Teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) have competed in 18 outdoor games since the beginning of the 2003-2004 season. The outdoor games were made popular by the ‘Cold War’ ice hockey game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in October of 2001. The game was hosted at Spartan Stadium and hosted 74,544 fans, filled to 103.4% capacity. It was a then-world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game, a record that would stand until The Big Chill at the Big House, a rematch in Ann Arbor that would raise the bar to 104,173 in December of 2010. The NHL would not take the record for the largest attended ice hockey game until 2014, when they would host their own game at the Big House. The NHL has spread the games out with 16 different teams hosting outdoor games and another 5 participating in these major events in 17 different venues (Yankee Stadium was the only repeat venue hosting two Stadium Series games in 2014). … More NHL ‘Stadium’ Games
The National Women’s Hockey League is almost at the midway point of their inaugural season. The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league, starting their inaugural season with four teams all located in the northeast region of the United States.
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The value of the naming-rights to professional stadiums and arenas plateaued with the economic recession in 2008. With almost 30% of the naming-rights sponsors at professional venues being financial service institutions this makes a lot of sense. Prior to the recession, Citigroup secured the rights to the New York Met’s new stadium, Citi Field, for … More Naming-Rights Deal, New Standard in Sponsorship
In society today, you don’t see many thriving businesses that are not represented on the Internet with easy-to-use, aesthetic website. When fans look for information, they often look for the official website of the team or league. This is no different from any college athletic department, which must keep their websites updated in order to … More College Athletics Websites And The People Behind Them
College athletics fall under the large umbrella of education due to their affiliation with universities and colleges. College athletics are also big business. Thanks in large part to the explosion of college football, the value of their television rights along with the donations that the programs are able to generate benefit the university as a whole. … More College Athletics, Big Business: High Pressure for Athletic Directors