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Curtis J. Moody

Temple University has selected the architecture firm Moody Nolan to lead design of a proposed on-campus football stadium and identify future opportunities for retail in the multipurpose project.

Moody Nolan has special expertise in collegiate athletics and recreation and has completed projects for over 100 universities throughout the country, most recently at DePaul, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt. Founded by President and CEO Curtis J. Moody, Moody Nolan is the largest African-American owned and managed architecture firm in the United States.

Temple President Neil D. Theobald said:

Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist. We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.

Moody Nolan is collaborating with AECOM, a multinational engineering design firm, and Langan, a civil engineering and landscape design firm. Moody Nolan is also leading the design of a student recreation building that would be adjacent to the retail and stadium complex, envisioned for the site bounded by Broad Street, Norris Street, 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

Moody stated:

We look forward to working together with Temple University and the surrounding community. Creating a vibrant and cohesive streetscape experience that blends together the planned stadium, the significant retail components, the adjacent indoor recreation facility and various pedestrian plaza and green spaces will be a significant part of the evolution of the overall design strategy.”

Moody Nolan has already held meetings with nearby residents to start the engagement process with the community about initial steps related to design.

Temple University Q&A with Curtis J. Moody about community engagement

Can you tell us why community engagement is such a critical component for Moody Nolan projects?

Community engagement is critical to establish a relationship with the people of the area affected by the project. It is a process and takes time. During this time you begin to understand all points view and the ‘why’ behind concerns. The goal is to be up front and share what’s going on, look for synergies and create a solution that works for as many people as possible.

You are already meeting with local residents in small groups. Why is the small-group format beneficial?

Smaller groups allow for better and more in-depth discussions. It also allows time to actually connect with people during meetings.

What are common concerns you’re hearing?

Traffic concerns have been expressed, and that is fairly typical of urban campus environments. Issues related to noise, trash and parking have also been raised.

Moody Nolan is highly regarded for designing facilities that respond to the communities in which they exist. How does your firm accomplish that?

As with any design process, it should start by listening and doing your homework to truly understand the situation. This intangible information, coupled with over 30 years of such design experience, leads to a more informed solution. We have completed projects all over the country and can tell you that each one has its own unique situations and solution.

You just have to keep talking and moving forward.

Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin is one of a number of AEG owned venues that were project managed by ICON Venue Group.

CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), has acquired ICON Venue Group, an owner’s representative and project management firm. Founded by Tim Romani in 2004, ICON manages the development, design, and construction of sports, entertainment, and public assembly facilities worldwide.

The company will continue to operate as ICON Venue Group, headquartered in Denver, and will be led by Romani. ICON has overseen the development, design, and construction of major stadiums and arenas throughout North America and Europe, including The O2 Arena in London and the ongoing Wrigley Field Restoration Project in Chicago.

Howard Nuchow, Co-Head, CAA Sports said:

Tim Romani is a world-class executive who, in a short period of time, has grown ICON into a dominant player in the venue development space. Tim and his team’s expertise and experience are complementary with our wide-ranging service areas, and we look forward to working collaboratively to develop landmark opportunities in the global sports and entertainment marketplace.

ICON has overseen the development, design, and construction of major stadiums and arenas throughout the United States and Europe, and is currently underway on new construction or renovation projects for sports teams including the Sacramento Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Colorado State University Rams, Toronto FC, Toronto Raptors, Orlando City Soccer, and AS Roma. ICON’s world-class portfolio is the most extensive in the sports and entertainment industry, and includes The O2 arena in London, Consol Energy Center, Prudential Center, Sprint Center, Rogers Place, Sports Authority Field, 10 of the 14 MLS stadiums constructed or renovated, and the Wrigley Field Restoration project, among many others. Romani said:

We could not be more thrilled to join such a prestigious and innovative company with an exceptional reputation in the sports and entertainment industries. There is so much value in the connectivity between CAA and ICON and we will utilize that link to expand into related business opportunities that will add unparalleled new value in the venue development marketplace. CAA Sports is an ideal fit for ICON and together we look forward to creating the most unique venues and fan experiences throughout the world.

CAA Sports and ICON share a likeminded collaborative culture and best-in-class approach to client service. Their combined resources will amplify and enhance their existing relationships in the sports and entertainment marketplace, with CAA Sports providing unmatched access to the agency’s global resources in sports and entertainment, while ICON creates a valuable new service area for CAA and its clients worldwide.

