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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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Curtis J. Moody

Temple University has selected the architecture firm Moody Nolan to lead design of a proposed on-campus football stadium and identify future opportunities for retail in the multipurpose project.

Moody Nolan has special expertise in collegiate athletics and recreation and has completed projects for over 100 universities throughout the country, most recently at DePaul, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt. Founded by President and CEO Curtis J. Moody, Moody Nolan is the largest African-American owned and managed architecture firm in the United States.

Temple President Neil D. Theobald said:

Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist. We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.

Moody Nolan is collaborating with AECOM, a multinational engineering design firm, and Langan, a civil engineering and landscape design firm. Moody Nolan is also leading the design of a student recreation building that would be adjacent to the retail and stadium complex, envisioned for the site bounded by Broad Street, Norris Street, 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

Moody stated:

We look forward to working together with Temple University and the surrounding community. Creating a vibrant and cohesive streetscape experience that blends together the planned stadium, the significant retail components, the adjacent indoor recreation facility and various pedestrian plaza and green spaces will be a significant part of the evolution of the overall design strategy.”

Moody Nolan has already held meetings with nearby residents to start the engagement process with the community about initial steps related to design.

Temple University Q&A with Curtis J. Moody about community engagement

Can you tell us why community engagement is such a critical component for Moody Nolan projects?

Community engagement is critical to establish a relationship with the people of the area affected by the project. It is a process and takes time. During this time you begin to understand all points view and the ‘why’ behind concerns. The goal is to be up front and share what’s going on, look for synergies and create a solution that works for as many people as possible.

You are already meeting with local residents in small groups. Why is the small-group format beneficial?

Smaller groups allow for better and more in-depth discussions. It also allows time to actually connect with people during meetings.

What are common concerns you’re hearing?

Traffic concerns have been expressed, and that is fairly typical of urban campus environments. Issues related to noise, trash and parking have also been raised.

Moody Nolan is highly regarded for designing facilities that respond to the communities in which they exist. How does your firm accomplish that?

As with any design process, it should start by listening and doing your homework to truly understand the situation. This intangible information, coupled with over 30 years of such design experience, leads to a more informed solution. We have completed projects all over the country and can tell you that each one has its own unique situations and solution.

You just have to keep talking and moving forward.

Jim Knowlton, Athletics Director at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has spoken about his strategic vision for Falcon Stadium, following receipt of an anonymous donation to kick start renovations.

New features will include a high-definition scoreboard, remodelled locker rooms, removing the aluminium bleachers that form the upper bowl on the east side and replacing them with enclosed suites, updating restrooms and concessions, meeting the guidelines set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act and paving the parking lot. The academy will add a Memorial Garden and a fence where each post includes looks at Air Force history.

The project hasn’t been handed over to architects or engineers yet but Knowlton said he has the full support of Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson as well as help with funding after a $5m anonymous donation.

The stadium’s capacity will drop from around 47,000 to 40,000 and some of the more minor renovations may be completed for the 2016 season. The rest of the work on the stadium will come from a mix of private and government funds. Knowlton said:

It is a phenomenal stadium, but it needs a little bit of upkeep. I think that’s the biggest thing we’re looking to do right now is, how do we take this stadium from good to great.

The St James Park Development - New Stagecoach Stand, image 2 (June 2015)

Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) is beginning the public consultation process that will inform a planning application for a partial development of St James Park, including demolition and rebuilding of the Stagecoach Family Stand on the Well Street side of the ground.

Other suggested renovations are:

  • Relocation of and improvements to the player and referee changing facilities beneath the main stand.
  • Significant improvements to other parts of the ground including the replacement and enhancement of the toilet facilities for the Big Bank Stand.
  • Consideration will also be given to the enhancement of the away end.
  • An enabling development of approximately 320 student beds on land behind the Big Bank Stand and two adjoining pieces of land, the Yeo and Davey site, and 20 Old Tiverton Road.
  • Approximately 350 sq. m of retail use in the form of a convenience store on the Yeo & Davey site.

