Carolina Panthers training facility: a best-in-class structure for elite athletes
The new Carolina Panther’s team headquarters’ site will include a world-class sports and entertainment complex while also serving as a true destination for the entire region, offering entertainment, dining, retail, athletics, and medical care. Constructed on a 200-acre site adjacent to I-77, the Panther organization is investing over $1 billion to develop and build the facility, which will ultimately include: new headquarters offices, an indoor practice facility, outdoor practice fields which can also host multiple high school football games, an indoor facility to host championship games, music concerts and corporate events, and a premier orthopedic sports medicine facility.
Groundbreaking for the site is scheduled for July of 2020 with the first phase opening planned for early 2023. Taking its cues from the quarries of South Carolina and the City of Rock Hill, Populous introduced its design as “The Rock”. Key to the conceptualization of The Rock were the following fundamental principles:
* To think football and beyond;
* To be smart and state-of-the-art; and
* To be authentically Panthers
As guests arrive to the training facility, the entrance greets everyone with a moment of significant impact - a series of canted glass walls, articulated metal panels and LED displays are choreographed to captivate visitors upon entry, culminating at one of the building’s peaked rooflines which rises toward the southeast. The west lobby serves as the team entry and opens up to a one-of-a-kind commons area that serves as a social gathering space for café style dining, impromptu meetings, and multi-purpose events – each offering the ability to enjoy expansive views of the surrounding landscape.
Once arriving to the athlete’s facilities, the team locker room and training and recovery programs organize themselves around the primary length of the building and open themselves up to natural light and the outdoor practice fields to the south. Elevated office environments, lounges and a café provide open views to the south and a direct relationship to the pavilion to the north which houses the facility’s indoor playing field. Beyond the pavilion to the north lies an outdoor playing field, spectator seating and bermed viewing areas, which will serve as a unique outdoor canvas for live events. For increased capacities and integration of indoor and outdoor space, the pavilion’s two 90’ wide by 80’ tall operable glazed doors will open to transform the complex into a spectacular space for concerts and live events.
The Rock also offers opportunities for expansion through a series of strategically located spaces within the building that have been identified to provide the Panthers with flexibility well into the future. Upon opening, the Carolina Panthers Headquarters will provide the team, its partners and the community with a best-in-class facility that will elevate elite athlete training and sports performance to the next level.
Rock Hill, South Carolina
United States of America
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Populous is a global architecture and design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl. Over the last 36 years, the firm has designed more than 3,000 projects worth $40 billion across emerging and established markets. Populous’ comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, event planning and overlay, branded environments, wayfinding and graphics, planning and urban design, landscape architecture, aviation and transport design, hotels and hospitality, and sustainable design consulting. Populous has 18 offices on four continents and more than 600 employees with regional centers in Kansas City, London and Brisbane.