Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A couple of years ago, I attended the second weekend of March Madness at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The trip was enjoyable, but the games lacked the energy that would accompany a Syracuse Orange home affair. Part of the reason behind this is the dome is only half filled for basketball, but mostly it is because there were two competing fan bases, so things never got overly loud. As well, with Syracuse not participating, there were no student fans that usually add so much to the atmosphere at a college hoops contest. So I really wanted to return see an ACC game here as I had heard great things about that experience.
With Syracuse about 4 hours away from NYC, it really isn’t worth the drive for just one game, so I decided to combine it with a trip to Rochester to visit the very impressive Eastman Museum, with my wife joining for the weekend. In the end, we decided to fly hoping to save a bit of time and hassle, which might sound strange, but driving out of New York on a Friday evening is not a lot of fun. In the end, we didn't save any time, but more on that later.
With the game at noon on Saturday, we left Rochester early. I dropped my wife off at a local mall, and made my way over to campus. University lots were charging $15, but I found free parking on Ashworth Place, a block north of Genesee Street. One side of Ashworth allows parking from 6 pm on odd days to 6 pm on even days, the other vice versa, so you will always be able to park here. If you don’t remember what day it is, just follow everybody else’s lead. A few steps away from where I left my vehicle, a lot was charging $20, so I felt pretty good about my parsimony, even with the chilly 15-minute walk to the dome.
I was granted a media credential in order to write the Stadium Journey review. This gave me a seat behind one of the baskets, not a bad view at all, as you can see above. The actual seat was just in front of the band, behind four rows of courtside seats in the photo below.
Rather than duplicate the review here, I will link to it once it is published in a few days. But I can say that the experience of seeing a Syracuse Orange game at the Carrier Dome is much better than a neutral tournament matchups I saw back in 2015. The fans are amazing and there were nearly 25,000 of them on hand for this one. I saw few visiting supporters (who wants to leave Florida for Syracuse in January?) and the crowd really made a difference. It surprised me that even with the dome half full, it was one of the loudest places I have been.
I will provide a few pictures to give you a sense of the atmosphere. History is big here, which you will notice immediately with the Ernie Davis statue out front, one of four that dots Plaza 44.
Davis' Heisman can be found in a display case in the concourse, while the 2003 basketball championship trophy gets a special spot all by itself.
There are a few other cases around the concourse, including one dedicated to the Syracuse Eight, and another with odd memorabilia like helmets and photos (below). Make sure to walk around the entire lower concourse to see everything.
The photo below shows all three seating levels. The orange seats are actually padded portable chairs; the large sections that are entirely orange in the lower bowl are the club. If you don't have a padded chair, you will be sitting on a bench.
A view from the upper deck which is really not that far away at all.
So if you have a chance to visit the Carrier Dome when the Orange are playing, take it, especially against an ACC rival. The crowd alone is worth it, and if you are lucky, you will get to see a game that keeps them on their feet from start to finish, like I did.
The 6th-ranked Florida State Seminoles were in town coming off a road loss to Georgia Tech that dropped them to 18-3, while the Orange, coached by Jim Boeheim (above) were suffering after their Final Four appearance at 12-9 and in the lower half of the ACC standings. But the visitors struggled in the first half, making just 10 of 32 shots (including 1-8 from downtown), while the Orange shot 50% to take a commanding 44-26 lead at the half.
As is often the case in basketball though, the losing team began to make their shots while the leaders started laying bricks. Bit by bit the Seminoles battled back, and when Dwayne Bacon hit a three with 9:12 to go, they were within 2 at 60-58. But the crowd did not go silent and it paid off with a great hustle play a few seconds later. After a Seminole turnover, the ball ended up in the hands of Tyus Battle in the right corner. Battle launched a three that bounced high off the iron and Tyler Lydon, unguarded in the left corner, raced in and one-hand-slammed home the rebound that had everyone on their feet and garnered Lydon the #10 play on that night’s SportsCenter. A couple of minutes later, Lydon had the ball underneath his basket after a missed Seminole shot and saw Battle streaking down the right side. But his pass went long and looked to go out of bounds behind the end line, but Battle scampered after it and backhanded a no-look pass to White, who drained a 3 to make it 69-62 Orange. Again the fans stood as Florida State called timeout. Two great plays that showed how hustle helps in hoops.
The Seminoles did get within two a couple of times down the stretch, but Syracuse did not break. Down 74-70 with a minute left, Florida State decided to start fouling, and the Orange made their free throws in an anticlimactic finish as they won 82-72. As the clock wound down, the cheerleaders and other staff started moving out of the way behind me. I looked over my shoulder and saw students preparing to storm the court (below), which they did as the final buzzer sounded.
I guess it has been a while since the Orange have beaten such a highly-ranked team, but the Seminoles are definitely overrated and not worth a court storm. But hey, everyone was having fun and nobody got hurt, so all was good in the end. The photo below is of the court covered by students.
This was a lot of fun and I hope to get back here for football or lacrosse.
Flying back out of Rochester, we were delayed about 90 minutes by Delta’s system outage. They actually deplaned us briefly before the computers decided to start working again. It was a minor inconvenience, but to listen to a couple of other passengers, it was like we had spent three weeks in prison. One young lady on the phone promised to “never fly Delta again” while another proclaimed it a “disaster”, apparently unaware of the true meaning of the word when associated with aviation. Certainly Delta needs to figure out a way to prevent system-wide outages (this was their second in the past six months) but given the problems facing other travelers over the weekend, our issues were insignificant. Perspective and empathy are traits seldom found in people these days, which is one of the reasons America seems to be embarking on a path towards tyranny.
I’m heading to Milwaukee for an AHL game and a couple of college hoops battles this weekend. Unfortunately, Green Bay did not make the Super Bowl, so things won’t be crazy in Wisconsin, but check back for regular recaps anyway.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In 2011 I made an emergency trip to Sacramento to see what was billed as the final game in Kings history. At that time, it looked like the franchise would be on the move again, this time to Anaheim, and I needed to see a game at Sleep Train Arena before it became inactive. The Kings lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Lakers and afterward, the fans hung around the court hoping to convince the powers that be to keep their team in California’s capital. With help from Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, the NBA Board of Governors put the kibosh on the move, and the Kings remained in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season. However, rumours of a move to Virginia Beach and then Seattle kept fans in limbo over the next couple of campaigns. But Johnson and the fans kept up the pressure and the NBA did not allow the Maloof family, who had owned the team since 1998, to follow through on any sale that would result in relocation. Eventually the Maloofs were forced to sell the team to Vivek Ranadivé, who promised a new downtown arena by the 2017 as part of his proposal. Just months after the change in ownership, the new arena project was formally announced and the saga of the Kings potential relocation was finally ended.
Fast forward to 2016 and the opening of Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, a year earlier than promised. Naming rights were purchased by a local credit union, which is fitting as the final cost will exceed half a billion dollars, with half of that coming from city coffers. It is money well spent though, as the finished stadium is certainly a sparkling addition to the Club 122 venue list. There are a lot of features to note here, for example, a controversial, publicly-owned sculpture by Jeff Koons at the main entrance (above). The arena also boasts of being 100% solar-powered, with 85% coming from a solar farm 40 miles away while the rest is captured from solar panels on the roof.
The exterior panels feature a digitized Sacramento Live Oak leaf, which is somewhat visible below. From a distance, it appears to be a treescape, though I did not notice this from up close.
The stadium is located on two city blocks just east of I-5 and Old Sacramento, with the main entrance along 5th Street. I did not see much traffic as I walked from my hotel about ten blocks away, though perhaps fans were parking for free on the street as garages were charging $15 per vehicle.
There are five large hangar doors that open into a plaza, allowing for expedient entry through security and into the arena. Make sure to use to the main entrance where the sculpture is located rather than the entrance closer to L Street as that one seemed to be a lot slower. Inside the main entrance is a large plaza that feeds into the lower concourse, as well as a standing area that many fans use during the game (view below).
As you make your way around, you will probably be impressed by the variety of food on offer. It is not cheap, with $7 hot dogs an example, but there is something for everyone, including an Asian stand and another featuring Indian food. Beer is plentiful but again overpriced, with tall boys coming in at $13, while those who prefer California wine can buy whole bottles at Raley. Priced much like a restaurant, a bottle will run you $40 or more, and you are given a plastic decanter and shatterproof glasses to make things a bit safer for you and those around you.
There is a designated driver program, but only the first 50 fans receive a coupon for a free soda, so get there early if you desperately need some free carbonation.
The lower concourse (above) is not typically oval as in old-style arenas, rather there are more angles and openings. It does get tight in some places, but as all the concession stands are against the wall, you can see the court as you make your way around. Again, standing areas are scattered here and there and are actually great spots to watch the game (view from one standing area below).
The upper deck is reached by a relatively short escalator or staircase...
...and although there are two levels of suites between the upper and lower bowls, seats upstairs are still quite close to the action, especially from the first couple of rows which are separated from the rest of the bowl.
The upper bowl does not encircle the arena; there is an opening above the plaza directly inside the main entrance that contains the Sierra Nevada Draught House, a great place to watch other sports on TV and hang out with friends.
As regular readers know, I am rather tired of casual fans showing up to games to socialize (i.e. talk about themselves) rather than watch the action and the Kings have done a great job to provide an area for those fans, thus taking them out of the seating bowl. There is a standing area here too, so fans can ostensibly watch the game they paid to see (view below).
One interesting point for fans traveling solo is that there are single seats in the first row right next to this opening. It almost feels like watching from home as you have no obstructions and can get in and out as you please. Section 201, Row A, Seat 1 is available for most games if you are so inclined, the view from that seat is below.
With so many fans standing, there are a lot of open seats in the bowl, and although the empty seats are not a good optic on TV, it is great when you have one next to you. The game was sold out (capacity here is 17,068), but I’d estimate about 10% of fans were standing at the various areas around the stadium.
Tickets vary in price depending on opponent, with a first row upper deck seat going for $60 on this night. I purchased a ticket in Row 6 for $35 on the secondary market and enjoyed the view below for the first half:
In the second half, I moved downstairs and stood almost directly underneath where I had been sitting (below). In both cases, I had no trouble seeing the floor, as the arena has really good sightlines from just about everywhere.
There are a number of interesting features scattered about the venue. Most intriguing are the six neon signs representing companies that have ties to the city; Tower Records, which began in Sacramento and was a mainstay during my time in Japan, is my favourite.
Also notable are the various Kings jerseys from their time in Sacramento, which started in 1985. The Kings are the oldest franchise in the NBA (beginning in Rochester in 1923) and I’d like to see this recognized more clearly.
To be fair, there is a Rochester Royals championship banner from 1951, which is next to the infamous 2002 team that was shafted by the NBA in the playoffs.
Sleep Train Arena is also honoured for its 28 years as the Kings court. Next to that is a banner for Paul McCartney, whose two shows opened the building back in October.
There are also numerous art pieces inside the arena, such as this mobile above the escalator.
Finally, the scoreboard, which is shaped like a Japanese torii (temple gate), is the world's largest indoor video board. At 84 feet long, it is just 10 feet shorter than the court itself. It is a 4K Ultra HD board and one of the best I have seen, so much so that you sometimes forget you are at the game. The scoreboard is just one of many technical attractions here; the arena dubs itself the most technically advanced in the world. I didn't bother to check out the details as I'm happy to just watch the game, but one impressive claim is that there is a 200-gigabit connection to the internet.
The pregame show was rather understated compared to what some NBA teams put out there, with a large cowbell on the floor the main attraction. It is rung after the player introductions to get fans, many of whom have brought their own cowbells, into the mood.
Overall, I was really impressed with Golden 1 Center. It serves its purpose perfectly, not too loud or ostentatious, essentially just right for Sacramento. My only complaints are the overpriced food (I did not eat here because of it) and a lack of franchise history. Those are minor issues though, and I think any hoops fan would appreciate a trip to see the Kings hold court.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were in town for the 6th in a 7-game homestand for the Kings, who had won just once in those five. Russell Westbrook, emerging from Kevin Durant’s shadow, was the player to watch. He started slowly and the teams were tied at 23 late in the first before the Thunder went on a 17-5 run that took us into the second quarter. OKC maintained the double-digit advantage for the rest of the half, taking a 59-46 lead into the break.
Early in the third, Stephen Adams fell to the floor and hit his head (above), causing a concussion that forced him from the game. With Adams out, the Kings scored the last 8 points of the third quarter to make things interesting down only 88-79, but the Thunder went on an 11-2 run midway through the final frame, capped by a Westbrook trey that made it 107-92 with 5:33 to go. Fans started to leave, but in the NBA these days, no lead is safe, and the Kings amazingly got within 3 at 116-113 on a Rudy Gay three-pointer with 26.5 seconds left. The Kings immediately fouled and Alex Abrines sank both, but then Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled while attempting a three, and he made all of his free throws to make it 118-116. After Victor Oladipo made two charity shots for OKC, Cousins turned the ball over to Westbrook who finished things off with an uncontested slam to cap his 20th triple double on the year (36-11-10). A late shot by Darren Collison made the final 122-118 in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. There were 57 total fouls called as well, many of the questionable variety, making the game far less entertaining that it should have been.