ECFC is working with commercial partner Yelverton Properties that will assist with the delivery of the proposals. Yelverton is currently on site developing a new Pavilion for Exeter Cricket Club and 159 student beds.

Chairman of Exeter City Football Club, Julian Tagg, said:

These plans are only in the early stages of formulation.  But, the full scope of what we will be proposing could deliver significant improvement in the experience of the spectators at St James Park, as well as a considerable boost to our work in the local community. 

We will not know the full extent of what could be achieved through these plans until the detailed design work has occurred, alongside the full public consultation programme launched today.  But what is clear is that the aspirations for St James Park that these plans have would meet a key element of Exeter City’s long-term vision as an outstanding community-owned Club. 

We have been supporter-owned since 2003, and I am very proud that both the Club and the fans, through the Supporters’ Trust, have come together to produce a Mission Statement for Exeter City.  This Mission Statement outlines a range of practical objectives that support the overall Club Vision.  These include ‘delivering viable financial performance’, ‘developing first class capabilities’, both on and off the pitch and ‘to engage with our members, supporters and the wider community.

Boston United stadium part of Quadrant development

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The developers of The Quadrant in Boston, Lincolnshire, are holding public exhibitions on 23 November and 4 December to get feedback on the plans, including a new community stadium for Boston United. Local property developer and owner of Boston United Football Club, Chestnut Homes, is behind the Q1 project, which it describes as a sustainable, mixed-use scheme to the south west of Boston, south of Tytton Lane East and west of the A16.

Q1 will include around 500 new homes, including affordable housing; a new community stadium as a home for Boston United Football Club; new shops and restaurants; and the first section of a new distributor road that may ultimately link through to the A52. It will create around 450 local jobs

Boston Chairman David Newton said:

As announced at our recent fans forum, we are thrilled to share our plans for a new community stadium, as a new home for Boston United Football Club and its community programmes delivered by United in the Community.

Plans for the community stadium (WMA Architects and Planners) include an all-weather 3G pitch for community use, plus educational facilities, conference and banqueting facilities; a café; education and community facilities; meeting rooms for hire; and possibly a sports hall.

It will have a capacity of 4,000 plus, suitable for the Conference Premier Division, and will be easily adaptable to Football League standards.

City and club form commission to work on upgrading Naples stadium

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Napoli Football Club President Aurelio De Laurentiis and Naples Mayor Mayor Luigi De Magistris have agreed to put the future of the San Paolo stadium in the hands of a bilateral commission set up by the Naples Council and Napoli FC. De Magistris told Gazetta dello Sport:

It will be unique, like the Neapolitans.

De Laurentiis confirmed that the club will stay at a renovated stadium, which De Magistris agreed must be multipurpose and not just for one game per fortnight. A museum is one option the commission will consider.

De Laurentiis indicated that Napoli is looking for the rights to ownership of the stadium and the adjacent zones so it can invest to upgrade it to top European standards. This will make way for private investment rather than any city money being required.

Chemnitz chooses BAM to build new stadium

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The city of Chemnitz, Germany, has Chosen BAM Sports – the subsidiary of BAM Deutschland AG, which specialises in stadium construction –  for the complete renewal of Stadion an der Gellertstraße in Chemnitz, which serves as the home of football club FC Chemnitzer. Chemnitz is located in Saxony, near the border with the Czech Republic.

The contract includes demolition of the stadium dating from 1934 and an adjacent building and constructing a new stadium for 15,000 spectators with catering, office and retail spaces. The contract value is over € 23 million.

The new stadium will offer 7,900 seats with standing space for an additional 6,170 people, all covered by roofs. The football pitch with field heating and sprinkler system is retained. BAM Deutschland will deliver the project, and the pitch will remain in use during construction. The new stadium has been designed by architect Stefan Nxdorf of agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH. Together with this architect, BAM Sports is also building the football stadium Arena Regensburg (pictured), which will be completed in mid-2015.


