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.
Italian soccer stadium designed to look like translucent waves

Though the stadium is open air, the seating is completely covered by a Teflon roof. Renderings courtesy Massimo Guidotti

September 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architect Massimo Guidotti created a sinuous design for the stadium, which can support up to 16,0...

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Tokyo Olympic Stadium saga ends for Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's original concept for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

September 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After resubmitting a bid, the firm will not design the main venue for the 2020 Olympics after all...

Proposed stadium for NFL's St. Louis Rams offers more than just football

The latest St. Louis Rams stadium renderings, released Sept. 1, courtesy HOK

September 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The stadium's newest features have been unveiled by HOK, which could give the Rams one of the mos...

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Green Bay Packers to start construction on a business district near Lambeau Field this fall

Image: Titletown District, all renderings courtesy Green Bay Packers (via Green Bay Press Gazette)

August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Flush with cash, the NFL team is kicking in about half of the $130 million for the 20-acre projec...

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BIG crowdfunds steam ring prototype for Amager Bakke project

For every ton of CO2 produced, the smokestack will release a ring of steam. Rendering courtesy BIG

August 18, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The unusual power plant/ski slope project in Copenhagen will feature a ...

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The world’s longest ski slope will be built in one of the world’s hottest cities

Meydan One. Renderings courtesy Meydan City Corporation

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The words “skiing” and “desert” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But that’s changing in Du...

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Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid

July 31, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

“Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market...

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Renderings courtesy Populous

July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the venue will be bu...

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The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history featur...

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McKinney, Texas, dives into huge pool-and-fitness center project

Rendering courtesy Brinkley Sargent Wiginton

July 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Money magazine is the latest publication to rank McKinney, Texas, as the best place to live in th...

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Japan announces new plan for Olympic Stadium

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons

July 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The country moves on from Zaha Hadid Architects, creators of the original stadium design scrapped...

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Japan scraps Tokyo Olympic Stadium project

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons.

July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The rising price tag was one of the downfalls of the 70-meter-tall, 290,000-sm stadium. In 2014,...

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German architect proposes construction of mountain near Berlin

The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges

July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.

Guy Holloway proposes multi-level urban sports park for skaters

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space. Renderings courtesy Guy Holloway Architects

May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space.

MVRDV Selected to Design High-Line Inspired Park ‘Seoul Skygarden’

The planned Seoul Skygarden will be made out of a 40-year-old overpass, which was deemed unsafe for heavier vehicles in 2009. Renderings courtesy MVRDV

May 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The garden will be organized as a library of plants, which will make the park easier to navigate....

Architect scouts investors for underwater tennis court

The underwater arena fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai, according to the architect. Renderings courtesy 8+8 Concept Studio

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

While off duty, the tennis complex could double as exhibition space.

Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop...

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soc...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

USTA breaks ground on what will be the country’s largest tennis complex

With 106 courts and 270,000 sf, the USTA National Campus will be the largest tennis complex in the U.S. Rendering: Michel Borg, HKS

April 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 63-acre facility is being positioned as a cornerstone for a sports innovation and performance...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Design for new Milwaukee Bucks stadium is ‘modest and modernist’

Critics have commended the building, with one professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee telling the Journal Sentinel that the design is "not overly zooming and it's not faux historic." Renderings courtesy Populous

April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by local firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the sports venue will p...

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Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University...

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Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building in...

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Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

| March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “th...

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Foster + Partners wins bid for 2022 World Cup centerpiece stadium in Qatar

The winning design was first proposed in 2010 with the help of Arup and Populous. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster described the design as “an exciting step forward in stadium design—it will be the...

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