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Boston United submit planning application for new Community Stadium at The Quadrant

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Boston United FC Chairman, David Newton, has this week confirmed that a planning application for the Club’s new Community Stadium at The Quadrant has been submitted to Boston Borough Council.

Commenting on the application, Newton said:

This is the culmination of many years of hard work. Following the demise of the club back in 2007, we have worked hard to stabilise the finances of the club; ensure the first team manager has the best playing budget that we could provide; rebuild the reputation of the club locally and within the football world; build a large community and education programme and of course all has been done during the worst recession on record.

In tandem we have been trying to secure the long-term future of the club by ensuring that it has a new home when the lease expires on the York Street ground in January 2018. The Community Stadium plans have been developed following the extensive public and fan consultation that was undertaken at the end of 2013 and we believe that the proposals will not only provide Boston United with a secure home; but clearly show the aspirations of the club and provide sufficient income generating facilities for a financially viable future. However, The Quadrant is about so much more. It will create a new southern gateway into the town; provide around 500 new homes to help meet current and future housing projections; provide new food, retail and leisure opportunities; the first part of a potential distributor road network and create up to 460 full-time equivalent new jobs.


He added:

Q1 will be carefully designed to fit into its ‘semi-rural’ location and reflect the character of the local area. A very detailed Masterplan has been submitted with the application which explains the rationale behind the proposals and the vision of how we wish to see the development evolve.

Not only is The Quadrant vitally important to the future of Boston United Football Club, but it will also bring much wider benefits to the local economy. Chestnut Homes have a long history of building new homes in the Borough and so we are very excited to be able to bring forward such a high profile development that has the potential to have a really positive long-term impact for the Borough as a whole.


The plans have been designed to create a new stadium that is financially viable, and which helps secure a future for the club and the wide range of community, sports, education and training programmes that it delivers. The Community Stadium’s design includes a sports hall, an all-weather 3G pitch for community use, plus educational and conferencing facilities. The stadium will offer a 4,000+ capacity suitable for the Conference Premier Division, which is easily adaptable to football league standards. Alterations were made to the original stadium design details to reflect feedback from the Club’s supporters.

The Quadrant’s dedicated website and Boston Borough Council’s website will have full details of the planning application once it has been validated, and further details will be released over the coming weeks.


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

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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.

Design unveiled for Stadium Port Miami

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David Beckham’s proposed Miami MLS team will be playing in a new, hi-tech, 25,000-capacity stadium located on the city’s exclusive waterfront if the group, of which he is the managing partner, behind the venture gets its way.

The renderings, produced by Miami-based architecural firm, Arquitectonica, also show a hotel, retail space, a tiered plaza, and a new public park built on an unused drawbridge. The group also wants to build a public plaza in the stadium’s shadow with shops, restaurants, a nightclub, and an outdoor venue for film/sports screenings and concerts, as well as a potential soccer museum.

Beckham said in a statement: “I asked my team to develop ideas for a stadium that embraces the best of the destination. Even though we are in the early stages of building the franchise, I believe we have a vision that not only Miami would be proud of, but one that will resonate around the world.”

The investors and advisors, who have pledged to privately fund the building of the stadium and its ancillary elements, hope to have the works completed in time for the 2018 MLS season.

AS Roma unveil new stadium campus

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The new home of AS Roma has been unveiled with plans for a premier state-of-the-art football stadium, incorporating the industry’s most sophisticated spectator technologies, security and fan amenities. With an intimate seating bowl of 52,500 seats, natural grass pitch, and a PTFE canopy covering 100% of the stadium seating, Woods Bagot design for the Stadio della Roma is set to become a category-defining football and multi-purpose entertainment venue for Italy and indeed Europe.

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “For an architect who has spent much of his career designing stadiums, and most of his vacations in Italy, the Stadio della Roma truly is a project of a lifetime. Rome has an unparalleled architectural history. To be able to build anything there is a gift, to build a new home for AS Roma and the most passionate fans in football is heart stopping.”

The design features a state-of-the art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum. The result is an extremely dynamic and contemporary form, firmly grounded in the rich history of Roman architecture.

