Rugg Arena at Heidelberg Gymnasium – Belhaven Blazers

Belhaven University is a small private Christian university located in Jackson, MS. The college was founded in 1883 through the merger of two schools, Mississippi Synodical College & McComb Female Institute. The school’s current location opened in 1894 in the mansion of former Confederate Colonel Jones S. Hamilton. The mansion was named Belhaven, and hence is how the university got its name. In 1927 a lightning strike destroyed the mansion, which housed the university’s only classrooms – the columns that stand today on the west side of the campus are the only remnants of the old college.

IndyCar Gets New Road America Race Sponsor

The annual race weekend at Road America that features the NTT IndyCar Series will see a new title sponsor in 2019 thanks to REV Group, Inc. The Milwaukee-based manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services signed a deal to become the title sponsor of what will now be known as the REV Group Grand Prix to be held June 20-23. REV Group, Inc. takes over as title sponsor after Kohler sponsored the race for the past several years.

Introducing Football’s First Ball Hawk: Doug Hakey

Doug Hakey, a Grafton, Massachusetts native, is retired from his plumbing and land development career on Martha’s Vineyard. These days, the 59-year-old Patriots fan resides on a 360-acre farm in Amherst, Virginia, 200 miles from the closest ballpark, Nationals Park. But Hakey is not out to pasture. Hakey, who bears a resemblance to former Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler, devotes much of his free time to travelling and collecting stuff, everything from millstones to shark teeth to baseballs.

Read Fieldhouse/University Arena – Western Michigan Broncos

The Read Fieldhouse/University Arena is the home to the Western Michigan Broncos basketball program. The 5,500-seat arena is the perfect size of MAC basketball and close to other campus stadiums in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco 49ers

Having completed its fifth season in its new digs, the home team and its faithful are still trying to establish a true home identity. Though the amenities and surroundings far surpass those of their previous home at Candlestick Park, there are still certain issues the team is working through.

Pepsi Center – Colorado Mammoth

Pepsi Center – Colorado Mammoth

Founded in 2003, the Colorado Mammoth are celebrating their 15th season in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) this 2018/2019 season. They have made the playoffs in all but one of their years in existence. They captured the NLL championship in 2006 and won division titles in 2003, 2004, and 2007. It’s been a while since they’ve placed a banner on the rafters.

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Blue Sox Stadium – Sydney Blue Sox

Blue Sox Stadium – Sydney Blue Sox

The Sydney Blue Sox were formed when the Australian Baseball League was relaunched in a partnership with Major League Baseball in 2010/11. MLB has since redirected its funding into other areas of player development, forcing the ABL to re-assess their approach to professional baseball. After several years of decline, the league has adopted a private ownership model, which in Sydney’s case has reinvigorated the Blue Sox fan experience and brought the fans back in droves.

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Regional Foods:  Central Connecticut’s Steamed Burgers

Regional Foods: Central Connecticut’s Steamed Burgers

Ask any sports fan, no, ask any American, what their favorite food is, and the answer will often be “hamburger.” Ask these same people how they like their burger, and you will likely not hear the same answer twice. The hamburger is a most versatile food, with infinite ways to cook, accessorize and serve. If you venture to a few small towns in central Connecticut, you will find them prepared in a most unusual manner: they are steamed.

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Crisler Center – Michigan Wolverines

Crisler Center – Michigan Wolverines

Michigan may not be the first thought when it comes to NCAA basketball. However, the Wolverines have been a great team recently with appearances in the National Championship final to prove it. Crisler Center has seen some significant improvements and fans will not be disappointed in their experience at the House that Cazzie Built. Maybe not a basketball bucket list item, but the Michigan Wolverines will provide a pleasant surprise for those attending for the first time.

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PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh Penguins

PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have a checkered past, with two serious relocation threats in their history. Those days appear to be well in the past now, as the Penguins are firmly entrenched in the Steel City, competing with the Steelers for the unofficial title of Most Popular Team in Pittsburgh. With a cast of superstars, the Penguins look to remain near the top of the NHL standings for the foreseeable future. In PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins have a worthy home for one of the more popular teams in the league.

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Daskalakis Athletic Center – Drexel Dragons

Daskalakis Athletic Center – Drexel Dragons

Right down the street from the University of Pennsylvania’s amazing Palestra is another Division I basketball arena that gets much less fanfare. The Daskalakis Athletic Center that the Drexel Dragons play in is literally in walking distance from basketball greatness, and although a nice arena, it seems far from the Palestra on the basketball royalty scale.

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