- Friday, September, 14, 2018
Facility Friday: K-State Master Plan, FSU's Unconquered Campaign
Kansas State University has unveiled a new facility master plan, calling for $210 million in construction for the school’s 16 athletics programs. The 10- to 15-year plan calls for upgrades to the south end zone at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, a new volleyball arena, a new Olympic Performance Training Facility, a new indoor football facility and outdoor practice field, a renovation to Bramlage Coliseum, a new indoor track and field facility, a renovation for the Brandeberry Indoor Complex, a new indoor tennis facility, a new soccer practice pavilion, and improvements to the men’s and women’s golf complex. The school worked with architectural consultant HOK on the plan. More details below. —KStateSports.com
- Tuesday, September, 11, 2018
Principal Apologizes for Students' Watermelon Stunt
A Louisville-area high school principal has issued a letter to parents apologizing for an incident involving students at Ballard High School passing around a watermelon at a football game against the predominantly black Central High School.
- Tuesday, September, 11, 2018
SCOTUS Ruling on Gambling Could Be a Game-Changer
When the Supreme Court in May reversed a long-standing prohibition on sports gambling by overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world of sports may have been forever altered. After all, the anti-gambling stances held by the NCAA and professional leagues make much less sense in a world that sanctions gambling as the law of the land. In that world, sports organizations hoping to avoid the appearance of being "tainted" by gambling would have to vastly shift their strategies.
- Friday, September, 07, 2018
Facility Friday: Louisville Stadium Upgrades, Minnesota Wild Practice Facility
Crews at the University of Louisville have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the $63 million expansion project at Cardinal Stadium. The project increased the stadium’s seating capacity by about 5,400, and added field-level suites, premium and club seating. The school’s partnership with apparel manufacturer adidas is literally built into the stadium — the brand’s three-stripe logo is in the new seating area in gray. — Courier Journal
- Saturday, September, 01, 2018
How North America Landed the 2026 World Cup
The excitement of this year's World Cup is behind us, but North American soccer fans and venue operators can keep their fervor fresh as Canada, Mexico and the United States prepare to jointly host the event in 2026.
- Friday, August, 31, 2018
Facility Friday: Kentucky Baseball Stadium, Weber State Athletics Complex
The University of Kentucky baseball team got its first look at its new home this week. Work on the $50 million stadium is still ongoing, but the team got a chance to check out its new locker room for the first time. When complete, the stadium will offer underground pitching and hitting ares, training rooms, hydrotherapy areas and lounge space. — UKAthletics.com
- Wednesday, August, 29, 2018
Athletic Department Bans Activism in Code of Conduct
Athletics officials at Southern Illinois University added language to its code of conduct policy explicitly banning activism for student-athletes, cheerleaders and members of the spirit squad.
- Monday, August, 27, 2018
Leak, Power Outage at MLB Ballparks Cause Delays
First the fountain leaked. Then the lights went out.
A pair of oddball incidents at MLB stadiums this weekend caused delays in Kansas City and Los Angeles.
At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, a game between the Royals and the Cleveland Indians was delayed for 30 minutes while the grounds crew dealt with flooding caused by a burst pipe in the stadium’s signature outfield fountains. According to the Associated Press, flooding began during the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and water began to leak onto the field when players in the Royals bullpen shouted to notify officials of the problem.
Out west, fans in Los Angeles dealt with a delay of their own when the lights went out in the 12th inning of a Saturday night game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. The Los Angeles Times reports that the blackout was caused by a circuit malfunction. One fan captured the moment the lights went out on Twitter.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said on Twitter that while an automatic switch restores power to Dodger Stadium quickly when such an outage occurs, lighting systems and equipment take time to reset.
When a momentary disruption in power to @Dodger Stadium occurs, an automatic switch restores power within seconds. Stadium lights and internal stadium equipment take time to reset. LED lights remaining on indicate a momentary outage occurred.— LADWP (@LADWP) August 26, 2018
It was the second time in less than a month that a power outage hit Dodger Stadium — the first coming on July 30 when a similar situation delayed a game about 21 minutes.
Both games eventually resumed play. Both the Royals and Dodgers won their disrupted contests.
- Friday, August, 24, 2018
Facility Friday: Wyoming Football Facility, Louis Armstrong Stadium
The University of Wyoming celebrated the grand opening of the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center and the reopening of the Rochelle Athletics Center last weekend. The $44 million facility adds on 71,000 square feet to the original Rochelle Athletics Center, and features amenities such as a new football weight room, an Olympic sports weight room, an altitude simulation chamber, a team meeting room, recovery pools, a new football locker room and a recruiting lounge. — Casper Star Tribune
- Friday, August, 17, 2018
Facility Friday: Alabama's 'Crimson Standard,' University of Phoenix Stadium
The University of Alabama announced a $600 million plan to upgrade its athletics facilities this week. Dubbed the Crimson Standard, the 10-year plan calls for upgrades to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, the Mal Moore Athletic Facility and more. Dates, final costs and details haven’t been announced yet, and all facility plans are subject to trustee approval — however, rough estimates say that Bryant-Denny Stadium will get a more-than $250 million renovation, and Coleman Coliseum will receive a $115 million facelift. More details in the video below: — TideSports.com
- Friday, January, 19, 2018
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- Friday, January, 05, 2018
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Here’s a look at some of the stories that AB’s editorial staff found interesting this week:
First, $1.75 million for hurricane relief and a rivalry renewed. We like this.
Kudos to all of the other programs participating in these fun events for a worthy cause!
Now, to the news highlights…
- Good news for the turf industry as another study indicates that recycled rubber synthetic turf infill poses no health risks.
- Upscale gym Equinox got hit with separate lawsuits: one by a former member alleging a yoga instructor sexually assaulted him, another claiming a personal trainer drove a man to injury.
- High school coaches in hot water over behavior that crosses the line. A longtime track coach was axed after making an inappropriate joke, and a cheer coach was fired for text communication with a student (though she claims her firing was retaliatory after she reported the athletic director for sexual harassment).
- Also, be sure to check out our club columnist Rob on how focusing on customer service helped turn the tide for his business.
Elsewhere on the internet…
- Sports Illustrated: Football in America: Chicago—Where Traditions Are Born, Revived and Obsessed Over
- ESPN: Gaffes, TV ratings concerns dominated as NFL, players forged anthem peace
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