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Invenue: Design Firms – In This Together

VenuesNow says COVID-19 has done little to change a trend in sports and entertainment design: Fans want to break away from their seats and suites to mingle.

DLR Group Principal Don Barnum

DLR Group Principal Don Barnum, AIA

Keeping people apart was an essential part of coronavirus mitigation strategy when the pandemic forced the closure of public spaces in spring 2020 and again as limited-capacity games and concerts led the way back. It has returned in a more limited sense as the U.S. experiences another wave of infections.

But for architecture firms that design arenas, stadiums and related buildings, it’s all about connection.

“Fans continue to crave social spaces and open concourses that allow them to interact with their peers and fellow spectators, while also staying connected to the game,” DLR Group Principal Don Barnum said.

Read more in VenuesNow.


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