UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM, HOME TO THE ARIZONA CARDINALS, GLENDALE, ARIZONA
The LLOYD Team led the design efforts for the innovative retractable natural grass field system for the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Noted New York architect Peter Eisenman and HOKSVE Architects designed the multipurpose facility. The University of Phoenix Stadium is home to the Arizona Cardinals professional football team and was recently the site of Super Bowl XLII.
The natural grass playing field is contained in a rolling 12-million-pound tray that is removed to host major events such as conventions, trade shows, concerts, the NCAA Final Four, and motor sport and rodeo events. The grass field remains outside the stadium for nourishment, maintenance, and grooming.
This stadium was awarded the opportunity to host Super Bowl XLII in February 2008 and again in 2015 hosting Super Bowl XLIX.
Baltimore Ravens, NFL, Baltimore, Maryland
The Ravens had played on a natural grass field since the opening of M &T Bank Stadium in 1997. Even with a heating system in place from the stadium's opening day, the light and temperature across the stadium field created uneven growing conditions for the natural grass, which prompted the switch to artificial turf. In 2003, The Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League selected the LLOYD Team to be an integral part of the installation of the MOMENTUM™ Turf System surface by Sportexe.
In 2015, the Lloyd team was proud to be brought back as the lead designer for the Baltimore Ravens as they move back from artificial turf to natural grass for the 2016 season. The Lloyd team is designing the natural grass field to resurrect the dormant heating system beneath, and will address the uneven sunlight conditions by adding a grow light system. Together, these two tools will help the field maintenance professionals maintain a uniform natural grass field that will be unparalleled in the northeastern NFL stadiums.
VTB Stadium Arena, Moscow, Russia
LLOYD was a part of the international design/build team selected to complete VTB Stadium Arena project in Moscow, Russia. The field was designed to meet FIFA specifications.
The grass field is set to grow on a concrete deck as the field is part of a complex, multi-level stadium design, which is also above a major underground transportation hub. The natural grass football (soccer) field design also includes a heating system under the grass to aid in the growing season in the cold climate of Moscow.
Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
In 1991 the LLOYD team designed and oversaw the construction of the sand-based, gravity draining natural grass field and a hydronic turf heating system. This heating system allows the field maintenance professionals to maintain a green field well past the typical growing season for bermuda grass in late fall. This gives the stadium an advantage, as the stadium is not closed for winter grass growing in the middle of the ASU football season.
In 2014 the LLOYD team was brought back to join the current design team in the current stadium upgrades. The project is currently in the first of several phases that will span the next four years, and Lloyd is proud to be a continued partner to ensure a safe and functional playing field and the existing heating system during each phase.
ARIZONA CARDINALS INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY, Tempe, AZ
The LLOYD Team provided design and construction administration services for an insulated air supported structure approximately 220 feet by 160 feet. The structure is used as an artificial turf football practice field for the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
The structure is a pre-engineered facility from a supplier/manufacturer with additional systems including, but not limited to, mechanical and electrical equipment, distribution design, structural loads, and foundation loads.
The LLOYD Team’s design services include project coordination of all disciplines, grading and drainage, water and sewer line relocation, and subgrade recommendations, in addition to design documents for the artificial turf supplier.
ALERUS CENTER TURF REPLACEMENT City of Grand Forks, North Dakota
Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering provided oversight of the field renovation at Alerus center in Grand Forks, ND. This facility is an artificial turf indoor arena and convention center that hosts the University of North Dakota football team. As Alerus center is a multi-use facility, the artificial turf is a Astroturf roll-up system that can be installed and removed on a weekly basis for various events throughout the season.
The Lloyd team responsibilities included quality control over installation of new turf field and underlayment, including base rock specifications. Site visits were made by the Lloyd team several times during the construction process. The facility re-opened to a successful season in 2012.
Colorado University, Boulder, CO 300m indoor track and field
This brand new indoor facility for the Colorado Buffaloes includes a 300 meter synthetic running track surrounding an artificial turf football field for the mile high weather conditions. The facility also includes long jump as well as pole vault integrated seamlessly into the track and field systems.
Lloyd Civil and Sports teamed with Populous Architecture and Planning to find smart solutions to the unique challenges of this project. This facility will be open for play in 2016.
Image credit: Populous
Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, Arizona
The LLOYD Team provided sports engineering and construction observation services for the renovation of NAU’s recreation fields. The existing recreation field was expanded by nearly 1/3 and an additional field was constructed south of the existing field.
The LLOYD Team also provided design services for a new throwing events venue that includes two hammer/discus throwing cages, and two shot put rings with custom landing zones that will recycle tree chippings generated from the clearing of the site for the new fields.
The new fields utilize the latest generation of infill artificial turf, providing a level, green playing field all year round. The NAU Recreation Staff is able to play anywhere from 2 to 6 games at the same time on the two adjacent fields. In addition to the fields, the renovation includes a restroom building and storage/management building surrounding a covered patio. This project has been awarded LEED Silver certification.
Pomona College South Parking Structure, Pomona, California
LLOYD was a part of the team selected to complete the Pomona College Lacrosse/Soccer field on the South Parking Structure. The team was led by Watry Design in Redwood City, California.
Built to NCAA specifications, this rooftop field is used by Pomona College for all of their intercollegiate lacrosse and soccer matches. Placed on top of a $ 20,000,000 parking structure, it solved the problem of limited space in the athletic areas of the college while providing additional event parking. Lloyd was responsible for the design and construction administration of the field. Design began in 2008 and construction was completed in 2011.
Maxwell Family Field Parking Structure, University of California Berkeley
The LLOYD Team has been invited by the University of California, Berkeley to consult on this field several times over the last 12 years. We have given the university input through the many stages of progression of this very busy field.
In 2002, Lloyd performed the project programming, design, product evaluation, and construction management for installation of the new multi-use AstroTurf® stadium surface at this outdoor athletic facility used by both athletic and intramural teams. The heavily-used field was striped for five sports: field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, softball, and football.
In 2015, the Lloyd team completed the design and construction management on the Maxwell Family Field Parking Structure. The new 3-story garage structure includes a new mixed-use artificial turf field at the top level. The rooftop field accommodates men’s and women’s lacrosse and football practice.
Underhill Parking Garage, UC Berkeley, California
The LLOYD Team provided civil site and field design services for a synthetic turf, multi-sport, intramural field that sits on the top floor of a major parking structure on campus. Because the field is on top of a parking garage, our team faced numerous challenges, including drainage, available space, and access.
During the preparation of the final construction plans in 2007, the LLOYD Team represented the owner and provided review of the construction documents to ensure the initial programming intent was followed and the design/build team provided the level of services contracted by the University. Once the State of California Division of State Architecture approved the plans, the LLOYD Team provided construction observation/ administration duties through a separate contract with the owner.
The LLOYD Team also participated in the design/build construction process to ensure the fields were designed and built to the required specifications and programming levels originally intended.
In 2015 Lloyd returned to the design team to renovate the existing rooftop field. The crown of the field was shifted to accommodate the needs of field hockey, which was added to the programming of this field. This has been a challenging, but successful refresh to the field.