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Rio’s ambitions to stage the world’s “best value” Olympics hinge, in part, on applying many of the legacy planning strategies of the London 2012 Games. With just two months to go until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio is “on the cusp” of reaping the same legacy benefits enjoyed by London, according to AECOM, the company behind both cities’ Olympic masterplans.

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We are delighted to announce that our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, will take place at a brand new venue – the Yokohama Arena in the City of Yokohama, Japan, from 26-28 September 2016. This 18th Stadia & Arena event will bring you together with many of the industry leaders in all aspects of sports venue design/build, management, operations and technology from around the world.
Our last two events have welcomed 500 attendees, with 50+ industry-expert speakers, 40+ industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors, all in addition to the high-level attendees from clubs, venues, leagues, federations etc. The 2.5-day event provides attendees with a unique opportunity to network, knowledge-share, learn and do business, all under one roof. Please register your interest in attending &/or participating in Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific by visiting our website at: or email the Event Director, Sam Wibrew, at:

Yokohama Arena

With a total area of 8,000sqm and a capacity of 17,000, Yokohama Arena is one of the largest multipurpose indoor arenas in Japan. It can hold music concerts, sporting events, shows, exhibitions, and a variety of other events. Yokohama Arena utilises such state-of-the-art equipment as 11,000 computer-controlled movable seats, a large four-screen projection system and a ceiling capable of suspending more than 100 tons.

Yokohama City

The City of Yokohama is Japan’s 2nd most populated city and a great tourist destination. Why not combine your participation in the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event with a visit to the colourful Shin-yokohama precinct, Cosmo World, the seaside Minato Mirai district with its 296m Landmark Tower, or even plan a tour to the magnificent Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) – Japan’s largest peak at 3,776m?


NB: You can read a comprehensive post-show review of our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event in the latest Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management and you can also watch a video online at:



The Olympic Hockey Centre has two match fields and one training pitch (Photo: Rio 2016/Alexandre Loureiro)

Work on venues at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks is almost complete. At Barra, the three Carioca Arenas are more than 95 per cent complete, the Future Arena  is 100 per cent, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium  is 96 per cent and International Broadcast Centre  is 100 per cent complete.

At Deodoro, the completed canoe slalom course will host the sport’s test event 29 November, and the finished BMX track hosted its test event last month. The nearby mountain bike course is also ready.

The hockey field held a test event beginning 24 November – eight teams featuring 144 players and 230 employees from 25 organising committee departments assisted by 166 volunteers at the five-day event.

Rio 2016 hockey manager Eduardo dos Santos Leonardo said:

Competition operations, results and medical services will be among the main areas tested.

The field of play, technology, sport presentation and results will be in full operation in Deodoro, working in the same way that they will during the Olympic Games.

The Rio golf  course  was unveiled on 22 November. The sport returns after a 112-year absence (St Louis 1904). Designed by American Gil Hanse, the 970,000m² course will have capacity for 15,000 fans during the Games and afterwards will help increase public participation in the sport in Brazil.

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The 280m canoe slalom course will host its test event, the Aquece Rio International Canoe Slalom, 24-29 November. The Olympic and Paralympic Village is now 97 per cent complete.

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Rio de Janeiro’s city government has provided its monthly update on the construction of new venues for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, showing that work at Barra Olympic Park, the main competition cluster, is now 92 per cent complete (up from 89 per cent last month). The city government’s figures showed that 12 venues across the two Olympic Parks are at least 90 per cent complete, compared with six last month.

In Barra, good progress was recorded at the Olympic Aquatics Centre (94 per cent complete, up from 89 per cent last month), Future Arena (96 per cent, up from 87 per cent), Olympic Tennis Centre (80 per cent, up from 74 per cent) and Rio Olympic Velodrome (70 per cent, up from 65 per cent). Meanwhile, work on the athletes’ village is now 97 per cent complete, up from 91 per cent last month.


Work is also progressing well at Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest competition cluster, where work on two venues – the BMX and mountain bike courses – is complete, while the canoe slalom course is now 98 per cent finished, up from 85 per cent last month.


