Sports Arenas Could Require ‘Necessary Renovations’ for Social Distancing
With the coronavirus pandemic dictating the capacity of social gatherings, a return to the design of original stadiums could be in the future, said an architect and engineering firm.
DLR Group Principal Don Barnum, AIA, said teams would need to make “required and necessary renovations” to sports stadiums to honor social distancing guidelines, at least in the short term.
TDECU Stadium in Houston by DLR Group. Photo by Slyworks Photography.
Barnum said the firm had a “variety of conversations” with team owners who inquired about adjusting layouts for social distancing. The firm created renderings using a minor league baseball stadium to analyze seating arrangements.