The triple-double is one of the most overrated stats in sports. Any starter should get 10 points, and with the way they give assists out, even 10 dimes isn’t that difficult these days for a point guard. Assists should be limited to passes that lead directly to a basket; if the recipient of the pass dribbles or does anything other than shoot immediately, no assist should be awarded. I do agree that 10 rebounds can be difficult for someone of Westbrook’s stature, but even with all those gaudy stats, he ended up -1 on the night, meaning that despite his 36 points and 10 assists, at least 57 points were scored against the Thunder while Westbrook was on the floor. Committing seven turnovers didn't help his cause.
This was my 700th lifetime venue and with this visit, my membership in Club 122 remains active.
Club 122 will see seven new stadiums in 2017: the Atlanta Braves will open Sun Country Park in April while the Falcons will say hello to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the fall. Two other NFL teams are moving (San Diego to Los Angeles and Oakland to Las Vegas) while the Red Wings and Pistons will both call Detroit's Little Caesars Arena home beginning next season. Finally, the Vegas Golden Knights will be an expansion NHL franchise, so Club 122 will become Club 123. It will be another busy year for those of us who enjoy sports travel, and I plan to attend a game in each of those venues, so check back as schedules are released.
A brief trip to Syracuse is planned at the end of January to see the Orange take on Florida State. After that, I’ll spend Super Bowl weekend in Wisconsin, checking out the AHL and a couple of college hoops games before settling down to watch the big game, which might yet feature the Packers. Recaps will be posted here, so check back to see what happened.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Happy New Year to my loyal readers. Hope all three of you enjoy 2017! After a terrible start to the year watching the Rexless Bills get thumped by the Jets on New Year's Day, I spent the week searching for an event that might get my mind off the Bills 17-year playoff drought. The usual teams were not compelling, but then I discovered the PBR was at Madison Square Garden. The Professional Bull Riders have been kicking off their season at MSG since 2007, and it has obviously been successful as the tour begins its second decade in New York with a 3-day event.
The Monster Energy Buck off at the Garden is considered one of four majors on the BFTS (Built Ford Tough Series) Tour, which, as you can tell, relies heavily on corporate sponsorship. Tickets ranged from $26 to $200 and were easy to get at the box office. No need to spend more than the minimum here as the action takes place in a small area and a pair of binoculars is all you need to see everything. As you can see, the ring takes up about 3/4 of the ice surface, with a large island in the middle. Photographers and VIPs are able to get inside there, which must be an incredible experience.
The event began around 8:00 with a video featuring Steven Tyler. The 35 riders were introduced as flames ran across the floor, and then the national anthem was sung by a country group that I had never heard of before. After that, it was time for action. Bull riding is quite simple (to understand, not to do): the bulls and riders come out of the chutes at the far end, and the rider must stay on for 8 seconds while keeping one hand in the bull rope and one in the air; if he falls off or touches the bull or himself with that untethered arm, the ride is over. If the rider completes 8 seconds, he gets a score based on the bull's movements (spin, direction change, kick), while the bull receives a score regardless of the rider's success. Some riders wear hockey-type helmets, but most choose to go in with just a cowboy hat to protect them, as they believe that helmets can affect their balance. Injuries are not uncommon, though fortunately none happened on this night.
There are four matadors (rodeo clowns, you can see them in the shot below) who try to attract the bull's attention after the rider is off, eventually getting the bull into the return chute. If the bull goes past the island, there is a guy on horseback who lassoes it and brings it back to the chute. After every four riders, there is a break while they get the next set of bulls ready. During this time, the head matador, who has a wireless microphone, entertains the crowd or runs some contests. T-shirts are tossed, and one lucky attendee is given the "Fan of the Night" belt buckle. It's all very much like other sports, but this one has the most downtime of any of them. With 35 riders and a maximum 8 seconds per ride, there are only 280 possible seconds of action over the two-hour show, so much of the time is spent waiting for something to happen. It makes baseball look like F1.
Each rider gets one shot, unless the bull is considered to not have bucked hard enough, in which case the rider can request a re-ride. At the end, the top seven riders are given points, which are totaled up at the end of the season, with the leader winning the championship. On this night, two riders (Mason Lowe and Jess Lockwood) tied with 87.75 points, earning them 100 points and $5,750 apiece.
For me, this was probably the only time I'll see this event, unless I am in a more suitable environment, i.e. one where fans actually want to watch. Much of the crowd in the cheap seats were just there to say they were there. Hundreds upon hundreds of millennials showed up late, dressed as cowboys despite never having ridden a horse in their life. They didn't bother sitting in their assigned seats (thus ensuring plenty standing around looking blankly at tickets when others showed up), and spent the evening taking selfies, yapping (I couldn't hear the announcer for much of it) and trying to get drunk on crap beer. The actual event was secondary to ensuring that their social circle knew they were there. More and more I notice that fans like this (I call them the "Look at Me! generation") are dominating events and making things intolerable for those who actually want to watch. I certainly didn't pay to hear someone whine about how "My boss is like, the worst boss in like, literally, the whole world". The stereotype going around is "Special Snowflake" and from what I can tell, it isn't inaccurate.
