IAVM is excited to introduce a new weekly blog post highlighting some of the most important, interesting and entertaining pieces of industry news from the week. We encourage your news submissions; just email your recommendations to Lauren Kubicki, IAVM’s Interactive Marketing Manager. We hope you enjoy!
Manchester City FC announces stadium WiFi for fans, with live video & stats streamed direct to mobile
–The Next Web
One month after Liverpool Football Club became the first top-tier British club to roll-out WiFi in its stadium, Manchester City has announced it too is to start rolling out WiFi, in addition to a real-time mobile-video streaming service.
The Manchester, England-based football club has a history of innovating in the digital realm. For example, it has previously partnered with Foursquare, broadcasted fans’ tweets during games, signed a YouTube content deal, and introduced pre-match Google hangouts.
St. Charles Convention Center Finds Non-Traditional Revenue in Mother’s Day Brunch
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, and for the fifth consecutive year the St. Charles (MO) Convention Center will host a brunch to not only celebrate moms but to turn some extra non-traditional revenue as well.
Top 10 Baseball Stadiums for Craft Beer
A few weeks ago, you may have seen a photo going around featuring the “Craft Beer Destination,” a concession stand at Yankee Stadium that didn’t actually serve any “craft beer.” Of the four drinks sold at the stand, one wasn’t even beer (it was cider) and all of them were produced by MillerCoors, a giant company whose beer cannot be considered “craft” for several reasons (detailed here.) And Yankee Stadium decided to rename the “craft beer destination” as the “beer mixology destination,” which also makes us cringe — but we digress.
AEG, Billionaire Batista to Manage Rio’s Maracana Stadium
Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., the operator of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and London’s O2 arena, teamed up with billionaire Eike Batista and Brazil’s largest construction company to run Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium for 35 years.
The arena, which last month held its first test event after being shuttered for a three-year, $500 million renovation, will host next year’s soccer World Cup final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Indianapolis Building First Empty-Ballpark Apartments
Some baseball fans like the sport so much they buy season tickets. But sports junkies in Indianapolis may be able to take their passion even further: Starting this summer, they’ll be able to live in a stadium.
In August, workers will complete the process of converting the historic minor league ballpark in Indianapolis into a high-end, 138-unit apartment complex dubbed Stadium Lofts. It’s believed to be the country’s first housing development located in a former ballpark.
Symbiotic Relationship: Convention Centers & Hotels
–Commercial Property Executive
Adam and Eve. Romeo and Juliet. Jack and Jill. Convention centers and hotels. What does that last pairing have in common with the others? Increasingly, it is a natural combination. While once convention centers were built without consideration for the hotels where trade show goers would stay, more municipalities are realizing the importance of partnering with private hotel developers and other amenity providers at the outset to produce a more economically successful venue.
San Diego Convention Center Runs Up $31 Million Maintenance Backlog
The San Diego Convention Center Corp. is developing plans to deal with a $31.1 million backlog of capital maintenance and equipment needs, CEO Carol Wallace told the City Council today. Wallace said recommendations could be ready in about one month and will be presented at a City Council meeting scheduled for July 30.
Photo Shoot with Joe Floreano’s Amazing Tie
We’re proud of our recent story featuring the great Joe Floreano, CFE! For a few of the photos used in our April/May Facility Manager story, we arranged a custom photo shoot that leveraged quite a bit of technology to make it a quick, successful project for everyone involved. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes: We found a great fashion photographer (no other photographer would handle that spectacular tie properly!), Ira Morris, local to Joe Floreano’s homebase, the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.