Rossetti Architects

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Founded 1969
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan,

ROSSETTI is an architectural design and planning firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan[1] The firm is involved in the design of professional sports stadiums, arenas, entertainment venues, institutions and commercial buildings. ROSSETTI is a pioneer[citation needed] of the concept of sports anchored developments, where stadiums are designed and planned to carefully integrate into an urban environment.


The ROSSETTI office established itself in this milieu with a series of buildings that reflected a modernist sensibility and a strong client focus. Founded in 1969 by Gino Rossetti, it is also one of the practices that have passed from father to son (Matt Rossetti).

The firm experienced its early success with several major healthcare projects. It quickly developed in several areas including healthcare, corporate headquarters, hospitality, complex master planning, and in the last twenty years, sports and entertainment. Today, ROSSETTI is known in sports design and planning with international alliances in China, Italy, and the Middle East.

ROSSETTI has grown its sports practice to include design for every type of sport – international games, professional, collegiate and recreation. The firm’s projects span across many sport types includes football, soccer, tennis, auto racing, hockey, basketball, baseball, and a variety of entertainment venues.


  1. Architecture
  2. Master planning
  3. Programming
  4. Sustainable Design
  5. Cost Estimating
  6. Building
  7. Site Evaluation
  8. Documentation
  9. Bid/Construction Administration
  10. Retail Planning
  11. Interior Design
  12. Feasibility Studies
  13. Urban Design
  14. Space Planning
  15. Furniture Evaluation/Selection
  16. Environmental Graphics/Wayfinding
  17. Signage
  18. Exhibit Design
  19. Interactive Design
  20. Identity Design
  • Fund-Raising Materials

Innovations in Sports Design[edit]

The Palace[edit]

  • The firm revolutionized[citation needed] the sports industry with its design of hospitality suites in the lower and mid-bowls at the Palace of Auburn Hills, making it economically viable for sports teams to privatize their facilities instead of relying solely on taxpayer dollars.
  • The mid-sized soccer stadium was made viable when ROSSETTI designed Major League Soccer stadiums as flexible venues to also host concerts, community events and recreation. ROSSETTI has designed five MLS stadiums.
  • ROSSETTI’s pioneering[citation needed] work in sports anchored developments fully integrates sports facilities into the urban environment and has become a successful model to catalyze growth for declining cities. For example, Van Andel Arena transformed the most blighted section of Grand Rapids, Michigan into its vibrant heart with $175 million in ancillary development over five years. In addition, projects in Incheon, South Korea; Edmonton, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and New York City.
  • ROSSETTI made it economically feasible for sports venues to extend their life through renovations instead of scrapping the facilities to build anew.

Current and Past Projects[edit]

  • 2013: Tele2 Arena
  • 2012: University of Notre Dame Hockey Arena [1]
  • 2011: Rock Companies Executive Suites
  • 2011: Quicken Loans Qube
  • 2011: Stroh Center, Bowling Green State University
  • 2011: Incheon Football Stadium and Sung Ui Arena Park
  • 2010: Michigan International Speedway/Pit Road Suites
  • 2010: PPL Park for the Philadelphia Union
  • 2010: Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium for Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta Beat
  • 2010: Detroit Medical Center New Hart Hospital
  • 2009: Greektown Casino & Hotel
  • 2009: The Thacher School Dormitory Building
  • 2008: Los Angeles Clippers Training Center [2]
  • 2008: New York Red Bulls' Red Bull Arena
  • 2008: Rio Tinto Stadium for Real Salt Lake
  • 2008: Bakersfield Sports Village and Community Center
  • 2008: Citizens Business Bank Arena [3]
  • 2008: Renovations to Scotiabank Place
  • 2008: Renovations to Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2008: Renovations to St. Pete Times Forum
  • 2008: FIU Stadium for the Florida International University Golden Panthers
  • 2007: Orange Coast College Fitness Complex [4]
  • 2007: University of California, Irvine Student Center Expansion
  • 2007: Plaza El Segundo: The Edge & The Collection Retail
  • 2006: Toyota Park for the Chicago Fire
  • 2006: Palace of Auburn Hills North Entry Addition
  • 2005: Domino's World Resource Center
  • 2004: McMurtrey Aquatic Center and Bakersfield Ice Sports Center [5]
  • 2003: The Home Depot Center
  • 2003: Compuware Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan
  • 2003: North Oakland YMCA, Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • 2003: Troy Community Center, Troy, Michigan
  • 2002: Ford Field
  • 2002: Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University
  • 2002: Baseline Tennis Center and Ridder Arena at the University of Minnesota
  • 2002: California State University, San Marcos Science & Fine Art Buildings
  • 2002: Wayne State University Welcome Center
  • 2002: Two Town Square, Southfield, Michigan
  • 2000: Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open
  • 2000: Amtrak Station & Transit Hub, Bakersfield, California
  • 1998: Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California
  • 1998: Convocation Center (Eastern Michigan University)
  • 1997: USTA National Tennis Center, site of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York
  • 1996: Scotiabank Place
  • 1996: Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1994: Tennis Center at Crandon Park Home of the Sony Ericsson Open
  • 1992: One Town Square, Southfield, Michigan
  • 1988: Palace of Auburn Hills

References and further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact." ROSSETTI. Retrieved on November 16, 2009.

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