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.
Washington Capitals ice with display projected on it.
May 19, 2020 | Dan Goldstein, AVIXA 

Audiovisual systems that turn sports arenas into digital canvasses have become key elements of...

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All photos ©Lawrence Anderson, courtesy of DLR Group.

May 01, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The work finished prior to the 2019 USC season.

FUll Sail University's Fortress eSports arena

The Fortress eSports arena at Full Sail University. Courtesy Full Sail University.

April 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Universities are building dedicated spaces for eSport athletes to pick up the sticks.

All renderings courtesy Disney

February 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

This will be Disney’s second private island retreat.

 

Courtesy Populous

February 25, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous designed the project.

LEGOLAND Water Park promotional material

Courtesy LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland

February 06, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The water park will be part of Italy’s Gardaland Theme Park in Gardaland, Italy.

WSCC addition

All renderings courtesy LMN Architects

January 20, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

LMN Architects designed the project.

Top 65 Sports Facilities Engineering Firms for 2019

Photo: Pixabay

  

December 23, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Walter P Moore, Kimley-Horn, ME Engineers, Thornton Tomasetti, and EXP head the rankings of the n...

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Top 90 Sports Facilities Architecture Firms for 2019

Fusion Arena, Philadelphia. Rendering courtesy Populous

   

December 23, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Populous, HKS, HOK, Gensler, and HNTB top the rankings of the nation's largest sports facilities...

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Florence, Italy's city leaders have approved the sale of land for a new soccer stadium, which one achitect's design proposal envisions in the shape of a stone, with cladding that matches the local team's colors. Images: Pierattelli Architetture

December 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The owner of Fiorentina, the soccer team, wants to move into a new facility by 2023.

Vitality eSports gaming setup with computers

All photos courtesy HKS

November 22, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The facility is meant to draw in more than just eSports fans.

Wrigley field looking to the northeast

Wrigley Field, looking northeast toward Lake Michigan. Two new digital scoreboards flank the traditional scoreboard whose numbers are manipulated by hand. All photos: Mark Ballogg/Ballogg Photography.

November 08, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Venerable Wrigley Field is raised up in a top-to-bottom restoration that took five years to compl...

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Fortress esports stage

All renderings courtesy Populous

September 30, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous designed the project.

A special 1,400-sf area inside the new Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Texas has been carved out for the school's national champions. Image: Rick Myers/Advent

September 02, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility recounts the narratives of the school’s storied sports history.

A canopy will cover every seat at the new West End Stadium, where the FC Cincinnati MLS franchise will play its home games in two years. Image: Populous

August 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The closest seat will be only 15 feet from the field.

Calgary arena in winter

All renderings courtesy Rosetti

August 13, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Rosetti is master planning the project.

Aerial view of Qiddiya

All renderings courtesy Qiddiya Investment Company

August 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Qiddiya is currently under construction 28 miles outside of Riyadh.

Harper College in Illinois joined forces with a local healthcare system and parks district to finance the renovation and expansion of a community rec center. Image: Dave Burk, courtesy of CannonDesign 

August 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Institutional, private, and government dollars moved recent projects forward in Illinois and Cana...

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The new addition to St. Edwards athletic center

Courtesy Specht Architects

August 06, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Specht Architects designed the project.

All renderings courtesy LA Clippers.

July 29, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

AECOM is designing the project.

All renderings courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

July 25, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The renovations will be completed before the 2020 season.

View from SE at night

All renderings courtesy Populous

July 17, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The $250 million stadium is being privately funded by the team’s ownership group.

Row New York Boathouse, courtesy Foster + Partners

Rendering courtesy Foster + Partners

  

June 27, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will sit on the banks of the Harlem River in Sherman Creek Park.

June 19, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

It is being called the only venue of its kind between Istanbul and Singapore that can host events...

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May 29, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Flexibility and connectivity between the digital and physical space are key.

May 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The park will include new indoor and outdoor space.

All photos: Kmiecik Imagery

May 09, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Design-build firm Wight & Company completed the building.

With sweeping views to the north and east, allowing sightlines into St. Louis's Downtown West District neighborhood, a proposed MLS soccer stadium for the city could be the next anchor in its ongoing downtown revitalization. All renderings courtesy HOK and Snow Kreilich

April 24, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Plans capitalize on league’s plans to expand.

The 10,000-person capacity Las Vegas Ballpark is located in the heart of suburban Summerlin, Nev., with a population of more than 100,000. Image: Howard Hughes Corporation

April 12, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Developer Howard Hughes views the stadium as an essential piece to this master-planned community’...

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All renderings courtesy HKS Architects

April 04, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stadium will be the cornerstone of the Texas Live! Development.

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