Many perceive the design of a sports field or facility to be simple, however there are several decisions to be made, that impact the quality, usability, performance, aesthetics, environment, or a sense of place. Landscape Architects are uniquely qualified to design such facilities because it’s not only the field that makes a venue great, but it’s everything else around the field that can make the venue notable.
While designing a sports facility, Landscape Architects are looking at the bigger picture of how all the sport specific components will work with the needs of the athletes, visitors, maintenance personnel, facilities operations staff, as well as the site topography, existing circulation patterns, and utility connections. There are sport specific needs that can be less visually appealing or impede pedestrian or vehicular circulation. However, with a little thought, these elements can gently slip into the landscape, while remaining completely functional. Take a look at some of these sports facilities where it’s more than just a field.
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Progress is moving along at the Tolleson ESD's Arizona Desert Elementary School Sports Field Project in Tolleson, Arizona. Mass grade is complete with curbing, fencing, irrigation, and drainage trenches underway. Utility tie-ins at the existing school parking lot and curbing for the new parking lot are also progressing along. The building is taking shape with a topping out event targeting the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Chasse Building Team.