Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Illinois Announces $132M Football Facility Plan
by David Mercer October 2016
Work could begin in early 2018 on a $132 million project to build new football offices, locker rooms and training facilities at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium, athletic director Josh Whitman said Monday.
- Team Owner Asks City for Stadium Rent Relief
by Tim Mekeel September 2016
TIM MEKEEL TMEKEEL@LNPNEWS.COM The owner of the Lancaster Barnstormers, enduring heavy losses, is asking Lancaster County to help pay its rent at Clipper Magazine Stadium. But Lancaster Baseball LLC would repay the county for its contribution - $5.85 million over nine years - in full by 2034. Lancaster Baseball LLC unveiled its plan Tuesday morning at a work session of the Lancaster County Commissioners.
- Product Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces
by Paul Steinbach September 2016
These products appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
Accella Polyurethane Systems
Accella Polyurethane Systems recently launched Tru-Motion™ custom flooring solutions for the athletic, play-safety and multipurpose markets. Products include indoor multipurpose surfaces, playground safety surfaces and outdoor running tracks. The holistic set of solutions combines years of technical expertise to deliver high-quality products that perform consistently from the laboratory to each installation site. Accella Polyurethane Systems' distinguished customer support ensures efficient, successful installation of each unique Tru-Motion application.
Colorado Time Systems
Since 1972, Colorado Time Systems has provided premier facilities with top-quality timing, scoring and display solutions. The company has a timing system for almost every sport, including swimming, basketball, football, baseball, track and soccer. With a full line of video and LED numeric scoreboards, Colorado Time Systems is the system of choice for top universities and high schools around the country.
Made from rapidly renewable materials, ProTraxx is a durable and resilient track surface designed for safe, comfortable and injury-free training and competition. Its waffle-like base layer provides a shock-absorbing surface that reduces muscle fatigue and uniform performance. The highly weather-resistant, durable material also provides excellent traction with its non-slip texture.
Eco Chemical™, the original manufacturer of removable synthetic turf paint, has developed TempLine™ Premium Grass paint for natural grass. Sold in 5-gallon pails as a concentrate, this new product is formulated to raise the standard for appearance and durability, without harming grass plants or breaking the budget. Premium Grass stays on the field and off of uniforms.
Kay Park-Recreation Corp.
Speedy Bleacher 108 is a folding and highway-towable seating solution by Kay Park. The versatile and economical unit seats 108 people and features seven rows, an aisle and a handrail. Equipped with an electric folding mechanism and telescoping tongue, it can be easily towed by a conventional vehicle and erected in just a few minutes by one person. The 27-foot-long, 9-foot-high Speedy Bleacher meets safety codes.
PortaFloor is a strong, green and cost-effective temporary sport and event flooring system. It is specifically designed to cover and protect grass or turf for rapid turn outdoor events and can be used for temporary tent flooring or when additional heavy support is needed. The rollable functionality of PortaFloor allows for footprint flexibility and easy configuration and creates an easy-to-reuse option for stadium surfacing.
For more than 40 years, SMG has been a leading manufacturer of equipment for the installation and maintenance of synthetic turf fields and running tracks. SMG Equipment offers a complete line of turf maintenance equipment, including drag brushes, ground-driven tow-behind sweepers, tractor-mounted PTO-drive sweepers, and the top-of-the-line SMG SportChamp.
See more of these types of products in the September issue of Athletic Business
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces"
- Team Owner Asks City for Stadium Rent Relief
by Tim Mekeel September 2016
The owner of the Lancaster Barnstormers, enduring heavy losses, is asking Lancaster County to help pay its rent at Clipper Magazine Stadium. But Lancaster Baseball LLC would repay the county for its contribution - $5.85 million over nine years - in full by 2034. Lancaster Baseball LLC unveiled its plan Tuesday morning at a work session of the Lancaster County Commissioners.
- MLB Teams Pursue New Ballparks Earlier than Expected
by Jorge L. Ortiz and Ray Glier September 2016
As he exited Major League Baseball in 2014, former commissioner Bud Selig proudly pointed to the 20 new ballparks that opened during his 22-year tenure as a major part of his legacy. He probably figured they would last quite a bit longer, though. As one team bids farewell to a stadium only two decades old, another facility in the same age range is on the endangered list and a third one -- younger than the other two -- could be abandoned as well. At this rate, much of Selig's ballpark legacy could be obliterated in a matter of years. That raises concerns that major league cities -- which in some cases might have recently finished paying for a stadium or have bond obligations decades into the future -- could be faced with having to raise money for a new venue or risk seeing the occupants leave, or at least threaten to. Though teams typically sign 30-year leases when they move into a ballpark, the increased revenue generated by amenities at state-of-the-art stadiums -- plus the cachet of the new toy for the owners -- has prompted sports franchises to push for modern facilities sooner than in the past.
- Northwestern Hoops to Relocate 2017-18 Home Games
by Daily Herald September 2016
With its home court scheduled for a major renovation, the Northwestern men's basketball team will play its home games for the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
- Virginia Beach Officials Plan Arena Finance Session
by Alissa Skelton September 2016
A new report says the city should move full steam ahead with building a sports and entertainment arena near the Oceanfront. But the public won’t get a detailed explanation for how Johnson Consulting arrived at that conclusion because many of the financial predictions upon which it’s based have been redacted from the report.
- Work Begins to Replace Sewage-Flooded HS Stadium
by Kendi Anderson September 2016
For decades, students at The Howard School have played on a field that is often flooded with sewage. Community members have long been advocating for a new stadium, and with the support of numerous elected officials, it may finally become a reality. Howard boosters were joined last Wednesday at the site of the potential stadium by state lawmakers, Hamilton County commissioners and past and current school board members, while Tennessee American Water worked to remove three fire hydrants from the property.
- Bowling Green Arena Manager Pleads Guilty to Theft
by Jennifer Feehan September 2016
The former general manager of Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand theft and tampering with records for taking money derived from high school athletic tournaments held at the arena.
- Atlanta Braves Allegedly Shortchanged Authority $400K
by Stuart Goldman September 2016
As the Atlanta Braves prepare for their final six games at Turner Field, their breakup from Fulton County, Ga., is becoming more strained.