World Sports Arenas

Blog about great sports arenas and stadiums


Rangers not panicking over Washington future

Despite there being less than a month before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has insisted he isn?t worried about the fact his contract with the franchise currently expires at the end of the 2014 season.

While the Major League Baseball franchise are expected to offer their manager a new deal, general manager Jon Daniels has played down any fears Texas fans had regarding Washington?s future.

“I’m not worried about that. That will take care of itself,? said Washington ahead of the Rangers spring training camp.

Daniels hired Washington at the beginning of the 2007 season at the end of his first year as GM. Washington has been a key part of bringing through a young squad and turning it into a team that has been right up there challenging for division titles the past four seasons, winning the AL West in 2010 and 2011. Washington led the Rangers to the World Series both of those seasons, coming up short on both occasions.

The past two years haven?t been as successful for Texas, however, failing to reach the ALDS in either the past couple of seasons, falling to Baltimore in the AL wild-card game in 2012 and losing in Game 163 to the Tampa Bay Rays last season. But despite a disappointing couple of seasons, the Rangers are being tipped by many Betfair fans to be contenders this year.

General manager Jon Daniels threw his support behind Washington, insisting there was nothing to read into the fact the manager hadn?t yet signed a contract extension.

“He (Washington) has been a huge part of what we’ve done here. It’s been a partnership from Day 1 and I expect that to continue going forward. We’ll handle contracts and personal matters privately.”

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Choose the Right Batting Cage to Practice Techniques Effectively

Batters - whether for baseball or cricket, require a lasting batting cage for practicing different shots of the game. It is necessary for a batsman to hone his skills before final matches. Batter cages offer a credible solution within which any said player can keep on practicing his game to make all shots perfect.

Generally, it is seen that every player of a team requires personal training session. However, how can the batter practice without bowlers and fielders? Here comes the necessity of batting cages. These are long cage-shaped enclosures made of durable nets. A batsman can comfortably practice all his shots using a bowling machine or with the help of individual bowler. The net prevents the balls from going out of reach and the batsman can easily return it to the bowler after taking his stroke.

Choosing appropriate batting cages
Batting cages vary according to pitching distances. The pitching distance of bowling machines is very long, while that of tennis balls is less. The cage size usually depends on the type of ball used for practicing or even the nature of bowling speed.
Batting cages are also made of different materials. An outdoor batting pitch can be made of polythene or nylon nets; while in case you are planning to practice indoors, then the hard steel cage would be ideal.

Apart from the material, the nature of netting also plays a vital role. You can certainly choose between ? knitted cage or twisted cage. Twisted cages are usually stronger and have three stands and several knots together to give perfect strength. On the other hand, twisted nets of cage have diamond-shaped nets that stretch through every side giving the cage much flexibility and strength to sustain heavy blows.

Therefore, check out the ideal parameters that would suit your training session and select appropriate batting cages to carry on with your practice session.

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Constant Vanden Stock Stadion

Capacity 21,500 (est. 5,000 standing)

In the early 20th century, Anderlecht?s popularity was growing rapidly and the club was therefore in need of a new and larger home. They found a site at the Astridpark in the Anderlecht borough and plans got quickly approved by the local council.

The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion opened in the summer of 1918, but was initially named in honour of the first president of the club, Emile Versé.

Stade Emile Versé back then consisted of a sole wooden stand, which got replaced by a concrete one when the club promoted to the first division in 1935.

Further concrete terraces were built in the 1950s, and in 1962 a new seating stand got built on top of one of the terraces. This resulted in a capacity of almost 40,000.

Stade Emile Versé recorded its highest attendance in 1980 when 38,349 supporters visited a match against Standard de Li?ge.

In 1983, the club embarked on a major redevelopment of the stadium. Works started with the reconstruction of the main stand, and in subsequent years continued will all other stands. Upon completion of the main stand, the stadium had been renamed in honour of club president Constant Vanden Stock.

The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion was not selected as a playing venue for the Euro 2000 tournament as capacity did not meet the 30,000 threshold. Local government funds that could have been used to expand the stadium were invested in the Stade Roi Baudouin instead. The club then decided to invest their own funds in improving the player material of the club.

For years Anderlecht has been looking into the options of either renovating the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion, or building a complete new stadium.The club is currently focusing on the first option, which would result in a capacity of approximately 30,000 seats. Due to bureaucratic delays, works are not expected to start before 2013.

In the summer of 2012, the stadium underwent a small refurbishment to keep it eligible to host Champions League matches. Works included the installation of new and more spacious seats, which in turn reduced capacity from just over 26,000 to its current total of 21,500.