My 19 Favorite Stadium Photos From 2019
Before I was allowed on the playing surfaces to photograph events I would be in the stands making photos. I would always make some sort of an overall photo of a new stadium. I have tried to bring that with me into the professional arena. I always want some sort of a scene setter photo from a big event. This year I was lucky to have a lot of those to choose from. I was able to get out and see a lot more than I have been able to in the past. After a short absence I found myself in a couple MLB parks during games this year! Of course those make the countdown. This countdown is one that I think about the entire year. I am always trying to make a photo that will make it onto here. That keeps
19. This photo is the first of a couple photos from Purdue basketball t-shirt games to make this countdown. I made this one prior to the game this year against Virginia. What makes this special to me is the fact that Lanie was with me as I was making it. I always love photos a little more when my little ones are a part of them.
18. For the second straight year I in in Mason, Ohio in May making photos at the Big East baseball tournament. During blue hour one night I made this panoramic image showing some of the things that make the stadium so much fun to make photos in.
17. I week after I made the photo above I found myself in Nashville, Tennessee photographing Indiana State in the NCAA Tournament. I did something much similar, and this photo was another great reminder of a fun tournament making photos.
16. Hinkle Fieldhouse is always a fun place to make photos. The arena looks so good that I always want to make super wide images of the stadium. I made this photo as Xavier tipped off against the Bulldogs this past spring. Right now I don’t have any games at Hinkle on my schedule for this upcoming year, but I really need to change that.
15. In 2019 we saw two straight concerts by Dead and Company at Wrigley Field. I can’t being my real gear into such a concert, but my Sony point and shoot does a great job. I had some fun making panoramic images with it. Panoramic images really seem to be the story early in this countdown. They are a great way to get everything into the frame with a little more detail.
14. While in Nashville for the NCAA tournament I caught a game at First Tennessee Park. This is a great stadium, but charging media members $25 to park really made my time at the stadium a little less exciting. It is probably the reason that this photo is not higher on the countdown.
13. One of the true highlights of the year was watching the final season of the Lafayette Aviators at Loeb Stadium. I loved this little gem in the middle of Lafayette. They are getting a newer, bigger stadium in 2021, but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t love this old one. I made this photo as the season was winding down.
12. This was the year that I finally made it back to a Major League stadium with an MLB game happening in it. The first two of those games were in Pittsburgh in June. This was a photo that I had in mind as I packed for the trip. In fact I bought my tickets for just this spot so that I could be right where I wanted to be when the light was good. I love this view, and they really knocked it out of the park when they designed this stadium.
11. One joy of the fall was watching the Purdue volleyball team play in Holloway Gymnasium. The crowd is always great, but they were never better than at the end of the upset over #5 Nebraska.
10. When the game is all about Patriotism you make a photo with the flag as the flyover happens. I knew what I wanted to do for the Salute to Service game, but I didn’t know how it would turn out. The light was not the best that afternoon. As it ended up the light was perfect for this picture.
9. While vacationing in Ocean City this year I finally made the trip to Perdue Stadium. I had been thinking about this since 2012, but it is hard to fit in a mini road trip during a vacation. Of course during my only trip there a monsoon was coming in fast. I quit making action shots, and just waited for the lightning in the outfield. Probably not the smartest move of my career, but I wanted a different photo.
8. Another photo of the outside of PNC Park. Our hotel was right across the street from the outfield entrance, but I made the walk around the stadium to see Honus Wagner and the main entrance to the stadium. It was worth the walk.
7. This is another panorama from night two of our Dead and Company concert experience at Wrigley Field. What makes a panoramic hard with moving lights is matching them all up. I really think that everything worked out great here.
6. This fall I made this panoramic image of Ross Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena as the trees were turning colors. The field was being painted for game day and the basketball season was getting ready to start up. I always love these transition times. What makes this photo more memorable for me is that the old scoreboard is torn down now. The new one I am sure will be amazing, but I like having a photo of the old one as well.
5. This photo means a lot to me. I was not paid to be at this game. In fact I should not have been there at all. I had just had surgery the day before, and toting cameras around was not what the doctor ordered. After the passing of Tyler Trent though I felt that I had to be at the game. I went up into the stands to photograph the introductions, and a hand kept coming in front of my camera. At first I was not happy about it, but then I realized that this little guy was dressed just like Tyler. It was almost as if a torch of fandom was being passed.
4. This photo was made at the last game at Alexander Field this season. I don’t usually get to make as many photos at this stadium as I want to. This summer though the Aviators will be playing at Alexander which means I will get twice the chances for a great sunset. Baseball and warm sunsets cannot get here soon enough.
3. When I made this photo I had no idea how much I would like it. In fact the color version of it really didn’t do anything for me. It was only after converting the photo to black and white when I realized just what I had. I really like this photo for some reason. I think that I am the only one who does, but that is okay.
2. This was from the first of two t-shirt games at Mackey Arena this calendar year. These are always fun because the fans seem more into the game, and the stadium looks great. I would say that Purdue should do this more often, but that would probably take some of the edge off of the game. This photo hangs in the ticket office entry way of Mackey Arena. It always gives me a little sense of pride as I walk in that way to see this photo blown up so big. It feels even better when my daughter points it out to me.
1. This photo was made at the end of my first trip to see the White Sox play at home in a long time. I don’t know why it took so long to get back, but it did. As they finished off the win against the Cubs I made this photo. I loved the fans showing their excitement in just such a way that they didn’t block the playing field. I need to make many more photos like this at White Sox games. Maybe a playoff game will be in the cards this year.
There are my favorite stadium photos from 2019. This was a year where I got out a little more, and I added some new stadiums to the list. That is always the goal. A return to a couple of other stadiums was also a highlight of the year. These stadium photos are always fun to make, and this is the countdown that I look forward to the most every year. It is a great way to kick off 2020. What shocks me the most on this list is the fact that I don’t have a single photo from Folk Field or Bittinger Stadium on it. Those are usually very photogenic stadiums, but I was never in the right place at the right time last year. That is something that can easily be fixed during the upcoming year.