The New England Patriots 1.3-million square-foot stadium complex demonstrates the potential of solar energy in stadium management.

Patriot Place is a brand new shopping and entertainment complex adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The photovoltaic system installation, which began in October 2009, will generate around 525 kilowatts of solar power or about one-third the electricity for the complex.

The system includes 2800 crystalline silicon solar panels (205 W each) from locally based, Evergreen Solar.

The panels have anti-reflective glass, which delivers around three per cent more electricity than panels with standard glass. In addition, the panels maintain up to four per cent higher output than most other crystalline silicon panels under hot conditions.

Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group estimate the PV system will generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years.

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A new drainage system is to be installed at Herb Parker Stadium at Minot State University, North Dakota.

The system is part of a $2.8 million upgrade which will also include new stadium lighting and plying surface.

Minot State University, director of facilities, Roger Kluck, believes the new system will improve the playing surface dramatically and revealed it has already been field tested thanks to the recent weather.

He said: "The whole field with this turf-type system is one big drain field, so when we had the big rain event, as we all know we had some places up to four inches of rain, even on the field here, and it collected the water and it drained it out the southwest corner, and it actually let the water into the city system.”

The new drainage system should be completed in the next few weeks, and then Field Turf installation will begin in early July 2010.

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Manchester City Football Club has installed a brand new digital signage system within the superstore and administration offices.

The club hopes the new Unity system, provided by Digital Media Projects, will revolutionise the way it communicates with fans and employees.

Digital Media Projects CEO, Nicholas Fearnley, said: “We were not only able to meet the Clubs exacting requirements, but surpass them.

“With Unity, you can change what is being screened instantly, stream videos in high-definition, track sales and responses to promotions. It’s a very powerful marketing tool. It can also be operated from anywhere in the world, via a laptop or even an Iphone.”

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Construction is underway on the final permanent venue for London 2012.

Initial ground work started in the spring and work is now underway on building the permanent sporting facilities, with the foundations due to be completed by the end of the summer.

It is encouraging news for Olympic officials as the prestigious event is set to begin in just two years.

John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), said: "The start of work on Eton Manor is a significant milestone, the start of construction on the last permanent venue on the Olympic Park.

"It will play a key role throughout the Games and leave behind a permanent facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”

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Posted on 30/06/2010