Managing the lighting at a sports stadium or arena is one of the most important facets of a venue Operations Manager’s job. Its performance has to be stellar. It represents a cost that is significant that needs to be minimized. And it is a major factor in a venue’s Greening (or not). LED lights, which are both high performing and energy efficient, initially faced a slow adoption curve in the industry due to high costs. But, as the cost curve is moving down, more venues are making the switch to LEDs.
As sports facilities around the world invest millions to improve in-stadium technologies (including Wi-Fi, Beacons, and giant HD screens) all to increase fan engagement through the use of handheld devises, Old Trafford has taken a step back and said “not so fast.”
“Baseball, America’s pastime.” Where, at the height of the sport, players are still able to chew tobacco; Ah, tradition! Joking aside and despite some of it’s ‘old boys club’ demeanour, Major League Baseball (MLB) has been able to change with the times. How has the MLB moved to in the 21st century? Thanks to Hollywood, the general public would point to “Money Ball” – the use of analytics to assemble the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Most recently in 2014 – implementing the new instant replay system, providing managers with a challenge system. Lastly, the formation of Major League Baseball Advanced Media “BAM” – a powerhouse in sport and entertainment.
The NICTD, NJT, MBTA, NMRX… If you’ve been keeping up with current trends in mobile ticketing, you’ve probably noticed the amount of news surrounding local transit systems introducing mobile ticketing.
Gone are the days of using bobble-head nights and giveaways as a way to funnel fans into venues; promotions are expected. While we’re at it, the idea of “winning puts people in seats” may hold true to some extent but simply doesn’t cut it, because well, winning is expected too.