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This Is How You Quickly Plop An Olympic Swimming Pool Into A Basketball Stadium

Video: There are lots of professional sports venues that can be transformed to accommodate basketball and hockey, or baseball and football. But this timelapse video showing a temporary Olympic-sized, above-ground swimming pool being installed in a stadium in Omaha will make you angry at the six-foot inflatable kiddie pool your parents bought you as a kid.


Japan's Olympic Stadium Debacle May Change The Way Cities Build Sports Venues 

After years of controversy, Japan’s Sport Council has chosen a new design for an Olympic stadium in Tokyo. It will be be smaller, more sensitive to its surroundings, and (relatively) inexpensive — and it could be a model for other host cities.


The Largest Dome Ever Built Can Open Or Close In 20 Minutes Flat 

Every year, a few thousand engineers get together and decide which projects constitute the absolute smartest ideas in their profession. This year, they have chosen the largest dome structure ever built — which can open and close in less time than it takes to make dinner.


How Baseball Players Use Walk-Up Music Like A Performance Enhancing Drug

Angels’ Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use “Turn Down for What.” This is the world of baseball “walk-up” music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home team stroll to the plate.


San Francisco's Plan To Turn Stadium Parking Into Affordable Housing

The affordable housing crisis in San Francisco has reached a fever pitch, with even George Lucas helping out. Here’s another smart solution that chips away at the problem: Swapping a parking lot with a new neighbourhood, courtesy of one of the city’s most influential landowners, the San Francisco Giants.


Photos: An Empty Stadium Hosts MLB Baseball Game

The Chicago White Sox are playing an actual MLB baseball game the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore today in a completely empty stadium due to the unrest over the death of Freddie Grey. Here are a few pictures that show the game happening to a crowd of no one. It looks like, well, what an empty stadium is supposed to look like.


A Closer Look At The Retractable Roof Of A New Stadium

Remember when the Atlanta Falcons announced they’d be building a new stadium — using a boatload of public money — that would be crowned with a retractable roof? The architects of the $US1.2 billion project recently passed along a new fly-through of the design. And while it’s our best look yet at the structure, it also brings up plenty of questions.


This Awe-Inspiring Stadium Is Now The Biggest Dome Ever Built

If huge spaces freak you out, look away now. Singapore’s huge new stadium, SportsHub, just clinched the title for the largest free-spanning dome structure ever built — stretching more than 1,010 feet across at its widest point.


How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing.


The Wobbling Stairs At This World Cup Stadium Look Ready To Collapse

Given that Brazil has spent around $US14 billion getting ready to host the 2014 World Cup, you’d think they’d have sufficient funds to install staircases that weren’t made of scaffolding. I mean, just look at those steps shake under the load of hundreds of futbol fans.


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