Ballpark statisticians follow a new count, the toilet ratio
If nothing else, $2 billion worth of baseball ballparks should buy shorter waits for the restrooms, at least for women.
Waiting in longer lines has been an uncomfortable, if not unhealthy, reality for generations of women at places like stadiums, arenas, and theaters, states a New York Times article .
Men may see relatively quick marches through the lavatories as a common joke.
Women view long lines as everything from a small irritant to a persistent form of gender discrimination.
But "potty parity" laws and ever-changing plumbing codes promise relief.
And in no place in New York City will those changes be felt more than in the restroom lines at the new Yankee Stadium and the Mets' Citi Field, if things go according to plan.
It may be the biggest moment "for potty parity that we have seen, to have two big facilities open at the same time, and all these restrooms open at once," said Kathryn Anthony, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois and a board member of the American Restroom Assn.
Roughly 1,500 new toilet fixtures (water closets, in plumbing parlance, and urinals for men) await fans at the two ballparks, about a 30% increase at Yankee Stadium and a 10% increase at Citi Field, which holds about 12,000 fewer fans than Shea Stadium did.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey