RECENT ARTICLES
  • Wi-Fi Service Increasingly Seen As a Must-Have Stadium Amenity

    by Paul Steinbach July 2013

    Stanford Stadium got wired for wireless in 2011. Penn State's Beaver Stadium did so last year. Auburn (2011) and Alabama (2012) were already bringing Wi-Fi to the football game day masses when Southeastern Conference officials estimated this spring that it would cost member schools $2 million each to improve stadium cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • Kentucky to Renovate Rupp Arena

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

  • DePaul Arena Bid Now Open to Non-Sports Architects

    by Paul Steinbach June 2013

    In an effort to quell public discontent over the prospect of a boxy, windowless arena popping up in Chicago's McCormick Place neighborhood, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has opened its search for architects to include those without sports facility design experience - the thought being that sports architects can join the process later.

  • Falcons Consider New Twist on Retractable Roof Design

    by Paul Steinbach June 2013

    Architects continue to push the envelope of retractable roof design. Consider the concepts emerging from 360 Architecture for the Atlanta Falcons new stadium, which is being billed as an open stadium that closes, as opposed to a closed stadium that opens.

  • Design Plans Unveiled for New Minneapolis Stadium

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    The design of a new $975 million multipurpose stadium for Minneapolis was unveiled Monday night. Bold and progressive, it combines efficient functionality with sleek, geometric architecture.

  • Notre Dame Stadium Viewed as Hub in Campus Planning

    by Paul Steinbach May 2013

    The University of Notre Dame campus has its iconic landmarks: the golden dome, the grotto, "Touchdown Jesus." Now the university is looking to take advantage of Notre Dame Stadium - which, despite being the biggest single-day draw on campus, is used for fewer than 10 events per year - as the centerpiece of new campus development.

  • Synthetic Turf Offers Baseball Teams Options

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    A true baseball purist, Steve Malliet likes stepping onto a well-manicured baseball diamond and smelling the freshly mowed grass. And his personal journey through professional baseball, with stops in the front offices of four minor-league teams and one big-league club, has allowed him this pleasure often. ...

  • Northwestern Experiments with Dutch Auction Ticket Pricing

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    In Holland, the price of flowers starts high and drops the longer it takes to sell them. It's been that way for more than a century. But not until this year did that sales approach inspire Northwestern University economists and, in turn, athletics administrators, who believe their suburban Chicago institution is the first in this country to use a Dutch auction to price and sell game tickets. ...

  • America's Oldest Ballparks Go Hollywood for '42'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    In the new Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which opened Friday, Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese (played by Lucas Blake) does his best to put Robinson - portrayed to near-perfection by 30-year-old Chadwick Boseman - at ease in a hostile ballpark environment during his 1947 rookie season as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. "Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42," Reese says. "That way, they won't be able to tell us apart."

  • Prison Group Escapes FAU Stadium Naming Rights Deal

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    Florida Atlantic University's football stadium will not be called GEO Group Stadium after all, according to George Zoley, chairman and CEO of the private prison company that pledged $6 million to FAU in exchange for stadium naming rights.