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MLB: Cubs at Pirates sometime in the early to mid 80s. Let's say 85. 

NFL: Cowboys at Steelers. The national game on Fox's first week of their broadcast rights. 9/4/1994. 

NHL: I don't remember. My family got season tickets for the Pens starting in 93 or 94. My dad and brother keep them to this day. 

NBA: Heat at Pacers. 2008. All I can remember of this is that the upper deck was very steep and my wife had some Vertigo going on. 

NCAA Football: Louisville at Pitt. Early 90s

NCAA Basketball: ?? at Duquesne. 2001. 

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Man, mine go way back, before many of you were born.  In chronological order:

  • College Football game: Southern Miss at Mississippi State, October 24, 1970.
  • MLB Game: New York Mets @ Houston Astros,  Summer 1973.
  • NBA Game: Washington Bullets @ New Orleans Jazz, 1975-76 season.
  • NFL Game: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, October 10, 1976.
  • NASL game: Philadelphia Fury @Tampa Bay Rowdies, Saturday night before Easter, April 1980.
  • NCAA basketball: 1981 NCAA Tournament Regionals (New Orleans) LSU vs. Arkansas, Wichita State vs.Kansas.
  • NHL Hockey: Exhibition, Boston vs. Calgary, Atlanta, GA (Omni), 1989.   Regular Season, Feb. 5, 1991, Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks, Capital Centre, MD.
  • MLS Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, June 4, 2011 ( Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ).

 

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3 minutes ago, B-Rich said:

Man, mine go way back, before many of you were born.  In chronological order:

  • College Football game: Southern Miss at Mississippi State, October 24, 1970.
  • MLB Game: New York Mets @ Houston Astros,  Summer 1973.
  • NBA Game: Washington Bullets @ New Orleans Jazz, 1975-76 season.
  • NFL Game: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, October 10, 1976.
  • NASL game: Philadelphia Fury @Tampa Bay Rowdies, Saturday night before Easter, April 1980.
  • NCAA basketball: 1981 NCAA Tournament Regionals (New Orleans) LSU vs. Arkansas, Wichita State vs.Kansas.
  • NHL Hockey: Exhibition, Boston vs. Calgary, Atlanta, GA (Omni), 1989.   Regular Season, Feb. 5, 1991, Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks, Capital Centre, MD.
  • MLS Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, June 4, 2011 ( Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ).

 

 

Finally, someone I can relate to.  :lol:

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...game that I attended

 

MLB - Kansas City at NY Yankees (1978)

NBA - Detroit at New York

NFL - NY Football Giants at Buffalo (Replacement players)

NHL - Detroit at NY Islanders

WHA - Houston at New England (Springfield MA)

NCAA football - VMI at Army

AHL - Maine Mariners at Adirondack Red Wings

ACHL - Salem Raiders at Schenectady Chiefs

NASL - Rochester at Tampa Bay

ASL - Columbus Magic at New York Eagles

NASCAR race - 1981 Daytona 500

plus various Arena League, CBA, WLAF games 

First professional team sports game - CFL Ottawa Rough Riders at Montreal Alouettes (Dad brought me to visit his relatives at Kahnawake Mohawk Territory)

 

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CFL: Saskatchewan at Ottawa 2002
NHL: Atlanta at Ottawa 2004
MLS: Chicago at Montreal 2012
MLB: Tampa Bay at Toronto 2011
 

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NHL: Washington at NY Islanders, March 2nd, 1995

MLB: Houston at NY Mets, August 24th 1999

NCAA Lax: Princeton at Hofstra, March 18th, 2007

NCAA Hockey: BU vs. Cornell at MSG, November 2007

NCAAB: Syracuse at St. John's, February 24th, 2009

NCAAF: Minnesota at Syracuse, September 5th, 2009

MiLB: Gwinnett at Syracuse, May 7th, 2010 (Stephen Strasburg's first AAA start)

AHL: Binghamton at Syracuse sometime in 2010-11 that I can't recall

MLS: Houston at New York Red Bulls, MLS Cup Playoffs, November 6th, 2013

US Open Tennis: Primetime Session August 30th, 2016

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MLB - @ Detroit - Tiger Stadium early 90s (cant recall who they played I was between 5-7 years old)

NBA - n/a

NFL - Eagles @ Buccaneers 2012

NHL - @ Tampa Bay around 1999-2000

NCAA football - Duke or Wake Forest @ Florida State around 2001

MLS - @ Tampa Bay Mutiny around 2000-2001

 

 

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MLB - Not exactly sure the date, but sometime in 1991. Toronto Blue Jays. Tiger Stadium. 

