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BIG to Design the Athletics New Stadium in Las Vegas

A new stadium for Major League Baseball (MLB) team the Athletics is slated to open on the Las Vegas Strip in 2028.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in collaboration with HNTB, the covered, 33,000-capacity ballpark will span nine acres on Las Vegas Boulevard, sporting a roof accentuated by five overlapping shells that resemble baseball pennants. For players, these arched pennants will attenuate direct sunlight glare while welcoming indirect natural light via northern-facing clerestory windows.

It will also feature the worlds largest cable net glass wall, with exterior metal cladding that will shimmer in the natural daylight and reflect the surrounding Strip lights at night.

“The resultant architecture is like a spherical armadilloshaped by the local climatewhile opening and inviting the life of the Strip to enter and explore, says Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director of BIG.

Walkway bridges over Las Vegas and Tropicana Boulevards will direct fans to the ballparks main concourse. Secondary north and south entrances will be marked by bouncing arches to increase visitor accessibility and promote a connection to the outdoors. Once inside, visitors are met by a bright, open atria, which will also serve as multipurpose exhibition spaces to showcase international and local artists.

Inspired by historic ballparks, like Fenway and Wrigley, that feature split upper and lower bowls, the new stadium’s layout will bring fans closer to the action than traditional ballparks and provide clear sight lines from every seat. It will also feature an 18,000-square-foot Jumbotronthe largest screen in Major League Baseball. Air-conditioning will distribute at the seats, rather than from above, making cooling more efficient and energy conscious.

The stadium will also double as a venue for concerts, conferences, and other events. Future development is expected to join the ballpark, including an onsite hotel and casino.

Las Vegas is where the imagination runs free, characterized by bespoke, one-of-a-kind experiences, adds Lanson Nichols, principal-in-charge at HNTB. The A’s new ballpark will be filled with unique settings for the social interplay between, sport, spectacle, and entertainment.

Athletics Major League Baseball ballpark las vegas dome exterior

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