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Qatar releases sixth world cup stadium design

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has today revealed the design for Al Thumama Stadium – the sixth proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup™ venue.

Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, Chief Architect of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the stadium is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’ headdress.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Secretary General, said:

“We’ve always been very careful to combine the past with the future in our designs. The gahfiya is a continuation of that theme. It’s a blend of our heritage and culture, and a commitment to the future.”

Al Thawadi went on to say the Al Thumama project would “shine a light” on Qatari talent:

“Our vision with this World Cup was always to complement and assist in developing local talent, and shed a light on local industry,” said Al Thawadi. “Ibrahim M. Jaidah is a very well-known architect in Qatar and we believe he has the talent, the passion and the commitment for this project.”

Al Thumama Stadium will be built on pitches currently used by the Qatar Football Association. The Al Thumama district is located in Doha’s southern suburbs, 12km from Hamad International Airport.

The stadium will seat 40,000 fans in 2022, with the capacity reduced to 20,000 in legacy mode and the excess seats donated to a nation in need of sporting infrastructure.


NEXO systems at 24 Polish World Games 2017 venues

NEXO systems, in the hands of rental company POGO Art, are playing what they call a central role at the World Games in Poland, bringing sound reinforcement to 24 venues in the city of Wroclaw.

Officially called the X World Games, the event is the largest competitive sporting festival after the Olympics. Nearly ¼ million people gathered in Wroclaw to watch 3200 athletes from 111 countries in 31 sports which are not contested in the Olympic Games. Featuring powerlifting, karate, squash, water skiing, billiards, to name a few, the 2017 programme encompassed more than 200 events.

Wroclaw-based rental company POGO Art was responsible for providing sound reinforcement to all 24 host venues, which was, according to owner Sławek Pogorzała, “a logistical and technical challenge, requiring a tremendous amount of equipment.”

With the support of Lauda-Audio, the NEXO distributor for Poland, POGO Art implemented a comprehensive SR uniform of NEXO loudspeakers, teamed with Yamaha consoles. More than 340 NEXO cabinets were deployed, including line array systems of STM Series, GEO D and GEO S8 designs, as well as a large number of pole-mounted PS Series, the benchmark product for such PA applications. It took 50x NXAMP controller/amplifiers to power all the systems, along with 25x Yamaha CL and QL Series mixers, and 18x Yamaha RIO3224 stageboxes.

Infrastructure for the event included 1230 metres of CAT 5/6, 1100 metres of fiber optics, 1570 metres of speaker cable and well over 2000 metres of power cable! 60 sound engineers and technicians were needed to operate the different PA systems, which made use of 120 wireless and 115 wired microphones.

Pogorzała said:

“The biggest challenge was of course logistics. There were 24 venues, and at some of them, the events were running from early morning till late evening.  For us, the most important factor was the stability of these installed systems. When so many things are happening at the same time, you need to be able to rely on your equipment. Once again, NEXO loudspeakers and Yamaha consoles proved the perfect match, for the events and for each other.”

E3S conference agenda announced

Organisers of the inaugural Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S) have announced the provisional conference agenda for the event on 10 October.

The one-day meeting is promising to bring together leading international venues, touring and sport professionals and security experts who will see a mixture of dedicated presentations, keynote addresses and broader panel discussions.

ILMC head Greg Parmley said:

“With input and active involvement from some of the most renowned security, venue and event experts in the business, E3S is shaping up to be a insightful and pivotal day.”

Dedicated presentations cover a range of topics including behavioural detection, crowd dynamics, search and screening and advances in festival security.

The four key E3S panels, meanwhile, are structured chronologically through an event, kicking off with the 3 Ps, Preparation, Planning and Prevention which considers terror methodologies, variation in protocols, communication channels and risk assessment.

Other parts of the agenda include “Rings of Steel: Securing Your Event, the 3 Rs: Reaction, Response and Recovery and The Show Must Go On: Moving Forward Together.

Presenters and chairs include Simon Ancliffe (Movement Strategies), Roger Gomm (Roger Gomm), Chris Kemp (MOM Consultancy), Ian Kerr (ID Resilience), John Langford (The O2 Arena), Carl A H Martin ( & Andy Palmer (Gatwick Airport).

The full agenda can be viewed here.

Kidderminster Harriers submit stadium plans

Kidderminster Harriers Football Club has submitted proposals to Wyre Forest District Council for a ground-breaking new stadium development in the town.

The proposed new site would be situated at the current Centre of Sporting Excellence on Zortech Avenue in Kidderminster, which is already home to the club’s Football Academy and a training base to its first team.

Under the proposals, the new venue would encompass a new, purpose-built stadium for Kidderminster Harriers, as well as a large training complex which would house all youth, academy and senior teams. In addition the site would also feature educational facilities for all age groups.

The club’s proposed relocation would also make available the current stadium site at Aggborough for redevelopment which, in the current climate, be enormously beneficial to the wider Wyre Forest population in in respect of housing.

Chairman Colin Gordon said:

Now is the time for us to be thinking about the future. I fully understand and respect that there is a sentiment around Aggborough Stadium as a footballing venue – it’s played big part in my career both a long time ago and more recently too.

But the simple fact of the matter is that we cannot be at the heart of our community if we’re sat in the middle of a housing estate – the local population is growing dramatically and we just aren’t physically in the right position to offer what we believe a football club should offer its community.

On a Saturday afternoon we want the entire area to come and watch an attractive, winning product on the pitch, but from Monday to Friday we want people to come and learn with Kidderminster Harriers; to be educated and taught and to develop. We want to have artificial pitches that friends and colleagues can use to play football themselves and have the site as a place that acts as a real hub for the community.