Minor League Ballpark Innovations: Urinals and Redevelopment

Minor League baseball stadiums are wonderful places of innovation in the sports industry, and these two stories kinda fit together under that umbrella.

1. Recycle Your Ballpark

indy_stadium_02Indianapolis has converted old Bush Stadium, which has been unused since 1996 into sweet loft apartments as part of a $22 million project. The apartments, which will be available in August, are part of “sustainably-minded corridor within walking distance of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.”

I like this whole lot. From the renderings, there appears to be an awful lot of surface parking to make this part of a truly walkable community, but the concept is strong. 


2. Pee for Points

The Lehigh Valley Ironpigs have introduced a “Urinal Gaming System.”
Just brilliant.

From the team press release:

When a user approaches the urinal, the video console flips into gaming mode, using patented technology that detects both his presence and stream. Algorithms then allow the user to engage with the screen by aiming in different directions to test their agility and knowledge. The games are 100% intuitive and custom-built to provide a unique user interface along with an easy and seamless experience. …

Upon completion (an average of over 55 seconds according to published research), users will receive their score and a code to enter. They can then view their position on the leader board or check the website to see how they stack up with the rest of that night’s competition! High scores will be displayed in real-time across various videoboard displays within Coca-Cola Park.

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