In team sports, the term home advantage (also called home field/court/diamond/ice advantage) describes the advantage–usually a psychological advantage–that the home team is said to have over the visiting team as a result of playing in familiar facilities and in front of supportive fans. The term is also widely used in "best-of" playoff formats (e.g., best-of-seven) as being given to the team that is scheduled to play one more game at home than their opponent if all necessary games are played.
In many sports, such designations may also apply to games played at a neutral site; as the rules of various sports make different provisions for home and visiting teams. In baseball, for instance, the team designated the home team bats second in each inning, whereas the "visiting" team bats first.
Famous quotes containing the words home and/or advantage:
“For its home, dearie, homeits home I want to be.
Our topsails are hoisted, and well away to sea.
O, the oak and the ash and the bonnie birken tree
Theyre all growing green in the old countrie.”
—William Ernest Henley (18491903)
“It is a great advantage for any man to be able to talk or hear, neither ignorantly nor absurdly, upon any subject; for I have known people, who have not said one word, hear ignorantly and absurdly; it has appeared by their inattentive and unmeaning faces.”
—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (16941773)