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The second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, took place September 28-30, 2015, at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium and was lauded ‘an overwhelming success’ by all in attendance.

The 17th event for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts”, with nearly 500 high-ranking attendees representing just under 30 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Kingdom of Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States, for 2.5-days of networking, learning, knowledge-sharing and doing business.

One of the 50+ industry-elite speakers, Jason Hill, General Manager – Commercial at the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, commented:

I was impressed with the operation… and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.

Delegate Masa Hayafuji, Assistant Chief – Stadium Development Group of the J-League (Japan Professional Football League), said:

I just want to show you my great gratitude for inviting me to the conference. It was great experience and I met a lot of people in this industry because of your support.

Another speaker, Greg Turner, General Manager at the STU Sports Park, commented:

…thanks for hosting the conference and everything you did to help organise it. I found it immensely useful and must say I wish there were more such conferences in the region.

Look forward to next year in Japan and hopefully I can present an updated case study on the Sports Park and what we are trying to accomplish there!

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium and Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong, in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, our local event partner, said:

As more major international sporting events are held in the Asia Pacific region, there is an increasing need for venue management professionals to gain a better understanding of effective management and utilisation of sports facilities. Stadia & Arena 2015 created that opportunity. We are heartened by the many discussions and sharing of real-world experiences amongst the community.

Over 80 delegates attended a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on the opening day.

The event kicked-off with an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub’s facilities, which more than 80 delegates took advantage of. The tour was followed by the event’s Official Opening, with welcome speeches from Alad Chairman, Alan Levett, and Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, and rounded-off with a Regional Market Report that detailed the many projects currently under construction, in the planning stage or being proposed in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Day II saw the start of the conference in earnest, with 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement. The day’s proceedings were brought to a close with an evening networking reception in the exhibition hall, which allowed delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to chat in a more informal setting.

On the exhibition floor, which sported more than 40+ industry-leading exhibitors, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts from across the entire spectrum of products and services for sporting events and venues, many of whom were exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

The event finale on Day III gave all visitors the chance to hear an insightful Closing Keynote from the Disney Institute’s Senior Facilitator, Wing Tan, during which he explained how as leaders in the sports industry it is important to understand that your fans are your ‘guests’ and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience.

As an alternative for delegates with a primary focus on Sports Turf, there was a special local site tour to learn about the importance of proper artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau laid on a special local site tour to advise delegates on the importance of correct artificial turf maintenance.


With cities and countries from across Asia Pacific playing host to a plethora of major sporting events, including the 2017 SEA Games, 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2022 Asian Games and 2023 SEA Games, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan. So please watch this space for further details…and keep checking back both on this website and the show’s website at:

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A comprehensive review of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be published later this year.

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Nearly 500 attendees networked, knowledge-shared, learned and conducted business during Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.


The team of directors creating the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony have been discussing their approach. It will be a thrilling fusion of Brazilian culture set to the rhythms of the country’s vigorous musical styles, produced by some of the nation’s best creative talent, and at a tenth of the cost of the London Games. 

Oscar-nominated film director Fernando Meirelles, whose back catalogue includes City of God and The Constant Gardener, said:

We have listened to specialists, like anthropologist Hermano Vianna, who have different visions of what Brazil is. It will be a synthesis of our popular culture.

Meirelles is part of a team including fellow film directors Andrucha Waddington and Daniela Thomas, production executive Abel Gomes and samba school creative director Rosa Magalhães, one of the most famous figures of Rio Carnival.

About 12,000 volunteers will join the casts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. While more than 15,000 people have already applied to be part of the shows watched by a global audience of many millions, it is still possible for budding performers from all over the world to get involved.  Rehearsals begin in April next year and continue until the ceremonies (August for the Olympic Games and September for the Paralympic Games).

The vision of the team of directors will be brought to life by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker and American live-event director Steve Boyd, who has contributed to 13 consecutive Olympic Games. Waddington explained:

We create something on a smaller scale and afterwards it is amplified. We saw last week the incredible moves that Deborah has created with this small group. We have already started to visualise how each movement will work after it’s been multiplied by a thousand people.

Meirelles said the budget would be sensible:

It will be 10 times smaller than for the London 2012 opening ceremony. It does not make sense to be extravagant in this moment that the country is facing. It will not be a high-tech ceremony, it will be high-concept.

Caetano added:

The strength of our ceremony will be working with more people and less things, less props. Because when the party is over, those things create rubbish.

Gomes, a set designer and producer of mega-events such as the huge New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana beach and the Rock in Rio festival, leads Cerimônias Cariocas, the company that will deliver the Rio 2016 ceremonies. Looking ahead to the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 5 August 2016 at the Maracanã Stadium, he said:

It will be the biggest event in all of our lives.

Photo: Fernando Meirelles gained international critical acclaim for his 2002 film City of God. (Photo: Rio 2016/Daniel Ramalho)

The Disney Institute has confirmed that they will give the Closing Keynote at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference.

The Disney Institute’s Alice Edinger, Senior Account Manager, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific and Wing Tan Senior Facilitator, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific, will give the Closing Keynote at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015. This will mark the second time Disney has closed the show, with it proving a huge success at our 2013 event, and it is sure to finish the conference in style once again this year!

