Venue Count


As a sports road tripper, my goal has always been to see new venues. Many of us sports travellers are about seeing as many games as possible, but I get bored going to the same stadium all the time; for me, it is traveling to new places that excites.

I use this page to keep track of how many stadiums and arenas I have visited. The rules are simple - I must attend a regular season or playoff game at the venue for it to count. Pre-season games count only if played in a stadium that doesn't host regular season games, such as those in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Arriving significantly late or leaving early (before the contest is decided) invalidates the visit, with some exceptions.

A venue is any stadium or arena that a sports team (professional, college, or junior - but not high school) calls its regular home.The same building can be counted multiple times if it hosts multiple teams as the primary home venue, such as the Rangers, Knicks, and Liberty at MSG.

For colleges, the stadium on campus is their regular home; if they have a secondary home (such as St. John's playing at MSG) then it is considered a neutral site. You can count a venue only once as a neutral site for each sport, regardless of level. So if you see St. John's at MSG, then an NCAA tournament game there, and then a USA basketball exhibition game, you can only count it once as a neutral basketball venue. Otherwise, you are just padding your numbers. I've seen at least four different neutral baseball events at the Tokyo Dome (MLB season openers, MLB vs NPB, Japanese college, Japanese industrial) but I only count it once for neutral baseball (plus once each for the Tokyo Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters, and once as a neutral football venue). Barclays Center now leads with 5 different events: Nets, Islanders, Long Island Nets, NCAA, and boxing. So maybe I am the one padding the numbers.

Outside of the top pro leagues, franchises that play in the same building as one from a different level (pro, minor, college, junior) count (thus Brampton's Powerade Centre counts twice, once for OHL and once for ECHL). However, if teams from the same level use the same venue, this does not count. A good example is Nat Bailey Stadium - it hosted AAA ball but that team moved. Now a short-season club plays there. Both are minor league baseball, so the Nat can only count once. The same is true for the AHL and ECHL franchises that switched during the 2015 off-season or EPL teams that are promoted or relegated.

Many other chasers only count the building once, so I have decided to track that number as well, calling it my unique venue count.

With these rules in mind, my total is now 798 venues with 699 unique. The breakdown by sport:

Baseball
League      Total Notes
MLB           51  Includes Tokyo Dome and Hiram Bithorn Stadium, plus Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues  
MiLB         183  Completed all 160 active minor league ballparks in 2017      
Japan         26  Includes both majors, minors, college, and industrial leagues
NCAA          26  Includes one Division II visit
Independent    7  So many teams around, but quality of ball is not that good  
Arizona Fall   6  My favourite league
Others         3  Minor league in Taiwan, Canadian College, WBC in Brooklyn        
Total        302
Hockey
League      Total Notes
NHL           49  Includes Yoyogi Stadium and Saitama Super Arena
AHL           37  Still have 4 to see here
ECHL          17  Includes CHL and SPHL
Junior        24  Includes World Junior Championship and lower junior leagues
NCAA           9  Includes ACHA club hockey
Others         5  Canadian College, Iceland, and 3 rinks in Japan, including the 1998 Olympics
Total        141
Basketball
League      Total Notes
NBA           42  Includes one Summer League visit, one preseason neutral site, and Saitama Super Arena
NCAA          74  Only 280 to go
D-League      11  Not calling this the G League    
Japan          9  The bj league merged with the JBL to become the B.League
Others        11  Canadian College, Philippines, EuroLeague, Asean League, WNBA  
Total        147
Football
League      Total Notes
NFL           40  Includes Wembley
CFL           10  Saskatchewan remains
NCAA          17  Still over a 100 to see in Division I
Others         5  Canadian College, Aussie Rules, Arena League, X League in Japan
Total         72
Soccer
League      Total Notes
MLS            9  League just keeps growing
NASL           8  Includes 2 USL and a PDL venue
J-League      13  Includes 1 JFL visit
International 12  Includes World Cup, WCQ, Confederations Cup, Euro, and International Friendlies
Europe        12  Includes 6 Premier League
NCAA           7
Others         7  Includes 5 Singapore venues plus 1 in Vietnam and Ecuador 
Total         68
Other Sports
Sport      Total Notes
Racing        11 F1, Formula E, Indy and A1, no NASCAR yet. Also horses
Rugby         10 Includes union, league, and sevens
Tennis         9
Lacrosse       7 Indoor and outdoor
Sumo           7 Four tournament venues and three jungyos
Cricket        6 
Fighting       5 MMA, Boxing, Judo, Muy Thai
Volleyball     5
Golf           3
Rodeo          2
Aquatics       2 Swimming, Diving, Water Polo
Table Tennis   1
Total         68
Here is the breakdown by country:
USA       590
Japan      75
Canada     74
England    14
Singapore  12
Australia   9
Philippines 3
France      2
Germany     2
Iceland     2
Thailand    2
Barbados    1
China       1
Denmark     1
Ecuador     1
Indonesia   1
Italy       1
Malaysia    1
Netherlands 1
Spain       1
Sri Lanka   1
Sweden      1
Taiwan      1
Vietnam     1
Here is the breakdown by decade and year more recently:
1970s       3
1980s      20
1990s      61
2000s     192
2010       53
2011       22
2012       51
2013       65
2014       60
2015       86
2016       89
2017       67
2018       29
Total     798
Updates are made here after every stadium visit so follow along if you have nothing else to do.

Best,

Sean