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    by Alissa Skelton October 2016

    The future of an 18,000-seat arena at the Oceanfront is in jeopardy after the City Council rejected the private developer’s new financial plan Tuesday night. The project needed the approval of at least nine of the 11 council members because it involves leasing 5.8 acres of city-owned land near the convention center to the developer for 60 years. Eight members voted for the deal. Louis Jones, John Moss and Barbara Henley opposed it.

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    by Mike Jensen October 2016

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  • 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.
    www.accellacorp.com
    (888) 899-9665


    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.
    www.coloradotime.com
    (800) 279-0111


    Connor Sports
    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.
    www.connorsports.com/track
    (800) 746-3512


    Eco Chemical
    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.
    www.eco-templine.com
    (800) 677-7930


    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.
    www.kaypark.com
    (800) 987-2313


    PortaFloor
    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.
    www.portafloor.com/stadiums-and-arenas
    800-700-2526


    SMG
    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.
    www.smgequipment.com
    (253) 350-8803



    See more of these types of products in the September issue of Athletic Business


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    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.