Wednesday, August, 14, 2013
Maintaining High-Wear Areas on Natural Grass Fields
As the academic year kicks off this month, a nationwide stampede of student-athletes will put natural grass game fields to their first real tests - ideally - in months. How well they pass those tests, and for how long, will depend on preparation, weather cooperation and ongoing maintenance attention. But make no mistake, the turf is going to take a pounding - particularly in specific and all-too-predictable areas.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013
Wi-Fi Service Increasingly Seen As a Must-Have Stadium Amenity
Stanford Stadium got wired for wireless in 2011. Penn State's Beaver Stadium did so last year. Auburn (2011) and Alabama (2012) were already bringing Wi-Fi to the football game day masses when Southeastern Conference officials estimated this spring that it would cost member schools $2 million each to improve stadium cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Wednesday, July, 10, 2013
Aquatic Climbing Walls Becoming a Popular Pool Amenity
Prairie Athletic Club calls itself the largest health club in Wisconsin, and few casual observers would question that claim. After all, how many clubs in these northern climes can boast their own outdoor water park?
Thursday, June, 20, 2013
DePaul Arena Bid Now Open to Non-Sports Architects
In an effort to quell public discontent over the prospect of a boxy, windowless arena popping up in Chicago's McCormick Place neighborhood, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has opened its search for architects to include those without sports facility design experience - the thought being that sports architects can join the process later.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013
Falcons Consider New Twist on Retractable Roof Design
Architects continue to push the envelope of retractable roof design. Consider the concepts emerging from 360 Architecture for the Atlanta Falcons new stadium, which is being billed as an open stadium that closes, as opposed to a closed stadium that opens.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013
Schools Strategize to Increase Student Football Attendance
Ohio University students traversing campus in the fall can't help but notice the posters and flyers promoting the Bobcats' next home football game. Sidewalk chalk and a graffiti wall reinforce the message. Student Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are likewise plastered with daily reminders and paid advertising during game week.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013
LED Pool Lighting Has Fast Become the Industry Standard
Steve Crocker chuckles at the recollection. While doing a final walkthrough of a college aquatics facility on which his consulting firm, Counsilman-Hunsaker, had worked - its first project involving color-changing LED light fixtures - Crocker struck up a conversation with a lifeguard.
Sunday, May, 19, 2013
Recent Team Bus Crashes Focus Attention on Seatbelts
For many observers, the 2007 bus crash that killed five members of the Bluffton University baseball team and two others had become a tragic but distant mile marker in the mind's rearview mirror. But here it is again, lending context to a motorcoach safety movement gaining momentum in the wake of three separate team bus accidents — one fatal — within the span of 18 days this year.
Friday, May, 17, 2013
Sand Volleyball Closes In On NCAA Championship Status
Louisiana State University announced Wednesday that it will begin sponsoring varsity sand volleyball next spring, making it the 32nd Division I school committed to the sport - more than doubling the 15 schools that competed last year during collegiate sand volleyball's inaugural varsity season.
Tuesday, May, 07, 2013
Retro Fitness CEO Eric Casaburi Talks Undercover Boss
Retro Fitness, a franchise offering a state-of-the-art workout experience in a checkerboard-and-hair-band atmosphere, has thrived despite an economic recession to the tune of 90-plus clubs, more than 300,000 members and more than 1,200 employees. Concerned the company he founded in 2004 ...
Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
Thursday, January, 17, 2013
Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o
The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.
Monday, December, 03, 2012
Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus
The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.
Sunday, January, 17, 2010
Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later
Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.
For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.
Thursday, December, 10, 2009
A Choice to Make
There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."
Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
Hit 'Em Straight
When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.