• 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

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    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.

  • After Long Battle, School Can Build on Former Golf Course

    by KELCIE PEGHER May 2014

    The Key School can officially go ahead with a contested plan to build athletic fields on a former golf course, according to the latest court to hear the case. School officials said they are pleased the legal fight has been resolved and said their next steps would be to seek county permits and reach out to the Annapolis Roads community, which adjoins the planned facility.

  • Taxpayers Still Paying for Troubled $20M Sports Complex

    by Emilee Eagar May 2014

    By Emilee Eagar Deseret News TOOELE - One year ago, Tooele County nearly hit rock bottom during what one county commissioner called the "perfect financial storm." Now, taxpayers are still paying back more than $4.5 million in interfund loans for a major sports complex that was bleeding money. The interfund loans - or cash loaned from one fund to another - are subject to repayment, but county officials say there was no repayment plan in place at the time the loans were made.

  • University to Transfer Deed of 12-Acre Park to City

    by Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014

    The city is the proud owner of a new park. At today's West Palm Beach City Commission meeting, representatives of Palm Beach Atlantic University are scheduled to formally hand over the deed to a 12-acre park the college built.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Introducing Dek Hockey to 12 Parks

    by CORINNE KENNEDY May 2014

    Graham Park in Cranberry is slated to be the site of a new Dek hockey rink, provided by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The rink will be the first one built by "Project Power Play," the program run by the Penguins and Highmark, outside Allegheny County.

  • Business Neighbors See No Benefit from UT Rec Fields

    by Megan Boehnke May 2014

    While UT officials have declared the new fields a great success for students, some area businesses said they saw modest — if any — impact from the influx of students.