Join our
LinkedIn Group


Videos

Tour of Sun Trust Park

Watch baseman Freddie Freeman show off the Atlanta Braves new home, Sun Trust Park, in this video from West Coast MLB.

Click image to view video

Update on Fifth Third Arena renovation project

Hear project manager Barrett Bamberger give an update on renovation works to the Cincinnati Bears’ Fifth Third Arena in Ohio.

Click image to view video

Oakland Raiders’ new stadium designs

The Raiders are officially moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch video clips of the new venue, designed by Manica Architecture.

Video courtesy of MANICA Architecture

Click image to view video

Web Exclusives

« back to listing

Stadium architecture: Holmes Miller

Director Robert Kennedy talks to Stadia about multipurpose models for new stadia projects

 

In the latest issue of Stadia, we chat to leading sports architects about their latest projects. In our continuing online series, we’re revisiting some of the material that we didn’t have space for in the magazine edition. Here, Stadia speaks to Robert Kennedy, director of Holmes Miller, about a major trend affecting venue design.

Multipurpose facilities feature heavily in a lot of stadium projects. Is it a key trend right now?
Multipurpose remains dominant. Football [or a stadium’s primary sport] becomes something we do once a fortnight. When it’s working hard on a game day, the stadium has to be very efficient, and you have to be able to utilize that efficiency during the week. We did it at the Ricoh Arena [in Coventry, England], which has a huge 1,000-person suite on the top floor, which they don’t fill for the rugby or the football, but they do for civic events. They had the great idea, but then lost the team that could fill it. In terms of that multipurpose use, it strongly leans toward F&B. Less so toward retail, just because [the timing of matches means that retail clients] often lose a Saturday afternoon.

Do you think that stadium models, both for renovating existing facilities and designing new ones, are edging closer to this multipurpose ideal?
It’s something I think everybody is trying to do. Twickenham, for example, is putting in a big hospitality box, because they simply don’t have the space – and you’re better off controlling these kinds of spaces yourselves, rather than getting an outside contractor in.

Above: Holmes Miller director Robert Kennedy.

Is it about stadium projects having to find new sources of revenue?
I think they have to prove themselves, unless of course you’re building the new Chelsea ground. But a sustainable, multipurpose model is certainly increasingly common with a lot of the people we speak to in the UK, for example. We’re talking to a client in Cornwall about a stadium for rugby, and the primary tenant in there is going to be the local college, which will run the hospitality facilities during the week. Getting that sort of blue chip client as a long-term tenant can make a stadium project more feasible.

And architects have a key role in the development of this new trend?
It’s about trying to guide clients in the right direction. Architects are not experts at anything, we just know everything!

April 12, 2017

 

Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

Stadium architecture: Holmes Miller

Director Robert Kennedy talks to Stadia about multipurpose models for new stadia projects
Click here to read more



One-on-one: Banc of California architects team

Gensler's Ron Turner and Jonathan Emmett reveal more about the new LAFC soccer stadium
Click here to read more



Orlando City Stadium opens with promise of a new level of MLS game-day experience

Populous-designed 25,500-seat stadium ushers in a new era of home field advantage
Click here to read more



One-on-one: Michael Burnett, managing director, Ferco

Stadia spoke with Ferco managing director Michael Burnett about the installation of safe standing at Celtic Park in Glasgow
Click here to read more



Web exclusive: St George's Park site visit

Stadia spends the day at the English FA’s national center
Click here to read more




Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the stadia community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to matt.ross@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the stadia industry. Want to see your company included? Contact john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش خرید شارژ ایرانسل دانلود فیلم دانلود فیلم