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All Chalks Are NOT Created Equal ?

Differences in Marking Chalk

Dry line products used for marking lines on ballfields usually come from one of two types of stone, limestone or marble. Limestone is a sedimentary rock while marble is a metamorphic rock that is formed when heat and pressure are exerted on a limestone deposit, such as during the formation of mountains, and the limestone transforms into marble.

Both of these stone products are high in calcium carbonate, which helps to give these materials a white or off-white color. Dry line marking material that is produced from sedimentary limestone is generally a softer material and flows more slowly through a dry line chalker. Limestone-based chalk is produced in many areas all across the United States which tends to make it more widely available. Conversely, marble is a harder, purer marking material that tends to flow faster in a chalker. Marble chalk is produced in more mountainous areas of the US, primarily in northern Georgia and western Colorado.

How to Prevent Line Chalk from ‘Bridging’

Since both chalking materials are stone products, their particles will be fairly angular when crushed down to fine powder. This angularity usually is not visible to the naked eye, yet has a significant effect on flowability of the fine powder through a dry line marker. Frequently, groundskeepers will blame moisture as the culprit for their chalking material bridging in the hopper of their chalker. However, the main reason chalk bridges is because the angular particles will slowly interlock with each other as the chalk slowly settles out in the hopper.

When you first pour a bag of marking chalk into the hopper, air is infused into the chalk powder, which makes it flow more easily as the air takes up space between the particles. As the chalking unit is pushed along the ground, the vibration shakes the hopper and slowly the air is removed from the chalk. This allows the material to settle and interlock, thereby impeding the flow of the chalk through the hopper. It is always Beacon’s recommendation to fill your chalker’s hopper at the home plate circle and only place the amount of chalk needed to line that particular field. Usually 25 to 35 lbs. of marking chalk is sufficient enough to properly line a ball field.

As mentioned earlier, the different marking chalks move at different speeds through a chalker. Marble flows faster than limestone chalk. To correct for this, it is critical to have a chalker that has an adjustable flow control to enable the operator to meter out the desired thickness of chalk. Many dry line markers only have an on-off lever to control the chalk. These are either open or closed with no additional adjustment for chalk flow control.

The Streamliner Dry Line Marker is one of the very few that allows a range of openings in the drop slot to allow the operator full control of the chalk flow (no matter which type is used) and the quality of the line produced. A chalker like the Streamliner with the variable flow control will likely end up helping an organization cut their marking chalk needs by as much as 1/3 while improving the quality of the chalk lines they apply.

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Bryan Multi-Sports Complex Generates $1.5M In Visitor Spending In 2020 !

Bryan Multi-Sports Complex Generates $1.5M In Visitor Spending In 2020

Visit Goldsboro, the travel and tourism department for the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County, has published an economic impact report on the 2020 calendar year of Bryan Multi-Sports Complex in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Normally, the purpose of this annual report is to determine and track how the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex impacts the Wayne County economy by generating new revenue from visitor expenditures related to an event at the sports venue. Due to the pandemic, 2020 was a devastating year for sports travel, as travel and tourism was one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy across the world. While this report documents the economic impact of the sports complex, the report will also show how the coronavirus significantly affected the complex’s performance in 2020 and will serve as a benchmark for Wayne County’s recovering visitor economy. Click here to read the full report.

Despite the drop in sporting events taking place last year, sports tourists still spent an estimated $1,534,509 in 2020 during their trips to Goldsboro-Wayne County for events at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex. Visitors spent money on lodging, dining, entertainment, gas, and retail, which translated into $103,579 of estimated sales tax generation and $7,437 of hotel occupancy taxes. This is a 60% decrease in economic impact, when compared to 2019’s figures. The sports complex hosted 145 event days, which is 50% less than the 236 event days held in 2019.

