Avaya Stadium in San Jose Is a Finalist for Sport in Architecture Award
Avaya Stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, was shortlisted for World Architecture News’ (WAN) Sport in Architecture 2016 Award.
Since opening two years ago, the HOK-designed Avaya Stadium has been recognized for its pioneering approach to sustainability and technology.
The annual WAN awards recognize outstanding design in sports facilities across the globe. The jury assessed projects for originality, innovation, form, function, sustainability and context. The shortlisted projects were chosen based on how they address the key elements of the client brief and use design to evolve or push the boundaries of the typology.
“With Avaya Stadium’s location in Silicon Valley—America’s technology epicenter—and the Earthquakes’ forward-thinking brand ethos, Avaya Stadium designers immediately identified innovation as the central focus of the new stadium’s design. Since opening, the stadium has set a new standard for flexible and efficient design and has been recognized by Major League Soccer and the media for pioneering the latest integration of technology and advancing the American soccer experience. The commitment to excellence and innovation is demonstrated in three key areas that have advanced the overall experience: technology integration, sustainability and unique fan amenities. These goals were reflective and authentic to Silicon Valley and its technology-driven culture.”
“Innovation wasn’t an afterthought—it was central to future-proofing the stadium in design and creating a nimble venue that could adapt to the needs of various teams and the community and serve as an extension of the Earthquakes brand in the Silicon Valley. In a time where excess has been touted in stadium design, Avaya Stadium counters with a sleek, highly sustainable and significant design that advances the Major League Soccer experience.”