Royal Farms Arena – Baltimore Brigade

Royal Farms Arena – Baltimore Brigade

Royal Farms Arena opened in 1962, and over the years has hosted professional basketball, hockey, soccer, and arena football teams. Their newest and only current occupant is the Baltimore Brigade, an arena football team which was founded in 2017, and currently competes as a member of the Arena Football League (the Washington Valor and the Baltimore Brigade are owned by the same group of people).

Capital One Arena – Washington Valor

Capital One Arena – Washington Valor

Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. is home to numerous sports teams, most notably the NHL’s Capitals and the NBA’s Wizards, but also the Georgetown Hoyas, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the newly formed Washington Valor of the Arena Football League.  Connected to a shopping mall, the venue opened in 1997 at a cost of $260M ($362M in today’s dollars), and is within walking distance of the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums (in fact the National Portrait Gallery is right across the street).  The size of the venue has fluctuated very slightly over the years, but currently holds around 20K.

Bank of America Stadium – Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium – Belk Bowl

Played in the same NFL stadium that is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Belk Bowl is an annual college football postseason matchup that features a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference versus a team from the Southeastern Conference.  However, while the venue is a great stadium with all the modern amenities, the game is not always well-attended, depending on which teams are invited to participate.

Toyota Stadium – Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium – Frisco Bowl

College football fans know that a lot of bowl games are not very well-attended, in part because many of the teams play so far from home, but also because some of the games are not very meaningful, or feature subpar teams, or perhaps the weather is just too darn cold in December. All of that said, the Frisco Bowl may have found the perfect recipe – played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, home of FC Dallas and with a capacity of only 20,500, the Frisco Bowl doesn’t have to sell many tickets for the stadium to fill up, and at least in its inaugural year, the Frisco Bowl brought in two relatively close teams, allowing fans the chance to see their teams take the field one last time before season’s end.

Murray H. Goodman Stadium – Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Murray H. Goodman Stadium – Lehigh Mountain Hawks

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks football team plays at Murray H. Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and currently competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Mountain Hawks are involved in the longest-running series in all of college football.  Known simply as “The Rivalry”, Lehigh and their arch-nemesis the Lafayette Leopards have been playing football against each other for over 150 years – the two teams met on the gridiron in 2017 for their 153rd game in the series (Wisconsin-Minnesota, the longest running series in the FBS, comes in a handful of games behind Lehigh-Lafayette).