Winner Club Spaces: Golden 1 Center

Golden 1 Center offers the premier gameday experience for fans with its many different types of clubs—a courtside club, twin club lounges, and exclusive clubs for our suite and loft guests. These clubs provide guests with different experiences, tailored to their individual needs. Thanks to arena designer, David Lee, the many clubs are not only comfortable sanctuaries, but also aesthetically pleasing and modern spaces that help to keep the “uniquely Sacramento” theme.

The AMALIE Arena staff continues to impress guests with facility renovations. A completely reimagined Lexus Lounge was the focus of 2016 arena improvements, which took place in just over 80 days over the summer. Funding for the renovations was solely financed by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

An October 2016 renovation to the original locker room restaurant from when Bankers Life Fieldhouse first opened in 1999, the Lightbound Courtside Club is a 400-member oasis which transforms the way fans experience a game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Designed by Populous and located adjacent to the home team locker room, this exclusive club provides an unparalleled experience of relaxation, excitement, and culinary fare with unprecedented access to players and other VIPs.

The Sells Group Loft at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, located directly behind end court at the club level, is comprised of existing suites and bowl seating, which was originally proving to be hard to sell on game night, but was still activated for concerts. Designed by Populous, a combination of 12 theatre boxes and 14 loge boxes, each containing four seats for a total combined capacity of 104 seats, opened in November 2016 to reinvent this location for a new exclusive, intimate experience.  

Architect Cesar Pelli incorporated the outline of our state into the design of the BOK Center to give guests an instant Oklahoma welcome. The classic art deco meets modern look is a perfect metaphor for the evolution and growth of Downtown Tulsa, where vintage boomtown history meets rock-and-roll futurism and fun.

Due to increased spectator demand and revenue opportunities, the University of Maryland enlarged Tyser Tower at Byrd Stadium, adding 66,000 square feet to the original 33,000-square-foot tower. This renovation project increased Byrd Stadium seating capacity by 2,112 seats.

Our newest private infield suite, named Lynx Mountain after one of our legendary bucking horses, sits just above the rodeo arena and accommodates up to 48 guests with up-close action in style. Rustic touches, including wainscoting and table tops made with wood reclaimed from a Welsh chapel, combine with modern touches like custom track lighting featuring the Calgary Stampede logo and brand. The design work was by Baboushkin Design Group of Calgary.


In order to capitalize on the high volume of wine sales in the ranahans private club at the Calgary Stampede, we took a formerly underutilized space and phone room, and created a new wine bar and walk-in cooler as one of the focal points of the room. The curved bar front mimics the existing wagon wheel detail of the ceiling, which gave our cellar masters a place to not only pour our wines, but to offer tastings and engage with guests as they pass by. The design work was by Baboushkin Design Group of Calgary.


The design-build team for renovations at Florida State University was selected to design and construct approximately $97 million worth of improvements to the football stadium. The improvements had to be completed between football seasons, resulting in only about nine months of construction time available. Both design and construction processes were fast-tracked to meet the rigorous schedule.

The University of Florida retained Davis Architects to expand and renovate its aging 300,000-square-foot Stephen C. O’Connell Center, which serves the basketball, volleyball, swimming, diving, and gymnastics programs, as well as hosts many regional events and concerts.

The New Ford Field Renovation Project is a comprehensive re-envisioning of the fan experience throughout the stadium. The Detroit Lions identified the need to upgrade specific areas at Ford Field to align with the changing local marketplace and demographics, as well as better utilize space within the stadium. A total of 210,000 square feet of space, ranging from large social clubs to suites and loges, will be renovated in place or completely reconfigured.

The Fox Theatre Atlanta’s new Marquee Club presented by Lexus is slated to have a public opening in the fall of 2017. Expanding upon its footprint, the Fox Theatre will convert a former jazz club housed in the northeast corner of the building into the aforementioned Marquee Club. Fox Theatre’s most significant expansion since its opening in 1929, the Marquee Club will total 10,000 square feet of premium event space, encapsulating indoor, outdoor, and climate-controlled environments.

OU Athletics is committed to providing student-athletes, coaches, and fans with the best facilities across the country. The renovations to the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will not only enhance our ability to recruit and train the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes, but also build upon a game environment that is second to none. Significant emphasis has been placed on improving and creating new fan amenities and seating options that further strengthen Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium’s reputation as one of the great cathedrals in college football.

Golden 1 Center offers the premier gameday experience for fans with its many different types of clubs—a courtside club, twin club lounges, and exclusive clubs for our suite and loft guests. These clubs provide guests with different experiences, tailored to their individual needs. Thanks to arena designer, David Lee, the many clubs are not only comfortable sanctuaries, but also aesthetically pleasing and modern spaces that help to keep the “uniquely Sacramento” theme.

The Cincinnati Reds hired MSA Sport in 1999 as the design consultant and owner’s representative for Great American Ball Park, and we continue to work with them as the official architects of the Cincinnati Reds. Today, MSA Sport regularly works on projects in this unique building environment, while providing design input on organization, design features, and incorporating Reds history.

The Sukup End Zone Club was created as part of a $60 million expansion of Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State Univesity's collegiate football stadium. The two-story, 40,000-square-foot premium club area was constructed in just 13 months, and opened for the Iowa State football home opener in September 2015.

This Kenan Memorial Stadium project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encloses the east end zone, creates a series of premium seating options, and increases the overall capacity from 60,000 to 63,000. 

