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According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL’s Washington Redskins have hired Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to design the team a new stadium.

If this report is indeed true, this would signify the first step in the team’s journey to depart FedEx Field (pictured above) in order to relocate to a new bespoke stadium somewhere else in the region.

BIG made headlines last year when it was selected to design Google’s futuristic greenhouse-style HQ-campus in Mountain View, California. The firm is also working with the Smithsonian on a 20-year master plan for museums on the National Mall.

According to team sources, firms with experience of designing NFL stadiums were also considered, however it was BIG that won out in the end.

The Redskins have been trying to garner support from local elected officials for a new stadium location for the last 12 months; this is despite the fact that the team’s lease at FedEx Field does not expire until 2027.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has pitched the team on locations in Loudoun County along the unbuilt second leg of Metro’s Silver Line, and the team hired lobbyists from McGuire Woods to advance support for a stadium among state legislators. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) meanwhile has enquired with federal officials controlling the land beneath RFK Stadium about building a new stadium there.

According to a piece in the Washington Post, Christopher S. Dunlavey, President of the D.C.-based planning and architectural firm Brailsford & Dunlavey, which worked on Nationals Park, commented that the selection of BIG represents “a very interesting and different kind of choice” because of the firm’s “splashy work on an assortment of other projects and only recent foray into sports”.

Dunlavey added:

People involved in building stadiums are usually very reliant on the firms who have demonstrated a strong record in understanding sports sites. BIG is known very well for very innovative architecture and design, but they haven’t been known for that kind of expertise.

As reported last week, NFL owners voted to approve the NFL Rams Football Club return to Los Angeles, starting with the 2016 NFL season.

The 3.1 million-square-foot multipurpose venue — located at the site of the previous Hollywood Park Race Track — is being designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. The Rams’ new home will be an iconic structure and cornerstone of the 298-acre NFL entertainment and multiuse district.

Mark Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, said:

From our initial conversations with Mr. Kroenke and his staff, we knew this project was going to be a very special place that will change the face of sports and entertainment venues as we know them.

The unique climate, characteristics and culture of Southern California and Los Angeles are the foundation of the stadium’s design. As a necessity for year-round events of all types, a transparent ETFE canopy covering nearly 19 acres was developed to maximise flexibility, while maintaining an outdoor feeling and taking advantage of the sites climatic conditions. The form was driven by a number of factors, including air movement, local geographic features, site elements and overall integration into the district. Under this canopy, all sides of the building remain open-air, allowing natural breezes to pass through the venue and encouraging all the public spaces to take advantage of the indoor/outdoor experiences common to the region and lifestyle of Southern Californians.

With 70,000 fixed seats and the ability to expand up to 80,000 for major events like a Super Bowl, Final Four tournaments, collegiate bowl games and award shows to smaller-scale events like high school football games, soccer matches, motosports, extreme sports, concerts and community events. The stadium will also accommodate a total capacity exceeding 100,000 patrons with standing-room-only locations throughout the venue.

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes U.S. Bank Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, and major renovations and additions for FedEx Field. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top six architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 26 offices worldwide.