Sports & Entertainment

BuroHappold 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 Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium and the O2 Arena in the UK, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, and the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, amongst many others. They have all been heralded as triumphs of design, function and commercial success and were created through BuroHappold’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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14/06/2012

The masterplanning and design of the London Olympic Park and Legacy proposals began in autumn 2003. Part of the EDAW Consortium, BuroHappold 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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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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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 BuroHappold, HOK SVE and Studio Zoppini Associati, winners of an international tender for the project.

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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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Pinnacle Bank Arena

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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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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Project

08/02/2013

Rising majestically from the Kazakhastan steppe, the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre is thought to be the world’s largest tent. This vast, temperate oasis provides respite from the Kazakhstani capital city’s harsh extremes of climate, with temperature’s ranging from -40°C to + 40°C, and a much needed leisure focal point for the people of Astana.

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Project

18/05/2011

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

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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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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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Middle East

Phil Dalglish

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Erleen Hatfield

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