The Rio de Janeiro city government, which is managing the construction works, provided the venue-by-venue percentages and photos below:
Carioca Arena 1 – 94%
Carioca Arena 2 – 96%
Carioca Arena 3 – 97%
Rio Olympic Velodromo – 70%
Olympic Tennis Centre – 80%
Future Arena – 96%
Olympic Aquatics Stadium – 94%
International Broadcast Centre – 97%
Main Press Centre – 90%
Hotel – 84%

Olympic and Paralympic Village – 97%
Olympic Golf Course – 98%

Mountain Bike Centre – 100%
Olympic BMX Centre – 100%
Whitewater Stadium – 98%
Youth Arena – 68%


All photos except Carioca Arenas: Rio City Government/Renato Sette Camara
Carioca Arenas photo – Rio City Government/Dhani Borges

$200m Estadio BBVA Bancomer opens as a new model for Mexican stadia

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Monterrey, Mexico, is now officially ‘home’ to the most advanced soccer stadium in Latin America, with Estadio BBVA Bancomer, home of C.F. Monterrey, having officially opened its doors on August 2, 2015, as the new model for Mexican stadia.

The USD$200m stadium, designed by global architecture firm Populous, in collaboration with VFO Architects, is being celebrated as the most hospitality-driven stadium in the region.

David Lizarraga, lead architect on the project and Senior Associate at Populous, commented:

Without a doubt, Estadio BBVA Bancomer will usher in the next generation of stadiums in Latin America. The level of detail in the design – from the stadium’s façade, which speaks to Monterrey’s heritage, to the hospitality experience – is unmatched. The stadium is a modern marvel; it’s been truly special to see the new home for Rayados come to life in Monterrey.

Inspired by the region’s history of brewing and steel manufacturing, the stadium’s self-supported tripod-like structure creates a sculptural design. The structure is clad in metallic armature and aluminium, paying tribute to the steels mills that once thrived in the city. The silhouette of brewing stills influenced the asymmetrical shape of the stadium that lowers to the south, framing the famous Cerro de la Silla Mountain.

The stadium’s design incorporates the most significant premium experience in any soccer stadium across the globe, with neighbourhood seating spaces designed for the hospitality-driven fan. The venue’s 4,500 club seats and 324 suites create a well-rounded experience and are coupled with a seating bowl that allows for intimate views, bringing fans closer to the field than any other stadium in the region.


About Estadio BBVA Bancomer

Estadio BBVA Bancomer was developed for FEMSA and C.F. Monterrey in Guadalupe, Greater Monterrey. The stadium replaces the leased Estadio Tecnológico as the home of the Rayados, ending 63 years of residency at that stadium. It was inaugurated on 2 August 2015 with the eighth edition of the Eusébio Cup.

It is the most recent generation venue responsibly planned and integrated into its surroundings by its architectural design, created by one of the firms that have developed more stadiums than any firm in the world, Populous, along with VFO Architects, one of the most experienced companies in sporting venues in Mexico.

About Populous

Populous has designed a number of projects in Latin America, including Arena das Dunas, which hosted a number of matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Estadio Omnilife, home of Chivas, and its current work on the new ballpark for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico.

Populous is a global leader in designing environments that draw people together, from stadiums to convention centres; airports to mixed-use developments. The firm has designed more than 2,000 projects worth USD$30bn.

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The list of industry elite speakers at this September’s must-attend conference and exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, reads like a veritable ‘Who’s Who’.

With more than 50 speakers now confirmed, the latest group of top industry professionals to confirm their participation at this 3-day event, being held at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 28-30, includes:

  • Trevor Easley, Host Country Security Design, Risk and Assurance Lead, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar)
  • Douglas Danapal, Business Manager, Singapore Rugby Union (hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series/Singapore 7’s in April 2016)
  • Melissa Pine, Tournament Director, WTA Finals Singapore
  • Jin Teik Oon, COO, Singapore Sports Hub
  • Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
  • Jason Hill, General Manager Commercial, Sydney Cricket Ground & Sports Ground Trust

Literally billions of dollars-worth of projects will be featured during the event, including the Rod Laver Arena redevelopment, home of the Australian Open; the new Shantou University Sports Park in China; and the new Zhuhai Tennis Centre, host of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai from 2015-2019; as well as a conference session focused solely on providing a regional roundup of projects and opportunities across Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.

Another huge coup for this year’s event is that the Disney Institute has confirmed their involvement, with two top executives, Alice Edinger and Wing Tan, to take part both in a panel session and to give a very special Closing Keynote.

With Asia Pacific offering an unrivalled number of sports venue development opportunities over the next eight years, with the region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, Singapore is definitely the place to be this September if you want to be involved in any of these projects.

If you haven’t already booked your place at this must-attend event, then we have even more good news for you; with the special Early Bird delegate pass promotion having now been extended until August 14. Delegates receive:

  •  Access to ALL conference sessions (i.e. both streams 1 and 2)
  • Free entrance to the Opening Reception
  • Free entrance to the main Evening Networking Reception on Day 2
  • All food and drink on site
  • Access to the VIP lounge in the exhibit hall (new for this year!)
  • The opportunity to attend a practical workshop demonstration of turf maintenance equipment at a nearby venue

Make sure to guarantee your place at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 by visiting the website: TODAY or for further information contact the Event Director, Sam Wibrew, via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678.


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific is PanStadia & Arena Management’s ‘live’ conference and exhibition, which is held annually, and covers all aspects of sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology. For the latest event news or to book your place at this must-attend event, go to:



Our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event welcomed more than 500 industry professionals to the Singapore Sports Hub.

Our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event welcomed more than 500 industry professionals to the Singapore Sports Hub.

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Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

Populous and PS&AM magazine to explore what will shape the venues of the future

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PanStadia & Arena Management (PS&AM) magazine, in partnership with global design practice Populous, are delighted to announce a year-long project to explore the future of sports and entertainment venues.

The experiences that draw people together have been at the heart of Populous’ 32–year history and form the starting point for the ‘Tomorrow’s Together’ project.

As they think about what will shape the venues of the future, three leading Populous designers – Chris Paterson (Australia), Greg Sherlock (USA) and Paul Shakespeare (UK) – start by asking themselves two questions:

What has the potential to reshape the way we design sports and entertainment venues?

Which trends are having the greatest impact by region?

To read more about the project team, and to watch a video about the early stages of the project, click here

You can read the project introduction in the 1st quarter (Spring) 2015 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, available here 

The results of the project will be unveiled at the second edition of PanStadia & Arena Management’s live event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30, with updates in each 2015 issue of the magazine.

Latest Q1 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management now available

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The latest Q1 (Spring) ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is now available in both digital and printed format, with ‘Venue in Focus’ features on Hungary’s Groupama Arena, the USA’s new Florida Citrus Bowl and England’s Derby Arena.

Other features in this issue include:

  • Looking Forward: highlighting a selection of the most eagerly-anticipated sports venue openings
  • Focus on the Middle East: illustrating developments in the region
  • Special Roundtable on Safety & Security: the key challenges for designers, operators and technology suppliers
  • Special Roundtable on Temporary Stadia & Major Sporting Events: the key design and operational considerations
  • Special Roundtable on Audio Solutions and how to ensure the most effective solution
  • CEO’s Roundtable: in which two key industry CEO’s discuss their role, the challenges they face and how they employ best-practice
  • Top 6 innovations to manage venues more efficiently

In addition, this edition includes a number of very interesting articles from architects, designers, consultants and technology suppliers, as well as our inaugural Playing Surfaces Buyers Guide: the industry’s first independent guide to the leading companies involved in all aspects of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf, from design and build to maintenance and protection.

Both our Q1 (Spring) ’15 edition and Playing Surfaces Buyers’ Guide can be viewed online at:


NB: Our next edition, the Q2/Summer ’15 issue, will be published in May and will include features on:

  • The growing use of LED technology
  • BIM in stadia design
  • UK country focus: focusing on the regions latest sports venue projects
  • Top 6 initiatives to increase your venues F&B revenues
  • Special Roundtable on the latest innovations in roofing design & engineering
  • Ticketing & Access Control
  • Fan Engagement & Enhancement strategies & solutions
  • Official preview of our ‘live’ event Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific
  • Supplement on Sports Venue Renovations
  • Q&A with Liverpool FC’s CCO, Billy Hogan
  • Special Roundtable with a selection of Stadium/Facility Directors
  • Venues in Focus will include: Baku National Stadium and France’s EURO 2016 host stadia

Should you wish to be considered for one of the Special Roundtables or to provide input for any of the above, then please contact the Editor, Katie McIntyre, via email at: or call her in the Irish office on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212.



FIFA confirms football venues for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Seven stadiums in six cities – Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte – will stage the matches.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s and women’s football tournaments will take place in six cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte. The football co-host cities were confirmed after a meeting of FIFA’s Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments on Monday (16 March) in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was decided that the 58 matches will be staged at: Corinthians Arena (São Paulo), the Maracanã and Olympic Stadium (Rio de Janiero), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Mané Garrincha Stadium (Brasília), Amazônia Arena (Manaus) and the Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).

