Stadiums USA Radio is a weekly program that features in-depth conversation focusing on the popular venues of all of sports from the pros to minor leagues to colleges. The program examines the latest news in stadium design, renovations, and stadium connections to their communities. Host Bill Hazen talks with athletes, coaches, authors and newsmakers who share their experiences and connections to the most storied structures and stadiums in all of sports. Join us for the conversation!
Posted May 23, 2016
He was the first ballplayer to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season. He famously played stellar defense by crashing into the outfield wall at Boston’s Fenway Park. Former Red Sox standout Fred Lynn details roaming center field at ballparks across the Major Leagues. Hear about his influence in getting outfield padding installed at Fenway....We dive into the NBA’s Western Conference Finals with Oklahoma City Thunder beat reporter Bill Haisten. Haisten discusses playoff basketball inside raucous Chesapeake Energy Arena and how football-crazy Oklahoma has opened its arms to the NBA....Plus, Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and his influence on the NFL moving to Las Vegas and old-school concession prices at the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.
Posted May 16, 2016
The game day experience at stadiums and arenas varies from city to city. But in Milwaukee, the passion for the Brewers, Bucks and Packers is unmatched. We examine the sports culture in Brew Town with writer Kyle Lobner....Two teams, one ballpark, a lot of home games. A look at the challenges of maintaining the playing surface on the baseball diamond with Field Manager Steve Ruckman. Ruckman talks about accommodating both the Richmond Minor League ball club and the Virginia Commonwealth University team....Plus- new turf placement in NFL stadiums and a big change at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena that you will hear loud and clear when the Wildcats tip off next season.
Posted May 9, 2016
Will Ellerbruch is at the forefront of developing the biggest, most technologically advanced scoreboards at Daktronics. Ellerbruch describes what it takes to operate these mammoth boards and how they are tailor-made to the request of different sports franchises....Heading to the ballpark this summer? Maybe you’ll be attending on Bobblehead night? We talk with Phil Sklar of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum about the popularity of the hottest souvenirs in sports....Our Talking Shop segment peeks behind the curtain at renovations at Churchill Downs; how a rent disagreement at Levi's Stadium is making the 49ers quite unhappy; and the unique story of the minor league Hartford Yard Goats who are playing the first month of the season on the road.
Posted May 2, 2016
For 80 years it was the home of Chicago’s American League ball club. It hosted four World Series and more than 6,000 major league games. We get the compelling story of Comiskey Park from author and historian Richard Lindberg who recounts how close the team came to moving to Florida before their new stadium was built....Raiders owner Mark Davis met this week with Las Vegas officials about a possible move to the desert. Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report looks at stadium options and whether or not the NFL is ready to loosen the reigns on a move to Sin City....Our Talking Shop segment looks at facilities expansion in the Southeast Conference and a profile of a minor league hockey fan in Milwaukee who has attended every Admirals game dating back to the mid-90's.
Posted April 25, 2016
It's venue that needs no introduction- Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. This week, we examine the iconic ballpark with New York writer Jason Clinkscales. The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, but not all fans are happy with the new digs. Clinkscales talks about ticket prices and how management is pricing fans out of the ballpark experience....New revenue numbers released by the NCAA reveal which schools brought in the most money to their athletic department coffers. What does it mean for stadiums and facilities? We'll discuss with former Big 8 and Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas.... Our Talking Shop segment looks at boorish behavior by Philadelphia fans at this week's Flyers game and how the Citrus Bowl in Orlando is positioning itself for the NFL.
Posted April 18, 2016
Eddie Doucette's stadium stories are classic- from battling rats at Boston Garden to watching Harry Cary and Jack Buck broadcast in their underwear at old Busch Stadium. The Hall of Fame broadcaster reflects the many venues he worked during his 30-plus years as an announcer....Later- ways to cut costs when attending Major League Baseball games. Jake Cain is the creator of a web site featuring helpful hints on saving money on ticket purchases, parking and food....Our Talking Shop segment looks at what's in store for the site of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit and examines stadium options for the Chargers and Raiders.
Posted April 11, 2016
Four teams, 175 games, more than 3.7 million fans-one stadium. If 1975 wasn't the most successful year in New York sports-and it wasn't-then it was certainly one of the oddest. For that one crazy year, all four New York teams-the Mets, Jets, Yankees and Giants-called Shea Stadium home. Author Brett Topel talks about his new book, "When Shea Was Home"....Montreal's Olympic Stadium recently hosted Major League Baseball exhibition games. Could the Quebec city be readying for a return of the Expos? Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan looks at the odds of big league baseball returning to his city....Our Talking Shop segment looks at a new development near Globe Life park in Arlington, Texas that could rival Ballpark Village in St. Louis; plus a profile of a stadium vendor who is pulling double duty working for the Mets and Royals.
