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$2 beers ! $1 hot dogs ! Louisiana Lafayette football sets new standard for concession prices !

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field, in Lafayette, LA.

 

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cajun Field, in Lafayette, LA.

Football Bowl Subdivision attendance fell for the seventh time in eight seasons in 2018 to 41,856 fans per game, the lowest mark in the past 22 seasons. The usual culprits were blamed in what has become an annual bout of soul-searching: HDTVs give fans a better view of the game, stadium WiFi stinks, tickets and parking are too expensive, students care less about their schools’ teams, etc.

“We’re competing more than ever before against the television product we helped create,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports in March. “There’s no line at the restroom. The beer is always cold [at home]. You don’t have to invest eight hours going to the stadium. There’s no parking fees. You don’t have to pay seat license, and on your 70-inch TV it’s a pretty good viewing experience.”

Louisiana Lafayette actually bucked the trend in 2018: On their way to their first non-losing season since 2014, the Ragin’ Cajuns drew 18,551 fans per game to 41,426-seat Cajun Field in 2018, an increase of about 18% from 2017 and one of the biggest improvements in all of major college football. But still, that’s a precipitous 36.4% drop from the program’s peak attendance year in 2011, when Louisiana-Lafayette averaged a Sun Belt-record 29,171.

To further stem the tide, the school announced Thursday that it was following the lead of other sports teams, most notably the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, in slashing prices on the food and drink served at the stadium. And when you look at the breakdown of the prices, which the school has split into two categories, the word “slashing” might actually be an understatement because it really doesn’t get much cheaper than $1 hot dogs and $2 beers.

Fan Favorites:

– Hot Dog, $1

– Popcorn, $1

– Fried Potato Chips, $1

– Cheese Quesadilla, $2

– 16-oz. Domestic Can, $2

– 20-oz. Fountain Soda, $2

– 20-oz. Bottled Dasani Water, $2

– Hamburger/Cheeseburger, $3

– Pretzel, $3

– Frito Chili Pie, $3

– ICEE, $3

– Cheese Nachos, $3

– Large Popcorn, $3

Premium Concessions:

– 16-oz. Craft Can, $4

– 16-oz. Craft Draft, $5

– 16-oz. Domestic Draft, $4

– Premium Hot Dog, $4

– Premium Hamburger/Cheeseburger $6

– Smoked Sausage/Hamburger Po’boy, $8

– Boudin Ball (3) w/ Dip, $7

– Shrimp & Grits, $8

– Vegetarian Jambalaya, $6

– Fried Mac & Cheese w/ Dip, $6

As Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett points out, you now can get three hot dogs, three 16-ounce. beers and a popcorn for $10 at a Louisiana Lafayette football game, which is probably cheaper than buying three hot dogs, three 16-ounce beers and a popcorn at the grocery store.

The Falcons introduced uncommonly cheap prices on certain concession items when Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for the 2017 NFL season and announced in March that they would be cutting prices on five popular items by 11% for 2019: Hot dogs will cost $1.50, the specialty “ATL Bud Burger” will cost $7.50, and a waffle ice cream cone will cost $4.50. The price drops seem to have worked: An executive with the parent company that controls the sports holdings of Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in March that, despite slimmer profit margins, sales volume increased by 50% after the price cuts and that 10% of fans arrived an hour or earlier before kickoff of Falcons games, which led to a jump in pregame food sales and merchandise sales.

Other college programs have followed suit. The University of Texas, which has seen average attendance fall from a program high of 101,175 in 2009 to 92,778 in 2017 and 97,713 last season, announced price drops for football games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on items such as popcorn (from $4.50 to $3), fountain sodas (from $5 to $3) and hot dogs (from $5 to $4).

But the money needed for one hot dog at Texas will get you two in Lafayette, plus a beer to wash them down.

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Spectator Safety: 5 Things to Consider !

The injury to a young girl recently at a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park has prompted a surge of news and commentary about improving spectator safety at major league ballparks. At a minimum, attending a baseball or softball game should just be fun & safe, legalities and liabilities aside. But of course, it’s often not that simple.