Rio 2016 President, Carlos Nuzman, said:

The inclusion of Manaus in the Rio 2016 Olympic schedule will enrich the tournament with a visit of the football players to one of the most iconic locations in the world. I am certain that the Amazon will welcome the Olympic world with a memorable celebration.

Football is the only sport that will be hosted outside of Rio de Janeiro, with the tournament taking the Rio 2016 Games to the rest of Brazil. There will be 16 teams in the men’s competition and 12 in the women’s tournament. Further details about the Rio 2016 football tournaments will be confirmed by FIFA and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in the coming days.

Marco Polo Del Nero, chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments, said:

The Olympic football tournaments will be a fantastic opportunity to revive the great atmosphere seen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, not only in Rio de Janeiro, but also in the other five cities. They did an excellent job in 2014, and now they can use the World Cup stadiums and infrastructure already in place to unite the country for a major event once more. I am confident that the participating teams will have an unforgettable Olympic experience.

Two South American teams are already confirmed in the Rio 2016 men’s football competition: Brazil, as host country, and Argentina, as the winners of the South American Under-20 championship. In the women’s tournament, Colombia confirmed their place, along with hosts Brazil, by finishing runners-up in last year’s Copa America. All the remaining places will be decided by April 2016.

The men’s Olympic football competition features players up to the age of 23 (born after 31 December 1992), with the exception of three ‘over-age’ players per nation. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four and the competition will begin on 4 August, one day before the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The two best-performing members of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 20 August, a day before the closing ceremony, at the Maracanã Stadium.

In the women’s competition there are no age restrictions. The 12 teams will be split into three groups of four, and matches will start on 3 August. The top two teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals. The final will be played on 19 August, also at the Maracanã Stadium.


Image: The Amazônia Arena will host Olympic football in one of the world’s most iconic locations. (Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Upcoming feature on the most eagerly-anticipated sports venue openings of 2015-17

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If you are a venue owner/operator or an architect/engineer/contractor working on a sports venue project opening within the next 6-24 months that might excite our 20,000+ industry professional readers and which you would like to be considered for inclusion in our ‘Looking Forward: the most eagerly-anticipated venue openings’ feature, then please email the Editor, Katie McIntyre, at:

This feature will appear in our forthcoming Q1 edition (formerly known as our Spring issue) of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine that will be published March 20.

Please initially supply a brief project synopsis, including the slated opening date and the venue’s capacity, and note that we will need at least 1x hi-res JPG format CGI image to accompany the final text.

For further information, contact Katie McIntyre via email or Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212.

Note from the Editor

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I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of our advertisers, contributors and readers a very happy New Year and say that myself and all the team look forward to bringing you all of the latest news on stadia, arena, sporting events and venue projects throughout 2015.

This year is another exciting one both for the sports venue sector that we serve, as well as for ourselves, with a host of stadium and arena projects due to open their doors, and others to commence. We are also very excited to be launching PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s App and Enhanced Facility Watch, which will provide you with even more vital information on all of the latest sports venue developments and tender news from around the globe. (NB: You can view the 2015 Media Kit online at which details all of the stadia and arena projects to be featured in 2015, as well as the specific industry sectors/topics to be featured in each edition.)

Our forthcoming Q1/Spring ’15 edition will also be a historic issue, as it will include the inaugural ‘Playing Surfaces Buyers Guide’; our independent guide to the leading companies involved in all aspects of natural, hybrid and artificial turf playing surface design, engineering, installation and maintenance, which we are producing in association with ESTO.

We are compiling this Guide to especially benefit our readers in emerging and developing countries by presenting them with a definitive guide as to the leading companies that they should be speaking to in terms of their playing surfaces needs. The directory will also include some independently commissioned articles covering all aspects of the industry based on feedback from our readers over recent years. It will take the same format as our hugely successful Architects, Engineers & Specialist Contractors (AEC) Directory that was included in our Spring ’14 edition and which remains online at: with regular additions and updates.

In addition, this September will see the second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition. We welcomed 500+ top-ranking attendees to last year’s inaugural event and we are expecting even more to attend this year’s event, once again being held at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 28-30, 2015. Exhibition space is selling out fast and we are now accepting speaker requests and asking you to advise as to the topics you would like to see covered during this world-leading event.

