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 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.

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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