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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today the selection of a joint venture of architectural firms, Washington, DC-based Marshall Moya Design and internationally iconic, ROSSETTI, to begin developing designs for the future state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena in the Congress Heights neighbourhood of Washington, DC. In addition, Events DC has also named Washington, DC-headquartered, Brailsford & Dunlavey in collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management as program management lead for the transformative arena project.

Operated by Events DC, the approximately 5,000-seat venue will bring world-class entertainment and sports programing, while driving urban regeneration to the communities east of the Anacostia River.

Gregory A. O’Dell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Events DC, said:

Events DC is energised about our partnership with Washington, DC local and internationally-recognised firms – including, Marshall Moya Design and ROSSETTI for design and Brailsford & Dunlavey with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management for program management collaboration of the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Bringing together their respective expertise, experience and assets and with our city partners, we are committed to creating an arena that offers Washington, DC residents and visitors a premier live entertainment and sports destination.

Acting as an economic catalyst, Events DC plans to utilise the best and brightest, while supporting local businesses, and has established a 50% Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) set-aside for both architecture, engineering and program management contracts related to the arena project. Events DC has also mandated that 35% of the work performed on each of these contracts will be performed by Small Business Enterprises (SBE).

O’Dell further explained:

As the official convention and sports authority for the District, Events DC remains committed to enriching and activating all corners of the city with not only unforgettable experiences but also acting as an economic catalyst for the city. In addition to focusing on hiring CBEs in the coming months, we also plan to create employment opportunities for District residents.

For the arena project, ROSSETTI and Marshall Moya Design have joined forces as The Washington Arena Design Partners JV to act as the Architect of Record and designer. The creative collaboration of both local and national perspectives and expertise will ultimately result in a broader range of innovative and imaginative thinking about integrating the new Entertainment and Sports Arena into the communities east of the Anacostia River.

Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio producing award-winning projects in the commercial, institutional, civic and cultural arenas. They have designed a number of iconic projects throughout the nation’s capital. These projects include The Howard Theatre, Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia, on target to be the first LEED Platinum student union on the east coast and one of only two in the country. Current projects include the new home for D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International.

Michael Marshall, Design Director and Principal of Marshall Moya Design, commented:

The renaissance of Washington, DC is very important to the mission of our practice. We have been involved with several high-profile projects throughout the city that have been catalysts for growth and development. As a native Washingtonian, I have witnessed our city’s evolution; we are now on track to make DC one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live in the world. This sports and entertainment venue will be a major part of this effort.

ROSSETTI, which has a worldwide practice that specialises in sports arena and entertainment centre design – is most notable for the LA Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility and the renovation of the iconic TD Garden.

Matt Rossetti, FAIA, President of ROSSETTI, advised:

ROSSETTI is thrilled to be a design partner with Events DC, Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the Ward 8 community for this incredibly unique sports complex. We have seen how sports facilities and programs become community assets, and we believe this new complex will be capable of catalysing new development through outreach programs that promote a stewardship and engagement between all parties.

Washington, DC-headquartered Brailsford & Dunlavey in local collaboration with ADC Solutions and Kumi Construction Management will focus exclusively on the planning and project management of the arena project – which will include compliance with goals, timelines and budgets set-forth. Notable DC projects include parks and recreation centre renovations with the District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of General Services’ public schools modernisation and Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Building.

Past and current Events DC projects include Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States and the current RFK Stadium-Armory Campus redevelopment project.

Chris Dunlavey, President of Brailsford & Dunlavey, said:

It’s a privilege for Brailsford & Dunlavey, along with our partners ADC Management Solutions and Kumi Construction Management, to play a role in this transformational project for the District and particularly for Ward 8.

It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously. Our objective as program manager is to ensure that this project meets the requirements of a top-quality entertainment and training facility on time and within budget, so that it will serve as both a source of pride in the community and a catalyst for economic development.

