On one side it neighbours the local airport, on the other it’s the northern entrance to Florida State University campus. The university’s new football venue was planned for opening already in 2010, but securing all funds took more time than initially planned. Eventually groundbreaking was shifted from 2009 to 2010 and enabled opening in fall of 2011.
Worth $70 million, the building was designed by joint forces of HKS Architects and SchenkelShultz Architecture. They created a semi-open bowl with both southern corners left unoccupied. Semi-public plazas decorated by palm trees were created in these areas.
In the future there is enough space on every side to expand, of course including the two corners. Capacity could be increased to 65,000 if needed. Until that time the entire structure is topped by the tall western main building. It comprises 56 boxes/suites and media facilities and the height allows visitors of the top floors to enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean.