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Behind the Scenes: Kirby Hocutt on the NCAA Football Playoffs

Kirby Hocutt. Photo courtesy of Texas Tech University.

Over the last 18 months, Gensler | SPORTS has had the privilege of working with Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech University Director of Athletics and Chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Hocutt generously took the time to give us a peek into the selection process and to answer a few questions related to the Championship Game on Monday night.

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The New Home of the Dallas Cowboys Opens Its Doors 

Image © Gensler

This past weekend was a big one for the NFL and Texas high school football. It marked the unveiling of The Star, the new home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, Ford Center and The Omni Frisco Hotel, a 16-story hotel which will be the tallest building in Frisco at the time of its completion. The Star, which is located just 30 minutes north of Dallas city limits, is a culmination of a partnership between the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District.

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Watching the Games in VR: A Fully Immersive Experience

A virtual, 360-degree stereoscopic view of LAFC Stadium. Image © Gensler

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marks the first time the Olympics will be shot in virtual reality, allowing anyone with a compatible Samsung smartphone and VR headset to watch the games virtually, in a fully immersive, 360-degree experience. But this is just the beginning.

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Going for Gold: Has London’s 2012 Legacy Redefined Olympic Success?

The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Image courtesy of mariusz kluzniak via flickr.

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games now in full swing, the world is focused on Rio to witness two-weeks of 42 different sports and over 300 events. Underpinned by inspiring architecture, the Olympic Games allow host cities to showcase their country, capture worldwide attention and celebrate human spirit, but the real evaluation of the event’s true success kicks in long after the final medal has been awarded.

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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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