Sports arenas could require ‘necessary renovations’ for social distancing, architect firm says
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With the coronavirus pandemic dictating the capacity of social gatherings, a return to the design of original Major League Baseball stadiums could be in the future, said an architect and engineering firm.
Don Barnum, of firm DLR Group, said teams would need to make “required and necessary renovations” to sports stadiums to honor social distancing guidelines, at least in the short term.
Barnum, who leads the firm’s global sports studio, added the changes shouldn’t be too costly. “You just modify them [arenas]; take out the seats,” he said.
Barnum said the firm had a “variety of conversations” with team owners who inquired about adjusting layouts for social distancing. The firm created renderings using a minor league baseball stadium to analyze seating arrangements.
The firm found that “luxe box” seating, with four seats separated by …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]