Sports & Entertainment

Buro Happold works on creating the most innovative, exciting and memorable sports and entertainment venues in the world. We use our multi-disciplinary design skills to deliver successful projects for fans, athletes, artists and clients alike, balancing the rich and varied needs of each user to create bespoke solutions that are truly unique.

These projects include the new Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the O2 Arena, in the UK, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, and the Astana Stadium in Kazakhstan, amongst many many others. They have all been heralded as triumphs of design, function and commercial success and were created through Buro Happold’s expertise in delivering functional yet sustainable buildings that lead to the best possible and inclusive spectator, user and client experience.

We consider everything in our work; from the eye catching initial view as you approach from afar, the ease of access and safety of use when you arrive, the function of spaces to ensure comfort in use, the layout of seating to ensure you get great views in an electric atmosphere, all of course wrapped in a building that has been designed and constructed efficiently and safely, with care, from minimal materials, to specifically suit the local conditions and environment.

Come and see for yourself. We are genuinely proud of our unrivalled portfolio of sport and leisure facilities that host prestigious world-class sporting and cultural events.

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Cutty Sark
Buro Happold

News

21/11/2013

Buro Happold has won three categories and was shortlisted for a further two at the recent Structural Awards held in London.  The prestigious awards recognise excellence in structural engineering from around the world. Over...

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Buro Happold

Project

14/06/2012

The masterplanning and design of the London Olympic Park and Legacy proposals began in autumn 2003. Part of the EDAW Consortium, Buro Happold provided strategic engineering advice and design. The challenge was to develop a setting for the Games which achieved both planning approvals from the four local London Boroughs and provided a compelling masterplan for a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore in July 2005.

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Buro Happold

Project

12/06/2012

The London 2012 Olympic Waterpolo Arena is the first ever bespoke waterpolo venue constructed for an Olympic Games, and has been designed to satisfy the unusual sightline requirements of this sport.

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Buro Happold

Project

27/02/2012

Located in the southern part of Turin in the Lingotto district, the venue, features a 400m oval ice track and is the work of Buro Happold, HOK SVE and Studio Zoppini Associati, winners of an international tender for the project.

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Buro Happold

Project

19/02/2012

Buro Happold worked as part of ‘Team Stadium’ an integrated design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver the Stadium which, in legacy, will be a world-class athletics venue for the communities within London and beyond.

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Buro Happold

Project

19/04/2011

A shimmering, transparent form sitting on the famous Lansdowne Road site, the Aviva Stadium offers Dublin both a visually spectacular venue and the first truly ‘responsive’ stadium building of its type in the world, its form and...

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Buro Happold

News

11/12/2013

Overcoming a series of design challenges, Buro Happold worked with the DLR Architects-led design team on the recently completed Pinnacle Bank Arena, which is featured in the December issue of Civil Engineering.

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Y magazine - Issue two
Buro Happold

News

02/12/2013

What image do you conjure up in your mind if we say the word ‘engineer’ to you? Stereotypical responses cover anything from a backroom geek or hands-on practitioner, to dashing larger than life orchestrators of the great leaps...

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Baylor Stadium - rendering © Populous
Buro Happold

News

04/11/2013

College football has long served as a nexus of campus life, bringing together students, alumni and the broader community. At Baylor University a new stadium, scheduled to open next fall, takes this idea to new levels. Set...

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Pinnacle Bank Arena
Buro Happold

News

04/11/2013

The recently completed University of Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena is a 16,000 seat sports and entertainment venue which is already proving to be a catalyst for growth in Lincoln’s West Haymarket district, spurring the...

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Pinnacle Bank BIM
Buro Happold

News

19/09/2013

Buro Happold's New York Office is excited to announce that the Pinnacle Bank Arena project in Lincoln, Nebraska has won the engineering category in the 11th annual Tekla North America BIM Awards competition. DLR Group was...

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Pinnacle Bank Arena
Buro Happold

Project

18/09/2013

Home to the University of Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as an entertainment venue, the Pinnacle Bank Arena is a new, multi-use facility located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The 15,200-seat arena was a...

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Pinnacle Bank Arena
Buro Happold

News

16/09/2013

Nebraska’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena opened for its first concert on September 13;  with tickets a sell out for singer/songwriter Michael Bublé's performance. Buro Happold, who provided structural engineering on the...

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London 2012 opening ceremony
Buro Happold

Blog

14/08/2013

Just over a year ago on 27th July 2012 London came alive to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Those of us at Buro Happold who had spent so much time working towards this were delighted with the overwhelming...

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Buro Happold

Blog

09/08/2013

The Building Centre invites you to visit the We made 2012 exhibition that’s currently showcasing many of Buro Happold’s projects as part of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games portfolio. The London 2012 Olympic and...

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Buro Happold

News

25/07/2013

London's newest and most adventurous visitor activity Up at The O2 exemplifies how the O2 at Greenwich continues to develop and grow as a major event space and visitor attraction.  Our involvement with the...

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News

21/06/2013

Throughout the year the Institution of Structural Engineers issues several awards to exceptional individuals and teams. To recognise these exemplary achievements within the institution and/or the structural engineering industry,...

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Buro Happold

Project

14/06/2013

The Ralph Wilson Football Stadium was constructed in the 1970s, is owned by the County of Erie, New York and was recently leased to the Buffalo Bills Football team for another 10 years. The 62,000 seat stadium is...

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News

13/06/2013

A number of Buro Happold projects located in the UK have been recognised at this year’s RIBA national awards. This year education projects performed particularly well in the RIBA awards with the <link...

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Buro Happold

Project

18/05/2011

The O2 Arena sits within the former Millennium Dome – one of Buro Happold’s key projects of the late 1990s as a building within a building.

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Buro Happold

Project

05/05/2011

August 2006 saw the opening game at  the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium in London, the new home for Arsenal FC, one of Europe’s most prestigious and successful premiership football clubs. This opening game marked the beginning...

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Buro Happold

Project

19/04/2011

Developing a truly successful stadium design involves meeting a number of goals beyond simply creating a first class sporting arena. The list of additional demands for the main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics...

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Sector Director

Buro Happold

Paul Westbury CBE

Partner


Regional leaders

UK and Europe

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Steve Macey

Group Director


Middle East

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Ken Jones

Director


North America

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Erleen Hatfield

Principal


Asia-Pacific

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Chris Sparrow

Director