Stadiums played a major role in my coverage for everyone from Sports Illustrated to Popular Mechanics to Wired in 2016. Here’s a run-down of my favorite five:
- Renderings vs. Reality: I chatted with architects to investigate what happens between the time renderings get released until we see the actual building take form. The story ran on Sports Illustrated’s website.
- The making of Daytona: Early 2016 opened up the massive undertaking of remaking Daytona International Speedway from a racetrack into a proper stadium. I tracked the changes with a print story for Sports Illustrated and this Popular Mechanics feature.
- Inside-out in Sacramento: The new style of arena architecture took form this year in Sacramento and I chronicled it all for Sports Illustrated.
- Getting to know U.S. Bank Stadium: One of the biggest stadium openings of 2016 was also a showcase of technology, including a fresh way to roof a venue in North America. Read the tech via my Popular Mechanics article.
- All-new U.S. Open: Sure, there was the new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open, but that wasn’t all. The entire grounds were remade for the 2016 event, changing an event, a campus and two weeks of stadium viewing. Read my feature for Tennis Magazine.