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Hazza Bin Zayed – the new flagship stadium in the UAE – celebrates 1st anniversary

Promising spectators a new level of sporting experience, Hazza Bin Zayed is the new flagship stadium in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to 25,000 seats, the new home of Al Ain FC football club features nine lounges and restaurants, a medical centre, and a media centre, as well as further facilities to hold local, regional and global events.

The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is an architectural marvel and one of the most impressive and technologically advanced sports venues in the UAE. It is also now home to the region’s most successful team, Al Ain Football Club. It can accommodate 25,000 spectators and was completed in a record time of just 17 months, measuring up to the very best international standards.

The stadium covers an area of 45,000sqm and is 50 metres high, making it one of the tallest buildings in Al Ain City. It hosts more than 3,000 premium seats; one of the highest ratios of premium seating in the world for football stadia. The inspired design of the outer façade is based on the trunk of the palm tree, an integral part of the UAE’s heritage and legacy. It is located close the main highways linking Al Ain to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with Al Ain Airport just 15 minutes away.

This is the first stadium in the world designed specifically to embrace and harness shade, featuring a unique parasol roof to fully shade all fans, the roof of the stadium is an iconic part of the entire development. The result is a stadium that is open and passively cooled, providing an intimate and engaging atmosphere for the proud and patriotic Al Ain FC fans to get close to the action on the pitch.

The outer shell of Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is made up of 600 independently-mounted fabric panels with independently controlled LED lights, capable of covering the surface of the structure with pre-selected coloured lights or designs, which can be seen from 360 degrees by all passing traffic and visitors – a beacon in the landscape.
With technology as a key driver, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium needed equipment to match its reputation in the region and so JBK Controls International’s UAE office was assigned with the installation of around a dozen systems, including a pro audio system. For the latter, JBK Controls International secured the services of Dubai-based Prosonic. The challenge for the Dynacord partner was to install a powerful while elegant sound system.

Prosonic Managing Director, Amir Bagheri, recalled “The design of the system changed a lot due to the roof structure”. Based on EASE simulations carried through with the help of Tony Sawyer and Oliver Sahm of Bosch Communications Systems, Prosonic opted for a combined Dynacord and Electro-Voice system.

The stadium itself is divided into four sound zones in which Electro-Voice EVF front-loaded and EVH horn-loaded speakers set the tone. Additionally, a ring of Electro-Voice EVID speakers covers those areas that the roof-installed main system does not reach. To power and process the PA system, each of the stadium’s four rack rooms is equipped with Dynacord DSA 8410 amplifiers, as well as Dynacord P64 digital audio matrix managers which master DSP. Full control and supervision is assured by IRIS-Net software. A Dynacord CMS 2200-3 mixing console manages the system.

Klaus Seitz, Bosch Communications Systems Director Sales ProSound for the Middle East added:

A lot of investment is currently made into sports venues, be they indoor or outdoor stadiums or sports halls. With its state-of-the-art equipment, the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium is a case in point.

Tabraiz Ali Khan, JBK Controls International’s General Manager – Operations, agreed:

The sound reinforcement system is fantastic. The sound level is even all the way around the field and matches the SPL that we proposed. The Hazza Bin Zayed stadium is currently an important reference case for the region.

Hazza bin Zayed Stadium recently announced an array of activities that will be organised in conjunction with its first year anniversary celebrations, which will take place from 15-24 January 2015. Among the many activities, the stadium will host friendly matches to attract different audiences to participate in the inaugural celebration of this state-of-the-art facility in the city of Al Ain.

BAM International was responsible for the design and build of this multi-functional stadium, with the project being realised in close cooperation with sister companies BAM Sports (specialised in stadium construction), and BAM Contractors from Ireland.