The Olympic Stadium complex in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is an astonishingly beautiful, sensitively designed, boldly conceived set of buildings, as these image taken by architect Shelby Doyle attest. The complex’s history teaches an interesting lesson about how such venues are used after the event for which they were designed, especially in this Olympic year.
During “Wimbledon Fortnight” this wood-lined, 100-seat section of Wimbledon’s Centre Court found itself the focus of major tabloid attention. Seems there were some intriguing tennis fans in this Royal Box. They were, not surprisingly, Royal: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and Pippa), Prince Charles and his wife Camilla; political: Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson; sporty: Victoria and David Beckham, Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf, England Manager Roy Hodgson; and aging entertainer: TV presenter Bruce Forsythe. The Royal Box indicates who/what is important at any given moment and its occupants represent a fascinating cross-section of British culture. As in Roman times, this stratification of seating in Wimbledon brings political leadership into public view and the buzz about “how they will react/interact (or not)” is arguably as exciting as the event itself.
America could use a Royal Box.
The NFL has a problem. Attendance in NFL stadiums has dropped every season since 2007, such that average game attendance over the past five years is down 4.5%. To counteract this drop, the WSJ reports that the NFL will introduce changes to make actually going to the game more enticing, including: lowering ticket prices, free WiFi, better in-stadium replay and improved smart phone apps.I came up with a few more ideas:
In-Seat Food Delivery
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