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.

A 3D-printed model of the 21,000-seat Little Caesars Arena in Detroit includes tiny versions of fans in every seat. The level of detail in this concept model was instrumental in selling suites in the arena, which opens in September. Image: Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

April 21, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The centerpiece is the scaled replica of a new arena that puts a miniature fan in every seat.

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April 21, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The facility will also include two floors of Class A laboratory and office space and retail space...

Rendering courtesy HOK

April 19, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stadium is now scheduled to open on Aug. 26 in a preseason game between the Falcons and the J...

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April 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The concrete contains unique colors, aggregates, and textures.

SunTrust Park in Atlanta is racing toward its final stages of construction to be able to open on time for opening day for the Atlanta Braves' MLB baseball team. A newly released time-lapse video captures the last 21 months of construction in a flash. Image: hshin.ajc.com 

March 09, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

OxBlue’s time-lapse video draws from more than 200,000 images.

601, an 11,500-sf multipurpose space within American Airlines Arena in Miami, is big enough to host three or four parties and events at once. Image: Courtesy The Heat Group

February 27, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

601 offers variety and flexibility not found in the arena’s other food and entertainment location...

Rendering courtesy of 3XN Architects.

February 22, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Danish firm beat entries from Zaha Hadid Architects and Henning Larsen Architects for the pro...

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A rendering of the criminal justice facility that Rock Ventures is offering to build in Detroit's Wayne County in exchange for a coveted parcel of land on which the Rock Ventures would build a complex that includes a Major League Soccer stadium, a hotel, offices and apartments. Image: Rock Ventures LLC

February 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

He would take over a downtown Detroit site, where he wants to build a soccer stadium, and build a...

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Rendering courtesy of MANICA Architecture

January 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The proposal was designed by MANICA Architecture and would seat 65,000 fans with room to expand t...

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Rendering courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

December 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Energy created by those exercising within would power the gym down the Seine.

Airborne San Diego, a three-story indoor skydiving facility, can accommodate all patrons, from beginners to military personnel. Its owner, Airborne America, wants to up to 10 of these venues in the U.S. over the next 5-7 years. Image: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

December 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The three-year-old company opens its first indoor skydiving facility featuring two wind tunnels....

Rendering courtesy of HOK

December 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The HOK-designed facility was created with more than just NHL games in mind, and has been nominat...

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Courtesy of HKS

November 29, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stadium will be home to the L.A. Rams and will also host other world-class sporting events an...

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

November 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The architects say the project will be the greenest soccer stadium in the world once completed....

Rendering courtesy of Leo A Daly.

October 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

“This design is all about drawing the community into the excitement of NHL hockey,” says Arnie Ma...

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The 377,000-sf Royal Arena in Copenhagen will include plazas that residents of the surrounding neighborhood can take advantage of. Image: Adam Mørk, Courtesy of 3XN Architects

October 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design of this 377,000-sf building makes concessions to the residential community that surrou...

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September 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The park will serve as an urban oasis of outdoor activities for the surrounding area.

Rendering courtesy of HOK

September 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Atlanta Falcons new home is expected to save 40% in energy usage than a typical NFL stadium....

The massive DAYTONA Rising Project in progress.

| September 13, 2016 | Bluebeam

Daytona International Speedway has undergone a $400 million full-scale makeover to update the fac...

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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe stadium at the National Tennis Center in New York is a freestanding, 6,500-ton structure whose moveable panels can enclose the facility in seven minutes. Image: USTA/Michael LeBrecht II

September 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Mushy ground and indoor condensation were just two of the issues this $150 million project presen...

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A new 23,000-seat football stadium will be a centerpiece within a retail/sports/entertainment/lifestyle village associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Image: HKS

August 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $80 million sports facility is among the features planned for a 90-acre mixed-use village....

Photo courtesy of STV

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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