ICON Venue Group is the fifth strategic acquisition by CAA Sports in the past 10 months. CAA Sports’ industry-leading Property Sales group has completed more than $3.5 billion in new sponsorship business on behalf of its clients and orchestrated precedent-setting agreements for the new Yankee Stadium; the Marquee partnership deal at Madison Square Garden; the naming rights for the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium; and the recently announced Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors. CAA Sports Consulting advises, manages, and activates on more than $2.5 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of leading global brands and is a leader in experiential marketing. In 2015, the agency launched CAA Premium Experience, a full-service hospitality and event management practice that works with Fortune 500 companies across hundreds of global sports and entertainment events annually, and acquired Fermata Partners, a specialized consumer products licensing agency focused on colleges and universities, global football clubs, and iconic sports and lifestyle brands. CAA’s merchant bank, Evolution Media Capital (EMC), provides traditional investment banking services, as well as a broad range of strategic advisory services to maximize growth and expansion for its clients. Since its inception in 2008, it has advised on more than $44 billion in transactions.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


ICON Venue Group is the leading Owner’s Representative and project management firm in the sports, entertainment, and public assembly industry with a portfolio of many of the most successful venues in the world. ICON provides a comprehensive spectrum of facility development services required to guide a new facility project from its initial conception through planning, design, construction and opening to ensure years of successful operation for both public and private sector clients in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. ICON has managed the development of home venues for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB MLS, MLL, AFL, CHL, NBDL, DEL and BBL franchises totaling more than $6 billion.


CAA Sports represents more than 1,000 of the world’s best athletes, coaches, broadcasters, and sports personalities, and leads all agencies in contract value under management exceeding $6.3 billion, more than double the next closest agency, according to Forbes. Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, books, and video games. CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships, for which the agency won “Best in Property Consulting, Sales, and Client Service” at the 2014 Sports Business Awards. CAA Sports is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients.


Completion of roof lifting and installation of the last few of 12 units of the retractable roof is expected in April, according to Inzhtransstroy-SPB, the general contractor of the stadium construction on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg, The field will then be cleared of the cranes and it will be possible to complete the installation of the roll-out field systems.

The roof of the stadium on Krestovsky Island consists of two parts, of the fixed – non-moving part – and the retractable part. During bad weather and the cold season, the roof can be closed airtight. Together with the climate control system, this will allow the stadium to maintain comfortable conditions all year round. Even in winter the temperature will be above 15 degrees Celsius.

The sliding part of the roof consists of twelve blocks – six in each half, the northern and the southern ones. The blocks are assembled directly on the field, and then raised to a height of 62 metres by two cranes, with the lifting capacity of 750 and 600 tons. Each block weighs more than 150 tons. The whole procedure takes a few hours. On the roof the units are installed on special trolleys, which will then be moved and shifted with powerful jacks.

The finishing of facilities in sector A at “0” mark are being completed. The floor tiling is finished, as well as wiring. From the sporting point of view this is one of the most important stadium sectors. The dressing rooms for athletes, warm-up areas, showers, trainers’, referees’ rooms are located there. The athletes come out to the field from sector A. The entire finishing of sector A should be completed by the end of March – except for the lay-in ceilings, which for technological reasons will be the last to be installed.

To create the humid-thermal conditions inside the stadium, to eliminate leaks and create a complete roof layout with bird’s-eye view – the works to cover the fixed roof are being conducted. A special vapour barrier film is being placed on the roof, then the subsystem is mounted above, and after that the thermal insulation with an aluminium seam roofing on the top. All works on the roof are seriously affected by weather conditions, so the coming of spring has significantly accelerated the process.

Active work to hem roof eaves, adjacent to the stained glass panels, is in progress. At a height of 35 metres they are mounted with the help of long mobile telescopic derricks.

The installation of seats for fans is continuing. So far 45,580 seats have been installed, which is nearly 80% of the total number. The planned rate of installation is 500 seats per day.

The installation of stained glass panels is fully completed at mark “14”. 80% of stained glass designs are installed at the highest, panoramic mark “42” (i.e., at a height of 42 metres). Some stained glass panels will be installed later to leave some special openings for technological requirements, cabling, access to the outer facade etc.

On the hill along the stadium perimeter, the work on casting concrete cascading staircases is in progress. Work on the stairs construction began at the end of February, today it is 20% complete.

The area around the stadium is being equipped. At the end of March, a small ring road 1.5 kilometres long will be ready for asphalt covering, and then work on the outer ring road will begin.

The builders are entrusted with a task to complete the general construction works by City Day on May 27. Further work will be carried out in the indoor stadium, as well as balancing and commissioning procedures. All works on the stadium in the western part of Krestovsky Island will be completed according to the current state contract in December 2016.

The stadium was 84% complete on March 16th 2016, including:

  • Concrete works 99%
  • Metal framework of the fixed roof 100%
  • Covering of the fixed roof 30%
  • Metal framework of the roll-out field 100%
  • Facade systems 82%
  • Stained glass panels 91%
  • Elevators and escalators 90%
  • Electricity supply systems 71%
  • Heat supply systems 73%
  • Water and sanitation 88%
  • Fire extinguishing system 80%
  • Air conditioning and cold supply systems 62%
  • Low current systems 76%
  • Zones of admission original inspection (general construction work) 77%
  • Zones of admission original inspection (building services systems) 64%
  • Building services systems of the roll-out field 35%
Rendering of what Miami Beckham United's new stadium may look like.

