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Entries in Design For Sports (4)


Designing with the Student-Athlete in Mind

Texas Tech University Indoor Sports Performance Facility

The world of collegiate athletics is engaged in a high-stakes facilities arms race. Athletic departments continue to invest in bigger, better and more advanced training facilities and academic centers for student athletes. The first and foremost purpose of these facilities is the initial recruitment of top prospects—the ability to get blue-chip athletes on campus. The second, and often underestimated purpose is to retain and prepare student athletes once they arrive on campus. This dual intent means that facilities must stay relevant in recruiting while continuing to meet the needs of 17- to 23-year-olds as their priorities evolve throughout their collegiate athletic career.

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Pro Soccer: Setting a New Benchmark

BMO Field

The iconic Camp Nou in Spain, the Maracanã in Brazil, Estadio Monumental in Argentina, Estadio Azteca in Mexico, Wembley Stadium in England.In Europe, Central America and South America, international stadiums have long served as revered temples for dedicated, impassioned soccer fans. Now the U.S. and Canada are seeing a wave of new soccer-specific stadiums devoted exclusively to the sport as popularity grows for “the Beautiful Game” in North America. Gensler is looking to set new benchmarks for professional soccer stadiums—both domestically, in the U.S. and Canada, and internationally, in global markets ranging from Brazil to Spain.

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Refresh, Renovate, or Repurpose? 

BMO Field.

In an article that originally appeared in PanStadia Magazine 4th Quarter 2015, sports interior specialists, Stacy Bisek and Elizabeth Pritchett, share how Gensler Sports is reconsidering strategies for club suite revitalization to get the most return on investment for owners.

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Q&A with Alessandro Zoppini and Ryan Sickman

Alessandro Zoppini (left) and Ryan Sickman (right). Image © Gensler

Gensler recently announced two new strategic hires who will further strengthen its growing global sports practice: Alessandro Zoppini, based in Gensler’s London office, and Ryan Sickman, based in Gensler’s Washington, D.C. office. Each brings extensive expertise in sports architecture, having worked on a myriad of project types ranging from collegiate athletics facilities to Olympic venues. GenslerOn’s editorial team interviewed Alessandro and Ryan about how Gensler Sports is expanding the practice across the globe.

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