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New stadiums forget their real purpose: The sport

New stadiums forget their real purpose: The sport | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Twenty-one museum-worthy contemporary art installations, viewable with a guided art tour. Granite countertops, marble floors. The world’s largest movable glass doors. Half-million-dollar suites with customizable color schemes.
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"The Amway Center (shown above), home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, has a 340-piece art museum and a signature 180-foot glass and steel tower overlooking downtown. These attractive, and expensive facilities and stadiums are apparently justified by teams that argue that the costs are justified because they attract fans willing to pay for higher ticket prices and the real moneymaker, luxury suites."

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Why Stadium Subsidies Always Win: Q&A with J.C. Bradbury

"One of the things we often find about these stadiums," explains Kennesaw State University economist J.C. Bradbury, is that "[politicians and supporters] always underestimate the costs and overestimate the benefits."

Indeed, as Bradbury points out, every independent analysis of subsidies for sports teams and stadiums shows that they suck money out of the local economy. Yet time and again, politicians and team owners succeed in handing the taxpayer a bill. Why is that? 

"People see money going into stadiums, people spending their dollars at the stadiums, going to the games," says Bradbury, who writes widely on the economics of sports. "Really, this is just a transfer from locals. Instead of spending their money on movies or going out to eat, they're going to a sports game, and so it looks like it's generating a lot of money."

Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Bradbury at Freedom Fest to talk about the city of Atlanta's $1 billion promise to build a new stadium for the NFL's Falcons.

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Campus Safety Magazine

Emergency planning, stadium security, and enforcing good spectator conduct through PA and video board announcements as well as a texting system will help keep your sporting events riot free.

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"Lou Marciani says, it's important to continuously nurture and enforce good fan behavior, and that  it is important to plan ahead for emotionally-charged games by taking a serious look at emergency plans and alerting partners such as local and state police that they may be needed."

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Which Sports Fans Drink the Most Beer?

Which Sports Fans Drink the Most Beer? | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it

"Whether it's shotgunning during a Saturday morning tailgate, sipping on a few (overpriced) ones during the game, washing away your sorrows after your team blew a 20-plus point lead or just tossing a few back before and after an intramural game, those suds are essential in helping you keep your competitive sanity at times."

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Monique Tester's curator insight, April 26, 2014 1:45 PM

Crowd control will definitely be needed in these sports. :)

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Sports Food Concessions Opportunities Growing at Venues Across Country

Sports Food Concessions Opportunities Growing at Venues Across Country | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Foodservice at the Bat - Concessions at sports venues no longer stop at hot dogs and popcorn, and in fact, arenas and ballparks are becoming food destinations.
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"Yet in the business of sports, the perception of food is primarily that of a revenue source. That never made any sense to me, because here you are, you’re in the business of entertaining people, and if there’s one thing you have at your disposal that can completely seal that deal every time regardless of how well anybody plays on the field, it’s food.”

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Cam Gravina's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:01 PM

1. What I learned was how important food is to the sports industry.

2.What I found intresting was how it was New haven pizza and I grew up with new haven pizza becasue I am from CT.

3.I selected this article becasue I love food and sports and thought it would be a great read.

4.This greatly impacts sports industry becasue it is just another seller for your company.I think it is important to have good food at sporting events becasue you need us much money as possible to keep your busniness runnng. 

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David Foster's curator insight, April 27, 2015 7:26 AM

Concessions are one of the most important aspects of a sports venue. If a sports team has poor food quality it will definitely have an adverse effect on the attendance.

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‘Fan Cans’ Promote Recycling at Sports Stadiums ·

‘Fan Cans’ Promote Recycling at Sports Stadiums · | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it

"The Fan Can is designed to integrate corporate marketing messages, including recycling and sustainability, into the sporting scene."

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"Last year, the Pepsi Center claimed to be the first sports arena in the U.S. with a “100 percent green” status, when it announced the purchase of enough renewable energy to offset all electricity used at the arena."

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Building green sport facilities

Building green sport facilities | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it

Whether the issue is conserving energy or recycling building products, conservation has become a major concern for new facilities. A key for new facilities is their ability to minimize waste. From reducing the amount of wasted energy to building with sustainable materials, constructing more efficient facilities is a sound and correct decision

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Joseph Brandt Miller's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:47 AM

I absolutely love this idea, reason being that it will save Americans money by going green. The more engery we conserve, the money in our wallets, the more we recycle the less we have to put out for new bottles and other things of that nature. Going green is the way to go!

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carlos vivanco's curator insight, July 20, 11:57 PM

Whether the issue is conserving energy or recycling building products, conservation has become a major concern for new facilities. This article touches up on the benefits of building Eco-friendly sports facilities and the strong positive impact on the environment.

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A Closer Look at Stadium Subsidies — The American Magazine

A Closer Look at Stadium Subsidies — The American Magazine | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Despite what many people believe, professional sports venues typically do not spur large-scale economic activity.
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"The typical economic impact study gathers data on all aspects of spending related to a stadium, including the money spent to build it and the money spent by fans in connection with the stadium (including on tickets, at restaurants, and at hotels). The impact of this spending ripples outward into other areas of the economy through a multiplier. By linking spending to employment, the study then calculates how many jobs a stadium has created. It does not perform a cost-benefit analysis, which would address the opportunity costs of raising taxes to pay for a stadium and consider alternative uses of those funds."

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Crowd Control - Stun Guns Increasingly Used at Sporting Events

Crowd Control - Stun Guns Increasingly Used at Sporting Events | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Security officers are increasingly using stun guns to maintain order at sporting events, but are they taking crowd control too far?
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"...MLB playoff game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., where an intoxicated Boston Red Sox fan bolted for the roof of the Tampa Bay Rays dugout. There, St. Petersburg Police officer Patrick McGovern drew his Taser, warned the fan he would use it and managed to help subdue the suspect without having to fire the device."

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Jason Cain's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:37 PM

This is a popular article on how far security officers have taken the issue of security at a major event. Is this taking it too far. I believe so. There are other ways to maintain a crowd.

carlos vivanco's curator insight, July 21, 12:07 AM

With sports fan violence on a rise, This article provides an overview of the increasing use of stun guns and tasers at an attempt to prevent riots and other sporting event crowd violence. This article outlines some of the common tools and recommendations in the industry and also argues against such use of violent measures.

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Concessions - The Benefits of Outsourcing Concessions

Concessions - The Benefits of Outsourcing Concessions | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Outsourcing Concessions
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"Many benefits— including capital resources and purchasing power, management expertise and menu flexibility — that can be gained by outsourcing concessions operations to regional or national providers...Athletic departments that outsource concessions enjoy peace of mind from a management standpoint...No matter how concessions contracts are structured, the only way they succeed is if they are perceived to be mutually beneficial for all parties involved."

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Five of The World’s Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums - Green Building Elements

Five of The World’s Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums - Green Building Elements | Sports Facility Management | Scoop.it
Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we’ve seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums.
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"Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums are;  Dalian Shide Stadium in China, 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, World Games Stadium in Taiwan, and New Meadowlands Stadium in New York."

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Justin Rash's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:38 PM

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Clint Copeland's curator insight, December 22, 2013 9:56 PM

Sustainability is a concern for new facilities, as well as those older ones due for renovation.

Joshua Evans's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:49 PM

Some of the most green sports facilities are among some of the most eye appealing I think. These stadiums are amazing. 

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Event Safety & Crowd Management

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Patrick Bernard's curator insight, September 7, 2015 1:25 PM

This video shows a behind the scenes look at event safety and crowd management. One thing I found very smart that they do is have all the coordinators next to each other so than can communicate and fix problems easier and quicker.