So if you go to an event, here are three steps to make things better for everyone: 1) show up on time, 2) stay in your seat during the action (unless you are invisible), 3) shut up and watch - there are plenty of breaks in the action for you to tell your buddy all about how wonderful you are. If you want a social event, go to a bar or throw a party (if your parents allow it in their basement).
The only rider from Canada was Dakota Buttar, who calls Kindersley, Saskatchewan home. I was probably the only fan who has been there. Buttar completed his ride but his score was not enough to place him in the top 7.
Contrary to popular belief, the strap around the bull's flank is not tied to his testicles, but just behind them and encourages the bull to buck more from its hind legs.
Pabst Blue Ribbon used to sponsor PBR but I guess the connection was too confusing as they are no longer associated with one another from what I could tell.
Santa Claus did not bring me a new camera, so the next year will continue to see crap pictures as above, taken with my phone. Sorry.
I'm heading back to California next weekend to complete Club 122 membership renewal with a visit to Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Check back for a recap after that.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Here are the final playoff standings, along with a look back to past weeks:
AFC Bal 3-0 NE 5-1 NE 7-2 Oak 10-2 NE 12-2 NE 13-2 NE 14-2 NE 3-0 Pit 4-2 KC 7-2 NE 10-2 Oak 11-3 Oak 12-3 KC 12-4 Den 3-0 Hou 4-2 Hou 6-3 Bal 7-5 Pit 9-5 Pit 10-5 Pit 11-5 Hou 2-1 KC 4-2 Bal 5-4 Hou 6-6 Hou 8-6 Hou 9-6 Hou 9-7 Pit 2-1 Oak 4-2 Oak 7-2 KC 9-3 KC 10-4 KC 11-4 Oak 12-4 KC 2-1 Den 4-2 Den 6-3 Den 8-4 Mia 9-5 Mia 10-5 Mia 10-6 -------- -------- -------- --------- --------- --------- Oak 2-1 Buf 4-2 Mia 5-4 Mia 7-5 Bal 8-6 Ten 9-7 Pit 4-5 Pit 7-5 Ten 8-6 Den 9-7 Ind 6-6 Den 8-6 Ten 6-6 Ind 7-7KC (6-0 in the division) moves up to second as Oakland cannot overcome the injury to Derek Carr in Week 17, the only change on the final Sunday. Houston and Tennessee tied at 9-7 with the Texans taking the title based on divisional record. Five of the six teams were in the playoffs after Week 6, with Denver dropping out to be replaced by Miami.
NFC Min 3-0 Dal 5-1 Dal 8-1 Dal 11-1 Dal 12-2 Dal 13-2 Dal 13-3 Phi 3-0 Min 5-1 Sea 6-2-1 Sea 8-3-1 Sea 9-4-1 Atl 10-5 Atl 11-5 LA 2-1 Sea 4-1-1 Atl 6-3 Det 8-4 Atl 9-5 Sea 9-5-1 Sea 10-5-1 Atl 2-1 Atl 4-2 Det 5-4 Atl 7-5 Det 9-5 GB 9-6 GB 10-6 NYG 2-1 Was 4-2 NYG 6-3 NYG 8-4 NYG 10-4 NYG 10-5 NYG 11-5 Dal 2-1 GB 4-2 Was 5-3-1 TB 7-5 GB 8-6 Det 9-6 Det 9-7 -------- --------- --------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Sea 2-1 Phi 4-2 Phi 5-4 Was 6-5-1 TB 8-6 Was 8-6-1 TB 9-7 GB 2-1 Min 5-4 Min 6-6 Was 7-6-1 TB 8-7 GB 4-5 GB 6-6 Min 7-7Detroit beat Tampa Bay for the final spot based on common games (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans). Both teams split with their divisional rivals and lost to the Cowboys, the Buccaneers beat only the Bears, while Detroit beat the Saints and the Rams to earn the privilege of facing Seattle. Minnesota and Washington dropped out from Week 6, so overall 75% of the playoff teams were in a similar position way back in October. This isn't surprising, the season is short and good teams are usually good from start to finish.
