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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 Aztec Stadium

The 35,000-seat Aztec Stadium should be ready for San Diego State University's first game of the 2022 football season. Image: Gensler Sports

July 16, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This will be part of a 135-acre campus innovation district.

Liberty Locker room

Photos: New York Liberty

July 13, 2021 | David Malone, Managine Editor

A women-led team from Shawmut Design and Construction and Generator Studios conceptualized and...

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Gately Park track
July 07, 2021 | David Malone, Managing Editor

It is the first hydraulically banked track in Illinois.

Brighton Homes Arena aerial view

Renderings courtesy Populous

June 16, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will include fields for public use.

A digital twin of Marishal Square in Scotland

A digital twin of the two-building, 177,000-sf Marischal Square in Aberdeen, Scotland, draws upon sensors that, among other things, alert the management to building-control failures and monitor leasing and occupancy. Rendering: Cityzenith


May 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ernst & Young’s white paper makes its cases for the technology’s myriad benefits.

St. Louis fieldhouse overhead view

All renderings courtesy mw Weber Architects

May 17, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will be the largest youth volleyball and basketball facility in St. Louis.

TQL Stadium interior

Photos courtesy Populous

May 11, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous designed the project.

Georgia tech baseball stadium

All photos courtesy Georgia Tech.

April 27, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project includes a new, year-round elite training facility.

April 09, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

HOK designed the project.

Reser Stadium

All renderings courtesy Populous

March 26, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous has recently release renderings of the project.

The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.


Courtesy EDG

January 25, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The NCC&Esports Center i...

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The Weekly show: The future of eSports facilities, and meet the National Institute for AI in Construction
December 17, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

The December 17 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand. 

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 Sports Facilities Sector Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. sports facilities sector

Photo Robert Hernandez Villalta via Pexels


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

Kimley-Horn, Mortenson, and Populous top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest sports facilit...

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The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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Allianz Field exterior at night

Photo: James Ewing

November 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor   

The new home of the Minnesota United soccer club wins a Silver Award in BD+C’s 2020 Building Te...

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PGA of America Headquarters

Courtesy Page

October 06, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Page is designing the project.

2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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Florida Gators Ballpark

Courtesy University of Florida

July 09, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous and Walker Architects designed the project.

Tottenham Stadium Exterior

All photos courtesy Populous.

June 15, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous designed the project.

Washington Capitals ice with display projected on it.
May 19, 2020 | Dan Goldstein, AVIXA 

Audiovisual systems that turn sports arenas into digital canvasses have become key elements of...

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All photos ©Lawrence Anderson, courtesy of DLR Group.

May 01, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The work finished prior to the 2019 USC season.

FUll Sail University's Fortress eSports arena

The Fortress eSports arena at Full Sail University. Courtesy Full Sail University.

April 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Universities are building dedicated spaces for eSport athletes to pick up the sticks.

All renderings courtesy Disney

February 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

This will be Disney’s second private island retreat.


Courtesy Populous

February 25, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Populous designed the project.

LEGOLAND Water Park promotional material

Courtesy LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland

February 06, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The water park will be part of Italy’s Gardaland Theme Park in Gardaland, Italy.

WSCC addition

All renderings courtesy LMN Architects

January 20, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

LMN Architects designed the project.

Top 65 Sports Facilities Engineering Firms for 2019

Photo: Pixabay


December 23, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Walter P Moore, Kimley-Horn, ME Engineers, Thornton Tomasetti, and EXP head the rankings of the n...

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