Entitled to enter the 2017 competition are newly built facilities as well as extensions, modernizations, rehabilitations or conversions of existing buildings and facilities. The facilities must have been erected and gone into operation between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2016 and must have been in successful operation for at least one year. Temporary venue infrastructure/architecture (e.g. demountable or relocatable infrastructure for major sport events) may also be entered in the competition.

The designers/architects and owners (or operators) of facilities are eligible to enter. The entry must be jointly submitted by the designer/architect and the owner (or operator) of the facility.