BIG and HNTB to design new ballpark in Las Vegas

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The Athletics Major League Baseball team is set to open a new ballpark in Las Vegas in 2028. The design is a collaboration between BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and HNTB. The 33,000-capacity covered stadium will feature a roof with five overlapping shells reaching baseball pennants, a large cable net glass wall, and exterior metal cladding that shimmers in natural daylight and reflects the surrounding Las Vegas lights at night.

An outdoor plaza at an elevated level connects to the bridges over Las Vegas and Tropicana Boulevards. It then directs fans to the ballpark’s main concourse, where a large glass atrium welcomes visitors into the venue and provides a view of the entire field and seating bowl. Additional entrances to the north and south, marked by “bouncing” arches, make it easier for visitors to access the ballpark and connect with the outdoors.

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“BIG’s revolutionary design, created in collaboration with HNTB, represents a captivating ballpark concept, seamlessly blending innovation and technology with an enhanced fan experience. We are very excited to share the work of our design team with the entire Southern Nevada community,” states John Fisher, Managing Partner & Owner of Athletics.

The ballpark currently features an 18,000-square-foot jumbotron, the largest in Major League Baseball.

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“Our design for the new Vegas home for the A’s is conceived in response to the unique culture and climate of the city. Five pennant arches enclose the ballpark – shading from the Nevada sun while opening to the soft daylight from the north. A giant window frames a majestic view of the life of The Strip and the iconic New York New York hotel skyline. All direct sunlight is blocked, while all the soft daylight is allowed to wash the field in natural light.” said Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, of BIG, and added, “The resultant architecture is like a spherical armadillo – shaped by the local climate – while opening and inviting the life of The Strip to enter and explore. In the city of spectacle, the A’s ‘armadillo’ is designed for passive shading and natural light – the architectural response to the Nevada climate generating a new kind of vernacular icon in Vegas.”

“Our new A’s Ballpark in Las Vegas is designed to celebrate baseball and become a destination for fans from all over the world. The ballpark will be a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art facility that will house a variety of events and guest experiences. By opening up the roof structure, we’re capturing the energy of the iconic Las Vegas Strip and creating a unique synergy between its events and the surrounding city. We believe the new Vegas ballpark will push the boundaries for enjoying baseball and contribute to a more interactive and spectacular urban experience in Las Vegas.”said Daniel Sundlin, Partner, BIG.

Project Info

Size: 33,000 capacity
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Client: Athletics
Collaborators: HNTB, Thornton Tomasetti, Henderson Engineers, CAA ICON, Mortenson, McCarthy, Atelier Ten, RWDI, Kimley-Horn, Systematica, WJHW, Jensen Hughes, HKA, WSP, FP&C, Chicago Flyhouse, Duray Duncan, Ed Roether Consulting, Morean, Negativ, Mir
BIG TEAM
Partners-in-Charge:
Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Sundlin
Project Manager: Aran Coakley
Project Leaders: Frankie Sharpe, Jan Klaska, Ricardo Palma
Team: Ahmad Tabbakh, Alan Maedo, Bernardo Schuhmacher, Catrina Nelson, Don Chen, Douglass Alligood, Ema Bakalova, Hongye Wu, Hudson Parris, Jeff Tao, Margaret Tyrpa, Matthew Lau, Paul Heberle, Pooya Aledavood, Sunghwan Um, Thomas McMurtrie, Yuzaburo Tanaka
HNTB TEAM
Principal-in-Charge: Lanson Nichols
Project Director: Brad Albers
Project Leaders: Emily Louchart, Jeff Goode
Team: Stephanie Schneidereit, Bryan Rincon, Phil Perkins, Donovan Brook, Jack Swezy, Jimena Dorador, Robbie Powell

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