BIG-designed 1.3 million-sf sports and entertainment district includes Austin’s first pro-sports stadium

BIG is working in partnership with STG Design and Austin Sports & Entertainment on the project.

December 06, 2017 |
East Austin District

Rendering courtesy of BIG

Spread across 1.3 million sf in Austin, Texas the new East Austin District will provide the fast-growing city with its first pro-sports stadium and large-scale music arena.

The 40,000-seat outdoor bowl is designed for large-scale soccer and rugby matches, music festivals, and other major events. The 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena is connected to the stadium and will serve as the home for Rodeo Austin, musical acts, basketball, and hockey.


The 40,000-seat stadiumRendering courtesy of BIG.


The stadium and arena are joined by 190,000-sf of premium facilities and support functions. The separate buildings are unified by all-wooden interiors. Eight courtyards act as outdoor living rooms that connect the entire district. Visitors can gather in the public parks and plazas for communal gatherings, food truck scenes, recreation, and concerts. At the edge of the district are buildings for retail, shopping, dining, and hospitality. Youth education and enrichment are promoted via 28,000-sf of youth facilities.


15,000-seat arenaRendering courtesy of BIG.


“Like a collective campus rather than a monolithic stadium, the East Austin District unifies all the elements of rodeo and soccer into a village of courtyards and canopies,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG, in a release. “Embracing Austin’s local character and culture, the East Austin District is a single destination composed of many smaller structures under one roof.”

The entire district is laid out in a checkerboard that appears as a latticed roofscape from above. The roof offers protection from the elements as well as a home for red photovoltaic panels that allow the entire district to be self-sufficient. The plan is for East Austin District to one day share its energy resources community-wide to power East Austin’s electricity and economy.


East Austin District from floor levelRendering courtesy of BIG.


Courtyard space in East Austin DistrictRendering courtesy of BIG.


Interior stadium spaceRendering courtesy of BIG.


Rendering courtesy of BIG.


Concert in the enclosed stadium spaceRendering courtesy of BIG.

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