CHANGE OF PLANS!!!

 

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CC attribution 2.0 Photo by Juan Salamanca on Pexels.com 

Above is the stadium of Boca Juniors, La Bambonera. (translates to “the candy jar, chocolate box, or sweet box” This stadium features the smallest FIFA regulated field size, and barbed wire fencing to keep fans from entering the pitch. (soccer grass/field)

 

The Superclásico is an Argentinian soccer rivalry match between Boca Juniors and River Plate, that are both from Buenos Aires. The Copa Libertadores is the “Argentinian soccer Super Bowl” or championship game and these rivals have come across each other in the biggest game of the year.

On November 10th the game was postponed due to the excess amount of rain that covered all of the grass at the stadium, then when the match was to be played that Sunday, River Plate fans attacked the team bus of Boca Juniors and injured some Boca Juniors players. Now the game is not to be played, not in Buenos Aires, not even in Argentina, due to the dangerous atmosphere on the country when it comes to these two teams.  The game has been rescheduled to December 9th in MADRID, SPAIN.  Yup, that’s right in Europe.

The Santiago Bernabeu (the stadium in Madrid) is one of the most legendary, holy places in world football (soccer). With a capacity of about 81,000 people, this may be the best, safest, and smartest place to play this once-in-a-lifetime soccer match.

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More than A Dome, It’s Two In One

Syracuse University uses one venue to host its football and basketball games. Screenshot 2018-11-15 at 11.05.28 PM

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The Carrier Dome with a capacity of 35.556 people (unobstructed and reasonable seats) for basketball would be considered the largest arena in the U.S., but due to the football tenants and large field size, it is considered a stadium.  To go from playing football to basketball is a tedious task at the Carrier Dome.  The complete stadium has 49,262 seats and a turf football field.  The turf must be covered in rubber tiles that appear blue in the photo underneath the court.  When that is complete the court and hoops can be assembled on top of one of the end zones where the ends are toward the football sidelines, and the seats from the opposing end zone are dragged onto the side of the basketball court.  Due to the recommended height of the seats for basketball, a few additional rows of seats are added to the front of all the sections facing the court on the bottom level. Finally, the court is surrounded by seats, a scorer’s table, and benches.  Once all of the many steps have been completed you are ready to play basketball in a football stadium.

The Prised Possessions of MLS in 2018, Audi Field

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This is Wayne Rooney, see the last paragraph.

England World Cup 2014 billboard – Corporation Street, Birmingham by Elliot Brown

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MLS (major league soccer)  is the top tier of soccer in the United States of America is growing quickly.  Major league Soccer had 19 teams in 2014 and currently has 23 teams in 2018, and is planning to have 28 teams by 2022.  Since 2014, Chivas USA (a team from Los Angeles) was dissolved,  Orlando City SC (soccer club) and New York City FC (football, meaning soccer, club) joined the league.  In 2017 Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC joined MLS. This season, 2018, Los Angeles FC joined and is believed by MLS fans to be a reincarnation of Chivas USA.  Los Angeles FC is rarely called that.  They are known as LAFC.  The league has grown rapidly in the past couple of years.

The future of MLS is apparent. The only way from here is up.  FC Cincinati, Inter Miami CF (club of football), and Nashville SC are all to join MLS by 2020. Detroit, Sacramento, San Diego, and St.Luis are all in consideration as cities to receive MLS teams.

Along with teams comes stadiums.  Orlando City SC originally played at Camping World Stadium, but built and plays at Orlando City Stadium.  New York City FC has played at Yankee Stadium, the home of the Yankees (yes… at a baseball stadium), but has placed a bid to league officials to receive their own home.  Atlanta United plays at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, that they share with the Atlanta Falcons.  Minnesota United currently plays at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota’s football team, but has a new stadium being built between the twin cities.  LAFC built Banc Of Califonia Stadium so that they could play there at the beginning of this season, but due to delays, their new stadium home opener was delayed a month and a half.  One of the league’s older clubs D.C. United also completed a brand new stadium this summer, Audi Field, after a spring and early summer of away games and awkward adjustments.   The MLS is growing with more teams and stadiums to come.

D.C. United had Played at RFK Memorial Stadium the past 22 seasons but decided to not play there in 2017.  With their new home to be completed in the summer of 2018, D.C. United had to find a place to play their home games at the beginning of the 2018 season.  D.C. United played three home games at Maryland Soccerplex and one home game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  One stadium of 4,000 seats and the latter of a capacity of 34,000 fans.  At the end of this stretch, D.C. found themselves at the bottom of MLS, by being the worst team in the league.  On July 14th, 2018 D.C. played their first game at their new stadium, Audi Field, and Wayne Rooney an English soccer star played his first minutes as apart of D.C. United.  With their new stadium and star, D.C. United propelled themselves up to the top half of the standings and into the Audi MLS Playoffs.

