RECENT ARTICLES
  • Conservation is King at Seattle's Safeco Field

    by Paul Steinbach September 2010

    At the Seattle Mariners' ballpark, conservation is king.

  • Facilities Make Big Ten Attractive to College Baseball Talent

    by Nicholas Brown September 2010

    Investment in facilities has made the Big Ten a player in the search for college baseball talent.

  • Is Peanut-Free Seating Necessary in Open-Air Venues?

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    The Chicago Cubs are the latest Major League Baseball team to recognize the risk that a trip to the ballpark can pose to fans who suffer from peanut allergies. For Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs are converting the Bud Light Batter's Eye suite at Wrigley Field into a peanut-free gallery.

  • Sheriff Says Tailgate Crackdown Could Prove Taxing

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    If you plan on cracking down on tailgaters, make sure you include the local jailer in the discussion.

  • Is Petco Conversion a Pitch for Soccer in San Diego?

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    Is an MLS soccer friendly being staged in the middle of an MLB pennant race just to test San Diego's soccer-market waters? That's a question posed by Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

  • 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.