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AUG 2016

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August 2016 10 "As you look at doing a wider seat and a longer tread, there's no way not to get smaller," Barbour said. "I don't think it will be significant. This seems to be the direction folks are going." Ohio State announced this spring that the capacity of Ohio Stadium would be reduced from 104,944 to 102,852 as it adds additional luxury suites and four-person loge boxes. Beaver Stadium's capacity is 106,572, behind only Michigan Stadium nationally. Capacity at Beaver Stadium is expected to remain above 100,000. The Nittany Lions have topped 100,000 in attendance just seven times in their last 15 home games, a fact that could determine exactly how much capacity will be reduced, said Barbour. The ultimate goal is to add amenities such as improved concessions as well as making the actual bleacher seats wider. Safety System Approved for Phoenix Convention Center PHOENIX — Smart City Networks has received final approval for a public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) it installed last year at the Phoenix Convention Center. Smart City Networks partnered with system integration firm Connectivity Wireless Solutions (CWS) to design, install, manage and commission the customized, turnkey system that ensures first responders can maintain communication with each other in case of an emergency. "Bringing together large numbers of sports fans or conventioneers creates critical public-safety concerns," Smart City Networks President Mark Haley said. "First responders must be able to communicate when responding to fires, medical emergencies and other extreme conditions." Strict fire codes and other safety regulations make these types of emergency communications systems uncommon in convention centers. The public-safety DAS system meets all National Fire Protection Association 2015 standards, including circuit survivability, two-hour fire- rated housing, and cabling and system monitoring. Recently, Smart City and Phoenix Convention Center officials were presented with the fire marshal's green tag, symbolizing the project's completion and fire inspection approval. Smart City and CWS initiated the public-safety DAS at the same time they installed and began managing the convention center's cellular DAS last year. The cellular DAS project came online in time for the convention center to serve as media headquarters for the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix. DAS employs a network of mini antennas to boost signal strength, eliminate dead zones and remove interference from phone and radio frequency signals. It is especially helpful in exhibit halls and other locations where concrete structures, steel reinforcements and intricate architecture can block signals and lines of sight. Weak and interrupted radio signals can literally create life-and-death situations when firefighters, medical professionals and other first responders lose communication with dispatchers and each other in emergency situations. Lakewood Ranch Improvements Spark Interest The heads of the Sarasota County Sports Commission and the Bradenton Area Sports Commission say improvements to the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch will allow them to attract larger, higher- quality sporting events to the area, reported in July. The facility received its certificate of occupancy for new facilities including public restrooms, a building with training rooms and meeting space, a medical treatment space, a satellite t SPORTS Talk Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE will host the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials November 12 – 19, 2017 for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. Omaha earned the bid over Jacksonville, FL; Ogden, UT; Philadelphia; and Provo, UT. "We are very excited about the potential for our sport's growth in Omaha and across the United States as we bring the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling to Nebraska for the first time," said Rick Patzke, chief executive of USA Curling. "Much like when Omaha was selected to host its first of what has now been three straight Olympic trials for U.S.A. Swimming, I suspect this announcement may cause a little head-scratching around the curling community. Especially since we had very strong bids from several cities that have done a great job hosting major championship curling events previously. "Along with our entire selection panel, I was highly impressed by the professionalism of the bid, the facilities to be used and the partnership between the Omaha Sports Commission, University of Nebraska Omaha's Baxter Arena and the Aksarben Curling Club." n 2018 Curling Trials Headed To Omaha

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