LATEST ROUNDUP OF STADIUM NEWS

Here is a roundup of the latest stadium technology developments over the last few days:

NEW STADIUM LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

Topanga Technologies has designed a plasma bulb that halves power and maintenance costs for stadium lighting.

The core technology revolves around using radio frequency waves to excite molecules trapped in a clear chamber, which is about as big as a breath mint and looks like something from a Christmas tree.

After thirty seconds, the small bulb emits enough light to illuminate several rooms. The bulbs operate under a supersized version of chemical excitation that animates fluorescent lights.

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NEW PROGRAM TO HELP STADIUM DISASTER MANAGEMENT

A new breed of simulation software called SportEvac will help stadium officials plan for the worst.

It will be a boost for disaster management planning as it gives venue staff a virtual practice of what they can do to solve evacuation crises.

Lou Marciani of NCS4, the project’s lead investigator, said: “The SportEvac developers have involved first responders and stadium security personnel in all phases of development to make the tabletops as realistic as possible and, therefore, as useful as possible in training.

"SportEvac is in the alpha stage. We plan on doing three pilot tests — at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Tennessee and the United States Military Academy."

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BOARD AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW STADIUM LIGHTS

The Homer-Center Wildcats has approved a contract with Plavchak Construction Company, to install new stadium lighting.

The contract will see new poles and light fixtures at the stadium costing $162,400 and is set to be completed by the end of August.

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Posted on 28/06/2010