• City Votes to Buy 30 Acres for Rec and Athletic Complex

    by Tim Eberly June 2014

    The City Council voted Tuesday to buy a 30-acre site on Portsmouth Boulevard for a multipurpose recreation and athletic complex.

  • School District to Resurface Pair of 'Unsafe' Tracks

    by Joseph Popiolkowski; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    The running track surfaces at Adams and Crosby fields in the Town of Tonawanda - deemed nearly "unsafe" by Ken-Ton School District officials - will be repaired and resurfaced this summer.

  • Question of Enforcement Stalls Minneapolis Parks Smoking Ban


    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was looking to follow a national trend when Commissioners John Erwin and Jon Olson proposed a ban on smoking, including electronic cigarettes, in all city parks by the end of the summer.

  • $8.75M Expansion Would Create Regional Soccer Facility

    by Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star June 2014

    Pima County is on the verge of buying 167 acres of land near the Kino Sports Complex, with the intention of expanding it to create a large-scale regional soccer facility.

  • Leashed Dogs to Get One-Year Trial in Four City Parks

    by Alexandra Seltzer Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    Dog lovers can rejoice. Man's best friend is now welcome -- as long as the dog is on a leash -- at four city parks. The City Commission on Tuesday night unanimously approved amending the ordinance that prohibited dogs from the parks, but not without some concern from both the commission and the public.

  • New $23M Soccer Complex to Ease Demand for Fields

    by Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014

    When Salt Lake City residents voted in favor of a $15.3 million bond to build a soccer complex in 2003, the Utah Youth Soccer Association had 35,000 members. Sports such as lacrosse and rugby that use similar fields were in their infancy in Utah. Now, with 53,000 kids playing in the UYSA alone, plus adult and high school soccer leagues and growing interest in lacrosse, every school field and city park open space that can be used for these sports is utilized, sometimes seven days a week. Parents often have to drive miles to find a piece of open grass where their kids can learn to play soccer.

  • Massive, 1,200-Acre Sports Complex Opens This Month

    by J. Scott Trubey; Staff June 2014

    Neal Freeman stepped out onto freshly laid synthetic turf where some of the top youth baseball players in the country will soon try to catch the eyes of college and pro scouts. Instead of a batting helmet, Freeman had on a hard hat. But he was as excited as a player or coach on opening day. He pointed to the rolling Bartow County hills near Lake Allatoona as a majestic backdrop for day games spring to fall.

  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map

    by AB Staff June 2014

    View 2014 AB showcase locations in a full screen map

    This year marks the 27th year of Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase and 29th Facility of Merit awards program. The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium graced the cover of the first "Showcase on Architecture" as it was initially called, one of 45 facilities to be highlighted in the June 1988 issue.

    Not surprisingly, facilities have gotten bigger and more expensive since our first Showcase — there is a more than $100 million difference between the most expensive project this year and its counterpart in 1988 — but there's still room for smaller projects. College projects continue to dominate the market, though preferences have changed — a campus-rec standard today, climbing walls were all but nonexistent in facilities of the '80s.

  • Blog: Six Facilities That Left Me Floored

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    When I was invited by Regupol America to tour several athletic and fitness facilities earlier this month, I had no idea what I was in for. Working for AB, we know how important the right kind of flooring is — it impacts everything from acoustics and aesthetics to cost and usability — but it takes getting out of the office and seeing the details up close to really understand how flooring can make an impact.

  • Fenced-In Synthetic Turf Riles Neighbors

    by Debbie Kelley May 2014

    Frank and Sandy Rakoczy gaze out their window and sigh. A tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire stares back. "It's not an attractive-looking thing," Nancy says, shaking her head. Workers from Performance Recreation in Pueblo have removed the sod from the athletic field at Eagleview Middle School in Rockrimmon, as they prepare the ground for artificial turf. It's the new status quo for schools in Academy School District 20.