As for my playoff prediction, can't imagine New England losing in the AFC, they will face the winner of the Packers/Giants WC game in the Super Bowl.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
|Sun, Jan 1||NFL||MetLife Stadium, East Meadowlands, NJ||Buffalo Bills 10 at New York Jets 30||78,160|
|Fri, Jan 6||Pro Bull Riding||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Results||~12,000|
|Sun, Jan 15||NBA||Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA||Oklahoma City Thunder 122 at Sacramento Kings 118||17,608|
|Mon, Jan 23||NBA||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||San Antonio Spurs 112 at Brooklyn Nets 86||16,643|
|Sat, Jan 28||NCAA Basketball, ACC||Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY||Florida State Seminoles 72 at Syracuse Orange 82||24,978|
|Fri, Feb 3||AHL||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, WI||Rockford IceHogs 3 at Milwaukee Admirals 4 (OT)||6,673|
|Sat, Feb 4||NCAA Basketball, Horizon League||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, WI||UIC Flames 105 at Milwaukee Panthers 100 (OT)||1,622|
|Sun, Feb 5||NCAA Basketball, Big Ten||Kohl Center, Madison, WI||Indiana Hoosiers 60 at Wisconsin Badgers 65||17,287|
|Tue, Feb 7||NHL||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Anaheim Ducks 1 at New York Rangers 4||18,006|
|Fri, Feb 10||NCAA Hockey, Hockey East||Matthews Arena, Boston, MA||Massachusetts Minutemen 2 at Northeastern Huskies 6||1,799|
|Sat, Feb 11||NHL||TD Garden, Boston, MA||Vancouver Canucks 3 at Boston Bruins 4||17,565|
|Sat, Feb 11||NCAA Basketball, CAA||Matthews Arena, Boston, MA||Hofstra Pride 74 at Northeastern Huskies 64||1,032|
|Wed, Feb 15||NBA||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||Milwaukee Bucks 129 at Brooklyn Nets 125||16,182|
|Sat, Feb 18||NCAA Basketball, ACC||Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC||Notre Dame Fighting Irish 81 at NC State Wolfpack 72||16,602|
|Sat, Feb 18||NCAA Basketball, ACC||Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC||Virginia Cavaliers 41 at North Carolina Tar Heels 65||21,750|
|Sun, Feb 19||NCAA Baseball||Boshamer Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC||Kentucky Wildcats 4 at North Carolina Tar Heels 5||2,632|
|Sun, Feb 19||NHL||PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC||Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Carolina Hurricanes 0||10,004|
|Wed, Feb 22||CONCACAF Champions League, Quarterfinal, First Leg||Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ||Vancouver Whitecaps 1 at New York Red Bulls 1||3,231|
|Fri, Feb 24||NCAA Basketball, Ivy League||Levien Gymnasium, New York, NY||Princeton Tigers 64 at Yale Bulldogs 45||2,323|
|Sat, Feb 25||NCAA Hockey, ECAC||Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, NJ||Yale Bulldogs 1 at Princeton Tigers 4||2,200|
|Sat, Mar 4||Boxing||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||Keith Thurman def. Danny Garcia||16,533|
|Wed, Mar 8||Big East Tournament, Session 1||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Georgetown Hoyas 73 vs St. John's Red Storm 74||14,830|
|Thu, Mar 9||ACC Tournament, Quarterfinal||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||Duke Blue Devils 81 vs Louisville Cardinals 77||17,732|
|Sat, Mar 11||NBA||The Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI||New York Knicks 92 at Detroit Pistons 112||19,607|
|Sun, Mar 12||OHL||WFCU Centre, Windsor, ON||Flint Firebirds 3 at Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)||4,966|
|Sun, Mar 12||NHL||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI||New York Rangers 1 at Detroit Red Wings 4||20,027|
|Fri, Mar 17||Top Rank Boxing||Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Michael Conlan def. Tim Ibarra||5,102|
|Sat, Mar 18||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Montreal Impact 1 at NYCFC 1||18,515|
|Fri, Mar 24||NCAA Basketball Tournament, Sweet Sixteen||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||South Carolina Gamecocks 70 vs. Baylor Bears 50|
|Fri, Mar 24||NCAA Basketball Tournament, Sweet Sixteen||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Wisconsin Badgers 83 vs. Florida Gators 84 (OT)||20,047|
|Sun, Mar 26||NCAA Basketball Tournament, Elite Eight||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||South Carolina Gamecocks 77 vs Florida Gators 70||20,047|
|Mon, Mar 27||NHL||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||Nashville Predators 3 at New York Islanders 1||11,671|
|Thu, Mar 30||NCAA Basketball, NIT Final||Madison Square Garden, New York, NY||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 56 vs TCU Horned Frogs 88||5,029|