Nice’s eco stadium hosting its first events

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The Allianz Riviera in the heart of the Var Eco Valley in southern France is opening up for its first athletes. The first international event will be the Jeux de la Francophonie from 7 September. Nice is hosting this festival of sport and culture with 3,000 participating athletes and artists from 40 French-speaking countries. In 2014 Nice will host the Senior Olympics across 24 sporting disciplines.

Designed by Jean‐Michel Wilmotte in association with all of VINCI Construction’s subsidiaries, the Allianz Riviera has a multi-purpose infrastructure for all kinds of sporting events and shows, with a seating capacity ranging from 35,000 to 45,000.

Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi said:

In 1998, because of a lack of consistent sports infrastructure, Nice could not host World Cup football. The same happened in 2007 for the Rugby World Cup. It is in this context that we are building the Allianz Riviera for EURO 2016.

Find out more about the Allianz Arena project in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Regensburg set for new 15,000 capacity football stadium

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The city of Regensburg has appointed BAM Sports, a subsidiary of BAM Deutschland, to build a new football stadium, following a tender process. BAM Sports will start the construction of the Arena Regensburg football stadium in January 2014. Regensburg is located in the middle of the southern German state of Bavaria.

The stadium, with space for more than 15,000 spectators, will be the home of SVV Jahn, which is currently in the third division. The stadium has been designed by architect Stefan Nixdorf of agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH and comprises four free-standing tribunes with a striking red facade.

SIS spearheads drive to raise football standards in the Middle East

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SIS Pitches, which is spearheading the supply and installation of premium quality synthetic and natural grass pitches in overseas markets, reports burgeoning demand for elite level stadium pitches under a strategy by Middle Eastern states to drive up the standard of football in home leagues and construct stadia to serve a global audience.

The King Abdullah Sports City project in Jeddah is the latest nearing completion (picture courtesy Arup). The project is being delivered through a joint venture between Belgian contractors BESIX and local firm Al Muhaidib Contracting, with SIS Pitches contracted to construct four natural grass pitches – the main stadium pitch and three additional ones circling the stadium structure.

All parties are working flat-out to meet the tight deadline set to ensure early completion. David Ball, Managing Director of SIS (ME) LLC, said:

The stadium was originally planned for sign-off in October 2014 but the works were brought forward a year. Works are being delivered round the clock to get it ready in time. The grass will be sprigged with Bermuda 419 stolons imported from our turf farm in the UAE.
Work on the main stadium pitch is scheduled for October, the grass harvested in jumbo rolls from the onsite turf farm and then laid in the stadium.

Arena Lviv in Ukraine appoints new leader

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Roman Cherkhavyi (pictured left) has taken over as acting director of the Arena Lviv Football Stadium. The general director of the state concern “Ukrsportareny” Sergiy Simaks said:

The new manager and his team are facing the task of making Arena Lviv a successful business project. Mr. Cherkhavyi is an experienced leader who possesses all the necessary skills and knowledge in order to develop the existing infrastructure.

Photo: Roman Cherkhavyi (pictured left) and Sergiy Simaks.

Barnet buzzing with new stand at The Hive

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A new 2,700-seater stand has been built in just six weeks at Barnet FC’s new stadium The Hive, ready for the start of next season. The West Stand at the Bees’ new Edgeware home, has increased the ground’s capacity to 5,100, including 3,500 seats, after construction began in April.

The stand was erected by tiered seating specialists GL events Slick Seating. The build technique – a seating deck fixed onto a steel structure – is unusual for British football stadiums, which usually have stands made of stepped concrete terraces.

Slick Seating said that, although built in a fraction of the time of a traditional concrete stand, the West Stand is capable of lasting just as long as any other permanent stand.

All of its seats, which are coloured amber and black to reflect the club’s colours, are now in place, while beneath the stand, contractors are now installing toilets and concessions. Slick is also installing 750 seats in The Hive’s main stand.