Miami Beckham United (MBU) announced last week that the group has purchased land needed to build a stadium for a prospective MLS expansion team in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, reports Major League Soccer.

MBU partner Marcelo Claure announced the news on Twitter and the group also issued a statement.

We have the right site, the right ownership group, and a loyal base of fans counting down the days until our first match. We’re all-in on Overtown, and we couldn’t be more excited about moving forward with plans to deliver the most responsible stadium in Miami history.

The land acquired consists of two private properties with a size of approximately six acres, representing two-thirds of the projected nine-acre site, according to a Miami Herald report.

The move now opens the door for MBU to hold discussions with county officials regarding the “purchase of adjacent land required for development, now controlled by Miami-Dade County.” Once the acquisition of the government-owned land is complete, MBU will seek city zoning approval for its development plans before construction can begin.

In the meantime, the group has held informational meetings about the project with members of the Overtown community.

Situated midway between Miami Beach and Miami International Airport, the stadium site is located in the Miami River District and just blocks away from downtown Miami. Public transportation options will include a Metrorail station and an “All Aboard Florida” rail terminal, both within walking distance.

The new Perth Stadium structure has reached its full height of 42 metres with the first of 50 steel roof trusses installed on the Burswood Peninsula site.
  • First steel roof truss installed on the five-tier Stadium
  • Year one of construction completed on schedule

Premier, Colin Barnett, and Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, were onsite today to view the latest construction milestone.

The Premier said:

Just 12 months ago we were onsite to see the first concrete pile driven into the ground.

The progress since then has been remarkable and construction is now 33% complete based on design and procurement status. With the first of the roof trusses installed recently, the final height of the Stadium is now clearly visible.

The 50 roof trusses will be delivered to the Burswood site and installed over the next 12 months. The 45 metre-long steel trusses will support the lightweight roof fabric covering 85% of the 60,000 seats.

Ms Davies highlighted the significant involvement of local West Australian companies in the construction of the world-class venue:

More than 14,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the stadium’s steel frame. This includes 50 steel roof trusses manufactured at the factory of Henderson-based contractor, Civmec Construction and Engineering, with a workforce of over 120.

Subcontracts valued at more than A$159m have already been awarded to local companies and the opportunity for more WA businesses to benefit from Perth Stadium will continue in the years ahead.

Alongside installation of over 2,700 tonnes of steel for the Stadium structure, more than 600 of the terraced concrete platforms that will support the seats are now in place.

2016 will be the busiest period of construction and the Burswood site is set to become a hive of activity, peaking mid-year with a workforce of around 1,000 workers.

Fact file

  • Brookfield Multiplex is responsible for sourcing and securing construction contracts
  • Construction of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
  • Design team: Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup

Watch a virtual video tour of the new stadium online at:


The new Perth Stadium in AFL format.


The new Perth Stadium in concert mode.

AC Milan and  Milan Fair have come to an agreement which confirms AC Milan pulling out of its deal  to build a new stadium in the city’s Portello district. The Fair will meet next Monday to consider an offer of a compensation fee of €10 million, according to a report in Gazzetta World.

As recently as July 7, the Fondazione Fiera released a statement confirming that they had assigned development plans for Pavilion 1-2 at Portello  to AC Milan-Arup Italia. Differences between the parties then emerged and culminated in AC Milan stating in early September that they would stay in the San Siro (pictured).

The joint venture was winner of a tender, meeting all the goals and statutory purposes of Fondazione Fiera Milano and identifying the functions – sports, recreational, accommodation, training, research, health, services – that cater to the needs of a changing city and the development of the metropolitan area.

The stadium was envisaged as the hub around which would be arranged a number of green pathways, with public facilities, retail, food and beverage, a hotel in a privileged location, blending in with the main business and fitness center complex, all functions aimed at actively involving the local community.

AC Milan’s estimated budget was in excess of €300 million with the lease for Fondazione Fiera Milano set to be €4.050 million a year under a 50-year land lease agreement.

In the third part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight Kai Tak Stadium in Hong Kong and the Greater Noida Cricket Stadium at Jaypee Sports City in India.

Kai Tak Stadium

Kai Tak Stadium is a multi-purpose sports stadium to be built at the site of Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong, which will feature a retractable roof and be used for international sporting and entertainment events.

AECOM was engaged by the Civil Engineering and Development Department of HKSAR to undertake the Kai Tak Development project in early 2007. And the Finance Committee of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has already approved HK$62.7m (US$8.1m) in pre-construction funds.

In addition to the 50,000-capacity stadium, the complex will also include office, commercial and retail space, and public recreation, as well as a smaller sports ground (5,000-capacity) and a 4,000-capacity indoor arena.

The project is said to come with a HK$23bn price tag and is slated to open in 2020.

Greater Noida Cricket Stadium at Jaypee Sports City

Jaypee Sports City, located on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, NCR, is India’s first planned city developed and aimed for sports. It’s 2,500 acres of area comprises various sports venues, including an international standard cricket stadium, a hockey stadium and the Buddh International Circuit, which hosted India’s first F1 race in 2011.

Greater Noida Cricket Stadium is due for completion in 2016 and will intially seat 40,000 spectators, but this will gradually be increased to 100,000. The Cricket Stadium will be given a face-lift similar to Lord’s Cricket Ground and will conform to all the norms and specifications as laid down by the ICC, with associated amenities like media and corporate boxes, medical facilities, merchandise stores, a food court, an information kiosk and many others.

The Sports City will also feature a hockey stadium with a sports training academy and infrastructure for other sports.


For all the latest sports venue development news, check out our comprehensive Facility Watch in PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.


AECOM Global Sports’ Principal, JRJ Parrish, AECOM’s Peter Ayres, Director – Buildings + Places and Business Unit Leader – Sports and AECOM Sports’ Adam G Williams, Practice Leader Design + Planning, are just some of the 50+ industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.


Find out more about the latest sports venue developments from across Asia Pacific and beyond at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and trade show, at which nearly all of the top sports architects and designers will be present, in addition to many of the stadium and arena owner/operators. Guarantee your place at this must-attend event at:

Pro Football Hall of Fame master plan envisions expanded destination environment

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HKS, Inc. and Motter & Meadows Architects are designing and creating an expanded destination environment for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, USA. With the historic hall as its nucleus and a new Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium to accommodate additional sports and entertainment events, the master plan envisions the site as a national destination and a regional asset that provides local connectivity to the Canton community.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors approved the integrated master plan back in October 2014.

Mark A. Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Chief Marketing Director for HKS Sports & Entertainment, said:

Our Hall of Fame Village design leverages a national icon and surrounds it with a destination environment that translates itself into a memory souvenir. The vision combines new and expanded facilities providing options for extended visits and gives greater opportunities for sponsorships and partners.

To accomplish its goals, the major components of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Plan includes:

  • Hall of Fame Stadium
  • Hall of Fame Hotel
  • Center for Performance Excellence
  • Legends Landing
  • Competition Fields
  • Hall of Fame Field House

The HKS project team comprises:

  • Mark Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
  • Rex Carpenter, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal
  • Kevin Suter, LEED AP, Vice President
  • David Skaggs, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal

The Pro Football Hall of Fame wants to complete the project prior to the NFL’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Stadium renovations would begin after the August 2015 enshrinement festivities which include the Minnesota Vikings versus the Pittsburgh Steelers game and an Aerosmith concert.

About HKS

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 Minnesota Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and Inglewood Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience and serving as destination environments. HKS operates from 27 worldwide offices.









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.

University of Oregon releases new Jane Sanders Stadium renderings

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The University of Oregon (UO)’s athletics department has released the first two renderings of Oregon softball’s new home for the 2016 season, Jane Sanders Stadium.

The 1,500-seat stadium will be built at the current site of Howe Field. Construction of the new stadium will begin immediately after the Ducks play their final home game this year. There will be space to add temporary outfield bleachers for postseason games.

Financing for the new stadium was spurred on by a USD$10m gift from Robert Sanders in honour of his late wife.

The couple met at the UO, where Robert, class of 1949, was a fullback on the football team and Jane, class of 1950, was a cheerleader. Robert and Jane Sanders enjoyed great success in the lumber industry, having held businesses in California, Oregon and Washington.

Howe Field was originally built in 1936 as the home of Oregon baseball and was converted to a softball stadium in 1987.

Portland-based architecture firm SRG is the architect on the project, with Howard S. Wright the general contractor.

SRG has already had some experience working on the Oregon campus. They’ve previously designed UO’s Lillis Business Complex, the Hillsboro Hops’ 4,500-seat Ron Tonkin Field and the University of Washington’s 2,500-seat Husky Ballpark – opened in Spring 2014 – among many other major projects completed throughout the 40 years since the company was founded.



Workers complete summit of New Vikings Stadium’s ring beam

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The new Vikings stadium’s construction celebrated its midpoint this month with a tour for media, but workers didn’t break for half-time.

Cranes soared, machines rumbled, and the workforce that’s elevated to 900 members on-site kept making progress as reporters, photographers and videographers documented the progress.

Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf commended the workers efforts and the teamwork the Vikings have enjoyed with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Mortenson Construction and HKS.

Wilf said:

This stadium will truly be a landmark for civic pride. As an organization, our focus remains on offering the best game day experience possible. As we see the excitement in our fan base growing on a daily basis, we’re driven harder to honour their passion and commitment for this team by providing the fan experience they expect and deserve. Over the next 15 months, we’ll continue to ensure that when we kick off in 2016, we’ll have built a stadium that showcases Minnesota on a national and international level and makes Minnesotans proud.