Edinger will also join the panel session on Fan Engagement, where industry experts will present their ideas and inspiration on how to give your supporters more ‘bang for their buck’, increase fan loyalty and enhance the game day experience in order to create lasting and memorable moments.

Edinger and Tan join the now more than 50 industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, which will cover all aspects of sport venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology.

The long-standing reputation Disney Theme Parks and Resorts has for incredible service and friendly employees is not magic, it is sound ideology, consistently applied in business. The Disney Institute’s program teaches the importance of understanding that fans are your guests and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience, which will have a significant impact on their intent to return to the stadium.

An exceptional fan experience is a direct result of employees delivering a high standard of quality service, which Disney has prided itself on for many years.

To find out more about how Disney can help your business grow, register as a delegate or visitor at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 online TODAY at:


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the world’s leading conference & exhibition for the sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology sector – will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. To register as a delegate or visitor, go to:

Gourmet Sports Hospitality’s F&B offering at Allianz Parque Arena

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Gourmet Sports Hospitality (GSH) is responsible for all levels of catering at the Allianz Parque Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, from public catering to gastronomic concepts in the business and VIP areas; this marks the third stadium in the company’s portfolio of major South American events.

In the public area, GSH offers high-quality fast food, along with simple, fresh snacks for a modern food and fan experience. The modern club lounges provide space for casual and informal meetings, with high-class Brazilian snacks and international finger food. The VIP clubs, for important meetings and clients, spoil guests with premium finger food, accompanied by fine-dining hot and cold snacks. The exclusive and private atmosphere of the premium suites offers comfort and luxury. The ensuite central food court guarantees a high standard of culinary expertise and service. For guests with even higher aspirations, the convention centre and auditorium level is the perfect, multi-faceted and inspiring location, offering a bespoke set-up for events.


GSH provides all the catering - from the public catering to gastronic experiences in the VIP areas - at Brazil's Allianz Parque Arena.

GSH provides all the catering – from the public catering to gastronic experiences in the VIP areas – at Brazil’s Allianz Parque Arena.

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Behind Gourmet Sports Hospitality is a team of skilled hospitality experts from the German-based K&K Group AG. With an international presence, the company has more than two decades of comprehensive experience in major sports, cultural, entertainment and corporate events. Their references include global sporting events, such as catering for the FIFA World Cup since 2006, including the current 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, as well as at Formula 1, last year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Klaus Peter Kofler, CEO of the K&K Group, said:

We have come a long way since we opened our office in Rio in 2011. It’s a very interesting market, with a lot of potential, and we’re happy to be part of this rapid development. Our focus is always on quality whether it’s making hotdogs at the concession stands in the public areas or developing gastronomic concepts together with star chefs for the VIP lounges. Being part of the last three FIFA World Cup’s has provided us with a lot of experience and also innovative ideas.


Gourmet Sports Hospitality has a strong partner by its side in the form of the global sports and entertainment presenter, AEG, who owns, operates and provides services to some of the most unique and successful facilities in the world.


As the new home of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras football team, Allianz Parque Arena seats 45,000 for football matches and up to 60,000 for other events. It fully satisfies FIFA contract provisions – specifically insofar as parking (1,500 covered spaces inside the arena), public transport (two metro stations – Barra Funda and Sumaré – in addition to commuter trains, and a broad network of buses), safety, accessibility, and full media support. The facility boasts nearly 200 skyboxes, two restaurants (including one offering a panoramic view of the field), snack bars, and all the other facilities expected to accompany a complex of this caliber. The arena includes cutting-edge technology and incorporates sustainability projects; mainly concerning the use and re-use of water, electricity, etc. The approximate investment is 330 million reais (c.GBP£89.6m) over a 30-year partnership. The venue’s additional facilitites include an amphitheatre, convention centre, media centre, museum, several retail stores and restaurants.

Aggreko supplier of temporary broadcast power to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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As announced in December by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Aggreko is the rental company that has been selected as the official temporary power provider to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.


Aggreko, which is a global leader in this sector, is responsible for providing power and temperature control (TC) solutions to the tournament’s broadcast network, ensuring people around the world can tune in and watch the games without interruption.


World Cup fans across the globe can watch their favourite teams play thanks to the continuous transmission of the live action from world media at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). Set up in Rio de Janeiro’s Riocentro, Latin America’s largest exhibition centre, the IBC is supported by direct feeds from the media set up at any one of the interim broadcast compounds built in each of the tournament’s 12 stadiums.


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Aggreko, who in the past 50 years have provided solutions across a number of iconic sport events, have installed both power and TC solutions to the IBC, as well as each of the 12 interim broadcast compounds, including the stadium’s LED screens, assuring event organisers, sponsors, media and their expectant audiences that airtime will not be affected.


The power and TC rental expert have provided a total of 50 MW, of which 12 MW will be used as guaranteed power to the IBC, and the remainder distributed across the 12 stadiums. Their TC solutions ensure heat sensitive broadcast equipment is maintained at the right temperature, as well as climate control for busy news desks.


As the temporary hub for broadcasters during major sport events, all 64 matches are being transmitted by the IBC, reaching a cumulative global audience of billions. The rental experts have also provided primary power to the stadiums’ LED screens, where pitch action will be transmitted live to excited fans. With the eyes of the world watching, failure in not an option.