A distinctive feature of the design is the new ‘Curva Sud’. Long recognised as the section of the existing Stadio Olympico that is home to AS Roma’s ultra-supporters, the new stadium will have a steeply pitched, clearly delineated separate section of 14,800 seats, with a more ‘muscular’ and raw architecture to provide a clear and unquestionable identity as the heart of AS Roma fans.

The architecture enables the stadium to be easily configured to multiple stage configurations, including retractable stage canopies, rigging, and turf protection systems, providing extreme flexibility as a concert venue with an expansion capacity of 60,000. Stadio della Roma will be the first truly sustainable major sports venue in Europe that incorporates a carbon neutral footprint, maximum recycling capabilities and state-of-the-art renewable energy and conservation programmes.

Amplifying the game-day experience has been integral to the design. The new stadium’s sightlines and proximity to the pitch are designed to deliver a vivid and action-packed fan experience. Every seat will offer unparalleled views of the action; along with stadium-wide Wi-Fi capability and mobile connectivity. There will also be super-premium club seating section of 600 seats in the lower bowl with direct access to a pitch level club offering views of the teams as they exit and enter the pitch. Another special feature of the pitch level is a massive hydraulic lift allowing a dramatic entrance for the players during warm-up, reminiscent of the gladiatorial lifts in the historic Colosseum.

“It is very exciting to have such a significant project as my first stadium designed with Woods Bagot. Stadio della Roma will be one of Europe’s most sophisticated stadiums and will be groundbreaking in the inclusion of a significant ancillary development of restaurants, entertainment and training facilities, creating a 365 day destination,” says Meis.

Led by Meis, Woods Bagot is delivering the architecture for the stadium design with a dedicated design team based in Woods Bagot’s Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco studios.

“We are very proud to be associated with AS Roma, a major club with a long and proud history,” says Ross Donaldson, Woods Bagot Group Managing Director. “This project is an exemplar of design intelligence philosophy and is a landmark in the evolution of the firm and the ‘arrival’ of Woods Bagot in the global sporting arena.”

The stadium will be located at Tor di Valle, south-west of the historic city centre. Scheduled for the 2016-17 Serie A season, costs are estimated at US$400 million.

Early completion of first works on the new Perth Stadium

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Pre-construction site works at the new Perth Stadium have finished six weeks ahead of schedule, bringing the State one step closer to the start of construction on the world-class venue.

Terry Waldron, Sport & Recreation Minister, along with Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia, visited the stadium site yesterday to congratulate the project team and contractor, Ertech Keller Joint Venture, on achieving this significant works milestone.

Mr Barnett, said: “The pre-construction site works are critical to ensure the ground is fully prepared for the stadium and sports precinct construction due to start at the end of 2014. The work involved the compaction of nine hectares across key areas of the site and installation of 55,459 wick drains to provide a drainage path for groundwater up to the surface. More than 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge was then placed across the site. The sand will be left to settle for the next six to nine months, ensuring optimal ground conditions ahead of the start of construction.”

Mr Waldron added environmental and settlement monitoring would continue during this period. Some parts of the site will settle up to two metres – at an average of 4 to 10mm per day.

“The length of the wick drains inserted into the site would stretch from Perth to South Hedland if laid end-to-end, and the volume of sand surcharge placed across the site would fill 288 Olympic-size swimming pools,” stated Mr Waldron. “We shouldn’t underestimate the enormity of the physical works that have been undertaken on this site. Despite the geotechnical challenges associated with building on the Burswood Peninsula, the State Government ensured the proper planning, investigations and modelling were undertaken, resulting in a fantastic outcome.”

Meanwhile, the Minister said the rigorous evaluation of the three proposals to design, build, partially finance, and maintain the new Perth Stadium and sports precinct continued on schedule. Each proposal is several thousand pages long and responds to the technical, operational, and commercial requirements set in the Request for Proposals documentation. The successful consortium and its design will be announced mid-year.

Quick Facts on the new Perth Stadium

  • Open for the 2018 AFL season
  • It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events
  • Initial 60,000-seat capacity
  • A ‘fans first’ approach to design and technology
  • An integrated public transport approach that includes rail, bus and pedestrian solutions
Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

VTB Arena park wins Best Russian Project in the MIPIM 2014 awards

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The VTB Arena park project has been named the Best Russian Project in the recent MIPIM 2014 awards. NB: This project is featured in the latest Spring 2014 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.


