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Friday, April 24, 2015

For ballpark design, it could be different game in future - Chicago Tribune

Seats with touchscreen monitors? Sorry but what is this guy smoking? There is barely room (and sometimes no room) for cup holders. With smartphones, why would you even need a monitor?

Nor does NYU sports business professor Robert Boland. But he can envision seats with touchscreen monitors being installed, giving spectators access to the producer’s feed from the truck along with more statistics and maybe even bringing gambling to the stands.

“Or some sort of interactive community where (you can say) ‘the next pitch will be’ or the ‘next hit will be,’” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Thousands gather to celebrate Astrodome’s 50th birthday

The Astrodome’s 50th Birthday party was supposed to wrap up by 8 p.m. Thursday, but so many people wanted to take a peek inside the Dome the county left the gates open until 8:15.

By 10 p.m., people were still waiting as the lines were still wrapped around the Dome as people waited to get inside.

People came from far and wide to see the Eighth Wonder of the World. Organizers say approximately 23,000 people turned out.

Kiley Burton and his son, Brady, shared the driving duties, making a long-awaited pilgrimage from their hometown of Prescott to tour the most famous building in Houston’s history.

“Sounds pretty crazy,” Brady admitted. “But you got to do what you got to do to go back in the dome one more time.”

kthejoker Posted: April 09, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, history, houston, stadiums

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Petersburg announces 1,800-seat baseball stadium at Walter Fuller complex | Tampa Bay Times

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans Wednesday to build an 1,800-seat stadium at the Walter Fuller baseball complex in western part of the city.

But he said he didn’t know how much it would cost to build or when construction would start.

“We don’t have an idea yet. We are working on finalizing those numbers,” Kriseman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadiums

Saturday, March 07, 2015

NY Times: Beschloss: Game Over For The Astrodome, ‘Stadium of The Future’

[ Astros owner Roy ]Hofheinz told reporters that if the Astrodome had turned out to look “like a tobacco-spitting venture,” it would have failed; he said that no one who saw his stadium could ever again dismiss Houston as merely “Indian Territory.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the park “a glorious victory” for “all of Texas.”

With its Jetsons-like design, the Astrodome was a gargantuan symbol of the glittering possibilities of American technology, crowned by the biggest clear-span dome on earth (642 feet in diameter), with 4,596 Lucite skylights. (Hofheinz claimed he had decided on the general design while visiting Rome’s Colosseum, where the Emperor Vespasian had protected spectators from the sun with a movable shade.)

bobm Posted: March 07, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, stadiums

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Obama throws curveball at team owners

The one where Obama and the Koch Brothers are on the same side.

President Barack Obama is using his budget to take on some of the most loathed people in sports — team owners threatening to bolt town if taxpayers don’t help build a new stadium — and it could put Republicans in a tough spot.

The budget proposal released on Monday would eliminate tax benefits that make it easier for cities to raise money for new, luxurious sports facilities.

 

 

eddieot Posted: February 04, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Montreal threat a reminder of how MLB once touted Tampa | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

Major League Baseball views local communities as groups to be exploited.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

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