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.

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

Courtesy HOK. Click here to enlarge.

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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All renderings courtesy Populous. Click photos to enlarge.

March 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan, led by Populous, includes a 714,000-sf arena and a 30-acre mixed-use development.

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Washington Redskins tease new stadium model designed by Bjarke Ingels

Photo via Washington Redskins

March 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The location isn't yet determined, but the new stadium will have a moat for kayaking.

Experts pessimistic on Chicago’s $650 million McCormick Place expansion

The new DePaul Arena at McCormick Place Event Center. Courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

March 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Developers and city officials envision $250 million of annual growth, but the figure assumes that...

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Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler

February 22, 2016 | BD+C Staff 

Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...

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Mega surf parks take entertainment to new extremes

Wavegarden’s Surf Snowdonia in Wales uses an underwater foil to generate waves. Photo: Wavegarden

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Wave-making technologies vie for attention, as surfing is shortlisted for 2020 Olympic Games.

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Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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| February 03, 2016 | Valspar

The recently constructed basketball arena at Ole Miss, The Pavilion, exudes sophistication due to...

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Billion-dollar dome in Las Vegas could be the Oakland Raiders next home

Photo: Mike McBride/Creative Commons

January 29, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The franchise, which is considering relocation if it can’t work out a stadium deal in the Bay Are...

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. Rendering: HOK

January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest sports sector design and construction firms, as reported...

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Multi-billion-dollar stadium planned as the NFL returns to Los Angeles

Proposed NFL stadium in Inglewood, the future home for the new Los Angeles Rams. Rendering: HKS Sports & Entertainment

January 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Rams, formerly of St. Louis, will move into a new stadium possibly by 2019—and they might hav...

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Washington Redskins hire Bjarke Ingels Group to design new stadium

The Redskins have played at the Maryland-based FedEx Field since 1997, but the team feels that it is time for a new home. Photo: dctourism/Creative Commons

January 08, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Danish firm is short on designing football stadiums, but it has led other impressive large sc...

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An open-air plaza inside AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami has been converted into a solar pavilion that makes the space more usable for revenue-generating functions. Courtesy NRG Energy and The Heat Group. 

January 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

NRG Energy teams with Miami Heat to transform an underused open-air plaza and reinforce the facil...

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Kengo Kuma selected to design National Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Rendering via Japan Sports Council (via Dezeen).

December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Japan chose between projects from Japanese architects Kuma and Toyo Ito. The decision has been me...

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Tokyo down to two finalists for Olympic Stadium design

Design A, from Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Images: Japan Sports Council

December 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Both cost less than the Zaha Hadid proposal that was scrapped over the summer.

 

| December 14, 2015 | Star Building Systems

House of Sports in Ardsley, N.Y., is home to a soccer field on the third floor of a downtown buil...

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Michigan YMCA receives Universal Design Certification

Photos courtesy Mary Free Bed YMCA

December 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 116,200-sf Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids is accessable for everyone who uses the facilit...

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High tech material makes Minnesota Vikings' new stadium's roof light and strong

Rendering courtesy HKS

December 07, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

U.S. Bank Stadium will have an ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) pneumatic roof, a durable, fle...

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils renderings of redeveloped stadium for Chelsea FC

Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily)

December 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

As many as 264 brick piers will line the perimeter of the stadium and extend to a steel ring perc...

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Edmonton's Rogers Place is one of North America's top next-generation stadiums

Edmonton's new Rogers Place, future home of the NHL's Oilers. Renderings courtesy Edmonton Arena Corp

November 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers made Curbed’s list of 11 next-generation stadiums in North...

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Real Madrid gets new headquarters designed by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. Renderings courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepip...

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MJA Studio proposes to turn old Australian stadium into a complex with giant surf pool

The 107-year-old Subiaco Oval could be transformed into a man-made lake meant for surfing. Renderings courtesy MJA Studio, via Inhabitat. Video from SubiSurf Park.

November 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Subiaco Oval, which was built in 1908, could become the Subi Surf Park, a complex with apartm...

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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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