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AthletiPedia is dedicated to providing the most accurate and most concise collection of information regarding sports franchise histories, the venues teams have played in and all neutral site endeavors among all professional sports.

This is very much a work in progress, and construction may take years.

Current Tasks

  • Completed major professional basketball (men's and women's) 1925-26--2019-20
  • Completed major professional ice hockey (men's and women's) 1909-10--2019-20
  • Started Major League Soccer, working periodically

Leagues

American Football

Baseball

Basketball

Box Lacrosse

Canadian Football

eSports

Field Lacrosse

Ice Hockey

Indoor Soccer

Roller Hockey

Rugby Union

Soccer

Softball

Team Tennis

Ultimate

Definitions and Disclaimers

For a project of this size, it is necessary to have standards for operations. This sometimes means coining terms specifically for use here.

Venues, for example, are not always described on clear boundaries like stadium and arena. It is not as simple as outdoor being stadium and indoor being arena. Otherwise, Mercedes-Benz Superdome would be an arena instead of a stadium and a retractable-roof venue could be either. Therefore, for the sake of consistency and definition, we do not use these terms for classifying but have developed a system based upon capacity.

  • Megavenue: 100,000+ capacity
  • Very large venue: 80,000-99,999 capacity
  • Large venue: 60,000-79,999 capacity
  • Medium-large venue: 40,000-59,999 capacity
  • Medium venue: 20,000-39,999 capacity
  • Medium-small venue: 10,000-19,999 capacity
  • Small venue: 5,000-9,999 capacity
  • Very small venue: 1,000-4,999 capacity
  • Microvenue: 0-999 capacity

Of course, these are very arbitrary categorizations, it is skewed on the lower side and renovations may move a venue from one category to another, so it is far from a perfect system. However, it is a standard more consistent than estimating the exact capacity or implying that it has always remained at that figure, at least giving context as opposed to listing nothing related to it at all. Also stated on pages are the terms "indoor venue" (e.g. arenas), "hybrid venue" (e.g. retractable roofs), "covered venue" (e.g. outdoor seating but a cover over the playing surface) and "outdoor venue" (e.g. stadiums).

Another area requiring definition is the status of home venues for teams who split their schedules between multiple homes. The system we have put in place is as follows:

  • Sole home venue: 100% of home schedule
  • Great majority home venue: 80%-99.9% of home schedule
  • Majority home venue: 60%-79.9% of home schedule
  • Slight majority home venue: 50.1%-59.9% of home schedule
  • Co-home venue: 50% of home schedule
  • Slight minority home venue: 40%-49.9% of home schedule
  • Minority home venue: 20%-39.9% of home schedule
  • Low minority home venue: 10%-19.9% of home schedule
  • Alternate home venue: 0.1%-9.9% of home schedule

An important disclaimer regards the accuracy of the venue locations. Much of the work here has been done in searching through newspaper articles to find the venue each game was played at, especially when it was known that the team had multiple home venues. However, in some cases for the sake of simplicity, expediency and availability, a home schedule presented at the beginning of the season may have been used to determine venue usage and cross-referenced with other sources to ensure the games were at least played as stated in the newspaper.

When teams played in bubbles or were touring teams, the city the team represented is maintained as its city for organizational purposes. E.G. the 2010 Chicago Machine who played one game each at a variety of sites are still listed for Chicago and 2020 Women's National Basketball Association teams are listed in their cities as well.

For certain franchises, the lack of available information in sources I had access to may have resulted in something being missed. Particularly troublesome teams include:

Geographic guidelines are as follows:

  • Localities are done according to Associated Press Stylebook guidelines for datelines within the U.S. and Canada. For other countries, additional liberties are taken in using subnational entities to further locate the areas.
  • For Ciudad de México, London, New York, Tōkyō and Toronto, sub-municipal entities are used.
  • Statistical areas for the United States are used according to the most recent delineations of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Regions of the United States are used according to those utilized by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Regarding championships, regular season championships are used for any title for which no playoff has been established, regardless of official awarding style, only for the sake of consistency. Therefore, in the NBA today, the conference is determined by postseason (as there are Conference Playoffs), but divisions are by regular season. In the NHL, although there exist divisional playoff brackets, these may include teams not part of the division and thus the title is awarded to the regular season points leader and this format is used simply for geographic postseason play. The list of seasons here is still available for the actual division and conference standings as applicable.