Beacon AthleticsAt the professional and college level, the ball moves fast — really fast. Much has been written and studied about how quickly a batter must react to a 100 mph fastball. One study says a hitter only has 0.412 seconds to react. The speed of that same pitch leaving the bat is even faster – 110 mph or more. Thus, a spectator has even less time to react to a sharply hit line drive heading foul. Not to mention, since they’re not playing they’re easily distracted, making them ill-prepared for the unexpected.

This really is an important issue for ballfields at all levels of play. At Beacon Athletics, we have been installing backstop and protective netting solutions for our customers for more than 10 years and are often asked for advice on spectator safety and options for backstop netting. Our immediate answer is typically the same, “…it really depends on your ballpark’s situation, and here are 5 things you should always consider.”

    1. Protect the bleacher areas. It’s important to do whatever you can to protect all seating areas. Minimally, provide coverage for all spectator seating down the foul lines. In smaller fields, this may only be 2-3 sections of bleachers extending about 50 ft down the line. In larger facilities for professional and college teams, seating may continue from behind the dugouts to the outfield, in which case protective netting would ideally extend all the way to the foul poles. Keeping the view unobstructed will give your fans the best of both worlds.
    2. Remember adjacent activities. In an urban setting, there may be street traffic or a playground adjacent to the ballfield, in which case higher and longer netting is required. In a rural setting, you may have an adjacent cornfield where very little netting will be needed. Multi-field complexes in a clover-leaf design have become common, so the height of your netting becomes important for protect spectators watching games on adjacent fields.
    3. Plan for tough weather conditions. Are you susceptible to hurricanes or unexpected spring snowstorms? You’ll need to consider protecting your investment to make sure you can long-term protect your fans. Investing in a winch system for easy raising and lowering can give you the speed and flexibility to quickly adapt to fast-approaching severe weather. Netting systems engineered to handle high winds or unexpected snow loads will save your netting assets, and save you repair costs.

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  1. Aesthetics matter. A ballfield is a reflection on the community in which it resides. It can be a source of price, a place where people come together. Providing unobstructed views of the field within a safe viewing distance is ideal and has a major impact on the overall perception of your facility. There is nothing worse than being stuck in a bleacher seat behind a 12-inch steel pole.
  2. Consider all related costs. If poorly designed, the cost of installing a netting system can sometimes be more than the cost of materials (nets, cables, poles, etc.). We advise clients to to fully understand all costs that will be involved. For instance, a tie-back netting system may be more expensive when comparing the material cost, but it can also be considerably less expensive to install. Oftentimes, the tie-back system affords flexibility with how it can be integrated with the existing structures of a ballpark, making installation smoother and less costly than other systems. Make sure you are well informed and aware of all costs before making a decision on what is the best fit for our facility.

We are proud to be part of America’s pastime. Outfitting ballparks with innovative and appealing netting solutions is a big part of what we do, and it has become very important for protecting spectators. Player safety through a well-maintained, more playable ballfield is only part of the story. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you in your efforts ensure friends & family are safe and worry-free at the ballpark. A protective netting solution may be more affordable than you think. As our parents and coaches used to tell us, “let’s have fun out there – and be safe.”


We’re here to help with your fan-safety solution. Give us a call at 800-747-5985 and ask for Collin.

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New Superior Aluminum Series 9H Horizontal Railing Allows A Unique Look !

(Russia, OH) –Superior Aluminum Products introduces their Series 9H Horizontal Railing system which combines aesthetics and engineering to provide a modern, unique look.  Ideal for corner platform decks, to differentiate an exterior from adjacent buildings, and other residential, multi-family, and commercial projects, this non-traditional horizontal railing is safe and stylish. Uniquely designed posts allow horizontal sections to be tightly fastened for a practical solution that is visually pleasing.  Lower horizontal lines are strongly reinforced to withstand added pressure from resting feet, rambunctious children and other stresses.  Each Horizontal Rail System is built to exact customer needs, so there is no complicated jobsite assembly required.  This new Superior offering meets all code requirements while maintaining low-maintenance qualities.  Series 9H Horizontal Railing is ideal for Multi-Family housing units, single family residences, commercial buildings, handicap accessible entryways, and wherever architecturally-unique railing would elevate a project.

