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 enhancing the race-viewing experience at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, using specialist lighting to impress the crowds at Perth Arena in Australia, or engineering retractable roof for 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 away days, handling the competing needs of diverse events is par for the course for most sports venues.
Ensuring 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 multiuse facility must effortlessly adapt to its different roles, whatever the site’s constraints and it must do so without diluting the unique atmosphere that inspires all who visit.
We have experience in creating integrated, mixed-use spaces such as the Videotron Arena in Quebec City and the Barclays Center in New York, combining commercial viability with stunning structures. With trailblazing technology and imagination, we find ways around even the toughest engineering challenges. We also have a track record in innovative and cost-effective adaption of existing facilities, like the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, because sports venues must keep up with a changing world.