Editor's Desk - July 2010
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Something for Everyone

My 4-year-old daughter recently went to her very first Major League Baseball game. At one point during the game, the power—and the lights—went out. Her response? She put her hands over her ears. My first baseball game, which I saw at the ripe age of 24, now (mumble) years ago, was in the same venue: Wrigley Field on the north side of Chicago.

Some ballparks, like Wrigley Field in Chicago or Fenway Park in Boston, are bastions in their hometowns—landmarks in and of themselves. The history they contain is enough to make them stand out among sports facilities. But in many places, sporting venues are increasingly being replaced with upgrades—bigger, better, ever-more-impressive facilities.

Gone are the days of stiff-backed seats and long lines for the scarce women's restrooms. Now you can find comfortable seating, a wide range of concessions, interactive technology for spectators and much more. In these venues, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

And, on a smaller scale, parks and recreation departments, schools, YMCAs and other facilities are also getting in on this wave. In their much smaller sports facilities, they're incorporating elements of big-time play. They're installing scoreboards that do more than tell the score. They're putting in lighting and seating that works better in their venues.

This month, we take an in-depth look at the newest designs for sports facilities. For the biggest and the best—stadiums and fields that see professional and collegiate play—check out page 22. And if you're interested in learning how smaller-scale facilities are getting out ahead of the trends, see page 17. We also feature a closer look at some of the newest developments in scoreboards, on page 30.

If your facility does not host sporting events, but serves an entirely different purpose, don't despair. As always, we've tried to get a wide array of topics onto our pages, and this month offers a little something for everyone, too.

No matter what kind of facility you call home, we've got information crucial to your career in our Third Annual Salary Survey, found on page 12. Once again, I was impressed by the extremely high number of recreation, sports and fitness professionals who are happy in their work. Despite the other problems you may be facing in these tough times, you still get to do the job you love, and that means something.

For those in the aquatics field, we've got something on these pages, too: a look inside aquatic programming, found on page 26. Aquatic facilities often operate in the red, but take some of the advice of the industry leaders featured in this story, and you might be able to buck that trend.

So, I invite you to page through this issue and find what you need.

And if there's a story you'd like to hear that we're not telling, let us know! Send an e-mail to editor@recmanagement.com and let us know what stories you'd like to see on these pages. The request lines are open, and we intend to continue to offer something for everyone.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director

Mistakes Were Made

We'd like to acknowledge a couple of mistakes in our Annual Innovative Architecture and Design Awards (May 2010).

On page 40, we neglected to include TMP Architecture of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which participated in a joint venture with Breckenridge Architects/Planners of Tucson, Ariz., to design the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium at the University of Arizona.

In addition, we misspelled one of our judges names. Erik Kocher, AIA, LEED AP is design principal/sports & recreation specialist with Hastings & Chivetta Architects in St. Louis.


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