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John Rhodes

Design Principal
Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment

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John Rhodes

John Rhodes is a design principal in HOK’s London office and a director of the firm’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. With more than 15 years of experience developing high-profile facilities for a range of clients, John’s work helps spur urban regeneration and economic development in local communities.

John is advancing the next generation of sports and entertainment venues, which become destinations in their own right. He has extensive experience in the design of sport and entertainment facilities including arenas and stadia, Formula One circuits, conference and exhibition centers, horse racing tracks and high-performance training facilities.

His current work includes the design of the FC Barcelona New Palau Blaugrana Arena in Barcelona, Spain; an arena in Valencia, Spain; Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and a new destination entertainment district in Gateshead, England.

What’s one change in stadium and arena design that you have experienced over the past decade?

“Consumers are demanding a higher quality and more authentic experience of the event. With the multimedia revolution, we’re seeing significantly higher experiential competition in the marketplace. This means that the experience of going to an event needs to exceed the convenience factor of watching online at home.” 


Here’s What Football Stadiums Could Look Like in the Future | talkSport

How Arenas Encourage Development in City Centers | Bisnow

How Can Venues Repond to the Globalisation of Sport? | Leaders in Sport

John Rhodes on the Rugby Stadium of the Future | HOK News

John Rhodes Discusses Design of FC Barcelona’s New Palau Blaugrana Arena | Sports Business Daily

New Palau Blaugrana: Architects’ Opinions | FC Barcelona Video

Evolution of the Stadium Experience at Soccerex | HOK News

Trends in Stadium and Arena Design | HOK Thought Leadership

John Rhodes Joins HOK | HOK News


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