Keeping Athletes and Fans Safe In Sports Facilities

By Johnny Boyd

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Sports facilities bring all kinds of people together for common causes: friendly competition, health and fun. Ensuring a safe environment for the athletes, fans and coaches who spend time in and around your sports complex is vital to reducing risk, preventing injury and complying with regulations and guidelines.

Making facility design a priority, implementing all maintenance requirements, dedicating appropriate amounts of space to certain activities, and investing in new technology are all important elements of a commitment to safety and security. While these measures may result in increased costs and more staff, it’s also just as probable that these measures will increase facility use, drive increased revenue and lead to higher user retention.

We’ve mapped out a few of the most important design considerations that can impact athlete and spectator safety. Read more in our Keeping Athletes and Fans Safe white paper. Topics include:

  1. Field Playing Surface and Orientation
  2. Activity Areas
  3. Locker Rooms
  4. Training Facilities
  5. Facility Security
  6. Exteriors
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The topics listed here can serve as a starting point for internal and external conversations about making safety a priority. To ensure that initiatives are successful, safety should be an area of focus for everyone at all levels within the organization. Working with Shive-Hattery’s sports architects can help you pinpoint potential threats or problem situations, and prioritize initiatives to improve athlete and fan safety.

Johnny Boyd, AIA, Sports Architect   Architecture is exciting and the design of Sports Architecture takes that excitement to the next level. I am captivated by the roar of the crowd, the rush of the game and the spectacle of the stadium and arena. As a Sports Architect and Consultant, I am thrilled to help my clients create the total sports experience from the practice facilities, training rooms, team areas and concessions to the competition fields, tracks, stadiums, seating, branding and technology. 
Designing a great sports facility and business begins with a strong game plan and is driven by attention to detail. Drawing from my experience in sports, branding and technology, I have developed a Sports Design Playbook that focuses on: client/owner goals, technical expertise, athletic performance, fan experience and revenue profitability. Through the Sports Design Playbook process, we will help clients explore and develop business goals, current/ future operation analysis, space/ function/ facility needs, equipment/product options, marketing strategies, technology integration plans, competition analysis and opportunities for innovation. My commitment is to provide our clients with skills, services, and teams that are inclusive and provide designs and plans for immediate action, superior results and strategic planning.
You have goals; I have the team to help. Together, we’ll fuel your team’s athletic performance, fan base engagement and increase return on investment.

Johnny Boyd, AIA, Sports Architect

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