• Northwestern Experiments with Dutch Auction Ticket Pricing

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    In Holland, the price of flowers starts high and drops the longer it takes to sell them. It's been that way for more than a century. But not until this year did that sales approach inspire Northwestern University economists and, in turn, athletics administrators, who believe their suburban Chicago institution is the first in this country to use a Dutch auction to price and sell game tickets. ...

  • America's Oldest Ballparks Go Hollywood for '42'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    In the new Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which opened Friday, Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese (played by Lucas Blake) does his best to put Robinson - portrayed to near-perfection by 30-year-old Chadwick Boseman - at ease in a hostile ballpark environment during his 1947 rookie season as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. "Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42," Reese says. "That way, they won't be able to tell us apart."

  • Prison Group Escapes FAU Stadium Naming Rights Deal

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    Florida Atlantic University's football stadium will not be called GEO Group Stadium after all, according to George Zoley, chairman and CEO of the private prison company that pledged $6 million to FAU in exchange for stadium naming rights.

  • Who Has the Best Arena in College Basketball?

    by Michael Gaio March 2013

    If you're like me, your bracket is a mess and you're finally getting your head around the fact that Florida Gulf Coast University not only exists, but is actually in the Sweet 16. So maybe you're not the best at predicting the winner of these games, but we're offering you hope.

  • 2013 AB Facility Madness: The Winner Is...

    by Michael Gaio March 2013

  • Despite Early Criticism, Appreciation of Barclays Center Grows

    by Andrew Cohen March 2013

    They dreamed of titanium. They got rusted steel. The most fraught sports-architecture design process in recent years ended in late September with the opening of the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets and the future home (it was announced in late October) of the New York Islanders.

  • Relay Blamed for SB Blackout, But Why No Backup?

    by Paul Steinbach February 2013 broke the news this morning that Entergy New Orleans Inc. had traced the cause of Sunday's Super Bowl power outage to an electrical relay device and that a replacement for the faulty equipment is being evaluated.

  • Superdome Officials Noted Power Concerns Months Ago

    by Paul Steinbach February 2013

    The Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, which oversees the Mercedes Benz Superdome, expressed concerns last October that decay in the stadium's electrical feeders could result in a power failure during Super Bowl XLVII. Approximately half of the Superdome's lights went dark shortly after the third quarter began Sunday.

  • Cooling Solutions Trending in Synthetic Turf Industry

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    From its introduction in the late '90s, the role of synthetic turf infill was to make synthetic turf play more like natural grass, providing more cushioning for the athlete's safety and performance.

  • Arena Renovation Dresses Up Restrooms

    by Andrew Cohen January 2013

    Exhibit A in how to dress up the back end of a concrete-block seating bowl, the renovation of Vancouver's BC Place