This project includes the entire reconstruction and refurbishment of Dynamo Central Stadium and its surrounds. The resulting complex will be an outstanding example of an innovative approach to the arrangement of sport, entertainment, living and working space in a metropolis environment.


Speaking on the project’s mission, Mr. Andrei N. Peregoudov, Senior Vice President of JSC VTB Bank, Director General of CJSC “Management Company” Dynamo, and VTB Arena park project director, said:

The all-embracing idea of a healthy lifestyle for city dwellers with the chance to live a life worth living in the very heart of the capital, is the basis for the integrated city ensemble concept. The complex being created composes elements that ‘shape’ the city ensemble. These elements are unique in terms of functionality, and are the ideal combination of architectural solutions. The residential area, historic park, office buildings, hotel, sports academy, renovated small arena, and revitalised stadium will all be interconnected by retail areas.


Lead design of VTB Arena park’s Sport Facilities, David Manica, of MANICA Architecture added:

The formula for combining sport venues with commercial entertainment developments is certainly a well-accepted and proven recipe for success. But never before has an outdoor stadium, an indoor arena, and a retail entertainment district been combined into one building as a singular structure. And, with VTB Arena park’s location immediately adjacent to a larger integrated commercial and hospitality development, makes the future synergies even more exciting. I believe this project will change the way people think about the potential of sport, entertainment, and commercial developments.

The Manica-designed stadium is part of the overall VTB Arena park project.

The Manica-designed stadium is part of the overall VTB Arena park project.

Multi-use trend emerges at IAKS Congress in Cologne

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There was no mistaking a major theme coming through at the IAKS Congress and Awards: multi-use as a way of achieving economic sustainability, including the combination of large spectator facilities with community use. Examples included London’s legacy venues, the Copper Box, Velodrome and Olympic Stadium. Neil Fraser from Make Architects described how the Copper Box was designed to very quickly become a multi-use facility driven by the needs voiced by the local community, including schools. The Velodrome is undergoing some fit-out – a cafe and a reception desk – but most of the work is on the extended velo park next door.

The ‘New approaches to design and management’ session typified the different possible approaches to multi-use, from the architectural and engineering solution in Lille’s Grand Stade to the multi-functional training centre in Xativa Sports City in Valencia and the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, USA. Chairman Sven-Ake Wikers put questions about programming, energy use and identity to the panellists, whose buildings, although with varying capacities, all need to serve different event clients with short turnaround times and as efficiently as possible.

Lille’s stadium is a sports stadium, sports arena and concert hall in one facility. It achieves this through having a sliding roof and a pitch that stacks internally. Architect Pierre Ferret reported that during its first season, each half of the pitch has retained its performance and appearance due to the maintenance regime. He also confirmed excellent acoustics for pop and classsical music in the curtained hard floor ‘boite des spectacles’.

Xativa Sports City is a renovated park with 8,000 sqm covered and 40,000 sqm of outdoor athletic, aquatic and fitness facilities, plus cultural, meeting and education spaces. Architect Maria Angeles Sanchez Ortega used colour to define areas for different user groups and integrated storage for team equipment. “During construction we always tried to reduce costs to adapt the project to affordable prices,” said Ortega in response to a question on architecture in a time of austerity.

The question of finance was also fundamental to the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, one of 26 such centers funded by a private endowment of $1.5bn. Architect Craig Bouck described the selection process carried out by the Salvation Army, the organisation entrusted with the task of providing facilities to underserved communities, and its journey towards delivering leisure and cultural facilities, which it had no previous experience of doing. In Phoenix, the Center provides indoor and outdoor facilities, responding to the climate with shaded areas, water preservation and natural lighting and ventillation. Typifying the new thinking, the chapel is at the front of the building on the ground floor and immediately above and also at the front is a boxing gym, which appeals directly to the sporting instincts of the local community.


And the winner is…IAKS, IOC and IPC awards

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Bao ‘An Stadium was the gold medal winner in the major outdoor stadium category of the IOC/IAKS Awards.  Its design, by gmp architects, uses bamboo for architectural and structural effect. The stadium hosted soccer during the Universiade but was designed primarily for athletics. It cost Euros 60 million for 40,500 capacity and operating costs in 2012 were Euros 1.25 million.

