Shape-shifting stadiums could transform the way we watch sports
By Bjorn CareyPosted 08.21.2012 at 10:06 am 6 Comments
Almost as soon as RFK Stadium opened in 1961, it became clear that the stadium was a dud. Football fans complained that the low seating made it difficult to see the entire field. Baseball fans complained that they had to twist in their seats to see the action at home plate. By trying to accommodate two sports, the stadium failed at both. All dozen of the combination football-baseball stadiums built in the U.S. since then have garnered similar complaints.
The centerpiece of this year's Olympics is unlike anything we've seen before
By Tim NewcombPosted 07.26.2012 at 5:00 pm 3 Comments
If you’re hoping for a new version of the Bird’s Nest, the Olympic stadium that wowed spectators in Beijing in 2008, then you’ve come to the wrong games. For this year's Olympics, beginning tomorrow, London went subdued. Critics have described the new Olympic Stadium as "a bowl of blancmange" and "pretty underwhelming," but its design is highly intentional: London's Olympic Stadium is the lightest, most flexible and most sustainable ever built.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced a partnership with Solar Blue to completely re-green their stadium (and to make endless puns about "greening" the team with the deep green uniforms). It's actually pretty groundbreaking stuff: They plan to use a combination of on-site wind turbines, solar panels, and a dual-fuel (biodiesel and natural gas) plant to run on completely self-generated renewable energy by September 2011. It'll be the only stadium in the world that can make that claim.
As soccer fans prepare for next month's World Cup, 11 nations around the world are already vying for the one that starts 12 years from now. Qatar's plans, unveiled Friday, won't bring 3-D images of soccer action to your doorstep, but the stadiums will probably be worth visiting in person.
Athletic training needs a 21st-century twist when World Cup glory is on the line, and especially when the main event of football (soccer for U.S. folk) takes place in high-altitude South Africa this summer.
Yankee Stadium opens today, and fires up the biggest HD screen in the world of sports
By Bjorn CareyPosted 04.16.2009 at 12:59 pm 2 Comments
Let's get something straight: I hate the Yankees. I hate hate them, in fact. I don't like their uniforms, I don't like their owner's facial hair policy, and I really don't like Yankee Stadium, new or old. But I'll give 'em this: They have the sweetest TV in the bigs, and possibly in the world.
Just don't call it a JumboTron.