BAM International has placed the last roof trestle of the 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, located in Al Ain (approximately 150 kilometres east of Abu Dhabi, close to the borders of Oman) and has started the cladding. BAM started the design/build project in mid-2012 and the stadium is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013.
BAM International is executing the project with contributions from sister companies BAM Sports, specialised in stadium construction, and BAM Contractors from Ireland. The scope of work includes the construction of a soccer stadium with a gross floor area of 45,000 square meters, a six-storey commercial building, a sports complex including kids’ club and infrastructural works comprising roads, car parking, playing fields, landscaping and other utility services covering the forthcoming phases of the developments.
The construction of the stadium is a combination of structural steel and reinforced concrete on piled foundations with aluminium and composite external cladding and a palm bowl envelope. The unique, complex geometry of the steel roof comprising 38 metres long steel trusses (each weighing 25 tons) covered with a PVC tensile membrane creates a shade over the pitch and seating terraces to protect football players and visitors from direct sunlight.
Hazza Bin Zayed stadium will be managed and operated by Al Ain Club Investment Company. The stadium design is inspired by the natural landscape of Al Ain and encompasses both traditional and innovative design. It will be the new home ground for Al Ain Football Club and the mixed use development will provide a central location for sports and football enthusiasts, families, friends and business to come together.