Riverfront Stadium

Riverfront Stadium is an entertainment venue and multisport stadium with the capacity to host more than 10,000 occupants who can experience sports, concerts, and civic events from a 360-degree perspective while immersed in state-of-the-art audio, video, and internet connectivity. It is prominently located on the west bank of the Arkansas River, in the Delano neighborhood, and serves as a catalyst for new development in the area.

From the start, SJCF Architecture’s design team acknowledged the rich history of the Delano neighborhood, which rose from the prairie at the end of the 19th century. Those were times of drastic change from rough wooden structures, saloons, and brothels, to permanent brick buildings, new businesses, and innovation. Wichita was evolving from its Cowtown roots into a 20th century Air Capital City. The design team honored this transformation by creating a cohesive pallet of historically influenced materials such as brick, corrugated copper, and aluminum panels, and applying them throughout the Riverfront Stadium development. As a result, it is successfully anchored to the site and its architecture provides an important sense of place that is distinctly Wichita.

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.