The London Olympic Stadium, designed by Populous, received a silver medal, with recognition for the choice of materials and structure and technical systems specifically for the Olympics and the ability for rapid dismantling and reconfiguration. The stadium’s designer Tom Jones (pictured receiving the award from Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, Executive Board Member IOC and Dr. Stephan J. Holthoff-Pförtner, IAKS President) revealed in a IAKS Congress session that the architectural design specified an orange track, which was overruled by the client who wanted to use a track which favoured the sprint events but was not available in the colour required.

Naradowy Stadium in Warsaw won bronze. The jury recognised “the technical solution but also the image that a national stadium should create for the future”. PGE Arena won an IPC/IAKS Distinction bronze medal for the range of services provided to visually-impaired spectators, including a touch tour and tactile model of the stadium.

Make Architects (pictured below – Stuart Fraser left) were double winners for the Olympic Handball Arena, the Copper Box. The design won IPC/IAKS Distinction bronze for accessibility and the IOC/IAKS jury liked the natural light system so much that it made a special award. Other winners included Lee Valley Whitewater Centre (FaulknerBrowns – pictured below right), Max Aicher Arena (Behnisch Architekten) and Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (gmp).

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Perth super stadium request for proposals issued

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The Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron have announced details of the Request for Proposals (RFP) that have now been issued to the three short listed consortia for the design and build of the new Perth stadium and Sports Precinct.

The new Perth Stadium will feature two super screens at least 20 x 12m in size and about 1,000 television screens to ensure fans do not miss any of the action on field.

The television screens will be spread throughout the concourse to make sure fans stay in touch with games, even if they leave their seats.  Radio commentary will be played into the stadium’s toilet facilities.

The stadium will also allow patrons to stay connected with access to wi-fi, mobile phone quiet zones and at least 10 mobile phone recharging stations.

The technology features are among the specifications set out in a 2,000 page document released to the three consortia vying to build the new Perth Stadium. Premier Colin Barnett said.

The RFP provides a range of minimum standards the design must meet and outlines the technical, operational and commercial requirements to design, build, partially finance and maintain the stadium and its surrounding sports precinct.

Specifications focus on providing a spectacular fan experience with seating as close to the field of play as possible, unobstructed quality views – regardless of the seating configuration – plus comfortable and well-proportioned seats.

Premium facilities will offer unique experiences for patrons, including the Field Club, allowing fans to watch home team players warming up; the Coaches Club, positioning fans alongside the home team’s coaches box; as well as a Sky View Lounge and range of other function spaces.

The Premier said the stadium would also contain outstanding facilities for players, including change rooms dedicated for use by the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers; three multi-use warm-up rooms; and a shared recovery facility with four six-person plunge pools/ice baths, as well as two 12-person spas/hot tubs.

Two of the warm-up rooms will also have the capacity for use as an indoor cricket practice facility, and when combined with the first-class recovery facilities, provide a world-class cricket facility for both home and away teams. Barnett added:

The input from our Sports Fans User Group and all our stakeholders has been an essential element of our ‘fans first’ philosophy.

Other key requirements include the provision of unrivalled facilities for people with a disability; recognition of the Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Burswood Peninsula site; access to standing areas in addition to seats; and the provision of a range of food and beverage options, including a 500-seat buffet restaurant and a 150-seat a la carte restaurant.

Waldron said he was very pleased to see that pre-construction works were progressing well at the Burswood Peninsula site:

Between now and December, while work is under way to prepare the site for construction, the three consortia will engage in an interactive tendering process with the State Government.

The State has already started weekly workshops with each consortia as part of the four-month interactive process.

The deadline to submit a fully costed response to the RFP is mid-December, 2013. The successful consortium will be selected by June, 2014 and construction of the stadium is scheduled to begin in December, 2014.

Waldron said support for local industry and the development of the Western Australian workforce was an important part of the selection process.

USTA confirms $550m National Tennis Center stadiums and retractable roof

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The USTA has announced its plans for a sweeping transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that will include the construction of two new stadiums, as well as a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The facility will be able to accommodate an extra 10,000 people each day during the US Open, increasing attendance by approximately 1,200,000 visitors.