NHL - Red Wings vs. Canadiens, sometime during the 1992-93 season. Joe Louis Arena.

NFL - Lions vs. Seahawks- Nov 17, 1996. Pontiac Silverdome. 

NBA - Pistons vs. Bulls- Feb 27, 2000. Palace of Auburn Hills. The year after MJ retired, but I did get to see him with the Wizards. Not the same I know, but still.

 

 

 

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MLB - I don't remember much other than I saw Nolan Ryan pitch at Memorial Stadium. I'd guess sometime around 1991-92.

MiLB - My little league team went to a Reading Phillies game (I think against Harrisburg) in 1998. My neighbor pitched in that game.

NHL - 2006 - Flyers vs. Devils

NFL - 2010 - Eagles at Lions at Ford Field. It was the Lions home opener, and I left the game positive that Jahvid Best was going to be a superstar.

NBA - Never been to one

MLS - I'll be going to my first Philadelphia Union game next month. My only "pro" soccer game was a Hershey Wildcats game when I was a kid.

AHL - 2004 - Hershey Bears - I don't remember who they played, but I had a partial season ticket plan during the lockout year.

NCAA Football - 1994 - Penn State vs. Rutgers at Beaver Stadium

NCAA Hockey - I went to the Frozen Four in Detroit (Ford Field) in 2010. The first game was Wisconsin vs. RIT.

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MiLB - Bowie Baysox home game in 1995. Forgot who their opponent was

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NFL: Atlanta @ Dallas 2002 ( it was a preseason game but, it still holds a huge place in my heart)

MLB: Athletics @ Rangers 2003 ( I was 5 and not into baseball so, I fell asleep sometime around the 3rd inning)

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AFL - Adelaide v North Melbourne, Football Park 1991
SANFL - Port Adelaide v Central Districts, Adelaide Oval, 1991
WAFL - East Fremantle v South Fremantle, Subiaco 1992

NRL - North Sydney v Manly-Warringah, North Sydney Oval, circa 1991

NBL - Sydney Supersonics versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 1987
Netball - Sydney Swifts versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 2000

Football - Australia v Ghana friendly, Sydney Football Stadium, 1995

Test match cricket - Australia v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground, January 1994

ABL - Sydney Blues versus team I can't remember, Parramatta Stadium, mid 1990's

Speedway - Liverpool Speedway, circa 1972
Rallying - Telstra Rally Australia, Perth, 1994
Olympics - 2000 Paralympics, Sydney

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NBA: Celtics in 2003 or 4 I think.

NHL: Bruins vs Senators in 2006

MLB: Red Sox vs Royals in 2008

NFL: Patriots vs Bills In 2015

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NBA: Indiana at Orlando, 2005

NFL: Super Bowl XXXV, Ravens at Giants, 2000 (in Tampa)

NHL: None

ECHL: Florida at Orlando, 2012

MLB: San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 2016

MLS: NYCFC at Orlando City, 2015

USL: Charleston at Orlando City, 2013

MiLB: Daytona at Brevard County, 2012

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MLB: Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers, 1990

NFL: Never

NBA: Never

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings, 2009

Midwest League: Great Lakes Loons, 2007 (can't remember who they played, but Clayton Kershaw was on the mound that night)

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Central Michigan, 2000

NCAA Basketball: Toledo at Central Michigan, 2000

NCAA Baseball: Kent State at Central Michigan, 2001

NCAA Hockey: Michigan State vs. Michigan at Joe Louis Arena, 1998

IHL: Flint Spirits at Saginaw Hawks, 1988

AHL: Hamilton Bulldogs at Grand Rapids Griffins, 2012

ECHL: Gwinnett Gladiators at Kalamazoo Wings, 2011

CHL: Colorado Eagles at Fort Wayne Komets, 2011

Colonial/United/"I"HL: Brantford Smoke at Flint Bulldogs, 1991

OHL: Guelph Storm at Detroit Jr. Red Wings, 1993 (might have gone to the OHL exhibition game in Saginaw a few years earlier, not sure....)

NAHL: Saginaw Gears, 1993 (can't remember who they played)

FHL: Danville Dashers at Port Huron Prowlers, 2015

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NFL - Jaguars at Steelers, 2011

NHL - Isles at Penguins, 2012-13

IndyCar - Mid-Ohio 2017 (race is on the 30th, but I've got my tickets!)