According to Pablo Varela, General Director of Brazil Aggreko, FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil™ will serve as yet another opportunity for Aggreko to showcase the depth of experience they have in providing solutions to the world of events:

We are honoured to have been selected as the tournament’s official temporary power suppliers. Over the years we have had the opportunity to demonstrate time and time again the value we bring in terms of consistency and reliability. Having successfully delivered solutions to some the world’s most iconic sport events – nine Summer and Winter Olympics, five World Cup tournaments and several Formula One races – our customers trust in our ability to deliver flawlessly every time.

Bleep nets Brazil contract

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Bleep UK Plc has supplied over 500 TS-910 touch screen EPOS terminals to the retail stores supplying football fans at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


The Bleep EPOS system has been installed in the official merchandise stores at all twelve venues, in and around the new or redeveloped stadia, which are split across two time zones. These stores sell official and licensed goods, such as official match jerseys, clothing, scarves and footballs to the estimated 600,000 football aficionados who have descended on the country for this premier global footballing competition.


Following on from successful installs at the London 2012 Olympic Games (as pictured), Rugby League World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy, the Bleep TS-910 all-in-one EPOS terminal is being deployed in the retail stores at each venue. The TS-910 has been selected due to its compact footprint and space saving design. Each terminal features a built-in thermal receipt printer, laser scanner and customer display to minimise the required space without compromising on functionality.


Bleep UK Plc Chairman, John Wellman, said:

This event is the highlight of the international footballing calendar and we are proud and honoured to be involved with this prestigious tournament. We were approached to supply this contract at very short notice, due in part, to our success supplying the London 2012 Olympic Games and our experience supplying EPOS solutions to the stadia and events industry.


Despite the logistical challenges of supplying an event in a country 30 times the size of the UK and the short notice in which we have had to prepare, we jumped at the opportunity to be involved. Securing this contract highlights our commitment to innovative point of sale technology and helps us to consolidate our position as the leading provider of EPOS solutions to the biggest and best sporting events across the globe.


Global food & beverage experts for the new Allianz Parque in São Paulo

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The German-Brazilian Gourmet Sports Hospitality venture is announced as the Food & Beverages partner at the new Allianz Parque in São Paulo.

Gourmet Sport Hospitality will be responsible for all levels of catering from public catering to gastronomic concepts in the business and VIP areas. The Allianz Parque will be the third stadium in Gourmet Sport Hospitality’s portfolio of major South American events.

Mark Zammit, Director of Gourmet Sports Hospitality, says: “It means a lot to us to provide the food & beverage services for this new landmark. We look forward to bringing our experience to the table with new concepts that suit this venue and provide next-level experiences to football fans from around the world.”

Behind Gourmet Sports Hospitality is a team of skilled hospitality experts from the German-based K&K Group AG. With an international presence, they have more than two decades of comprehensive experience in major sports, cultural, entertainment and corporate events. Their references include global sporting events such as catering for the World Cup since 2006, Formula 1, last year’s Confederations Cup, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and up next, the FIFA World Cup this summer in Brazil.

“We’ve have come a long way since we opened our office in Rio in 2011. It’s a very interesting market with a lot of potential and we’re happy to be part of this rapid development. Our focus is always on quality whether it’s making hotdogs at the concession stands in the public areas or developing gastronomic concepts together with star chefs for the VIP lounges. Being part of the last three world cups has provided us with a lot of experience and also innovative ideas,” says K&K Group CEO, Klaus Peter Kofler.

Gourmet Sports Hospitality has a strong partner by its side with the global sports and entertainment operator, AEG. The new home of the Palmeiras football team will meet FIFA standards with a capacity of up to 45,000 fans and entertainment facilities for up to 60,000 guests. The arena will also include an amphitheatre, convention centre, media centre, museum, several retail stores, and restaurants.

The new Allianz Parque in São Paulo.

The new Allianz Parque in São Paulo.

FIFA World Cup six are confirmed and final preparations planned

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A FIFA World Cup Brazil Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board tour of venues has resulted in confirmation of all the original venues for the summer tournament. Six venues had previously failed to meet the 31 December 2013 deadline for readiness. At a press conference reported on, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke said:

It has been an important week because this is the last event prior to the week leading up to the World Cup, when we hold the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo. It’s been important because we have reconfirmed Curitiba as a Host City and because we have reached an agreement with Porto Alegre regarding additional structures. There is still a lot of work to be done in both cities. We’ve seen a wonderful stadium in Manaus, and in Natal we need to make sure that we have the necessary test events. We’ve had an extremely productive board meeting today, with some very meaningful updates on transport, temporary structures at airports and urban mobility.

Arena da Baixada in Curitiba requires temporary works and the LOC reported that the home club is now cooperating and that contractors have brought in hundreds of extra workers to achieve a mid-May finish.

Two construction worker fatalities at Sao Paulo, which will stage the opening game, put pre-event tests there back until mid-April. There were three construction deaths at Manaus in the Amazon region and one at Brasilia. A fire and a crane fall added to the idea that preparations weren’t under the control of the organisers.

Another visit to Manaus, significant for England fans, was that of Roy Hodgson (pictured in the changing rooms and on the pitch), whose reconnoitre was also a fence-mending exercise with local officials.

