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 venues I have visited. A venue is any stadium or arena that hosts a sporting event. 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 for smaller venues. Any quest such as Club 124 or all 160 minor league stadiums requires a full game to be seen.

I've simplified my rules for counting venues. The same building can be counted only once for the same sport, but can be counted again for different sports. So Barclays Center has three visits - one each for Islanders, Nets, and boxing. It does not count as a separate venue for the Long Island Nets or NCAA basketball, but it does count as a G. League venue and an NCAA basketball venue so those specific league counts are accurate. Similarly Staples Center counts once as a basketball venue, but twice as an NBA venue because both the Lakers and Clippers play there and you need 30 stadiums to complete the league. Because of these rules, the number of venues for each sport will be less than the sum of the league counts.

By doing this, I have reduced the total number of venues by 39. The goal is to avoid padding your numbers and after much soul searching, I decided that counting the same sport at the same building was doing just that. Some argue that by counting different sports in the same venue, I am padding the numbers, but I feel like the change in configuration does make it a different venue. Still, I have decided to track the unique venue count as well.

With these rules in mind, my total is now 981 venues with 902 unique. The breakdown by sport:

League      Total Notes
MLB           58  Includes Tokyo Dome and Hiram Bithorn Stadium, plus Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues  
MiLB         195  Completed all 160 active minor league ballparks in 2017      
Japan         27  Includes both majors, minors, college, and industrial leagues
NCAA          32  Includes two Division II visits
Independent   26  So many teams around, but quality of ball is not that good
Others         9  Minor league in Taiwan, Canadian College, Collegiate Wood Bat
Arizona Fall   6  My favourite league        
Unique Total 342  
League      Total Notes
NHL           52  Includes Yoyogi Stadium, Saitama Super Arena, Yankee Stadium
AHL           44  All active rinks completed as of end of 2018-19 season, adding new venues
Minor         17  Includes ECHL, CHL and SPHL
Junior        32  Includes World Junior Championship and lower junior leagues
NCAA          13  Includes 2 club hockey
Others         6  Canadian College, Iceland, Germany, and 3 rinks in Japan, including the 1998 Olympics
Unique Total 152
League      Total Notes
NBA           45  Includes one Summer League visit, one preseason neutral site, Amalie Arena, and Saitama Super Arena
NCAA         158  132 active Division I men's home venues, 9 inactive, 5 tournaments, 9 women, 3 lower division
G.League      13  Good value here for hoopheads   
Japan          9  The bj league merged with the JBL to become the B.League
Others        13  Canadian College, Philippines, EuroLeague, Asean League, WNBA, International  
Unique Total 226
League      Total Notes
NFL           43  Includes Wembley
CFL           10  Complete
NCAA          25  Still over 100 to see in Division I
Others         5  Canadian College, Aussie Rules, Arena League, X League in Japan
Unique Total  77
League      Total Notes
International 21  Includes World Cup, Confederations Cup, Euro, and International Friendlies
MLS           17  League just keeps growing, includes Rentschler Field for TFC
J-League      14  Includes 1 JFL visit
Europe        13  Includes 6 Premier League
Tier II       11  Includes USL, NASL and PDL
NCAA          11  Not bad quality here. Not great, but not bad either.
Others         7  Includes 5 Singapore venues plus 1 each in Vietnam and Ecuador 
Unique Total  89
Other Sports
Sport      Total Notes
Racing        16 F1, Formula E, Indy and A1, NASCAR. Also horses.
Racquets      12 10 Tennis, 2 Squash
Rugby         12 Includes union, league, and sevens
Lacrosse       9 Indoor and outdoor
Sumo           8 Four tournament venues, three jungyos, one honozumo
Golf           7
Cricket        7 
Fighting       6 MMA, Boxing, Judo, Muy Thai
Volleyball     5
Aquatics       3 Swimming, Diving, Water Polo
Handball       2
Rodeo          2
Athletics      1
Figure Skating 1
Hurling        1
Roller Derby   1
Softball       1
Table Tennis   1
Total         92
Here is the breakdown by country:
USA       797
Canada     83
Japan      76
England    14
Singapore  11
Australia   9
Germany     7
Qatar       7
UAE         5
Philippines 3
France      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      59
2000s     188
2010       52
2011       23
2012       47
2013       62
2014       55
2015       82
2016       83
2017       63
2018       32
2019       48
2020       26
2021       41
2022       73
2023       24
Total     981
Updates are made here after every stadium visit so follow along if you have nothing else to do.