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Constructing a sports arena mainly focuses on its safety and compliance to the standards of steel buildings. With the increasing popularity of minor and major sports all around the world, this has demanded sports arenas to be unique in structure and huge in accommodation. This can be given with steel structure and built with utmost quality and durability even with a lesser cost compared to the traditional methods of construction. In this article, you will discover how various engineering and architectural processes have made steel buildings efficient as sports arenas.

 

Steel Buildings: Sports Arena Made Possible with Space Frames

 

One of the best examples of steel in sports arena is space frame. Engineers and architects saw how important it is to make new structural forms with a high accommodation. Space frames made of steel has been the major player in sports arenas since it is flexible in terms of layout and offers different kinds of configuration. You will notice this advantage in large columns or long span structures that necessitate special forms.

 

Advantages of Using Steel in Sports Arenas

 

There are many benefits derived in using steel for sports arena. One advantage is that it can be built in a short period of time without increasing costs. There are many options when you use steel for sports arenas and benefits as well:

 

·         Sustainability. One of the major advantages in using steel for sports arena is the high sustainability where it can be recycled and used into another way. Nonetheless, if the building seems to be usable, it can be utilized for other businesses or events.

 

·         Temperatures. The prefabricated steel in sports arenas can withstand extreme temperatures and good for skating rinks.

 

·         Low Maintenance. Aside from lowering the construction costs, using steel for sports arenas helps lower any additional costs for design since it is flexible compared to other materials. You can do different things and designs by using steel without adding costs. It also requires low maintenance from the fact that it does not need any pest control as termites and other wood loving insects cannot destroy this material. Steel is also free from molds and mildew for a very long time, which makes it easy to clean up.

 

Different Sports Arena Made of Steel

 

Of course, proving that steel is the best for building sports arena cannot be complete without citing some examples found worldwide. Here are some of the steel buildings used as sports arena:

 

  • Sapporo Dome (Japan) – this is made of a saucer-like roof permitting sunlight and fresh air to move in and out of the stadium.

 

  •  Sochi Olympic Stadium (Russia) – this features glass and steel in one that presents a translucent appearance.
  • Beijing National Stadium (China) – this is designed according to Chinese ceramics and is incomparable to any other stadium. It is also known as Bird’s Nest with spectacular asymmetrical design made possible with steel beams.

 

There are many more structures that host massive events in any city. Using steel to build these sports arenas has given not only good accommodation but also breathtaking surroundings from steel buildings.

 

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http://pnimg.net/lrep/1832/62/me10e848741.jpgThe career of many professional athletes is not long lasting, especially those which require being at the peak of physical fitness to keep on top of their game and ahead of the rest. The time will come, all too soon for some, when going out of the game gracefully is the logical thing to do, leaving a void to be filled where there was once fame, admiration, competition and money. Many athletes looking for that competitive atmosphere after their careers are over turn to the world of poker. Poker provides the need for competition, thrill, and the love of winning that a retired sports star has experienced during his professional career. One famous example is Boris Becker, the former World Number One tennis player from Germany. Becker was the ultimate competitor during his tennis career, and is regarded as one of the greatest professional tennis players of all time. In a career that spanned over 15 years, he won 49 major titles including 6 Grand Slams. He’s been playing poker for the past few years, becoming a regular fixture on the live scene. Like most sports personalities, Becker started to develop his skills while playing online poker after his professional career was done. Online sites like partypoker provided him with the venue to play the game right in the comfort of his own home. Professional sports and poker both require intense concentration, good decision making, stamina and constant improvement to one’s game. Although some people may argue, Poker is now considered as a sport. It is a sport that requires little physical activity, but the adrenaline rush that it provides the player is what makes it such a great sport. This is probably the reason why so many sports personality shift to playing poker once their respective sport careers are over. Many of the attributes needed in successful poker players are those demanded in professional athletes, like high levels of concentration, focus and determination. Athletes who have successfully made the transition into professional poker includes football players like Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham, and Rugby Union’s Raphael Ibanez.

A lot of sports stars who play poker also take part in the game in order to help other people through charity. Celebrity poker tournaments are organized as a way to give back to the community and famous athletes have been known to participate in these events. Former UFC heavyweight champion {Randy “The Natural” Couture} has transitioned his energy and enthusiasm from training and fighting to raising stakes in poker games. Couture was one of the organizers of an annual charity poker tournament that benefited injured veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The event brought out the biggest names in poker and MMA like current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, as well as other stars of sports and entertainment.

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Out of all of the sports out there, one could argue that golf is the one where players rely the most on statistics. Whether a player plays on the professional circuit or just every Sunday morning with a group of friends, by the end of the round they are sure to analyse their game and calculate all of the areas in which they dropped shots.

