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Crew Puts Premium on Premium

A rendering shows the Columbus Crew’s new stadium and its 40,000-square-foot exterior plaza. (Courtesy HNTB) MLS team looks to provide variety of options at new stadium Major League Soccer’s second generation of soccer-specific stadiums in Columbus, Ohio, will introduce some new premium seat products to the league and get back to the basics of roof canopy design, project architects said. The Columbus Crew, co-owned by the Haslam family, owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, and orthopedic surgeon Pete Edwards, the Crew’s former team doctor, broke ground last week on a $300 million stadium on the west end of the Arena District.  Designed by HNTB, the new facility replaces Mapfre Stadium, the league’s first soccer-specific facility and the Crew’s home since 1999. The mix of premium seats is still in flux, but the number of club seats will surpass 2,300, higher than at recent MLS stadiums built in Los Angeles, Minnesota, […]

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Cleveland’s ‘Postcard Building’ Transforms City

A rendering of the renovated Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, courtesy of the arena. Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will give fans plenty more than just a new name for the 26th year of the building. After a few months of a complete shutdown, the final phase of the $185 million renovation to the city’s largest arena has its grand opening slated for Sept. 28 with a completely reimagined exterior and space aplenty in the remade concourses.  Home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL’s Cleveland Monsters and over 200 ticketed events annually, the publicly owned building operated by the Cavs underwent a phase one enhancement a year ago, mainly remaking and enhancing the premium spaces within the building. This year, though, came the heavy lifting required to complete phase two, focused on the main public areas. The Cavs added 55,000 square feet to the building, now a total of 153,000 square feet; created […]

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FC Cincinnati Shows Off New Renderings

A grand staircase on the stadium’s east side will welcome supporters. (Courtesy Populous) Populous emphasizes exterior lighting and a finned facade for MLS stadium Final designs for FC Cincinnati’s $250 million privately funded West End Stadium revealed Tuesday take exterior venue lighting to a new level. Scheduled to open in March 2021, the 26,000- to 26,500-seat venue includes a custom LED lighting program on each of the 513 vertical fins that form a wavelike external structure to enclose the stadium. The fins will help the stadium appear to glow when lit for evening events, said Populous senior principal Jonathan Mallie, director of the firm’s New York office and now the leader of the design. The feature, which Mallie said has not been used in stadium design before, will allow motion sequences on the east facade.   “The idea of experiential graphics on the lighting effects will really change the experience of walking […]

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Community Assets

The 111-year-old Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House reopened last year after a $56 million renovation. (Courtesy Live Nation) Revitalized theaters provide a boost to their neighborhoods, cities The romanticism of walking into an ornately decorated historic theater has drawn communities to save the old structures, and cities across the nation are now watching new development around theaters grow and neighborhoods flourish. An outsized example of economic growth around a revamped historic theater is The Met Philly, a 110,000-square-foot structure that was saved from despair with a $56 million restoration.  The once blighted building is now called the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street, an area that’s going through a renaissance with new hotels, residential and mixed-use development sprouting up.  The Met Philly opened as a massive concert venue in December and continues to wow audiences and musicians alike with its grand facade, plush seats and double balcony.  “I have to […]

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FC Cincinnati Pushes Suite Total

Populous has taken over from Meis Architects on the project for the Cincinnati MLS club. (Courtesy FC Cincinnati) Populous charged with adding to 50 units planned for stadium FC Cincinnati and its new architect, Populous, are searching for additional space to build more suites beyond the 50 units already designed for its $250 million stadium development, said Jeff Berding, the team’s president and general manager. Populous recently replaced Meis Architects to help deliver the final blueprints for FC Cincinnati, which joined Major League Soccer this year as an expansion team. The club is scheduled to play two seasons at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium before moving to its new venue in the city’s West End neighborhood. As it stands now, the 50 suites and 4,500 club seats at the new stadium, which will seat 26,500, would be the most in MLS apart from teams playing in NFL facilities, Berding […]

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