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Designers Discuss Post-Coronavirus Changes

Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn., is fitted with touchless systems that can help prevent the spread of viruses. (Courtesy Pendulum Studio) Alternatives to stainless steel surfaces, adjustments to buffets may lie ahead, they say In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, architects are having internal discussions about how things will change in the design of sports and entertainment facilities to provide greater protection for spectators and venue workers. Expanding touchless technology in suites and clubs, restrooms and office spaces; using materials other than stainless steel to build hard surfaces that are more resistant to germs; and embracing security-related systems such as thermal screening are a few examples that designers are talking about as additional layers of protection. Operationally, expect to see changes in food preparation and presentation and cleaning procedures, they added.  It’s all in the concept stage at this point, but the virus has people talking about what’s […]

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Roof Retrofit Grows Into a Top Priority

The Carolina Panthers have studied a roof retrofit at Bank of America Stadium. (Getty Images) More teams considering additions to shelter fans, help amplify home crowd David Tepper, owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, recently mentioned to local reporters the concept of building a roof at Bank of America Stadium to make the venue more attractive for concerts and potentially the NCAA Final Four. His remarks may appear to be wishful thinking to some, but the Panthers have studied the roof issue dating to before Tepper bought the team in 2018, when Jerry Richardson was owner, said multiple sources who have consulted with the club over the past five years. They’re not alone. At least one other NFL team is studying a roof retrofit, plus multiple MLS teams, the Indian Wells tennis complex and municipally owned stadiums competing to host 2026 FIFA World Cup games.  In baseball, two MLB teams […]

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