The midway mark is quite a milestone, and the project remains on schedule for completion in July 2016.

A significant recent accomplishment was pouring the concrete at the highest point of the ring beam that encircles the perimeter at the roof line. According to Dave Mansell, the general superintendent of the project for Mortenson, workers were about 269ft above the event level when they poured the concrete at the northwest corner of the stadium.

Women of Steel
Mortenson Construction Executive Eric Grenz said crews have erected about 5,000 of the 11,000 tons of steel that will be used on the roof, including five of the eleven queen’s post trusses that will span from the ridge truss to the ring beam on the east and west sides of the stadium. The ridge truss is moving closer to completion, with two segments remaining to be linked to complete the span of about 1,000ft.

Grenz and Mansell said Danny’s Construction, a woman-owned local business, is leading the way on the high-roof steel that is scheduled to be complete at the end of September. Danny’s is one of 55 women-owned businesses out of the 228 Minnesota-based enterprises working on the project, which also has 33 minority-owned businesses.

Snow Deflector Continues, Infiltration System Begins
Last month, work began on the snow deflector system around the building’s top perimeter that is designed to catch snow as it comes off the stadium’s roof, then melt it with a heating system so that it can flow into the site’s infiltration system. Excavation work recently began at the now-closed portion of South 5th St. for the infiltration system that will be below part of the stadium’s plaza. The gutter system will connect to the infiltration system.

Mansell said the snow gutter is 65ft-wide and 90ft-deep at its largest point, “so we could hold snowboarding contests up there.”

Finance and Commerce on Friday featured a write-up of Dave Bice, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Bice is the founder of Forest Lake-based Bald Eagle Erectors, which is working on the snow deflector system.

Structural Concrete More Complete
Grenz said the overall progress of structural concrete is about 80% complete, meaning that over 80,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured in the past 13-14 months.

An additional US$19.5m to be contributed to the new stadium

It has also been confirmed this month that the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family will contribute an additional US$19.5m to the team’s new stadium.

The money will be directed, among other things, toward plaza enhancements, food service equipment, seat upgrades and a deck that looks out toward Minneapolis.

Viking owner & team president, Mark Wilf confirmed in a news release about the latest development:

Our focus remains on providing a first-class experience to our fans. When the process is over and we open this building in 2016, we want to say we did what we could to ensure the best game day experience possible.

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Images courtesy: Minnesota Vikings/HKS

Amsterdam ArenA strives for the best possible service

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Amsterdam ArenA is in the process of three large and two small improvements set to ensure a more convenient and pleasant experience for visitors to the stadium, as Hidde Salverda, Director of the Amsterdam ArenA Event Company, explains.

Improvement 1: Everyone online
Ensuring that everyone in a stadium has internet access is a challenge for a stadium. During sports and other events, there are, in fact, tens of thousands people in a relatively small area. To ensure that they can make use of online services requires connectivity to be as reliable as possible, Amsterdam ArenA has achieved this by making 4G available throughout the stadium, as well as free Wi-Fi. Salverda confirms:

This is what the visitor expects and rightly so. Together with KPN (4G) and Huawei (Wi-Fi network), we have further increased the quality and the service level for the visitor. We have delivered a fine piece of work. In this way, we will truly be a world leader in terms of stadiums and event locations.

Amsterdam ArenA uses this improved connectivity to pamper its visitors even more. This occurs in two ways:

1a: Extras via the app
Thanks to the reliable, free access to the internet, fans can easily communicate via an app. Take, for example, the new app: ArenA Catering. It enables everyone with a smartphone to look over the catering products on offer, place an immediate order and pay for it. The order can then be picked up at the closest booth or take-away point.

In this way, visitors can quickly obtain a snack or drink during the match or concert without having to queue. The ArenA Catering App – which has been developed by the American SeatServe Company – will be phased in for the entire stadium over the coming months in close collaboration with Coca-Cola Enterprise, one of the founding partners of the ArenA. It will be fine-tuned based on user experiences and will, over time, potentially go a step further: enabling service in the stands. The app will not only allow the Amsterdam ArenA to offer the best possible service to its visitors, but it can also be used by organisers to offer their audiences extras. This may include interviews before the match, replays of goals, close-ups during a concert or price inquiries.

Salverda explains that this exclusive content is in tune with the age: “These extras enhance the experience and provide another reason to get off the sofa.” In addition, there are many more possibilities for direct communication between visitor and organiser. “They can establish a personal relationship with each other, share information and exchange ideas. And the great thing is that this extra content is simply transmitted via WiFi, so that you will not have a big bill for the extra service.”

1b: Easy journey
One of the objectives for the Amsterdam ArenA this year is to ease visitor travel. “We wish to make the trip to the stadium as relaxed as possible. This can be achieved by bundling all information from the parties involved and disclosing it to the individual visitor as required,” says Salverda.

