Building the Perfect Playpen

by Paul Tarricone, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 11, Pg. 55-58

Document Type: Feature article


Today, the stadium itself has become almost as important as the teams playing the game. Eschewing the standard cookie-cutter design of the 60s, clients and owners generally have a laundry list of design requirements for their stadiums, invariably beginning with the construction of luxury skyboxes. Other design requests depend on a variety of factors. Some owners are conscious of the historic buildings and neighborhood around the stadium and have their parks designed to blend in (Pilot Field, Buffalo and Camden Sports Complex, Baltimore). This is also in response to baseball's desire to preserve some of the charm of oldtime parks, while teams upgrade them. The more modern parks—for instance the Georgia Dome in Atlanta—also integrate into their environs. The Georgia Dome is also unusual for its fabric skinned, a new design replacing air-inflated domes. Along with skyboxes, the one constant with stadium design is CADD. Used initially for determining sightlines, CADD also places the stadium in the context of the entire skyline.

Subject Headings: Stadiums and sport facilities | Computer aided design | Owners | Parks | Client relationships | Building codes | Historic buildings | Residential location | United States | Georgia | Baltimore | Maryland

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