Originally posted by mayo63:
Why do you guys want something that looks like the Seahawks stadium? It looks like a giant airplane hanger ready to take off.
Guys, I am an architect. The biggest value in getting a stadium like the Seahawks, or many of the other new stadiums being designed, for that fact, is accoustics. Home field advantage takes on a whole new meaning when you begin to reflect sound back down to the field.
As far as design goes, I personally think the new stadium design is total crap!
There are so many things you can do with a stadium to make them aesthetically pleasing as well as serving the function for their intened use(s).
I don't buy into some of the statements on this thread that it comes down to the cost to build in the bay area. Yes it costs more, but not that much.
At the end of the day I don't see that HNTB has ever done an NFL facility (at least none are listed on their website). I think the brass just hired somebody with a big name and portfolio and are not considering the benefit of good and current design.
NFL teams make billions of dollars every year. A modern stadium should be set apart from NCAA stadiums and I don't see how this one is.
Remember, this will be our facility for many years to come. Why shouldn't it look like it is the best? How many other teams have the history of the 49ers?
On another similar note. If you just look at what is being leaked as far as renderings and presentations, they look like complete amateurs did them. How can we, as fans, expect more from the intellecutal design or finished product of this facility if the design architect can't even produce images that communicate to us!
I have not seen anything from HTNB that would warrant calling this anything but a total and complete failure in design, accoustical understanding and communication.