Improvement 2: The convenience of contactless payment
Amsterdam ArenA has been in existence for the last eighteen years, and the same goes for the ArenA Card. Salverda explains why this choice was then made:

Rapid payment is an absolute must for us. This is due to the peak times in which visitors make use of the catering. Eighteen years ago, cards and cash payments were too time consuming.

In the present, the introduction of contactless payment by card coincides with the need for a new payment system. “For us, this is the time to invest in 350 bank card terminals and to bid adieu to the ArenA Card.” Visitors now pay faster and easier by simply using their own bank card. When they occur at the Amsterdam ArenA, such payments will be made in a contactless manner by holding bank cards or mobile telephones briefly near the payment terminal.

“It is a matter of time before every bank card will be usable in this way,” notes Salverda. He is also happy that the extra queue is finally gone: “It has long been a thorn in our side that people had to queue twice in order to receive their snack and drink. Once at the ArenA Card and a second time at the booth counter. We are now rid of the first queue. This improvement further shows how we are placing the visitor first.”

Improvement 3: Extra room
Watching football is most enjoyable when you can smell the fresh grass, count the splatters of mud on the white socks and hear the keeper instruct his defenders.

Now that the Amsterdam ArenA has filled in the moat on the east side, visitors can once again sit a little closer to the field. “This creates a better football ambience. The overall image is much more attractive,” notes Salverda.

In addition, this renovation yields 296 additional seats and extra square metres for concert goers. “We can move the barriers back, so there is more space on the field.” And no, this room will not be immediately filled with more concert visitors. “In connection with emergency exit capacity, we cannot allow any more people to enter,” assures Salverda.

Improvement 4: Handsome stadium box office
Such an attractive stadium with such an ugly stadium box office! This really could not be allowed to go on. “We have given the stadium box office a facelift, and it was about time,” laughs Salverda. The box office is located on the north side of the stadium and is opened prior to matches and events for ticket sales and information about purchased admission tickets.

Improvement 5: Introduction of the e-ticket
“A new ticketing system is being introduced for our certificate holders,” explains Salverda. “It was due for replacement.” And what are they going to notice most about the new system? “It will include the possibility for e-ticketing, this according to an easy and secure procedure. E-tickets are lost less quickly than physical admission tickets and will make it easier for certificate holders to send business partners and customers admission tickets. A long cherished wish that will be satisfied in the near future!”

Certificate holders and business partners will be notified about the changes separately.

Contract signed for work to re-start on Northampton Town FC’s East Stand

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Northampton Town Football Club and Buckingham Group have signed a new contract for work to resume on the East Stand at Sixfields.

Club Chairman, David Cardoza, commented:
I am delighted we can draw a line under this matter. It has been a frustrating time for the club, our supporters and for the contractor, but we can move on now and we are delighted to be able to welcome Buckingham Group back to the site. Their staff will be on site immediately and we are looking forward to having the new stand open during the early weeks of next season. We have been in active, constructive dialogue with Buckingham Group for a while, and we are really looking forward to working with them again to help give this club facilities it has never had before in its history. I would like to thank our supporters for their patience and their support. I would also like to thank Paul Gibbs at Pick Everard for helping us conclude the contract negotiations.
Paul Wheeler, Chairman of Buckingham Group Contracting added:
We share the frustrations of the supporters and following the unwelcome delay to the stadium  project, we are delighted that all issues are now resolved with the club and our previous client. We are really looking forward to getting back on site and resuming work on the East Stand.
We are delighted to be working with the club and to be bringing supporters the new facilities. It is excellent news for the club, the supporters and the local area. Over the next few months the new stand will be completed and will be ready for supporters to use early on during the 2015/16 season.


Ottawa Senators new premium seating area set to be a big ‘hit’

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The Ottawa Senators say the planned new premium seating area at Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) is shaping up to be a big winner with fans in the business community.

The NHL club is preparing to launch three upgraded seating formats for the 2015-16 season – Victory Suites, Loges and Luxe seats – as part of its new 20,000sqft Club Bell at the west end of the arena on the 100 level.

All three options include full access to Club Bell’s bar, lounge and a private kitchen offering menu items such as fresh pasta and wood-fired pizzas, as well as VIP valet parking and a private entrance to the club.

Geoff Publow, Vice-President of Strategic Development for the Senators, said today’s fans are demanding more bang for their buck, especially when they are treating business clients or employees to a night out. He added:

It’s more than just coming to the game. You’re taking part in a real experience.

He said the new seating areas fill a niche for small and medium-sized businesses that find traditional luxury boxes too large or expensive for entertaining smaller groups of clients or employees, but still want more than a standard club seat.

The new seats make it easier to mingle with other fans than traditional boxes. Publow added:

You’ve got your own private area where you can host your guests; you’re also part of a larger networking opportunity with the rest of the members of Club Bell.

The Victory Suites are what are often dubbed theatre or opera boxes – essentially a scaled-down version of the CTC’s private luxury boxes, seating six to 10 customers rather than 16 to 20.

