Parking lot celebrations before the big game or concert are, for many, an integral part of the game day experience. Arenas, stadiums, and their design partners have worked hard to develop a safe tailgating experience for their fans—some even making investments in long-term structures.
Arena and stadium architectural designer firm, Populous, has been working with arenas and stadiums to redesign the tailgating experience for COVID precautions and beyond. By utilizing parking garage structures and even shipping containers, a hybrid tailgating and drive-in experience for sporting events can be achieved in the parking lot.
By putting up large screens in stadium parking lots, stadiums can offer safely-distanced viewing of sporting events that embody the tailgating spirit. Populous is helping stadiums envision premium tailgating experiences with concepts like “suite towers” made of stacked shipping containers that allow groups of four to six to view the event from the furnished tower.
While these types of setups and structures help maintain social distancing and utilize the benefits of outdoor air circulation, they could become permanent, transforming into bars or concession stands when the pandemic subsides and restrictions are lifted.