“Our numbers are down for 2020, and that was to be expected with COVID-19,” said Felicia Brown, parks & recreation director for the City of Goldsboro. “Our ability to successfully host events during this time speaks to the professionalism and dedication of our staff and their focus to provide a safe playing environment. We are looking forward to increasing our events in 2021 at our Bryan Multi-Sports Complex.”

The report is based on data collected from multiple sources, including the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex’s internal reports for events in 2020, Goldsboro-Wayne County Travel and Tourism market research, Visit NC’s Visitor Profile Study, and Sports ETA’s Sports Tourism Industry Report. Additionally, the Travel and Tourism Department collaborated with local hotels to document actualized room nights based on events held at the venue to ensure the data was as robust as possible.

The Bryan Multi Sports complex opened April 23, 2018. Dubbed one of the most unique sports complexes in the country, Connect Sports ranked the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex as one of the top soccer facilities in the U.S. in its September 2018 magazine article. Read the full article here. Five days after the grand opening, the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County United Soccer Club co-hosted the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Kepner President’s State Cup, which brought in thousands of visitors from across the state. The success of this tournament led to a continued partnership between the City, Wayne County United Soccer, and NC Youth Soccer that has brought countless state and national soccer tournaments to the complex, as well as the attention of other national sports organizations, like U.S. Quidditch, to bring their tournaments to the Goldsboro venue.

While the complex experienced a decrease in tournaments last year, a silver lining was the decision of Raleigh LaxFest, formerly branded as NC LaxFest, to relocate their boys youth lacrosse tournament to Goldsboro. Raleigh LaxFest has been recognized as the second largest youth lacrosse event in the state. With only three weeks to plan, Goldsboro Parks & Rec and Visit Goldsboro worked around the clock with the LaxFest directors to ensure a safe and successful tournament for the nearly 6,000 visitors. The lacrosse event brought 108 teams from as far away as Colorado into Wayne County for the three-day tournament weekend in November 2020 causing over $900,000 worth of visitor expenditures at area businesses. The success of the event has led to Goldsboro being the new home for the NC LaxFest. The girls LaxFest tournament is scheduled for the weekend of October 23, and the boys tournament is scheduled for the November 13 weekend. 

“Despite numerous shutdowns and mandates, the 2021 outlook looks strong having already hosted one multi-day tournament and three more scheduled for the fall,” said Trey Meek, manager of the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex. “As a staff, we will continue to chase every lead and interest in hosting an event here and continue to place the complex in a position to host highly regarded tournaments that meet the city and county’s vision.”

The report released by Visit Goldsboro also gives some deeper insight as to how the complex benefits Wayne County tourism. It reveals that out of the 145 event days, approximately 13 events held at the sports venue generated overnight stays in Wayne County. Of the 55,000 patrons that visited the venue, roughly 13,016 of those patrons traveled from outside Wayne County and 3,432 visitors spent the night. The study estimates that just over 1,100 hotel room nights stemmed from activity at the sports complex in 2020. The average cost for a hotel stay in Wayne County’s top rated hotels was $97.50 in 2020, and travel parties spent an average of $781 per overnight trip and $217 for a day trip.

“The report proves that sports tourism has become a critical piece of our economy. While many sports venues remained closed last year due to the pandemic, the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex was able to safely reopen by the summer using guidance outlined by NCDHHS and NCHSAA for youth sports,” said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel & tourism for Goldsboro-Wayne County. “Having proved to successfully host large sporting events during these times, the sports complex will be an important tool on our road to recovery, as we continue recruiting new events to our market.”  

Commenting on the success of the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex, Randy Guthrie, Goldsboro assistant city manager, said “it’s all thanks to the persistent efforts of Seymour Johnson AFB, the U.S. Air Force, and the generous sponsors, such as the Bryan Foundation and Southern Bank. With their help, Goldsboro continues on its course towards economic growth and improved quality of life.”

