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STARS AND MAVS CHOICE OF SCHWARTZ FOR ARENA DESIGN DRAWS IRE
Published May 27, 1998
The Stars and Mavericks chose DC-based architect David Schwarz to design Dallas' new $230M downtown sports arena, according to Joy Dickinson of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Schwarz designed The Ballpark in Arlington and Disney's World of Sports complex in FL. Stars Owner Tom Hicks said some of the other preliminary designs "were a little too futuristic" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/26). But a "losing architect" said that arena developers did an "about-face" in picking a design with a "historical rather than modernistic feel." William Pederson, of Kohn Pederson Fox: "If that's what they wanted, they should've told us that upfront" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/27). Also in Dallas, architectural writer David Dillon criticized the selection and wrote that Schwarz "presented another piece of lick-and-stick architecture that will make thoughtful observers wonder whether Dallas can even spell 'millennium'" (David Dillon, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/26).