If you have any news you would like to share either about a sports venue development, whether it be a new build or revamp, an innovative product, service or solution, then please contact myself, Katie McIntyre, either via email at: or contact me in the Irish office on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212.

In regards to speaker opportunities and possible topics for discussion at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, please contact either myself or Sam Wibrew via email at:

For all the latest information both on the magazine and the show, please ensure to regular check out (where you will find digital editions of the latest issue, as well as back-issues) and

On behalf of all the team, we look forward to working with you through 2015 and here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 12 months!

Best wishes and thank you for your continued support!

Kind regards,

Katie McIntyre

Publication Director & Editor, PanStadia & Arena Management magazine

Panel Moderator & Head of Audience Development, Stadia & Arena Events


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Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management now available in e-format

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Our latest Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management is now available in digital format with over 200 pages of inspiration for your sports venue, including a North America Showcase special supplement, detailing the latest sports venue projects and innovations from the region.

Venues in Focus in this 204-page edition include:

Saint Petersburg Stadium, which, upon completion in 2016, will be home to FC Zenit and will take on the mantle of Europe’s most modern stadium, Eastern Europe’s biggest and Russia’s only multifunctional stadium. The venue’s instantly recognisable form – designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa – will make it an iconic backdrop for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

The US$1.3bn, 68,900-capacity Levi’s® Stadium, which after nearly 17 years of starts and stops, finally opened its doors on August 17, 2014, as the new home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers.

The 51,000-seat Estadio de Futbol Monterrey, which, when it opens in July 2015, will be the MX$2.6bn (US$200m) new home of Rayados FC in the Mexico Premiere League.

In addition, this edition features our advertisers’ extended editorial spreads in which they showcase their latest projects, products and services, covering everything from architecture, design and engineering, to rigging & temporary structure solutions, as well as Sports Turf installation, maintenance and protection, and everything in between!

Read the latest issues online at:

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Allianz Parque opens its doors

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The much-anticipated opening of Allianz Parque, ‘home’ to soccer team Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, finally took place last month with an opening game and two sold-out Paul McCartney concerts. 

It is one of the most modern multipurpose venues in Brazil, capable of hosting concerts, conferences and soccer events; meeting FIFA standards to host international matches.

Construction began in 2010 and was completed in November 2014. The building work was done by WTorre Properties/Arenas, part of the WTorre Group, and is located on the same site of the origial Palestra Italia Stadium.

The first official game at Allianz Parque was held on November 19, 2014, between Palmeiras and Sport Recife of the Brazilian Soccer Championship, which saw the hosts lose 0:2.

Allianz Parque: Stadium Facts:

  • The new home for Palmeiras
  • Built over the site of former Palestra Italia Stadium
  • 45,000 seats with the ability to reduce down to a 12,000-seat amphitheatre
  • Media and Convention Centre building attached
  • Located in the Barra Funda district of Sao Paulo
  • Palmeiras opened the building on November 19, 2014, with a sold-out match against Sport (Recife)
  • Paul McCartney sang at two sold-out shows at the stadium on 25 and 26 November (the promoter was Plan Music)
  • Over 130,000 fans entered the venue in the first 7 days of events
  • The stadium is owned by WTorre and operated by AEG
  • Gourmet Sports Hospitality is the official and exclusive catering operator

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Design unveiled for Mexico City’s newest Baseball Stadium

