BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous

BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous
© Geoffrey Lyons
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  • Architects: Populous
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 340000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012
  • Photographs Photographs: Geoffrey Lyons
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Duo-Gard

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  • Construction Manager: Manhattan Construction Company
  • Landscape Architect: Clark Condon
  • Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore
  • Civil Engineer: WGA
  • Owner: ICON Venue Group
  • In Conjunction With: City of Houston, Harris County Sports Authority, Dynamo Soccer Team
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BBVA Compass Stadium is designed to be the core of Houston’s East Downtown Redevelopment Plan. With a 22,000 seat capacity, its primary use is as a soccer stadium. However it can also accommodate lacrosse, rugby or concerts. To create something specifically as an architectural icon is a challenge in itself; Populous additionally had to design the stadium within the constraints of an extremely tight construction budget of $60M.

© Geoffrey Lyons
© Geoffrey Lyons

Bringing our vast experience of European football stadia to bear on this project, Populous has created a unique form of soccer-specific stadium for the US market. The continuous exterior surface surrounding the stadium creates a dynamic sense of enclosure and intimate soccer atmosphere that marks a new precedent for American soccer stadia.


The stadium’s tessellated exterior defines a bold architectural statement in the Houston skyline, while the simple and common materials used in its construction reference the area’s industrial heritage. More broadly, BBVA Compass Stadium will have a huge impact and influence on the emerging USA Major League Soccer stadia. Sports Authority Kenny Friedman says, “I think the Dynamo are going to have a competitive advantage because the fans will be so close they’ll be in essence an extra player on the field.”

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Address: YES Prep - East End Campus, 8329 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77012, USA

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Cite: "BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous" 13 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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