Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, Ky.
Recent on-field success and national rankings for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs inspired Northern Kentucky University to develop a dynamic and inspirational on-campus soccer facility.
Representing the heart of the complex, the service building houses many of the most important functions of the stadium, including fan services, offices, hospitality areas and four multiuse locker rooms. A large entry plaza accessed by a gently sloping pathway connects the new stadium to the existing 8,000-seat Bank of Kentucky Center arena, creating a central hub for Norse athletics.
Marking the main entry portal is a steel and glass marquee structure with the branded Norse logo that lines up directly with the midfield logo incorporated into the synthetic turf playing surface. On either side of this central breezeway are entrances to the service building, minimizing interior square footage devoted to circulation.
The stadium interior incorporates the Norse athletics brand throughout each space. A neutral finish palette allows the university’s branded colors to accentuate walls, equipment, furnishings and interior/exterior signage.
On the exterior, dramatic shapes in simple compositions emphasize strength and movement while reflecting the surrounding campus landscape. Colors and materials complement the exterior materials of the arena, while angular metal roofs on team-room pavilions frame the central building mass and redirect views to the entry portal and field of play.
Project DetailsArchitect: MSA Sport, a division of MSA Architects; Cincinnati, Ohio
Seating Capacity: 1,000
Construction Cost: $6.5 million
Occupancy: June 2010