At the press conference, LOC Chairman Jose Maria Marin added:

I am convinced that the representatives of the 32 national teams will leave Florianopolis full of confidence and looking forward to the start of the FIFA World Cup. It will be their job to ensure that happens on the pitch, while our mission along with FIFA, the government and the Host Cities will be to guarantee the very best services are available off the pitch. We will continue to work hard in our bid to organise an unforgettable World Cup.

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Brazil – Rio 2016 RFI for stands and seats

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The Olympic Organising Committee has put out a request for information (RFI) to identify all the available solutions regarding temporary stands and seats for The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The RFI has consisted of three phases but the final phase (ends 7 April) is open to companies that haven’t already participated.

In total, Rio 2016 will need approximately 200,000 seats.

Rio handball arena will be four schools in legacy

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Rio’s City Hall’s Request for Proposals for construction of Rio 2016’s Olympic Games Handball Arena requires the implementation of ‘nomadic architecture’ to avoid a permanent construction that could remain unused after the Games. After the sports mega-event, the venue will be disassembled and its components will be reinstalled, resulting in four schools, each with a 500-student capacity.

Although many components from the London Olympic overlay venues have found other uses, the whole use of an overlay venue towards planned future buildings is thought to be unique. The winning bidder will be responsible for the construction, operation and dismantling of the Olympic venue and assembling of the schools in 2017.

The Handball Arena will be built in an area of about 35,000 square meters at the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca. With capacity for 12,000 spectators, the Arena will host the Olympic handball competitions and the Paralympic goalball competitions. The works are scheduled to start in the first half of 2014, and should be completed in the second half of 2015.

Construction works should amount to R$ 121.1 million. The operation would require additional investments of R$ 6 million; R$ 19.7 million in the disassembling, and R$ 31.2 million in the assembling of the new schools. Accordingly, the Federal Government will transfer to the Municipal Government around R$ 178 million, according to the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City Hall in May 2012. The funds from PAC (Growth Acceleration Programme) will be passed along by the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal).

In the Candidacy File of 2009, the Handball Arena was to be a permanent venue – the fourth Hall of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) – whose construction was forecast at approximately R$ 160.6 million (value corrected according to the INCC-DI Index for the period between January 2009 and October 2013). However, the City Hall and the Federal Government assessed that three halls already comply with the OTC demand, and chose to build a temporary arena, eliminating the high cost of maintaining permanent equipment in the future. In order to reinforce the principle that the Olympic Games must serve the city and extend the benefits generated by the investment in the overlay, the City Hall developed the nomadic architecture concept.

In order to transform an Olympic venue into four new schools, the construction was fully planned to facilitate the reuse of its structure and components. Selected through a public bid, the Rio 2016 Project Consortium (Consórcio Rio Projetos 2016) composed of Lopes Santos & Ferreira Gomes Arquitetos, MBM Serviços de Engenharia and DW Engenharia, developed the Handball Arena and schools basic and executive projects.

The location of the schools was defined in partnership with the Municipal Education Secretariat. Three schools will benefit students in the Barra region. The first will be located near the Olympic Park; the second in a land lot at Avenida Salvador Allende; and the third, near the Parque Carioca, where residents of the Vila Autódromo community will be partially rellocated. The fourth school will be installed in a land lot in São Cristóvão.

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Rio tender for Olympic Velodrome – construction budget R$136.9m

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The City of Rio de Janeiro has opened the bidding for construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome. The construction budget is R$136.9 million. The new Velodrome will be a permanent venue with a capacity of 5,000 fixed seats and an available area for up to 800 temporary seats and flexibility for other arena configurations.

The venue will include the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for high-performance athletes, which will be the main sport legacy for the city and the country. Like the call for tender for the Tennis Centre, launched on 16 July 2013, the City requires not only the construction, but also the operation of the facility for 23 months starting from delivery. This proposal to ensure the operation of the venue came the Ministry of Sport, which has been working in close partnership with the City. The Federal Government will transfer R$ 136.9 million to the municipality for works and US$ 7.2 million for the operation of the new sport venue, as per the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City in May 2012.

Construction of the Velodrome is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and the new venue will be delivered in the second half of 2015. The basic design has been completed. The executive project is nearing completion, and will be ready before the start of construction. These projects were procured and are being funded by the City.

The former velodrome was dismantled and transferred by the Sport Ministry to the city of Pinhais in the state of Paraná, maintaining the sport legacy of the Pan American Games. The state of Paraná has the largest track cycling centre in Brazil.

The budget is modest compared to some previous Olympic Velodrome projects but costs include budgeting for recently introduced requirements, such as the flame-retardant seats required by the Fire Department, seats for people with disabilities – as established in Federal Decree 7.823/2012 – and an air conditioning system.

The bidding for the construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome does not include the budget for the wooden track. Hiring the track will Rio 2016´s responsibility.

The winner of the tender for the development of basic and executive projects of the Olympic Velodrome, announced on January 31, 2013, was the Rio Olympic Equipment Consortium, formed by the following companies: Arqhos Consultoria and Projetos LTDA, Arup do Brasil Consultoria LTDA, BlacBackheuserand LeonidioArquiteturaand CidadeS/C, Conen Consultoria and Engenharia LTDA and JLA Casagrande Serviços and Consultoria de Engenharia LTDA. Preliminary studies were prepared by AECOM, winner of the international competition that chose the company responsible for the overall town-planning of the Olympic Park of Barra in August 2011.

The decision to build an Olympic Velodrome was made jointly by the City, Rio 2016 and the Federal Government, after several tests. Survey of the International Cycling Federation (UCI, French acronym for Union Cycliste Internationale) of the velodrome built for the Pan American Games, made at the request of Rio 2016, resulted in the opinion that the structure could not be used in the Olympics.

In their reports, the UCI cited several aspects which were at odds with the requirements necessary for conducting the Olympic competitions. Among these, the fact that the building has two pillars which hindered the view of the public, the viewers and the judges, and the track does not allow athletes to reach the speed necessary to overcome the world and Olympic records. It was established in the Pan American Games that the maximum speed in the velodrome was 70 km/h, at the time for the approval of the 2007 event. Currently, for example, in the 200 meters competition, the world record speed is around 79 km/h. During the 2012 Games in London, the speed achieved was 75 km/h. According to Olympic standards for the requirements for a Category 1 lane, the minimum and maximum speeds should be 85 km/h and 110 km/h, respectively.

Dismantling the old velodrome was done by the Concessionária Rio Mais, responsible for the construction of the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca. The blasting operation began in early March 2013 and was completed in early June, in accordance with the construction schedule of the Olympic Park venues.

The technicians responsible for the disassembly sought to make the most of the venue. The entire track support structure, the grandstand seats, metallic structure and roof, light fixtures, windows, doors, elevator, pipes, aluminium frames, ducts, hydraulic and fire venue material, and the power substation electrical equipment, among other items, were transferred to Pinhais.

Besides the Olympic Velodrome, the City of Rio de Janeiro will also get an outdoor practice velodrome inside one of the Olympic Villages currently in operation. The Rio Ministry of Sport is analysing the standard design recommended by the Brazilian Cycling Federation for such venues. It will be paid for by the Federal Government and will be built in 2014.

Re-use is a legacy theme for Rio 2016 which has a Sustainability Management Plan, established with the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal) to lay the foundations and integrate the principles, actions and projects related to sustainability in planning and operating events.

The launch was marked by the signing (pictured – Denise Hamú, UNEP representative in Brazil, Rio 2016, President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Rio 2016 Chief Operations Officer Leonardo Gryner during the signing of the technical cooperation agreement. Photo: Alex Ferro Rio 2016) of a technical cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which provides, among other activities, an evaluation plan and mediation around the subject of sustainability between Rio 2016 and civil society. The sub-brand “Embrace” Rio 2016 will be used in all Games communications related to the Sustainability Plan.

Juárez Vive stadium brings baseball alive with sound system

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Juárez Vive stadium opened this season to welcome baseball fans in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Ciudad Juárez’ strategic location in the context of Mexico’s drug wars threatened to smother the rich cultural life of its 1.3 million people, but things have turned around in recent years and the city is regaining its footing. The new stadium thus bears a level of personal investment from city and government officials that have influenced its design and construction.

The stadium’s modern game-day experience now includes a highly-intelligible, pleasantly-musical sound reinforcement delivered by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, with support from Ashly amplifiers and Symetrix processing. Rich Mason, President of North-Carolina-based Clarity Incorporated, the company that designed the audio installation, said:

The Governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, toured the construction site frequently to track and encourage the progress. Our charge was to deliver ‘sound that was befitting the best of Mexico’. They expected us to jump a very high bar.

The construction company, Afirma, only involved Clarity Incorporated after first determining that the original sound system designer wouldn’t be able to deliver that kind of performance on budget. As a result, Clarity Incorporated started the design three months late and operated on an emergency schedule.

Bill Weir, Clarity Incorporated’s Director of Technology designed the system with assistance from Ivan Beaver, Danley Sound Labs’ Chief Engineer. A small crew from Clarity Incorporated spent three weeks on site to assist Afirma with the installation. Weir said:

This is a value-engineered system. Occasionally, you get a big-budget project in which issues can be overcome simply by throwing money at them. You don’t have to give them a lot of thought. But in this day and age, and especially for a government client, money is tight and you have to carefully balance the tradeoffs inherent in any decision, but in such a way that no one feels that it’s a compromise. That’s a value-engineered system.

Loudspeaker and subwoofer placement at the new stadium looks deceptively simple. Nineteen Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers ring the lip of the roof that covers the stands, and every other SM-80 is joined by a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. Weir observed that subwoofers are often omitted from stadium designs:

With conventional subs, it’s hard to retain low end definition or clarity in a stadium situation. It’s just mud. In contrast, Danley’s tapped-horn subwoofers have vastly lower group delay and a very definite focus that you can’t get from conventional designs. Put another way, it doesn’t matter how loud or low something goes, it’s the manner in which it does so that matters. And Tom Danley’s bass is not only loud and low, it’s musical and defined.

The stadium’s roof and appropriate spacing also contribute to exceptional low frequency definition. Heil microphones and a handful of other input sources feed a 16-channel Yamaha LS9 console, which in turn feeds a Symetrix 8×8 DSP with a Symetrix BreakOut12 for additional outputs. Weir added:

As well as one might plan things out, the system requirements are likely to change on site. Symetrix has a reputation for building solid algorithms that are supported by well-designed analog circuitry. Its flexible open-architecture topology allowed me to perfectly tune the system functionality while I was in Juárez.

Nine Ashly pe3800 and four Ashly ne2400 amplifiers power the system. All of the Ashly amplifiers are networked to allow Ethernet control from a central location. Weir concluded:

Clarity has no obligations to any manufacturer. I can use whatever I want in my designs. Given the design expectations and constraints at Juárez Vive, I’m certain that this is the only combination of gear that would have succeeded. It’s a very unique synergy, and I’ve never heard a better system for anything less than five times the price. From the client’s perspective, it’s simple: they have a far better audio system than even dared imagine possible, and they stayed on budget.


World Cup pitches in preparation around Brazil

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Two Brazilian turf constructors, World Sports & Marketing and Green Leaf, are currently renovating or rebuilding all the 12 World Cup stadium pitches for next summer’s tournament. FIFA held seminars to establish the best turf solutions for the very different climates around Brazil and the result is a return to a combination which was successful for the World Cup in South Africa 2010 – a turf grass seed mix supplied by DLF and sown from scratch.

Responding on the choice of seed, Green Leaf CEO Paulo Antonio Azeredo Neto said:

In the preparations for the World Cup we are confronted by multiple challenges for the pitches, the tropical season being one and the shady conditions another. The 4turf innovation and the high-end quality sports grass solutions from DLF provide the answers to these challenges and we are looking forward to seeing the convincing performance on the Brazilian stadiums.

The football pitches are generally Bermuda grass based, but due to the winter dormancy of Bermuda grass the pitches need to be reinforced with temperate sports turfgrass to provide the perfect playing surface during the tournament. To meet this requirement the pitches are overseeded with DLF’s top performing perennial ryegrasses including 4turf, a new and innovative turfgrass from the R&D stable of DLF-TRIFOLIUM. The 4turf cultivar in the chosen mixture has been trialled in the UK at the STRI and the final seed mixture thoroughly tested in Brazil by both international advisors and local sports grass specialists.

World Sports & Marketing CEO, Roberto Gomide, said:

The DLF grass seed for the World Cup has that unique technical quality and visible features that will create the ultimate playing surface needed for the World Cup in Brazil. I feel confident that the pitches will be outstanding!

Brazil World Cup goes wireless, Borussia too

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Ruckus Wireless has been selected by a consortium of four Latin America mobile network operators, including Claro, Oi, Telefónica, and TIM, to supply advanced indoor/outdoor Smart Wi-Fi products and technology that will be used as the foundation for offering pervasive, high-speed wireless access within two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums: Estádio Nacional de Brasília (formerly known as Estádio Mané Garrincha), a 71,000-seat stadium in Brasília, Brazil’s federal capital, and Arena Octávio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 50,433-seat stadium located in Salvador. Brazil’s World Cup organising committee intends to make World Cup 2014 the first ‘digital’ world cup – see articles in PanStadia & Arena Management Autumn issue.

Comba Telecom Systems, a leading supplier of infrastructure and wireless enhancement solutions to mobile operators and enterprises, will deploy, operate and manage the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure on behalf of the consortium.

Meanwhile. Borussia Dortmund and its new Champion Partner Huawei have formed an alliance to build an open-access wireless LAN infrastructure – potentially the largest of its kind in Germany – at Signal Iduna Park. Jörg Karpinski, ‎Huawei Technologies’ Sales Director IT in Germany and manager of the project, said:

Our collaboration with BVB comprises both an extensive sponsorship package and a comprehensive, large-scale technology partnership. We’re to roll out a major wireless project here that will be one of the biggest in Germany and unique throughout Europe.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, General Manager of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KgaA, added:

We’re a dynamic club that’s always open to new ideas. We’re thrilled that, in association with Huawei, we’ll soon be able to offer our fans an innovative technical infrastructure in our stadium. The advanced technology will open up a raft of new possibilities for BVB in Germany’s largest stadium, with its capacity of more than 80,000 spectators. Going forward, the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK will have the technical capabilities to deliver stable data services to a crowd the size of the population of a small town. This will enable spectators to use social networks, post pictures from inside the stadium, send messages, discuss goals, plays and player performance, and locate their friends in the stadium. In addition, Borussia Dortmund will work with Huawei to create a foundation for delivering exclusive content, such as details of the team’s initial lineup, straight to fans’ mobile phones, well ahead of the kickoff. Huawei’s full product range, including smart phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices, will be in service at BVB home games. Stadium hostesses, for instance, will use Huawei MediaPads to manage visitor care in dining areas.

Under the cooperation agreement, Huawei will have a VIP area, the Huawei Conference Centre, at its disposal in the north stand during home matches. Huawei will also be able to use the Conference Centre to host seminars, incentives, business events and more on non-match days. In addition, the sponsorship package will include product placement and classic perimeter advertising.

Crowley has venue management experience to succeed in Rio

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The Rio 2016 operation is up and running, designs are completed and tenders are going out for venue construction and operation post-Games. Meanwhile, the management team of the local organising committee is hard at work. In one of a series of staff profiles, we meet Venue Management Director for Rio 2016 Christopher Crowley.

Crowley faces one of his career’s greatest challenges. With solid experience in big events, he has been through two Winter Olympic Games editions (Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010), always working in venue management. In Rio 2016, however, the challenge is even greater. A team member since November 2012, Crowley is responsible for the management of more than 50 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition and non-competition venues.

One of his team’s most important deliveries has just completed. The project called “Model Venue Exercise” started on 13 June and lasted for 15 weeks. Rio Olympic Arena served as model to the other venues that will host all the competitions, events as well as further Games services. Led by Crowley, the Venue Management team is responsible for integrating the operations of almost all functional areas in each venue. Crowley explained:

It’s a very challenging task but, on our side, we have a very receptive and motivated team to make it all happen. The whole team working in the Model Venue is doing a great job. Our main goal is to create a more integrated, consistent and effective operations planning method.

The numbers are impressive. In the Olympic Games alone, there will be 45 world championships in only 17 days. In the Paralympic Games, there will be another 23. And 36 competition venues will host all that. Another 14 will host other events, the case of the Main Press Centre for example.

Ensuring all these venues are ready to host not only competitions but also offer quality services to spectators, athletes, press people as well as employees and volunteers themselves, who will be present at each site, is a job for various hands. Model Venue Exercise was aimed at mapping all services, equipment, workforce and any other requirements applied to a specific venue in order to serve each one of these clients. Crowley added:

Until now, functional areas were responsible for their own planning and did it according to their own specific needs, without taking into consideration everything else that will happen around them. Since Model Venue, we will have all this planning in our hands but now we also invest in a global vision, identifying connecting points between the areas, anticipating everything that needs to be synchronised and the way this integration will happen.

This initiative’s final product will show, in a series of documents, all the resources, services and other operations that will take place in Rio Olympic Arena, including equipment, services, workforce and security aspects among other things. Once this operational planning is ready, the same methodology will be applied to the other venues, always respecting the specific characteristics of each.

Crowley’s experience adds some important knowledge in operating these venues according to high quality standards. Crowley was Ski and Snowboard Venues General Manager in Salt Lake City 2002 and Whistler Medals Plaza and Media Centre General Manager in Vancouver 2010. Besides his Games experience, he also worked in municipal venues management in Salt Lake City and San Francisco during international sporting and music events.

Brazil World Cup stadiums investigate long-term management options

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FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) recently held a Sustainability Training Programme for the operators of the 12 stadiums that will be at the centre of attention at the FIFA World Cup 2014. Many of them are not experts in sustainability and feel the need to expand their knowledge on the subject, in order to shoulder the responsibility of managing such complex buildings. Federico Addiechi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for FIFA said:

Back at the World Cup host bidding process, we decided that FIFA would support local sustainability projects as long as it would not be limited to stadium construction. For us, what’s important is supporting operations and the future management of these installations in a sustainable way.

CEO of the LOC, Ricardo Trade, added:

We’re not talking just about the World Cup here, but the life of the stadium beyond that. We will leave a legacy both regarding the new stadiums themselves and also in terms of administration for future management.

Pictured: a FIFA technical visit in Brasilia in early 2013. Learn from the operators and architects about the future prospects for Brazil’s new World Cup stadiums, including plans for widespread wi-fi, plus how to hear Ricardo Trade speak at Soccerex Rio – it’s all  in the autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management.


Multisport surfaces for University Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile

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The private University Diego Portales (UDP) in Santiago, Chile, is one of the best in the country and opened a new campus in March this year. To ensure that the students can really burn off their energy after classes, a new sports ground with a running track and playing field on which both football and hockey can be played was installed at the same time.

The new facility was planned by the leading Chilean architect Mathias Klotz, who is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design at UDP. It was constructed by the South American contractor Resinsa, a partner of Polytan. 

The variable moods of the Chilean weather demanded a particular kind of turf, which is why the decision was made in favour of LigaGrass turf from Polytan|STI.

The turf has proved to be extremely hardwearing and particularly soft. Thanks to its high-quality 100% PE formulation, the high-performance football turf is substantially softer than other crimped synthetic turfs, so the students benefit from natural ball rolling behaviour. Furthermore, it can be used for hockey practices, mainly for the women’s team of the university. The running track was equipped with a Polytan M surface.

Brazil temporary infrastructure suppliers team up

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The Arena Group has confirmed a strategic partnership with FAST Engineering and ROHR construction in Brazil to provide temporary infrastructure services to venues.

Joe O’Neill, Arena Group’s director of global business development, said:

FAST and ROHR both have a very similar ethos to us; aiming to deliver the highest quality sustainable, flexible temporary infrastructure to events across the country. I am confident that the combination of Arena Group’s patented, proven equipment, FAST’s project management and ROHR’s construction skills will prove a successful combination for us all, and hugely benefit the organising committees of Brazil’s major events and stadiums.

Meanwhile, Marcela Caballero (pictured) has joined Arena Group as its Brazilian business development manager. She is based in the Arena Group’s strategic partners’ FAST offices in Sao Paulo. She said:

I am very excited to be working for Arena Group in Brazil. It is a flexible and open company, which I respect greatly. We have many exciting overlay projects ahead of us, and I’m confident that we will provide a lasting legacy for current and future sporting events in Brazil.

