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December 2016 8 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Venues St. Louis Looking At $200 Million Soccer Stadium ST. LOUIS — An ownership group known as SC STL is pursuing a Major League Soccer expansion team for St. Louis and announced plans in November that include a $200 million downtown stadium. Paul Edgerley, a partner at the investment firm VantEdge Partners, is lead owner and chairman. Among his partners is Dave Peacock, former president of Anheuser-Busch and a driving force behind the effort last year to build a $1 billion riverfront stadium for the Rams. The MLS is adding two new teams to expand to 24 by the end of the decade and eventually plans to add four more, league spokesman Dan Courtemanche told The Asso- ciated Press. St. Louis is among eight cities interested in the four additional expansion slots. No timetable has been set for when those cities would join the league. The open-air stadium would have 20,000 seats with the ability to expand to 28,500. It would sit next to St. Louis Union Station and encompass about 24 acres on land near Interstate 64 currently owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The city has an option to buy the site but the value is still being appraised. SC STL said it would fund "much" of the stadium construction cost but St. Louis voters in April would be asked to fund a significant share, up to $80 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. $15 Million Youth Sports Facility For Indiana NOBLESVILLE, IN — The entrepreneur who led the investment group behind the Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse at Grand Park in Westfield re- vealed plans in November for an approximately $15 million youth sports facility in No- blesville in a deal that would include millions of dollars in long-term subsidies from the city, according to the t SPORTS Talk Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at email@example.com. For Improved Performance Wilson's New Vibes in Tennis t Giro Sport Design has released a new helmet, the Avance MIPS, that features new safety technology to protect the skiers from the variety of different impacts including gate impact, high- energy impact, multi-impact crashes and rotational energy. Giro's Advanced Concepts Group developed a unique combination to feature in the Avance MIPS. The helmet has a stiffer and stronger TeXtreme carbon shell and a more supple, low-density EP-Premium foam that is prized for its ability to reduce energy that is transferred during high-energy impacts. The design of the helmet allows users to get a custom fit. By using 3-D scans of athletes' heads, Giro's engineers sculpt the interior of the Avance MIPS to fit the skiers' heads without any pressure points. The shape of the Avance MIPS helmet was created due to the fact that gate impacts can transfer up to 70 Gs to an athlete's brain. This inspired the creation of the "Hammerhead" exterior shape. This design strategically adds material to areas where gate impact will commonly occur. Giro's Avance MIPS helmet is available in six sizes and four colors, and is sold through better snowsports retailers for $500. n t Giro Releases New Ski Helmet Integrating technology from the aerospace industry into rackets that help professionals and amateur players alike, Wilson Sporting Goods has introduced Countervail technology in its line of Blade tennis rackets. Countervail is a layered carbon fiber from Materials Sciences Corporation designed to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, strategically placed precise amounts of Countervail into specific areas of each frame to minimize vibration, giving players maximum energy in late sets or long matches and less fatigue. Wilson collaborated with the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology on a study this year with competitive collegiate players. Men and women, playing with a Wilson racket with Countervail, experienced up to 30 percent less vibrational energy in the racket, leading to 10 percent less fatigue when playing, compared to a standard racket. The MRP for the new Blade with Countervail models that became available for purchase worldwide earlier this month are $219.00, and Blade models without Countervail are $199.00. n More information: wilson.com/en-us/ explore/tennis/ countervail More information: giro.com/us_en/avance.html