|Sat, Apr 1||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||San Jose Earthquakes 1 at NYCFC 2||20,066|
|Wed, Apr 5||United Soccer League||Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ||Harrisburg City Islanders 1 at New York Red Bulls II 0||396|
|Sun, Apr 9||NHL||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY||Ottawa Senators 2 at New York Islanders 4||13,303|
|Fri, Apr 14||United Soccer League||MSU Soccer Park, Montclair, NJ||Orlando City B 1 at New York Red Bulls II 3||722|
|Sat, Apr 22||NASL||MCU Park, Brooklyn, NY||Jacksonville Armada 1 at New York Cosmos 1||3,605|
|Sun, Apr 23||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Orlando City SC 2 at NYCFC 1||22,470|
|Tue, Apr 25||MLB Interleague||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO||Toronto Blue Jays 6 at St. Louis Cardinals 5 (11)||40,223|
|Wed, Apr 26||NHL Playoffs, Round 2, Game 1||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO||Nashville Predators 4 at St. Louis Blues 3||19,154|
|Thu, Apr 27||MLB Interleague||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO||Toronto Blue Jays 4 at St. Louis Cardinals 8 (11)||40,099|
|Thu, Apr 27||MLB Interleague||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO||Toronto Blue Jays 4 at St. Louis Cardinals 6||40,035|
|Fri, Apr 28||Southern League||Trustmark Park, Jackson, MS||Tennessee Smokies 7 at Mississippi Braves 8||4,362|
|Sat, Apr 29||PCL||Autozone Park, Memphis, TN||Round Rock Express 1 at Memphis Redbirds 3 (5)||10,090|
|Wed, May 3||American League||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Toronto Blue Jays 6 at New York Yankees 8||35,559|
|Sun, May 7||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Atlanta United 1 at NYCFC 3||25,605|
|Mon, May 15||Florida State League||Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL||Tampa Yankees 1 at Florida Fire Frogs 0||373|
|Tue, May 16||Florida State League||Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, FL||St. Lucie Mets 0 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 2||2,850|
|Tue, May 16||Florida State League||Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL||Tampa Yankees 3 at Florida Fire Frogs 0||304|
|Wed, May 17||MLB Interleague||SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA||Toronto Blue Jays 4 at Atlanta Braves 8||28,293|
|Thu, May 18||MLB Interleague||SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA||Toronto Blue Jays 9 at Atlanta Braves 0||25,419|
|Fri, May 19||Midwest League||Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton, WI||Cedar Rapids Kernels 2 at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9||4,763|
|Sat, May 20||Frontier League||Slammers Stadium, Joliet, IL||Schaumburg Boomers 3 at Joliet Slammers 6||852|
|Sun, May 21||Midwest League||Dozer Park, Peoria, IL||Beloit Snappers 6 at Peoria Chiefs 7||4,776|
|Mon, May 22||Midwest League||Pohlman Field, Beloit, WI||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2 at Beloit Snappers 12||192|
|Tue, May 23||MLB Interleague||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI||Toronto Blue Jays 4 at Milwaukee Brewers 3||30,742|
|Wed, May 24||MLB Interleague||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI||Toronto Blue Jays at Milwaukee Brewers||12:10|
|Wed, May 31||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||New England Revolution at NYCFC||19:30|
|Sat, Jun 3||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Philadelphia Union at NYCFC||13:00|
|Sun, Jun 4||Carolina League||Grainger Stadium, Kinston, NC||Wilmington Blue Rocks at Down East Wood Ducks||16:00|
|Mon, Jun 5||Carolina League||Jim Perry Stadium, Buies Creek, NC||Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Buies Creek Astros||19:00|
|Tue, Jun 6||Carolina League||Jim Perry Stadium, Buies Creek, NC||Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Buies Creek Astros||19:00|
|Sun, Jun 11||Formula 1, Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC||Results||14:00|
|Sat, Jun 17||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Seattle Sounders at NYCFC||13:00|
|Sat, Jun 24||Pioneer League||Sam Suplizio Field, Grand Junction, CO||Ogden Raptors at Grand Junction Rockies||18:40|
|Sun, Jun 25||Pioneer League||Brent Brown Ballpark, Orem, UT||Idaho Falls Chukars at Orem Owlz||16:05|
|Mon, Jun 26||Pacific Coast League||Smith's Ballpark, Salt Lake City, UT||Reno Aces at Salt Lake Bees||19:05|
|Tue, Jun 27||Pioneer League||Lindquist Field, Ogden, UT||Orem Owlz at Ogden Raptors||19:00|
|Wed, Jun 28||Pioneer League||Kindrick Legion Field, Helena, MT||Missoula Osprey at Helena Brewers||19:05|
|Thu, Jun 29||Pioneer League||Centene Stadium, Great Falls, MT||Helena Brewers at Great Falls Voyagers||19:00|
