• AB Conference Tour: A New Brand Era at Wide World of Sports

    by Paul Steinbach December 2009

    Since it opened in March 1997, Disney's Wide World of Sports has accommodated more than two million athletes representing 60 sports and 70 countries. The facility hosts more than 250 events annually, and is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. Quite a track record.

  • High-Def Video Enhances Spectating Experience on Grand Scale

    by Paul Steinbach December 2009

    High-definition video technology is enhancing the sports spectator experience on a grand scale.

  • Fire and Mice

    by Paul Steinbach November 2009

    It's hard to imagine a worse week for a one-year-old sports venue.

    Sure, there have been other stadiums and arenas with infestation issues, but Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis had to confront both fire and mice within a seven-day span.

  • How Much for Good Seats?

    by Paul Steinbach October 2009

    Some of my best days as a kid were spent in Milwaukee County Stadium's section 13, row 12, seats 1 through 8 - the corporate season tickets frequently secured by my neighbor's dad. One of my greatest regrets as an adult was not securing actual seats once they tore County Stadium down in 2002. Not necessarily those exact seats. Sentimental value notwithstanding, they were in the lower grandstand and constructed of plastic. You had to get into the far reaches of the upper deck to find the old-timers - their wooden slats bearing engraved seat numbers and the chipped relief of numerous coats of green paint applied over the years. These seats had seen not only the Brewers' short-lived success in the stadium, but the Milwaukee Braves' and Green Bay Packers' heydays, too. So I read with interest news last week that New York Yankees fans had filed a class-action lawsuit over seats salvaged from last year's demolition of old Yankee Stadium. Lead plaintiff John Lefkus, for one, spent more than $2,000 to purchase the exact pair of seats he had occupied as a 23-year season-ticket-holder. But Lefkus isn't buying their authenticity. He bases his claim that stadium seats were dismantled and reassembled using random parts on the evidence that his own seats were put together using new and old hardware and different armrests, and then repainted in the wrong color. One even featured the wrong seat number. You've heard of Norm Abram's "New Yankee Workshop"? This sounds like Old Yankee Chop Shop. The class seeks more than $5 million in damages from the Yankees, Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Steiner Sports Marketing and Yankee-Steiner Collectibles, alleging false advertising, deceptive practices and breach of warranty, according to Courthouse News Service.

  • CPSC Issues Alert Regarding Light Pole Inspections

    by Paul Steinbach September 2009

  • Should Building Codes be Changed to Keep Fans from Falling Out of Their Seats?

    by Paul Steinbach August 2009

    Should building codes be changed to keep fans from falling out of upper-level stadium sections?

  • The Importance of Prudent Support-Pole Specification and Inspection

    by Paul Steinbach July 2009

    Recent failures have illuminated the importance of prudent support-pole specification and inspection.

  • Iconic Hoops Venue Gets a Facelift

    by Nicholas Brown June 2009

    University of New Mexico officials hope to modernize The Pit while maintaining its old-school character.

  • More Architectural and Marketing Savvy Going Into the Renovation of Spectator Facilities

    by Andrew Cohen April 2009

    More architectural and marketing savvy is going into the design and renovation of spectator facilities, as architects and owners try to stave off obsolescence.

  • Simple Upgrades Can Help Outdated Facilities Stay In the Game

    by Paul Steinbach February 2009

    A la carte upgrades can help tired-looking outdoor spectator venues get with the times.