Rob Fatovic SportsBusiness Journal Facility "PowerPlayers"

A leader in sports facility design

CannonDesign is proud to announce that Bob Fatovic has been named to SportsBusiness Journal’s inaugural list of “Power Players: The Minds Behind Design and Development,” – a list that represents the leaders in sports facility architecture, design, construction and development. SportsBusiness Journal reached out to Bob and encouraged him to submit for the honor which seeks to highlight individuals for their creativity, innovation and execution in changing the way fans experience sports.

Bob is profiled online and in print by SportsBusiness Journal, but the content is only available to subscribers.

Bob’s full Q&A feature is included below:

SBJ: List Your Current Projects Underway or in Planning?
Key projects I’m currently involved with include a new multi-purpose event center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The 5,000 seat facility will allow the institution to host NCAA D1 athletic events along with campus and community events. I’m also engaged with the University of Maryland on a unique athletic training comlpex. Just last year I helped complete key facilities across Canada that hosted the Women’s World Cup and Pan American Games.

SBJ: What is one trend you’re watching in sports facility design and construction?
When it comes to campus athletics, everyone is focused on having the best spaces and amenities to help recruit student athletes – it’s an arms race of sorts. As designers, we need to be ready to help these institutions deliver world-class spaces and innovate. We need to help them deliver the best facility for their university. It keeps us on top of our game.

SBJ: What is the toughest part of your job?
Designers are always challenged to exceed expectations. Campus athletics and stadium projects bring high expectations. The owners want projects on time and on budget. Fans want to be wowed. Athletes want the best spaces to help them achieve high-performance goals. We have to balance all these expectations and work to create facilities that exceed all of them.

SBJ: The biggest challenges facing the sports industry overall is…?
One of the key challenges is finding a way to create stadium experiences that compete with or embrace emerging technologies. Fans are able to access so much of the sports experience with HD TVs, surround stereo, the Internet, Twitter, etc. How can these technologies be incorporated to enhance the stadium experience and keep fans coming to games. They also have to be careful to not let the arms race drive the price of these events to a point where families and young fans can’t attend.

SBJ: What will the sports venue of the future look like? How will it be different?
As long as our core sports stay the same, the stadiums themselves won’t change drastically. Owners will continue to look for innovative ways to integrate venues into the fabric of cities. We’re going to see shifts away from stadiums surrounded by a sea of parking and a move toward, “Stadiums in the Park” and venues that are richly connected with their community.

Congratulations again to Bob for this achievement. As SportsBusiness Journal notes, this list highlights, “the architects behind today’s designs, the builders who bring these ideas to life, the engineers who make it all work, the researchers who make sure the numbers add up, the influential decision-makers at the table, and the visionaries who have helped shape iconic facilities over the years.”

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