Innovation calls for curiosity, creativity and a passion for the new. In the special case of sport, innovation is strongly affected by contemporary sports trends that manifest themselves in new expectations of the infrastructure of future sports facilities.

Similar tasks and responses to them can be found among the projects presented in this issue of sb. The Fiserv Forum sports and entertainment location in Milwaukee serves as an inter-city link.  Three sports clubs in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have had to get together in sharing the Varkenoord clubhouse.

Two facilities have set themselves the task of enriching the fan experience: the Banc of California Stadium has the first system with standing-rail fold-down seats in North America. In the sta­dium of FK Krasnodar in Russia, a 4,700 m² high-resolution video screen facilitates a new quality of media transmission.

Two sports buildings in France have attached special importance to the façades. The metal strips of the façade of the Arena du Pays d’Aix are superimposed like contoured slabs. For the new building at Paris Longchamp race course, the individual levels have been stacked in a slightly staggered arrangement, with the top level having a 20-metre cantilever on one side.

Finally, the rebuilt football stadium in Gunja, Croatia, is a meeting place and memorial in one.

As always, sb spans a broad arc. Look forward to exciting projects from Canada to Russia!