"I think there is a trend toward quite a bit of luxury," said Richard DeJean, a project executive with Hunt Construction Group, which is based in Indianapolis and has extensive sports facility construction experience.
said the next big thing in arena construction may be so-called "bunker suites," located at floor level underneath the lower seating tier.They are designed for entertaining before and after the game as well as during breaks.
Bunker suites are particularly popular in basketball and hockey arenas, and Hunt included them in its design for Toyota Center
, home to basketball's Houston Rockets.That facility opened in late 2003.
Thanks to the complexity and increasing cost of such jobs, there is stiff competition to get a foothold in the New York regional market's anticipated sports construction boom.Last year, DeJean's company
launched HuntBovis, a strategic alliance with Bovis Lend Lease aimed to win sports facility assignments.The team is especially angling for New York work, with James Abadie, principal in charge for Bovis in New York, as DeJean's regional counterpart.