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Ups and downs in facility projects October 2013

Building large public facilities like stadiums and arenas involves ups and downs for the developers, owners, local governments and communities in which they are being built. Here are some of last month’s ups and downs:

UP

The Grand Stade d’Agadir opened ahead of ifs hosting the World Club Cup in December. Foot Expo Forum, which takes place during the World Club Cup (18-21 December), secured some of the dream team from London 2012 – Derek Wilson, Andrew Williams, Kevin Owens and David Higgins – to speak about achieving excellence at an international sporting event.

DOWN

Two spectators died in a crowd crush at the Stade Olympique de 5 Juillet in Algeria. A second worker died on the construction site of Levi’s Stadium in California.

UP

Ibrox Stadium is three-quarters of the way to full wi-fi coverage. 802 Event wi-fi has already completed and tested the wi-fi deployment in the historic Govan Stand as well as all the concourses and restaurants and is on target to hook up and test the two stands behind the goals by mid-autumn.

DOWN

The C-Center arena project at UC Riverside, envisioned as a 7,000-8,000-seat building has been dropped by the university. The RFQ (request for qualifications) and RFP (request for proposals) process failed to inspire any interest.

UP

Rossetti was honoured by the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the A Celebration of Architecture Awards. Rossetti’s work on the Incheon Football Stadium and Sungui Arena Park, and the Al Rayyan Sports Complex received the Architectural Honor Awards for “Building” and “Unbuilt” projects, respectively.

UP AND DOWN

Madrid lost the vote to the host the Olympics to Tokyo but Atletico Madrid’s new stadium remains fully funded. Managing Director Miguel Angel Gil Marin said:

Our intention is to finish construction work during the 2015-16 season and officially enter our new stadium on 1 July of the same year so that we can play there in 2016-17.