Sports Facility of the Year
Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena sports an innovative design that allows the venue to fit naturally in the neighborhood. The $870 million arena, home to the Red Wings and Pistons, is playing a key role in Detroit’s revitalization efforts. It provides year-round entertainment and dining options that give fans a compelling reason to stay downtown.
Notre Dame Stadium
Like its name implies, Notre Dame’s $400 million Campus Crossroads project created an intersection for athletics, academics and student life. The project built a modern fan experience inside Notre Dame Stadium with a new video board, premium seating and connectivity upgrades while preserving its storied traditions.
SunTrust Park / The Battery Atlanta
A complete live-work-play district, the $1.3 billion SunTrust Park / Battery Atlanta redefines the sports venue experience. The modern ballpark and home of the Atlanta Braves has one of the largest video boards in baseball, and the surrounding entertainment district includes a four-star Omni Hotel, upscale restaurants and shops, and three apartment buildings.
Target Center’s $140 million renovation features a new-look exterior for the 28-year-old arena and a light-filled glass atrium that faces downtown. Updated premium seating and new amenities, including all new seats and a beer garden, allow the venue to keep pace in a revitalized Minneapolis sports market.
T-Mobile Arena served as host to three of the biggest boxing events of 2017, including Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, and the home arena of the Vegas Golden Knights, arguably the hottest expansion team in sports history. The 2-year-old arena proved it can compete with the brightest lights on the Las Vegas Strip and other venues across the country.
U.S. Bank Stadium
With soaring roof lines and an expansive interior, the $975 million U.S. Bank Stadium’s unique features include the world’s largest pivoting glass doors, a roof with 248,000 square feet of ETFE material, and seats closest to the action in the NFL. It played host to Super Bowl LII in January and will be home to the 2019 NCAA Final Four.