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Public Services & Assembly Design Excellence Award
Presented to Kirksey
Compass Stadium Concessions
Houston, Texas

Project Description:

The concessions within this stadium’s south concourse embody the heart of Houston’s eclectic East Downtown “EaDo” neighborhood and the Houston Dynamo soccer spirit, by tailoring each to a cultural palette and re-branded as “Taste of EaDo.” Creative use of porcelain tile, along with re-branded storefronts and new blade signage gave this dated concourse an upgraded dining experience. An open, walk-in International Market offers high-end, healthier grab-and-go items; a new, completely portable hard liquor bar allows Dynamo fans the best hang-out spot without VIP tickets, and a worn-in ice house concept with outdoor gaming, perfect for tailgating.

The project was extremely fast-track; it was completed in 12 weeks from initial design to opening day on a very tight budget. Fans have given positive feedback about the new look, and the client reported a 70% increase and as much as a $1,000 increase per game in the new International Market.


  • LED lighting (string lights and downlights)


  • New walk-in market area for high-end dining
  • Used simple recessed overhead coiling grill to block off and secure space when not in use


  • Lower counters for both wheelchair access and accessibility
  • Seated counter height tables at both bars to encourage ADA, special needs and children to be seated easily


  • Client reported a 70% increase in ROI and as much as a $1,000 per game increase in sales at the self-serve market
  • Best view in stadium is from the portable Tecate Social Bar, able to move it for various functions (concerts, games, etc.)
  • Various seating heights using barstools/chairs
  • Standing height drink rails for people to comfortably lean and place drinks while enjoying ambiance


  • Majority of project was porcelain tile, locally sourced (95% from Texas)
  • Tile was single sourced via Daltile, cutting down on freight methods
  • All paint was low-VOC
  • Concrete floor was not stained in the market, but instead used a simple floor stencil in an open-air stadium for faster off-gasing


  • Low-VOC paint for all walls
  • New awning canopies for open-air areas in front