 

Of course, some stats are more important than others. Taking this into account, I'll now look at the three areas which I deem most important for golf. I'll analyse the biggest hitters, the guys who go round in the least amount of putts and also those that hit the most amount of fairways. I should note that this has been compiled through the PGA Tour statistics, meaning that some players may not be mentioned as they have not participated on this schedule.

 

Average Driving Distance

 

When I scoured through the average driving statistics, the first thing that sprang to mind was that I'd never heard of the player that was leading this table. With an average of 309.6 yards, Ryan Palmer was the top of the average drives. However, he has recently slipped outside the top 100, which gives the first indication that this statistic has little to do with end performance. In fact, out of the top ten big hitters on the PGA Tour, only one of them is placed in the top 100. That man is Robert Garrigus, with his 303.7 yard average helping establish himself in the top forty.

 

As you filter down the list you do start to see some bigger names, with the likes of Boo Weekley, Bubba Watson and Bradley Keegan in and around the top thirty. However, considering the emphasis some players place on ripping drives as far as they can, it's interesting to see that there is little correlation between this and end success.

 

Putts Per Round

 

It is always a bit difficult to analyse the putting statistics, as each provide different levels of clarity. For example, while one player might have a lower putts per round average, this might be because they narrowly miss the green on a lot of holes and subsequently chip and one putt. Nevertheless, there appears to be a little more correlation between this statistic and the world ranking.

 

According to the stats, Mike Weir is one of the best players on the green with an average of 26.94 putts per round. There was once a time when Weir was classed as one of the best players in the world but with the veteran now well outside the top 100, little can be taken from this information. Instead, we've got to look further down the list, with the likes of Charlie Wi, Aaron Baddeley and David Toms in and around the top ten. All of these players are regarded as solid professionals although again - none of them are anywhere near the top world ranking spots.

 

You've got to look a little further down to see the big guys, with Phil Mickelson in 25th position with an average of 28.25 putts per round. Brandt Snedeker isn't far behind him with 28.32 putts, while Robert Garrigus and Tim Clark find themselves in the top fifty of the list.

 

Suffice to say, it looks as though there is slightly more correlation with the putting stats - although the fact that very few of the top players on the Tour are mentioned on the list suggests that it is again not too important.

 

Average Driving Accuracy

 

Out of all three statistics mentioned in this article, this appears to be the most important. Jim Furyk leads the way with 75.68% of fairways hit, while the likes of David Toms, Tim Clark, Ian Poulter and Brandt Snedeker are all in the top ten. Considering the fact that all of these men are ranked very respectably in terms of world ranking, it can be assumed that the amount of fairways hit has a huge influence on score.

 

As you look further down the list, the likes of Lee Westwood, Boo Weekly and Zach Johnson all hit 66%+ of fairways and again, all of these men have decent world rankings.

 

This statistic can lead on to a conclusion for the entire article. While it is generally assumed that players "drive for show, putt for dough", the stats here indicate that driving accuracy is probably the most important stat out of the lot. Those men that hit the most fairways appear to have the best world rankings, with the putting average and driving distance having little impact. Of course, if these stats were to be analysed further, they would be combined with others to make them slightly more accurate. However, for the purposes of this article, it can be highlighted that accuracy is one of the most important attributes of the modern day golfer.

 

 

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The world is getting smaller every day. With the internet connecting us in ways we never thought possible before, new personal relationships and professional endeavours are being formed across countries. One great example is the online sports betting and casino business, a sector which has been taking over the world since the first gambling site launched in 1995. This multi-billion dollar industry enjoys massive popularity with bettors, whether they prefer sports betting, casino games, racebooks or poker rooms. However, with the ease of access afforded by online gaming comes a whole host of legal pitfalls.
Every country has its own views on gambling and different ways to deal with it. The UK liberalised their laws in 2003 because they felt betting had changed and become more socially acceptable. They decreed that as long as it was not connected to crime and disorder, it was positive and the industry should be supported. Most member states of the EU agree except Germany who have banned all types except horseracing and impose large taxes on winnings from abroad. While many provinces in Canada allow online gambling, the laws governing the 50 different U.S states are a confusing minefield for bettors and bookmakers alike.

