• How Stadium Construction Costs Reached the Billions

    by Andrew Cohen July 2012

    In some circles, outrage accompanied the 2001 opening of Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers' new home. The state senator who cast the deciding vote in favor of a sales-tax increase to pay the public's $290 million portion of the construction cost had been recalled in a public referendum, and three workers had died after a crane collapsed, delaying the stadium's scheduled opening by a year. The stadium's fan-shaped retractable roof proved problematic, necessitating a $13 million fix paid for by a settlement reached between the Miller Park Stadium District and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America, averting further litigation. That one signature element was a prime culprit in the stadium's ultimate $400 million construction cost, at the time the second-highest price tag for a new professional baseball stadium.

  • TIME Magazine Names 10 Worst Sports Venues in the U.S.

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2012

    With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in the news - the Minnesota House and Senate passed a $975 million plan for a new fixed-roof stadium Thursday, which now awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature - TIME magazine on Wednesday posted its list of the country's 10 worst venues in all of professional sports. The list is bound to rile fans (especially those in California, a state whose facilities hold down four of the 10 spots). No big surprise that the Metrodome tops the list.

  • Marlins Park is Way Cool, In At Least One Respect

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    Major League Baseball's Marlins have a new name (Miami, not Florida), a new look and new cheerleaders. The team went out and acquired new talent in the off-season. But all that pales in comparison to its new home, Marlins Park, which has seen more scrutiny than all of the above in the long lead-up to its official debut tonight, when Miami hosts the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Building Sponsors into the Design of Spectator Facilities

    by Andrew Cohen March 2012

    Few professional venues have enjoyed as smooth and quick a route to success as MetLife Stadium.

  • New Projects: University of Washington; Ithaca College; FAU

    by Emily Attwood December 2011

    The University of Washington's Husky Stadium will have a new look for the 2013 football season.

  • Blog: Architect to Superheated Soccer Fans: Chill Out

    by Andrew Cohen November 2011

    You've no doubt heard the old business chestnut, "under-promise and over-deliver." Although it's way too soon to say whether the organizers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup will deliver on their promise of hosting the world's biggest sporting event in 120-degree heat without players and spectators dropping dead of heat stroke, it's already clear that they over-promised.

  • Universities Make Mark With Basketball Court Aesthetics

    by Michael Popke October 2011

    After a 12-year absence, the California State University Bakersfield men's basketball team returns to the on-campus Icardo Center this month for its home opener against Pepperdine.

  • New Projects: Lambeau Field; University of Alaska-Anchorage; University of California-Berkeley

    by Emily Attwood October 2011

    A week before their first regular-season game, the Green Bay Packers broke ground on a 6,600-seat expansion of Lambeau Field.

  • 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: MetLife Stadium

    by Andrew Cohen October 2011

    Designers of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., faced a complex challenge in creating a facility that serves two masters and needs to fully change, potentially in a matter of hours, to an exciting fan atmosphere for followers of the Jets and Giants. AB's panel of judges decided that the design team succeeded ably, with one judge remarking that the ambitious project both provides the needed flexibility and "presents a bold and dynamic expression" that nonetheless utilizes an exterior skin of aluminum louvers that "transform a large and complex facility into a light and contemporary form."

  • Texas Rangers' Railing Renovation May Not Impact Codes, Other Teams

    by Paul Steinbach August 2011

    One can only imagine the emotional swing of a six-year-old — from the euphoria of tracking the arc of a baseball tossed in his direction by his favorite big-league player to the shock of looking down upon his bloodied father, who had just fallen 20 feet in an attempt to secure the souvenir. The image of the boy standing with one bare hand holding the railing that had failed to contain his dad, the other wearing the baseball glove purchased earlier that day, is as heartbreaking as any you're ever likely to see on a sports page.