Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The new amenities

The following appears on the Dolphins website.  Is it clear to everyone that these amenities are for the people who are paying the $$$ to be at the stadium (not necessarily to see the game).
For me, the "New, well-appointed restrooms" are all I need to know!!
April 18, 2007 - Guests who visit Dolphin Stadium will begin to see a historic transformation in the making. The Club Level is being hermetically sealed in preparation for the rich wood furniture and the new design elements being incorporated into the 200 Level, scheduled to be finished by the fall of 2007. This current phase of the construction will include the build-out of The Club Level, the VIP Lobby and Restrooms in the Plaza Level, the 200 and 300 Level sidelines, as well as the infrastructure to support the future build-out of the 100 and 400 Levels. The major expansion of the Main, Club, and Upper concourses will more than double the existing floor area.
Drawing its design inspiration from South Florida’s unique “sense of place,” the sleek and rounded exterior design appears to have docked alongside the existing facility, not unlike the nearby cruise ships that helped to inspire the design and detailing. Louvered sun control systems and a curving curtain wall system will help provide shade and comfort to thousands of guests. Every detail of the skin system has been carefully considered, including the custom curtain wall caps, custom railing and connection details, and a pattern of colored glass that will bring a gentle sense of motion to the elevation, not unlike the South Florida’s rolling water.

In addition to the renovations that are underway throughout the stadium, of particular note is the reconstruction of The Club Level. The Club Level is being transformed into an extraordinary place for incredible experiences. With expanded spaces and enhanced amenities, this unique environment will redefine prestige and luxury across stadiums in the United States. Among the new features in The Club Level are:

- VIP Entrances
- Private escalators
- High-definition televisions throughout The Club Level
- Fantasy Lounges with multiple HD flat screens to keep guests tuned into the action
- Relaxing lounges, clubs, intimate bistros and casual bars featuring unique menu and beverage selections
- New sit down dining experiences
- Private, flexible hospitality and meeting space to entertain clients and guests
- Cocktail stations with table service, inviting lounges and bars, and new concessions
- New, well-appointed restrooms with more fixtures and additional locations

Suite renovations and the addition of expansive north and south sideline club lounges provide expanded and new amenities to suite and club patrons at an unprecedented level of finish and class. Luxurious, yet efficient, yacht interiors inspired the suite design concept. The crisp contrast of dark woods and light neutrals found on yachts and cruise ships, punctuated by the blue ocean and sky, defined the suite finish palette.

The Concourse Expansion creates a new identity for the stadium, which reflects its connection to the unique South Florida environment, while pushing the boundaries of stadium design.

Dolphin Stadium is undergoing a historic transformation unlike any stadium has experienced in the United States. Working with HOK Sport, Rockwell Group and Stiles Corporation, all renowned in their respective fields of sport venue design and construction, when complete, Dolphin Stadium will offer the most-inspired and unmatched stadium experience in the world. Among the improvements and innovations taking place are:

- Adding 360,000 square feet of enclosed space
- Increasing concessions and restaurants
- Building new restaurants, clubs and gathering places
- Expanding museums, galleries, and interactive exhibits
- Upgrading existing luxury suites
- Providing flat-screen hi-definition TV monitors in all new areas
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By the way, the term "hermetically sealed" actually means an airtight seal. Do they mean there will be no air in the club level?