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Work underway on Ford Field renovations

ROSSETTI is keeping busy with a number of sports, entertainment and hospitality projects that are in construction or recently completed in Los Angeles, Green Bay, Detroit, Seattle, Phoenix and New York.

At Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, a comprehensive, $100 million renovation of 120,000ft2 of space has begun throughout the 65,000-seat stadium.

As the architects of the original stadium, ROSSETTI’s adaptive reuse of the historic Hudson’s warehouse into the complex created a unique legacy unseen in other stadiums.

The new concepts retain this legacy on the south side of the stadium, while the north side features open social and club concepts.

A new club, called, “The Lounge” (a nod to Detroit’s electronic music scene) creates a variety of seating options and flexible spaces for viewing the game or socializing.

On the concourse, the Corner Bar celebrated Detroit Lion’s legacy with a nod to the historic Briggs Stadium.

Additionally, the digital scoreboards will be completely replaced by 152-feet-long high-definition displays, which will be assisted by nearly 200 speakers.

The work is expected to be completed in autumn 2017.

Meanwhile, work at the UCLA Health Training Center, home of the LA Lakers NBA team in El Segundo, California is nearly complete and the complex is expected to open at the end of July 2017.

The ultramodern, 120,000ft2 facility rethinks the conventional training programme – previously based on a purely functional layout, by integrating business and basketball operations and envisioning basketball as a lifestyle.

The Laker’s legacy is woven into the design, while the programme promotes transparency and franchise coordination.

State-of-the-art player amenities will provide conditioning through recovery, and domesticated environments will capitalise on the Southern California indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Perkins-Will is the associate architect.

ROSSETTI is also currently working on the design of the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, which is due for completion in summer 2019.

As Detroit’s renaissance continues to blossom, the Detroit Pistons are complementing their move to the city with the new performance centre.

The Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health Systems recently announced plans to partner on a 100,000ft2 facility in the New Center neighborhood.

The holistic approach to the state-of-the-art facility will integrate the Piston’s headquarters with a comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation center managed by Henry Ford Health Systems.

It will elevate community programming by incorporating public spaces for activation, networking receptions, food service and team hosted events

In motor sport, renovations to Phoenix International Raceway are currently underway and will be completed by November, 2018.

As lead design architect, ROSSETTI and teaming partner, DLR Group, have designed improvements that mirror the new fan experience concepts at Daytona International Speedway.

The raceway will have two new sponsored entrances called “canyons,” with new suites, elevators, escalators, and restrooms. ROSSETTI is also improving the sightlines. The largest and most challenging aspect of the project will be relocating the start/finish line to Turn 2, a stretch known as the “dogleg” and famous for the dive-bombing tactics drivers use to jockey for position on the track.

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