• The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.

  • 11 Facts About Minnesota and Its Super Bowl Stadium

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    The NFL announced Tuesday that Minnesota won its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. Minnesota beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis, cities that were also vying to host the big game. Although it is more than four years away, here are 11 things you should know about the Super Bowl's future host.

  • NFL Teams Put Greater Emphasis on Green Stadiums

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    Once upon a time, a professional football stadium was a place to take in a sporting event. Not anymore. Today's stadiums must be a multi-purpose entertainment palaces complete with luxury suites, club seats, loge boxes, VIP levels and more food and beverage options than a Manhattan city block. A stadium must be, as the Minnesota Vikings' website says, "an epicenter of excitement, opportunity and pride."

  • 2015 Showcase by the Numbers

    by AB Staff May 2014

    Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.

  • Spectator Venues Are Realizing the Benefits of Downsizing Seating Capacity

    by Paul Steinbach May 2014

    You don't build the church for Easter Sunday," the saying goes, and the same applies to the sizing of today's sports cathedrals — the stadiums and arenas at the highest levels of competition — many of which are recognizing the strategic benefits of downsizing their seating capacities.

  • Eighth Worker Dies in World Cup Stadium Construction

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: another worker has died in the construction of a World Cup stadium in Brazil. This marks death number eight in the construction process as the country hurriedly tries to get things in order for next month's World Cup.

  • U. of Oklahoma Plans Major Football Stadium Expansion

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    The facilities arms race in college football just keeps getting turned up. The University of Oklahoma is the latest school planning to announce massive expansion plans to its current football stadium.

  • IOC Official Blasts Rio Olympic Preparations

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but according to the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, preparations for those games are severely off track.

  • Video: K-State Reveals More Football Facility Upgrades

    by April 2014

    During the team’s annual spring football game Saturday, the Kansas State Wildcats revealed plans for a $65 million upgrade to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • Golden State Warriors Plan New San Francisco Arena

    by April 2014

    As the Golden State Warriors remain focused on extending their current season in the NBA playoffs, its owners have begun to lay the groundwork for the team’s future.

    Golden State announced Tuesday it will buy 12 acres of land near the San Francisco Giants ballpark in the Mission Bay neighborhood, in hopes of the site will one day be home to a new 18,000-seat arena.

    “We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” owner Joe Lacob told The Associated Press. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the city that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area.”

    Lacob, along with co-owner Peter Guber — who spoke at the 2012 Athletic Business Conference & Expo in New Orleans — had originally looked to a waterfront site that would offer a view, but local residents voiced concerns that the arena might block views of the bay, in addition to other environmental concerns.

    Instead, the Warriors new site will sit farther inland, which allows the team to avoid putting the project proposal up to a vote for residents to approve, according the San Francisco Chronicle.

    As a part of the move to a new arena, the Warriors will be hoping to expand their fan base back into the San Francisco area. Originally playing in San Francisco starting in 1962, the Warriors have played in Oakland since 1971.

    “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco,” team president Rick Welts said.

    The cost of the land was not released by Golden State, but Salesforce — the company that sold the Warriors the land — purchased the 14-acre lot two years ago for $248 million. In addition to a much easier route to city approval to build in the Mission Bay location, cost projections for the bayside location had doubled since the team began planning for its new home two years ago.

    The new arena will include seating for approximately 18,000 people, with an estimated opening date set for the 2018-19 season. It will be funded entirely with private money from the team’s owners.