Posted April 4, 2016
Mel Proctor has called play-by-play for MLB's Rangers, Nationals, Padres and Orioles as well as a number of NBA teams. Proctor paints a compelling picture of his assignment broadcasting the historic game at Camden Yards when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak....Arizona Diamondbacks officials say Chase Field is falling apart and it's up to Maricopa County to fix it. The county says they don't have the money. Sports Blog Nation Snakepit reporter Timothy Jeffcoat dives into Phoenix stadium politics and looks at the possibility of the D'backs playing elsewhere.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at preparations at Houston's NRG Stadium for the Final Four and how Las Vegas is positioning itself for a possible NFL franchise.
Posted March 28, 2016
Bruce Springsteen's recent concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is the final event to be held at the venerable facility. The arena will be torn down to make way for a new soccer stadium. Southern California historian Chris Epting traces the history of the arena, which has hosted every SoCal sports team along with countless concerts, political events and famous movie shoots....Major League Baseball teams are announcing their promotional giveaways for the upcoming season. Justin Katz has made it his life's mission to track all souvenir giveaways by developing a web site documenting team promotions....Our Talking Shop segment looks at the arenas hosting NCAA Sweet 16 College Basketball games; a profile of the party spaces at the Vikings' new U.S. Bank Stadium; and how fans in Detroit are weighing in on names for the new Red Wings arena.
Posted March 21, 2016
In the summer of 1960, a group of men in Houston set out to build a room largest enough for a baseball game to be played. The result was the Eighth Wonder of the World. Architect Jim Gast talks about the many innovations of the Astrodome including the advent of luxury suites and exploding scoreboards and also how the iconic venue played a role in southern desegregation....A vote is expected soon on a new downtown arena in Seattle that could pave the way for the return of the SuperSonics. Writer Paul Rogers looks at prospects for a new venue and how it could change the face of Seattle's pro sports scene....Our Talking Shop segment connects with Stadiums USA President Mark Madorin at Spring Training in Kissimmee, Florida. Reporting from the Astros' ballpark, Mark breaks down the team's eventual move to a shared facility with the Nationals and also looks at designs for a new Washington Redskins' stadium.
Posted March 15, 2016
October 17, 1989 is the date often remembered as "The Day the World Series Stopped." San Francisco native and filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis paints a compelling picture of sitting in the stands at Candlestick Park and wondering if he would live through the ordeal. Leonoudakis talks about his many memories working at and attending games at the "Stick."....The UCLA-Houston college basketball match-up in 1968 is still remembered as "The Game of the Century." Alan Reifman has documented the iconic game and looks at how the Houston Astrodome played an integral role in the historic contest....Our Talking Shop segment looks at the first-ever Major League Baseball contest to be played on a military base; how the Atlanta Hawks are looking to reinvent the fan experience at Philips Arena; and a profile of a new high school football stadium in Texas that puts many college venues to shame.
Posted March 7, 2016
It has always been considered a hot bed for basketball- the state of Kentucky boasts successful programs at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. But for a time, it was also home to one of the most successful franchises in American Basketball Association history- the old red, white and blue’s Kentucky Colonels. We’ll talk with former Colonels trainer Lloyd "Pink" Gardner.... Could a downtown Tampa ballpark be in the picture for the Rays? WTSP Investigative Reporter Noah Pransky examines different bay area locations the team is pinpointing for a future stadium....Our Talking Shop segment breaks down what cities may be in line for MLB expansion; how the home of the Super Bowl champions may have a name change; This Week in Stadium History reflects on Pennsylvania's Hershey Sports Arena, the site of Wilt Chamberlain's historic 100-point game.
Posted February 29, 2016
The newest crown jewel of NFL stadiums will open later this year- Minnesota's U.S. Bank Stadium. Daily Norseman writer Christopher Gates gives us a guided tour of the new Viking's home and talks about the facility's dynamic design.....The new pattern in sports ownership is land development near stadiums as a way to increase cash flow. Craig Edwards of Fangraphs has studied the newest phenomenon in Major League Baseball. He looks at Ballpark Village in St. Louis and another development in San Diego that has yet to flourish....Our Talking Shop segment looks at how the success of the Golden St. Warriors is changing NBA arena business; what MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks of a new A's Stadium; and how the beverage menu at the new Las Vegas arena is the latest buzz.
