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Singapore National Stadium solves issue of spectator comfort in the tropics

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Arup’s innovative design for the world-class 55,000-seat national stadium is a model for future sustainable stadium design. From the outset the design ambition was to create a sustainable, fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub, accessible to all.

Clive Lewis, design leader for the project, briefed conference delegates at Stadia & Arena 2014 at the Sports Hub earlier this week. Lewis was one of the many architects and engineers discussing the latest ideas for stadium design and effectiveness. The Stadia & Arena event will return to Singapore in 2015.

Arup was enlisted to lead the architectural and engineering design of the Singapore Sports Hub, conceived as part of the greater Marina Bay Masterplan to reposition Singapore as a great place to work, live and play. The appointment followed expertise demonstrated by the firm in creating international landmark stadiums like the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), the Allianz Arena and the City of Manchester Stadium.

Addressing the issue of spectator comfort in the tropics, Arup designed an ultra-thin dome roof structure with a movable roof that extends over the pitch. The clever design provides shade during events and an energy-efficient spectator cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat in the stadium. To maximise the stadium’s utility, an innovative moving tier design allows the venue to accommodate a wide sporting calendar of events from cricket to football and the annual National Day Parade.

Design versatility

Versatility is a key component of the stadium design. By integrating moving tiers, palletised turf modules and a fully closing roof, the stadium can accommodate a wide calendar of sporting events like football, athletics and cricket as well as other events such as the National Day Parade.

The focus has been to achieve this flexibility within the design without compromising on the proximity and quality of view for spectators at a football match.  The stadium will be the first in the world to combine the sports of football, athletics and cricket in the same arena.

An engineering feat

The National Stadium will be one of the largest in the world. Clive Lewis, design leader for the project says, “We designed the stadium as an elegant dome spanning 310m – that’s close to four A380 airplanes parked wing to wing. Not only is it wide, the ultra-thin shell roof structure is also very efficient and uses minimum materials for construction.”

Comfort in the tropics

The new National Stadium is a model for tropical climate design. It features an innovative energy-efficient spectator cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat in the stadium. These pockets of cooled air will reduce energy use significantly, compared to a more conventional overhead cooling system.

The Sports Hub is Arup’s latest landmark project in Singapore following the successful completion of the necklace of attractions around Marina Bay which include the Singapore Flyer, the Helix Bridge and the Marina Bay Sands® integrated resort.

When completed in 2014, the Sports Hub will reinforce Singapore’s position as a major international sports destination, following the success of events like the F1 and the Youth Olympic Games.

Tonga National Stadium heads into feasibility study

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games.

Commenting on the funding, Prime Minister Key explained:

New Zealand looks forward to working with the Tongan Government to improve Teufaiva Stadium in the lead up to the 2019 Pacific Games and other international events.

Teufaiva Stadium is already an important site for domestic rugby, athletics and community events and will be a great venue for the Pacific Games.

New Zealand supports a fit-for-purpose upgrade of the stadium that will expand its utility while supporting the strong community that participates in current stadium events.

I’m happy that New Zealand can assist Tonga in its efforts to promote sports and healthy lifestyles in Tonga.

The first step in the upgrade work will be a New Zealand-funded feasibility study and design, and technical support for the Tongan Government.


Tokyo’s 2020 vision – interview with LOC CEO Masato Mizuno

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Tokyo’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) learnt its lessons from previous attempts and came out on top this time, writes Guy Oldenkotte.

The Tokyo 2020 vision promises Games built on Delivery, Celebration and Innovation. Tokyo 2020 LOC CEO Masato Mizuno (pictured right together with Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020) said:

Our aim is to make Tokyo become an Olympic community. We want participation through all generations in Tokyo and beyond. Ultimately we want people to learn about Olympic values such as friendship and respect. The 2020 Olympics will leave a wonderful society behind in Tokyo once the event is over.

Despite these ambitious aims, the Tokyo bid was hampered by the low confidence and support of the Japanese population. The country is still recovering from the 2011 tsunami, and infighting in domestic politics has seen the government struggle against the global economic crisis. Nevertheless, Mizuno believes the Japanese rallied well behind the bid:

It is true that previous polls showed reservations by many Japanese when asked about the bid. But the latest figures say that over 70% of residents in Tokyo support the bid.

