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
  • 2014

    NBBJ named NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) sponsor.
  • 2013

    NBBJ selected to redesign Rupp Arena (home to University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball) and the adjacent Lexington Center.
  • 2013

    NBBJ's design of Pauley Pavilion at UCLA is shortlisted for the "Facility of the Year" award by the Sports Business Journal.
  • 2013

    Using computational modeling, NBBJ designs Hangzhou Olympic Stadium to be constructed using 1/3 the steel of comparable stadiums.
  • 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

    Crew Stadium in Columbus becomes the country’s first designed specifically for professional soccer.
  • 1999

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