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The Chiefs didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but it doesn’t mean that Kansas City won’t be represented in Atlanta. In fact, local fans can take pride in another aspect of the game: world-class architecture.

Two area firms, HOK and Dimensional Innovations, played an integral role in the design of the 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC.

But Kansas City’s fingerprints go well beyond Atlanta’s sports venue. Local architecture, design and engineering firms have worked on a number of professional sports venue projects, and the past 10 Super Bowls were hosted at stadiums involving area firms such as Populous, DLR Group, Henderson Engineers, HNTB, Black & Veatch and others.

“There’s just some amazing projects coming out of Kansas City that are making their mark in cities across the country and in professional and collegiate sports,” said Holly Bachand, director of marketing and communications at Henderson Engineers.

The city has become a sports architecture hub, Kansas City Area Development Council President Tim Cowden said.

“When you consider that each of the last 10 Super Bowls have been played in stadiums designed by Kansas City global design talent, that’s amazing in and of itself,” he said. “Then you factor in that 75 percent of all sports stadium architecture anywhere in the world is designed by firms based in Kansas City. This is the center for sports architecture in the world.”

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