At the French Open Grounds, a Guided Tour of Change

A tennis writer has watched Roland Garros evolve and grow for 30 years, for better or worse.

#french-open-tennis, #french-tennis-federation, #garros-roland, #paris-france, #restoration-and-renovation, #roland-garros-stadium-paris-france, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tennis

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N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

#assaults, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thomas-isaiah-1989

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Ugly N.B.A. Fan Behavior Is Back With Popcorn Toss and Spitting Incident

Inappropriate behavior by fans toward Washington’s Russell Westbrook and Atlanta’s Trae Young has highlighted a pitfall in the return to packed arenas for the playoffs.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #philadelphia-76ers, #stadiums-and-arenas, #utah-jazz, #washington-wizards, #westbrook-russell, #young-trae-1998

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

Since February, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #basketball, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-nets, #brooklynettes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #long-criscia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #singh-asha-1990, #stadiums-and-arenas

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The Sandwich Economics of the Masters and Augusta National

Experts say $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches are not just about hospitality. Instead, they are a low-cost way to cultivate one of the biggest brands in American sports.

#augusta-ga, #augusta-national-golf-club, #golf, #local-food, #masters-golf-tournament, #payne-billy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sandwiches, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Champions Crowned, N.C.A.A. Returns to Its Pre-Covid Problems

If anything, the coronavirus pandemic only deferred, highlighted or exacerbated the issues confronting college sports.

#basketball-college, #baylor-university, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #gonzaga-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #stadiums-and-arenas, #vanderveer-tara

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The Rangers Play Baseball in Front of a Packed House

Playing without capacity restrictions for their home opener, Texas hosted the largest American sports crowd of the pandemic.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #texas-rangers, #toronto-blue-jays

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Biden Says He Would Support Moving All-Star Game Over Georgia Voting Law

In an interview on ESPN, President Biden discussed the restrictions passed by the state’s Republicans last week and encouraged baseball fans to abide by social-distancing protocols.

#baseball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espn, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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N.C.A.A. Tournament: Same Courts, Same Game, New Emptiness

The coronavirus pandemic means that some of the spirit of March Madness is notably missing from the self-contained tournament in Indiana.

#basketball-college, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indianapolis-ind, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Man Says He Lived in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for Years

Several people corroborated parts of the account of Tom Garvey, a Vietnam veteran and former stadium employee who described his “secret apartment” in a recent book.

#bradley-bill, #content-type-personal-profile, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-eagles, #philadelphia-phillies, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tom-garvey, #veterans-stadium-philadelphia-pa, #vietnam-war

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Yankees, Mets Get Permission to Open Stadiums to 20 Percent Capacity

Both teams will be permitted to operate their stadiums at 20 percent of capacity, expanding New York’s reintroduction of spectators at sports events.

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #stadiums-and-arenas, #steinbrenner-hal, #stroman-marcus-1991

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Nets and Knicks Welcome Back Fans for First Time

The Nets and the Knicks were the first teams to take advantage of New York’s relaxed rules on attendance at sporting events. It was … different, but also a welcome bit of normalcy.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #harden-james, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stadiums-and-arenas

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N.C.A.A. Basketball Tournaments Will Welcome Fans After All

Some epidemiologists say it’s a bad idea, because the games will attract people from all over the country to Indianapolis and San Antonio, the cities that will host every game of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

#basketball-college, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hinkle-fieldhouse, #indianapolis-ind, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #san-antonio-tex, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Indoor Dining Resumes in N.Y.C.

In the coming weeks, New Yorkers will also be able to return to sports arenas and attend larger weddings across the state.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #lunar-new-year, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #stadiums-and-arenas, #weddings-and-engagements

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Maskless Crowds Gather in Tampa After Super Bowl Win

At least one police officer appeared to get knocked to the ground as a large group of fans shoved each other in the city, a video showed.

#football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #raymond-james-stadium-tampa-fla, #stadiums-and-arenas, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

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Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Putting on a Super Bowl halftime show is always a mammoth undertaking. The pandemic introduces many more logistical puzzles.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantines, #raymond-james-stadium-tampa-fla, #roc-nation, #stadiums-and-arenas, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #tesfaye-abel-weeknd

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A ‘Super’ N.F.L. Playoff Weekend Is Missing Something. Can You Guess What?

No, not Tom Brady. He made it. But the pandemic is forcing teams to keep large numbers of fans away.

#buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #cleveland-browns, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league, #pittsburgh-pa, #pittsburgh-steelers, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas

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In Pasadena, Moving the Rose Bowl Makes For Unusual Rancor

The Rose Bowl moved to Texas from California to accommodate fans. But in Pasadena, city officials worried the maneuver could threaten its long-held ties to the game.

#bowl-games, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #pasadena-calif, #playoff-games, #rose-bowl-football-game, #rose-bowl-stadium, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television, #tournament-of-roses-association, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Conservationists Cry Foul After Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence Put at Risk

The Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence is considered a seminal example of 20th-century architecture. But the new American owner of the soccer team there says it no longer does its job.

#architecture, #commisso-rocco-b, #fiorentina-soccer-team, #florence-italy, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #stadiums-and-arenas

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N.F.L. Teams Are Restricting Crowds. The Dallas Cowboys Want More.

The team’s owner, Jerry Jones, is pursuing “a continued aggressive approach to having fans” at home games, even as coronavirus cases rise in the area around the stadium.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-cowboys, #football, #jones-jerry, #national-football-league, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tarrant-county-tex

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David Dinkins Kept Loving Tennis, No Matter Who Mocked Him

The expansion of the National Tennis Center in Queens was among the signature achievements of the former mayor, who still played into his late 80s.

#adams-katrina-1968, #ashe-arthur, #ashe-arthur-stadium, #capriati-jennifer, #dinkins-david-n, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #national-tennis-center, #queens-nyc, #seles-monica, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis, #united-states-tennis-assn

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Trading Blame and Worry, Notre Dame Grapples With Celebration’s Fallout

The university’s president promised strict punishments for students who break virus protocols. But his credibility on campus is wearing thin.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #south-bend-ind, #stadiums-and-arenas, #university-of-notre-dame

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Pandemic Creates New Considerations for Arena Construction

The Islanders’ new home at Belmont Park and the venue for the expansion Seattle Kraken have added safety measures for their plans to host fans when they open in 2021.

#belmont-park, #building-construction, #hockey-ice, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas

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An Ohio Mill Town Lost Its Identity. Can Youth Sports Restore It?

Hoping to reinvent itself, Hamilton turned to art and even punctuation. Now a huge sports complex may bring it new purpose.

#athletics-and-sports, #hamilton-ohio, #real-estate-commercial, #relocation-of-business, #shutdowns-institutional, #stadiums-and-arenas

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The Original Nachos Were Crunchy, Cheesy and Truly Mexican

Ballpark and Tex-Mex nachos are both ubiquitous in the United States. But the original version is deeply rooted in the borderlands and Mexican home cooking.

#anaya-ignacio, #cheese, #coahuila-mexico, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #liberto-frank, #medrano-adan, #mexican-americans, #nachos, #restaurants, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tortillas

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Home-Field Advantage Won’t Matter This October. Did It Ever?

With Major League Baseball holding the postseason at neutral sites, the games will lack their usual raucous atmosphere. But recent history suggests playing at home doesn’t make much of a difference, anyway.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #world-series

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Even as Coronavirus Surges, Hungary Plans Super Cup Soccer Game

Bayern Munich and Sevilla will be battling for the European trophy in Budapest despite growing concerns over fan safety in a stadium that is prepared to host 20,000 people.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #budapest-hungary, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #sevilla-soccer-team, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

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With Kids in Sports Bubbles, These Parents Are Desperate for a Way In

Many parents are used to following their pro-athlete offspring from game to game. With the pandemic keeping them out of stadiums, some are getting creative.

#baseball, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #charlotte-hornets, #football, #hockey-ice, #new-york-mets, #olsen-greg-1985, #seattle-seahawks, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tuch-alex-1996, #united-states-military-academy, #vegas-golden-knights, #volleyball, #walker-kemba

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What Will N.F.L. Games Sound Like Without Fans?

N.F.L. teams have spent years trying to create over-the-top entertainment for fans inside stadiums. This year, they’ll just be trying to cover up echoes from empty seats.

#daktronics-inc, #football, #miami-dolphins, #national-football-league, #noise, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Sitting in Silence With 5,000 Fans: The New Sound of Japanese Sports

The country has welcomed spectators back to stadiums, but the highly orchestrated singing, chanting and drumming for which they are known is now strictly forbidden.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tokyo-japan

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College Football’s Pandemic Playbook: Fewer Fans, No Tailgating, No Bands

About two dozen states plan to host college football games this season. With thousands of fans expected for many of them, organizers are trying to balance public health with tradition.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football, #football-college, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Kansas City Chiefs Ban Headdresses and Native American-Themed Face Paint at Stadium

The announcement came just over a month after Washington’s football team announced, under pressure from corporate sponsors, that it would drop its logo and the Redskins name.

#kansas-city-mo, #kansas-city-chiefs, #logos, #native-americans, #stadiums-and-arenas

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What Live Sports Are Missing Without Fans in the Stadiums

While live sports are back, spectators are not in most cases. We asked readers what they were missing as fans in the stands.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #washington-nationals

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If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?

Fans have long been prized by leagues for their big spending on tickets and overpriced beer. Now, amid the pandemic, spectators deserve appreciation for making sports entertaining.

#major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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On Neutral Courts, N.B.A. Bubble ‘Home’ Teams Still Have an Edge

In striving to manufacture a home-court advantage where none exists, the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. are relying on a database of music, audio cues and graphics to help teams feel at home.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #img-academy, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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What It’s Like to Be a Virtual N.B.A. Fan

No standing up, and definitely no cursing: The basketball superfan known as Bongo Lady takes us behind the screen as she is beamed into an N.B.A. game from her couch in Mississippi.

#basketball, #computers-and-the-internet, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #memphis-grizzlies, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Baseball in Empty Stadiums Is Weird. How Will It Affect Outcomes?

Players, coaches and analysts of all stripes are watching this season’s games to see what effect — if any — the absence of fans has on the games themselves.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #statistics

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The 1964 Olympics Certified a New Japan, in Steel and on the Screen

The world’s elite athletes would have been in Tokyo right now if not for the coronavirus pandemic. When they went half a century ago, they discovered a capital transformed by design.

#architecture, #design, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #ichikawa-kon, #japan, #kuma-kengo-1954, #okura-hotelsresorts, #olympic-games-1964, #olympic-games-2020, #stadiums-and-arenas, #taniguchi-yoshiro-1904-79, #tokyo-japan, #tokyo-olympiad-movie

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After Marlins’ Outbreak, Yankees Stay Inside and Wait for Phillies

The positive coronavirus tests for the Miami Marlins disrupted the first road trip of the season for the Yankees, who were scheduled to play in Philadelphia on Monday night.

#baseball, #chapman-aroldis-1988, #citizens-bank-park-philadelphia-pa, #cole-gerrit, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gardner-brett, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #new-york-yankees, #philadelphia-phillies, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Slimmed-Down Baseball on TV Has Broadcast Workers Worried

Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?

#baseball, #cameras, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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Yankee Stadium Area Is Hurting, and Baseball’s Return Won’t Help

Merchants and vendors around the ballpark are struggling to survive in a summer devoid of the usual crowds.

#baseball, #bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diaz-ruben-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-york-yankees, #small-business, #stadiums-and-arenas, #stans-sports-bar-and-restaurant, #unemployment, #yankee-stadium-nyc

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Blue Jays Can’t Play Games in Canada Because of Pandemic

Canada’s immigration minister said repeated cross-border travel among players and staff members posed a health risk. The team is likely to play the regular season in the U.S.

#baseball, #buffalo-ny, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-blue-jays

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Amid the Storm, Dave Dombrowski Plots an M.L.B. Future in Nashville

Dombrowski brought World Series titles to the Marlins and the Red Sox, and now he’s leading an effort to bring a major league club to a new market.

#baseball, #dombrowski-dave, #major-league-baseball, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-predators, #stadiums-and-arenas

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A Joyous Return to M.L.B.’s Ballparks, With a Dose of Wariness

“I know you can’t really see the smiles on us, because we’ve got our masks on,” the Red Sox’ manager said as teams were allowed to formally work out again. “But it was a long time at home.”

#baseball, #boston-red-sox, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fenway-park-boston, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #workplace-environment

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When a Farewell Season Was Wiped Out, the Outfield Became a Diner

This was supposed to be the Pawtucket Red Sox’s final season in Rhode Island before moving to Massachusetts. Without any games for fans to attend, the team got creative.

#baseball, #minor-league-baseball, #pawtucket-ri, #pawtucket-red-sox, #stadiums-and-arenas, #worcester-mass

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As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #columbus-crew-soccer-team, #inter-miami-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #real-estate-commercial, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

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With Baseball Up in the Air, What About the Ballpark Peanuts?

No hawkers, no piles of shells, empty stands — and in the pandemic, no easy way to sell these snacks bred so carefully for the stadium.

#agriculture-and-farming, #baseball, #hampton-farms, #major-league-baseball, #minor-leagues, #peanut-butter, #peanuts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stadiums-and-arenas, #united-states

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We Hope Your Cheers for This Article Are for Real

Most sporting events coming back in the pandemic have not permitted fans, leading broadcasters to use fake crowd noise, for better or worse.

#cbs-corporation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costas-bob, #fifa-video-game, #fox-sports, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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The Eerie Sound of Sports Without Fans

Professional sports are returning — to empty stadiums where you can hear birds sing. The game is the same. Watching it isn’t.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #officiating-sports, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Will There Be an N.F.L. Season in 2020?

Before the N.F.L. can begin the season as planned in September, it must first figure out how to safely open team facilities for training camps in mid-July.

#atlanta-ga, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #goodell-roger, #shutdowns-institutional, #stadiums-and-arenas, #wisconsin

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