Sports Facility of the Year
Banc of California Stadium
The 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium’s location near downtown L.A. helped it sell out all of its MLS matches in LAFC’s first season. The LEED Silver-certified facility also hosted a number of non-soccer events in its first year, including concerts and an esports competition for the popular “Fortnite.”
The Bucks’ new $524 million, LEED Silver-certified arena is the anchor for an entire downtown Milwaukee entertainment district. The arena has led to record-high ticket sales, attendance and consumer revenue for the Bucks, and has become an entertainment and concert destination for the city.
The stadium played host to many of this year’s biggest events (Super Bowl LIII, MLS All-Star Game and Cup, SEC Championship), and delivered every time with state-of-the-art technological connectivity and innovative hospitality, including its revolutionary concession pricing program.
State Farm Arena
The venue’s $192 million renovation completely transformed the Atlanta Hawks’ longtime home. Since its reopening, the arena has hosted a number of high-profile concerts as well as the Opening Night kickoff event for Super Bowl LIII, and lower-priced concessions helped the Hawks increase ticket sales and revenue.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
The U.S. Open marked the debut of the 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, the world’s first with natural ventilation and a retractable roof, as the latest addition to the tennis center. The stadium debuted to rave reviews and helped draw record attendance at the U.S. Open’s 50th anniversary.