Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match
by Andy Berg July 2017
A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.
Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.
ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.
@blacklabelsa CUP STATEMENT: We are saddened by the fatalities this afternoon due to a number of people attempting to push through the gates— Orlando Pirates FC (@Orlando_Pirates) July 29, 2017
The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.
The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.
Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands.
- Many of Rio's Olympics Facilities Tied to Scandals
by Stephen Wade and Renata Brito July 2017
Before the Olympic Games the favela, or shantytown, near the renovated port area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was known for decay and drunkenness.
- Opinion: Enough is Enough on Turf Safety Debate
by Art Dodge, Rom Reddy, Darren Gill July 2017
In any “debate” there is a point when the evidence must be considered sufficient to declare the case closed. When it comes to the specter of health concerns associated with the recycled rubber infill found in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds, we have reached and passed that stage.
- MSU Prepares to Unveil Athletics Facility Upgrades
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Michigan State University is on track to debut a series of athletics facilities upgrades with the start of the new school year.
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium Roof to Stay Closed, For Now
by Charles Odum July 2017
There's no date set on when the roof will be open for an event, even though the roof petals were open on Tuesday when Falcons and MLS Atlanta United officials led a media tour of the stadium.
- Suit Filed Against Beckham's MLS Stadium Deal
by Jason Scott July 2017
David Beckham's plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami hit a new legal snag this week as a wealthy landowner filed suit over the sale of land the would-be stadium would rest on.
- HS Teams Forced to Scatter During Field Construction
by Randy Whitehouse July 2017
The fall sports season is little more than three weeks away, and Lewiston's teams are preparing for a vagabond existence as construction of their new fields continues. Lewiston athletic director Jason Fuller is pleased with the progress of the project, which broke ground in late May and includes three new fields (two with artificial turf) and a track. "Obviously, they've gotten a lot of work done in a short period of time, and I'm feeling very positive about the direction we're going," Fuller said. Subgrade work is nearly complete for the project, which also includes a new elementary school. Fuller hopes the fields will be completed in time for the start of the 2018 school season.
- Repair Work Set to Begin on U.S. Bank Stadium
by Jason Scott July 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium has earned plenty of headlines in its first year of operation for both its architectural accomplishments and oddities. The same stadium that incorporated the world’s largest ETFE roof also posed a unique threat to birds.
- Browns Stadium May Feature Flammable Cladding
by Juliet Linderman, Jason Dearen and Jeff Martin July 2017
The Cleveland Browns stadium is clad in the same kind of aluminum panels that were on the doomed Grenfell Tower in London. In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air." Those same panels - Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core - also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London. British authorities say they're investigating whether the panels helped spread the blaze that ripped across the building's outer walls, killing at least 80.
- Illinois HS Athletic Facility Gets $500K Boost from Donor
by Madhu Krishnamurthy July 2017
A $500,000 donation this week from a Bartlett business owner will help jump-start construction of the long-stalled Bartlett High School Activities Complex project. Food products distributor Greco and Sons, Inc., and Cheese Merchants of America — both owned by Eddie Greco — donated $250,000 each toward the project.