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.
May 24, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy design... read more
USTA courts

The 65-acre USTA campus features a complex that includes sports facilities, offices, and living quarters. Photo: Garrett Rowland.

May 16, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gold Award: With 100 courts and more than 260,000 sf of vertical construction, the USTA National...

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Bentley Arena
May 15, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The university arena was designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge.

Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
April 19, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The renovations took place between October 2017 and April 2018.

View from Wilson Field in Ryan Fieldhouse

Photo: ©Steinkamp Photography. Courtesy of Perkins+Will.

April 19, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Perkins+Will designed the facility.

rendering of Westminster Athletic Stadium

Courtesy of KWK Architects

April 03, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is the largest capital improvement project on the campus in over a decade.

Ray Lavietes Pavilion interior

Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

March 27, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Bruner/Cott & Associates led the revitalization project.

Spinning energy: Members of ECO Gym in Rochester, N.Y., ride bikes that return power to the building. Image: SportsArt

February 23, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The equipment’s supplier is eyeing the U.S. for aggressive growth.

February 01, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The iconic stadium opened in 1923.

The new Edmonton Funicular

Photo: Brock Kryton

December 18, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The incline elevator is located in downtown Edmonton and was publicly funded.

The LINC with the fitness center shown in the window

Courtesy of KAI Design & Build

December 15, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The facility will be co-managed by Lincoln University and the City of Jefferson – Parks, Recreati...

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A clubhouse with indoor swimming pool and numerous meeting and entertainment spaces will be available to visitors of The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon in Oregon. Image: RA Architecture + Design

December 06, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The complex will include 180 campsites and a year-round clubhouse. 

East Austin District

Rendering courtesy of BIG

December 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

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

Front of the new Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center
November 27, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center will provide a strong commitment to donor and VIP cult...

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The Oakland Coliseum

Photo: Amy K. Posner, Wikimedia Commons

November 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stadium is being planned for a piece of land that sits next to Lake Merritt near Downtown Oak...

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West Pavilion at Nippert Stadium

Last fall, the University of Cincinnati unveiled its newly renovated and expanded West Pavilion at Nippert Stadium, one of the nation’s oldest collegiate football stadiums. The five-story, 115,000-sf pavilion offers much-needed events and meeting space and luxury seating options. Architecture Research Office and Heery International led the $65 million project.

October 23, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Colleges are going all out to optimize the fan experience and make the most of student athletes’...

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Crowd in a stadium
October 23, 2017 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Mortenson Construction, and Turner Construction Co. top BD+C’s ranking of the nat...

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October 20, 2017 | BD+C Staff

WSP, Walter P Moore, and ME Engineers top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest sports...

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T-Moble Arena

T-Mobile Arena. Photo: Courtesy Populous, Jeff Goldberg

October 20, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Populous, HOK, and HKS top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest sports sector architec...

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A 20,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown Sacramento is being designed with significant input by the local community through an outreach initiative launched by the city's pro soccer club and the project's architect. Image: HNTB

September 27, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sacramento Republic FC and HNTB are conducting a contest where the public can submit concept idea...

A rendering of Fifth Third Arena
September 11, 2017 | Troy Sherrard AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Sports & Recreation Architecture, Moody Nolan

While large 20,000-seat sports venues aren’t going away, mid-size venues provide advantages the b...

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Jacksonville Jaguars’ new practice facility, designed by Populous

The facility’s roof consists of 3,000 tons of structural steel that support a PTFE membrane. The PTFE fabric is suspended from 430-foot-long structural steel trusses that support an array of structural steel v-columns. Design architect Populous designed the roof form and then worked in tandem with Walter P Moore to create the roof’s structure and subdivide it into trusses. All images and renderings courtesy Populous


August 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The project team employed Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and a host of other software appli...

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A rendering of the practice court at the Detroit Pistons Performance Center

Rendering courtesy of Rossetti.

August 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The facility will be incorporated into the community with public spaces.

The Toronto York Recreation Centre serves three communities that participated in a number of design sessions with the project's Building Team. Image: Tom Arban Photography

July 17, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Community engagement impacts its design and programming.

Pixabay Public Domain

June 21, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bipartisan legislation would prevent use of municipal bonds by pro teams.

Clemson University has built an elaborate football operations facility, whose Building Team had to improvise to meet a 15-month construction deadline. Michael Robinson Photography

June 08, 2017 | John Caulfied, Senior Editor

Silver Award: Clemson gets a new football operations palace, thanks to its building partners’ abi...

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Renderings courtesy LA Rams

May 19, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Rams and Chargers won’t be able to move in until the 2020 season.

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.

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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