Venue News: Pick Any Color for Your New Tennis Court

As the French Open takes center stage, television viewers will again be exposed to a signature sports visual: the red clay at Roland Garros. With the advent of artificial surfaces, more and more tennis venues are looking to customize their own unique look and designer DecoTurf is using its Website to give users the opportunity to experiment with a wide array of color combinations for their playing surfaces. While the hue of the court may seem like a trivial point to the average fan, an aesthetically pleasing or interesting surface has proven to be both a useful marketing tool for tournament directors and a make-or-break factor for broadcasting the action on television.

…Hundreds of union workers rallied at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative and Executive Building in Mineola, NY on Tuesday during a public hearing of a proposal to use $400 million in county borrowing to build a new arena that would replace Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Local labor unions on Long Island support the major project proposed by New York Islanders majority owner Charles Wang, claiming that it would bring in “thousands of jobs.” Lawmakers are scheduled to vote next week on whether to add the referendum to the ballot. If it goes through, voters will have their say in an election on August 1…

…Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced that it has retained the services of 360 Architecture to consult on conceptual projects both in and around the BankAtlantic Center.  Officials plan to make significant improvements this offseason to the BAC, which opened in 1998. Potential projects for the home ice of the NHL’s Florida Panthers include the creation of all-inclusive premium seating locations, an inner bowl bar, suite-level opera boxes and digital signage…

…According to the Associated Press, The Barclays Center has named John Sparks as its general manager. Sparks will oversee the operations of the Brooklyn, NY venue which is scheduled to open in September 2012 and will be home to the NBA’s Nets. The team currently plays at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Sparks was the director of operations at Phillips Arena in Atlanta before spending the last nine years with the San Antonio Spurs as part of their Sports & Entertainment team.