Riverfront Stadium is part of a walkable urban development, designed to be fully experienced, by pedestrians, on all sides. Early in the planning effort, SJCF Architecture’s design team worked to assure a humanely scaled building that respects its neighborhood. By cladding much of the façade in traditional masonry, creating a rhythm of pilasters, and embellishing it with stonework and timeless detailing, the designers were able to create an approachable and familiar building that welcomes visitors in.
Stadium design is often shaped by the steel framing that supports its seating, suites, and press boxes. SJCF Architecture’s design team took full advantage of these functional elements to create an iconic vocabulary recalling the railroad trestles and bridges that spanned the Arkansas River early in the life of the Wichita community. From the dynamic river entrance pavilion to the soaring ballfield lighting towers, black steel framing was intentionally shaped to leave an impression on fans, citizens, and even those simply driving by the stadium.