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Populous and PS&AM magazine to explore what will shape the venues of the future

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PanStadia & Arena Management (PS&AM) magazine, in partnership with global design practice Populous, are delighted to announce a year-long project to explore the future of sports and entertainment venues.

The experiences that draw people together have been at the heart of Populous’ 32–year history and form the starting point for the ‘Tomorrow’s Together’ project.

As they think about what will shape the venues of the future, three leading Populous designers – Chris Paterson (Australia), Greg Sherlock (USA) and Paul Shakespeare (UK) – start by asking themselves two questions:

What has the potential to reshape the way we design sports and entertainment venues?

Which trends are having the greatest impact by region?

To read more about the project team, and to watch a video about the early stages of the project, click here

You can read the project introduction in the 1st quarter (Spring) 2015 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, available here 

The results of the project will be unveiled at the second edition of PanStadia & Arena Management’s live event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30, with updates in each 2015 issue of the magazine.

Brand-new fly-through video of the New Atlanta Stadium

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In a brand-new fly-through video of the New Atlanta Stadium, viewers are taken on a unique tour in point-of-view fashion beginning one mile above the stadium’s circular retractable roof and through many of the stadium’s key areas. From the club seating and suites to the general concourse and plaza spaces, viewers have the opportunity to see the stadium through a new perspective: http://newstadium.atlantafalcons.com/2015/01/13/flythrough/

 

Arthur Blank, Owner, Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta, said of the new stadium:

We are committed to providing our fans and event guests with an unparalleled experience in the new facility.

 

The design for the New Atlanta Stadium creates an exceptional game-day experience for fans and an iconic architectural landmark for the city.

Designed as a signature element rather than a utilitarian cover, the New Atlanta Stadium’s retractable roof provides a radical departure from the kinetic roofs of other sports facilities. Derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, a reference to the Atlanta Falcons NFL team, the roof features eight triangular panels that wrap the stadium and move in unison along individual tracks. This allows the roof to open and close like a camera aperture. Exterior lighting can easily change the color of the transparent facade.

The stadium interior offers fans an immersive, technology-driven, game-day experience. A wide array of seating options provide fans with varying ticket prices, vantage points, degrees of service and amenities. A 360-degree HD halo video board built into the roof offers fans clear views from every seat. Other amenities include a fantasy football lounge, a 100-yard bar and a floor-to-ceiling view of downtown Atlanta.

Designed for flexibility, the stadium can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate games for Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer franchise. Retractable seats surrounding the field allow fans to get close to the action for both soccer and football. Digital media platforms throughout the stadium offer flexible opportunities for teams and sponsors to display targeted programmable content on game days.

In addition to serving as an anchor for the downtown tourist and entertainment district, the New Atlanta Stadium will catalyze changes in neighborhoods surrounding the stadium. The project team’s focus on sustainable design, construction and operations extends into the community through the creation of urban farming and open recreation spaces.

HOK is working on this project with tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture and Stanley Beaman & Sears.
Project Stats

LEED certification anticipated

Seats: 70,464 for NFL games or 32,456 for MLS games
1.8 million sqft/167,225sqm

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Images courtesy HOK and Atlanta Falcons

Images courtesy HOK and Atlanta Falcons

Northeast Plaza View: Located on the stadium’s northeast side, event day guests can enjoy an expansive fan plaza creating an additional game day open gathering place for meeting friends or simply enjoying the moment. Located inside the security checkpoint area, the 61,000sqft plaza will provide fans the opportunity to blend the indoor/outdoor in-stadium experience.

South Champions Lounge: The Champions Lounges are located at field level behind each team’s bench and are being designed as the stadium’s largest club space at over 30,000sqft each.

Owner’s Suite: Each Owners Suite features all-inclusive food and beverage packages; VIP parking privileges; access to the Owners Club, the most exclusive club in the stadium, offering fine dining and hospitality; and tickets to all events hosted in the stadium.

Owner’s Club: The Owners Club, the most exclusive club in the stadium, offering fine dining and hospitality.

Vive la difference at new Jean Bouin stadium

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Stade Francais rugby club will play its first games at the new 20,000 capacity Jean Bouin stadium on 30 August versus Biarritz and on 8 September against ASM Clemont Auvergne. The first game will be under lights and broadcast live.

The stadium is stunningly different from its earlier incarnation due to a radical design by Grand Prix National d’Architecture 2006 winner architect Rudy Ricciotti. Pictures courtesy Agence Rudy Ricciotti.

 

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