Brazilian government defends World Cup economics

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Stung by criticism of protestors during the Confederation Cup, the Brazilian federal government has reminded the world of the importance of investments to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and its legacy to the country. According to Sport Minister Aldo Rebelo, nearly all of the projects were already included in Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Program (PAC). These projects are geared toward urban mobility, ports and airports in an effort to expand and modernize infrastructure in Brazil’s metropolitan regions. Rebelo said:

This means that they are strategically important to Brazil and that they would be carried out regardless of whether the country receives the World Cup. These projects are geared toward urban mobility, ports and airports in an effort to expand and modernize infrastructure in Brazil’s metropolitan regions for the benefit of the population. There are also investments to develop tourism and business services.

Some of Brazil’s stadium projects are at the heart of wider developments. The Pernambuco Arena being built in Recife is not simply a stadium but also the heart of a new suburb of the city that will be built around it, including a university campus, residential and leisure facilities. See picture above and the article in the Summer issue of PanStadia & Arena Management.

The government has presented some key numbers:

Total cost of investments in the 2014 World Cup Matrix of Responsibilities (including public and private resources) – R$ 28.1 billion

Investments by Area

  • Urban mobility – R$ 8.9 billion
  • Airports – R$ 8.4 billion
  • Stadiums – R$ 7.6 billion
  • Security structures, equipment and training – R$ 1.9 billion
  • Ports – R$ 700 million
  • Telecommunications – R$ 400 million
  • Tourism – R$ 200 million

Note: The difference of R$ 2.6 billion in relation to the last version of the Matrix published in April 2013 is primarily due to the private resources recently granted to the sector for investment in airports.

Division of Responsibility Across Public & Private Sectors (Matrix of Responsibilities)
The investments included in the Matrix are signed and agreed upon by representatives of the federal, state and municipal governments from the 12 host cities. Nearly three fourths of the investments in projects that are part of the Matrix of Responsibilities are designated for infrastructure and services for the country. The total amount of investments within the Matrix of Responsibilities, by sector is:

  • R$ 8.7 billion are federal investments
  • R$ 6.5 billion are allocated from the federal budget
  • R$ 7.3 billion are local resources (state and municipal governments)
  • R$ 5.6 billion are private resources

Stadium Construction
The federal government is playing a part, through financing from the National Bank for Social and Economic Development (BNDES), to build and refurbish the arenas, with a maximum limit of R$ 400 million per project. The loan was made with all the usual guarantees of such an operation in any  sector of the Brazilian economy, including for projects that serve to drive development and generate employment and income.

The government also believes that the World Cup boosts the Brazilian economy:

  • More than R$ 112 billion is additionally expected to flow into the Brazilian economy from 2010 to 2014.
  • 3.6 million jobs are also forecasted to be created.
  • For each Real invested by the public sector, an estimated R$ 3.4 will be invested by the private sector for infrastructure projects.
  • R$ 63.48 billion in income is expected to be generated for the Brazilian population from 2010 to 2014.

Source: Ernst & Young/FGV: “Sustainable Brazil – Socio-Economic Impacts of the 2014 World Cup”.

The government also states that the World Cup already benefits the country:

  • A total of 24,500 jobs have been created via the six stadiums for the 2013 Confederations Cup.
  • R$ 100 million in new business has been generated for Brazilian micro and small companies that are the principal employers of those involved in construction work and services generated by the World Cup.
  • 903 foreign entrepreneurs from 70 countries are benefiting from the Agency for Promoting Exports during the Confederations Cup and an extra US$ 1 billion is expected from exports of national products over the next twelve months.
  • 86,000 workers are taking training courses offered by Pronatec Copa.

Taking on the criticism of protestors about where tax payers’ money is going, the government gives figures to show that investments in education and healthcare in Brazil almost tripled between 2007, when it was announced that the 2014 World Cup would be hosted by Brazil, and 2013:

  • Investments in healthcare have more than doubled during this period.
  • Education has received investments totalling R$ 311.6 billion.
  • Healthcare has received R$ 447 billion during this period.

Rebelo said.

In 2013 alone, the budget in the areas of healthcare and education amounts to R$ 177 billion. The budget of the Ministry of Sports is approximately one percent of this total, which includes resources allocated for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Therefore, no resources are being diverted from other areas to build stadiums.

Source: Secom

World Cup catering will be by ARAMARK and Convivas Brasil

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FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have appointed ARAMARK and Convivas Brasil as the Food and Beverage Concessionaire for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The agreement follows a public tender process which involved a total of 17 food service providers. FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil said:

The matchday experience of fans at the FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup is of utmost importance to FIFA and the LOC. Having such experienced partners working with us will ensure that fans attending the stadia have a high quality choice of food and drink.

ARAMARK and Convivas Brasil will manage concessions and workforce catering at the six Confederations Cup stadiums and the 12 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums, creating a total of approximately 6,000 jobs for the Confederations Cup and over 10,000 in 2014.

Marc Bruno, President of ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment said:

We look forward to utilising our global culinary insights and expertise and working with FIFA and our partner, Convivas, to develop a world-class menu that enhances the experience for football fans attending the matches.

The menu will showcase a variety of international options and distinctive Brazilian tastes and flavours, giving visitors the opportunity to experience local and regional cuisine, such as Acarajé in Salvador, Feijão Tropeiro in Belo Horizonte and Bolo de Rolo in Recife.