KC’s Populous designs ‘pop up’ golf stadium for putting championship

Kansas City sports design firm Populous is touting the unprecedented nature of one of its newest projects: a temporary stadium that can be disassembled and moved to another city.

Populous, which has designed about 2,000 sports projects in more than 30 countries, accepted a challenge from a Canadian outfit that wanted to create a “new sport” not dependent on a fixed stadium or arena.

The result is a “pop up” venue for an 18-hole golf-putting course that is the site of the first Major Series of Putting now underway in Las Vegas. Workers began erecting the stadium in late August in a parking lot near the Strip. After the championship event, the stadium will be dismantled and ready for future use.

Jeff Keas, the principal in charge of the project at Populous, said on the company’s website “there is no precedence in place. There is no such venue in the world.”

The client was MSOP Entertainment Inc., which created a sport in which professional and amateur golfers compete for cash prizes.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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