Spotlight Awards

Rogers Place has made its mark in sports and entertainment for its design, operational excellence, and unsurpassed attention to detail. The over one-million-square-foot, five-concourse facility opened its doors in September 2016. In addition to the arena, the project also includes an attached community arena, a 34,000-square-foot grand entrance and ‎events space named Ford Hall, and connective infrastructure to the light rail transit system. The multitude of club spaces, signature amenities, and architectural design have made Rogers Place the talk of the industry.


 

Daily’s Place is the first-ever amphitheater designed and built to connect with a professional sports facility. The new venue is the second phase of a $90 million investment by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville. The 5,500-seat amphitheater and adjoining flex field share one expansive roof structure, which features an undulating form inspired by the nearby St. Johns River. The stacked-seating design offers superior sightlines and brings ticket holders closer to the action.


 

As a LEED-Platinum-rated building and hailed as the “Most Technologically Advanced Arena in the World,” Golden 1 Center has created buzz around its many aspects. Described as an “extroverted” building, Golden 1 Center eliminates the line between indoors and outdoors, connecting to the surrounding city via the hangar doors and façade that evokes the granite of the Sierra Nevada mountains and city’s nickname of the “City of a Million Trees”. Solar panels generate energy for the technology within the arena walls, and reduce its overall carbon footprint.


 

The new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium nestles into Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the west side of the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The stadium façade features a unique skin pattern that evokes the illusion of peering through the foliage of leaves. Complex parametric modeling software organized 486 fabric panels seamlessly around the stadium, which is shaped as an asymmetric hexadecagon (16-sided polygon). The shape of the bowl is designed for the best sightlines to the court and the highest amount shade from the late summer sun. New concessions, a picnic area, and plazas surround Grandstand Stadium and provide fans with a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.


 

The transformation of Kroger Field, formerly Commonwealth Stadium, on the campus of the University of Kentucky included surgical replacement of portions of the existing seating bowl to create three new outdoor club seating areas with uniquely branded club lounges. A new multi-level structure was added, containing new suites, two outdoor patio decks, and press/gameday operations boxes. A new recruiting/multi‐purpose room with an outdoor patio and views to the stadium integrate with a new student‐only and marching band seating section in the end zone. A new home team locker room and media/interview room were also installed.


 

The Nippert Stadium renovation project had two major goals: enhance the fan experience and strengthen the quality of the campus. This project on the University of Cincinnati’s confined urban campus raises the standard for collegiate stadium facilities. The dramatic architecture contributes to the distinctive surroundings by delivering a showcase building for the university and improving the gameday and non-gameday environment. All interior design aspects reinforced the building’s aesthetic, highlighting a large, diagonal truss system that conveys the overall scale of the building.


 

At 23,771 seats, Arthur Ashe Stadium, on the campus of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, is the largest tennis stadium in the world. It was originally designed by ROSSETTI in 1997, but was not designed to have a roof. Rain hindered play during the US Open for five consecutive years, causing the USTA to search for a solution. After an intensive R+D effort in collaboration with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, ROSSETTI's innovative design concept was selected. In addition to the new roof, the upgraded stadium features state-of-the-art broadcast and audio systems, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants, and a two-level players’ lounge.