Media & Technology: Equipment
New Turf Field Designed for Tornado-Damaged Stadium
by Telegraph Herald July 2014
A new ProGrass field has been designed for University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.
Pro Sports Teams Still Slow to Accept LED Lighting
by Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 2014
The San Francisco 49ers are putting the finishing touches on a $1.3 billion stadium in Santa Clara, California, meant to be one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. Solar panels on the roof will create enough energy over 365 days that the power used during the 49ers' 10 annual home games will be net neutral to the power grid, according to Al Guido, the team's chief operating officer. Toilets and sinks are more efficient than state standards, and the sprinkler system will use recycled water. But when the 49ers chose to install overhead lights to illuminate the field at Levi's Stadium, they opted against the most energy- efficient option. The team initially planned to install high-impact LED lights, but later decided to join the other 31 National Football League teams in opting for more traditional metal halide lights or incandescent bulbs.
Sensor Project to Expand from Two NFL Teams to All 32
by Tom Pelissero, @TomPelissero, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
More NFL players are likely to wear sensors that assess head impact in games this season as the league and the NFL Players Association expand a project proponents hope will help them tackle the concussion issue.
Monitors Keep Construction Noise in Check at U of Portland
by Jeff McDonald June 2014
Construction sometimes can be downright noisy. But contractors working near residential and commercial properties are finding ways to reduce their impact.
Blood Test Could Be Concussion Detection Breakthrough
by Phil Kadner. email@example.com May 2014
A new blood test that reportedly can spot concussions in athletes could be "Nobel Prize-type stuff," according to a neurologist at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
NFL Teams Put Greater Emphasis on Green Stadiums
by Michael Gaio May 2014
Once upon a time, a professional football stadium was a place to take in a sporting event. Not anymore. Today's stadiums must be a multi-purpose entertainment palaces complete with luxury suites, club seats, loge boxes, VIP levels and more food and beverage options than a Manhattan city block. A stadium must be, as the Minnesota Vikings' website says, "an epicenter of excitement, opportunity and pride."
Blog: Does Wearable Fitness Have Legs?
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2014
Wearable fitness tracking technology is the future!
Such excitement was so early-2014. We saw articles in The Wall Street Journal that described how corporate CEOs were big users of wearables and how they were competing against each other to see who could sleep better or walk more. BusinessWeek ran a story earlier this year that discussed the possibility — the likelihood? — of wearables putting gyms out of business. The New York Times ran a piece two weeks ago today about how wearables were being used in gyms.
Inside the 65th Annual NIRSA Conference
by Dennis Van Milligen April 2014
The 65th Annual NIRSA Conference and Recreational Sports Exposition will be held April 23-26 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Last year, NIRSA co-located with the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (ACPA) in Las Vegas, requiring the show to be hosted across a variety of venues. This year, everything will be housed in one central location.
News and Notes From the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show Floor
by Michael Gaio March 2014
There’s nothing like attending a good trade show, especially in the fitness industry. The equipment, the innovation, the music, the energy, the people… Whether it’s our show or IHRSA, I consider attending these shows to be one of the perks of my job.
Sponsored Video: Inside Cybex's Manufacturing Facility
by Michael Gaio February 2014
Athletic Business recently had the exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Cybex's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minn. Our ABtv video crew met up with international club owner Ron Hemelgarn as he toured the 340,000 square-foot facility learning the ins and outs of how some of the most popular fitness equipment in the world is made.
Can't get enough? Check out our extended version with even more details on Cybex's manufacturing process.