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The NFL’s Green Bay Packers are investing $9 million for concession upgrades at Lambeau Field as they move gradually toward a cashless operation.
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… Continue Reading Rossetti, Populous Team Up in Calgary
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
Greg Sweeney, director of technical design for Rossetti, said data such as documents, equipment warranties, shop drawings, plans and emails that are developed in sports construction represents “a tremendous asset” that’s often wasted after the venue opens. “The industry is currently in a transition period with the move to actively use this data for the entire life of the building,” Sweeney said. “Stadiums have become complex to the point where they are like a city of items that must be maintained and monitored. Stadiums must have a more well-thought-out plan for the operations and maintenance of their buildings.” Rossetti is currently working with the USTA at the National Tennis Center to digitize the facility management process for the dozen buildings on the campus, identifying the maintainable and trackable assets and creating connections between 3-D building models, PDFs and facilities management software to generate orders and tracking. “Eventually the model will… Continue Reading Data Craze Finds Its Way to Venue Operations
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… Continue Reading Roof Retrofit Grows Into a Top Priority