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  1. Placement of Field Events in a Multi-Use Synthetic Turf Venue Presented by: Beals Alliance, Inc. Jay Beals – President and CEO Tony Wood – Associate Sr. Landscape Architect ASBA Conference Daytona Beach, Florida December 3, 2006 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

  2. CPR • Context: Increasing demands placed on stadium facilities • Purpose: Communicating design alternatives • Intended Results: • Provide historical context to current needs • Provide understanding of multi-sport challenges • Provide guidelines for alternative solutions

  3. Agenda • Historical Context • Current Challenges • Meeting the Challenge • Looking to the Future

  4. Why are we here? • Increase in types of sport • Multi-gender facilities • Youth and adult participation • Specialization • Facility overuse • Maintenance challenges • Multi-sports

  5. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s • 440 Yard Track and Field • 220 yard straightaway • Equal quadrant 4 x 110 yrds • 8 lanes @ 36” wide • Shared Events • Football • Track & Field • Graduation

  6. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s

  7. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s • Football • Only sport in town • Standard field size • 53 x 120 yards • Fits inside 440 yard track

  8. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s • Land Was Cheap • Cost comparison of acreage in the US using Sacramento, CA as an example: • An increase of 25 times, or 2500%

  9. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s • Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 “No person in the US shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal aid.”

  10. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s • Title IX: Women to have equal opportunities as men on a whole, not individual basis • Athletic financial assistance • Accommodations of athletic interest and abilities • Other program areas on program not sport by sport basis • Locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities

  11. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s Comparison of sports

  12. Historical Context: Mid 1970s to 2000s Comparison to present

  13. Current Challenges • Soccer Invasion • Growth in #s since mid 1970s • Data from National organization AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) • An increase of 18.5 times, or 1,850% (from 1974 to 2006)

  14. Current Challenges • Shift in Sport Emphasis • Soccer • Football • Track • Baseball/Softball

  15. Current Challenges • Use and Wear Factor • Residential – “Front Yard” .0 - .5 • Park – Walking/Light Play 1.0 • Park – Casual Play 1.25 • Athletic – Baseball/Softball Outfield 1.25 • Athletic – Physical Education 1.5 • Athletic – Baseball Turf Infield 1.75 • Athletic – Soccer 2.0 • Athletic – Football 2.0 • Athletic – Lacrosse 2.25 • Athletic – Field Hockey 2.25 • Athletic – Rugby 2.5 • Clinics/Camps 2.5

  16. Current Challenges • Reduction in manpower and funding • Less people per acre • More sports and people per acre • Increased expectations • Safety • Keeping up with the Joneses

  17. Current Challenges • Litigious Society • Gmax • Expanded landing areas • Better athletes • Better technology • Expanded safety zones • 2 yards for football • 5 yards for soccer

  18. Meeting the Challenges • The response: synthetics • Track: all-weather • Turf: synthetic infill

  19. Meeting the Challenge

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  26. Meeting the Challenge • Space: The Last Frontier • Impact of soccer • Lack of unused land • Cost of land

  27. Meeting the Challenge • Variance in Field Size 65X116 YRD 70X116 YRD 75X116 YRD 80X120 YRD

  28. Meeting the Challenge • Track • Size and shape • Number of lanes • Synthetics • Other

  29. Meeting the Challenge • Variance in Track Configuration

  30. Meeting the Challenge • Field Events

  31. Meeting the Challenge • Field Events

  32. Meeting the Challenge • Field Events

  33. Meeting the Challenge • Field Events

  34. Meeting the Challenge • Example: American River College

  35. Meeting the Challenge • Example: Woodcreek High School

  36. Meeting the Challenge • Example: Rosenburg Stadium – Burton Fields

  37. Meeting the Challenge • Example: Joe Debely Stadium

  38. Meeting the Challenge • Example: St. Ignatius Preparatory

  39. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  40. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  41. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  42. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  43. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  44. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  45. Meeting the Challenge • Stadium Examples

  46. Looking to the Future • Next Invasions? • Lacrosse – it fits • Field Hockey – it fits • Rugby – it can fit, but like soccer has variable field sizes

  47. Looking to the Future • Increasing demand on land • A motorized $ of land over the next 30 years • Projected population growth • Extrapolated translation to #s in sports

  48. Questions and Answers Questions & Answers