New Stadiums will Keep Club 123 Busy
Club 123 is an elite group of individuals who have watched a home game at all facilities in the four major leagues of the NFL, NHL, NFL, and MLB. The club has been active the past few seasons with new facilities opening in each league that include the Rogers Place in Edmonton, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Little Caesar Arena in Detroit, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
The club will rendezvous in Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum, the brand new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks in February 2019. Once the game is completed, every member in attendance will be up-to-date with stadium visits, but that will soon change as the NBA calendar tips off next season when the Golden State Warriors move across the bay to the Chase Center in San Francisco, after that the 2020 season will see three new venues debut housing a total of four teams, and conclude in 2021 when the New York Islanders moved to the Belmont Park Arena in Long Island.
At this time, there are no other stadiums planned, but that can change in a heartbeat as clubs the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays either pitch or contemplate possible new venues that could make the decade of the 20’s another roaring decade for professional sports.
2019 Chase Center, Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors could be raising an NBA banner when it opens the Chase Center in San Francisco next season. The club will return back to “The City” after 45 years of playing at the Oracle Arena across the bay in Oakland. The 18,064 multi-purpose arena will be located along the waterfront at Mission Bay. The 100% privately financed building will be interactive, offer fine food options inside and out, and a new subway system will drop fans off at the arena.
2020 Globe Life Field, Texas Rangers
Globe Life Field will debut for as the home of the Texas Rangers and feature a first of its kind, a transparent roof that will allow fans to enjoy the experience of outdoor baseball in air-condition indoor comfort during the sweltering heat of the summer. The new ballpark will be built across the street from the Rangers current home Globe Life Park that will celebrate its 25th anniversary and last season of operation in 2019.
The area around the ballpark will be turned into an entertainment district that will follow in the recent trends of live-work-play neighborhoods around sports facilities that will be called Texas Live! The mixed-used entertainment district will offer restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues, along with event space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Revolver Brewery, Lockhart Smokehouse Barbecue, Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint, and PBR Country Bar will be among the options to choose from in the district.
2020 Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Los Angeles Chargers and Rams
Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park will be the area’s first football stadium in almost a century when it debuts as the home of both the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. The stadium will be built in the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack and three miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. It will also be only the third stadium (MetLife Stadium and Staples Center) to house two professional teams in the same league. The 70,000-seat open-air stadium will be part of a complex that will feature approximately 25 acres of public parks, open space, pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths, restaurants, and hotel and business space.
2021 Las Vegas Stadium, Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders will look to open up its 65,000 seat stadium that will appear to be black during the day, but illuminated at night during game days. The ethylene tetrafluoroethylene ceiling will be 220 feet above the field and constructed out of strength translucent polymer that will keep the heat down during the early part of the season. Natural lighting will fill the stadium from the main concourse to the seating levels.
The stadium will also feature a 4-foot high tray that will be wheeled in on game day, offer 9 clubs (two will be on the field level at the 50-yard line on opposite ends), and a folding 80-by-120 foot lanai door opening up to a view of the Las Vegas strip.
2021 Belmont Park Arena, New York Islanders
The New York Islanders will finally return back to Long Island after what will be 6 years playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The ancestral home of the Isles will be a welcome return to fans when the team opens up the Belmont Park Arena for the 2021/2022 NHL season. The arena will seat 18, 000 people and offer everything that the club’s previous two homes never were able to do. The project will also include 435,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a movie theater, and a 250-room hotel. It also includes 30,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of community space and 8.5 acres of public open space.
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