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A topping out ceremony was held Friday, July 29, at the New Miami Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA, to celebrate the completion of the steel structure of a new shade canopy at the multi-purpose facility.

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Arena Zabrze is a modern football stadium complex with a 24,563-seat capacity; the only facility of its kind in the region of Silesia, southern Poland. The stadium has recently undergone complete redevelopment, with substantial renovation of the exterior structure and spectator stands.

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Seeding of the pitch at the brand new London Stadium – formerly the Olympic Stadium – began last week, with the playing surface to be ready for its first cut next week. The innovative Desso artificial turf fibres will ensure a world-class quality pitch for new tenants, West Ham United FC.

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Gianni Infantino made his first visit as FIFA President to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ host country earlier this month. Proceedings kicked off with a tour of the country’s largest and most iconic stadium the Luzhniki Stadium, where he received a comprehensive update on the excellent progress of the refurbishment work at this, the venue for both the Opening Match and Final match of Russia 2018, from Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

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In a continuation of a longer-term plan developed more than three years ago, the Ohio State University’s Department of Athletics has announced a proposed four-year renovation project for Ohio Stadium that will preserve and upgrade parts of the iconic facility.

Gene Smith, Vice President and Wolfe Foundation-endowed athletics director, announced the plans during a news conference at the stadium earlier this week.

The US$42m project will:

  • restore and re-coat the 94-year old concrete on C-deck
  • upgrade power distribution systems for the east, west and south stands
  • improve and upgrade B-deck to include better lighting, larger televisions, an improved sound system and better scoreboards, which will improve the experience of fans with obstructed-view seats
  • renovate the premium seating area to consolidate the university suites into one University Suite and add 35 loge boxes and 12 luxury suites

The University has been planning for this upgrade for several years. In 2014, seats were moved for the South Stands expansion. Prior to 2014, stadium seating capacity was 102,329. The 2014 project increased it to 104,944.

In order to complete the next phase of the project, as announced this week, an estimated 2,600 seats will be removed beginning with the 2018 season, returning the stadium to a gameday seating capacity of 102,854. Those seats will not be available for the 2016 season ticket holder seat selection process. However, they will be available this season for alumni and public purchase on a single-game basis. Even though seats will be removed, there will still be an overall gain of 525 seats over the pre-2014 south stand expansion. Most of the seats lost will be on B-deck in areas that can have obstructed views and where some fans traditionally consider the view to be less than ideal.

The proposed plan is subject to approval by the university Board of Trustees.

Smith advised:

We are committed to providing our fans, players and coaches with one of the best facilities in the nation. We knew we had to get some of this done in order to avoid future degradation of the cement on C-deck. At the same time, we have fans requesting upgraded seating options. We see this as a great opportunity to accomplish both projects. It’s an important investment in the stadium that is beloved by so many.

The proposed renovation will be funded by the Department of Athletics using auxiliary funds, debt and private donations. Ohio State’s athletics program is the largest of any public university, with 36 broad-based programs for men and women. The athletics department is completely self-supporting; it receives no state tax or student tuition dollars. In fiscal year 2015, the department transferred more than US$35m in assessments to the University. Transfers of funds from the department to the University are primarily made possible by the events that occur in historic Ohio Stadium. These funds broadly benefit Ohio State’s academic mission.

Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognisable landmarks in all of sports. Built in 1922, at a cost of US$1.3m and refurbished in 2001 for slightly more than US$194m, the horseshoe-shaped stadium is a monument to college football. Since the opening game against Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium’s portals.

Project timeline:

  • Design and build process completed in autuum/fall 2016
  • C-deck concrete restoration takes place in phases from 2017-2020
  • Removal of 2,600 seats begins with the 2018 season
  • University Suite expansion completed in August 2017
  • Suites and loge seats completed in 2019

Smith added:

We are committed to completing this process in the most fan-friendly manner as possible, recognising the loyalty of our longtime season ticket purchasers and donors and providing the seating options that our fans want.

The expansion of premium seating will also allow us to provide spaces for non-football events such as weddings, lunches, banquets and corporate meetings.

 

Image courtesy: Turner Construction.

