• Probe into KSU Stadium Worker's Fatal Fall Under Way

    by Paul Steinbach August 2011

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials arrived at Kansas State University in Manhattan on Tuesday, one day after a 26-year-old masonry worker fell to his death from scaffolding at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • Another Upper Deck Accident Underscores Safety Debate

    by Paul Steinbach July 2011

    The death last week of Shannon Stone, a Texas firefighter who fell 20 feet in pursuit of a souvenir baseball, brought solemn urgency to the other sports venues. The near tragedy that took place last night in Phoenix during the MLB All Star Game Home Run Derby adds a new facet to the debate - countertops that often abut railings in a stadium's specialty seating and socializing areas.

  • Philadelphia Eagles and University of North Texas Invest in Wind Turbines

    by Paul Steinbach June 2011

    In 2003, the year Lincoln Financial Field opened, Philadelphia Eagles employees were given blue recycling bins to slide under their desks.

  • Is Jury Still Out on Recyclable Synthetic Turf?

    by Joe Bush June 2011

    The year 2010 saw the first synthetic turf field to be fully recycled.

  • New Projects: University of Minnesota; Tufts University; TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

    by Nicholas Brown June 2011

    In May, shovels broke ground at the University of Minnesota for the 145,000-square-foot expansion of the University Recreation Center, built in 1993.

  • Dirtless Diamonds Give Teams Real Home-Field Advantage

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2011

    More synthetic-turf baseball fields are being installed these days, but many of them still use real dirt on and around the base paths, home plate and pitcher's mound. Which is why some facilities are getting lots of attention this spring for using absolutely no dirt. Instead, brown and white turf doubles as dirt and chalk.

  • Akron Aeros Introduce Meaty Concessions Lineup

    by Paul Steinbach March 2011

    Earlier this week, the minor-league Akron Aeros unveiled two new concessions items: the half-pound "Wonderdog" and its even heftier cousin "The Eighth Wonder of the World," which weighs in at a full pound. Akron's first-year director of food and beverage Jason Kerton arranged for a sausage company in Cleveland to custom-make the foot-long-and-then-some franks.

  • Blog: Australian Open's Dead Spot Sparks Lively Discussions

    by Mary Helen Sprecher January 2011

    Nothing like a bump in the road to make you complain about the whole road ... for days. When Maria Sharapova's tennis ball hit a dead spot on the court at the Australian Open, it was the bounce (or non-bounce) felt 'round the world. YouTube and Yahoo were all over it. Pictures were everywhere, particularly that shot of the lineswoman throwing the ball down and having it stick to the spot as though the court were magnetized. It made news, that's for sure. The question is, was it news?

  • Oregon's New Basketball Court Gets Glaring Reviews

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    Football uniforms are easy to change, and the University of Oregon does it often. But the school's new basketball court is another matter.

  • Digital Signage Helps Arena Managers Monetize Concourses

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    Some within the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment ranks refer to it as the Gate 1 Spectacle - a 42-screen digital signage mosaic just inside the doors of Toronto's Air Canada Centre.