At WSP, we understand that all sports venues, from Olympic stadia to community swimming pools, must enhance the lives of the people around them.
We know how to respect the heritage of much-loved buildings, while keeping them relevant. We create world-class facilities for school children and professional athletes alike with a focus on minimising disruption during construction – making sure these crucial spaces stay in play for those who need them most.
For more than four decades, we have played a key role in global sports development, helping clients to enrich communities and engage audiences with striking and sustainable venues. Our award-winning portfolio encompasses projects for and including the Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as the last three FIFA World Cups.
Our experience covers everything from national stadia to school swimming pools, multipurpose arenas and specialist facilities. We bring a local and global skill set, passion for beautiful buildings and unrivalled experience to every project, working with architects, owners, councils and developers to create iconic and cost-effective structures that reward both users and operators. Whatever the sport, and wherever the venue, our experts know how to boost building performance and enhance spectator experience.
Enabling World-Class Experiences
Sports events are special. They are times of excitement and tension, highs and lows, moments that make and break careers and are retold for generations. The buildings where they happen are special too. Giving spectators and players outstanding experiences depends on inspiring, comfortable, and reliable structures. At WSP, we know that the venue and the action are intimately entwined.
We are experts in creating sports facilities that deliver every time, whether we are using specialist lighting to impress the crowds at the Perth Arena, enhancing the race-viewing experience at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, or engineering a retractable roof for the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York to ensure all-weather protection for tennis stars and fans. When that crucial point is won, or the finish line is reached, our stadia ensure that everyone can be in on the action.
Delivering Flexibility and Innovation
Successful arenas must juggle many roles without losing their distinctive character. From hosting world-class tournaments and international concerts to training sessions and corporate team days, handling the competing needs of a diverse array of events is par for the course for most sports venues.
Ensuring the full use of such large spaces best serves the public – and it makes good business sense. However, being the go-to place for a wide array of users is not easy. A multi-use facility must effortlessly adapt to different roles irrespective of the site’s constraints. and it must do so without diluting the unique atmosphere that inspires users and visitors.
Deadlines are deadlines in the fast-paced world of international sport: no matter what challenges the construction process throws up, opening matches can’t wait. While the need for efficiency doesn’t stop when the season begins, structures must operate cost-effectively and energy-efficiently to ensure commercial viability and a sustainable legacy for future generations.
With an integrated approach combining creativity and technology, we make sure tight construction timelines are met with the minimum fuss. We deliver high-quality buildings that continue to save money, energy, and time without sacrificing spectator experience.
Expertise Across all Types of Sports Venues
We have been working on some of the most impressive sports facilities around the world including:
- Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane
- Perth Arena
- Melbourne Park Redevelopment Easter Plaza – National Tennis Centre
- Cockburn Regional Physical Activity & Education Centre, Perth
- Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
- Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, UK
- Cape Town Soccer Stadium, South Africa
- Basra Sports City, Iraq
- Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Avaya Stadium, San Hose, USA
- Mercedes-Benz NFL Stadium, Atlanta, USA
- Lucas Oil NFL Stadium, Indianapolis, USA
- LEED Gold certified Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, USA
Our portfolio also includes sport facilities such as Hong Kong Velodrome, Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre in Doha, Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Glasgow and Citi Field baseball stadium in New York.