SBJ/Dec. 20-26, 2010/2010 Year in Review

Facilities


WAYNE EBINGER
AMWAY
CENTER

The outdoor lounges, fine dining restaurant and midlevel baseline bar are open to all Orlando Magic ticket holders regardless of where they are sitting. The $480 million arena also stands out for its business operation: The city of Orlando, a partner in the project, owns, operates and books the building, an anomaly in the NBA.


DAVID KAUP
ARROWHEAD
STADIUM

The two-year project to renovate the 38-year-old NFL facility added 500,000 square feet of space to the building. Spacious club lounges, the new Chiefs Hall of Fame and the Penthouse Suite on the eighth floor are among the upgrades and improvements.


360 ARCHITECCTS
AUBURN
ARENA

The $86 million arena opened in October with 12 "tailgate suites" featuring outdoor patios that skybox holders can use to entertain guests for football games held across the parking lot at Jordan-Hare Stadium..


ADAM JACOBS PHOTOGRAPHY
MICHIGAN
STADIUM

The Big House is back to being the biggest facility in college football after completing a $226 million renovation. The 82 new suites and 3,000 club seats expanded total seating to about 111,000.


RENEE ROSENSTEEL
CONSOL ENERGY
CENTER

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved across the street from the NHL's oldest arena to the league's newest venue. The $321 million facility is heavy on new technology tied to mobile devices, IPTV and LED signs shaped like hockey pucks. The single suite level brings fans sitting in the upper deck closer to the ice.


RON BATH
KFC YUM!
CENTER

The Louisville Arena Authority, in conjunction with the University of Louisville, developed a $238 million arena with 76 suites, 70 loge boxes and more than 2,000 club seats, which are premium amenities on par with NBA facilities. It's no surprise, then, that officials are lining up investors and talking to NBA teams about moving to Kentucky.


PATRICK E. MCCARTHY
RED BULL
ARENA

The new home of the New York Red Bulls is the first of the new wave of European-style MLS stadiums, featuring a 360-degree roof cover and communal dining for premium-seat patrons. The $200 million-plus facility is also the first American sports venue to install an access-control system in which season-ticket holders use smart cards for gate admission and to pay for food and merchandise.


CURT HUDSON
PPL
PARK

The $122 million waterfront stadium is the keystone of a proposed mixed-use development along the Delaware River in Chester, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb. Comcast-Spectacor, a partner in the project, has three of its business units involved in building operations: Global Spectrum (stadium management), Ovations Food Services (concessions) and New Era Tickets (ticketing).


PATRICK E. MCCARTHY
NEW MEADOWLANDS
STADIUM

The $1.7 billion home of the NFL Jets and Giants is the most expensive sports venue ever built in North America. Technology plays a key role in a building that can change colors and brands overnight to match the home team, as it did on the first weekend of the regular season. The presence of four large video scoreboards in the corners is the stadium's signature design element.


DAVID DUROCHICK
TARGET
FIELD

The Minnesota Twins saw daylight after playing 28 years indoors at the Metrodome. Their new $512 million stone-and-steel open-air ballpark drew rave reviews for its intimacy, abundance of local foods, and tasteful memorabilia displays tied to the club's three hall of famers: Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett.

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