A growing need for all-weather, flexible team practice space led Colorado State University’s Athletic Department to plan this indoor facility to be used by the University’s football, softball, baseball, basketball and volleyball programs.
Key considerations for this project would be a focus on adaptable multipurpose space and a strong connection to Colorado State’s campus and school identity.
RATIO’s design for the facility consists of two major elements: an indoor practice field with a 70-yard synthetic turf football field and one end zone, and a large gymnasium. Between these two main areas are training rooms, team meeting rooms and video mezzanines.
The exterior brick and stone blends that comprise the base of the facility borrow from the predominant material palette of the Colorado State campus. The metal panels above the base, arranged in a random pattern of colors found in the University’s stone blend, is a new material re-interpreted to respond to the campus context. Translucent exterior panels allow a soft light to enter the practice space while not producing excessive glare. Finally, the asymmetrical arching of the practice field roof unifies the architecture while alluding to the lines of the adjacent Moby Arena and the curve of the Colorado State Ram’s horn.