Each team has a location where it practices during the season and where it hosts games. This is referred to as the home court, home field, home stadium, home arena, or home ice.
 When a team is serving as host of a contest, it is designated as the "home team". The event is described as a "home game" for that team and the venue that the game is being played is described as the "home field."
 In most sports, there is a
home field advantage whereby the home team wins more frequently because it has a greater familiarity with the nuances of the venue and because it has more fans cheering for it, which supposedly gives the players
adrenaline and an advantage. The opposing team is said to be the visiting team, the away team, or the
In baseball, sometimes, when teams are playing a makeup game from an earlier game postponed by rain, the game may have to be made up in the other team's stadium. An example of this occurred on September 26, 2007, with a game between the
Cleveland Indians, who were the "home" team, but the game was played vs. the
Seattle Mariners in
Safeco Field, with their fans, etc.
 Other instances of the home team playing in the visitor's stadium include the
New Orleans Saints hosting the
New York Giants at
Giants Stadium in
East Rutherford, New Jersey a few weeks after
Hurricane Katrina hit
New Orleans in 2005; and the
Toronto Blue Jays playing a 2010 home series with the
Philadelphia Phillies in the Phillies'
Citizens Bank Park while the
G-20 Summit was being held near the
Rogers Centre in Toronto. Because it was an interleague series, the
designated hitter rule was instituted in a
National League ballpark for the first time in the regular season.
A spectator can often tell which team is home by looking at the field of play. Often a home team
insignia or name is in the middle of the field at center ice, midfield, or center court. Also, the logo, insignia or name may be found atop a
baseball or in the
end zone in