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The field-level premium seat experience remains a hot market in the NFL, 20 seasons after the Seattle Seahawks introduced the concept with the Red Zone Suites at their stadium.
The NFL’s Washington Football Team and Carolina Panthers are moving forward to build new facilities in their respective markets.
GLASS ACT: The suite structure at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, built in 2015, adds new layers of hospitality to a vintage building. (Courtesy Heery) Changing preferences and an expanding role for stadiums create new opportunities for designers For most of their existence, there’s been a distinction between stadiums and arenas and the roles they play in sports and entertainment. Increasingly, however, venue architects see stadiums as fulfilling a more expansive role in the community as a host for a perpetual parade of events that range from the epic to the intimate. “Stadiums — some of them, not all of them — are starting to become just like big arenas,” said Mike Holleman, senior vice president at Heery. “So where arenas can book 150 (to) 200 events a year, some of the new stadiums, especially the enclosed ones, are starting to pick up those big acts more. With them… Continue Reading Stadium Design + Construction: Futurama
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ lease at Chase Field runs through 2027, but they can leave as early as 2022 without penalty. (Getty Images) Architect was selected in past few months to develop new ballpark The Arizona Diamondbacks are quietly advancing their plans to develop a new ballpark. They’ve selected HKS, the architect that designed their spring training facility, to plan a stadium to replace Phoenix’s Chase Field, sources said. The decision to go with HKS was made in the past few months after interviews with multiple sports design firms, according to sources familiar with the process. It’s unclear whether the two entities have a signed contract. Derrick Hall, president of the MLB Diamondbacks, and Bryan Trubey, an HKS principal and executive vice president, did not return emails and texts for comment. The Diamondbacks have been going through the steps for ballpark development after reaching an agreement with Maricopa County a… Continue Reading Sources: Diamondbacks Have Picked HKS
Jerry Fawcett, whose work included Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, and Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif., died May 29 in Dallas. Texan made mark in colleges and baseball, the sport that held his heart Jerry Fawcett, a sports architect Texas born and bred who is credited with launching the college practice at HKS and solidifying its minor league baseball group, died May 29 in Dallas. He was 71. “Jerry was a true Southern gentleman and a real professional,” said Byron Chambers, a principal and design director at Populous. Chambers worked with Fawcett at HKS before joining Gensler to start a design studio in Dallas with Fawcett and Jonathan Kelly in 2014. Fawcett rejoined HKS in 2018 and worked there until his death. His colleagues described Fawcett as sincere, caring and a man of deep faith. He was also a huge baseball fan who absorbed himself in the game,… Continue Reading HKS Architect Jerry Fawcett Dies