Sports and Recreational Facilities

As major centers of social and economic importance across the world, sports facilities and recreational buildings need to be optimized to admit hundreds or thousands of people on a regular basis, as well as to meet the needs of whatever activity takes place in the facility. Whether you’re looking for just the right turf or the most comfortable stadium seating, designing and building these facilities can lead into ultra-specialized waters, and requires a delicate balance of expertise.

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August 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The man made hills are the latest attraction to open on the island that has been under developmen...

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The Pavilion at Ole Miss opened January 7. The 9,500-seat multipurpose facility is home to the University of Mississippi men’s and women’s basketball teams. AECOM designed the $96.5 million facility. BL Harbert International was general contractor. The Rebels men beat ’Bama in the opener, 74-66. Image: ©  Jeffrey Jacobs courtesy of AECOM.

August 15, 2016 | Michael Chamernik, Associate Editor

Schools are renovating existing structures or building new sports facilities that can serve the s...

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Baxter Arena, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb. Image courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc.

August 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Thornton Tomasetti, and ME Engineers top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of...

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The Campus Crossroads Project at Notre Dame Stadium, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. HOK is a consultant to lead design architect S/L/A/M Collaborative, providing design services for the sports, recreation and hospitality components. Image courtesy of HOK.

August 15, 2016 |

Mortenson Construction, AECOM, and Turner Construction Co. top Building Design+Construction’s ann...

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The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss. AECOM (architect) and BL Harbert International (GC). Image courtesy of AECOM.

August 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Populous, HKS, and HOK top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest...

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The proposed Dubai Steps, with 500 stairs, would be the equlvalent of 25 stories tall. How soon the city will move forward on this project, though, is still up in the air. Image: Dubai Media Office

August 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Still in the planning stages, this building would serve tourists and power climbers alike. 

Jin Mao Tower's new outdoor walkway suspends visitors from a narrow platform that's more than 1,100 feet above ground. Image: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images, via the Wall Street Journal. 

July 31, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For less than $60, you can now get a bird’s-eye (or window-washer’s) view of the cityscape.

A rendering of Seaport San Diego, a redevelopment of a 70-acre waterfront property. A 480-foot-tall observation tower would be one of this district's main attractions. Image: Seaport San Diego

July 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its developers envision a thriving business, education, and entertainment district, highlighted b...

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Chicago Cubs unveil plans for premier fan club underneath box seats at Wrigley Field

Rendering: Chicago Cubs.

July 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

As part of the baseball team’s larger stadium renovation project, the club will offer exclusive f...

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July 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Current plans for the Astrodome’s renovation turn the site into an indoor park and events space,...

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The new stadium and mixed-use project for the Los Angeles Rams. Renderings courtesy LA Rams.

July 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 70,000-seat stadium will be ready by the 2019 NFL season. The surrounding mixed-use developme...

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

Infrastructure investment, led by transit-oriented projects, is driving economic growth in many of America's largest cities. Image: Transwestern

July 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Competitiveness and economic development are at stake for cities, says Transwestern.

Rendering courtesy Studio Octopi

June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The addition of a pool to the Yarra may help improve people’s perception of the river and act as...

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'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-s...

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Texas Rangers announce plans for $1 billion retractable roof ballpark

Globe Life Park in Arlington. Photo: Brandi Korte/Creative Commons

May 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The new stadium will replace Globe Life Park, which is only 22 years old.

 

The entrance to the Cubs' new locker room

May 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Audacy system uses a combination of motion sensors, luminaire controllers, light sensors, and...

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NBA’s Atlanta Hawks to build new practice center with attached medical facilities

The Atlanta Hawks new practice facility in Brookhaven, Ga. Rendering courtesy HOK.

May 06, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The team will have easy access to an MRI machine, 3D motion capture equipment, and in-ground hydr...

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A man-made lagoon with a Bellagio-like fountain will be the highlight of a mixed-use project outside Dallas

A planned mixed-use development called Bayside, in a suburb of Dallas will feature a lagoon and water fountain that would be a first for Texas. Phase I construction on the residential, office, and retail parts of the 262-acre project is scheduled to begin in the few months. Image: Humphreys and Partners Architects

May 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction will soon begin on housing, retail, and office spaces.

An aerial view of Folsom Field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which has recently completed an extensive expansion and renovation of its sports complex that included the addition of a new Sports and Medicine Performance Center, built in partnership with Boulder Community Health and open to the public. Image: Courtesy of Mortenson Construction

April 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This two-year project enhances the experiences of athletes and fans alike.

Cubs take a measured approach when planning HD video boards

Photo: Pepper Construction/Chicago Cubs. Click here for larger view.

April 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Along with the mammoth and super-sharp video boards, Wrigley Field's 1060 Project includes renova...

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More than a game: 4 ways sports teams adapt to changing fan preferences

The six-story “patio doors” at the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center will draw in fresh air and let outdoor visitors listen to concerts. Photo: Courtesy AECOM/Sacramento Kings. Click here for larger view.

April 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

As the cost of tickets, parking, and concessions skyrockets, while home theater technology become...

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Chicago Cubs continue Wrigley Field renovations with new clubhouse

The Cubs' locker room at Wrigley Field in 2008. Photo: Phil Romans/Creative Commons.

April 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The team found 30,000 sf of space underneath an old parking lot, nearly tripling the size of the...

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A 9,000-sf LED video mesh runs along an outside wall of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is also distinguished by a first-of-its-kind exterior concert stage. Image: Populous

April 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The gambling mecca has its eyes on attracting a pro sports team. 

The importance of true cost-modeling for sports facilities

The Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Image © 2014 Atlanta Falcons Football Club.

April 05, 2016 | Peter Knowles and Steve Kelly, Rider Levett Bucknall

Many factors prevent sports facilities from immediate profitability. Rider Levett Bucknall’s Pete...

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San Diego Chargers announce plan for downtown stadium and convention center

Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego Chargers' current home. Photo: SD Dirk/Creative Commons

April 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The project will be funded primarily by a tax increase on hotel stays.

 

A proposed 300-meter-tall tower, to be located at Dubai's Marina, would offer extreme-sports enthusiasts the chance to scale its heights, rappel its sides, and base jump from three different platforms. Rendering: 10 Design

March 31, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design incorporates Everest-like base camps for different skill levels.

Images courtesy Guy Hollaway Architects. Click photos to enlarge. (Click here to enlarge lede image).

March 29, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Guy Hollaway Architects designed an indoor 10,700-sf park in Folkestone, England, to accommodate...

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Minnesota Timberwolves follow pack of NBA teams with new high-res video screens

Image courtesy Minnesota Timberwolves. 

March 25, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Wolves, Charlotte Hornets, and Sacramento Kings have new multi-paneled center-hung displays p...

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Barcelona hoops arena will rattle opponents with “wall” of raucous fans

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March 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

HOK and TAC Arquitectes designed a basketball palace that will have intimate seating inside and p...

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