• Duke Removes 'Crow's Nest' Seating Citing Safety Concerns

    by Steve Wiseman and Jonathan M. Alexander September 2017

    Duke basketball officials last week said the university has removed its "crow's nest" seating at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to safety concerns.

  • South Carolina Speaks to Stadium Fan Experience Issues

    by Paul Steinbach September 2017

    The fan experience has rarely been in sharper focus than at the University of South Carolina this week, after low water pressure at Williams-Brice Stadium caused issues in restrooms and at concessions stands during the Gamecocks’ home game Saturday against Kentucky.

    A 445-word letter to fans from USC director of athletics Ray Tanner explained Tuesday that a valve on an underground water line outside the stadium caused the problem, which was addressed immediately and since rectified. It also mentioned that long lines at concessions stands would be mitigated at future games with additional kiosks set up to offer specific items. The letter even went on to address complaints that DJ music in the stadium was too loud.

    “I have heard from many of you concerning issues about your experience on game day. You should always have an enjoyable time when you visit one of our venues, especially Williams-Brice Stadium,” Tanner wrote, adding later, “We invest a lot of time and effort planning to create a better atmosphere and game day experience for all of our fans. From concessions to the 2001 entrance to in-game music and videos, we want to make Williams-Brice Stadium the best place to watch a game and the toughest place for opponents to play.

    “Our goals are high. I want us to be the best at everything we do. When we don’t reach our goals, it is disappointing. I promise you, we will work diligently to make your visit special to watch the Gamecocks play.”

    The letter failed to go far enough for most fans responding to its appearance on Twitter. Individuals chimed in with claims that fans fell down in restrooms where toilets overflowed, as well as tales of sold-out concessions points of sale and traffic concerns. Some claimed the DJ music was too loud, while others said it wasn’t loud enough — and that at least it was better than the USC band. Video board operation came under fire, as did a malfunctioning flame-thrower.

    “Talking season is over,” tweeted one individual. “You had all year to plan better experiences for the fans. This was a complete failure. Get it together please.”

    The fact that Kentucky won the game (23-13) was not lost on the USC fan base, and one fan opined that defeat drove much of the fan experience backlash: “Such complainers...some valid complaints but Had we won I bet all this nit pickey crap would of been a non issue.”

    Another assumed an even greater glass-half-full perspective, tweeting, “Lets be thankful and appreciate what we have for a moment. The results aren’t always a win but we have a great thing here. Spurs up!”

    The Gamecocks — and Williams-Brice Stadium — get a chance to bounce back Saturday when USC hosts Louisiana Tech.

  • Ravens Postpone Orig3n DNA Day

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Hours before the Baltimore Ravens’ home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the team called off a game-day promotion titled “Orig3n DNA Day.”

  • Braves Get Approval for $100M Spring Training Complex

    by Tim Tucker September 2017

    The Braves plan to break ground next month on a new spring-training stadium in southwest Florida after the long-in-the-works project received its final governmental approval Tuesday. City commissioners in North Port, Fla., voted 3-2 to approve a development agreement, clearing the way for the $100 million stadium complex to be built on what is now undeveloped land in Sarasota County. The vote came after commissioners raised dozens of questions about the deal over several hours.

  • Minor League Ballpark Proposed at Former Foundry Site

    by Mike Pare September 2017

    An early blueprint of the South Broad District's future includes a multi-use baseball park anchoring an array of housing, new retail and green space.

  • How LED is Transforming the Industry

    by AB Staff September 2017

    This sponsored content was provided by Eaton's Ephesus Lighting. What is sponsored content?

  • Seminole Pride Reflected in Doak Campbell Renovation

    by Paul Steinbach September 2017

    Schools across the country have scaled back or eliminated altogether connections to American Indian culture — genuine or otherwise.

  • Katy ISD's $70 Million Legacy Stadium Reflects the Future

    by Paul Steinbach September 2017

    Mark Vander Voort was admittedly nervous as Hurricane Harvey made Texas landfall in August. Little more than a week earlier, he had attended the soft opening of Katy Independent School District's Legacy Stadium, which for years had drawn national headlines as its price tag approached $70 million — unprecedented at the prep level. As director of the project in suburban Houston, Vander Voort, a principal at HKS in Dallas, was relieved to learn that the 12,000-seat stadium's bowl and adjacent two-level locker room and office facility avoided flooding during the deluge (more than two feet of rain), thanks to the synthetic turf's drainage capabilities and a pump system that worked even after the power went out. It's just one value-added feature that Vander Voort says justifies the stadium's expense. Others include motion-sensing parking lot security, home and away upper decks, a press box with bookend hospitality suites, twin elevators, 24 concessions points of sale, and dedicated restrooms for marching bands. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Vander Voort to share his vision.

  • New Projects: Covelli Multi-Sport Arena | Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center | Mizzou Softball Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Breaking Ground

  • Editorial: What Economics Reveals About MLS in Charlotte

    by The Roanoke Times September 2017

    Will Charlotte — which already has the NFL's Panthers and the NBA's Hornets — get a Major League Soccer team? Or will it get a Major League Baseball team? Or possibly both?