The 14 new suites, which range in price from $80,000 to $125,000 per year and require a five- or seven-year commitment, went on the market in mid-November and sold out in three weeks.

Loges, meanwhile, feature four seats grouped together around a table. The 27 Loges at CTC went on sale early last month at a cost of $45,000 per year over a three- or five-year term, and reportedly more than half have already been snapped up.

Finally, 300 Luxe seats – basically, upgraded versions of the current club seats with higher backs and slightly wider cushions – hit the market a couple of weeks ago at an annual cost of $10,000 apiece in packages of two or four.

The changes, designed by the Detroit-based Rossetti firm of architects that drew up the original plans for the CTC, are part of a broader project to improve the experience for fans as the club approaches its 25th year of play in 2017. 

Source: Ottawa Business Journal

Northampton Saints Rugby confirm Buckingham Group to build Barwell Stand

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Northampton Saints have announced that the club has signed a letter of intent for Buckingham Group Contracting Limited to build the new Barwell Stand.

Work will begin on the Barwell Stand immediately after the end of the current campaign, with the seating and control room expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season, with the hospitality boxes and Sturtridge Suite to open in December 2015.

The GBP£6m development will complete the stadium bowl and increase capacity to approximately 15,500 with state-of-the-art amenities that will maintain Franklin’s Gardens’ place as the best dedicated rugby facility in England.

Buckingham Group, which has its head office near Silverstone, UK, has a strong track record of building world-class sports facilities, including the Silverstone Wing, the Copper Box (made famous during the London 2012 Olympic Games), stadiumMK and the Amex Stadium in Brighton, both of which will be used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Saints Chairman, Tony Hewitt, said:

Buckingham Group has built some outstanding sports stadiums in the UK, and we are confident that they will do the same here at Franklin’s Gardens and ensure that the Barwell Stand is something that we can be proud of. They are a local firm and have been very positive during our negotiations. We are looking forward to working with them closely over the coming months to ensure that the project remains on schedule and built to the highest standards.

Enabling works were undertaken in the summer of 2014 to help ensure that the development would remain on time during what will be a tight building schedule. These included a geotechnical investigation, relocating the stadium’s electricity sub-station, and removing the shrubbery, including the planting of two new trees to replace those which have been lost.

Designed by Peter Haddon Partners – who also designed the current three stands at Franklin’s Gardens – the Barwell Stand will replace the Sturtridge Pavilion at the north end of the stadium, a building whose original sections have stood for nearly 50 years and has been expanded half-a-dozen times since. Peter Haddon Partners will be novated to Buckingham Group, who will be the design and build contractors.

Buckingham Group Chairman, Paul Wheeler, said:

We are absolutely delighted to have been selected for this highly prestigious project. This opportunity to work with Northampton Saints to deliver the new Barwell Stand is a real accolade for Buckingham Group and will rank alongside the most pre-eminent stadium schemes we’ve previously undertaken. We will be endeavouring to emulate the Saints’ on-pitch performances with our own performance on-site.

With around 1,900 seats that will be wider than those elsewhere in the stadium, the Barwell Stand will also include an increased hospitality suite seating up to 270 people, 12 executive boxes and a ground floor members’ bar approximately 50 percent bigger than the current bar.

There will also be improved disabled facilities, with viewing positions on three levels, two big screens in the north-east and south-west corners, and the war memorial will be moved into a new location within the stadium grounds.

Atlanta Braves unveil new renderings of a mixed-use development next to SunTrust Park

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The Atlanta Braves’ recently unveiled renderings of a mixed-use district that they plan to build next to their new US$622m SunTrust ballpark, which will include shops, restaurants, bars, residences and office space.

The 41,500-seat stadium has a fan-centric design, with a more intimate configuration maximizing sightlines and elevations, placing a higher percentage of seats closer to the field than at any other ballpark in Major League Baseball. A 90ft roof – three times the size of their current roof – and air conditioning on every level will ensure that the majority of fans are cool on hot summer days. Youngsters will also be able to run the bases on a mini-field kids’ zone adjacent to the venue.

The popular Chop House will not only overlook the action on the field but the action on the plaza outside the front gate.

The existing topography of the property has been carefully integrated into the design. The intimacy of the ballpark will be accentuated by building the facility into the gently sloping terrain. Trees will separate parking sections that cascade down the slopes. Because of the way the ballpark nestles into the hillside, fans will arrive on the home plate side of the park on the mezzanine level, while entering the outfield side (off the plaza) at field level.

The plaza will be a grand central gathering space for fans, families, residents and visitors. It will serve as a hub of activity, with new and fresh events throughout the year. Residents and visitors might catch a concert, movie or a craft beer in the entertainment venues neighboring the plaza, or enjoy a weekend street festival. On game days, members of Braves Country will gather in the plaza, surrounded by iconic team monuments and championship flags.

