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FC BATE Borisov unveil new stadium

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Belarusian soccer side FC BATE Borisov has opened the doors of its new stadium, designed by Slovenian firm, Ofis arhitekti.


Located in a forest area south of Borisov city centre, the 13,000-seat arena creates a new larger home stadium for FC BATE Borisov; the reigning champions of the Belarusian Premier League.


The idea of a new stadium had been a long time in the making; first as a fans’ dreams, with the breakthrough being the Club’s entry into the UEFA Champions League group stage. The team’s performance in UEFA’s Europa League contributed to the aspirations of many and made clear the fact that the Club needed a new arena that could stage group stage matches of the European Club Competitions.


In December 2009, in an interview to Pressball newspaper after the away match against Everton FC, FC BATE Borisov Chairman, Anatoli Kapski, shared his thoughts:

In recent time we think a lot about a new stadium. Fans want to see a bigger ground in Borisov. We discussed it with town and region authorities. We plan to initiate construction of a stadium with 12-15 thousands capacity, that would give us opportunity to receive international group stage matches in Borisov. It should not be an expensive project, but modern, convenient and functional. There are enough examples in Europe. For example, Ljudski Vrt in Slovenia, stadium in Mainz, AZ Alkmaar stadium. This can also be used by the national team. I think our town deserved it.


The idea of a new stadium united all the football-lovers of Borisov, and in 2010, work began. Borisov MPs created an initiative group and addressed the president of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, with the idea of building a new stadium.


Vladimir Guminskiy, one member of the group, commented at the time:

[The] Town Stadium, in spite of UEFA license, does not meet the level that FC BATE has achieved. As a result, the club has to play its home matches in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages in Minsk in Dinamo Stadium. What is more, soon the national stadium will be closed for renovation. And in Belarus there are no good stadiums to receive matches of this rank. We think our city has deserved the right to receive group stage matches of UEFA Competitions. That’s why we need a 12,000-15,000-capacity stadium. We can reconstruct the old one or build a new arena. And it is important that it meets all the UEFA criteria for games of high level. The head of the state gave the instruction to the Council of Ministers, Minsk Region Executive Committee together with Belarusian Football Federation to work through this idea and give their suggestions till 1 June 2010.


Having analysed the options, BATE chose Slovenian firm, Ofis arhitekti, which has a top reputation for its sports objects; the most well-known being Ljudski Vrt in Maribor, for which it was awarded a silver medal in the IOC/IAKS contest.


In the summer of 2010, architects Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman finished their work on the unique stadium project. This soccer-specific arena, with capacity for 12,548 spectators, meets UEFA Category 4 requirements, which means BATE can host not only the qualifying stages of European Competitions, but also group stage and knockout rounds of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.


The new stadium includes VIP/corporate boxes for more than 600 people, which are joined to the dressing rooms by a gallery that goes the whole way around the arena. Press box capacity can be changed depending on the demand; with some 144 seats equipped with tables but that can be increased to 256.


Great attention has been paid to safety and security, with the design meeting the requirements of both UEFA and FIFA, as well as to ensuring a fan-friendly experience. Flexibility of the arena gives the venue the opportunity to change the number of available food and catering points, as well as official merchandise outlets, depending on the number of tickets sold; with visiting fans egressing and ingressing via a dedicated gate.


The roof of the stadium is covered in metal sheets that allow light transfer through special lanterns hidden inside the roof structure. The floodlight lamps for the pitch are also located within the roof ends.


The building has its own, distinctive and modern character, based on environmental, user and environmentally-friendly approaches. The outside of the stadium forms a unified rounded impression of a single object, which despite the fact it is midsize, the seating seems large, dominant and powerful. Internally, the arena’s rounded shape provides good acoustics and atmosphere, and its north to south orientation ensures sunlight is evenly distributed across the pitch.


3,000m2 of public space is distributed throughout the ground floor level on the North, South and East stands. In the eastern part are the restaurant – which is used during the games as a VIP restaurant and a service elevator for catering serves the upper floor VIP lounge and the bar within the public foyer – and bowling. In the southern part is public fitness/gym. Other bars are for various commercial activities. All the restaurants have separate access from the platform.



Project credits:

Architect: OFIS Arhitekti
Project leaders: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik
Project team: Janez Martincic, Rok Gerbec, Andrej Gregoric, Konstantine Bogoslavsky, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Ana Kosi, Ieva Cicenaite, Grzegorz Ostrowski, Filip Knapczyk, Sergio Silva Santos
Collaborators: Lorna Jackson, Patrycja Majewska, Rita Dolmany, Dusan Chobor, Darko Ivanovski, Alex Manecan, Catalina Severin, Michele Albonetti
Engineering and local office: Magnus Group
Client: FC Bate, County of Borisov


Image credits: Tomaz Gregoric.

Source: FC BATE Borisov and Dezeen file:///C:/Users/User/Documents/PSAM%20digest%20we%20141114/OFIS%20Arhitekti%20completes%20bulging%20stadium%20for%20FC%20BATE%20Borisov.htm

Core Members chosen for New Downtown Stadium Project for Orlando City Soccer Club

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Image credit: Mark Thorstenson


Orlando City SC and the City of Orlando have announced the selection of Populous as the lead architect and Barton Malow as the construction manager for the new downtown Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium. Orlando City concurrently announced the selection of ICON Venue Group to serve as the Club’s owner’s representative overseeing the project.


The stadium is expected to break ground in 2014 and is funded through a 50/50 public-private partnership, with $40m pledged by the Club and the remainder via public contributions secured to date from Orange County, City of Orlando, Seminole County, and Osceola County. Orlando City SC has agreed to cover any cost overruns associated with the project. The stadium will be operated by the City of Orlando.


Orlando City SC President, Phil Rawlins, said:

We are truly excited to have Populous, Barton Malow & ICON Venue Group on board for the design and construction for the new, downtown stadium in Orlando. They each have proven trackrecords and I look forward to working with them as we continue our progress toward our inaugural MLS season in 2015.


The stadium will be located on Church Street, in a vibrant and expanding section of Orlando’s sports and entertainment district, adjacent to the Parramore neighborhood. The new stadium will be accessible by both car and public transportation, and will be adjacent to Amway Center, also designed by Populous, which will allow for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding community.


Prior to moving into the new stadium, Orlando City will play matches on a temporary basis at the newly renovated Citrus Bowl stadium.


Bruce Miller, Principal at Populous and leader of the design team, said:

This is an incredible opportunity for the City of Orlando to engrain soccer into the fabric of the city with the design of a new, soccer-specific urban stadium. Our design team is excited to work to capture the spirit of both the city and the fan base in our design to create a stadium that will be vibrant, intimate and iconic. It’s an opportunity for the team to redefine the soccer experience for an entire region.


David Price, Vice President at Barton Malow and leader of their construction team, said:

Barton Malow is thrilled with our selection as the Construction Manager for this landmark project. As a lifelong soccer fan, I look forward with excitement to the many positive benefits and opportunities that the Orlando City SC’s new stadium will bring to our community.

During construction, Barton Malow will focus on providing innovative solutions that emphasize a complete street-to-seat experience for the Orlando City fans. We will do this by using an array of advanced construction technologies to accomplish the project’s programme, budget and schedule goals. We also look forward to engaging our community by maximizing opportunities for local firms and residents to participate in the construction process.


ICON Venue Group’s – who most recently worked with Populous on the Las Vegas Arena project – Executive Vice President, Charlie Thornton, added:

From the enthusiasm of the fans, the dedication of ownership, support of the City of Orlando and success of the team, this project has so much momentum. We are invigorated by the movement and thrilled to be part of Orlando’s soccer legacy.