The mere thought of designing and constructing a venue for entertainment and experience is comparable to visualizing the feeling without even being there. Think of it this way – imagine sitting in an empty stadium watching a match and now imagine sitting with a sold-out stadium. Both are the same place but the whole experience will be entirely different and may also be different in every match or event. This Fan experience is the epitome of a well-designed stadium. The more thought on the usage and experience the better memories you go back home with!
Why is retrofitting and updating important?
A stadium capacity depends on the site, the requirement, and how well optimized can the sightlines be to the field of play. As the stadium becomes operational there might be requirements of other facilities as expansion is always kept in mind. As matches and events are held – analysis shows the statistics of what attracts the fans to the stadium and at times it becomes crucial to expanding the capacity or the stadium requires ancillary facilities like a pavilion or a clubhouse or even more practice facilities. The requirements can vary on the need of the venue.
While construction of a venue is a heavy investment and a lot of finances and stakeholders are involved, it is always better to retrofit and re-purpose rather than demolishing and creating a new venue entirely, also keeping in mind the carbon emissions that construction gives off and the rising climate change. Stadiums carry history, heritage, and prestige connected to it; a new venue needs that time for it to become historical.
Event overlay benefits
Overhauling a stadium paves the way to keep the costs down and care for the environment without demolishing and building anew. A venue is best designed to have multiple events and quick changeable programs to cater to the need of the event. To keep the stadiums’ operations profitable, it should be able to accommodate various settings for the type of events held. A clever redesign helps to fulfill the re-purpose of the stadium. The overlay is done keeping in mind various events held, for example, a cricket stadium can host a music concert, to do that say the stadium is optimally used by designing a retractable roof.
We at FivD collaborate with major firms to design and re-imagine how to use the full potential of the venue. FivD truly believes in designing venues that optimizes the building and the intended spaces does justice and brings about an unforgettable event experience for the fans.
We had been involved in a retrofit project of a stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA to increase the usability of the stadium. Upgrades to the existing clubhouse are being done and the seating stands are going in a redesign to increase the capacity. The process required us to study the present conditions and estimate the changes enhancing the purpose of the stadium.
We are also working on a Natatorium renovation project in Atlanta. We are using existing information with which a detailed BIM model is being worked out to study the present conditions of the Natatorium which houses 1950 seats. Once the model is complete, design changes to the viewing gallery which will incorporate wider seats, and re-design to the locker room facilities will be carried out along with a complete overhaul to the interiors. FivD believes in a conscious design and is proud to have a dedicated sports architecture team. The team is experienced and is well capable of providing specific sports venue solutions like – Bowl & Egress design, BIM management of the complex models, Wayfinding, Asset management, multi-disciplinary coordination, and Façade design.
Author: Siddharth Boruah