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Yankee Stadium Outlaws iPads

Have one on you, and you won't be let in

(Newser) - Looks like booze isn't the only thing baseball fans will be sneaking into Yankee Stadium this summer: iPads have been declared a no-no there under its "no laptops" security policy. Sure, it's sort of a silly issue, notes Mashable : Sit in a sunny spot and the glare will render... More »

Stadiums, Hotels Told to Watch for Terrorists

(Newser) - Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the nation about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes, and hotels, the latest in a flurry of such internal warnings as investigators chase a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York. In the two bulletins—sent to police departments... More »

Winning Teams Juice Ballpark Beer Prices

On average; there are some steals, and some outrages

(Newser) - Fans of winning baseball franchises pay for their bragging rights with more expensive beer, the Wall Street Journal reports. On average, a team that wins 6 out of 10 games charges $1.30 more for a 16-ounce beer than a club with a .400 winning percentage. There are, of course,... More »

In Recession, NFL Blackout Rule Raises Ire

To fill seats, league holds local TV broadcasts hostage

(Newser) - High ticket prices and the recession are taking their toll on attendance at pro football games. But if you can’t afford the stadium, at least you can watch at home, right? Wrong. The NFL is sticking to its “blackout” policy—no local broadcast if the stadium doesn’t... More »

S. African World Cup Laborers End Strike

Workers building new stadiums negotiate 12% pay raise

(Newser) - South African construction workers tasked with building facilities for the 2010 World Cup today called off their week-long strike after 15 hours, clearing a major obstacle in the country’s preparations to host to the world’s most watched sports competition, AFP reports. Construction firms agreed to give the roughly... More »

Yanks' $1.5B Park a Big Strikeout So Far

New stadium draws small, bitter crowds, opponent home runs

(Newser) - With its $1.5 billion price tag, you’d think the new Yankee Stadium would be pretty much perfect, right? But even the most loyal fans are griping as the “Taj Mahal” isn’t turning out to be everything it promised. From outrageous ticket prices to questionable outfield dimensions,... More »

Fandom: Baseball 'Kings' Sit, Soccer 'Plebes' Stand

(Newser) - Try putting a European soccer match and an American baseball game on split screen sometime and looking at the stands. You’ll notice a bunch of standing soccer fans, and a lot of sitting baseball spectators. Austin Kelley set out to explain that phenomenon for the Wall Street Journal, finding... More »

Yankees Slash Luxury Ticket Prices to Fill Empty Seats

Team red-faced after front rows left empty in new stadium

(Newser) - The New York Yankees are cutting top-end ticket prices up to 50% after the best seats in the team's new stadium proved too pricey even for big spenders, AP reports. The team hopes the reductions—on seats costing up to $2500 for front-row seats near home plate—will fill the... More »

Retractable Roof Will Cut Wimbledon Delays

(Newser) - Wimbledon unveiled its new 56,000-square-foot retractable roof today, the Times of London reports, with officials optimistic it will mitigate the delays that have made the tennis tournament’s schedule a mess. The roof, under construction for 2 years, will be ready when this year’s event begins June 22.... More »

Yanks Open Stadium, Then Get Clobbered

(Newser) - The New York Yankees pulled out all the stops in pregame ceremonies today to christen their new $1.5 billion stadium. Then they went and ruined things by playing baseball. The Indians routed the Yankees 10-2 after putting up nine runs in the 7th inning, the Daily News reports. "... More »

22 Fans Crushed at Ivory Coast World Cup Qualifier

50,000 came to see European stars play

(Newser) - At least 22 people were killed and 132 wounded in a stampede yesterday at a packed Ivory Coast soccer match, the Telegraph reports. The panic was sparked as fans without tickets broke down a stadium wall and poured inside. Victims were treated just yards away as Ivory Coast beat Malawi... More »

2 Teens Die in Pope Stampede

(Newser) - Two teenage girls were killed in a wild stampede as people rushed to view Pope Benedict in Angola yesterday, reports the Times of London. Some 30,000 people raced into a stadium where the pope spoke at a youth rally. The teenagers died at the scene and dozens were injured.... More »

Posh New Stadiums Victims of Bad Timing

Recession means few takers for box seats for Yankees, Mets, Cowboys

(Newser) - When the Mets, the Yankees, and the Cowboys decided to build staggeringly expensive stadiums, they didn’t realize what kind of economy the arenas would open their doors to. The Wall Street Journal reports that the amenities-heavy fields, laden with luxury-boxes and steakhouses, are struggling to fill their swanky suites.... More »

Bank of America May Pay Yanks $20M for Marketing

(Newser) - No, the Yankees won't be playing at Bank of America Stadium next year. But the bank, which has accepted billions in federal aid, may yet pay the team about $20 million in a marketing deal, the Daily News reports. Talks continue despite the heat that Citibank took for paying the... More »

Fans' Ashes in Limbo as Yankee, Shea Shut Doors

As Shea and Yankee stadiums shut, relatives fret over final resting places

(Newser) - Now that Yankee Stadium and Shea have shut their doors forever, people who scattered ashes in their favorite ballpark worry that their loved ones may spend eternity in a parking lot, the New York Times writes. Some are searching for a way to get some dirt out of the hallowed... More »

Ballpark Grass Is Artful Work

Red Sox groundskeeper pioneered growing trend in baseball aesthetics

(Newser) - Amid the pageantry sure to accompany tomorrow’s opening of the Major League Baseball playoffs, the increasingly intricate patterns mown into stadium grass is sure to catch fans’ eyes. Red Sox groundskeeper David Mellor pioneered the technique as an assistant in Milwaukee in 1993, the New York Times reports, and... More »

NY's Weirdos Will Miss You, Shea

NYC bids adieu to its home for eccentric, earthy fans

(Newser) - Shea Stadium may lack the grandeur of Yankee Stadium and look like a tacky concrete donut, but that's what made the New York Mets' home great, writes Harry Bruinius in the Christian Science Monitor. “Shea is a circus in a way Yankee Stadium could never be,” and gave... More »

Yankee Fans Run Home With Stadium Steals

Team steps up security to thwart souvenir-hunters as ballpark gets set to close

(Newser) - The final few games at Yankee Stadium promise to be a battle of wits between sticky-fingered fans and New York's finest, AP reports. The House That Ruth Built shuts forever soon and at least a dozen fans have been busted trying to take a piece of it home. Seats have... More »

Bird's Nest Stadium: Your Corporate Logo Here

Beijing's National Stadium and Aquatics Center put post-game rights on market.

(Newser) - For a low, low price in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Beijing’s $500-million National Stadium, known as the “Bird’s Nest,” is peddling 30-year naming rights, courting six multinational corporations for logo privileges and other partnerships, the Wall Street Journal reports. The “Water Cube” Aquatics... More »

Architect: China Stadium Is 'Trojan Horse' for Liberty

Herzog defends decision to design for China

(Newser) - There’s no shame in designing a cultural icon for China’s government, says Jacques Herzog, the man behind the already famous “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing. Though he deplores the regime’s political record, Herzog saw taking the project as a way to change more in... More »

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