Are you ready for some football? California sure is. Despite their beleaguered economic conditions, cities across the Golden State are now angling to get in on what has become one of the greatest stadium scrambles in its history. Los Angeles, City of Industry, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland are all vying to build new facilities in the hopes of luring either the Chargers, the 49ers, the Raiders, or another team altogether.
And architects are more than happy to help, proposing designs intended to make the facilities more appealing to teams, cities, and residents through better game experiences, greater flexibility, more money-making opportunities, connections to convention centers, and interaction with urban centers.
“The sports stuff is a catalyst for greater ends,” summed up architect Morten Jensen, a principal at Bay Area firm JRDV, which developed a CRA-sponsored proposal for a stadium in Oakland that could not only host multiple teams but al.....