The project will become the future practice facility for the Washington Wizards, home court of the Washington Mystics and a premier entertainment venue in the District. The arena is expected to attract more than 380,000 annual new residents and visitors per year to Congress Heights and produce more than 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs for the arena. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with completion in fall of 2018.

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over USD$400m annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighbourhood of Washington, DC.

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About Marshall Moya Design
Marshall Moya Design is a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted architecture and design studio that has designed a number of iconic projects in the District, including The Howard Theatre and Chuck Brown Memorial, urban destinations such as Reunion Square in Southeast, elementary schools throughout the District, and the new Student Center for the University of the District of Columbia. Current projects include the new home for the D.C. United and work for MGM Resorts International.

At Marshall Moya Design, “heart” is at the core of what we do. An innovative and collaborative group of architects, designers and brand strategists, we create the spaces where people gather to work, learn, live and share. Projects in our city have served to enrich the District, not only in terms of artistic representation, but also in terms of economic opportunity and community enhancement. Michael Marshall originally founded the firm in 1989 as Michael Marshall Architecture, and in 2010 he formed a partnership with Paola Moya to establish what is now known as Marshall Moya Design.

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ROSSETTI is a global architectural design and planning firm with a portfolio of showcase properties spanning sports and entertainment, interiors, hospitality and retail.

The firm’s strategic approach to design and planning is one that ROSSETTI has developed through four decades of design solutions, combined with extensive R+D into how people experience environments. ROSSETTI’s training centre portfolio includes the new L.A. Lakers Headquarters and Practice Facility, currently under construction, the Detroit Piston’s Training Facilities and locker room, the L.A. Clippers Practice Facility and the renovation and rebranding of the Cleveland Cavaliers Practice Facility.

Significant current projects include the first motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, the ‘Titletown’ sports-anchored development for the Green Bay Packers, transformation of the campus at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, renovations for TD Garden, the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, and Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

The 46-year-old firm is headquartered in Detroit and has a history of design innovation for sports facilities, which began with the Detroit Piston’s Palace of Auburn Hills, where new concepts in hospitality design revolutionised the fan experience and economics of arena design.

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About Brailsford & Dunlavey
Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) ( is a Washington, DC-headquartered national program management firm with comprehensive in-house planning and implementation capabilities, dedicated to serving public agencies, professional sports organisations, educational institutions, corporations and non-profit clients.

B&D is minority-owned and a D.C. certified business enterprise (CBE) company with more than 120 people in 10 offices throughout the U.S.

More than 100 facilities planned or implemented by B&D have earned industry awards, including from the U.S. Department of Education, National School Boards Association, the American Institute of Architects and the Associated Builders and Contractors.

B&D has worked on more than 1,000 assignments, representing over USD$30bn in completed construction, and features a client base in all 50 states.


ADC Management Solutions and Kumi Construction Management are both D.C. certified CBE’s and are integral partners of the program management team.

The new Daytona International Speedway is complete and ready for this weekend’s Daytona 500®! 

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is the home of “The Great American Race” — the DAYTONA 500®. More than 100,000 fans attend the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup each year.

Detroit-based architects and planners with a global focus on sports and entertainment, ROSSETTI, partnered with the International Speedway Corporation, the owners of DIS, to strategically create a new value proposition for the venue. The result was DAYTONA Rising, the USD$400m reimagining of DIS into the first Motorsports Stadium.


Images courtesy: ROSSETTI


The Speedway has been an iconic venue for 50 years, but had not received significant enhancements since it opened. ROSSETTI was challenged to blend the modern amenities of what today’s sports fans demand with the heritage that NASCAR fans expect from the Speedway. In addition, the Speedway was missing opportunities to work with its corporate partners. ROSSETTI started with the vision of ‘what a race experience can be’ for the next five decades. The incredible scale of the 500-acre Speedway complex also drove many of the strategic design decisions. The stadium itself is nearly a mile long. Every stadium in Florida can fit inside its oval track.

