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  • Will Luxury Condos Replace Famous Tennis Stadium?

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Developers this week unveiled designs to transform The West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills in Queens, N.Y. - host site of the U.S. Open until the late 1970s - into luxury condominiums. Cord Meyer Development Co. wants to pay up to $9 million to scoop out the stadium's interior and replace it with as many as 75 luxury units, carrying prices that could top $1 million each. Cord Meyer also agreed to provide $750,000 to build a permanent structure over the club's clay tennis courts to ensure year-round use. The stadium's facade and arches would remain. (Click here to see an artist's rendering.)

  • Ryan Says He Can't Bring Relief From Ballpark Heat

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    During his playing days, no one could bring the heat like Nolan Ryan. Now, the newly minted owner of the Texas Rangers would like to take some away. But adding shade to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is being deemed unfeasible.

  • One on One: Baseball Fan Hollye Minter Recalls Fall from Stands

    by Paul Steinbach July 2010

    Ever wonder what it would be like to fall out of an upper deck? Hollye Minter would tell you, if only she could remember. Everything between losing contact with a 30-inch-tall railing on the Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington and landing on the Care Flight helipad at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is a blank. That was April 1, 1994, opening day of the Texas Rangers' new stadium, and Minter — who, on her 26th birthday, suffered a fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, a broken shoulder and six broken teeth - was reminded of at least some aspects of her ordeal last month, when a man fell 30 feet out of the first row of the Ballpark's club level. Paul Steinbach spoke to Minter on July 7, the day after Tyler Morris became the second member of an unenviable Rangers fan club.

  • Oval Ovation: Former Olympics Venue Reopens to Public

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    One of the primary goals for organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., was to ensure the legacy of the Games' venues. To that end, a newly expanded, three-level, state-of-the-art fitness center recently opened inside the Richmond Olympic Oval - site of speed skating events and the official Olympic anti-doping lab.

  • Rival Schools Unite to Create One-of-a-Kind Rooftop Stadium

    by Michael Popke June 2010

    Two rival schools in New Jersey unite to create a one-of-a-kind rooftop stadium.

  • Professional stadium and arena sustainability

    by Michael Popke May 2010

    Professional sports teams, led by Major League Baseball, put greater emphasis on environmental programs.

  • Ballpark Fall Turns Fatal at Miller Park

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    Having reported on fatal falls involving ballpark upper decks, I was particularly shocked to read minutes ago of a death involving a fan who fell 14 feet from a lower-level railing at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

  • The Longer Arm of the Law

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    An unarmed teenager bolted into the outfield at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last night. Fans hooted as he managed briefly to outrun a lone police officer and several uniformed event security personnel. But ultimately the long arm of the law was made longer by a Taser - its incapacitating shockwaves dropping the trespasser to the turf, where he lay motionless for a full 30 seconds. By then, many among the Philly faithful had begun booing.



    Tasers have been used with increasing frequency to control crowds at professional and college sports venues on down to high school athletic events. Today, Philadelphia police defended the deployment of a Taser in apprehending the teen, even though he was outnumbered and his arrest appeared imminent.

    Put yourself in a seat at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. Are you cheering or jeering the use of a Taser in this instance?

    UPDATE: Fans running onto the field in Philadelphia are getting older, if not wiser, but one wonders if Citizens Bank Park security personnel have learned something this week.

    A 34-year-old Phillies fan gained access to the field Tuesday, one night after a 17-year-old was tasered to the outfield turf by a police officer. The latest trespasser was apprehended without use of a Taser.

  • Staging Hockey Games in Outdoor Stadiums Remains Delicate Balance of Nature vs. Nurture

    by Paul Steinbach April 2010

    As the popularity of stadium ice hockey solidifies, staging events remains a delicate balance of nature versus nurture.

  • Venue Bending

    by Paul Steinbach April 2010

    With the NCAA crowning champions in three major sports this week, it's clear which among them reigns superior with the ticket-buying public, as evidenced by the adaptation of the host venue to each sport. In previewing the men's basketball Final Four in Indianapolis, one commentator described Lucas Oil Stadium as "a football stadium built for basketball." With the court positioned dead center on the surface typically occupied by the NFL's Colts, and surrounded by temporary and permanent seating in such a way that the seating chart looked like a study in near-symmetrical arena design, Duke defeated Butler on Monday night before 70,930 fans. That's roughly three and a half times the combined capacities of the combatants' home venues - Cameron Indoor Stadium and Hinkle Fieldhouse, respectively.