Sports fans looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season may want to check out an offer from the stadium architect firm Populous.
Populous, which has designed the new Yankee Stadium, London's Olympic Stadium and dozens of other prominent sports venues, is offering to build a personalized stadium in someone's backyard.
And they'll do it for just $30 million.
Ryan Sickman, an engineer and associate principal at Populous, told the Robb Report that the stadium could include a 40-to-50 yard playing surface and a professional-grade sound system that could replicate the 12th Man in Seattle or the Big House on game day.
"Is it doable?" Sickman asked. "Yes. It just hasn't been done before."
And the features get crazier. Wind, rain and snow machines could be included, and the stadium could even be built with a retractable roof. Locker rooms with showers aren't out of the question.
The stadium would seat about 100 spectators in a large luxury box. Fans can munch on snacks from the concession stand or head over to the broadcast booth and try their hand at announcing. According to the Robb Report, audio from the booth could be fed into the stadium.
LED screens standing anywhere from 12 to 20 feet tall would create an enclosed environment and could depict almost any major stadium. The screens could also show live sporting events, so whoever was in the stadium wouldn't have to miss a second of their favorite team.
Fiber-optic lighting in the turf would allow the stadium to transform from a baseball diamond to a soccer pitch to a football field in seconds.
This would be the firm's first backyard venue, and it would take at least 12 months to design and construct.
For more information about the personalized venue, see here.
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