The 2011 renovation of the Ohio State University’s historic football stadium’s south stands and scoreboard, included lowering the playing field more than 14ft, adding 81 suite boxes, 11,000 seats – the stadium now seats 98,000 – a stadium club, and a press box, while working around four football seasons. The project also included major ADA upgrades and renovation work to the concourse level, including upgraded restrooms and concessions stands. Turner won the 2002 AGC Build America Award and the 2002 AGC of Ohio Build Ohio Award for this project.
West Ham United FC revealed last week that a planning application has been submitted by E20 LLP for a spectacular wrap solution for the former London Olympic Stadium, which, if approved, promises to set a new benchmark in world stadia. The Club then confirmed this week that the Stadium will be increased to 60,000-capacity.

The Club and its stadium partners have worked tirelessly with leading digital experts to develop an optimum solution that would revolutionise the exterior of the Stadium. It would see the largest digital screens in Europe, measuring a massive 83m by 12m, installed on the outside of the Stadium.

If approved, the new installation will provide immense benefit to all partners of the Stadium, enabling events throughout the year, including West Ham United matches, to have a highly-visible, cutting edge digital platform for content, information and promotional material, all in glorious HD.

For West Ham matches, the Club’s fans will be able to enjoy clips of their heroes past and present as they make their approach to the world-famous venue they will call ‘home’ from August. So expect goals from Dimitri Payet or classic clips from Bobby Moore’s heyday to enthral the Claret and Blue Army on their way in to the Stadium.

And crucial to that end, the screens would be designed to respond to different brightness settings, meaning definition remains at an optimum level for day or night games in any weather condition.

The exciting new plans – which replace the previously submitted application – also include including prominent, Olympic legacy-inspired Claret and Blue shards, and the Club’s crest and colours, in addition to branding and advertising. This is key to the Club’s absolute commitment to ensuring the Stadium looks and feels like the unmistakable home of West Ham United.

Now that the above proposal has been submitted for consideration, West Ham United and its Stadium partners will be working hard with the planning authority to reach an agreeable outcome. A response is expected within the next eight weeks, to allow installation to take place between May and July.

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New Stadium capacity increased to 60,000

In conjunction with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), Newham Council and Stadium operators LS185, West Ham United announced that the former Olympic Stadium will now boast a capacity of 60,000 for Hammers matchdays.

The move will see the release of 6,000 additional seats, so that even more West Ham fans will be able to enjoy the team’s debut season on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Club announced late last year that the number of people registered on the Season Ticket Priority List five times exceeded the number of seasonal seats available. In the months since, the West Ham Board have been working closely with their stadium partners on how to accommodate the maximum number of Hammers fans.

This new higher capacity will bolster footfall to the site, with West Ham’s presence bringing 1.5 million visitors to the park each year.

With the Club’s transition to Stratford proving an overwhelming success so far, West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said she was thrilled that thousands more loyal Hammers fans would have the opportunity to take their place in West Ham history. She confirmed:

This announcement is further evidence of the upward trajectory of this Club. We are on course for what could be our most successful Premier League performance ever and our ambitions to finish in the top six and break into Europe are very much within reach.
 
West Ham fans are famous the world over for their wonderful support. They have demonstrated this once again at matches this season and in the way that they have embraced the move to the new ground. We are delighted to be able to reward that magnificent support by releasing additional Season Tickets and bring even more visitors to the Park to enjoy all that it has to offer.
 
The 2016/17 season looks bright for the team, the Club and our fans. Not only will we have one of the world’s greatest new stadiums, but now it will be one of the very largest in the world’s most-watched league – a Stadium with both the quality and the capacity to match our ambitions.
David Edmonds, Chairman of E20, added:
It is fantastic to see such a high demand for West Ham United tickets as it shows how eager people are to watch football at the Stadium. By meeting this demand the use of the venue will be maximised, increasing its revenue and the return to the taxpayer. It will also give more people the opportunity to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s beautiful parklands, historic waterways and unrivalled sports facilities.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said:
The Stadium is an iconic venue and it is fantastic that even more people will be able see football in such a high quality setting. Our investment in the Stadium was all about giving as many Newham residents as possible the chance to see top class sport in the borough. This announcement further supports that commitment.
Linda Lennon CBE, Chief Executive LS185, Operators of the Stadium said:
We are delighted to have worked with West Ham United to deliver this extra capacity. 60,000 fans will provide a great atmosphere and it is a superb way to begin the new season in this iconic venue.
Main image: Artist’s impression of the design submitted to the planning authorities.
Images courtesy: West Ham United FC

Liverpool FC has revealed designs for two new concourses in the expanded Main Stand, giving fans a glimpse of the state-of-the-art facilities they can look forward to next season.

