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A topping out ceremony was held Friday, July 29, at the New Miami Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA, to celebrate the completion of the steel structure of a new shade canopy at the multi-purpose facility.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz broke ground on the organisation’s new 125,000sqft Community Training Center on the Near West Side last month. The state-of-the-art facility will house year-round youth hockey development programs, recreational leagues and events, and serve as the practice facility for the Team and visiting National Hockey League (NHL) teams.

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The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare have announced plans to partner and build a first-of-its-kind training and sports medicine centre in Brookhaven, Georgia. HOK will be the lead architect for the 90,000sqft, privately-funded facility, which will serve as the team’s official practice site and house its basketball operations.

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Leading international sports venue architecture firm, HOK, has released design details for FC Barcelona’s new arena. FC Barcelona recently selected HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes to design the New Palau Blaugrana as part of an international architectural competition that drew responses from 19 teams.

The New Palau Blaugrana, which will have a capacity of 12,000 for sporting events and 12,500 for social and cultural events, is a key component of a broader project to improve FC Barcelona’s facilities, including a major renovation of the Camp Nou stadium, in creating the Espai Barça sports district.

Construction on the New Palau Blaugrana is expected to begin during the 2017/18 FC Barcelona basketball season and finish during the 2019/20 season. It will replace the 7,500-seat Palau Blaugrana, which opened in 1971.

John Rhodes, a London-based Director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

Our design of the New Palau Blaugrana will enhance FC Barcelona’s global brand and the fan experience while connecting to other planned developments in the Espai Barça district. We are creating an immersive experience that begins the moment patrons step off the Metro and continues until they reach their seats and then through their post-event activities. The architectural language complements the energy, passion and movement of the performances taking place inside the arena and throughout this new sports and entertainment district.

The New Palau Blaugrana will be built on the current site of the Mini Estadi, a 15,276-seat stadium. The building acts as a physical and visual anchor that aligns with the district’s existing architecture while making a bold, contemporary statement. It also opens up and integrates the club’s venues into the Les Corts neighbourhood.

To engage fans beyond the arena’s walls, the design blends the indoors and outdoors. Its curvilinear form includes an elegant, metallic facade strategically connected to the immediate and wider surroundings. This transparency creates an inviting atmosphere and provides glimpses of the action inside. A large projection screen on the underside of the arena’s roof will show footage of the event underway. An outdoor concourse features concession areas that the public can enjoy 365 days a year. An open-air, street festival environment celebrates the Mediterranean climate and provides year-round revenue opportunities. Outdoor patios, public plazas and green spaces across the site, which will be vehicle-free, create informal spaces for people to gather before, during and after events.

The design maintains the current Palau’s reputation as a loud, energetic arena that provides a unique experience for European fans and the home team. HOK and TAC designed the seating bowl to emulate a theatre environment, with an asymmetrical design — the first of its kind for a basketball arena — that provides more capacity on one side. Using state-of-the-art, customised digital tools, the designers calibrated the venue and bowl geometries to achieve optimal results for viewing quality, shape and dimensions of the event spaces. The tighter, steeper and more intimate bowl provides exceptional sightlines, creates a “wall of people” and captures the noise to create an intense spectator experience and intimidating venue for visiting teams. The compact building span reduces structural costs and improves operational efficiencies. The flexible, retractable seating configuration adapts for each use.

Premium amenities include 24 VIP boxes and four sky bars/lounges that provide court views. The project also includes three independently functioning areas: an adjacent court with capacity for up to 2,000 spectators, an ice rink with seating for 800 fans and the FCB Escola academy training facilities, which include two football fields.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice has expertise in the design of arenas, stadiums, ballparks, training facilities and recreation centres. The group plans and designs world-class sports complexes that are the centerpieces of successful, vibrant entertainment districts. Current and recent projects include Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta; the Detroit Events Center in Detroit, Michigan; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia; a proposed NBA and NHL arena in Seattle, Washington; the Dubai Expo 2020 masterplan in the United Arab Emirates; the AT&T Center renovation in San Antonio, Texas; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida; the redevelopment of Fort Regent in St. Helier, Jersey; and Shell Place in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.


The San Antonio Spurs’ NBA preseason home opener was the public’s first look at the USD$110m renovation of the AT&T Center, which was designed by HOK.

Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff, said:

This facility surpasses anything that you’ll see in the nation. It’s an extraordinary amount of work that was done in a relatively short amount of time.

About 700 workers spent the summer working on the AT&T Center to get it ready in time for the 2015-16 season.

There are new seats, new artwork and the centrepiece is the new scoreboard, a high-definition system with four 20ft by 30ft screens. Each screen of the scoreboard, video system, made by YESCO Electronics, is the size of 30x 80-inch TVs stacked together and gave fans the perfect view of the Spurs’ 96-92 win.

