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.
Fusion arena interior

Courtesy Populous

March 28, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous is designing the facility.

Aerial view of Nippon-Ham Fighters new ballpark

Courtesy HKS

March 20, 2019 | BD+C Staff

The Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club will call the park home.

DC entertainment and sports arena exterior

Courtesy Rossetti + MMD.

February 25, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Rossetti and Michael Marshall Design designed the venue.

Munich stadium

Courtesy 3XN

February 18, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

3XN Architects is designing the project.

Great Park Ice has a 2,500-person capacity. It is part of a four-rink facility that is the largest ice-skating complex in California, and one of the largest in the country that's accessible to the public. Image: Courtesy of Swinerton Builders.

February 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Great Ice Park and FivePoint Arena include four ice rinks.

Courtesy FIFA

December 17, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The stadium will be at the center of an entirely new city.

Cutaway rendering of the lower floor of the Thrive Rec Center under construction in Lewisville, Texas, show how the building breaks down into three sections: fitness, water, and community. Image: Barker Rinker Seacat, courtesy of the city of Lewisville, Texas

December 06, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Taxpayers and other investors accept the economic and social value in these complexes.

Aerial rendering of Oakland A's new stadium, designed by BIG

Rendering courtesy BIG

December 04, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The team will also redevelop the Coliseum site.

SkyRise Miami is being positioned as a vertical theme park with a number of extreme rides and stunning vistas. Image: Berkowitz Development Group

October 30, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

SkyRise Miami to offer some hair-raising attractions.

Sports venues reach outside their walls

Little Caesars Arena is a multipurpose venue shared by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and NBA’s Detroit Pistons. It anchors The District Detroit, a 50-block mixed-use development in the heart of the city. Photo Michael Robinson, courtesy HOK

October 12, 2018 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Professional and collegiate facilities invite fans to engage with the community.

ADPRO expansion

Courtesy Populous

August 09, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Arc Building Partners will lead construction efforts on the project.

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.

Maryland's Cole Fieldhouse
March 30, 2018 | Christopher Whitcomb

CannonDesign recently shared new images of two collegiate sports projects with interesting ties t...

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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.

Virginia Beach: A surf town with a wave problem no more

The surf park fits with Virginia Beach’s long connection to surfing and board shaping. Rendering: Hanbury

January 25, 2018 | David Keith, AIA, LEED AP, and Alec Yuzhbabenko, Hanbury

A world-class surf park will highlight Virginia Beach’s new live-work-play development.

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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