To Mizuno comparing polls about support by the population of the various bidding cities means little. Japanese are humble and aim to deliver. They will only celebrate and be jubilant once a task has been accomplished. To him the ticker tape parade, which Olympic athletes received when they returned from the 2012 London Games, is a perfect example of Japanese support for Tokyo’s ambition:

This was the first-ever heroes’ parade of Olympic medallists that was organised to express the nation’s gratitude. TV viewership rates for the event were amazing and over 500,000 people lined the streets on a Monday, to offer a heroes’ welcome to the athletes. Japan won a record-breaking 71 medals in London. The parade was an extraordinary display of Japanese passion and the remarkable power of sport to unite and inspire. The Japanese Olympic team’s unprecedented performance in London makes us even more determined to deliver a dynamic celebration in the heart of the world’s most forward-thinking city.

Tokyo is planning to use 35 venues for the various sports in 2020. Twenty of these venues will have to be built from scratch. Mizuno assures:

Eleven of them will be permanent and legacy. But we will not have any white elephants after the event.

In November last year London-based Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the new Olympic Stadium. In 2020 this new stadium will replace the existing national stadium that was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

With the establishment of the new Olympic stadium in motion, Mizuno believes there is plenty of opportunity for providers of products and services to be involved:

We will certainly consider any idea or technology that is suggested to assist us accomplish our ambitions.

A full version of this interview appears in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Grenada National Stadium rebuild

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China’s government has earmarked $31.49 million for the rebuilding of the National Athletic and Football Stadium in Grenada.

According to Caribbean Journal, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said the project was part of a major push on improving the country’s sporting infrastructure, including the construction of the Kirani James Mini Stadium in St John and lighting for night activities.

Grenada will also be launching a Community Sports Programme in conjunction with sporting associations and parish sports councils.

Stadium inside a stadium for Hungary national

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Hungary’s government has unveiled plans to build a 65,000-seat national stadium inside the walls of the existing Ferenc Puskas stadium. The track will be removed to provide room for new accommodation spaces and the old walls used to create the external facade.

This project is the latest in a series of proposals to deliver a new national stadium. Construction of a new athletics track, Olympic swimming pool, and velodrome next to the national stadium are also part of the project. Construction is due to start in 2014 with the opening intended for 2017.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.hungarian national stadium



Chef brothers who fuel the Hampden Roar

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Brothers John and David Buskie cater for fans at Hampden Park.

Brothers John and David Buskie cater for fans at Hampden Park.

An aspiring footballer whose career was ended by injury has still found a role at the home of the Scottish game – as head chef at the National Stadium. John Buskie, 32, from East Renfrewshire had boyhood dreams of turning professional and turning out for Rangers, but his playing career was cut short at just 16 when he ripped his calf muscle.

Yet after following an alternative career path he still made a proud debut at Ibrox, when he was appointed sous chef at the stadium, before going on to win the prestigious job of head chef at Hampden Park.

John persuaded younger brother David, 30, to also pursue a culinary career and they have been a successful partnership ever since. For the past year the brothers have worked with Sodexo Prestige, which provides all catering and hospitality services at Hampden. John said:

As a football fan it is a real privilege to be working at the home of the Scottish game. Hampden really is a fantastic venue and to be involved in the hospitality for an international is a proud experience.

As a chef it is also a tremendous professional challenge. We do everything from providing an a la carte dining experience in the hospitality boxes, to catering for fans at major concerts, or helping feed delegates at corporate events.

Brother David, sous chef at the stadium, added:

Not everyone would enjoy working with their older brother, but we make a great team. Hampden is definitely the best place we’ve worked. It is incredibly varied and the buzz about the place is tremendous.

Since arriving at Hampden a year ago the pair have already catered for a number of dignitaries at Cup finals, a number of 2012 Olympic football matches, and several other major events – totalling more than 18,000 covers.

Most recently they fed fans who turned out for Gordon Strachan’s Hampden debut as Scotland manager at the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Wales. The menu featured a perfect match of traditional Scottish and Welsh dishes including cawl cennin – a Welsh leek and potato soup with Lothian potatoes and Ayrshire ham; succulent daube of beef sourced from Buccleach Farms in the Borders with haggis bon bon from Macsween served in a wild pepper cream sauce and a platter of Arran cheese.

From East Renfrewshire, the Buskie brothers credit their mother for their success after she instilled in them the importance of being self-sufficient. The brothers keep each other on their toes with a healthy rivalry as they work together to create adventurous menus using locally sourced produce to give customers and clients fresh, seasonal food.

The year ahead brings much excitement for the pair with the Sodexo Prestige team catering for a star studded calendar at Hampden including Robbie Williams, Bruce Springstein and Bon Jovi.