Fans got to see the Spurs from all new vantage points as well. On the balcony level, two new corner bars with a view of the court made for busy hangout spots.

On the terrace level, 14 new four-seat theatre boxes make for an intimate game-watching experience, with fans in the boxes enjoying their own dining area as well.

Bill Crockett, a regional leader of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice said:

The highest possible level of teamwork made this successful. This is a great home for Bexar County and Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

This is the latest and greatest, newest state-of-the-art venue in the NBA and in the United States.


Photo credit: Jason Ytuarte for Spurs Sports & Entertainment

HOK announces partnership with Green Sports Alliance

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HOK – a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm – has entered into a partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) – an international nonprofit that advises professional and collegiate leagues, teams and venue operators about environmental stewardship.

Scott Jenkins, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group Stadium General Manager and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance, said:

Since its inception in 2010, the Green Sports Alliance has focused on improving the environmental performance of sports organisations and venues. HOK’s expertise and commitment to designing sustainable venues offer tremendous value to our members and to the entire sports industry.

Under the partnership’s terms, HOK will offer GSA members enhanced access to information about strategies for sustainable venue design, operations and technologies. HOK will also help shape future GSA membership programs and partnerships. The firm is currently collaborating with the GSA to develop a report outlining the future of sports facility design.

Chris DeVolder, Sustainable Design Leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

The Green Sports Alliance shares our goals for bringing sustainability to the sports industry. This innovative partnership will also support our firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge, an initiative seeking carbon neutrality in all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.

DeVolder added:

Sports offer a uniquely powerful platform for talking about sustainability. The Green Sports Alliance is helping organisations understand how upfront investments in sustainability initiatives can generate long-term savings.

DeVolder moderated a plenary session at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, which took place in Chicago on June 30, titled ‘Beyond the Building: How Sports Facilities Contribute to Sustainable Communities and Urban Vitalisation’.

About the Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities. The nonprofit works to inspire sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy conservation, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. For more information, visit:

About HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm celebrating 60 years of design and innovation in 2015. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design for five consecutive years and recently named the practice the #1 most-admired firm for leadership in technology innovation. For further information, visit:


HOK’s Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, John Rhodes, is one of the panellists joining the roundtable session discussing ‘The cultural specificity of stadia: Creative approaches to sports venue design that best serve a city’s way of experiencing sport’ at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition, and the firm’s Chris Lamberth, Director of Global Sport Development, will be giving a presentation on ‘Design trends and innovations in North American stadia’. For further information on the event or to register as a delegate, go to:

USL partners with HOK to launch Stadium Development Initiative

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HOK announced today that it is entering a groundbreaking multi-year partnership with the United Soccer League (USL).

HOK will lead a stadium development, design and standards initiative supporting the league’s strategic initiative to house all USL clubs in soccer-specific stadiums across North America by the end of the decade.

USL President Jake Edwards, commented:

The groundbreaking partnership with HOK provides the league and its clubs a tremendous partner with extensive stadium design and development experience at the highest level. A critical part of our strategic growth plan is to have all USL clubs as owners or primary tenants of soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Not only will these new and upgraded stadiums add value to the league and each club ownership group, they will establish a permanent base for the clubs within their local communities. These venues will serve as cultural hubs and bring fans together in support of the clubs while offering state-of-the-art amenities and an unparalleled game-day experience.

As the league’s official stadium design partner, HOK will apply its venue design expertise to guide soccer-specific stadium development for expansion clubs and the renovation of current USL stadiums to increase capacities and amenities. HOK will also consult to the league and its clubs on maximising venue revenue, developing ancillary programming and creating operational efficiencies.

HOK’s December 2014 acquisition of 360 Architecture, a leading designer of sports venues and facilities, enabled the firm to integrate design leadership and expertise that complements its international, multi-disciplinary practice. HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is a global leader in the design of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, training facilities, recreation centres and mixed-used entertainment districts.

Soccer ImageBrad Schrock, Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment for HOK, said:

This partnership reflects the USL’s commitment to expanding the soccer community across the country and providing fans a high-quality event experience that captures the energy and excitement of the game. We are passionate about soccer and excited to be a partner to the USL as the league continues to grow. This initiative will provide the framework to ensure that venues are successful for the team, the players, the fans and their communities.

Photo credit: Christy Radecic

HOK’s portfolio of work includes the recently opened Avaya Stadium for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes; a newly designed multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to a MLS expansion franchise and the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the proposed St. Louis NFL Stadium on the North Riverfront area of downtown St. Louis, which is designed to accommodate FIFA and MLS matches; and the renovation of the AT&T Center for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs.