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The All-Purpose, Everything-You-Want-In-One-Place, Sports Stadium (American Planning Association)

December 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles and Features

Planning Magazine (American Planning Association): Many sports fans will tell you that stadiums, arenas and ballparks can be magical shrines that capture the full range of human emotions. Catching a game at Fenway Park, Camden Yards or Yankee Stadium isn’t just about runs and innings, it’s about family, friends and community.

When the New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, locals saw it as a pivotal moment when the Saints returned to the Super Dome and played their first post-Katrina home game in September of 2006. At that moment, the stadium signified the rebirth of an entire city.

We’re currently in the midst of a boom in stadium and arena construction. Planners are increasingly viewing them as anchors for larger developments and they’re constructing new facilities or upgrading others in more than a dozen cities. Developers say today’s stadiums are designed to be high-tech, environmentally conscious and integrate with the community around them.


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