HNTB, in collaboration with local partner Ross Tarrant Architects, served as Sports Design Architect for the transformation of Kroger Field, formerly Commonwealth Stadium, on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

The Woodford Reserve Club is a premium seating area at Kroger Field (formerly Commonwealth Stadium) on the campus of the University of Kentucky. It features an indoor, climate-controlled club space with full foodservice and a bar, as well as seating outside with premium sideline views, comfortable chair-back seating, and an outdoor patio. The Woodford Reserve Club also functions as an event space, hosting receptions, banquets, and various other types of gatherings.


Ping HD’s “EngagePHD” cloud-based software was chosen by the Orlando City Soccer Club and ICON Venue Group as the content management system (CMS) to drive over 175 video screens at the recently opened Orlando City Stadium. The solution is used in Orlando for internet protocol television (IPTV), digital menu boards, suite signage, and the scoreboard. This installation was done in conjunction with Samsung SSP screens and the use of no additional external media players. This project is the first of its type in the industry.

Dimensional Innovations, in tandem with Sink Combs Dethlefs, designed Club Lexus, an 11,000-square-foot premium space located on the event level of the Pepsi Center. This space serves as an all-inclusive club for the nearly 400 seats along the sidelines and baselines for the Denver Nuggets and around the glass and team benches for the Colorado Avalanche.

Located on the east side suite level of Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have created two new, first-class, and all-inclusive spaces. The Mercedes-Benz Hall of Fame Club is designed to accommodate 224 people and provide a 180-degree panoramic viewing experience for any Buccaneers fan. The Mercedes-Benz Hall of Fame Club boasts 9,500 square feet of space, ensuring a spacious and enjoyable experience.

The University of Alabama commissioned Davis Architects to modernize the aging Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Fan amenities were insufficient, and past additions failed to consider sightlines from the seating bowl to the field. Though the existing structure was incredibly complex (over 200 column lines in existing documentation), through extensive BIM modeling, our team shifted the seating bowl to allow for optimum sightlines from every seat, suite, and club.

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.

When the Los Angeles Clippers decided to move their headquarters off-site, it opened up a new challenge and opportunity to convert a floor of now defunct office space into a unique members-only club for Clippers patrons.  

The University of Illinois State Farm Center has served as home for Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball since the completion of construction in 1963, as well as Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball from 1981-93 and from 1998-present. Not only is State Farm Center home to Illini Basketball, but it has also hosted events for Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, and Wrestling. In addition to athletics contests, State Farm Center hosts performances such as Broadway musicals, commencement ceremonies, concerts, and other shows.

MEIS Architects have been engaged by StubHub Center on a number of efforts related to developing a unique stadium experience, celebrating and promoting the LA Galaxy via brand activation and interior upgrades around a number of key areas and premium offers.

SunTrust Park combines a classic ballpark feel with modern amenities and southern hospitality to create a truly unique fan experience. Designed by Populous to maximize sightlines for individual seats and club spaces alike, SunTrust Park contains a wide variety of ways to watch the Atlanta Braves play baseball.

The Las Vegas Strip overflows with imitation architecture from distant lands. The half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, the Roman columns and statues of Caesar’s Palace, and similar landmarks attract 40 million visitors a year to Sin City. When designing T-Mobile Arena, an entertainment venue that caters to Vegas residents and tourists alike, Populous sought inspiration not from far-away locale but in the surrounding environment.

At T-Mobile Arena, premium seating membership provides access to all lounges in the venue, including Bud Light Lounge, Jack Daniel’s Lounge, Patron, Optum, and Goose Island.

The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been heavily used for 20-plus years. It hosts about 200 events annually, and about a million visitors pass through its doors every year. Currently, the arena is undergoing a major renovation that will rejuvenate the building and dramatically enhance the fan experience. Visitors at all price levels will benefit from new and upgraded amenities, including many premium seating opportunities, food and beverage options, and additional gathering spaces throughout the arena. The first phases of the renovation were recently completed.

From the over-sized “Stage Doors” and the industrial feel of the “Backstage Bar” to the comfort of the “Green Room” cocktail lounge and the “Crew Catering” inspired restaurant, The American Express Invites Lounge at The O2 is all about making guests feel like the stars they have come to see.

The Minnesota Vikings accelerated the build-out of an existing shell space in U.S. Bank Stadium to provide a missing premium seating product for large group sales. The scope was completed in a 17,500-square-foot build-out on the upper suite level, and is shared by multiple clients, making flexibility a requirement that was ultimately achieved via operable partitions and extensive audio-visual systems. The integration of technology as part of the architecture allowed the team to incorporate subtle sponsorships and tailored branding opportunities for corporate or sponsored events.

The University of Arizona Lowell-Stevens Football Facility is a bold campus addition. It provides spectacular new club space, premium seating, and connects the existing elevated east and west concourses with a broad concourse containing extensive amenities that serve the entire stadium.

The 115,000-square-foot 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 for fans, all while being located on a tight site.

Located on historic Campus Corner in Norman, Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma Preview Center provides members of the OU family, including alumni, season ticket holders, and fans, an opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Sooner Club staff to review the new seating options and opportunities at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial stadium. The preview center features full-scale models of premium seating products, including suites, clubs, and loge boxes. The contractor for the preview space was Mion Hill – Red Sun Construction.


The new Videotron Centre presents itself as a built work of art and a new community centerpiece in the province of Quebec’s capital city. The arena boasts a design clearly marking the building’s function from multiple viewpoints around the city. Its white exterior and flowing wraparound windows evoke drifting snow banks and the northern character of Quebec City. The accumulations of snow, the cold, and the frigid wind which shape the Quebec landscape winter after winter became the visual theme and conceptual guideline for the region’s newest sports and cultural venue.