Infinity Park at the Village of Glendale
Year in Showcase: 2010
Infinity Park is a two-block, multiuse venue owned by the City of Glendale and located within the Denver Metropolitan urban environment. It provides a synergistic four-part amenity to the community — a 5,000-seat outdoor rugby stadium; a sports center; an event center; and Infinity Park South, which when completed will be an open-space park with a synthetic turf multipurpose field at its center.
The city’s goal was to convert an underutilized property into a community amenity by creating the first municipal rugby-specific stadium in the United States. Shoehorned between existing structures, the stadium and adjacent buildings were designed to resonate with the traditions of city clubs and civic stadiums. The result is a “bowl effect” that enhances the game-day experience, as well as provides an intimate place to stroll or eat lunch during non-event days.
The new buildings were designed to complement existing buildings dating from the 1970s. Stucco, dark bronze accents and a copper-colored metal roof were used for the new structures, with parts of the existing facilities refurbished to visually tie the whole together. The stadium bowl consists primarily of concrete bleachers with dark bronze aluminum guardrails. The interior spaces of the sports center were designed to mimic the feel of a traditional club, featuring a library, a fireplace, a café and a community lounge located in a two-story atrium centered on the field. Large expanses of glass offer users views of the pitch and stadium.
Architect of Record: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
Landscape Architect: DesignStudiosWest; Denver, Colo.
Construction Cost: $20.5 million
Square Feet: 36,500 (sports center); 30,000 (event center)
Occupancy: December 2008