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SBD/January 15, 2016/Facilities
Inglewood Stadium To Include Center-Hung Videoboards, Free-Standing Concession Areas
Published January 15, 2016
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|The Stage Clubs will span multiple floors and be connected by a grand staircase|
BIGGER THAN AT AT&T STADIUM: The Rams’ main videoboard takes the next step in stadium center-hung design. Dubbed the “Oculus,” the oval shaped, two-sided structure takes on the look of a monster ribbon board. It’s 50 feet tall, and, at 120 yards long, the board covers the length of the playing field, twice the length of the Cowboys’ center-hung at AT&T Stadium. Video design consultant WJHW and manufacturer Daktronics helped HKS with the design and reviews of the board, which will serve as one of the stadium’s signature features. “It’s an immersive experience,” Henning said. “You will feel like you’re sitting in the videoboard itself.” On the food side, fans in several cases will be able to walk completely around a concession stand encased in glass with chefs operating cooking stations. It is the idea of food consultant John Sergi, who has done work for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, among other sports properties. The food hall concept carries the working title of 365 Experience and is modeled after the popular city market trend with multiple vendors operating under one roof. At the Rams’ facility, the vision is for the food hall to run year-round, to take advantage of foot traffic tied to the mixed-use development planned next to the stadium, as well as visitors taking stadium tours.
|The "Oculus" will be twice the length of the center-hung scoreboard at AT&T Stadium|
LAUREL CANYONS: The stadium sits in the flight path of Los Angeles Int'l Airport, and to conform with FAA height restrictions, construction will push the playing field 100 feet below ground, about 50 feet deeper than the Cowboys’ venue. As part of the six to eight entrances to the building, HKS is designing “canyons,” which are heavily landscaped spaces tied to the escalators, stairs and ramps that will take fans down into the seating bowl, said HKS Principal & Dir of Business Development Mark Williams. “These are beautifully crafted spaces that people will fall in love with as they begin to see the seating bowl and the field,” Williams said. “It will be an incredible journey through a great Southern California landscaped environment, and all of sudden, you’re 80 to 100 feet below ground.” The stadium’s roof, made of ETFE, a clear plastic material, is similar to the roof at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings’ facility opening in July. In Inglewood, the roof will include a shade component to protect patrons against the sun’s rays while still bringing in some of the cool winds that are part of the regional climate. "It’s a win-win in the greatest climate in the world,” Williams said.