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 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.
Posted June 1, 2015
The NFL stadium game is a moving target that shifts week-to-week. We break down the very latest with NFL insider Jason Cole from Bleacher Report. Jason examines the unique characteristics of the communities of San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis and how their attachment to their pro sports franchises could determine if their teams bolt for Los Angeles......The Angels ballpark sojourn in southern California is an interesting one- from the original Wrigley Field to Chavez Ravine and eventually to the Big A in Anaheim. Historian Chris Epting tracks the Angels' travels and looks at prospects of the team possibly moving to Tustin......Our Talking Shop segment looks at Major League Baseball attendance numbers, how fans in Houston were forced to camp out at the Toyota Center and what stadium officials are doing in Tampa in hopes of landing a future Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Posted May 26, 2015
Known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 featured Juan Pablo Montoya taking the checkered flag. We talk to Indy 500 President Doug Boles about venue preparations and how a unique solar powered system is juicing the track......Despite hosting Reds regular season games, preparations continue at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for the 2015 All-Star Game. Reds historian Greg Rhodes talks about renovations and also looks back on historic Crosley Field......Our talking shop segment breaks down a busy week in the NFL stadium game- including reports from the owners meetings in San Francisco and the unveiling of plans for a new Chargers stadium in San Diego. Plus, a fan review of Chicago's United Center and iconic Chicago Stadium.
Posted May 18, 2015
The story of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium illuminates the relationship between between civic building and collective memory. We look back on the former home of the Colts and Orioles with University of Oregon writer Keith Eggeson. Eggeson's research looks at the history of the iconic venue- its significance as a memorial to honor war veterans and how the Baltimore community fought to keep its legacy alive......The power of a stadium's ability to lift a sports program to new heights is on display in Dallas. The Division I Dallas Baptist Patriots are an unknown elite top-ten baseball team and on their way to hosting a regional tournament at premier Horner Ballpark. Athletic Director Connor Smith talks about how their new facilities are helping to land talent at the tiny school...... Our Talking Shop segment examines the Orioles efforts to pay stadium workers who lost games due to city riots....how chewing tobacco is outlawed at San Francisco's AT&T Park and a fan stadium review of Victory Field, home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
Posted May 11, 2015
Atlanta is a hotbed for new stadium projects. The Braves move to Cobb County has split the city on team loyalty. And the growing price tag on the new Falcons stadium is producing taxpayer sticker shock. We dive into Atlanta stadium politics with Atlantic writer Mark Byrnes.......What Major League ballparks feature the most unique cuisine? Bennett Jacobstein's new book "The Joy of Ballpark Food" chronicles his journey sampling food at every big league park last season. Wait till you hear about the Rocky Mountain oysters at Coors Field and the hard liquor options at Miller Park! Our Talking Shop segment examines the new look of the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation project, how a power outage led to soggy ice at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center and features a fan review of the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Posted May 4, 2015
No one knows the economics and viability of stadium projects like Robert Boland. The NYU Sports Management professor and consultant talks about stadium projects in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit and how community development will be tied to future stadium deals.....What's on your bucket list of must see sports venues? USA Today and Sports Illustrated writer Michael McCarthy has compiled a list of the top seats you must "buy before you die." Michael talks about sitting a top the Green Monster at Fenway Park and rubbing shoulders with celebrities at court side seats at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center. Our Talking Shop segment examines the historical game played at Camden Yards sans spectators, and a look at efforts to block the construction of a new Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco.
Posted April 27, 2015
More than 50 years after its demolition, the Polo Grounds still holds a place in the hearts of baseball fans. We reflect on the stadium that housed baseball's Giants and Mets and football's Giants and Titans (later Jets) with author Stew Thornlee. Thornlee talks about the Polo Grounds' unique dimensions and how its spacious center field led to one of the greatest catches in baseball history. Plus, a conversation with the man who visited 30 NHL arenas in 30 nights. Also, news and notes on Carson city officials approving a new NFL stadium, an update on construction on the new Vikings Stadium and the bizarre tale of New York Islanders fans prematurely taking stadium souvenirs before the venue has even closed!
Posted April 20, 2015
Philip Lowry's contributions to the documentation of the ballparks of baseball can not be overstated. In his 1993 book Green Cathedrals, Lowry set the standard on how books, periodicals and online resources would chronicle the history of baseball venues. Lowry talks about the changing landscape of ballparks and his direct influence on the design of Camden Yards in Baltimore.....Moving the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament Final Four into football stadiums has many crying foul. Critics insist it presents a number of challenges for players who struggle with depth perception in the larger venues. Collegiate statistician Cody Kellner talks about the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University and how the venue has mastered some of the challenges and equipped the football stadium to be "basketball friendly.".......Plus, the latest on the NFL pressuring San Diego to secure a stadium deal for the Chargers......how fans are reacting to new security measures at MLB stadiums......possible changes in store for the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill......and a fan review of Comerica Park in Detroit!
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Posted April 13, 2015
If you have any love for the sport at all, the Masters Golf Tournament is must for your bucket list. Celebrated golf analyst and broadcaster Ann Liguori checks in to talk about the fan experience at Augusta and how the tournament remains one of the most efficiently run events in sports......Imagine your place of work is Dodger Stadium, your view each night is the San Gabriel Mountains over looking downtown Los Angeles and your pre-game meal routine includes a conversation with legendary broadcaster Vin Scully. Don Hartack has served as the Dodger Stadium official scorer for the past 19 years. He talks about the pressures of deciding between a hit or an error and how players like Barry Bonds have taken issue with his scoring decisions......Plus, we examine blueprints unveiled this week for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee, renovations for iconic Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana and how toilet-gate was the headline at the Cubs opener at Wrigley Field.
Posted April 6, 2015
College Basketball's crown jewel - The Final Four - takes place in Indianapolis. Mike Fox, Director of Operations at Lucas Oil Stadium, joins us to talk about the process of turning the home of the Colts into a college hoops mecca.....The Major League Baseball season is underway, we chat with Gary Gillette of the Society of American Baseball Research about his work of researching stadiums and ballparks across America.......Plus the latest news on MLB opening day ticket prices, the Minnesota Vikings' efforts to fight the winter elements at their new stadium and the Cincinnati Red's plan to assist nursing mothers (really!).
STADIUMS USA RADIO March 28, 2015
Posted March 30, 2015
Paul McCann grew up on the east coast and was influenced by legendary Philadelphia 76ers public address announcer Dave Zinkoff. McCann keeps the spirit of Zinkoff alive as he works to entertain hockey fans as the PA announcer for the NHL's Nashville Predators. McCann talks with host Bill Hazen about his unique relationship with music city fans and how bumping into Vince Gill and Kenny Chesney is one of the many perks of his job.........Food options are changing at the ballpark, it's no longer hot dogs and Cracker Jack on the menu. Ovations Food Services Vice President Charlie Neary talks about how food service providers work with stadiums and venues to offer newer and fresher menu items for fans with an increasingly sophisticated palate........Plus the latest news from NFL owners meetings on stadium construction in Los Angeles and an update on further delays with the bleacher renovation project at Wrigley Field.
STADIUMS USA RADIO March 21, 2015
Posted March 23, 2015
For 19 years Gary Dolphin has broadcast University of Iowa football and basketball as the play-by-play voice of the Hawkeyes. Dolphin chats with host Bill Hazen about the arenas and fan experience in the Big Ten Conference and offers insight into renovation plans at iconic Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University........the game day experience at Death Valley in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is among the most unique in college football. Dan Borne has lived the experience from high atop Tiger Stadium, serving as the LSU public address announcer for the past 29 years. Borne says a favorite among LSU tailgaters is the barbecue gator and the camaraderie that exists with fans throughout the SEC.....plus the latest on President Obama's efforts to end public subsidies of professional sports stadiums and a construction update on a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings.
STADIUMS USA RADIO March 14, 2015
Posted March 16, 2015
The influence of television on stadiums and arenas is constantly changing. Today's modern venues are built to accommodate camera angles and T.V. production companies with many arenas and stadiums housing their own production facilities. Former NBC and Turner Sports Producer Rex Lardner discusses the evolution of stadium design and how television executives are driving the changes........It's crunch time for baseball groundskeepers as they race to prepare playing surfaces for opening day games in April. Memphis Redbirds groundskeeper Ben Young talks about the challenges of thawing infields and discusses what types of grass are best for growing in the spring.......Our Talking Shop segment examines why the downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium deal has been nixed and what it means for the proposed stadium planned for Inglewood, California.
STADIUMS USA RADIO March 7, 2015
Posted March 9, 2015
Joe McConnell's has worked in just about every stadium broadcast booth. The former voice of the Vikings, Bears, White Sox, Bulls, Pacers and Suns and announcer for Super Bowls and hundreds of college sporting events has a few stories to tell. McConnell details stadium life from the broadcast booth and even hints at getting shut out of the press box restroom by the wife of former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle! Tune in to this week's edition of Stadiums USA Radio and hear the latest on bleacher construction at Wrigley Field, attempts to secure an NFL stadium deal in San Diego and what Minor League Baseball is doing to market its game.
STADIUMS USA RADIO February 28, 2015
Posted March 2, 2015
Jim Cornette’s history in the wrestling business is pretty incredible when you consider that he’s worked for every major professional wrestling company in America and did so under a variety of roles. Cornette joins host Bill Hazen and reflects on the classic professional wrestling venues where history was made in the sport in the 1970's and 80's. The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania has played host to more games than any other college arena in history. Former Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky takes us through the iconic gymnasium and discusses its relevance in the history of Philadelphia basketball. Also, updates on renovations at baseball Spring Training complexes and a unique fan review of Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University.
STADIUMS USA RADIO February 21, 2015
Posted February 23, 2015
The on-going saga of professional football returning to Los Angeles took another turn with a joint announcement by the Raiders and Chargers to build a stadium in Carson, California. Many say it's nothing more than a ploy to kick-start negotiations in their respective cities to secure new stadium deals. We break down all the details. A new renovation project was unveiled at this year's Daytona 500. Beyond the Flag writer John Harlow talks about what racing fans can expect at the Daytona International Speedway. Later, the compelling story behind the final days of Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, as told by lifelong Islanders fan Tom LaFaso.