Regions Field | Birmingham, Ala.

One judge spoke for all when admitting that this project "grew on" the committee, stating, "The more we looked at and understood it, the more we liked it." Particularly likeable was the manner in which the ballpark's design fits its urban industrial context. "It really belongs in its place and is one with the community," the judge noted, "yet it celebrates its own identity."

The connection between stadium and city is enhanced by the decision to concentrate the majority of seating down the first-base line, opening the opposite side of the structure to views of the Birmingham skyline. The ballpark maintains a quaintness while still meeting fan expectations with modern big-league amenities such as a 6,500-square-foot banquet room and patio, luxury suites, family areas and a youth sports zone.

Another panelist mused, "Attending a game at Regions Field must feel like a community engagement experience that goes beyond AA baseball."

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Judges' Comments:

"A wonderful stadium that expresses its community, its history and tradition."   — David Edmunds

"A delicate and sensitive approach to a typically large and bulky project type. Spectators can have a different experience with every visit."   — Steve Flanagan

"Great strategic use of materials in a steel town like Birmingham. A civic statement."   — James Braam


Architect of Record:

HKS Inc. | Dallas, Texas

Associate Architect:
Hoskins Architecture LLC | Birmingham, Ala.

Associate Architect:
GA Studio | Birmingham, Ala.

Cost: $64 million

Square Footage: 122,400

Funded By: Sales tax

Major Facility Components:
Baseball field, batting cages, banquet room, family area, youth sports zone


Thank you to our seven Facilities of Merit judges
A big thank you to our seven judges: James Braam, HOK; David Edmunds, GEC Architecture; Steven Flanagan, LPA Inc.; Anita Moran, Dewberry; Tom Poulos, Williams Architects; Chris Sgarzi, Sasaki Associates Inc.; and Mark Williams, HKS | Sports & Entertainment

 

The 2015 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit® awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced during these two weeks, and profiles of all 10 will appear in the November issue ofAthletic Business. The awards will be presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 20.

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