Los Angeles NFL StadiumEdit profile
A state-of-the-art new NFL stadium for Los Angeles, this innovative 75,000-seat stadium will be the first LEED-certified building in the National Football League (NFL) and will capture the luxury and drama of the world's entertainment capital. The project anticipates completion for the 2012 season. Both the NFL and the client, Majestic Realty, are committed to making a progressive statement with this building and are exploring a number of initiatives that will make this the most environmentally progressive stadium in the United States. Having been involved with a number of different proposals for NFL stadiums in Los Angeles and New York over the last dozen years, Dan Meis, FAIA, was seeing the cost of an average NFL stadium crossing the $1 billion mark. It was his firm belief that at those numbers the economics of a new stadium, a building that is often used less than 20 times a year, simply cannot be justified. Instead, the current target of USD$800 million makes it USD$300 to USD$400 million less than any other recent NFL proposal. This is made possible by an innovative approach to building the stadium into the hill. The striking design draws on the historic models of Dodger Stadium and the venerable Hollywood Bowl, nestling the large seating bowl into the specific site topography. Meis employed the unique topography of the site to build the stadium into a hillside in order to reduce the steel structure by 40%, allowing at least two-thirds of the seating bowl to be built on grade. A significant coup for the architect, developer and owner, this strategy resulted in successfully achieving the USD$800 million design at the rate of USD$300 to USD$400 million less than any other recent NFL stadium proposal. An asymmetrical configuration allows all of the suites and VIP areas to be loaded on the west side of the stadium and integrated into the adjacent retail promenade. While primarily for the NFL, this 365 day-a-year entertainment destination can also accommodate soccer, college and high school football, and large concerts. The stadium powers a retail and entertainment destination, offering flexibility with large, interchangeable sponsorship zones for various audiences. Slated to become the NFL's first LEED Gold rated facility, Meis' design includes reduced CO2 emissions, recycling initiatives, and " due to the great reduction of steel in the structure " a significant decrease in hazardous environmental effects associated with material manufacturing, sourcing and transportation. "Sports traditionally had lagged behind other sectors, but those clients are now aggressively trying to catch up and distinguish their projects through sustainability," states Meis. "Aedas has been a world leader in this thinking and it allows us to position ourselves uniquely among other sports design practices that are only just beginning to consider sustainability in the design of these venues." Dan was able to develop a solution that meets and exceeds all of the NFL programmatic requirements for a Superbowl capable stadium in a "uniquely LA" design that may well make the difference of the NFL returning to Los Angeles. Meis believes this kind of innovation requires a diverse practice, such as Aedas Sport, capable of stepping "outside the box" of the typical sports design firms.