Located on 63 acres of Seymour Johnson AFB at 501 South Oak Forest Road, the complex was built with the intent of growing the local tourism economy and enhancing the quality of life throughout the region. A product of the first joint P4 partnerships between a military base and its home community, the City of Goldsboro and Seymour Johnson AFB began this pilot project to share resources and reach common goals. The project set new precedence for how military installations can work with their host community, and furthermore, the successful performance of the complex outlined in the economic impact report proves that this collaborative model strengthens a community.

Current amenities of the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex include eight all-weather playing fields—six irrigated natural Bermuda hybrid and two artificial turf fields all installed on engineered soils.  Additional amenities include a cutting edge fieldhouse with meeting space and concessions, premium restroom facilities, walking trails, over 700 parking spots, and a retired F-4E Phantom on static display welcoming visitors to the site. Currently, a custom splash pad and sheltered picnic areas are under construction and expected to be complete by the end of September 2021.

To read more about the economic impact study, visit: http://www.visitgoldsboronc.com/wp-content/uploads/BMSC-2020-2021-Economic-Impact-Report-1.pdf

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New owners take over Big League Dreams sports park in Las Vegas !

New owners take over Big League Dreams sports park in Las Vegas

Ballfield Dugout Design !

BALLFIELD DIMENSIONS GUIDE

Dugout Design

Player safety begins in the dugout. A poorly conceived dugout can leave players at risk from overthrows and lined fouls. Consider these recommendations when planning or improving your facility’s dugouts.

Determine their location.

Using the 3rd base dugout as an example,the area where your dugout should be located can be represented by two string lines, from 2nd to 3rd and beyond, and from 1st to home. Placing dugouts in this range will help prevent injuries from overthrows should the dugout drift too far “up the line.”

The corner of the dugout closest to home plate should have a minimum distance of 35′ for softball and 45′ minimum for baseball. This will provide ondeck hitters and players in open dugouts with adequate protection from foul balls. The angle can deviate from parallel to the baseline to accommodate site constraints and placement of amenities. Always make your dugouts symmetrical.

Choose at-grade or below grade.

Big league dugouts typically are sunken and they are designed that way to maximize seating and visibility for fans. Most other facilities find at-grade dugout elevation to be the way to go. If you do install sunken dugouts, include large drains with catch basins to filter the garbage and seeds ahead of the drain line to prevent clogging and flooding.

Determine dugout length.

Dugout length is determined by the oldest age group of players using the field, and the size of team rosters. For various ages, we recommend these lengths:

  • 6-12 yrs: minimum 20‘ long
  • 13-21 yrs: minimum 30‘ long
  • Over 21 yrs: 30′ – 40‘ long

Determine dugout depth.

Your options for depth are 8′ to 12′. If the front face of the dugout is fully fenced or netted, then 8′-10′ is deep enough, as players will typically hang on the fence. Dugouts with half walls and room to lean or sit in front, and a second bench along the back of the dugout, will require more depth (10′-12′).

Determine dugout height.

Your options for height are 8′ to 12′. Our recommendation: go taller. Even youth leagues will have adults in the dugouts. Anyone standing on the lower step of the bench should have clearance without hitting their head on the roof.

Select back side closure.

Choose from chain link fencing (with or without windscreen and roof system), poured concrete, concrete block, brick or decorative stone. Chain link with roof kit and windscreen is the most economical option to allow player privacy. Poured concrete can be a quick solution, but requires crane rental. Stylish, branded dugouts use a hybrid of materials and texture, but also have the highest cost.

Select front face closure.

Check the league governing body rules for any safety requirements with the front of your dugouts. While baseball has many options (full-height fencing; half-fencing / half-netting; bottom half padded rail and netting combo), softball fields should always have full protection due to the close proximity of home plate. Also consider extending backstop netting over the top of the dugout to protect fans, as well as extending the netting in front of the dugout. At least two, but not more than three, points of entry to the playing field should be designed into your dugouts.

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State-of-the-Art Sports Complex Under Construction in Historic Baseball Town, City Names Sports Facilities Companies as Operating Partner. !

