Spotlight Awards


Outdoor & Tailgating Winner

The Los Angeles Clippers Lexus Courtside “Pop-Up” Club is the objective of new ownership to offer a unique experience for Clippers’ event attendees through the enhancement of a number of key areas within STAPLES Center, understanding that all improvements must be temporary and only implemented within the building during Los Angeles Clippers functions. It is the owners’ goal that the visibility and exposure of engaging in these enhancements at this locale can assist in attracting new long-term fans and sponsors, while identifying LA Clippers events as their own unique destinations. The project was designed and constructed in the offseason while the building remained fully operational.


The Miller Lite Corral, a staple at Texas Stadium for nearly 20 years, re-opened again in 2014 at AT&T Stadium, the new home of the Dallas Cowboys. It serves as an iconic hospitality area for pre- and post-game celebrations!

Arena Americas provided a custom, arcum double decker structure over 7,500 square feet in size to accommodate ticket-holding fans before, during and after home games. The structure features a 1,350 square foot mezzanine area that can be rented for VIP parties, corporate functions or private events.


The Carolina Panthers offer a wide variety of hospitality options outside the venue walls. Beautifully situated on the lawn of Bank of America Stadium, South Lawn Village, Legends Row, and Champions Village all provide a rare sports experience for companies and organizations, and each hospitality location can be tailored to accommodate groups of 20 or more. All hospitality tent packages include gourmet southern food and beverage options, classic décor, live bands, and appearances by Panthers entertainment groups – all within steps of the stadium entrances.


The new Colorado State Stadium is home to the New Belgium Porch, a unique outdoor terrace that offers Rams’ fans a one-of-a-kind tailgating experience. New Belgium, a Fort Collins-based brewery, sponsors the space and gives fans access to their local craft beers on game-day and non-game day alike. The open north end zone consists of two large grand staircases on either side of the New Belgium Porch, allowing fans to arrive at a single concourse with a continuous connection to the game and back to campus.


Since moving into Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings have worked hard to make the new arena feel like home both inside and out. With a strong commitment to display art publicly, Golden 1 Center has become home to the largest contribution of public art in Sacramento history. The most renowned piece of the collection is the world’s first publicly-owned, permanently-displayed sculpture by Jeff Koons, called Coloring Book #4. To welcome the people of Sacramento to the new arena, the Sacramento Kings have paired with Downtown Commons to host “Long Lunch Fridays” on the Golden 1 Center Plaza, featuring food trucks, live music, and the occasional craft fair.


Over the past year, Innovative Group has taken their long-standing proven talents and transformed them by developing revolutionary and unique assets and services for the mobile hospitality and entertainment, experiential industry. The fleet of one-of-a-kind mobile assets captures the spirit of IG’s team, and provides sales with opportunities never before imagined.


To extend the fan experience beyond the stadium walls, the Atlanta Braves turned to Dimensional Innovations to create a unique, iconic element. DI designed, engineered, and built a custom, LED-wrapped baseball, 21 feet in diameter, to tower over the common area directly behind the first baseline. The baseball weighs in at almost seven tons, and took roughly four months to complete from start to finish. In a partnership with NanoLumens, the baseball streams live games, concerts, advertisements, and other messages on custom screens wrapped in the center of the baseball.


T-Mobile Arena is steps away from the Las Vegas Strip. The surrounding neighborhood includes Toshiba Plaza and The Park, which is an immersive, outdoor destination for dining and entertainment. Toshiba Plaza is a unique outdoor space that includes three stages and can accommodate 5,000-10,000 people. The Park is home to Bliss Dance, a breathtaking, 40-foot-tall sculpture of a dancing woman, celebrating the strength of a woman who is both safe and present. Another unique feature of The Park includes heat-absorbing tulip-shaped structures. A blend of entertainment makes these spaces the pulse that combines T-Mobile Arena’s surroundings into one community.


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.


Ice Rinks are fast becoming major economic drivers and excellent use of exterior space on and off season.   Economic impact is felt not only by the facility, but by the surrounding business district.    The temporary structure on this site was used to create additional function space by creating a warming area,  skate rental tent, and additional event space for The Park at Wrigley.  

  Arena also provided the rubber flooring inside the tent so that skaters can safely walk around the tent.