Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to me! I started this blog exactly ten years ago, on the first day of spring in 2009. At the time, I lived in Japan, so my extended trips were few and far between, but I wanted a way to let people know where I was going as well as to document my stadium visits. In order to fill up the pages, I posted a few opinion pieces, and talked about aviation and other minor sports that got little coverage overseas. In 2011, I used to blog to report on the situation in Tokyo after the earthquake and tsunami. I also included posts on attractions in the cities that I visited, trying to make the blog about more than just sports.

All of that changed when I moved to the USA in 2013. I immediately completed the NFL single-season journey, and joined Club 123 soon thereafter. I was also able to complete seeing a game in all 160 minor league ballparks. With so much sports travel going on, the blog became mostly a summary of my trips and crazy quests, with few posts dedicated to anything else. It is fun to look back to 2009 and see some of the stupid things I wrote, and how much the world has changed since then.

I do enjoy reading about past games that I have attended. It is particularly rewarding to see that players I wrote about in the minors go on to successful careers in the bigs. That is one of the reasons I enjoy minor league sports so much. However, the best thing about maintaining this blog is becoming part of the sports roadtripper community. I've made dozens of new friends over the years and although we are still a small group, we are growing every day. We recently had our first Club 123 meetup in Milwaukee and will have another one next year, either in San Francisco for the Warriors or Vegas for the Raiders. If you enjoy sports travel, join the Arena-Stadium Chasers group on Facebook, which currently boasts over 400 members.

I never expected the blog to continue as long as it has, but I have no plans to shut it down either. I'm nearing the end of most of my quests, but there will always be new venues popping up, and still plenty of existing venues to visit as well. Thanks for following along and I hope to meet you at a game along the way.




  1. Thanks for taking the time to share your travels! Appreciate checking them out and getting some tidbits on places that are (or might be) on my future list!

    1. Thanks Mark, always good to hear from a fellow sports traveler.