The Most Exciting Construction Projects in Sports

Uncategorized 0 Comments

What do the six most exciting professional sports construction projects have in common? They’re expensive. Ranging from $1-billion to $5-billion in estimated costs, these sports complexes include state-of-the-art amenities and construction features that not only make them truly unique, but make them a serious challenge to bring in on time and within budget.

To see other photos and statistics behind the projects, access this February, 2019 article from BuildingConnected, “The most exciting construction projects in pro sports.”

Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park

The multipurpose LA Stadium will be the home of the LA Rams and LA Chargers. For the estimated $5-billion cost – the NFL’s most expensive venue –

Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park

the 70,240-seat stadium will only be one part of a 298-acre mixed-use development which has been described as over three-times the size of Disneyland.

There will also be a park, offices, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, performing arts and conference centers, and residences. The development will be at the site of the old Hollywood Park in Inglewood and is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2022 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics.

For the estimated $5-billion cost – the NFL’s most expensive venue – the 70,240-seat stadium will only be one part of a 298-acre mixed-use development which has been described as over three-times the size of Disneyland.

There will also be a park, offices, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, performing arts and conference centers, and residences. The development will be at the site of the old Hollywood Park in Inglewood and is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2022 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics.

Howard Terminal Stadium

Howard Terminal Stadium

From the largest new stadium to the smallest, the Oakland A’s are proposing a 34,000 seat ballpark downtown on the waterfront utilizing Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a throwback “jewel box” design for the stadium was scrapped earlier this year. However, the plans for a mixed-use development still include high-rise residences, a rooftop park, sports amphitheater, a tech hub, light manufacturing, shopping, and pedestrian bridges and aerial gondola shuttle across the adjacent interstate and railroad tracks.

Las Vegas Stadium

Las Vegas Stadium

Construction of Las Vegas Stadium, the Raiders’ new home beginning with the 2020 season, has gotten a lot of press over the past year or so. At some stages of construction, as many as 1,000 people will be employed on the project. Estimated at $1.9-billion, it will include a concrete floor with artificial turf AND a natural grass field on a moveable tray that will be grown outside the stadium and wheeled inside on game days. The stadium will be climate controlled with 65,000 seats and huge veranda-style doors on the north end that open to a view of the Las Vegas Strip. Renderings of the final project show a glass-domed stadium, black during the day but which glows from within at night.

Globe Life Field

Globe Life Field under Construction

Built on a 13-acre site in Arlington, 40,000-seat and $1.1-billion Globe Life Field will be home to the Texas Rangers in 2020. The lower concourse alone requires 10,000 cubic yards of concrete. Precast architectural concrete has been completed with a total of 100,000 square feet. The quick-retracting

5.5-acre roof, weighing 3.3 million pounds, is scheduled

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-7.png
Completed Globe Life Field

to be lifted into place in sections, with the first lift to take place the week of June 24.

It will not only protect the field during rain (infield first), but its transparent panels will allow natural light into the climate controlled stadium. Video boards totaling 13,000 square feet will visually merge with the roof structure to enhance the viewing experience for fans.

Chase Center

Chase Center

Occupying 11 acres on San Francisco’s Mission Bay, the privately-financed $1-billion Chase Center is the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Another mixed-use development, it includes stadium seating capacity of 18,064, over a half-million square feet of office space, restaurants, a public plaza, retail space, parking, and a transportation hub. To add to the construction challenges, it was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. According to the architectural firm Gensler, this will be the only privately financed development of its type built on private property in the current era. Plans are for the Warriors to occupy the venue for the start of the 2019-2020 season.

Miami Freedom Park

Pro soccer gets in on the super-venue act with a proposed $1-billion, 25,000-seat stadium backed by a private development group of high profile businessmen that includes soccer great David Beckham.

Miami Freedom Park

Part of a 58-acre park, the stadium is expected to be open for business about 2022. Freedom Park will include retail space, a hotel, a tech center, restaurants and community soccer fields. As explained in the Soccer Stadium Digest article, “Inter Miami CF Unveils New Miami Freedom Park Renderings,” this will be a redevelopment of Miami-owned Melreese Country Club, and negotiations are still underway for a long-term property lease.

You can be sure that, with the billion-dollar price tags of these construction projects, collaboration will be front and center from the beginning. As you would expect, the general contractors involved in constructing these one-of-a-kind landmarks are big: Mortenson, Clark, McCarthy, Turner, AECOM Hunt, Manhattan. They cite the use of BIM (building information modeling), virtual design and prefabrication in their project delivery models. They’d have to. Even a 1% cost overrun on a $5-billion project is unthinkable to the powers that finance these behemoths.

The Autodesk BIM 360 platform of products is the leading option for companies looking to benefit from collaboration. Prefabrication and modularization sweeten the mix by increasing safety, productivity and profit on jobs. Request a demo of eVolve MEP today, and learn how your firm can benefit from the same processes used on the billion-dollar jobs – even if you don’t need to incorporate the world’s largest sporting event digital display.   

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *