Building the traditions that bind
communities together.


Sports buildings are the “cathedrals” of our age: they represent the civic values, economic success, memories, and aspirations of a city. As civic gathering places — often partially financed with public funds — they must be designed with sensitivity to the surrounding community. The next generation of high-performance sports buildings must also yield greater economic return through multipurpose use and other alternate sources of revenue. Through design excellence and long-term vision, they can engage the public to create healthier, more engaged communities.


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Facility Planning


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • Brand Integration


  • Design Research
  • Operational Planning
  • Change Management
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • 2020

    Drawing inspiration from nearby flora, Hangzhou Stadium uses 2/3 less steel than comparable stadiums and streamlines views of the field, reports Architectural Digest.
  • 2019

    NBBJ Partner Robert Mankin receives the Power Player Award by the Sports Business Journal for his role shaping the future of fan experience in professional and collegiate athletics.
  • 2019

    The University of Kentucky basketball season means more leg room for fans at Rupp Arena after a recent upgrade, according to Arena Digest. Stadium improvements include new chair-back seating and revamped concession options.
  • 2014

    The Pauley Pavilion Renovation and Expansion wins the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter Sustainable Innovation Award.
  • 2013

    NBBJ's design of Pauley Pavilion at UCLA is shortlisted for the "Facility of the Year" award by the Sports Business Journal.
  • 2012

    The NBBJ design of Miller Park in Milwaukee beats out Yankee Stadium and AT&T Park to be named America's Favorite Baseball Stadium by ESPN.
  • 2011

    Staples Center named Top Grossing Arena in North America, and seventh in the world by Pollstar magazine.
  • 2002

    Paul Brown Stadium wins the Business Week/Architectural Record "Good Design is Good Business" Award, and the first-ever AIA Honor Award for a professional sports stadium.
  • 2001

    Popular Science calls the fan-shaped retractable roof over Miller Park one of the World’s Top 100 Innovations of the Year 2001.
  • 1999

    Staples Center opens as the country’s only arena built to house four professional sports franchises: Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks.