• Spectator Venues Are Realizing the Benefits of Downsizing Seating Capacity

    by Paul Steinbach June 2015

    "You don't build the church for Easter Sunday," the saying goes, and the same applies to the sizing of today's sports cathedrals — the stadiums and arenas at the highest levels of competition — many of which are recognizing the strategic benefits of downsizing their seating capacities.

  • 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.

  • The AB Extra: June 19

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features news about a startup that aims to improve athletic equipment, a study that suggests that active video games are a good substitute for physical activity for kids and a university that is looking out for those who are texting and walking. 

  • Vikings Announce Naming Rights Deal with U.S. Bank

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium might still be far from over, but the naming rights deal is done. The team announced on Monday a 20-year partnership with U.S. Bank that will give the bank exclusive naming rights for the stadium.

  • The AB Extra: June 12

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a smelly situation at Dodger Stadium, an NFL football star with plans to become a chicken farmer following his retirement, and the emergence of virtual reality technology in both football and general exercise. 

  • The AB Extra: June 5

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a mishap at the French Open, information on how to get a one-of-a-kind urinal autographed by Barry Sanders, and a unique park that opens in Chicago this weekend. 

  • Resurfacing Tips, Considerations for Your Outdoor Track

    by June 2015

    It has been more than 20 years since Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pa., installed its original outdoor track. Since its debut in 1992, the track has been resurfaced twice due to the heavy traffic it sees from high school athletes, physical education classes, youth sports participants and community events. Dan Forry, chief operating officer for the Hempfield School District, took note of the wear at the starting line and jump areas, and after talking with a few track surfacing professionals, made the decision to replace the existing surface.

  • Small Ice Rink Operators Warming to Solar Power

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    It makes sense that there are more companies dealing in solar power in the state of Hawaii than there are those maintaining recreational ice. In fact, at last count, the breakdown was 300 to one. It makes even more sense, then, that Hawaii’s lone arena, the Ice Palace in Honolulu, is harnessing the power of the sun to optimize its operational efficiency.

  • The AB Extra: May 22

    by Cooper Brown May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a new interactive technology that is looking to transform the treadmill experience into art, a touching show of patriotism by fans at a collegiate softball game, and a high school golf team that that came to the rescue in an apartment inferno.

  • The AB Extra: May 15

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features new plans for an abandoned outdoor stadium in Miami, the reopening of the 'world's most dangerous theme park', and a classy move by the Baltimore Orioles regarding the cancelled and rescheduled games due to protests in the city. Happy Friday!