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Mike McKenna, one of Australia’s leading sports administrators, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive at the new Perth Stadium, joining VenuesLive Management Services to head up the team that will manage the new A$1.2bn venue and its surrounding sports precinct.

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Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is Substantially Complete and ready for business. Finished six weeks ahead of schedule, the new stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, features a bold, iconic design unique to Minnesota, fan-friendly elements and unmatched technology that make it a special NFL venue.

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HKS Sports & Entertainment Group’s Mo Stein, FAIA, FACHA, Principal, Fred Ortiz, AIA, Principal and Andy Henning, Principal, AIA, LEED AP, present their ideas on how to design world-class Spring Training Facilities, celebrating the firm’s innovative designs.

As many fans have always known, baseball is more than just a game. We recognise the power of baseball to bring people together, a game passed from generation to generation, while today, providing fans a modern, up-close opportunity to create their own memories and stories.

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Sports Minister Mia Davies joined members of the Sports Fans User Group to inspect the first of 60,000 seats that will be installed at the new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct following 18 months of rigorous consultation and testing.

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As reported last week, NFL owners voted to approve the NFL Rams Football Club return to Los Angeles, starting with the 2016 NFL season.

The 3.1 million-square-foot multipurpose venue — located at the site of the previous Hollywood Park Race Track — is being designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. The Rams’ new home will be an iconic structure and cornerstone of the 298-acre NFL entertainment and multiuse district.

Mark Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, said:

From our initial conversations with Mr. Kroenke and his staff, we knew this project was going to be a very special place that will change the face of sports and entertainment venues as we know them.

The unique climate, characteristics and culture of Southern California and Los Angeles are the foundation of the stadium’s design. As a necessity for year-round events of all types, a transparent ETFE canopy covering nearly 19 acres was developed to maximise flexibility, while maintaining an outdoor feeling and taking advantage of the sites climatic conditions. The form was driven by a number of factors, including air movement, local geographic features, site elements and overall integration into the district. Under this canopy, all sides of the building remain open-air, allowing natural breezes to pass through the venue and encouraging all the public spaces to take advantage of the indoor/outdoor experiences common to the region and lifestyle of Southern Californians.

With 70,000 fixed seats and the ability to expand up to 80,000 for major events like a Super Bowl, Final Four tournaments, collegiate bowl games and award shows to smaller-scale events like high school football games, soccer matches, motosports, extreme sports, concerts and community events. The stadium will also accommodate a total capacity exceeding 100,000 patrons with standing-room-only locations throughout the venue.

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes U.S. Bank Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, and major renovations and additions for FedEx Field. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top six architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 26 offices worldwide.

The new Perth Stadium structure has reached its full height of 42 metres with the first of 50 steel roof trusses installed on the Burswood Peninsula site.
  • First steel roof truss installed on the five-tier Stadium
  • Year one of construction completed on schedule

Premier, Colin Barnett, and Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, were onsite today to view the latest construction milestone.

The Premier said:

Just 12 months ago we were onsite to see the first concrete pile driven into the ground.

The progress since then has been remarkable and construction is now 33% complete based on design and procurement status. With the first of the roof trusses installed recently, the final height of the Stadium is now clearly visible.

The 50 roof trusses will be delivered to the Burswood site and installed over the next 12 months. The 45 metre-long steel trusses will support the lightweight roof fabric covering 85% of the 60,000 seats.

Ms Davies highlighted the significant involvement of local West Australian companies in the construction of the world-class venue:

More than 14,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the stadium’s steel frame. This includes 50 steel roof trusses manufactured at the factory of Henderson-based contractor, Civmec Construction and Engineering, with a workforce of over 120.

Subcontracts valued at more than A$159m have already been awarded to local companies and the opportunity for more WA businesses to benefit from Perth Stadium will continue in the years ahead.

Alongside installation of over 2,700 tonnes of steel for the Stadium structure, more than 600 of the terraced concrete platforms that will support the seats are now in place.

2016 will be the busiest period of construction and the Burswood site is set to become a hive of activity, peaking mid-year with a workforce of around 1,000 workers.

Fact file

  • Brookfield Multiplex is responsible for sourcing and securing construction contracts
  • Construction of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
  • Design team: Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup

Watch a virtual video tour of the new stadium online at:

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The new Perth Stadium in AFL format.

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The new Perth Stadium in concert mode.

Mosaic Stadium construction update: one year on from groundbreaking

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On the one year anniversary of groundbreaking, construction at the new Mosaic Stadium, the first phase of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, is approximately 44% complete.  

Mayor Michael Fougere said:

This is a tremendous source of pride for our community and we are very pleased with the progress the PCL construction team has made over the last year. There is a lot of activity in each area of the site and it has been incredible to witness how the stadium has taken shape. In another year’s time, we will be close to having a complete stadium.

Development of the west side of the stadium will continue over the summer and begin to mirror what has taken place on the east side. A dramatic change in the north end of the stadium will occur over the next number of weeks, as the construction of the Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club administration area begins. Later this year the structural steel work for the spectator roof will begin in the southeast corner of the multipurpose facility.

Sean Hamelin, District Manager PCL Construction Management Inc., commented:

We are right where we wanted to be a year out from the groundbreaking. We continue to receive great feedback from all our sidewalk superintendents and appreciate their enthusiasm for the project.

The first image of the interior of the General Admission (GA) Lounge, located on the main concourse level of the west side of the stadium was released. The General Admission lounge features food and beverage service, multiple video screens and will serve as a gateway from Confederation Park and the plaza space to the new Mosaic Stadium.

Fougere added:

This lounge is a unique feature of our stadium. It will be used year round for a number of events. The lounge can be accessed by everyone with a ticket to an event in the new stadium. A lot of thought was given to this area including a clever tribute to our current Mosaic Stadium.

Greg Whittemore, Associate Principal/Project Manager with HKS Sports & Entertainment Group who designed the stadium, commented:

The lounge celebrates the past by reusing the iconic bleachers from the existing Mosaic Stadium. Elements from the bleachers will be used as decorative ceiling elements, column cladding and the façade of the serving bar. This area will exhibit past memorabilia and celebrates the role of the fans in the life, spirit and vitality of the sporting community.

To track the latest construction progress, visit: www.ReginaRevitalization.ca and www.Newmosaicstadium.com and view the stadium camera.

The new Mosaic Stadium will be substantially complete in August 2016 and the first Rider game will be held in the new venue in June 2017.