through perks like the Miller Lite Club. A bar that separates the enthusiasts from the players by glass walls as they walk from the locker room to the field.

Some teams have slowly begun phasing out admittance at once open to the public venues like training camp. Others have realized that access isn't wrong because the money to be made from gimmicks like this is high.

Will they take away your booze soon at your favorite game?

Before everyone freaks out, this is no guarantee. Violence related to alcohol over the years has been on the rise at games and in parking lots. It would take a lot for organizations to suck it up and kiss one of their most significant sources of easy revenue goodbye.

It's not out of the range of chance that something terrible enough could happen to force their hands and eliminate alcohol sale at games. Most college games don't sell beer at all, and some pro teams have already banned the sale of beer bottles.

What new features will Sports bars and restaurants have shortly?

Professional organizations have figured out that they can sell alcohol and food in more lavish and more expensive ways than just the traditional concession stands. By implementing souped-up bars into stadiums, teams can add their usual add-on on top of already-expensive prices.

The New Jersey Devils broke the pattern when they created the Fire and Ice Lounges at the Prudential Center. The Fire and Ice Lounges allow fans clear sight lines to the ice. Other teams have instantly realized what a hit these bars are with fans and have been following suit. These bars enable fans to enjoy two of their favorite scenes, the sports bar crowd and the live game in front of them.

Will we have higher concession prices?

Both concession stand prices and ticket prices aren't likely to drop anytime soon. Buying food at the game is a colossal rip-off revenue driver for organizations, and they aren't going to back off as new stadiums get more expensive. Also, look for less-traditional food options like sushi, steak, buffalo, or even Rocky Mountain Oysters?

What are some of the new attractions we may get at new stadiums?

Modern pro stadiums are focused on formulating an all-encompassing entertainment experience that extends far beyond the playing field. Roller coaster anyone, how about a Giant Ferris Wheel? Some type of amusement park ride that provides unique views of the game (and can keep the kids entertained) seems inevitable.

How much more luxurious will luxury suites get?

Suites were a way to make cheaper seats at the top of the arena a more appealing option. But as wealthier fans demand more and more access, those boxes have come down out of the sky.

Met-life Stadium features the "Coaches Club" that boasts a deck of suites five yards behind the home team's bench. That's unparalleled access that will soon be mimicked around the sports world.

How will you view sports at home change?

Statistics suggest that seeing sports at home is slowly becoming more and more popular. The Super Bowl at home has risen from 90 million viewers in 2006 to upwards of over 120 million today. Because this personal home experience is on the rise, it is regarded by many to be the number one threat to attendance at the actual event.

How are engineers transforming stadiums for the future?

One problem with sports stadiums is that many are used on a minimal basis. Some establishments are exploring the possibility of having a stadium that could quickly be converted from a football stadium into a hockey arena or basketball court.

It sounds pretty complicated, but as developer technology advances, so these wild blueprint schemes could eventually be possible.

What will be the desired type of roof structure in the future for stadiums?

Domes haven't become universal in sports yet as some teams struggle to hang on to the challenges the elements can present. But economically, it makes no sense for organizations to risk losing customers because of a little cold weather or rain.

Domes can now be retracted in minutes, so there's really no reason that every stadium doesn't have them. The contained spaces allow venues to hold more than just sporting events, giving establishments another way to make money during the off-season. Met-life failed on this front when building their new stadium *no roof.

How will stadiums provide me Fantasy stats?

Gigantic video screens are the latest craze at new stadiums as teams attempt to deploy the most prominent, flashiest, and detailed displays for their fans. Currently, the information is often quite primitive: what batter is up next, the players batting average, and the score.

That will change as teams figure out creative ways to use their booming screens. It's only a matter of time when scoreboards cater to the fantasy player so can keep up with their own personal fantasy match-ups while they're at the game.

What is the most advanced futuristic new feature for stadiums of the future?

How about Holograms on the field instead of players. Sound crazy? It's not. Part of Japan's technology bid to host the World Cup included a plan to sync live World Cup games with holographs of the games at different stadiums in real-time.

Soon, you could have life-like 3-D holographic images projected in front of a raucous crowd at Met Life Stadium at the same time the game is going on in Dallas. It's not quite real, but we think fanatics would be more than happy to tailgate eight more times a year. And teams would be satisfied picking up some extra revenue from ticket sales and concessions.

What do fans want in new stadium upgrades for the future?

The vast majority of the fans said that they wish to have better parking facilities that could manage the traffic flow more efficiently. A lot of fans believe that the prices for concessions are simply too high. The fans would enjoy the game much more if the ticket and food prices were made more reasonable.

Many fans said that their experience was too often worsened by rowdy or drunken individuals or groups and that these disruptions should be better managed. Not too many fans said anything about the stadiums and their construction overall, wanting better seats and scoreboard systems.

What are some of the rising stadium costs and future developments?

With so many upgrades being made to so many current stadiums, costs overall are rising as well. The average price of a new NFL stadium in 2020 will quickly be over 1 billion dollars.

Despite these high prices and their expectancy to rise. Fans and professionals are optimistic, believing that future developments can be made to enhance the fan experience even more.

The most advanced stadium to date is the Atlanta Falcons One and a Half Billion dollar, 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Designed to create the ultimate game experience, the stadium boasts several modern architectural features and some of the most fan-friendly services in American professional sports.

First and foremost, Mercedes-Benz Stadium draws attention for its incredible, Ancient Greece-inspired retractable roof. The roof can open or close in 11 minutes. Architecturally, it is beautiful when seen from both below and if your lucky enough above. This is something consistent with the rest of the stadium's aesthetics.

Other accessible components of the building are the 16-story-high wall of floor-to-ceiling glass providing a view of downtown Atlanta. And a considerable bird statue by artist Gábor Miklós Szóke. The stadium is eco-friendly as well, with features such as a six hundred thousand gallon tank to gather rainwater. And the installation of four thousand solar panels around the stadium.

Aside from the retractable roof, though, what will most amaze spectators will be the "halo board" screen. A circular screen that wraps 360 degrees, just below the roof opening, the board is fifty-eight feet tall and, if spread out in a line, over one thousand feet long. Billed as the most massive screen anywhere, it can show 12 separate sections or one continuous image.

As impressive as the stadium's design is, it's incredible how the designers kept the fans' experience first and foremost throughout the building's design and construction. Seat sizes were increased, and video screens airing NFL Red Zone to engage fantasy football players are active.

The price of concessions, always a thorn in the side of fans attending live games, is actually a selling point. Some of the deals, such as nachos for $3, hot dogs for $2 and beers for $5. Not to mention sodas with unlimited refills.

Not only that, the stadium serves at least forty different beer brands from more than a thousand taps. Offering a massive selection of great food and beverage options at meager prices is not only a kind gesture by the ownership but also an incredibly smart business move. That makes the entire live experience at Mercedes-Benz Stadium that much more enjoyable.
So, if you have a desire to explore and are looking for a fun sports place to play with others, do go to a nearby arena in your area. Don’t know how to find one? Don’t worry, click "View larger map*" and zoom in to see the sports arena locations in your area.

* you will be taken to an external website Google Maps, make sure "update results when map moves" is turned on.
Go to full site