International Speedway Corporation and ROSSETTI partnered through immersive Discovery Workshops, extensive design ideation, studies of other NASCAR tracks and research of NASCAR fans. ROSSETTI also studied the historic context of racing on the beach and the conceptual elements of NASCAR racing that led to the Design Parti: Machine on the beach.

Design Parti


The Game Changers

  1. Fan Injectors: Sense of place, fuel the experience, brand immersion
  2. Neighbourhoods: Social spaces, concessions, amenities
  3. Exterior Skin: Physical manifestation of the machine
  4. Hospitality: Trackside premium experience, Trioval Club, flexible configuration
  5. Corporate Value Proposition: Activate sponsorship with fan/brand engagement


ROSSETTI’s innovative design transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first Motorsports Stadium.

The corporate value proposition is a new model for corporate sponsorship and immersive brand activation.



The Daytona Rising/new Daytona International Speedway will be one of the Venues in Focus for our forthcoming Q1 (formerly Spring) edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Xavier Cintas Center is undergoing a USD$25m face-lift. The master plan for renovations are designed by ROSSETTI to refresh the fan experience for the 15-year-old facility. 

ROSSETTI teamed with local Cincinnati architect, MSA, to design new hospitality and student athlete experiences at Xavier Cintas Center.

The popular Joseph Club, previously enclosed in glass and cut off from the arena, will be opened up into the bowl, increasing revenue opportunities and connecting the club and seating experiences.

Courtside ticketholders will get upgraded premium seating and access to a new Courtside Club, formerly storage space, that will feature views into the player tunnel.

The Center will also be expanding its sports medicine facility and creating a new weight, strength and conditioning space for student athletes.

A revamped academic centre will double as a general admission club on game days.

Future plans for the USD$25m renovations also include a new arrival experience via signage, lighting and a redesigned concourse.


Jim Renne, Sports Principal at ROSSETTI, is one of the more than 40 industry expert speakers taking part in our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, which brings together the leaders in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology. Check out the Preliminary Conference Program online at:

Greenbrier’s Center Court at Creekside grand opening to feature Agassi-Sampras match

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The Greenbrier Resort’s Center Court at Creekside, America’s newest professional outdoor tennis stadium, will be officially unveiled June 20, 2015. Headlining the Grand Opening celebrations is a historic face-off match between longtime pro-tennis rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

Sampras currently serves as The Greenbrier’s resident Tennis Pro Emeritus, and is among a number of tennis legends, including John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Ivan Lendl, who have played at the resort since the inaugural Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic in 2012. With such greats as guests, “It was only right that the Greenbrier should have the premier resort tennis stadium in the US to call its own,” said Jim Justice, Owner and Chairman of The Greenbrier.

The match between these Tennis Hall-of-Famers will take place in the state-of-the-art, 2,500-seat stadium designed by Detroit-based ROSSETTI architects.

ROSSETTI’s unique U-shaped bowl configuration takes advantage of a picturesque backdrop of Howard’s Creek, the Allegheny Mountains and the historic Old White TPC Championship golf course. The design also allows for a multi-functional plaza between the Creek and the court, which can accommodate courtside hospitality tents and additional grandstand seating. Featuring 400 corporate loge seats, professional-grade lighting and broadcast-ready media space, Center Court at Creekside elevates The Greenbrier’s top-of-the-line tennis programme to a new level.

President and CEO of ROSSETTI, Matt Rossetti, said:

This was a dream project for us. The intimacy and integration with the landscape is something we’ve discussed for the US Open but we don’t have the natural features to do it authentically. There’s so much character, it’s the ultimate amphitheater. I’m sure our other tennis clients will be envious.


Images courtesy: ROSSETTI

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ROSSETTI will be showcasing their latest sports venue projects at our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, which is being held at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30.

To guarantee your place at this must-attend event – which will feature more than 40 top industry speakers and 50+ industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors – visit the website at: