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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 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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January 26, 2017 | Jennifer Williams

Human performance facilities are emerging as a new way for people to attend to their overall well...

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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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Rendering courtesy of

July 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Current plans for the Astrodome’s renovation turn the site into an indoor park and events space,...

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The new stadium and mixed-use project for the Los Angeles Rams. Renderings courtesy LA Rams.

July 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 70,000-seat stadium will be ready by the 2019 NFL season. The surrounding mixed-use developme...

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

Infrastructure investment, led by transit-oriented projects, is driving economic growth in many of America's largest cities. Image: Transwestern

July 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Competitiveness and economic development are at stake for cities, says Transwestern.

Rendering courtesy Studio Octopi

June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The addition of a pool to the Yarra may help improve people’s perception of the river and act as...

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'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-s...

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