The KSS-designed concourses celebrate Liverpool fans and their passion for the Club with artwork taking inspiration from the scarves and flags held high when the Reds play. Throughout the new space, the history of the Club is reflected in wall graphics displaying the most famous moments in the Club’s illustrious past.

Another unique feature includes a central seating area with some of the original 1906 seating incorporated into the new break out spaces offering a permanent reference to the existing stand. The Main Stand boundary wall, built even before football was played at Anfield, will also be recognised in its original location through a permanent tribute.

Both the colour scheme and materials have been inspired by Anfield’s architecture and the city of Liverpool honouring its industrial and maritime heritage.

The new concourses will be the biggest at Anfield and will be open to all fans with a ticket for the Main Stand providing fantastic new facilities for fans to enjoy in the largest all-seater stand in Europe.

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Images courtesy: Liverpool FC/ KSS

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For more information go to: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/announcements/211160-main-stand-update-exciting-concourse-designs-revealed

or visit: http://www.kssgroup.com/news/2016/liverpool-fc-concourses.php

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will face-off in an outdoor regular-season game at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic™, the NHL® has announced.

In 2017, the NHL will conduct a year-long Centennial celebration that will feature a variety of ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events that will highlight 100 years of NHL hockey and also will recognise a number of milestone anniversaries for member Clubs, including the Maple Leafs.

The game will be a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. On New Year’s Day 2014, a record crowd of 105,491 watched the Red Wings and Maple Leafs rekindle their Original Six™ rivalry at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Snow fell throughout the day, providing the perfect backdrop for a thrilling game, which the Maple Leafs won, 3-2, in a shootout.

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, said:

This meeting of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs offers an ideal launch for a fantastic 2017 — the year in which the National Hockey League will celebrate its Centennial, Toronto will commemorate 100 years of NHL play and Canada will observe the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Since the Red Wings and Maple Leafs made NHL outdoor history by drawing more than 105,000 people to ‘The Big House’ in 2014, this unique rematch provides a perfect beginning to an historic year for our League, our Clubs and our fans.

Additional details surrounding the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic™ – including broadcast and ticketing information and other events surrounding the game – will be announced in the coming months.

Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor, Brendan Shanahan, said:

The Toronto Maple Leafs are thrilled to host the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic and what will be a signature moment in our club’s 100th anniversary celebrations next season to share with all Leafs fans. BMO Field has been undergoing an impressive two-year long transformation and will make a wonderful site for this historic matchup with the Red Wings. We look forward to working with the NHL to help create what will be an important and memorable occasion for the game of hockey.

Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ken Holland, said:

It’s an honour to participate in the first NHL Centennial Classic and celebrate the rich and storied history of both the rivalry between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs and the history of our great league. The opportunity to play outdoors against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on New Year’s Day will certainly be a memorable experience for our entire organization and our fans.

The NHL Centennial Classic™ continues the tradition the League has established of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year to celebrate the origin and history of hockey. These organisations first played each other on Jan. 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars, 2-1, in a game near Detroit. Including the two games played already this season, in the 655 all-time regular-season games against each other, Detroit has captured 662 points against Toronto, holding a six-point advantage over Toronto’s 656. Additionally, the 117 playoff games between the franchises remains the second most in NHL® history (170, Boston vs. Montreal).

The current versions of the Maple Leafs and Red Wings feature some of the top talent in the NHL. Earlier this month, the Maple Leafs had two players and the Red Wings had seven players named to rosters for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The Maple Leafs are led by 2016 NHL All-Star Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri, and Morgan Rielly. The Red Wings roster includes star talent like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, as well as 2016 NHL All-Star Dylan Larkin.

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #CentennialClassic.

About BMO Field’s redevelopment

San Francisco-headquartered architecture and planning giant, Gensler Sports, is behind the design to expand Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium and home of Toronto FC, BMO Field.

The club and Gensler are increasing capacity at the venue from 21,000 to 30,000 permanent seats, with additional temporary seating for special events to accommodate up to 40,000.

Improvements include additional general admission seating decks, suites and club areas, as well as interior alterations to locker rooms, a new Tunnel Club, an expanded Rogers Club and a new video board.

Construction is currently underway on a new Premier League-style roof canopy and modifications accommodating Canadian Football League play. BMO Field will become the new home to the Toronto Argonauts and will host the CFL’s Grey Cup in 2016.

 

Image: Rendering of the upgraded BMO Field, image courtesy of MLSE.

Calls from three opposition parties for a referendum on the Budapest 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid has been rejected by the City Council, which also approved the list of venues should the Hungarian capital be awarded the Games.

A total of 21 Council members voted in favour of the latest venue proposals, with just one vote against and nine abstentions.

Seven clusters and five standalone venues would be in the capital city itself, which will include a brand new 60,000-capacity athletics stadium, as well as a velodrome and a tennis complex with a 10,000-seat main court. The Ferenc Puskas Stadium – formerly known as the People’s Stadium – which is currently being rebuilt to host games during the Euro 2020 Football Championships, would host the Games’ football finals. (The Stadium is the most important and largest sports institution of Hungary. It is the home of the Hungarian national football team, and many football clubs hold their most important international matches here.)

The majority of the remaining venues would be temporary, with sailing and open water swimming to be held on Lake Balaton (135km to the south-west of Budapest), golf would take place near to Lake Balaton (the largest lake in Central Europe), and the rowing and equestrian events would all take place outside Budapest, along with the preliminaries of the basketball, handball and football competitions.

It was also confirmed that the athletics venue would be redeveloped to a 15,000-capacity stadium in legacy mode.

A feasibility study conducted last year, predicted the development work to cost HUF Ft1.1 trillion ($3.7 billion/£5.3 billion/€4.9 billion).

Budapest is one of four cities competing for the Games, along with Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. (Hamburg having withdrawn from the race after a failed referendum back in November 2015).

A final decision on the winning bid for the 2024 Olympics is expected at the 2017 International Olympic Committee Session in Lima.

 

Image: Ferenc Puskas Stadium

Amsterdam ArenA – the Netherlands’ largest stadium and home to the football club AFC Ajax – invites creative thinkers and innovative entrepreneurs to contribute ideas for the stadium of the future. For this purpose, it is launching an international innovation challenge. The best plans will be tested and implemented in the newly renovated ArenA with the help of the municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Smart City, and the innovation partners Microsoft, Huawei, KPN, KPMG and TNO.

The innovation challenge is part of the Innovation Arena, an open online platform for companies, start-ups, technical engineers, students and other creatives to share ideas. The Innovation Arena is more than just an online platform for innovators. The best ideas, services and products can actually be tested during events or football matches in the stadium. Attracting over 50,000 visitors to each event, the Amsterdam ArenA will be one of the largest innovation labs in the Netherlands.

The innovation competition will be launched in connection with the large-scale renovation of the Ajax stadium. The renovation will commence in the first quarter of 2016. Rather than increasing the seating capacity, the objective of the project is to improve the level of service, quality and sustainability. More space will be created for visitors, and additional lifts, toilets, catering outlets and escalators will be installed. In addition, the ArenA wants to improve the facilities, for which purpose the stadium is calling on innovating entrepreneurs around the world to contribute ideas. One of the aims, for instance, is to reduce waiting times in queues. Other examples include creating optimal security, as well as a sense of being right at home, reducing waste, offering healthy food choices and connecting visitors and fans online.

Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA, said:

Innovation cannot be achieved alone; the best creations are the result of a cooperative effort. Together with our partners, we offer innovators from around the globe a magnificent playing field.

Entrants can go to www.InnovationArena.amsterdam to enter the competition in categories including Safety and Security, Healthy Food & Beverage concepts, Fan Experience, Cleaning & Maintenance, and Connectivity. The categories are designed to create an optimal visitor experience in the Amsterdam ArenA and the Amsterdam Southeast district.

