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Read about the neighborhoods of major sports venues throughout the United States and the experiences you can have before, during, or after the game.

Some blogs will cover specific subjects such as beer bars, wine bars, breweries, local food, happy hour, or museums while other blogs will be broader in scope and cover everything you need to know about a certain city or a particular sports venue within that city.


Featured Events

As I venture across the US, I feature different cities or events and basically what the sports venues and their neighborhood have to offer concerning transportation, lodging, food, drink, art, and culture. I also encourage my followers to share their own experiences to help others have the ultimate sports experience.

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City Articles

Cleveland SkylineFollow us as we attempt to revisit every city in the world of sports and offer our readers a first-hand approach of how we took on a particular city. We will often let you know our mistakes so you can avoid them. More importantly, we search out the best happy hours and food specials along with cultural points of interest.

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Food & Drink

The chicken dinner and a beer at Urban Comfort Brewery in St. PetersburgIf there was a college degree concerning the field study of food and drink, I may have earned enough credit for a PhD. I will try to maintain my focus by only discussing restaurants, sports bars, breweries, beer bars, wineries, and wine bars that offer a good value and are in close proximity to a sports venue.

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Arts & Culture

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OHIf you’ve had enough drinking, eating, and sports, you might want to take in a museum or a play. No worries! We’ll help you get tickets! While I may go overboard concerning art museums, this blog is a pot luck not covered by our other blogs. The only thing I will not talk about is politics or religion.

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Recent Posts

Things to do in Tampa Bay (10/11/2018) - Tampa Bay Overview As far as sports are concerned, Tampa Bay has Buccaneers Football in the fall, Lightning Hockey in the winter, Rays Baseball in the summer and let us not forget about spring training. There are six MLB teams in the Grapefruit League who play within an hour drive of downtown Tampa including the Phillies, Tigers, …
The Art and History Museums of St. Petersburg, Florida (10/11/2018) - St. Petersburg went beyond my original expectations when it came to their food and drink culture. I was even more impressed when I realized St. Pete offered other cultural things to do such as the opportunity to view amazing museum collections. The museums which feature Salvador Dali and Dale Chihuly each house a world renowned collection of …
The Breweries of St. Petersburg (12/13/2018) - For variety, value, and ease of access, I would have to say that St. Petersburg is my favorite city in the United States for drinking craft beer.  Depending on your tolerance, I’m guessing it would take a dedicated beer geek no more than two or three days to survey their extensive craft beer culture.   This list …
Catch a Lightning Hockey Game in Downtown Tampa (10/4/2018) - Hockey is a cold weather sport; right?  My thought is this: if you’re considering getting tickets for your favorite NHL team on the road, why not enjoy the warm weather as well.  If you love hockey but paradoxically love sunny weather, a Tampa Bay Lightning game is a good excuse for a winter get-away from the frigid …