Lawler Rink – Merrimack Warriors

Men’s hockey is the only Division I sport at Merrimack College. As such, it receives the lion’s share of the attention at this small Catholic college. Merrimack College has a student body of just over 3,200 students, meaning that tiny Lawler Rink can still almost fit every Merrimack student within its walls. Yet somehow, the arena is filled to capacity and beyond for most home games. This has given the Warriors a huge home-ice advantage in recent years, and makes Lawler Arena one of the more intimidating venues for visiting teams.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a world-famous speedway housed atop the high hills outside of Monterey, California. The speedway has hosted some of the world’s biggest racing stars over various racing series, and continues to be a fan and driver favorite as the years progress. In 2016, the SRO brought their endurance championship to the USA in the form of the inaugural California 8 Hour, the longest ever race to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since its opening. This race featured some of the world’s best GT3 and GT4 teams, including some of IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge’s best, facing off in an exciting eight-hour battle. Supported by the Mazda MX5 Cup and Pirelli World Challenge TC class championships, this now annual race weekend is one that is a must-see.

Circuit of the Americas (COTA)

As if to blast the stereotype of everything being bigger in Texas into flat-out appropriateness, Circuit of the Americas (often called COTA for short) in Austin provides no better example of this. Indeed, the site of the annual US Grand Prix for Formula One is also the host to a myriad of other races throughout the year, including the season opening weekend for Pirelli World Challenge, a stop for World Superbikes, and the Lone Star Le Mans stop on the World Endurance Championship calendar, just to name a few.

Barber Motorsports Park – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is one of the hidden gems of the racing world. Nestled in the mountains of northern Alabama, just east of Birmingham, is Barber Motorsports Park, a premiere racetrack that rivals any other in the country. Who would have known that a track in the middle of the Deep South not called Talladega would provide fans with one of the best racing experiences in the world of sports?

Sprenger Stadium – Lake Erie Crushers

When thinking of baseball in North-Central Ohio, one would understandably overlook the Lake Erie Crushers as a stalwart in the local community. However, in a few short years, this team has endeared itself to the locals, becoming a fan favorite for families and young fans throughout the region. With their growing fan-friendly approach, affordable pricing, and family-friendly options, the Crushers are becoming a smart and easy alternative to the big-league ticket prices of the Cleveland Indians 30 minutes east of Avon. Add to this a recent retooling of the team’s logo and color scheme to more accurately reflect their heritage, and you have the perfect recipe for a great experience at the ballpark.

Roger Dean Stadium – Jupiter Hammerheads

Roger Dean Stadium – Jupiter Hammerheads

The Jupiter Hammerheads are one of two minor league baseball teams to call Roger Dean Stadium home, sharing the facility with the Palm Beach Cardinals. They also welcome their MLB affiliates, the Miami Marlins, during spring training. The facility itself is a beautiful one, with well-manicured landscaping, tons of free parking, and an entire shopping and dining district, complete with quality hotels, literally across the street.

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An Interview with STMA Turf Management Winners

An Interview with STMA Turf Management Winners

Each year, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) honors the best members of their organization. Working in turf management can be a thankless job, so the STMA does their part to highlight greatness in their field. Stadium Journey got a chance to talk to three of this year’s winners from minor league baseball: Matt Parrott, the Triple-A winner from the Charlotte Knights; Mike Williams, the Single-A winner from the Charleston RiverDogs; and Ryan Olszewski, the Short Season winner from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

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Orlando City Stadium – Orlando City B

Orlando City Stadium – Orlando City B

While Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride garner the majority of the attention in Orlando’s booming soccer market, there is yet another professional team who uses the pitch at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando City B, the MLS’ USL team provides the perfect place for up and coming young stars to hone their skills and show why they deserve an MLS roster spot. While the quality of the soccer may be top notch and the stadium equally as impressive, some of the limitations on the team make the experience a bit less than exciting than the team’s higher-level counterparts.

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UB Stadium – Buffalo Bulls

UB Stadium – Buffalo Bulls

The Buffalo Bulls experience has definitely improved over time. Coinciding with their improvement on the field, it is easy to say that the Bulls are no longer the basement of the NCAA. Their improvement has breathed new life into the program and made the experience much more enjoyable. Checking out UB Stadium and the Buffalo Bulls for some MACtion is an experience fans won’t regret.

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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Navy Midshipmen

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Navy Midshipmen

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is the home field of the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen football team. It is also home to the school’s men’s lacrosse team, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks lacrosse team. The stadium opened on September 26, 1959. The United States Naval Academy was established in 1845 under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft and is the second-oldest of the United States’ five service academies. Students are officers-in-training, and are referred to as midshipmen. Candidates for admission generally must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a Member of Congress.

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Have Malleta Will Travel: A Cuban Baseball Story

Have Malleta Will Travel: A Cuban Baseball Story

Join film maker and Cuban baseball fan Phil Selig as he explores Cuba’s passion with their national game. Venturing to Cuba for the first time in 2012 as a casual fan he never imagined he might be witnessing a cultural revolution. Alexander Malleta (Cuban baseball player) pronounced similarly to the spanish term for suitcase maleta, and his subsequent loaning to Canadian baseball team the Ottawa Champions in 2016 bookended Phil’s experiences with Cuba literally coming to him. This short film touches on his experiences, gives a brief recent history of Cuban baseball and it’s impact in the baseball world and sheds some light onto the greater Cuban psyche as well.

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Video Review of UB Stadium

Video Review of UB Stadium

The home of the Bulls is UB Stadium on the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo in the town of Amherst. Truth be told, UB Stadium is not an overly fantastic venue. It lacks amenities and comfort and lacks the age and history to be a classic. The capacity is far greater than what the Bulls traditionally support. However, a significant advantage comes with the Bulls experience. The return on investment, as with other MAC venues is very high. The college experience is there with the Thunder of the East Marching Band and the tailgating area, Stampede Square, offers a pretty good pre-game experience. The product on the field is also better than it was in the 90’s, when Buffalo was a perennial MAC doormat.

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Rentschler Field – Connecticut Huskies

Rentschler Field – Connecticut Huskies

Rentschler Field, located 21 miles west of the University of Connecticut campus, is located in East Hartford, Connecticut. The stadium was built on the site of a commercial airfield, also named Rentschler Field. The land where the stadium stands was donated to the state of Connecticut in 1999, and is rented out to the university for events. The stadium has also served as the home of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL), and as host to several US national soccer team friendlies.

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