USTA Chairman of the Board and President Dave Haggerty said:

We have been working toward a viable design for a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for more than a decade. Through a long and arduous process, we feel that we now have a design that meets the criteria of being architecturally sound, aesthetically pleasing, reasonably affordable, and buildable.

Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, added:

We have an aggressive construction agenda for the entire National Tennis Center, with a new Grandstand Court built in time for the 2015 US Open, new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium by 2017, and a new Louis Armstrong Stadium opening for the 2018 US Open. We recognize there are many known, and certainly many unknown, hurdles we will have to confront to meet this schedule. We are ready for the challenge and hope we can achieve it.

The cost for the transformation is estimated at $550 million, including the cost of the retractable roof, estimated at $150 million. As it has done with improvements to the National Tennis Center in the past, the USTA will self-finance the entire cost of this transformation through a combination of bonds and USTA revenue generation. Since 1994, the USTA has invested more than $500 million in improvements to the site.

In addition to the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, phase one of construction is scheduled to include the shifting of the existing practice courts and two tournament courts to the north. This will allow the construction of an expanded viewing area for the practice courts and the three new tournament courts. This enhanced fan experience will require the re-building of the current transportation facilities located adjacent to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The retractable roof is being designed by ROSSETTI, the designer and architect of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The USTA has hired Hunt Construction Group to build the retractable roof structure. As designed, the retractable roof constructed of flexible, translucent PTFE fabric stretched over a steel frame, will be supported by eight steel columns surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Phase two of the transformation will be anchored by the construction of a new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium in the southwest quadrant of the Tennis Center. Simultaneously, field courts 7 through 16 will be moved south so that a larger pedestrian and fan esplanade can be created, better connecting the new Grandstand with Court 17. This southern expansion also allows the USTA to further enhance the fan experience, with a new additional food court, new merchandise locations and sponsor exhibit booths, and other fan amenities across the southern expanse of the Tennis Center.

The project’s final phase will include the construction of a new 15,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium. The USTA expects final design work for Armstrong to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months. The targeted completion date of the stadium, which will be built “roof-ready,” is August 2018. Also during the third phase, the USTA will complete a series of upgrades to the East Entrance, the most trafficked entry point to the US Open.

IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards: decisions made but under wraps for now

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The jury session of the IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards has been completed and awards have been made. What we don’t know is which projects have come out on top. All will be revealed in an exhibition at the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with the international trade fair “Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities“ (FSB) in Cologne 22-25 October 2013.

For the IOC/IAKS Award, IAKS received 97 submissions from 30 countries. 31 projects from these 97 are additionally competing for the IPC/IAKS Distinction. The IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals received 30 submissions from 20 countries.

23 projects were awarded as follows:

  • 3 IOC/IAKS Awards in Gold
  • 5 IOC/IAKS Awards in Silver
  • 12 IOC/IAKS Awards in Bronze
  • 3 IOC/IAKS Special Prizes

Five projects were awarded the prestigious IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility. At the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 2013, one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal were awarded.

The presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award and the IPC/IAKS Distinction will take place at the 23rd IAKS Congress in Cologne on 22 October 2013.

Falcons reveal dynamic stadium design

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Concept plans for the Falcons stadium have been approved.

Concept plans for the Falcons stadium have been approved.

Plans for the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium are moving rapidly ahead. Design architect 360 Architecture has presented concept designs to The Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors, which were accepted. The architects now immediately move into the schematic design phase. 360 Architecture has selected three Atlanta-based firms, pending final contracts, to partner in the design – Goode Van Slyke Architecture (GVSA), Stanley Beaman & Sears, and tvsdesign.

Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said:

The conceptual design phase of the new stadium project has been a dynamic, interactive and collaborative process. Our discussions and decisions have focused on creating an iconic asset for the city and state, a great game day experience for our fans and attendees of other events that will be held in the new stadium, and a connection with the surrounding communities. We look forward to moving into the more detailed design phase with our great partners at 360 Architecture and their recently-selected joint venture partners.

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European soccer stadium tenders

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Tenders have been issued recently for a number of medium-sized soccer stadiums in Europe. In the Czech Republic, the municipal stadium of Ostrava needs to be rebuilt around new northern and southern stands at an estimated cost of €17.7 million. The tender requires a capacity increase to 15,000 and the installation of technical equipment such as CCTV, fire detection, access control and AV to meet IAAF and UEFA standards. The award process is under way and, once made, there will be 10 months to complete for a May 2014 opening.