Entry to the competition will close early in March of 2016 and the entered ideas will be evaluated by a jury consisting of innovation partners of the Amsterdam ArenA. All contestants will receive feedback in the form of a brief review. The winning ideas will be developed further in conjunction with the partners and tested in the Amsterdam ArenA Innovation Center that is based in the ArenA and in the stadium proper during events.

This is the first time in history for a stadium to launch a competition in order to generate innovative solutions.

Markerink added:

The competition is in keeping with our tradition of innovation. It is part of our DNA. To name a few examples, the construction of the stadium was funded through what is now known as crowdfunding, the so-called returfing technique was developed in the ArenA, and we were the first stadium ever to introduce our own electronic payment system.

In the area of sustainability, the ArenA has managed to realise quite a few ambitions; for example, the stadium is net climate neutral. For this purpose, the venue installed over 4,000 solar panels on the roof, and the stadium uses district heating from the nearby city of Diemen for heating and water from a nearby small lake for cooling. Photovoltaic cells will be integrated into the new façade, and rainwater will be collected for use in the toilets. Furthermore, the stadium creates its own energy storage by means of gigantic batteries.

On the eve of the first Rugby World Cup match to be held at the transformed London Olympic Stadium, Populous released this new video, explaining just what has changed in the stadium and surrounding park since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since being designed to host the world’s largest sporting event in 2012, the stadium has been totally transformed, to create a world-class venue for a range of sports and events, including football, rugby, athletics, cricket and concerts, with a new flexible seating system to give all spectators the ultimate experience.

Populous produced this video in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park/London Legacy Development Corporation, BuroHappold Engineering and Balfour Beatty.
For more information, please contact info@populous.com
Main image courtesy: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park/London Legacy Development Corporation.

Populous is an event sponsor for our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub next week, September 28-30. The firm’s Paul Shakespeare and Paul Paterson will also be presenting the findings of Populous’ year-long “Tomorrow’s Together: What will shape the venues of the future” project during the conference, which was conducted in conjunction with PanStadia & Arena Management.

If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

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The new West Stand at Leicester Tigers Welford Road Stadium is now under construction. The new development will seat approximately 3,100, taking capacity to 26,000, and will also provide the Club with new offices, a premium hospitality suite (The Clubhouse) and terrace. The new West Stand is a continuation of AFL’s 2009 North Stand development, and will sit on the site previously occupied by the Club House Stand.

The sweeping dynamic form of the Stand responds to the unusual trapezoidal shape of the site and provides spectators with excellent views of the pitch, with the design of the south west corner allowing for the next phase of development. For continuity of the Stadium’s development, the West Stand will use the same crisp palette of brick and curtain wall glazing materials as the North.

General admission spectator facilities are located on the ground floor, along with the ticket office and shop, with staff offices and associated facilities located on the first floor. The second floor level accommodates the Stadium Control Room, plus VIP Hospitality Suite and walk-out terrace.

The West Stand standard seating and concourse will be ready for the opening month of the season with the rest of the Stand due to complete in January 2016. The main contractor for the project is Buckingham Group.

Simon Cohen, Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers, said:

Welford Road is an iconic rugby stadium and we have worked closely with AFL over a number of years with the development of the North Stand and now the West Stand. The development of the new stand at the clubhouse end will provide improved facilities for our supporters and a new backdrop to the action on the pitch. We look forward to welcoming our supporters in their new positions in the new season.

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Images of Leicester Tigers’ West Stand redevelopment at Welford Road Stadium. Courtesy: AFL Architects.

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Project Team:

Architect – AFL Architects

Contractor – Buckingham Group

M&E Engineers – Arup

Structural Engineers – Mott MacDonald

Cost Consultant and Client Project Manager – Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP)

Concept/Detail Design Structure – AECOM

 

Representatives from Arup, AECOM and Mott MacDonald (along with a host of sports architects, engineers and designers) will be in attendance at next week’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, being held at the Singapore Sports Hub, September 28-30. If you haven’t already registered, then make sure to do so online TODAY at: www.saevents.uk.com

If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

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West Ham United Football Club (‘Hammers’) have announced that a stunning ‘West Ham’ seating design is to be installed at the former Olympic Stadium. 