Horizontal lines go directly into the posts, eliminating the need for brackets or other fastening methods which can ruin the beauty of a railing installation. The modern design style is an ideal complement to current architectural styles, all while meeting OSHAA, ADA and ICC safety criteria.

Superior Horizontal Railing is available in any height, with standard heights of 42” for commercial and 36” for residential projects. This aesthetically pleasing and functional railing system is ideal for residential, commercial and public buildings, high-rise buildings, condos., apartments, motels, balconies, parking decks, public walkways, backyard decks or anywhere a contemporary look is desired.

A maintenance-free, baked-on black finish adds a distinctive touch, with additional colors coming soon.

Headquartered in Russia, Ohio, Superior Aluminum Products is an industry leader in the manufacturing of aluminum railings and fencing, along with aluminum and Fiberglas columns.  This third-generation family-owned and operated company has been making aluminum products since 1956.  Their decorative and functional products are custom built to customer specifications, with CAD drawings created for layout, design and manufacture.  This allows them to identify and prepare for any slight difference or oddity in any area, and greatly simplifies installation.  All products are designed to meet local, state and federal building codes, including the American with Disabilities Act.  Their maintenance-free products are ideal for commercial, municipal and industrial facilities, as well as single-family and multi-family residential locations.  Their Russia, OH headquarters facility includes over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing floorspace, as well as engineering, design, research & development, customer support and administrative offices.  For additional information contact Superior Aluminum Products Co., 555 East Main Street, P.O. Box 430, Russia, OH  45363, or visit www.SuperiorAluminum.com, e-mail info@SuperiorAluminum.com, or call (937) 526-4065.
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Which Drag is Right for You ?

Like most infield tasks, the right tool depends upon your field conditions and what your goal is. The table below can guide you for selecting the right drag for the type of work you want to accomplish.

Aggressive Renovation: Any soil work that would need deep soil penetration and/or mixing down 2 to 4 inches in the soil profile.

Moderate Renovation: Any soil work that would need shallow soil penetration and/or mixing down 1 to 2 inches in the soil profile.

Day-To-Day Finish Grooming: Strictly grooming of the top 1/2 to 1 inch of infield skin.

DRAG AGGRESSIVE RENOVATION MODERATE RENOVATION FINISH GROOMING
Beacon Premium 5×3 Nail Drag
Fieldmaster
Beacon Drag Spiker
Dirt Medic
Steel Mat Drags w/ Leveling Bar
X-Drag
Steel Mat Drags (without bar)
Beacon Cocoa Mat Quick Drags
Drag Broom

Optimal equipment for the job
May perform satisfactorily under certain field conditions

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The Good, Better and Best of Hoses !

Delivering water to your field effectively is crucial…

It may be time to replace that old field hose you’ve been using. But what type of hose should you replace it with? We can help. We have years of hands-on experience with the various hoses we sell. All have been rigorously tested at our research facility at the West Madison Little League in Madison, Wisconsin. At the WMLL, our hoses are exposed to the elements all day long — every day — and they get the full abuse. They are left on the infields from April through October where they are plugged in and used several times a day to hydrate the infield skins. Our irrigation system operating pressure is 90 psi. We have taken note about how long each of these hoses typically lasts and in what way they may fail over time as they wear. Based on this real-world testing, along with customer feedback and tendencies, we have ranked the hoses with a “Good-Better-Best” rating.


GOOD.

GH Field Hose: Max working pressure 150 psi. 100′ one inch diameter hose weighs 32 lbs. The GH Hose uses a PVC inner lining that is encased in another layer of PVC that is reinforced with a polyester yarn. This hose is often hard to handle in colder weather. With age it will typically blister between the two layers of PVC and with time, will then burst. Average length of life for our testing facility was 1 ½ to 3 years.