Posted February 22, 2016
Ultimate hockey historian Liam Maguire has insightful stories for every ice arena across the globe. Maguire spins tales of chicken wire being erected at the old Montreal Forum to keep Canadians and Maroons fans separated. He also breaks down players' favorite arenas in the NHL....The City of Brotherly Love has a rich sports history. The stories of the Phillies, A's, Eagles, 76ers and Flyers can be traced to places like Shibe Park, Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium and The Spectrum. Educator Guian McKee has written extensively on the city's classic venues and their unique place in Philadelphia's history....Our Talking Shop segment examines land development around stadiums and arenas; a rundown of the top college baseball stadiums; what the Browns have in store for a Hall-of-Famer at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Posted February 16, 2016
What's next for the Bills when their current lease expires at Ralph Wilson Stadium? We dive into western New York venues with Buffalo News Editor Budd Bailey. Bailey takes us through historic War Memorial Stadium and talks about working at Memorial Auditorium as the NBA's Braves tipped off in the 1970's.....No college basketball team dominated the sport more than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins of the 1960's and 70's. Former Bruin and Indiana Hall-of-Famer Pete Trgovich talks about the electric atmosphere at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus and how the team packed visiting arenas....Our Talking Shop segment does a post-script on Levi's Stadium and Super Bowl 50; an update on a new Bucks arena in Milwaukee; plus news and notes on posturing by Raiders and Chargers officials to secure stadium deals.
Posted February 8, 2016
The focus is Levi's Stadium and preparations for Super Bowl 50- Bay Area Sports Guy Steve Berman joins us with a stadium turf update and has rumors of possible traffic back-ups with a strike by angry Uber drivers. Berman also looks at the possibility of Raiders owner Mark Davis taking his team to the Santa Clara venue....As you watch the big game this weekend, either at the stadium or with friends, there is proper fan etiquette to be followed. Etiquette expert Diane Gottsman has it all on how to treat your fellow fan while watching the Broncos and Panthers....Our Talking Shop segment breaks down PSL seat license sales at the new Vikings stadium; a new infield playing surface on the way for the Rogers Centre in Toronto; and an inside look at vintage NBA arenas in Cleveland, Buffalo and Portland.
Posted February 1, 2016
All San Diegans want to know at this point is whether the city is keeping the Chargers. Voice of San Diego reporter Liam Dillon checks in with an update on team/city negotiations and if moving to Los Angeles is in the best interest of owner Dean Spanos.....Owning a home near a stadium is nice. But does it increase the value of your home? We examine the connection between property values and sports venues with David Weidner of Trulia. Weidner looks at the unique characteristics of neighborhoods in close proximity to NFL stadiums.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at delays in the construction of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium; preparations at Levi's Stadium for Super Bowl 50; and the unique discovery at Oregon State University during stadium renovation.
Posted January 25, 2016
The financial details of Rams owner Stan Kroenke's 2.6 billion dollar development in Inglewood are off the charts. Field of Schemes journalist Neil deMause checks in to analyze the project and examine the Chargers chances of heading to L.A.....The Rams' temporary home for the next three seasons will be the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Southern California author Chris Epting discusses preparations at the iconic stadium and looks back at the Rams and Raiders history in L.A.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at Facebook's new Sports Stadium hub, where fans can communicate in real time their game day experience. Also, how Sacramento Kings fans can donate old athletic shoes to be used in the playing surface of their new downtown arena.
Posted January 15, 2016
Resolution in the NFL relocation sweepstakes. Owners approved the Rams return to Los Angeles, giving the Chargers the option to join them in Inglewood. We have full coverage including preparations at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to serve as the Rams' temporary home.....Bill Hazen has worked in some of sports' most iconic arenas- we turn the tables this week and interview our host who details the Beatlesque treatment Michael Jordan received during his NBA rookie season ....Remember the thrill of running through the ballpark stands to chase down a foul ball? Alan Schuster does. He has built a web site dedicated to "ballhawks" across America. The site details which stadiums serve up the most foul balls and includes tips on snagging balls from Major League players.
Posted January 11, 2016
Any discussion of ill-fated baseball promotions must include the story of Cleveland's 10-cent beer night. The 1974 incident included unruly drunks rushing the field and the Indians forfeiting the game against the Rangers. Longtime Cleveland sports journalist Dan Coughlin recalls the crazy night at Municipal Stadium and details other stories from the city's sports venues.....Football games in New Orleans are like no other in America. Saints historian William Taylor talks about the team's start at Tulane Stadium and the move to the Louisiana Superdome.....Our Talking Shop segment previews next week's NFL owners meetings in Houston and looks at scathing comments by Rams owner Stan Kroenke pointed at the city of St. Louis. Plus, a look at preparations at University of Phoenix Stadium for the College Football Playoff Championship Game. (photo courtesy of mentalfloss.com)
Posted January 4, 2016
The Grandaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, was in the spotlight as Stanford steamrolled Iowa in the 102nd contest at the iconic venue. Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn talks about the storied history of the stadium and how recent upgrades solidify the venue heading into the future.....AT&T Stadium in Dallas is becoming known as much for big college football games as it is for hosting the NFL's Cowboys. College Sports Information Director Bo Carter checks in to discuss how the venue officials prepare for the College Football Championship Playoff game between Alabama and Michigan St.....Our Talking Shop segment examines new stadium proposals submitted this week by city leaders in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland. Plus, how a bat made a return engagement to the AT&T Center in San Antonio and how living at the ballpark is a new reality in Lansing, Michigan.
Posted December 18, 2015
A look back at the origins of Kentucky's Rupp Arena with film producer Arthur Rouse. Rouse's new documentary, "Game Changer: The Lexington Center Story," captures the recollections and memories of individuals who were instrumental in the creation of the iconic Lexington facility.....There is no sporting event more celebrated, debated or anticipated than the Super Bowl. As the NFL's biggest game approaches its 50th anniversary, Sports Illustrated is showcasing the event with a new book, Super Bowl Gold - 50 years of the Big Game. SI's Austin Murphy discusses the evolution of the game by examining ticket prices, halftime shows and Super Bowl locations.....Our Talking Shop segment covers a busy week in NFL franchise relocation- as Texans owner Bob McNair reveals which team may have a leg up in moving to Los Angeles.
Posted December 11, 2015
With a December 30th deadline looming, the cities of St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland are scrambling to put together last-minute stadium proposals. Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole handicaps the race for teams to fill the Los Angeles market.....We all recall the thrill of our first trip to a ballpark or stadium. That magic is rekindled in our conversation with Canadian author and writer Daniel Wyatt, who recounts his 1976 visit to Detroit's Tiger Stadium.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at new ballpark safety measures implemented by MLB. Plus, a new plan by the NFL to fund a Raiders Stadium in Oakland.
Posted December 4, 2015
"Red Auerbach would have laughed at lack of adequate wi-fi service at the Boston Garden!" So says legendary NBA writer Jack McCallum, as he recounts his days covering the league in some of the iconic arenas. McCallum talks about antiquated locker room space at Chicago Stadium as he chased down Michael Jordan for Sports Illustrated cover articles.....There are extreme tailgaters. And then there is Joe Cahn. The self-proclaimed "Commissioner of Tailgating" talks about his travels to stadiums across the country and how food in the south makes places like the SEC the creme de la creme of tailgating rituals.....Our Talking Shop segment breaks down NFL owners meetings in Dallas and how deadlines have been set for franchise relocation to Los Angeles. Plus, the very latest on a major renovation project at EverBank Field in Jacksonville and how scoreboards are being assembled at the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.
Posted November 30, 2015
It is one of the most storied programs in college basketball, and it's facilities reflect its rich history. Kansas University Associate Athletics Director Jim Marchioni talks about historic Allen Fieldhouse and it's newest addition- The DeBruce Center. The under-construction facility will house Dr. James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball.".....South Carolina tackles the #1 team in country this weekend when the Clemson Tigers come calling. Gamecocks historian Josh Kendall traces the history of Williams-Brice Stadium and how the venue rates against some of the iconic stadiums of the SEC.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at public hearings this week in St. Louis on a new riverfront stadium; how NHL expansion could be put on hold; and how snowballs were flying at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Posted November 23, 2015
Vito Stellino has covered pro football for more than 50 years. From Tiger Stadium in Detroit to Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Stellino has witnessed the evolution of NFL venues. Stellino talks about life in the press box and how the expansion of luxury suites is changing the stadium landscape.....What's important to a referee when it comes to stadium amenities? Longtime College Football Coordinator of Officials Rogers Redding takes us behind the scenes to some of the iconic stadiums on the college landscape and says sometimes the all the referee is looking for a is a good pre-game meal.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at changes in stadium security following the Paris terrorist attacks; what's on the drawing for a new stadium at Alabama-Birmingham; and preparations at Boston's Fenway Park to host it's first football game in 50 years.