Despite the complex nature of international law, there is a huge demand from bettors to find overseas gambling sites which deal with their favourite sport. Although Australian citizens are forbidden from opening online casinos in their own country, sports gambling is legal and very popular there. They have a unique sporting environment with a focus on rugby and cricket as well as Aussie rules football. There are plenty of bettors from across the world who go to Australian sites like BetFair to gain from their expert knowledge and find the best lines.
Of course, it’s pure logic that the country with the most knowledge and heritage in your favourite sport will offer the best odds. NHL fans often go to Canadian betting sites if they want to put some money on a puck line, even though services in other countries will offer NHL bets. Canucks are experts when it comes to hockey and the accuracy of their lines reflect that. Sites like canadiansportsbooks.ca help hockey fans from around the world find the best Canadian sports betting services and compare lines between each of them to ensure the best NHL experience.

With the restrictions placed on US bettors they are usually forced to go to overseas sites, even to bet on their national sports like baseball and the NFL. US bettors themselves are subject to their own state law but luckily there are hundreds of sites worldwide who cater for popular American sports leagues and will accept custom from the US. Because of the wonder of online betting, gamblers and sports enthusiasts across the world are able to participate in bets they never could have before. Even more countries are starting to get involved as many see the economic benefits to online gaming.

This rush to join the revolution and take advantage of each country’s different gaming laws is creating healthy competition throughout the industry. One of the first online casinos hailed from the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, and through excellent foresight they continue to grant licenses to large online gambling organisations. Other small countries host large international gaming brands; Bwin is based in Austria and 888.com is licensed by the government of Gibraltar. Some poker operations are run from the U.S., but almost all are licensed in Las Vegas.

What lessons can bettors learn from all this? If you are going to spend money on online gaming, you want to make sure you get the best bets for your buck as the site’s country of origin will have an effect. Not only that, but it’s important to check that the site you intend to use is operating within the limits of the law, both in its own country and yours. You could be subject to restrictions by your nation’s government so if you’re going to bet you must be informed! Aside from that, make sure you have fun and with a bit of luck and a touch of skill you might be vacationing in one of these places sooner than you think!

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For rugby enthusiasts the RBS Six Nations Championship has to be among the highlights of the rugby calender. With a history that stretches back to the last century this tournament remains as vital as ever. Furthermore, the 2013 championship is set to be one of the closest fought for years.

The 2013 Tournament


Indeed, this year there is not really going to be any clear favourite. In fact, every one of the nations, with the possible exception of Italy, have to fancy their chances of becoming the outright winners. The holders and previous Grand Slam winners (they won all their matches) Wales have hit a sticky patch of form losing many of their recent internationals quite convincingly.

Six Nations tickets for their opening match against Ireland, which is being held at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday February 2nd are therefore going quite fast as many are keen to discover whether they have any chance of repeating their success. Meanwhile the English have not been doing that much better, although their recent, impressive win against the mighty All Blacks has certainly got people talking.

Their opening match is against the Scots, which is set for Twickenham on 2nd February and promises to be one of the highlights of the championship. However, most popular among buyers of 2013
Six Nations tickets at the moment appear to be the matches that involve the English and the French, which is at Twickenham on Saturday February 23rd and the match between Wales and England set to played at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday March 16th; a match which many feel could be the championship decider.

Brief History


The Six Nations tournament hasn't always involved six teams. In fact, when it was first established back in 1882 and for many years after it was contested by the home nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland alone. In 1910 France joined to make it the Five Nations Championship and in 2000 Italy made it six.

The first ever match was between the English and the Welsh at Swansea; a match the English were to win fairly comfortably. Indeed, the English, along with the Scottish team, were to dominate the tournament throughout its early years. However, the original tournament was beset with disputes as the scoring system was not quite as advanced as the one we know today and several of the early championships ended without a clear result.

However, the Welsh began to grow in strength and having introduced the revolutionary 'four-three quarters' system we are now familiar with, began to dominate by the end of the nineteenth century. In fact by the turn of the century all four of the teams had enjoyed some degree of success and the tournament became widely popular throughout the whole of Britain.

France, however, struggled for many years after they were allowed to join the fray and as England renewed their dominance in the inter war years (apart from a brief spell of Scottish domination) the French were actually forced to withdraw from the competition (mainly due to administration problems). Having rejoined the competition after the Second World War, the French began to gain momentum and apart from the 1970s, which was completely dominated by the Welsh, the French and the English have perhaps enjoyed the most success in recent years. The Italians, having joined in 2000, have had a difficult start but are continuing to improve. Indeed, it no doubt won't be long before they are enjoying a championship win. 2013, however, is not likely to be their first.

AUTHOR BIO:
Idania Silvia writes on the subject of sports tours and tournaments for a wide range of related websites and blogs. Whilst her interests are varied, her focus remains that of rugby and she has resolved to keep an eye on sites such as
for her Six Nations tickets.

 

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