New arena design brings fans closer to the action

Rossetti is an architecture firm based out of Detroit, Michigan that has established itself as a premier sports and entertainment venue designer.  Past projects include Grandstand Stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center, CenturyLink Field, Ford Field, and Incheon United Football Club Stadium among others.  Their new arena design, The Inverted Bowl, was created to bring people in upper level seats closer to the action.

The design firm on Tuesday unveiled its newest design concept for arenas called The Inverted Bowl. Basically, instead of a traditional arena’s upper tiers that incline away from the floor or stage, they’ll instead be suspended closer to the action, akin to opera boxes or balcony seating in a theater.

Little Caesars Arena and Madison Square Garden have suspended “gondola” seating that’s what Rossetti called “a first hint” of what his new concept does.

“Ours are lower and closer and they go all the way around rather than just on the sides,” he said. The upper tiers will be in four balconies, each seating about 2,000 people.

Three future arenas, two in Canada and on the U.S. West Coast, will be built using the new seating concept, Rossetti said. He declined to name the projects because of nondisclosure agreements and because the cities or teams involved have not announced their design plans.

For perspective, what has been the basis of arena design for the past 2000 years?  The Coliseum in Rome.

Here’s more on The Inverted Bowl which has caught the attention of multiple NHL teams:

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