Posted November 16, 2015
Sports teams on the professional and collegiate level recognize the value in engaging their fan base. With competition for the entertainment dollar as fierce as ever, sports marketing strategists are seeking new ways to connect with fans. Q1 Productions Manager Nathalie Davis talks about her role leading a national conference looking at social media and other fan marketing strategies..... In 1974, a new professional football league stepped to the forefront to challenge the NFL. Author and historian Mark Speck details the strange story of the World Football League and how disguising gate receipts led to the downfall of the league.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at the hiring of Disney CEO Bob Iger to lead the Carson NFL stadium project and details a possible new banner policy at Bank of America Stadium.
Posted November 9, 2015
Tampa-St. Petersburg is one area where stadium news is plentiful. WTSP investigative reporter Noah Pransky looks at the complexities of the Rays getting out of their Tropicana Field lease and what renovations are proposed for Raymond James Stadium.....We often hear weather plays a greater factor in playing conditions at Wrigley Field more than any other big league ballpark. Is it true? We dive into ballpark physics with the Einstein of the National Pastime, David Kagan.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at stadium rappelling on Monday Night Football; how the Rams are scrambling to cover up the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome; and playing a full 18 holes of golf is now a reality at Petco Park in San Diego. Plus, news and notes on a new Warriors arena, cost overruns on the new Red Wings venue and a preview of meetings between the NFL and communities hoping to hold on to their football teams.
Posted October 30, 2015
Kauffman Stadium is under the spotlight as the Royals compete in this year's World Series. We examine the rich history of Kansas City baseball with Royals' historian Curt Nelson who traces the teams' roots back to Kansas City's Municipal Stadium.....Two venues at the center of NFL relocation- San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium and Oakland's O.co Coliseum- are the last active stadiums with ties to the old American Football League. We talk with AFL historian Todd Tobias who looks back at the stadium history of the AFL, including the Patriots playing at Boston's Fenway Park and the Bills storied history at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium.....Our Talking Shop segment recaps this week's town hall meetings in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland as fans sound off on the prospects of their teams moving to L.A.; a look at a plan to allow the Tampa Rays to seek stadium alternatives; and a rundown of the NFL stadiums which feature the best field turf. (photo courtesy N.Y. Times)
Posted October 26, 2015
It seems a Sunday doesn't go by during the NFL season without a video getting posted to the web of fans fighting each other in the stands or in a stadium parking lot. Is unruly fan behavior out of control? We talk with long-time Yankee Stadium and Giants stadium manager Bill Squires who examines the factors leading to fan violence and what stadium managers can do to address the problem.....He sits high atop Lambeau Field, binoculars in hand, with an eye of every play, every tackle, every penalty. Andy Thompson details his job as a spotter for the Packers public address announcer and how he see's the game much differently than most fans.....Out Talking Shop segment looks at next week's public hearings in cities seeking relocation to Los Angeles; how a new plan has developed for a Chargers stadium in downtown San Diego; plus the latest on a new agreement that will keep the NFL in London for the next ten years.
Posted October 16, 2015
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann says today's modern NFL venues lack the character of the iconic stadiums of yesteryear. Theismann talks about the raucous atmosphere at Washington's RFK Stadium and how he always kept his helmet on his head during road games in Dallas.....Chicago's Wrigley Field is alive in October as the Cubs make a deep playoff run. Former Cubs beat writer Jeff Vorva takes us inside the famous ballpark and says the press box, locker rooms and concourses offer little elbow room.....Our talking shop segment examines the recent spate of violence occurring at sports stadiums; a complete breakdown of 2015 MLB attendance numbers; and a fan review of newly renovated Sun Life Stadium in Miami. (photo courtesy of redskinshistorian.com)
Posted October 9, 2015
Cold weather, outdoor stadiums traditionally are places where NFL teams enjoy the greatest home field advantage. Pro Football author Mike MacCambridge talks about iconic Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and Mile High Stadium in Denver and the unique characteristics that led to the Colts and Broncos home domination.....More details surfaced this week in regards to what a new arena will look like for the Detroit Red Wings. Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson has the details on how the new venue is only a small piece of the puzzle that will rejuvenate Detroit's near north side.....Our Talking Shop segment recaps NFL Owners meetings and how a timeline is in place that will signal which franchise wins the Los Angeles relocation sweepstakes; we examine which NHL fans are the best travelers and what teams offer the most affordable ticket prices; plus a fan review of the Jets-Dolphins tilt at London's Wembley Stadium.
Posted October 5, 2015
His impact is such that The Sporting News editors named him one of The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports of the 20th Century. Ted Giannoulas, The Famous San Diego Chicken, talks about his rise to fame as the most recognized mascot on the sports landscape.....The new video boards at Wrigley Field add a modern touch to the historic Chicago north side ballpark. Qumar Zaman works behind the scenes feeding statistics and information that is displayed on the boards. Zaman talks about his "dream job" at the friendly confines.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at a pyrotechnics malfunction at the Edward Jones Dome, how NFL players may be funding a new stadium in Los Angeles and what ballpark inventory the Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County.
Posted September 25, 2015
Les Carpenter says despite the great stadium boom, a number of venues are crumbling and in need of replacement. The Guardian writer breaks down his list of America's worst stadiums- come join us on a tour of Oakland's Coliseum, Washington's RFK Stadium and dark and dreary Topicana Field in St. Petersburg.....This week's Arena Management Conference featured stadium mangers and marketers discussing the latest trends in venue management. Matt Ruedliner of Fanvious recaps the conference and talks about his new app that's changing the way fans order food and merchandise at stadiums and arenas. Our Talking Shop segment examines possible safety hazards with planes flying above Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium and reported improprieties with sound stimulation at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium. Also, the rock band AC/DC really tore things up at Chicago's Wrigley Field- literally!
Posted September 21, 2015
Fathers, sons and and their love of sports is an enduring theme in American culture. Stuart Steven's new book "The Last Season: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime of College Football" chronicles his experience with his father traveling to SEC stadiums watching their beloved Ole Miss Rebels. Stevens talks about the iconic venues of the south and their significance in the college sports landscape.....Working in minor league baseball is a thankless job. Cultural anthropologist George Gmelch's book "In the Ballpark" features interviews with beer vendors, ushers, clubhouse personnel and broadcasters. Gmelch says the common bond among all ballpark workers is there undying love for the game.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at a delay in construction for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena; a major fireworks snafu at Progressive Field in Cleveland; and a fan review of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Posted September 14, 2015
The ability to order food from your phone inside a stadium is not a new concept. Many have attempted to create apps to expedite the ordering process. But Greg Flakus of GF Strategies reports a number of companies are finally perfecting the process at venues across the country.....The Washington Redskins are in the preliminary stages of planning for a new stadium. Redskins historian Mike Richman (pictured) talks stadium options and reflects on the team's history from Griffith Stadium to RFK to FedEx Field.....Our Talking Shop segment examines what NFL teams are doing to enhance the game-day stadium experience; we look at a new recycling program at the L.A. Coliseum that could change the way garbage is collected at stadiums; and a look at 2015 attendance numbers across Minor League Baseball.
Posted September 4, 2015
Each day he looks out his office window to see the Camden Yards ground crew preparing the infield for the Orioles' next game. Stadium Manager Matthew Kastel talks about overseeing operations at baseball's crown jewel and how his experiences working at the iconic Houston Astrodome prepared him for his job in Baltimore.....The tragic death of a fan at Atlanta's Turner Field is prompting MLB to take a close look at ballpark safety standards. We talk with Robert Gorman, author of "Death at the Ballpark: A Comprehensive Study of Game-Related Fatalities." Gorman is trumpeting the charge to see backstop netting increased at big league parks.....Our talking shop segment looks at a new stadium naming rights deal at the University of Washington, how the SEC conference is upping the ante at its halftime shows and examines a major renovation project at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Posted August 31, 2015
Entering his 19th season as fields manager for the Green Bay Packers, Allen Johnson knows how to keep the grass growing. Johnson talks about the science of turf management and the challenges of heating the Lambeau Field surface when temperatures dip blow zero.....How to keep young fans energized with the sport of baseball- that is the focus of a new book by Charlie Vascellaro. At the Ballpark: A Fan's Companion is an illustrated notebook that allows youngsters to capture and record their ballpark experience.....Our talking shop segment looks back ten years at Hurricane Katrina and how the Louisiana Superdome and Houston Astrodome were integral in providing shelter for thousands displaced by the disaster. Plus, the latest on efforts to protect fans injured by foul balls at Major League ballparks.
Posted August 21, 2015
He has cast a critical eye on the roughly $2 billion a year in public subsidies that go toward building new stadiums and arenas. Field of Scheme's Neil deMause handicaps the Los Angeles stadium race and looks at public funding for stadium projects in Minnesota, Atlanta and Milwaukee.....The college football game day experience is unrivaled in the SEC. Saturday Down South's Nick Cole discusses his tour of SEC stadiums and reflects on the tradition of the Texas A&M 12th man and watching the LSU Tigers in bayou country.....Our talking shop segment peeks in on the new Minnesota Vikings home and looks at stadium renovation projects across the entire NFL. Plus, a classic fan review of iconic Wrigley Field.
Posted August 17, 2015
Fifty years ago, The Beatles set an attendance record as more than 55,000 packed Shea Stadium to see the Fab Four open their second U.S. tour. At the time, it was the largest crowd in concert history. It forever changed the relationship between concert promoters and sports stadiums. Former Giants Stadium Manager Bill Squire talks about the history of stadium concerts and his experience managing shows for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Kenny Chesney....No stadium organist had a closer relationship with the fans than Chicago's Nancy Faust. For 41 years she tickled the ivory on the south side at White Sox games. Faust talks about her unique musical aptitude and her relationship with former Sox owner Bill Veeck....Our Talking Shop segment breaks down a busy two days of owners meetings in Chicago focusing on NFL relocation. Plus, a stadium review from this year's NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Posted August 10, 2015
Female pro football fans feel like they are undervalued by the NFL. And they have a few ideas to make the game-day experience better for their gender. The ideas are part of an NFL-commissioned study by Dr. C. Keith Harrison of the University of Central Florida. Harrison discusses his research that includes apparel, tailgating and marketing the game towards women....Universities across the land are preparing their football stadiums for the 2015 season. We examine the the history and renovations to iconic Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium with longtime sports information officer Bill Little. Little says strategic renovation projects have made the facility one of the true showcases in college football....Our Talking Shop segment previews next week's NFL owners meetings that will feature presentations from backers of dueling stadium projects in greater Los Angeles. Plus, the possibility of beer sales coming to Ohio Stadium in Columbus and a ballpark review of Marlins Park in Miami. (photo courtesy of Sports Business Daily)
Posted August 3, 2015
The name Veeck is synonymous with baseball marketing. Mike Veeck discusses what motivates today's baseball fan to go to the ballpark and how he will never relinquish the opportunity to be involved in Minor League independent baseball....A divide remains between the San Diego Chargers and stadium organizers who hope to stop the team from bolting to Los Angeles. Voice of San Diego reporter Liam Dillon talks about this week's meeting between the city and the NFL and how time may be running out to reach a deal to keep the team in San Diego....Our Talking shop segment turns the tables, as host Bill Hazen reflects on his more than 30 years of broadcasting and his experiences at Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden and the Astrodome....Plus the latest news on a new arena in Milwaukee, how another college football stadium is opting to sell beer, and a fan stadium review of First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. (photo courtesy of stewedmedia.podbean.com)
Posted July 24, 2015
Could a domed stadium have saved the Brooklyn Dodgers? Historian Andrew Lang talks about former owner Walter O'Malley's visionary plan in the 1940's to replace aging Ebbets Field with the first ever domed ballpark....A number of hard-core baseball fans have traveled the country with the intent to experience the national pastime at every MLB ballpark. But only Tim Lohr stopped at ballpark's with the goal of sampling a hot dog in every big league city. Lohr talks about his book "Gone to the Dogs"....Our Talking Shop segment looks at cost overruns for the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, how Washington Redskins officials are making the "in-game" experience truly unique, and how the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could known by another name.
Posted July 17, 2015
How did Bruce Hellerstein go from collecting baseball cards to creating a world-class ballpark museum recognized by the Smithsonian Institute? Hellerstein talks about Denver's National Ballpark Museum and the laundry list of memorabilia inside- including light fixtures from Ebbets Field and an old Yankee Stadium turnstile....They are the most intimate human interest stories associated with baseball- watching Al Kaline play his last game in Tiger Stadium and cleaning out Norm Cash's locker after his release from the Tigers. Dennis Clotworthy recounts his youth as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant in the 1970's for the Detroit Tigers and how his relationships with the players taught him life's lessons....Our Talking Shop segment issues a report card on Great American Ballpark's performance in hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Plus an update on progress to build a new arena for the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Posted July 17, 2015
Great American Ballpark hosts the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Classic. Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes talks about ballpark renovations and how Cincinnati and surrounding states and communities have maintained a love affair with the Reds.... A fervent baseball fan since the age of ten, Eric Kabakoff visited the home park of every major league franchise to see up close how each team tries to stir up the passions of its fans. Kabakoff's book "Rally Caps, Rain Delays and Racing Sausages" is his document of absorbing Dodger Dogs, Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Kansas City Barbeque....Plus, news on a big vote in Wisconsin to fund a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Posted July 6, 2015
Former Major League umpire Dave Pallone was on the diamond for two of baseball's iconic moments- he was behind the plate when Pete Rose tied Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history. And he witnessed Nolan Ryan's 4,000th strikeout. Pallone talks about working National League ballparks in the 70's and 80's, which included the first night game at Wrigley Field....Kurt Smith has been a baseball fan his entire life. After visiting a number of ballparks, he realized the need for a resource to educate fans on ways to save money at big league stadiums. The result is Ballpark E-Guides- illustrated booklets that provide you with all the nuances of visiting the ballpark....Our Talking Shop segment looks at a tragic fire in Eugene, Oregon that gutted one of the last standing wooden ballparks and how politics is heating up in the nation's capitol over the site for a new Washington Redskins stadium.
Posted June 26, 2015
What's in a name? Quite a lot if it is on a stadium or arena. Ira Kalb of USC's Business School looks at the history of stadium naming rights and how prices began to soar in the 1990's....What's the view of the stadium and ballpark from behind the camera lens? Sports Illustrated photographer Brad Mangin checks in to talk about working in the iconic venues in sports and how it's all about lighting in capturing the classic photograph in America's ballparks....Our Talking Shop segment examines NASCAR's response to a South Carolina initiative to ban the confederate flag and how Safeco Field in Seattle is offering fans the opportunity to work on their golf game with a new ballpark golf simulator....Plus, the latest on the dizzying NFL stadium saga in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland.
Posted June 19, 2015
The movie Major League has quickly become a cult classic. Author Jonathan Knight's book, "The Making of Major League," is a behind-the-scenes look based on interviews with major cast members and producers. Knight discusses the movie's ballpark angle and why Milwaukee County Stadium was used as the fictitious home of the Cleveland Indians...Sport's secondary ticket market changes daily with technological advances as fans have more options than ever before in purchasing tickets to see their favorite team. SeatGeek analyst Connor Gregoire has hints on saving money when purchasing tickets and how dynamic pricing is revolutionizing the industry.....Our Talking Shop segment looks at the standoff in San Diego between the Chargers and city officials in agreeing on a stadium deal, and how Quebec City has taken the lead as an NHL expansion site.
Posted June 15, 2015
From the University of Miami to the Houston Gamblers and eventually to Buffalo, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has competed in football's iconic venues. Kelly joins us this week to talk about the greatest game he played in which no one witnessed, and which road stadiums presented the greatest challenges......Author Josh Pahigian trekked across America in search of baseball's landmarks. He found hundreds that he reveals in his book "101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out." Among the ballpark gems- Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Willamsport, PA, home to the Little League World Series and historic Fenway Park......Our talking shop segment looks at baseball's reaction to fan safety after a woman was seriously injured in Boston after being struck by a broken bat......How much weight does former San Francisco 49ers Executive Carmen Policy still hold in NFL circles? We examine Policy's work as the new stadium adviser for the Chargers and Raiders in their quest for a facility in Carson, California. Plus, a fan review of AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Posted June 8, 2015
The story of Major League Baseball in the great northwest includes the strange tale of the Seattle Pilots. Historian Bill Mullins has chronicled the Pilots' story and their one season at Sicks Stadium. The park often drew criticism for it's lack of amenities, including workers climbing light poles before every home game to "flip the switch" and a lack of water pressure when ballpark attendance reached more than 7,000......Stadium scoreboards have come a long way since the turn of the 20th century, when operators climbed ladders to update boards with chalk or hang numbers to indicate the start of a new inning. Washington Post writer Scott Allen looks at the changing face of scoreboards, including the new JumboTrons that occupy AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Churchill Downs in Louisville......Our Talking Shop segment breaks down ticket prices for the NBA Finals and looks at an important June deadline for a Raiders stadium deal in Oakland. Plus, the very latest on a new financing deal for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.