Following extensive consultation with supporters, the seating layout will now be transformed to feature the unmistakable claret and blue colours of West Ham United, while preserving the iconic shard design synonymous with London 2012.

The enhancement – which will be paid for in full by the Club – will also see the words ‘West Ham’ emblazoned across the ‘Kop’ style East Stand, which will be complemented by the instantly recognisable crossed hammer symbol, synonymous with the Hammers, appearing across the lower tier seats and both the North and South stands.

West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said:

I am proud to unveil our final designs for the seating at our new home. My Board’s aim is always to exceed our supporters’ expectations. After detailed consultation with our Supporter Advisory Board and other fan groups it became clear that this matter was of paramount importance to them and reaffirmed our belief that we must work day and night to pursue a solution that they would be proud of.

It is important to note that this transformation, along with several others, is being completely funded by West Ham United as another example of our commitment to pay our way at the new Stadium.
 
We have always pledged that the new Stadium will look and feel like West Ham’s home and today’s announcement is further evidence that we have absolutely kept our promise.
 
The improvements to the seating are just one of a number of crucial changes that our supporters will see taking shape following the end of the summer events, after which the Stadium will be handed back to the construction team in November. Only then, will the real ‘Westhamification’ take place.
 
The day when we can finally unveil the finished Stadium to our fans is getting closer and I, for one, cannot wait.

The Club also confirmed that 20,000 new people have now joined the Priority List for Season Tickets at the new Stadium and the new-look seats will be just one of a number of major upgrades they will notice at the Hammers’ first game in their new home in August 2016.

The football requirements will also see an upgrade, when the current turf is taken up to be replaced by a new world-class playing surface. West Ham United Head Groundsman Dougie Robertson will oversee the construction and development of the pitch over the winter to ensure it meets the extremely high standards he has set at the Boleyn Ground.

Away from the pitch, fewer than 200 places now remain in Club London and its stunning hospitality areas will be fitted out from scratch. Among them is The Boleyn bar, The Arnold Hills and The Academy, each with bespoke interiors inspired by the Club’s rich heritage.

Once complete, the VIP areas will offer unrivalled luxury and style to the thousands of supporters who have already secured their VIP seat.

They will set a new benchmark in hospitality in line with the Club’s spectacular designs revealed in September last year.

The new Official Stadium Store will also begin to be fitted out in January ahead of its opening next summer.

The huge,  cutting-edge new retail space will be nearly three times bigger than the current Stadium Store and will mean tens of thousands of supporters can enjoy a wider choice of products and much quicker service every matchday.

There will also be a vast increase in West Ham branding around the Stadium to ensure it is a sea of claret and blue come the big kick-off next August.

The new West Ham United crest will have prominent placing throughout.

In addition to these significant developments, by the end of the year, the Club hope to confirm the final specifications of further groundbreaking marquee features, which are presently subject to planning consent.

Finally, the area that will host the new Champions Place stones and Champions Statue has also received planning permission for development, with work beginning in earnest in November.

 
Read more at http://www.whufc.com/News/Articles/2015/August/27-August/Hammers-announce-new-Stadium-upgrades#ZhQTpWXHUTmcgput.99

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To coincide with Manchester City Football Club’s ongoing stadium expansion, which will confirm the Club as the third largest ground in England’s Premier League, City has introduced all new Premium Seating and renovated its popular Legends Lounge at the world-renowned Etihad Stadium.

All three hospitality spaces are being showcased in a new sales showroom, designed to give fans a preview of new facilities and the Club’s enhanced hospitality offering.

The introduction of 93:20 and Joe’s Premium Seating allows fans an entry level to matchday hospitality, whilst the new-look Legends Lounge – pictured above – adds to Manchester City’s already unrivalled range of premium hospitality facilities, which have been given a radical overhaul over the last three years.

The most exclusive premium seat option is 93:20, which provides a new matchday experience for fans to watch the game from the comfort of a padded seat, with some of the best views of the match from either the East or Colin Bell stands. To accompany these premium seats, fans will have access to a brand new 1,800-capacity, private sports bar; named after the dramatic slip-second in time that Sergio Aguero clinched them the 2012 Premier League Title for the first time in 44 years.

93:20 is modern and minimalist in style with clean lines. Impressive wall and ceiling graphics tell the 93:20 story through various eyes, including Sergio Aguero, who describes how the game unfolded for him to score his wonder goal and commentator Martin Tyler, whose match commentary excited fans around the world.

The all new Joe’s bar is a stunning addition to the club’s hospitality offering. Joe’s is a vibrant, buzzy sports bar dedicated to the Club’s most successful manager, Joe Mercer, who reigned between 1965-1971, winning the Club the First Division championship 1967-68, the FA Cup in 1969, the League Cup in 1970, and European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970. The bar’s design features graphics, imagery and etchings across all surfaces including the walls, windows and the bar itself, telling Joe’s story through quotes and references of his finest moments.

As a further commitment to the Club’s stadium enhancement, the renovation of the ever-popular Legends Suite has evolved the venue into a modern, panoramic 450-seater restaurant with breath-taking views across the pitch, making it the largest hospitality lounge within The Etihad.

The open-plan, 132-table Legends restaurant is named after the many legends that have played, managed and lead the club to where it is today. Fans visiting Legends will be able to experience the thrill of watching new legends play on the pitch, and they will also have the chance to spot a real legend enjoying the facilities.

All three new hospitality facilities incorporate high quality, modern design and exude the warm welcoming atmosphere that the Club is known for, providing matchday experiences like no other club in UK football.

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The most exclusive premium seat option is 93.20 – named after the dramatic slip-second in time that Sergio Aguero clinched Man City the 2012 Premium League Title.

 

 

Ashton Gate Stadium redevelopment: Williams Stand demolition begins

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Demolition of the near sixty-year old Williams Stand started this week, as the third and most complex phase begins of Bristol Sport’s GBP£45m rebuild of Ashton Gate Stadium.

Three phases of work are now underway simultaneously at the home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby:

  • Phase 1 – demolition of the Wedlock Stand, replaced with the new 6,000-seater South Stand
  • Phase 2 – complete remodelling of the Dolman Stand, including complete new lower seating tier and Dolman Conference & Exhibition Hall
  • Phase 3 – demolition of Williams Stand and construction of new 11,000-seater, two-tier, West Stand

Bristol Sport Chairman, Martin Griffiths, said:

The redevelopment of Ashton Gate has been a complex project, and just to get to this stage, has been very challenging. As we now enter the final weeks of the construction of the South Stand and the complete refurbishment and modification of the Dolman Stand, demolition of the Williams begins.

We thank supporters for their patience and really look forward to welcoming everyone back to the new Ashton Gate Stadium at the start of the football and rugby seasons. Given there has been so much change it is going to take a short while for all to get used to their new surroundings, but it remains an exciting time both on and off the pitch.

Mike Henderson, project manager for Barr Construction admitted it is the busiest part of the build:

We’ve started on the main demolition of the old Williams Stand by taking away the concrete front deck using a hydraulic breaker. Starting at the Atyeo end, we will work along the old Williams Stand and work towards the new South Stand.

Once that’s completed we will bring in a large ninety-tonne demolition machine, which will remove the roof structure and basically take the stand down piece-by-piece to the ground.

All the external buildings around the old Williams have now been removed, including the Megastore and Hire Rite building. We will need all of that space to construct this new two-tier stand, which is far bigger than anything else in the stadium. I think everyone will be quite surprised by the actual size of it.

Fans will be greeted with the new South and Dolman Stands come the start of this 2015/16 season. The Williams Stand will be completely removed, with new foundations for the West Stand being laid ready for overall completion in July 2016.

Once finished, Ashton Gate Stadium will become the largest conference and events venue in the south-west.

 

Images courtesy: JMPUK / Rogan Thomson 

 

Our latest Q2/Summer ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine includes an in-depth Q&A with Bristol Sport’s Chief Stadium Operations Officer, Mark Kelly, on the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium and the fans first initiatives that will be employed in the new venue.