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Virtual Sports Stadiums Can Be Useful During Emergency Planning | RDPC

What would happen in the event of a bombing or other disaster during a major sporting event? Evacuating thousands of panicked spectators would definitely have its challenges.

With the help of new simulation software, University of Southern Mississippi researchers will have the ability to study evacuation procedures at virtual sports stadiums. The software uses blueprints from actual sporting arenas and allows researchers to see how the attendees of a sporting event might behave in the event of a security threat. The simulation software attempts to account for the behavior of panicked spectators, as well as stadium employees, and first responders.

By utilizing such software, emergency planners at sports stadiums will have the ability to study exits, identify areas where major congestion may occur, and evaluate how frightened spectators might react during an evacuation. Good planning could possibly save numerous lives during a disaster or terrorist attack at a major sporting event.


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Obscure Florida Law Requires “TaxPayer Funded” Sports Stadiums ...

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Just Americans Making Ethical Statements Weblog. A Blog for Open Discourse ... Obscure Florida Law Requires “TaxPayer Funded” Sports Stadiums to be Used as Homless Shelter. January 25, 2012 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, ...


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Jonathan Griffith's comment, September 22, 2013 6:15 PM
Although I foresee a lot of logistical needs going into this, it makes sense to help out those in need. The mandate is a little extensive though. I would like to see other stadiums throughout the country catch on to this.
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A Big Green Stadium (Renovation) For The 2014 World Cup ...

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We've brought you a few big green stadiums in connection with the London Olympics, and a few from the NFL as well. The World Cup however, happens every four years — and as far as the world at large, football is soccer.

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‘Fan Cans’ Promote Recycling at Sports Stadiums ·

‘Fan Cans’ Promote Recycling at Sports Stadiums · | Sports Facility Management. 4134092 | Scoop.it

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


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Amanda Mueller's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:45 PM

"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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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. 4134092 | 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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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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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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Building green sport facilities

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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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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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Sustainable Energy For Brazilian 2014 World Cup Stadium | 3BL Media

Brazil taking sports stadium through sustainability process...


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Good Food at a Sports Stadium? There's an App for That

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Yelp is pretty extensive, but there's one area it hasn't penetrated yet: stadium food.
As any sports fan will tell you, finding good food at sports stadiums is a crapshoot. As sports blogger Daina Falk explains, snack envy is endemic.

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Nine out of ten economists agree: Sports stadium subsidies are dumb

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Nine out of ten economists agree: Sports stadium subsidies are dumb. Posted on April 1, 2013 by Neil deMause. The Tampa Bay Times ran a story on Saturday headlined “How much do the Tampa Bay Rays boost the local economy?

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Jon Brewer's curator insight, August 21, 2013 7:07 PM

Maybe nine out of ten economists agree, but one out of one here thinks along with the nine; subsidies only help owners and players, not the little people that have to pay for it.

benjamin logsdon's comment, August 25, 2013 4:21 AM
rich get richer pyramid schemes to take from the hard working and honest
Librada DC Smith's curator insight, January 24, 2014 6:26 PM

An interesting article on how study after study shows that sports teams have minimal economic impact on a city.

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American Taxpayers Paid $10 Billion More For Sports Stadiums Than Forecast

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Taxpayer-financed sports stadiums and arenas cost $10 billion more in 2010 than cities and states originally forecast for the projects, and the overall cost of land, infrastructure, and maintenance is far higher than what the sports industry typically...

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A Closer Look at Stadium Subsidies — The American Magazine

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Despite what many people believe, professional sports venues typically do not spur large-scale economic activity.

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Amanda Mueller's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:24 PM

"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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Broncos, Stadium District to spend $30 million on Mile High improvements - Denver Post

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Broncos, Stadium District to spend $30 million on Mile High improvements
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"It's not really tied to the Super Bowl bid," said Andy Gorchov, general manager of the stadium management company, the operating arm for Sports Authority Field.

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