2024 Winners

  • Hard Rock Stadium

    A conversation discussing how teams, leagues, brands, and universities are making venue improvements that impact the fan experience.
  • State Farm Arena

    State Farm Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks, stands out among sports venues thanks in large part to the venue’s reinvention through comprehensive renovations completed in 2018.
  • Globe Life Field

    Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the new home of the Texas Rangers, is MLB’s newest venue.
  • Prudential Center

    Prudential Center, home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall University's NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball team, stands as a beacon of sports and entertainment amidst both established and newer mixed-use developments in downtown Newark, New Jersey.
  • TD Garden

    TD Garden, home to Boston’s Bruins and Celtics, anchors the city's entire sports and entertainment scene.
  • Wells Fargo Center

    Wells Fargo Center, home to Philadelphia’s Flyers and Sixers, raises venue standards with a recently-wrapped $400M renovation yielding cutting-edge in-venue technology and an overhauled visitor experience.
  • Churchill Downs Racetrack

    Churchill Downs Racetrack, famed home of the Kentucky Derby, has undergone significant renovations in the past three years.
  • Citi Field

    Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, aimed to make every seat one of the venue’s best.
  • Frost Bank Center

    Frost Bank Center, the home of the San Antonio Spurs and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, is a technological trailblaze
  • Moody Center

    Moody Center opened its doors in 2022 on the University of Texas campus in the heart of downtown Austin

Notable Features


    Venues across the industry submitted applications and responded to questions about their technologies, mobile app features, food options/dietary inclusivity, transportation offerings, mixed-use functionality, and overall venue design.

    Sports Innovation Lab analysts and venue experts then reviewed all submitted entries, identifying key initiatives and activities that aligned with the evolving demands of the modern sports fan, and the responses were scored accordingly. Considered for this award were:

    • Novel technologies that improve and enhance the gameday experience
    • New approaches to simplifying and speeding up the merchandise and concessions process
    • Exciting and engaging menu items
    • Efficient ingress, egress, and wayfinding
    • Facilitated transportation
    • Easy access to wireless connectivity
    • Physical and Cybersecurity
    • Mixed-use development opportunities
    • Venue design features

    As part of the entry, venues were encouraged to submit any additional materials that demonstrate the effectiveness of the activations or initiatives incorporated in their submission.


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