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 10, 2021 – The City of Starkville, MS is home to the 2021 College World Series Champions Mississippi State University. The city is building on the legacy as a “Baseball Town” with the development of a state-of-the-art regional baseball destination named Cornerstone Sports Complex. The venue design led by Dalhoff Thomas Design Studio, with design team members, Neel-Schaffer Engineering, Shafer Zahner Zahner Architects and DD Consulting is currently under construction. The City of Starkville leaders selected The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) and their team of full-service staff as their operating partner to oversee daily operations, marketing and event booking, staff development, and more.

Starkville, home of Mississippi State University, expects the $20+ million outdoor complex to open in Summer of 2022. The venue will feature 12 baseball/softball fields and one Championship Field, which allows the City of Starkville to host a wide array of events from national youth sports tournaments to local civic, sports, social, and community events. Cornerstone Sports Complex now joins the Sports Facilities Companies national network (SFMNetwork.com), bringing national attention, talent, technology, and programming to Starkville.

“The City of Starkville is proud to build Cornerstone Sports Complex and share our history with the world,” says Starkville Mayor, Lynn Spruill. “Our goal is to create a legacy through the enrichment of sports that we love here in Starkville. We hope to welcome future Mississippi State graduates who share in our city’s history of tee-ball, baseball, and pride for our Bulldogs. This complex will hold a special place in our community as we build memories, business, and life-long residents here.”

The facility is part of a master plan project known as Cornerstone Park and will be built in two phases. The Sports Complex is part of phase I of the project and will include a walking trail, playgrounds, flex space, and pay homage to the local history of Tee-ball – a sport that originated in Starkville – with 2 dedicated Tee-ball fields. Phase II is planned to include an RV park, more trails, and playgrounds.

Another historic achievement to be featured at Cornerstone Sports Complex will be the Cool Papa Bell Plaza and Statue. James Thomas “Cool Papa” Bell was born and raised in Starkville, Mississippi. He was an American center fielder in early segregated league baseball from 1922 to 1946. He is considered to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Starkville will join the ranks of forward-thinking cities across the country who are realizing the potential economic and health impacts of youth and amateur sports tourism. The ever-growing travel sports/sports tourism industry recorded nearly 180 million people who traveled to a sports event in the US either as a participant or spectator in 2019 (SportsETA 2019 Annual Report). Starkville will be a premier destination for baseball/softball in Mississippi and is predicted to generate an estimated $17 millionin direct spending in year one from an estimated 250,000 visitors to the venue.

Cornerstone Sports Complex joins prominent youth sports destinations such as Legends Events Center (Bryan, TX), Rocky Top Sports World, (Gatlinburg, TN), the Hoover Met Complex (Hoover, AL) and the newly opened Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater (Albertville, AL).

CEO and Founder of Sports Facilities Companies (SFC), Jason Clement commented, “Starkville has a rich baseball history as an incredible sports destination. It is our privilege to work with Mayor Spruill and the City of Starkville as their operating partner. Together, we will open Cornerstone Sports Complex with excellence in operations, staffing, and develop key community partnerships to ensure the next generation of athletes choose Starkville for baseball and softball for many years to come.”

For event booking, career information, or sponsorship/partnership opportunities, please contact John Sparks at jsparks@sportadvisory.com for more information. For updates on the progress of the project, please visit cityofstarkville.org. For more information on professional facility management or development services, visit sportsfacilities.com or sfmnetwork.com.

The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) are the Nation’s leading resources for the management and development of sports, recreation, wellness, and events facilities. As a turn-key solution for community leaders and developers alike, SFC services span the gamut of sports and recreation needs from sports tourism & recreation master planning, program planning, and feasibility through professional facility management services. Our 30+ managed venues and 1500+ team members, represented by the SF Network, welcome more than 25 million guest visits and produce over $250 million in economic impact each year. To learn more, please visit SportsFacilities.com and theSFNetwork.com

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The food at tonight’s MLB Field of Dreams game sounds pretty great !

  • The food at tonight’s MLB Field of Dreams game sounds pretty great !

Hands pulling apart a deep-fried Oreo over a paper boat full of fried Oreos
Hands pulling apart a deep-fried Oreo over a paper boat full of fried Oreos

Deep-fried Oreos at the Iowa State Fair

This week started off with a bang at The Takeout, when we not only learned of the existence of an Apple Pie Hot Dog crafted by Flavortown deity Guy Fieri, but we also got to taste a sample of the dinner-dessert hybrid for ourselves. (It earned high marks.) This unique dog was designed by Fieri in partnership with Chevrolet, and it’ll be launching today at the MLB Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa. Only 8,000 very lucky attendees of tonight’s game will be able to taste the concoction—for now.

It’s unclear whether the Apple Pie Hot Dog will eventually become available at other ballparks, or if the promotion was meant only to promote Field of Dreams. But this got us thinking about what other concession stand treats might be on offer at tonight’s game. This White Sox–Yankees game isn’t taking place at an established park, after all; a new 8,000-seat facility was constructed just for this game. (It’s unclear how the shiny new park will be used hereafter; the company that owns the site from the original Field of Dreams movie will determine exactly what to do with it.) A brand-new ballpark deserves brand-new ballpark food, right?

The MLB Ballpark app’s Concessions page for the Field of Dreams game explains that Aramark will deliver “a variety of locally-inspired concession items” so that visitors to the park can get the full Iowa experience. No only that, but the company is taking cues from the Iowa State Fair, a pinnacle of culinary innovation. It goes on:

Specialty food and beverage offerings will include Iowa State Fair fan favorites like cheese curds from Curds&Cakes and deep-fried Oreos, Field of Dreams Nachos topped with pulled pork, cheese sauce, avocado cream, corn and tomato salsa and the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich from Cornfield Classics served with lettuce, mustard, pickle on a grilled bun. Fans can also purchase commemorative items including the Field of Dreams Souvenir Cup at various concession locations.

If fans would prefer to keep their distance from one another on the concourse, QR codes and mobile ordering will be available through the Ballpark app, too. Which of these delicacies sounds the most delicious to you, readers? I say, when in the Midwest, go with the pork tenderloin. (That is, after you grab an Apple Pie Hot Dog. And, okay, a deep-fried Oreo or two.)

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Turn Unutilized Land Into a Recreation Destination !

Turn Unutilized Land Into a Recreation Destination

Many communities might boast beautiful parks and open spaces, but still have unused or under-utilized land. These spaces present a unique opportunity to create a revenue-generating recreation destination.

Q: WE’D LIKE TO DEVELOP SOME UNDERUTILIZED LAND IN OUR COMMUNITY. WHAT SHOULD WE CONSIDER?

A: Partner with recreation experts to create a recreation destination that will enhance your community with activities that will excite and attract visitors.

To begin with, you’ll want to build your team of recreation experts to help create a “master plan” for your destination. Your team should include an experienced, professional planner and/or a landscape architect.

They also should understand how to create a business model that will support your plan, with ideas for generating revenues that will help your park pay for itself, and maybe even boost your overall revenues in the long term.

If you have a body of water, such as a lake, pond or old quarry, you can easily add activities to the water. Stand-up paddleboards, pedal boats, inflatable water features and more all provide a way to bring recreation to the water.

If you don’t have water, but would still like to add water activities, ask your team about building a recreation pond to suit your needs.

Whether you have water or not, you’ll want to develop land-based recreation activities. Disc golf is becoming extremely popular, and is a smart way to take advantage of underutilized space that is uneven or that features trees and water—all ideal for making a game of disc golf more challenging and fun.

Other land-based options include air-filled trampoline-like jumpers, pedal karts, and even splash pads, which offer aquatic activities but without the need for lifeguards.