The mixed-use development was a key selling point to Cobb leaders’ approval of a potential US$400m in public support for the neighbouring US$622m ballpark.

Populous is the architecture firm behind the stadium design, which is recognised as the world’s leading design firm, having completed more than 1,000 projects around the globe with construction value exceeding US$20bn. Populous has worked with 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 40 global soccer and rugby teams, 120 universities, 40 convention centre clients, 29 equestrian clients and has planned more than 30 major worldwide events.

Cobb County and the Atlanta Braves selected American Builders 2017 as the construction manager for SunTrust Park. American Builders 2017 will serve as the general contractor and is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction Company. The team has more than 225 years of construction experience and has completed more than 330 sports projects, including football stadiums, baseball parks, soccer stadiums, basketball arenas and more. American Builders’ ballpark experience includes Target Field, Coors Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Turner Field, Minute Maid Park, PNC Park and Coolray Field.

For information on how you can become a part of the American Builders 2017 team, visit them at:

Images courtesy Atlanta Braves

Images courtesy Atlanta Braves

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Allianz Parque opens its doors

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The much-anticipated opening of Allianz Parque, ‘home’ to soccer team Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, finally took place last month with an opening game and two sold-out Paul McCartney concerts. 

It is one of the most modern multipurpose venues in Brazil, capable of hosting concerts, conferences and soccer events; meeting FIFA standards to host international matches.

Construction began in 2010 and was completed in November 2014. The building work was done by WTorre Properties/Arenas, part of the WTorre Group, and is located on the same site of the origial Palestra Italia Stadium.

The first official game at Allianz Parque was held on November 19, 2014, between Palmeiras and Sport Recife of the Brazilian Soccer Championship, which saw the hosts lose 0:2.

Allianz Parque: Stadium Facts:

  • The new home for Palmeiras
  • Built over the site of former Palestra Italia Stadium
  • 45,000 seats with the ability to reduce down to a 12,000-seat amphitheatre
  • Media and Convention Centre building attached
  • Located in the Barra Funda district of Sao Paulo
  • Palmeiras opened the building on November 19, 2014, with a sold-out match against Sport (Recife)
  • Paul McCartney sang at two sold-out shows at the stadium on 25 and 26 November (the promoter was Plan Music)
  • Over 130,000 fans entered the venue in the first 7 days of events
  • The stadium is owned by WTorre and operated by AEG
  • Gourmet Sports Hospitality is the official and exclusive catering operator

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Supporters get first glimpse of Ashton Gate Stadium’s new South Stand

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The GBP£45m transformation of Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium has commenced, with work starting to erect the steel frame for the new South Stand.


The former 86 year-old Wedlock Stand has been completely demolished and construction of the new South Stand has begun under main contractor Barr.


The new South Stand will include a restaurant seating 250 people, a glass-fronted sports bar, museum, Bristol Sport Megastore, exhibition space and community classrooms.


Barr Construction’s steel work installation will start in the southwest corner of the stadium and will take nine weeks to complete the erection of the frame.  While the frame is going up, the precast stairs will be installed before moving onto the floor slabs of the stand’s facilities.


The final stage of the 6,071-capacity Stand’s construction will be the internal fit-out, which is due to be completed next summer. The South Stand will be ready for use by supporters in time for the first whistle of the 2015-16 football season.


Barr's Mike Henderson

Barr’s Mike Henderson overseeing the installation of the steelwork at Ashton Gate Stadium’s new South Stand.

Mike Henderson, Operations Manager for Barr Construction, said:

Now we have completed the demolition of the old parts of the stadium, the steel frame going up signals a major milestone in the evolution of the project.  

Supporters of rugby and football in Bristol will now be able to see with their own eyes how their new stand will look once this project has been completed.


While construction on the South Stand is still ongoing, Barr will also commence the redevelopment of the Dolman Stand in January 2015. This element of the project will see the remodelling of the front tier of the Dolman Stand and integration of the current Dolman roof with the roof of the new South Stand, providing a linking concourse between the two.


The refurbishment of the Dolman Stand will be carried out during the 2015-16 close season.


Bristol Sport Chairman, Martin Griffiths.

Bristol Sport Chairman, Martin Griffiths.

Martin Griffiths, Chairman of Bristol Sport, said:

This is the moment that fans will finally get an idea of how impressive this new stadium will be. Once the steel structure starts to go up, fans walking into Ashton Gate will see the South Stand rising out of the ground. It is an exciting phase in this two year project as we work to deliver a state-of-the-art stadium.


You can keep up to date with the stadium’s progress by viewing the time-lapse camera footage online at:

Bristol Sport is managing the GBP£45m Ashton Gate stadium rebuild and is part of a stable of sports companies owned by Stephen Lansdown. The company oversees the commercial interests of its affiliated clubs, which include: Bristol City Football Club; Bristol Rugby Club; Bristol Academy Women’s Football; Bristol Flyers Basketball and DZ Racing.