 

JR Smith and The Q

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    The NBA Season is officially here and drama with the Cleveland Cavaliers SG (shooting guard) has already occurred. In August NBA player JR Smith posted a picture on Instagram of his new tattoo.  This tattoo is of the SUPREME logo on his calf has caused the NBA front office to alert Smith that he will be fined for every game that his tattoo is showing. Should companies and organizations be able to penalize employees for having tattoos of logos or brand names?  There are probably thousands of tattoos in the NBA but ones like Lonzo Ball ‘s “BBB” (Big Baller Brand, the brand that his father owns) logo tattoo and Iman Shumpert ‘s Adidas logo in his hair are considered inappropriate to the league who is in contract with Nike.  When in America, the land with free speech and Natural RIghts did we allow companies to penalize people for having tattoos?

Quicken Loans Arena has gone through a transformation this summer. Quicken Loans Arena is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association and is located in Cleveland Ohio.  “The Q arena” was completed in 1994 as part of a larger project including Progressive Field, the home of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians.  The Q was one of the largest arenas in the NBA due to its seating capacity, but it has decreased its capacity during its transformation this summer.  I see this change as fitting because the Q’s biggest attraction Lebron James has departed to the Los Angeles Lakers. The biggest change in the transformation is the exterior street view, for the renovation has made the arena more pleasing to look at and is more open to “the city” or to the people.  The Cavaliers may not be as good this season without Lebron but at least their arena looks nice.  

 

 

Color Rush Uniforms In the NFL

It is the end of an era, the NFL is done with promoting Color Rush uniforms on Thursday night.  In 2015 the NFL had 4 Thursday Night Football games where teams wore color rush uniforms.  In 2016 and 2017 all thirty-two teams released and wore their color rush uniforms. A color rush uniform is a monochromatic uniform where each team wears jerseys, pants, and socks all of the same color.  The idea was that teams get to wear one of their team colors against each other. It ended up that some teams ended up with all white Color rush uniforms to cope with the confusion that may occur within two teams wearing similar colors.

Yahoo Sports writes that the NFL signed a new television contract with Fox Sports for better Thursday night games, without the promotion of the color rush on Thursday nights in the 2018-19 season. Tonight the Indianapolis Colts will wear their white away uniforms while the New England Patriots wear their navy blue Color Rush uniforms, at Gillette Stadium.                                          Screenshot 2018-10-04 at 8.28.19 PM.png

This is Gillette Stadium by Donna & Keith and that is protected with CC attribution, 2.0.

Stadium_UPdate´s, Update on Paul Brown Stadium.

This photo is Paul Brown Stadium by bruce.hart and is protected by a  CC license. I adapted this photo by screen shooting it with a white box in the bottom right.

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Paul Brown Stadium is a Nation Football League stadium in Cincinnati Ohio.  The stadium is home to the Cincinnati Bengals, an NFL team that is apart of the AFC North and is playing as I am writing this post. This week two Thursday night game against the Ravens, in Cincinnati is the reason why I chose this stadium to post about.

LOCATION
Paul Brown Stadium is located in downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River.  I believe that a stadium is sufficiently irrelevant if itś location is not suitable, and Paul Brown Stadium is in a great position. Having been there on multiple occasions, and once this summer, I believe that it would be close to impossible to place a stadium on its magnitude anywhere better in Cincinnati.  Through one end of the stadium, you can see the Ohio River, and behind the opposing side, you can view the city of Cincinnati.

Cost                                                                                                                                                Construction started on Paul Brown Stadium on April 25, 1998, and the stadium opened on August 19, 2000. The stadium was constructed at a cost of $455 million in 2000 dollars and $647 million in 2017 dollars. The current NFL stadium under construction in Los Angeles is projected to come in at a price tag just under $5 Billion. The taxpayers of Cincinnati can consider themselves lucky.

 

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This is a photo of Neyland Stadium that I took over the summer. Neyland, is a beautiful stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The University of Tennesee football team plays here in their 102,455 seat stadium.

Being at the stadium was an eye opening experience. I had mostly looked at pictures online and had seen a few Tennesse home games on television.   On television and on seeting charts, the stadium looks enormous, because of its 102,000+ attendence.  Being there I realized that being at the satdium, it looked very dence and not spread out.  The seats of cource are bences that take up the least amount of space that they can and the rows were quite condenced that made sitting in a ¨far” seat at the stadium not that far away from the field. Even the top tier of the stadium was much closer to the field, and was not to far away to make the game uninjoyable.