Hittersbox Baseball lets hitters battle against pros without ever leaving the batting cage. With its ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System—one of several training tools used by major leaguers—a virtual pitcher winds up just as a ball is launched through a hole in the video screen by a pitching machine hidden behind it. For a greater challenge, batters can change the location, pitch type, and sequence of pitches, or just close their eyes.
After practice, Pro Mirror video training allows players to relive their swings and analyze any pitfalls by watching five minutes of batting-cage video. These modern takes on traditional baseball practice, which Hittersbox coaches use for beginners and serious players alike, boast approval from owner Jasha Balcom, a former Chicago Cub, as well as an elite list of major-league clients.
In their ninth season, the Gwinnett Gladiators' roster of puck-punishing skatesmen storm their home ice under the auspicious direction of new head coach John Wroblewski, whose gold-medal past will hopefully propel the Gladiators to their seventh playoff appearance. With two premium-level seats, ticketholders have a choice at several views from within the arena. Hockey heads can survey the entire rink from center ice, hear the flick of slap shots from blue-line seats, smell the sweet aroma of competitive play from behind the benches, feel the rumble of the boards after a full-body check in the low corners, or taste the ice from below the zamboni.