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August 14th / 2019


Stewart Partners with the College Football Playoff to Deliver Seamless Experience at the National Championship Game

Stewart today formally announced it is bringing its innovative approach and creative designs to the 2020 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, which will be held on January 13, 2020, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Stewart’s Sports & Events practice will collaborate with the CFP to lead master planning and overlay design services while supporting event and game operations for the national championship game.

The CFP annually hosts the highest level of postseason college football competition at its national championship game. The first CFP National Championship was held in 2015 and the game has grown in attendance and popularity each year, with more than 74,800 fans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, this past January.

“We are delighted to be working with Stewart,” said Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff executive director. “Their expertise in design, engineering and planning aligns perfectly with our philosophy of setting the standard for best practices.”

 Throughout the execution of the 2020 national championship game, Stewart’s Sports & Events team will partner with the CFP staff and be responsible for project management, planning and the overlay design process. Stewart utilizes its understanding of stadium hosting requirements, while focusing on the CFP’s goals and objectives for the national championship game, to produce comprehensive planning documents that integrate temporary infrastructure and existing facilities into a seamless event experience.

“The CFP National Championship has quickly become one of the most high-profile events in the world, and we’re proud to partner with the CFP to continue this tradition of excellence,” said Tim Larkin, associate vice president and senior event manager of Stewart’s Sports & Event group. “We look for opportunities to bring creative designs and approaches to the event planning process and look forward to leveraging our experience and innovative technologies for the 2020 CFP National Championship.”

Stewart’s unique interdisciplinary design approach allows the Sports & Events team to draw upon the available resources and expertise across practice areas – including landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering, transportation and geomatics. With decades of experience leading complex local, national and international projects, the Sports & Events team consists of architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers, planners and event operations professionals, bringing together different backgrounds and expertise to deliver unprecedented design resulting in an exceptional event experience.

The Sports & Events team and its professionals have executed a variety of large-scale sporting events and have worked with international sport associations including FIFA, IOC, ICC, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and the PGA. Stewart began work with the PGA in 2016, providing overlay design, site management services and on-site implementation for championship events including the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sports & Events recently led the master planning and design of overlay infrastructure and site management for the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in New York. Planning and design have already commenced on the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

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