• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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"

  • 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.

  • Portable Synthetic Turf Growing Within Athletic, Fitness Markets

    by Paul Steinbach April 2015

    It's springing up on top of basketball courts and inside hockey dasher boards, and thriving within a new workout environment that emphasizes sprints and agility drills alongside atypical strength training. But to say that synthetic turf is taking root in a variety of indoor spaces these days would be missing the point, or at least misusing the metaphor.

  • Video Emerges of Argyle Athletic Facility Collapse

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    Two workers have died in the construction of a new athletic facility for Argyle High School near Dallas. Now video of the structure’s collapse that killed 36-year-old Julio Ledesma has been released.

  • Protecting Gym Lighting, Sprinklers and Scoreboards

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    In January, dozens of visitors complained of feeling sick after attending a basketball game at Roby High School gymnasium in Texas. Administrators went so far as to have the bleachers removed and tested for chemical residue before uncovering the culprit a couple of weeks later: a broken light bulb over the visitors' bleachers emitting UV radiation.

  • HS Athletic Facility Construction Halted by Deaths

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    After two deaths in one week, Argyle Independent School District near Dallas is halting work on a new high school athletic facility.

  • Architectural Showcase: A Video Tour

    by AB Staff February 2015

    See how Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase offers unmatched year-round exposure for new and recently renovated athletic, fitness and recreation facilities.