Meanwhile, the city of Usti nad Labem is looking to rebuild its municipal football stadium, to meet the criteria of the Football Association of the Czech Republic in two phases. Firstly, the old tiers need to be demolished and a new central tribune built, with player, VIP and media facilities. Secondly, spectator grandstands are required with appropriate facilities, including concessions and toilets.

Other requirements are internal and external fencing, a scoreboard, lighting, a heated pitch and external landscaping. Value is €6.5m and the main contractor has already been chosen after an electronic auction. Appointment of subcontractors now getting under way.

FSV Zwickau is building a 10,000 capacity stadium, with one main stand. Interested parties will receive full specifications (architect is ARC) in February 2014. The selection of general contractor will be made by summer 2014, for completion summer 2015. The budget is €18 million.

Reduceable capacity for Al Wakrah Stadium

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Al Wakrah Stadium will have a gross tournament capacity of 45,000 during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, reduced to 20,000 in legacy by the removal of modular top tiers. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has appointed KEO as the Project Manager and AECOM as the Design Consultant for the project.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, said:

This is an important step for us as we deliver on our innovative hosting concept. We are looking forward to working with our partners on Al Wakrah Stadium to construct an amazing sporting facility that both serves the local community and integrates with Al Wakrah’s fabric. We are delighted with the sustainable legacy that this stadium, as well as forthcoming ones, will leave behind for Qatar and the world.”

In the coming months, we will also bring on-board a project manager and design consultant for Al Rayyan Stadium.

CH2M HILL, the Programme Management Consultant for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, will supervise both KEO and AECOM to ensure the successful delivery of the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct in line with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals.

AECOM in association with Zaha Hadid Architects will work collaboratively with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, CH2M HILL and KEO throughout the design and delivery process to ensure compliance with all required design standards and sustainability requirements, as well as all the local and international codes relevant to the project.

AECOM will ensure the integration of cooling technology systems with climate control objectives and requirements for renewable energy production.

Al Wakrah Stadium's top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

Al Wakrah Stadium’s top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

World’s biggest transparent roof for Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Minnesota Vikings and HKS Sports & Entertainment Group have together unveiled the design of the State’s new multipurpose stadium. The design package will now be submitted to the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee and the City of Minneapolis for review. Michele Kelm‐Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said:

We wanted a design that encourages a connection into the neighbourhoods, that will spur economic development and that will act as a destination rather than a barrier. The design, the amount of glass and light and the transparency makes this an iconic building that will attract a Super Bowl, NCAA basketball and baseball tournaments, world class concerts and other great events. The benefits to the state’s economy will be incredible.

Architect HKS has designed the largest transparent roof in the world to overcome climate challenges while providing an outdoor feel. With ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) on the roof’s southern half, fans will feel as if they are sitting outside without being exposed to the elements. Sustainable characteristics will be utilised to produce lower operating costs in winter and summer. HKS said that the stadium’s sloped roof will be the most efficient roof structure in the USA, even considering the snow‐loading requirements with Minnesota’s climate. Heating technology is reported to be involved.

The final design departs from earlier concept designs which showed a rounder shape and is more obviously by the designers of Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys stadiums. The roof is fixed but the end doors open.

Groundbreaking for the 65,000‐seat stadium will take place in October 2013, and demolition of the Metrodome will begin early in 2014. The new stadium is scheduled to be open in time for the Vikings 2016 season.

Bryan Trubey, Design Principal, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, said:

The design reflects the true story of the Minnesota community with its international style driven by climatic response and energy conservation. The interior volume makes it the most versatile, multi‐use building in the country with the most advanced digital age technology.

Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf added:

Vikings fans will be closer to the action than any stadium in the country. The combination of operable end walls with a clear roof and large windows throughout the facility will give fans the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: an outdoor feel with protection from the elements.

John Wood, Senior Vice President at Mortenson Construction, the stadium builder, said:

We look forward to bringing this wonderful design to life and beginning construction in a few short months.


The Vikings stadium will have the biggest transparent roof in the world.


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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