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East Austin District, Texas

Contemporary Sports Arena in Texas, USA design by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group architects

Dec 5, 2017

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Design: architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

New sports and entertainment neighborhood in Austin


East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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East Austin District Sports Arena

December 5, 2017 – The new East Austin District created by Austin Sports & Entertainment and designed by award-winning architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is an entirely new sports and entertainment neighborhood tailored to celebrate world-class sports and cultural experiences under one checkered roofscape.

Austin Sports & Entertainment today announced plans to launch East Austin District, the city’s first and only sports, culture and entertainment destination located east of downtown Austin. Designed by New York and Copenhagen-based architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, known for 2 World Trade Center in Manhattan and Google Headquarters in Mountain View, in partnership with Austin-based architects STG Design, the new East Austin District captures the distinct spirit of Austin with the city’s first pro-sports stadium and large-scale music arena.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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The development will be anchored by a 40,000-seat outdoor bowl and a 15,000-seat arena featuring a revamped Rodeo Austin. The new ecosystem will be energized year-round by its surrounding urban character: workspaces, youth enrichment, medical facilities, convention space, and hospitality amenities that boost the local East Austin community and all of Greater Austin.

“The East Austin District represents an opportunity for Austin to combine what it needs with what it wants – community infrastructure for District 1 with world-class facilities for sports and entertainment. We are in active discussions with leading global sports and entertainment organizations, including our partner Rodeo Austin as well as various corporations, to serve as anchors to accelerate the goals of the Spirit of East Austin Forum.” Sean Foley & Andrew Nestor, Co-Managing Partners of Austin Sports & Entertainment.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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Located at the site of Rodeo Austin, the 1.3 million sf East Austin District is a world of worlds for sports fans, music festival-goers and adventurists to take the pilgrimage for the quintessential Austin experience. Meanwhile, Texans and Austinites will feel at home with cultural roots and history embodied in the architecture of East Austin District: inspired by the Jefferson Grid, the individual buildings are arranged as a checkerboard of different functions, appearing as a latticed roofscape from above. Offering more than protection, the rooftop covered in red photovoltaic panels could someday allow the self-sufficient district to share its energy resources community-wide—powering East Austin’s electricity and economy.

“Like a collective campus rather than a monolithic stadium, the East Austin District unifies all the elements of rodeo and soccer into a village of courtyards and canopies. Embracing Austin’s local character and culture, the East Austin District is a single destination composed of many smaller structures under one roof. Part architecture, part urbanism, part landscape – the East Austin District is the architectural manifestation of collective intimacy – a complex capable of making tens of thousands of fans come together and enjoy the best Austin has to offer inside and between its buildings.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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At the center of East Austin District, a 40,000-seat stadium is designed for large-scale soccer and rugby matches, music festivals and other major events. Another venue, a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena connected to the stadium, will serve as the home for Rodeo Austin, musical acts, basketball, hockey and other programs to rally Austinites and visitors alike.

“STG Design is very excited to be part of the team for this visionary sports and entertainment hub in our home town. Austin Sports & Entertainment has targeted a site that makes a great deal of sense. The Rodeo Austin site is in the preferred growth area for Austin, away from the environmentally sensitive zones, with excellent access to and from the CBD. It is also an area of Austin that is prime and deserving for significant economic and cultural development.” Jack Tisdale, Principal at STG Design.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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The stadium and arena are conjoined by 190,000 sf state-of-the-art premium facilities and support functions, optimizing efficiency and cost while providing views to the best of both worlds. Though separate in program, the individual buildings are unified by all-wooden interiors based on the local barn and porch vernacular, tapping into Austin’s characteristic style and warmth.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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An extension to Austin’s patio culture where so much happens outside as much as inside, East Austin District’s generous courtyards are the outdoor ‘living rooms’ for public life. Sandwiched between buildings and connecting the entire district, the eight courtyards never go off-season for the community: Austinites can gather in the public parks and plazas for communal gatherings, food truck scenes and recreation, as well as soul-satisfying concerts that fuel the hometown’s claim as the Live Music Capital of the World.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
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At the district’s edge, various buildings for Austin’s burgeoning retail, shopping, dining and hospitality scene complete the new ecosystem by providing job opportunities as partnerships with local business owners, schools and community programs. In addition, 28,000 sf of youth facilities are created for the nonprofit Rodeo Austin – one of Texas’ largest scholarship provider – to help promote youth education and enrichment through play, volunteer and study.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG architects
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The culture of The Lone Star State lives and breathes through East Austin District, tailored inside and outside, all week and all year, to bring a lively and authentic Texan destination.

East Austin District Texas building design by BIG architects
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BIG Architects

ASE – Austin Sports & Entertainment

Austin Sports & Entertainment (ASE) is an Austin-based company founded by veteran global sports media executives Andrew Nestor & Sean Foley. ASE’s founders have successfully founded, operated and advised world-leading sports, entertainment and media brands around the world. ASE was established to acquire, build, invest in and advise groundbreaking sports, entertainment, media, and branded lifestyle companies.

Andrew Nestor founded and was CEO/GM of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, led the acquisition and served as Director of Bologna Football Club, currently serves as Chairman of Love.Futbol, and is co-founder of Athlete Training Club. Sean Foley is a 2-time graduate and 3-time swimming national champion at University of Texas, is co-founder of Austin-based Nine Banded Whiskey, and was a sports venture and media executive for Raptor Group & AS Roma.


BIG is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes.

Like a form of programmatic alchemy, BIG mixes conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, BIG finds the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms. BIG’s mixed-use sports and entertainment facilities experience includes a design proposal for a 1.4 million sf Washington Redskins Stadium in D.C., a 105,000-seat stadium for F.C. Barcelona in Spain and a multi-functional sports hall for Gammel Hellerup High School north of Copenhagen.

STG Design

STG Design is a dynamic firm with an integrated approach to architecture, interior design and planning. STG’s staff, networked across the Austin, Houston and Nashville offices, has considerable experience providing successful planning and design solutions through localized expertise complemented by a global perspective.

Founded in 1976, STG Design is the result of an evolving and growing company becoming one of the nation’s leading firms committed to design in a multitude of disciplines.

East Austin District Texas – Building Information

SIZE: 121,000 m2
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
CLIENT: Austin Sports & Entertainment, LLC
COLLABORATORS: Walter P. Moore Engineers, STG Design, BIG Engineering, BIG Landscape, BIG Ideas


PARTNERS IN CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
TEAM: Daniel Sundlin, Shane Dalke, Casey Tucker, Saecheol Oh, Melissa Jones, Manon Otto, Giulia Frittoli, Emily Chen, Terrence Chew, Rasmus Streboel, Ramona Montecillo, Tracy Sodder, Lorenz Krisai

East Austin District, Texas information received 051217 from BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarkes Ingels Group – BIG Architects

Location: East Austin District, Austin, TX, USA

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