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MLB: Orioles vs A's 1997. Went to see Mark McGwire play (he was my favorite player as a young kid), and found out he was traded to St. Louis earlier in the day. Pretty sure the A's lost 1-0 on a bases loaded walk in the 8th or something. It's actually a miracle I became a baseball fan after this being my first game. It's still to this day the WORST game I've ever been to, and I've been to hundreds of games. 

 

EDIT: i was a little off on the score of this one, but OH GOD I just found the box score for this game. Look at this mess. YUCK

 

NFL: I sorta have two. My first ever NFL game of any sort was the 2001 Pro Bowl. First actual game was the following season 49ers at Raiders. Raiders went to the Super Bowl that year, but Jeff Garcia ran all over them to get a win for the Niners.

 

NBA: Nuggets at Clippers. It was totally forgettable. I think Zac Randolph was on one of the teams. Clippers I think. No idea who won. 2008, I think? After Thanksgiving. 

 

NHL: Avalanche at Sharks. I got these tickets from Puckguy, actually. Took my dad for his birthday. It was the first year of the colored jerseys being the home jerseys again and I think the first year of all the new rules to increase scoring. Sharks won like 8-7. It was crazy. I thought that's how hockey was always gonna be. 

 

MLS: Chelsea FC vs LA Galaxy. David Beckham's first ever game with the Galaxy. Chelsea won 1-0.

 

NCAA Football: Honestly? I'm not sure. Probably some early 90s Nevada game with my dad and neighbor. 09 Rose Bowl is the first one I really remember. USC killed Penn State. 

 

NCAA Basketball: UNLV at Nevada. No idea the year. Nevada won. 

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NHL: 1993 Montreal at Vancouver, Montreal won 3-2

NBA: 1998 LA Lakers at Vancouver Grizzles, Lakers won but I really didn't care. Our soccer team went and they all wanted to see basketball over hockey. Either way, that was during the years of crappy sport product in BC with the Grizzles and Canucks both doing terrible.

CFL: 1999 Grey Cup in Vancouver. Hamilton beat Calgary in a rematch of the previous year. Went with my Grandma who is a huge CFL fan.

ECHL: 2006 Las Vegas at Victoria Salmon Kings

WHL: 2010 Russia vs WHL in Victoria

Super Rugby: 2005 Blues at Highlanders at the old Carisbrook Stadium in the scarfie zone.

World Rugby: 2002 Uruguay at Canada in Edmonton for a World Cup qualifier

NLL: 2003 Vancouver Ravens game, can't remember who they played.

USL-PDL: 2009 Austin Aztecs at Victoria Highlanders, game ended in a tie I think

BCHL: 2001 Merritt Centennials vs Victoria Salsa, was during the Salsa' run to the league championship at the old Memorial Arena. They ended up losing to the Camrose Kodiaks in the BCHL-AJHL playoff for the Royal Bank Cup Berth

WLA: 1997 North Shore Indians vs Victoria Shamrocks

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My first...

 

MLB Game: 1970 Yankees at Indians - Old Cleveland Stadium - the Indians won, but I have no idea what the score was. 

NHRA Event: 1970 - Marion, OH - Everyone who was anyone in NHRA Drag Racing was there. 

Minor League Baseball Game: 1976 Tidewater Tides at Toledo Mud Hens - Ned Skeldon Stadium Toledo

Professional Hockey Game: 1982 IHL Finals Game 5 - Saginaw Gears vs. Toledo Goaldiggers. Toledo Sports Arena

NFL Game: 1982 - Steelers at Browns - Old Cleveland Stadium. Browns won 10-9 in a really ugly, poorly played game. 

NHL Game: 1984 - Bruins at Red Wings - Joe Louis Arena - all I remember is thinking that Mike Milbury looked like a doofus. 

NBA Game: 1987 - Knicks at Pistons - Pontiac Silverdome

NCAA Football Game: 1992 - Ohio State at Syracuse - The Carrier Dome - Bucks won 35-12. 

NCAA Basketball Game: 1993 - Georgetown at Syracuse - The Carrier Dome (I was covering this game so I had court side seats)

AHL Hockey Game: 1998 - Grand Rapids Griffins at Cleveland Lumberjacks

NASCAR Race: 2008 Coca-Cola 600 - Lowe's Motor Speedway Charlotte, NC. 

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MLB - San Diego at Los Angeles Dodgers, May 25, 1993 (Dodgers won 10-9)

NBA - Portland at Utah, April 15, 1993 (Jazz won 122-117 in OT)

NFL - New Orleans at San Francisco, September 20, 2010 (Saints won 25-22)

NCAA Football - Air Force at Utah, September 14, 1991 (Falcons won 24-21)

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