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After sixteen championships and more than 70 years of history as the leading baseball team of Mexico, Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico are due to move to a new ‘home’ stadium, with an impressive 13,000+ covered seats and 3,000 berm seating, with a scheduled opening of February 2017.
Mr. Alfredo Harp Helú has commissioned Alonso de Garay (ADG) and Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido (Chief Designer, JAHN) to design the new stadium, which will be located within the sports complex of Magdalena Mixhuca.
Estadio Diablos will have a monumental lightweight roof structure resembling Diablos’ trident, which drastically contrasts the predictable roof geometry that has historically defined baseball stadiums around the world. Indicative of the sky, the roof design is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic. Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material, the roof will become an iconic symbol for the great City of Mexico.
In contrast to the lightness of the roof, the base level is ceremonial and draws from many cultural cues. Designed using local materials from the Valley of Mexico and inspired by the
pre-Hispanic era, the plaza level design has specific references to the court of the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame and emphasizes the connection between the earth and the heavens.
Alonso de Garay of ADG commented:
Our guiding concept was to establish the duality between prehispanic Mexico through the base and contemporary Mexico through the roof of Estadio Diablos which blends tradition, innovation, austerity and technology into one space. The procession from Estadio Diablos’ grounds into the ballpark alludes to climbing an ancient Mesoamerican temple. As the spectator approaches the grand entrance, they are confronted with six truncated pyramids cladded in indigenous volcanic rock. Once inside, a ring connects all the seats and functions into one experience with unobstructed views to the field.
The key goal for Estadio Diablos is the vision of a great public space, where the open space is as important as the built space, which is a prominent architectural feature within Mexican
Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, Chief Designer of JAHN, added:
Successful spaces must encourage strong social engagement, incorporate Mexican traditions and respect existing natural conditions. Therefore the new stadium is seamlessly integrated to four major public spaces with very distinct characteristics.
The CIVIC PLAZA is the point of entry located to the north and signifies the great urban vestibule, where the procession into the stadium begins. The PUBLIC PLAZA is located at
the southeast corner and designed to be accessible throughout the year. It will support the local community by providing an integrated approach to retail and cultural programs, such as
the Hall of Fame of Diablos. The GREAT BERM is where the synthesis of Mexican tradition and spirit of baseball coexist, hosting 3,000 spectators. The GARDENS, which are located at
the southwest corner, preserve and foster the existing local plant species and provide seamless integration into the surrounding context.
Estadio Diablos aims to reduce energy consumption, waste and emissions. The design strives for a Net-Zero building using passive systems with minimal HVAC integration and active water reduction systems. This goal of sustainable design including minimal ecological impact sets a strong precedent for a new standard of building within Mexico.
Gonzalez-Pulido continued:
Estadio Diablos is more than a stadium, it is Mexico’s ballpark. Our challenge was to make the stadium a social and cultural centre. As Estadio Azteca is the home of Mexican football, we strive for Estadio Diablos to become the home of Mexican baseball. Estadio Diablos is inclusive. It is a gift from Los Diablos Rojos to the Mexican people.
The strategic alliance between Alonso de Garay and Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido provides a strategic balance between Mexican culture and advanced technology within the new stadium
ADG is an architecture studio based in Mexico City and lead by Alonso de Garay, founded under the principles of re-valorizing cities’ historic, cultural, artistic and social content, to
generate new typologies that address the needs of contemporary societies. Museums, historic renovations, residential and office projects are among the firm’s most distinguished buildings.
JAHN is an international architectural firm headquartered in Chicago, USA, with offices in Germany, China and Qatar. Lead by Chief Designer Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, a Mexican native, JAHN’s approach is based on the principals of integrated design, cultural and site-specific research and building solutions with clients. The firm’s core values are structured within three main notions: experiential architecture, evolutionary ideas, and extraordinary design. JAHN’s recent project include Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, VEER Towers in Las Vegas, The Shanghai International Financial Centre, Sony Centre in Berlin and corporate headquarters of the Deutsche Post in Bonn, Germany, recently awarded the 10-year performance award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for its 85% reduction of energy consumption.
International team members include:
JAHN: Chief Designer Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido and his team: Sergio Valentini, Jon Gately, Sanaz Saeedi, Phil Stott, Joakim Wadenholt, Yuying Chen, Bryan Howard, Patrick Brown, Kun Liu, Joe Madon and Jacqueline Villa.
ADG: Alonso de Garay, orge Guendulain, Alberto Cabrera, Carmen Cantú and Eduardo Lorenzana
Populous: David Bower, Mike Sabatini and David Lizarraga
Werner Sobek: Roland Bechmann, Stephen Hagenmayer, Andreas Hoier and Thomas Winterstetter
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Images: © JAHN and ADG

Ceremony marks start of construction on Rio 2016 Olympic Park

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A ceremony was held on Friday July 6 to mark the start of construction works on the Rio 2016™ Olympic Park – which encompasses much of the Olympic and Paralympic competitions in the Games in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca. In attendance was the President of the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, among other dignatories.


The Olympic Park installations will take up an area of 1.18 million square metres. Competitions of 14 Olympic sports and disciplines will be staged there (Basketball, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Handball, Tennis, Cycling, Diving, Water Polo, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics) and nine Paralympic sports and disciplines (Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Bocce, Judo, Sitting Volleyball, Goalball, Wheelchair Tennis, Cycling and Swimming).


Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented during the ceremony:

Today is a historical day for Brazilian sport. The Olympic Park is the heart of the Games, and after 2016 it will leave as a legacy the first Olympic Training Camp in South America.


For the next 15 years, the area’s infrastructure and maintenance works will be managed by the Rio Mais Consortium, formed by construction companies Norberto Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez and Carvalho Hosken, winner of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP); the bid was conducted by Rio de Janeiro Municipal Authority last March.


Simulation of the Olympic Park Rio 2016(Art: Divulgation)


Deactivation of the Race Track

The Olympic Park’s construction works will begin in parallel to the progressive deactivation of the Jacarepaguá Race Track. The Race Track’s demolition will start by the uncovered grandstand area, and will not interfere with the race calendar.


The progressive deactivation of the Race Track is aligned with the construction chronogram of the Olympic Park, which was commonly agreed between the Brazilian Auto Racing Confederation (CBA), Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government and the Rio Mais Consortium. New auto racing venues will be built by the State government in Deodoro region.


The PPP that allowed the local infrastructure also guarantees the construction of a 400-room hotel, the Main Press Centre and three pavilions which will host the future Training Olympic Centre (COT) for high-performance athletes.


Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government will also be responsible for the Olympic Park construction through federal funds. This equipment is not contemplated within the PPP’s and the Federal Government’s scope, such as the Aquatic Park, the Tennis Centre, and the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), among others.


Foundation Stone of the Olympic Park Rio 2016™ (Photo: Divulgation)


Environmental Preservation

Environmental preservation is one of the principles that governs the construction works of the Olympic Park, in which 100% of the waste will be re-used. The emphasis on the environment has been thought through since the elaboration of the international competition which selected the Master Plan, held in August 2011.


In addition to defining public space areas (streets, open spaces, accesses, etc) in both Games and legacy modes, the winning urban proposal – by AECOM – foresees the transition between these two scenarios.


The project contemplates the ecologic recovery of the lagoon located in the area’s surroundings, accessibility, use of sustainable technological innovations and security. The Olympic Park’s infrastructure will have a water treatment system through natural filtration of water drainage, landscaping, lighting and paving roads.



Arena Group at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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From São Paulo to Manchester, Arena Group is helping provide football fans with unrivalled views of the FIFA World Cup, as one of the biggest events in the global sporting calendar heads into the final stages in Brazil.


The host nation marked the start of their campaign with a win at the Arena de São Paulo, where fans enjoyed uninterrupted viewing from Arena Group’s patented clearviewtm seating system.


Over 62,000 fans were welcomed into the newly opened stadium, which features the largest ever temporary structures to be built in Brazil: two 9,000+ seat demountable grandstands situated in the North and South stands.


Joe O’Neill, Global Business Development Director at Arena Group, said:

We worked closely with our Brazilian partners FAST Engenharia, who built the stands utilising Arena Group’s clearview™ seating system. The huge two-storey buildings incorporate food and beverage outlets, toilets and officials and media rooms, with full working electrics and water. Each structure stands at 102m wide and 30m height, with 54 rows of seats, making them the largest demountable structures in the country.


In the UK, Arena Group’s Arena Seating division was part of the team that created a Brazilian oasis in the car park of the former Granada Studios in Manchester. The space has been transformed into a beach soccer venue, where some the world’s best teams have been competing over the duration of the tournament. The venue is also being used for ticketed screenings of World Cup fixtures that are being shown on two large video screens.


Contracted by client SportCel on behalf of ITV Sport, Arena Seating designed and installed three tiered grandstands around the perimeter of the pitch, bringing the capacity to 2,200.  The grandstands are branded in-line with the aspirations of ITV Sport.


Back in Brazil, the world was watching when last week’s Quarter Final game between Netherlands and Costa Rica took place at the new purpose-built Arena Fonte Nova. The stadium’s standard capacity of 56,500 was increased by 5,000 temporary clearviewtm seats.


The world will be watching once more when the Netherlands meet Brazil in tomorrow’s game at Estadio National to decide on third place.

STECHERT seats installed at 4x FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil stadia

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As the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicked off in Brazil last week, fans from all over the world tuned in to watch their sporting heroes, with a further c.3 million visitors expected in the host venues themselves. Beside the action on the field, many of the fans can also enjoy the comfort of sitting in STECHERT seats.

