Pontiac Silverdome finally demolished after failed first attempt

They don’t make them like they used to. It took two attempts for the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, to bite the dust. Still standing after the first implosion, it was finally demolished by a second blast to the upper section of the stadium, which has stood in Michigan since 1975

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Watch the Qudos Bank Arena transform for supercross

The team at the Qudos Bank Arena – widely known as the Sydney Super Dome – transforms the indoor arena into a supercross track ahead of the Aus-X Open. The venue, which was built as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games project, is the largest permanent indoor sports arena in Australia.

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With this in mind, should designers of new stadia, or project managers of renovations, be looking at both on-field and off-field lighting as part of a single solution?

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STMA reveals 2017 Field of the Year Winners

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has announced its 2017 ‘Field of the Year’ winners. Active since 1992, the STMA awards the industry’s highest honors to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting playing surfaces at the professional, collegiate, schools and recreation level.

“Each year our Awards Committee independently selects the safest and most playable natural grass playing surfaces exemplifying the sports turf manager’s hard work and dedication,” said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA.

“With an increase in applicants year over year, we are ecstatic to see the growing number of outstanding sports turf managers continually raise the bar with the fields they prepare and maintain.”

In the professional baseball category, Keith Winter (above), head groundskeeper at Wayne Tincaps’ Parkview Field, claimed the top award, while Troy Crawford won the professional soccer category for the quality of FC Dallas’s Soccer Park Field 8 (below).

The college and university awards were taken by Travis Dill for University of South Carolina’s Cleveland S Harley Baseball Park (below); Chris May for the Historic Grant football field at Georgia Tech; Brian Hinkley for Liberty University’s Osborne Soccer Stadium; and Steve Barnard for the Patricia Wilson Softball Field at Stetson University.

Will Rogers reaffirmed his talent, claiming his fourth honor in four years for the management of the Blue Eagle Softball Complex at Clover School District. Other victories in the schools and parks category include Andy Ommen (below) and the McLean County PONY Baseball; John Wagnon and the Cowboys Football Field (bottom) at Jim Warren Park; and Travis Stephen in the soccer category for Longfellow Park in Oak Park.

Decided by a panel of 13 independent judges, entries were scored on playability, surface appearance, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and the implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program.

Winners will officially receive the awards at the 29th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, to be held in January 2018.

November 16, 2017

Written by Sam Petters


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