• Officials: Microburst Caused Sports Dome Collapse

    by Mitchell Armentrout August 2015

    A microburst caused a sports dome to collapse in northwest suburban Rosemont as severe storms tore though the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, officials said.

  • Buccaneers Plan for Indoor Practice Facility by 2016

    by ROY CUMMINGS Tribune staff August 2015

    The days of the Buccaneers trudging out to Tropicana Field or the University of South Florida to escape bad weather and unplayable field conditions at One Buc Place are coming to an end.

  • Sports Complex's Location, Tax Come Under Scrutiny

    by Lawrence Budd July 2015

    Warren County's newest commissioner said he was undecided on plans to increase the county lodging tax by 1 percent to finance construction of a $10 million sports complex.

  • Sports Complex Site Selection Challenged, Explained

    by Leann Eckroth, The Bismarck Tribune June 2015

    Some Mandan city commissioners and residents expressed surprise at the park board's quick offer to buy land near the Tesoro Refinery for a future sports complex.

  • 2015 Showcase by the Numbers

    by AB Staff June 2015

    Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.

  • In Chicago, a $9.8M Tennis Center for Inner-City Kids

    by Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times June 2015

    For nine years, Corinne Salter has spent five days a week at her "second home" otherwise known as XS Tennis. For the first five years, she was more like the "mascot" for the nation's largest minority tennis organization.

  • U. of Alabama MAC Is a Transparent Showpiece

    by Paul Steinbach June 2015

    By design, multipurpose activity courts are confined spaces — their dasher systems often relegated to out-of-the-way reaches of a recreation center's footprint. In some cases, MACs are completely enclosed rooms of floor-to-ceiling cinderblock. Not so at the University of Alabama's Student Activity Center at Presidential Village, where the MAC — and the activities it accommodates — is on full display. Glass dashers standing eight feet tall surround most of the synthetic playing surface lined for basketball, hockey and soccer, with netting extending to the rafters to keep projectiles in and out. Convertible goals can be recessed for soccer or brought into the field of play for hockey (with glass added to close off the rink end walls).

    The MAC is situated as one of three courts in an otherwise hardwood gym on the center's second level. It's the first element visitors see as they reach the top of a monumental staircase. Says Dave Larson, senior vice president and director of design for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TMP Architecture Inc., "We wanted a transparent element that wouldn't break up the flow of the space visually."

    This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Design Details"

  • Must-Have Practice Facilities No Longer a CFB Luxury

    by Seth Emerson; Staff May 2015

    Indoor facilities have become the latest topic du jour when it comes to the SEC arms race. Georgia and Florida were the last holdouts, with Florida finally set to open one in September. South Carolina, which had a medium-length indoor facility, is opening a full-length one in a few months.

  • In Texas, High School Gym Becomes Flood Shelter

    by Judith McGinnis 940-763-7534 May 2015

    The evacuation of the Tanglewood neighborhood and some of the city’s east side had agencies busy in efforts to help families affected by the growing threat of flooding. The Wichita River has been expected to crest Friday.

  • Synthetic Indoor Sports Systems Have Much to Offer

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    Seen mostly in multipurpose activity courts, practice gyms and family life centers, synthetic indoor sports surfacing has not fully adhered itself to the consciousness of those specifying floors in competition venues — at least not in the United States, where hardwood has been considered the basketball gold standard for more than a century.