Don Muret, Facilities Writer for Sports Business Journal, took a look at the decisions behind sports facility site selection, seating, concessions, flooring, and technology. Tim Romani, ICON Venue Group President and CEO, was a featured expert for this SBJ In-Depth story. 

“Choosing the right style of seats for a sports facility is a trade-off between creating an intimate seating bowl and the comfort of the chair itself," according to Tim Romani, president and CEO of Icon Venue Group, an owner’s representative.

The bigger the tread depth — the length measured from the back of the chair to the front — the less likely a building will have a tight seating bowl. The right size to optimize capacity in the seating bowl is to select a seat with a 33-inch tread, Romani said. More teams, however, are going with 35-inch treads, a more comfortable chair that ultimately reduces the number of rows in the bowl.”

(For the full article, please read a copy of the July 25, 2011 issue of Sports Business Journal)