In 1958, Lev Zetlin – founder of the firm that became Thornton Tomasetti – developed a visionary design for “Tomorrow’s Arena,” which was discussed in Engineering News-Record, Time and This Week magazines and in the New York Herald Tribune. With a capacity of 200,000, the innovative concept featured a suspension-tensioned translucent roof and multi-deck parking ramps integrated into the underside of a concrete stadium bowl close to the stands. It minimized the use of land and materials while enhancing the spectator experience.
In 2013, our computational designers used Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba to create an interactive parametric model of the design.
Today, Thornton Tomasetti continues to design sports facilities in the creative spirit of Lev Zetlin. We apply groundbreaking technological tools in innovative ways to help clients and project partners make the future of sports design a reality.
As the sports world gears up for the road to the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl 50 with tonight’s first season game, here’s a quick glimpse into the various collegiate and NFL stadiums and practice facilities for which we’ve provided structural design, analysis and investigative services over the years.
(Note: Use the menu icon – – in the upper left on the map to toggle between the different facility types.)
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