|Fri, Jun 30||Pioneer League||Ogren Park Allegiance Field, Missoula, MT||Billings Mustangs at Missoula Osprey||19:05|
|Sat, Jul 1||Northwest League||Memorial Stadium, Boise, ID||Spokane Indians at Boise Hawks||19:15|
|Sat, Jul 1||Pioneer League||Ogren Park Allegiance Field, Missoula, MT||Helena Brewers at Missoula Osprey||19:05|
|Wed, Jul 5||Pioneer League||Dehler Park, Billings, MT||Helena Brewers at Billings Mustangs||19:05|
|Thu, Jul 6||Pioneer League||Melaleuca Field, Idaho Falls, ID||Ogden Raptors at Idaho Falls Chukars||19:15|
|Fri, Jul 7||NASL||Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB||North Carolina FC at FC Edmonton||19:00|
|Tue, Jul 11||West Coast League||Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Wenatchee, WA||Cowlitz Black Bears at Wenatchee Apple Sox||19:05|
|Wed, Jul 12||Northwest League||Gesa Stadium, Pasco, WA||Everett AquaSox at Tri-City Dust Devils||19:15|
|Thu, Jul 13||Northwest League||Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro, OR||Everett AquaSox at Hillsboro Hops||19:05|
|Fri, Jul 14||Northwest League||Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer, OR||Hillsboro Hops at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes||18:35|
|Sat, Jul 15||Northwest League||PK Park, Eugene, OR||Boise Hawks at Eugene Emeralds||19:05|
|Sun, Jul 16||USL||Providence Park, Portland, OR||Swope Park Rangers at Portland Timbers II||17:00|
|Mon, Jul 17||Northwest League||Avista Stadium, Spokane, WA||Hillsboro Hops at Spokane Indians||18:30|
|Tue, Jul 18||Northwest League||Avista Stadium, Spokane, WA||Hillsboro Hops at Spokane Indians||18:30|
|Wed, Jul 19||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Toronto FC at NYCFC||19:30|
|Sat, Jul 22||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Chicago Fire at NYCFC||14:00|
|Sat, Jul 29||Eastern League||Dunkin Donuts Park, Hartford, CT||Reading Phillies at Hartford Yard Goats||18:35|
|Sun, Jul 30||Eastern League||Dunkin Donuts Park, Hartford, CT||Reading Phillies at Hartford Yard Goats||13:35|
|Thu, Aug 17||MLB Interleague||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL||Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs||13:20|
|Fri, Aug 18||MLB Interleague||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL||Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago Cubs||13:20|
|Sat, Aug 19||MLB Interleague||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL||Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago Cubs||13:20|
|Sun, Aug 20||MLB Interleague||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL||Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago Cubs||13:20|
|Mon, Aug 21||Midwest League||Parkview Field, Fort Wayne, IN||Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Tin Caps||19:05|
|Tue, Aug 22||Midwest League||Fifth Third Field, Dayton, OH||Bowling Green Hot Rods at Dayton Dragons||19:00|
|Wed, Aug 23||Midwest League||Classic Park, Eastlake, OH||Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Lake County Captains||12:00|
|Wed, Aug 23||American League||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH||Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians||19:10|
|Thu, Aug 24||American League||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI||New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers||13:10|
|Thu, Aug 24||Midwest League||Dow Diamond, Midland, MI||Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes Loons||19:05|
|Fri, Aug 25||Midwest League||Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing, MI||Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Lansing Lugnuts||19:05|
|Sat, Aug 26||Midwest League||Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park, MI||Bowling Green Hot Rods at West Michigan Whitecaps||19:00|
|Sun, Aug 27||American League||Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL||Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox||13:05|
|Fri, Sep 1||NCAA Football||High Point Solutions Stadium, New Brunswick, NJ||Washington Huskies at Rutgers Scarlet Knights||TBD|
|Wed, Sep 6||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Sporting KC at NYCFC||19:30|
|Sat, Sep 9||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Portland Timbers at NYCFC||17:30|
|Wed, Sep 20||American League||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees||13:05|
|Sat, Sep 23||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Houston Dynamo at NYCFC||19:30|
|Fri, Sep 29||American League||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees||13:05|
|Sun, Oct 22||MLS||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY||Columbus Crew at NYCFC||19:30|
|Sun, Nov 26||Grey Cup||TD Place, Ottawa, ON||TBD vs TBD||18:00|