BETTER.

ProFlex HoseMax working pressure 150 psi. 100’ one inch diameter hose weighs 42 lbs. The ProFlex is our premium PVC hose that has a rubber feel to it. Yeah, this hose is heavy but it is extremely durable. This hose has blown away the competition in longevity at our testing facility lasting anywhere from 8 to 10 years!!! These hoses we use especially for manual irrigation all over our complex so these hoses are often dragged all over. They really resist abrasion better than any of our other hoses. The only reason these were not rated as the best hose is because 7 times out of 10, groundskeepers who call Beacon about ordering hoses will choose by weight over longevity. When these hoses finally fail on us it is usually from pin holes that develop in the hose material itself that then slowly grow with time. As you can guess, the ProFlex is also quite the wrestling match for ground crews when colder weather is in place.


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BEST.

Ultralite High Pressure HoseMax working pressure 300 psi. 100’ one inch diameter hose weighs 18 lbs. The Ultralite is the lightest weight of all hoses and our most popular selling hose because of it. When this hose came on the market I was very skeptical, thinking the cloth-like exterior would be easily punctured. The Ultralite hose has an abrasion resistant woven polyester cover. The interior bladder has a helical reinforcement in order for it to retain it’s shape. The full flow couplings on the hose reduce friction loss in the flow of water through the couplings. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this hose performed and not surprised at how well it sells. All groundskeepers love a light hose, and that makes this hose an easy favorite. Additionally we found this hose to still handle fairly easily when in the cold months. It rarely, if ever, kinks. I was also surprised at how long this hose usually lasted — 3 to 4 years under the heavy use and abuse that we throw at it. This is a much tougher hose then one would think by just looking at it. Hoses usually failed on us by a collapse of the inner bladder drastically reducing water flow in the hose and making it very hard to drain. (Also see Should you buy an Ultralite High-Pressure hose?)


Your field hose delivers the most vital and important lifeblood to your ballfield — water. Through testing we perform on a daily basis at our research facility, we hope this information can make it much easier for you to choose the hose that best fits what you and your ballfield needs. For many, it comes down to the combination of longevity and operator health/comfort. That’s what we based our rankings on. A hose that increases operator fatigue yet lasts “forever” doesn’t necessarily gain points with ground crews. Ultimately, it is up to the head groundskeeper — do you want longevity at any cost, or is crew speed and fatigue more important to you?NOTE: All of the hoses listed above are able to be repaired on the coupling ends or in the middle of the hose using repair kits available through Beacon. The one exception is the Ultralite hose which does not have a repair kit for replacing couplings or for mid-hose repair.

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Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

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Youth Travel Sports Boom Continues; Sports Facilities Management (SFM) Responds with Launch of Largest Network of Sports Tourism Complexes in United States !

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As the youth travel sports ‘boom’ continues its steep climb to a predicted $30 billion industry by 2025 (Wintergreen Research, Inc), manufacturers, developers, architects, and related professional services firms are expanding to meet the increased demand or angling to get the in the game. Many communities have announced intentions to plan or source professional management services for their new facilities including Memphis, TN; Bedford Park, IL; Clermont, FL; and Eugene, OR among hundreds of others. In response to this industry growth, the leading outsourced management group, the Sports Facilities Management (SFM), has announced the launch of the SFM Network, the largest and fastest growing network of sports tourism facilities in the United States.

“The travel sports industry has accelerated the pace of expansion and is far from reaching its peak,” states Jason Clement, SFM CEO. “There is an ocean of opportunity for new facilities, events, and suppliers to capitalize on this trend, especially West of the Mississippi. With almost 25 million visits to destinations we have worked with, we understand this won’t always be the case. A consolidation will be coming, and we believe strength in numbers, the ability to turn competitors into collaborators, and being part of an expanding network will be an important component to sustained success for communities investing in travel sports complexes.”

