Tag: Populous

USL: The Buildup

Justin Papadakis has a bold vision for growing the United Soccer League. His family co-owns the multileague organization, and they want to build 35 new stadiums over the next five years.

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Earl Santee on Fanless, Limited Attendance Events

For Populous and other design firms in Kansas City, it remains largely a guessing game for how things will take shape when sports events return to arenas and stadiums. 

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Project Team For New Manchester Arena Unveiled

Oak View Group picks Royal BAM Group for construction, Populous for design Oak View Group appointed Royal BAM Group as construction partner as well as architecture design firm Populous to build the planned 350 million pound ($433 million) arena project in Manchester, England. BAM has experience building stadiums across the world and has been active in England’s North West since 1933. It has built some of Manchester’s most recognizable structures, such as the City Football Academy, the National Graphene Institute and the Co-Operative Group HQ. Among its numerous projects in England, Populous, the principal architect and designer of the new venue, has designed arenas in Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield as well as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London Stadium and the new Wembley Stadium, all in London. The remaining project team is made up of BuroHappold, ME Engineers, Vanguardia, Turner & Townsend and Deloitte. OVG CEO and co-founder Tim Leiweke said he […]

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Rossetti, Populous Team Up in Calgary

Four groups are vying to design the planned Calgary Event Centre, which will be home to the NHL’s Flames. (Rossetti.com)  Firms’ joint effort puts them among finalists for NHL arena project The Calgary Event Centre project has drawn a pair of heavyweights in sports architecture together to compete for designing the NHL arena. Rossetti and Populous, which typically go head-to-head on sports facility development, have teamed up with local firm Gibbs Gage Architects. The other three finalists are HOK/Dialog, Manica Architecture/Brisbin Brook Beynon/S2 and NBBJ/Stantec, said sources familiar with the process. Clare LePan, vice president of marketing and communications for the Calgary Municipal Land Corp., which is the project development manager, did not return phone calls to confirm the finalists. About 10 design teams submitted proposals, sources said. Interviews are scheduled Thursday in Calgary to design the future home of the NHL’s Flames and the Calgary Stampede, the city’s annual […]

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Giant Steps: Scottsdale Work Benefits Team, City

SPRING DEBUT: The $50 million upgrade to the San Francisco Giants’ spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., was being finished in February. (Jessica Lema / City of Scottsdale) Spring training stadium project adds space for conventions, trade shows SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — A more than $50 million project at Scottsdale Stadium designed to upgrade the San Francisco Giants’ spring training home and provide badly needed event space for the Arizona city was to be unveiled to fans in time for the team’s opening game, officials said. Teams of workers scrambled to complete work on the project in early February under clear blue skies at the Giants’ spring stadium in the city’s Old Town as players began filing into the ballpark, which first opened its gates in 1992. The project is the first significant upgrade of the 12,000-seat park in roughly 15 years. City officials said they were confident that the work […]

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University Venues — On Deck: Next Gen Ballparks

DUDY’S A DOOZY: Outfield lounges continue a tradition at Mississippi State’s $68 million Dudy Noble Field. (Courtesy Populous) Latest designs on campus offer high-tech training, more amenities for fans Recruiting college baseball players presents a twofold challenge: attracting the best players to your school and luring them away from the draw of professional contracts. That’s why college ballparks and the complexes around them are making great leaps to provide unique experiences for fans and offer a one-stop shop for all the high-tech needs of the players.  From Dudy Noble Field, which opened in 2019 at Mississippi State, to the soon-to-open O’Brate Stadium at Oklahoma State and the ballpark at the University of Florida that will be ready for the 2021 season, the latest in baseball venues enhance the athlete experience while giving fans additional comfort and major league-style amenities.  “Between Mississippi State, Florida and Oklahoma State, people are going to […]

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Builders Work Around Skilled Labor Shortage

WARRIORS’ GAME PLAN: Chase Center Training instructed workers on the job to help build the Golden State Warriors’ arena. (Courtesy Golden State Warriors / Chase Center) Job training programs are designed to refill pool of blue-collar workers for arena and stadium construction projects A severe shortage in skilled labor to build arenas and stadiums is driving facility construction costs to unprecedented levels, forcing teams, municipalities and general contractors to search for alternatives to meet the demand for blue-collar jobs in a thriving economy. It comes at a time when the cost to build big league arenas has now crossed the $1 billion threshold for projects in San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Greater Los Angeles, where the NBA’s Clippers propose to build an arena and practice facility in Inglewood. The lack of skilled labor was a key factor that drove the cost of Chase Center to an eye-popping $1.6 billion in […]

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