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In the fifth part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight the brand new 68,000-capacity Baku Olympic Stadium, which was the centrepiece of this year’s inaugural European Games that were held in the Azerbaijani city back in June.

Baku was awarded the inaugural European Games at the 41st EOC Congress in Rome. The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijan President, Ilham Aliyev, who is also President of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee and the President of UEFA, Michel Platini. Azerbaijan was subsequently awarded four matches in UEFA’s pan European EURO 2020 soccer tournament – three group games and one quarter final.

For Baku 2015, there were four clusters and eighteen competition venues, twelve of which were permanent venues, of which five were new builds, namely the National Gymnastics Arena, BMX Velopark, Baku Aquatics Centre, Baku Shooting Centre and the Olympic Stadium. There were then six temporary venues, namely: the Water Polo Arena; Beach Arena; Basketball Arena; Mountain Bike Velopark; Triathlon; Cycling road race and time trial.

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Baku Olympic Stadium hosted the spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In terms of the timeline behind the Olympic Stadium’s construction, in late 2012, the Turkish firm, Tekfen Construction and Installation Co. Inc., was awarded the Design & Build contract, which was financed by the Azerbaijan national oil company SOCAR. The foundation construction then commenced in January 2013.

The initial stadium design by the Turkish company was then transitioned to the current design by the worldwide architectural and construction service provider, Heerim Architects and Planners, based in Seoul, Korea. Heerim led the entire design team and also provided construction management services.

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for the stadium.

To meet an aggressive eighteen-month design and build schedule, the project team performed design and construction simultaneously. To maximise design flexibility, the structural design used piled raft foundations, a system more typical of high-rise buildings than stadiums.

An advanced modelling approach, i.e. BIM, also supported the accelerated schedule. The engineering team developed an automated design routine to check beam and column reinforcement against seismic code provisions, greatly speeding the design process. Precast reinforced concrete, main and secondary steel structures were all modelled using Tekla Structures 19.0 and full fabrication drawings were delivered to the contractor’s fabrication facility in Turkey.

Construction of the six storey, 65.7m-high, 225,000m² venue – that sits on a 650,000m² site – was completed in February 2015. The 68,000-capacity stadium is now a prominent landmark in the city.

It has been designed to meet the highest international standards for stadiums set by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

With the European Games now over, the Azerbaijan national football team has taken up residency at the Baku Olympic Stadium, which is now their ‘home’ ground. The stadium will also host a number of major events in the coming years, including the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games and EURO 2020 matches.

 

An extended version of this article, including comment from the Organising Commitee, State representatives and others involved in the project’s delivery, will feature in our forthcoming Q3 edition.

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SIS Pitches get Azerbaijan stadium ready for Baku Games 2015

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SIS Pitches have completed work at the brand new venue, Baku Olympic Stadium – which will be featured in our forthcoming Q2/Summer ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management – ready for the first ever European Olympic Games later in the year. 

The SIS Eastern European team in Azerbaijan have built two brand new natural turf pitches; one training pitch and the main stadium pitch at the impressive venue.

Baku Olympic Stadium is to be used for the first European Olympic Games, with the opening ceremony taking place at the venue on 12th June 2015. The Games were designed and are to be regulated by European Olympic Committees (EOC).

The stage is currently being built over the pitch for the opening ceremony, which will see 6,500 athletes and officials in attendance, along with 5,000 volunteers and performers.

The SIS Pitches team will go in afterwards to re-turf the pitch ready for it to be used for the Games from 21st June onwards.

Following on from the Games, the venue will host games for the Azerbaijan national football team, as well as various concerts, and will fulfil FIFA’s and UEFA’s highest technical recommendations and elite stadium obligations for football stadiums.

George Mullan, CEO for SIS Pitches was very pleased to be working on this project, as he explained:

SIS Pitches are continuing to build their portfolio of work in Europe, and our team out there have already completed work in Azerbaijan, as well as Russia, Spain, Turkey and Denmark. It was great to secure this contract, and we were excited to be working on a stadium that will host the European Olympics, as well as many other sporting events.

Following the Games, both pitches will be under 12-month maintenance contracts by the SIS staff in Azerbaijan.

For more information on SIS Pitches work, please visit: www.sispitches.com

SIS Pitches to build new pitch for first European Olympics in 2015

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SIS Pitches have been contracted to design and build a new stadium pitch at Baku Olympic stadium in Azerbaijan, which will host the first European Olympics next year.

The Games were designed and are to be regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The First European Games will take place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in 2015, and every four years thereafter. Eighteen sports have so far been confirmed officially for the 2015 Games, with discussions ongoing for athletics.

The stadium in Baku is currently under construction and will be handed over early next year. SIS will build two pitches; one training pitch and one stadium pitch. Both pitches will be natural grass, however the stadium pitch will use 20mm turf from Germany.

The contract was won by the firm’s eastern European team, SIS EE, which is headed up by Ilyas Kobal, who commented: “Our team is looking forward to working on this project in Baku, which will play host to some high-profile and exciting events when it is complete. This confirms that the reputation of SIS Pitches is continuing to grow in Europe, and we are confident that there will be more projects like this to follow in the future.”

The venue will host games for the Azerbaijan national football team, as well as concerts. Baku Olympic Stadium will fulfil FIFA’s and UEFA’s highest technical recommendations and elite stadium obligations for football stadiums and is automatically qualified to arrange tournaments and qualification games in European Football Championships.

SIS has worked in Azerbaijan for the past five years and will construct two more projects in Azerbaijan this year. One project at FC Gabala will have a full size synthetic pitch from their Maryport factory installed.

George Mullan, CEO for SIS Pitches, commented on their working on this project: “SIS Pitches are continuing to build their portfolio of work in Europe, and our team out there have already completed work in Azerbaijan, as well as Russia, Spain, Turkey and Denmark. It is great to secure this contract, and we are excited to be working on a stadium that will host the European Olympics, as well as many other sporting events.”