Future sports stadium designs are likely to include a number of features to incorporate changes in standards and expectations, plus utilizing advancements in technology and understanding of user experiences.
We have listed many of the features that would be considered when designing a new stadium, though note that these are just examples and the actual features can vary based on the design and budget of the stadium.
- Sustainable design: This includes the use of renewable energy sources and materials, as well as implementing strategies to reduce energy consumption, such as the use of solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and green roofs. Also, increased use of sustainable materials and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the stadium, including modular construction for easy maintenance and cost saving.
- Flexibility and adaptability: Future stadiums will be designed to be easily reconfigured to accommodate different types of events, such as a variety of sports, playing surface sizes and concerts. This includes flexible seating arrangements, such as retractable seating or movable sections.
- Technology integration: Future stadiums will incorporate technology in various ways such as smart seating, digital ticketing, and virtual and augmented reality giving spectators an immersive and realistic experience. Also large video screens, digital signage, and in-seat connectivity. Increased use of data and analytics can help in the efficient operation of the stadium while also optimizing the fan experience.
- Fan Experience: Future stadiums will be designed to enhance the fan experience, with an emphasis on creating social spaces and amenities for fans to gather and interact before and after games, which may include dedicated areas for tailgating carpark parties. There will be more comfortable seating, and improved sightlines, as well as improved food and beverage options.
- Cashless transactions: Future stadiums will likely be designed to support cashless transactions through digital payments, such as mobile wallets and contactless cards.
- Improved accessibility and inclusivity: easy availability of ramps, elevators, and designated seating areas for people with disabilities.
- Enhanced security: Stadiums will have to be designed with advanced surveillance and security systems to be more secure to prevent terrorist incidents, such as metal detectors at entrances and CCTV cameras.