UBC Graduate Research

Thunderbird Stadium Neighbourhood Integration Harlos, Devon


The purpose of this project is to identify precedents for integrating sports stadiums into medium- to high-density neighbourhoods and to generate a set of approaches and principles to apply to possible scenarios and locations for a rebuilt stadium on the University of British Columbia Campus. The stadium will be located within the future Stadium Road Neighbourhood that will occupy a 993,000 sq ft site on the south side of campus and which will eventually house between 2,000 and 2,500 people. P R E C D E N T S- The first section of the report is an analysis of the following seven precedents, which were selected based on their ability to provide valuable lessons for stadium-neighbourhood integration, whether that be in terms of its physical form or a programming strategy. [Images omitted] A P P R O A C H E S & P R I N C I P L E S- The precedent study revealed different approaches to stadium integration that are categorized into the themes listed below. The second section outlines these approaches and provides a summary of the principles associated with each approach. [Images omitted] T H U N D E R B I R D S T A D I U M- The final section takes the approaches and principles learned from the precedents study and applies them to the context of the Stadium Road Neighbourhood and the integration of a rebuilt Thunderbird Stadium. Two scenarios, demonstrating two possible stadium locations, are used to explore the implications that the placement of the stadium has on its form and orientation, the circulation of vehicles and pedestrians, visual connectivity, activation, and noise mitigation. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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