Stadiums

Safety and Better Views at a Sports Arena

Detroit’s Little Caesar Arena features glass and aluminum rails to provide spectator safety, and give them optimum views from higher seating arrangements.  Giving new meaning to the term “upper level,” Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena features a unique gondola-style seating area that is suspended high above the playing area. This exceptional arrangement would not be possible, nor useful, without several hundred feet of strong, secure glass Track Rail provided by Trex Commercial Products.Home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons, Little Caesars Arena is located in The District Detroit and is designed to be one of the most intimate venues in both hock

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Soccer Stadium Boasts 'Lion Pride'

“Our new facility truly reflects the energy and intensity of the growing soccer market here in the United States,” says Orlando City Soccer Club CEO Alex Leitao. “From the start, Populous understood we were designing for soccer first, everything else came second. As a result, we’re extremely proud of the new home they have helped us create for the Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride.”The new Orlando City Stadium wanted to show off its “Lion Nation Pride” as it installed custom perforated panels with the trademark lion symbol of the Orlando City Soccer Club Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. Opening for the 2017 season, the 290,000

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When entering the underpass the color-changing lighting effects provide a dynamic display. There are also lighting fixtures under benches (below) to provide a soft glow for adjacent walking surfaces, which gives the paths a “romantic” feel in contrast to the underpass lighting.

Innovative Teaming of Baseball and Transit

Target Field, home of MLB’s Minnesota Twins, completed a lighting design, which provided a digital signature that extends to an illuminated underpass and lighted pathway where benches provide a soft glow. Target Field Metro Transit Station in downtown Minneapolis represents a whole new concept in public transit. Located adjacent to Target Field—home to Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins—the open-air, 60-acre multi-modal transportation hub is becoming a communal backyard for the Twin Cities. This urban gathering space uniquely integrates commuter trains, a light rail station, bus service, and parking with green space, retailers, an amphitheater, and more. Perkins Eastman Architects’ visi

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Rio Olympics Play It Cool

This past Olympics in Rio was aided with some innovative canopy and rooftop design. Materials were critical due to architectural challenges and climatic conditions. Rio de Janeiro played host to the 2016 Summer Olympic games, with 14,850 athletes from 206 countries participating in 32 sporting venues located in four districts of Rio de Janeiro: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracaña. Materials for these roofs and façades at five major venues were critical due to the technically demanding nature of these projects, which combine architectural challenges and difficult climatic conditions.

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Tennis Center Bids Weather Delays Adieu

Adding a roofing system had long been a consideration for Arthur Ashe Stadium, and with five straight years of weather delays between 2008-2012, it became clear that a roofing solution was needed. Due to the size of Arthur Ashe Stadium—it seats 23,771 fans—combined with the site’s swamp-like soil—the area was previously a coal ash dump for Manhattan—it was essential to identify an exceptionally lightweight roofing solution. Starting in 2004, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) conducted four studies in order to find a solution—with little success—eventually consulting with every architect involved in the design of a stadium roof in North America.

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Raise the Roof

The recently commissioned Pavilion at Ole Miss selects roofing clad in metal panels, coated with earth-tone hues. The University of Mississippi, founded in 1848 and known for its athletic programs, recently commissioned a $96.5 million basketball arena—The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The multi-purpose facility is home to the men and women’s basketball program and also hosts graduation ceremonies, concerts and other university-wide events. The finishing touches included a roof clad in metal paneling and coated with a rich earth-tone hue. Also, a coating was needed for dirt and stain resistance, and durability in all weather conditions. At 225,000 sq.-ft., the state-of-the-art arena seats 9500 fans,

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Video Boards Add Bling to Wrigley Field

New video boards behind both the left and right field bleachers improve the views for fans at this historic ballpark. Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, is undergoing a multi-phase, $575 million restoration and modernization program dubbed the 1060 Project. The project includes enclosures for the new video boards behind the bleachers in left and right field. Mike Underwood of All-American Exterior Solutions of Lake Zurich, Ill., jumped at the chance to be a part of the 1060 Project. “I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life,” Underwood says. “I gave them a blank bid sheet—they could pay whatever they wanted.” Underwood was joking, of course, but he was exc

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