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Ups and downs in facility projects December 2013

Building large public facilities like stadiums and arenas involves ups and downs for the developers, owners, local governments and communities in which they are being built. Here are some of last month’s ups and downs:

UP

Rogers Communications has acquired the naming rights to the Edmonton Oilers’ new downtown arena, which will open in time for the 2016 National Hockey League (NHL) season. Oilers’ fans will be able to access a full range of communications options as Rogers uses the arena to showcase its services.

UP

Keighley Cougars have unveiled a £5 million plan to revamp their stadium. The club is submitting a planning application for the first phase of the scheme to rebuild the main stand.

DOWN

The Metrodome roof will deflate for the last time in January. Mortenson Construction, the contractor building the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will cut the Metrodome’s power on 18 January. The roof fabric will be cut into small pieces and possibly recycled. The Vikings is using extra security at the last game to prevent looting.

UP

One Systems, Inc. has been awarded patents by the United States Patent Trademark Office for its innovative horn and driver design, ‘Equivalent Throat Technology’ and ‘Inside/Only Voice Coil’ design. Both patents are the result of designs by Mike O’Neill, One Systems’ Chief Engineer. See One Systems’ unique mobile sound system at the Edward Jones Stadium in St.Louis in the Winter edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

UP

Lisbon’s Estádio do Restelo, the 19,300-capacity home of CF Os Belenenses in the Belem district, will stage the 2014 UEFA Women’s Champions League final on 22 May 2014.

UP AND DOWN

Action Floor Systems, one of the largest suppliers of hardwood maple sports floor systems in the US, has announced a price increase of 5-7 % on all maple flooring. Company President Tom Abendroth said:

Lumber costs have increased dramatically during the past two years due to constrained supply and greater market demand,” Abendroth stated. “Increasing our pricing at this time is necessary to maintain the level of product quality and service our customers expect and to continue our commitments to new product development and sustainable forests.

Find out more about choosing the correct basketball floor in the Winter edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.