A primary meeting place for communities, new destinations, and event owners, industry conferences like the Connect Sports Marketplace and TEAMS by Sports Travel have expanded their content to adjust to the increased demand for expertise in this niche market. The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) was recently renamed to Sports and Events Travel Association (Sports ETA) during their annual conference in May and also featured its first annual facilities-only program. Also in May, a new conference in this space called the Convention, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities conference was held in San Diego, CA.

“The increased demand and competition amongst communities and event owners has had an effect at every level of the industry,” comments Al Kidd, President and CEO of the Sports ETA. “At our 2019 conference we hosted more than 1,000 attendees and 35 unique educational sessions.”

During the 2019 NASC annual conference, the SFM Network was unveiled during an invitation-only launch event. Many premier sports tourism facilities in the US were represented by SFM staff and clients during the event, including properties in Sandusky, OH, Gatlinburg, TN, Rocky Mount, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Panama City Beach, FL were among the estimated dozen destinations. The firm reports their managed facilities are predicted to generate more than $1 billion in economic impact in the next 5 years through youth travel sports related spending alone.

“The landscape for communities and event owners has really evolved with the rise in tournament facilities,” said Ashley Whittaker, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing For SFM. “SFM Network is a platform for facilities to stand out in an increasingly competitive market place and is designed to create mutually beneficial relationships for event owners, facilities, communities, vendors, and talented personnel.”

For more information on The Sports Facilities Management, the SFM Network, and to book an event in one of the SFM Network facilities, please visit www.sfmnetwork.com. If you are considering or are in the process of developing a travel sports destination and would like to learn more, email info@sfmnetwork.com.

Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) and Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) are headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. SFA has produced more than $10 Billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts for youth and amateur sports complexes. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation and event venues nationwide. For more information, visit: www.sportadvisory.com

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The 7 Tips for Wet Fields !

The Ongoing Battle Rages On…

Thanks to the often-squishy sound beneath my feet as I walk the ballfields at our nearby Little League park, the first month or so of the season is typically a bit of an adventure. Even as summer starts to show up and warmer days become the norm, most groundskeepers have been battling (and many continue the battle) against the same thing … wet fields. What is a groundskeeper to do to keep his or her fields dry and get them playable as quickly as possible?

HERE ARE 7 TIPS FOR WET FIELDS:

    1. Winds can build up soil and topdressing materials into the lips of the infield skin. These lips will drastically affect the drainage of water off of your infield skin so be sure to regularly clean out all lips (see our Groundskeeper U module on Lip Management).
    2. Make sure the surface of the skin is smooth and level. Fall can be a great time to re-level your infield skin so there are no low spots in the skin which will collect water. This exercise best prepares your field for rapid water removal.
    3. If your infield was not regraded last fall, go out to the field right after a rain while there are still puddles on the infield skin and, using a rake, carve the outline of each puddle. When dry, nail drag the infield avoiding the low spots so you can find them, then use the loose infield soil to fill these low areas to help the water move off the infield more effectively.
    4. When it’s early in the spring, you need to wait until the field has lost all frost in the soil profile before attempting any work on the skin portion. If it’s too soft to walk on, you should not be on it.
    5. If your field is in the northern part of the country — where there’s a noteworthy depth of frost each year (3″ or more) — be sure to roll the field early, once it has dried enough to help seal the field back up so water will run off the field more easily.

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  1. Keep some calcined clay drying agents around for those emergencies. But if the puddles are large or deep, then use some puddle sponges or a puddle pump to remove excess water leaving just very shallow wet areas where drying agents can then work their magic.
  2. Whatever you do, NEVER use brooms to sweep excess water off your infield soil (see Top 6 Most Common Groundskeeping Mistakes). You will only be worsening the surface grade of the skin by sweeping more soil out which will create an even deeper hole for water to stand in. This will also cause build up of the lips which, even worse, creates a bigger dam along the turf edge. Save the brooms and squeegees for the turf grass only.

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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