American Football. A multi-billion-dollar industry featuring superb athletes and coaches, incomparable stadiums and about 160 million loyal fans who fill seats across the country every weekend during the season. The start of college and professional football inspires us to take a deeper look at the home stadiums of these mega sport teams.
Basilica of LA? With the return of the Rams to the City of Angels, planning has begun for a new 300-acre stadium – three times the size of the Vatican. HKS is hard at work designing what will be the most expensive NFL stadium in the league’s history. Architectural Digest shares renderings that show a glass-like ceiling and open air sides, allowing the LA breeze to come through. The stadium is designed to hold major events like the Super Bowl, the Final Four NCAA basketball tournament, and other entertainment events. Although construction hasn’t yet begun, it’s estimated that 70,240 fans will walk through the doors when the structure is finished in 2019.
Viking pride. With a clear roof, the world’s largest operable doors, a fantasy football lounge, and, we have to say, pretty beautiful locker room ceilings are among the features of the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which is home to the Minnesota Vikings. The 1.75 million square-foot, $1.13 billion stadium is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also sustainable, having used about 80% of the steel, iron and concrete of the previous structure (the Metrodome). Even better, the Vikings’ stadium offers fans a chance to get up close with on-field suites that offer an innovative experience. Check out photos of the new stadium at Fortune.com and Foxsports.com, and see how we contributed to the design here.
Surfing and ice hockey before a football game? We’re not complaining. The Washington Redskins new home will have a recreational moat with seasonally customized activities. Talk about fan experience! The exact location of the transparent wave-like structure is undecided, but plans reveal it will hold up to 60,000 fans. Architectural firm BIG says they are designing the facilities as much for the tailgating as for the game itself. See renderings at Designboom.com
Image Credit: Rendering by HKS courtesy of Architectural Digest