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Who? HOK Sport (now known as Populous)

As the world’s leading sports architecture firm, HOK Sport’s tradition of innovation has transformed the way people have experienced sporting events for nearly 25 years.

“We are constantly encouraging our team to take on new and exciting challenges. This has culminated in the design of the world’s most iconic sports, civic and entertainment buildings.”

“We conceived the design vocabulary used in today’s ballparks, stadiums and arenas, and we continue to chart an inventive course for tomorrow’s venues. Our global client list is diverse and comprehensive, and it includes 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 40 soccer and rugby teams and 120 colleges and universities. Our reach is worldwide. Our passion is undeniable. And we approach the architecture of sport unlike anyone else.”

HOK Sport has a qualified, knowledgeable team of sustainable design experts ready to work with its clients to achieve their green design goals.


HOK Sport Venue Event celebrates a new beginning in 2009 as an independently-owned design firm. They plan to launch a new corporate brand [Populous].

HOK Sport Venue Event is one of the world’s leading design firms. Their focus is the creation of exceptional gathering spaces, from stadiums and arenas to convention centres and amphitheatres, with such recent projects as the new Yankee Stadium in New York; the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympics; Nanjing Sports Park in China; Suncorp Stadium in Australia; and Phoenix Convention Centre in Arizona.

The firm also has made a worldwide mark managing many aspects of the events themselves, from Olympic Games to Super Bowls. Their architects and event managers are the world’s finest and most experienced, drawing from the combined expertise of more than 825 projects with construction value exceeding $20 billion.

HOK Sport Venue Event has 500 employees in offices located at Kansas City, London, Brisbane, Denver, Nashville, Knoxville, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.


POPULOUS – drawing people together www.populous.com


HOK Sport in association with Jasmax has been developing the design for the proposed multipurpose stadium at Dunedin.

HOK Sport hopes the fully covered, natural grass stadium will be a world first. Achieving this requires the development of a design that will allow as much natural light as possible onto the field of play, to assist with the growing of a natural turf pitch. The building’s envelope is envisaged as a mix of Zincalume, glass and ETFE (the material used to striking effect on Beijing’s Water Cube).



Fast Company magazine, one of the US’ leading publications for reporting on the new global economy, ranked HOK Sport as one of the top 10 innovators in sports. 11 February 2009.


The London 2012 Stadium will be the flagship venue for the Olympic Games as the eyes of the world turn to London in three years time. The Stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park. During the Games it will accommodate 80,000 spectators, and after the Games the Stadium will transform to a capacity of 25,000.

HOK Sport has the challenge of creating the temporary and the permanent at the same time – that is the essence of “our stadium”. A new era of Olympic Stadium design will be launched in 2012, demonstrating how a successful event can be blended with the long term needs of a community.

For more information, visit www.London2012.com


About HOK Group

An employee-owned firm, HOK is among the world’s most diverse and acclaimed architectural design practices. Founded in 1955, the firm plans and designs buildings, communities, cities and regions worldwide.

“In today’s world, where environmental issues and energy efficiency are at the forefront of political discussions, we are setting trends in the current market. Inspired by a healthy view to the future, we are designing award-winning buildings whose physical performance responds to these issues.”

HOK is a pioneer and leader in developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments.

Through its collaborative network of 26 regional offices, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets.

Recent projects include the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal at the new Indianapolis International Airport; Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center; King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia; Lavasa Hill Station development in Maharashtra, India; and Samsung Global Engineering Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.


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A little respect please

Meg Davidson was doing HOK Sport Architects, the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and the public of Dunedin a massive disservice in her letter to the editor, ‘Architecture rethink best for stadium’ (ODT 22.8.08).

She claimed that the options for redevelopment of the old Carisbrook were passed over as in her words, ‘asking HOK if you need a new stadium is like asking a barber if you need a haircut’.

Several points; despite what has falsely been claimed by the opponents of the new stadium, several upgrade options for the old stadium were considered. This included partial and full upgrades. These were considered and dismissed as not meeting the full needs of the city in the future. If they were to go ahead Architects would still have been employed.

Second, despite the somewhat ‘awestruck’ view the STS thinks the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has of HOK Sport, they are paid to do whatever job they choose to take on. If the CST asked them to add a dunny out the back of the terraces, if they were inclined that is what they would have produced. The client, with the dollars, has the final say.

Funny this so-called ‘increase in plan B’ seems actually only to be coming from certain quarters of the community with the badge STS pinned on.

But then like elections I can see the blur and smudge campaign swinging iron to full effect. Two negative opinion pieces in two days, and not one of them based on the facts as they stand.

I wonder what’s in tomorrow’s paper ‘Otago won’t play in new stadium’?

Posted by Paul Le Comte


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Stadiums within budget

It has been suggested by those opposed to the development of the new Carisbrook stadium, that it is more likely indeed probable that the stadium will run over cost, and significantly too. At the StS public meeting the other night figures of anywhere up to $200m cost over-runs were suggested, taking the cost close to $400m. I have been told that the stadia landscape is littered with stadiums which did not come within budget.

Assuming that not every stadium in the world came in over budget (or outside of the accounted for over-runs), I decided to investigate. Leaving aesthetic sensibilities aside (new American Ball Parks are amusement parks), this is what I discovered.

The Great American Ball Park. Home of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball team.
Architects, none other than the very same HOK sport whom are the Carisbrook Archiects.
Constructed, 2000-2003
Capacity 42,000
Cost, $290m USD
Budget, YES

Lucas Oil Stadium. Home of the Indianapolis Colts American Football Team.
Architects, HKS, Inc.
Constructed. Nearing completion (2008 )
Capacity. Max 70,000 (indoor)
Cost $750m USD
Budget. According to latest reports (July 16, 2008), within budget.

Emirates Stadium, London. Home of Arsenal Football Team
Architects. Again HOK Sport (our architects)
Cost. $430 million pounds stirling.
Capacity, 60,000
Budget. Yes

Yes, there are stadiums, convention centres and other civic construction projects which have blown their budgets, but my point here is that not all do (as claimed), and it is quite possible to see which do come within budget. Even more reassuring is that HOK Sports are behind 2 of the first 3 new modern stadiums which are within budget.

I will add to this list when I find more that are worth a look.


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