In honour of the Brazilian “samba-culture”, host stadia in Recife, Curitiba, Manaus and Cuiabá were equipped with colourful models of STECHERT’s COPACABANA (Red Dot Design Award Honourable Mention), BERLIN (also used in the Olympiastadion Berlin), as well as their new KANGO Smart seats. Almost 200,000 seats have been installed in total, ensuring unique seating comfort, with top matches, like Australia vs. Spain (Curitiba), England vs. Italy (Manaus), as well as Germany vs. USA (Recife) being played in these stadiums.

Franz Stegner, Directing Manager of STECHERT, travelled to Brazil a few weeks ago to get an impression of the actual state of affairs. Together with the company’s Brazilian partner “Kango Brasil”, Mr. Stegner visited all four 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums that are equipped with their products. Additionally, the training stadium in Belo Horizonte was provided with almost 18,000 seats from STECHERT.

Mr. Stegner commented:

In terms of design and quality, the arenas in Brazil do not have to hide behind European standards. We are proud that our premium-quality products proved popular in Brazil and that we can contribute to these successful building projects. I am firmly convinced that the fans can celebrate wonderful football parties, in state-of-the-art stadiums, on first-class seats this summer.

By equipping one-third of the 2014 FIFA World Cup venues, STECHERT – a family-run company based in Franconia, Germany – will strengthen its position as a leader in the stadium seating sector, building on from their successes at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where most of the visitors took their seats on the company’s products.


Almost 1/3 of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil host stadia have STECHERT seating installed.

Almost 1/3 of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil host stadia have STECHERT seating installed.

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U.S. Green Building Council announces LEED certification for six FIFA World Cup 2014 stadiums

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Brazil is the 5th largest in the Top 5 markets for LEED-Certified buildings in the world
with the Maracanã, South America’s largest stadium, to host the Final of the FIFA World Cup 2014


With all eyes on Brazil, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that no less than six of the FIFA World Cup 2014 stadiums have achieved LEED certification, including South America’s largest stadium, the Maracanã (pictured above), in Rio de Janeiro.


Originally built and used for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the LEED Silver Maracanã stadium is once again reprising its role by playing host for the final game of the 2014 World Cup. Maracanã will also serve as a major sporting venue for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, hosting both the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as major sporting events.


The other LEED-certified 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums include Castelao Arena in Fortaleza (LEED Certified), Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador (LEED Silver), Mineirão in Belo Horizonte (LEED Silver), Arena da Amazônia in Manaus (LEED Silver) and Arena Multiuso in Salvador (LEED Silver).
Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, said:

Even as the world’s top teams take the field, the venues themselves are also in the spotlight, demonstrating not only the worldwide applicability and adaptability of the LEED green building rating system, but also Brazil’s leadership position at the forefront of the movement to high-performing green buildings. FIFA and the government of Brazil have shown great leadership and commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of these World Cup facilities and for making them a showcase of sustainable construction for the international community.


Felipe Faria, Managing Director of Green Building Council Brasil, noted that the Brazilian construction firm responsible for the certification of Maracanã, Odebrecht, pushed the boundaries of sustainable innovation, including features such as photovoltaic panels on the roof, rainwater reservoirs and selective collection for waste, stating:

Just over 60 years from its completion for the 1950 World Cup, Maracanã is once again making history. Indeed, the entire country of Brazil is making history with these LEED stadiums. We are grateful for the leadership demonstrated by the professionals in the marketplace and applaud their achievements. The many green elements incorporated into these stadiums will reduce the environmental impact of the games on Brazil, from improved transit access to lower water and energy consumption.


Each stadium incorporated multiple sustainable features that contributed to its LEED certification. For example, Castelao Arena features a 67.6% reduction in drinkable water consumption and a 12.7% reduction in annual energy consumption, while 97% of the project waste was diverted from the landfill. Arena Fonte Nova, meanwhile, used 20% of its building materials made from recycled content, diverted 75% of the project’s construction waste from the landfill and purchased 35% of its power from renewable sources like solar and wind.
Brazil is among the top five countries worldwide with LEED-certified projects, encompassing nearly 3 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space.


To date, project teams in more than 150 countries and territories have implemented LEED in their building projects, taking advantage of LEED’s framework to create structures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, provide healthier indoor environments for the people in the buildings and lower utility bills for building owners through reduced energy and water use.