You can further enhance your recreational offerings with site amenities that will keep your guests comfortable, enabling longer stays (which means more revenue for you). Remember to include shade with shelters, shade structures or trees, with plenty of options for sitting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Johnny Downs Sports Complex ready to go for Dixie World Series !

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB)After nearly 19 months, the Johnny Downs Sports Complex in Alexandria is ball field ready just in time for the Dixie League World Series starting this weekend.

28 teams are traveling from 11 different states to compete in the tournament. It’s estimated that over 3,000 people will pack into the complex as four different world series tournaments will be played through Wednesday. The teams playing in the world series will be the first ones to play on the new fields.

In December of 2019, an EF3 tornado ripped through Alexandria and heavily damaged the Johnny Downs Sports Complex as it passed right over the facility. After the park sat quiet for over a year, the Alexandria City Council finally voted to approve a nearly seven million dollar renovation project to add turf, new lights, dugouts, scoreboards, press boxes and batting cages.

Dr. Keith “Skip” Fox, the President of Dixie League Softball in Alexandria, said, “I know it took a lot of work with all the rain we’ve had since January but when I first went out and did my walk through a couple of days ago, the first word that came out of my mouth was ‘amazing.’”

Construction crews were able to complete the four softball fields in time for the tournament, but the four baseball fields will not be finished until November. Games will still be able to be played while construction is going on at the baseball fields. Fox said he doesn’t believe it will affect any of the planned tournament games over the next week.

Below is a scheduled list of the dates and times for the Dixie League World Series games.

Alexandria will host four more world series tournaments in 2022 and seven more in 2023.

2021 Dixie SweeTees Traditional World Series Bracket

2021 Dixie SweeTees X-Play World Series Bracket

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Police investigating fight, stampede at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster County, Pa. !

Police are investigating a fight at a basketball game, which led to a stampede that injured 12 people on Sunday afternoon at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

The chaotic incident shut down the huge sports complex in in Manheim, Lancaster County. The facility had been hosting a big basketball tournament with teams from across the Northeast.

Police said some of the people at the tournament got into a fight. Others reported hearing gunshots. The incident sent hundreds of people running for the exits. That stampede left 12 people injured. Six of those injured had to be taken to the hospital.

After things calmed down, police searched the Spooky Nook complex and did not find any evidence to suggest a shooting actually happened.

East Hempfield Township Police released the following statement Sunday afternoon:

“Police have cleared the building after conducting searches of all areas and completing interviews with Spooky Nook Sports staff and visitors. Officers have reviewed some video and at this point the investigation continues. There has been nothing to confirm the initial report of a gunshot being fired. We do not have witnesses or evidence to support the initial calls to 911 for shots fired at this time.”

There is surveillance video from inside the complex and police are reviewing it. They are also looking for witnesses who could help explain what happened. If you have any information that could help investigators, you can call the East Hempfield Police Department at 717-898-3103 or submit a tip online here.

Woman captures chaos on camera

WGAL spoke with a woman who was in the midst of the mayhem.

Suzanne Jordan, of Las Vegas, was on the sidelines of her daughter’s tournament basketball game. She was livestreaming on Facebook Live when other players suddenly started leaping over chairs, sparking a stampede.

Jordan stayed put and kept recording, not knowing what was going on. You can see the footage in the video player above.

“I didn’t hear any gunshots, but I kind of grabbed my bag, grabbed my daughter’s bag and then just kind of waited to see what was going on. Everyone was crowded at the exit, and I think that that’s where most of the people got hurt because they were just running over people,” Jordan said.

Jordan’s daughter, Grace, and her teammates ran out of the building but were OK. The team was up 22 points with 10 minutes to go when the game was cut short.

Jordan said she is wondering what Spooky Nook may do to help the situation.

No one from the sports complex would go on camera Monday. A statement on Spooky Nook’s Facebook reads, in part, “We continue to prioritize the safety and security of anyone who comes into our facility and will continue to take steps to ensure just that.”

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