Scott Hayward, Managing Director of Slick Seating (pictured below) said:

There has been a huge amount of interest in the stand among supporters who are excited about seeing such a large facility taking shape so quickly.

From our point of view, this project has underlined our belief that Hybrid stands have a place in British sport .

They are perfect for clubs, especially those in the lower divisions, who want to increase their capacities quickly and cost effectively.

Scott Hayward, MD of Slick Seating.

Scott Hayward, MD of Slick Seating.

League One club, based Midlands, seeks stadium…

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Sixfields Stadium in Northampton is to be the home of Coventry City FC for three years while the club seeks to build a new stadium for itself. The club has turned down an offer to play back in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Coventry FC’s Chief Executive has been reported to be interested in building a stadium along the lines of Rotherham’s New York Stadium, just completing its first year of operation.

The move to Sixfields (pictured) has been “reluctantly” agreed by the Football League, with Northampton taking fixture priority. Coventry FC fans have already demonstrated against the move and a former club official has offered to pay for Ricoh Arena fees to bring the club back to the city. On stadium development Fisher said:

We want a mix of commercial, residential, depending on the final site we go with and this is why I really like Rotherham United’s model because it’s set up so they can build a hotel, it’s by the river where it’s designated as regeneration so built into the bottom of the stadium are retail units, cafes, you name it – it’s brilliant.

Rwanda Minister to speak at Soccerex African Forum

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Protais Mitali, Hon. Minister of Sport and Culture, Republic of Rwanda, one of the key decision makers involved in the development of sport in Africa, will be speaking on the Sport & Government panel at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, 1-2 October.

In what is an exciting period for football in Rwanda, the Honourable Minister will also be able to update the African football business community on his country’s preparations for the fourth edition of African Nations Championship (CHAN) in 2016, as well as the remaining business opportunities available ahead of the tournament. The country has already proved itself as a destination for major events in Africa through successfully hosting the CAN U-20 Africa Youth Championships in 2009 and the CAN U-17 Championships in 2011.

The session will look at the significant relationship between sport and government in Africa, focusing on a number of key issues including bidding and funding for major events, shifting the level of financial support from the government to the private sector, developing relationships with key international stakeholders and improving grass root projects.

The Soccerex African Forum will bring together 1,000 senior football decision makers together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities to unite the business of football in Africa. Check out the conference agenda.

European soccer stadium tenders

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

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

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

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

Stadium inside a stadium for Hungary national

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Hungary’s government has unveiled plans to build a 65,000-seat national stadium inside the walls of the existing Ferenc Puskas stadium. The track will be removed to provide room for new accommodation spaces and the old walls used to create the external facade.

This project is the latest in a series of proposals to deliver a new national stadium. Construction of a new athletics track, Olympic swimming pool, and velodrome next to the national stadium are also part of the project. Construction is due to start in 2014 with the opening intended for 2017.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.hungarian national stadium



Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova has signed a 10-year naming rights deal with beer brand Itaipava worth a reported R$100 million (US$49.5 million).

The 56,000-seat stadium, which opens 5 April, will be unbranded during the World Cup itself. The venue will host six games during the World Cup, and three matches at this year’s Confederations Cup.

Winning this contract at the beginning of operations is of the utmost importance for the economic sustainability of the venue, and allows the reduction of public investment from the state government, as set out in the PPP (public-private partnership) contract,

said Frank Alcantara, President of the Arena Fonte Nova.

This shows our cutting-edge management model for multi-purpose arenas in Brazil.

Arena Fonte Nova is the third FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 stadium to be completed after the Castelao and the Mineirao. FIFA reports that installation of the pitch is taking place at the Maracana. FIFA has also appointed appointed GoalControl GmbH as goal line technology (GLT) provider. The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system will be installed, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual. These tests will be conducted by an independent test institute.

Arena Fonte Nova ready for opening on 5 April and its first game on 7 April.

Arena Fonte Nova ready for opening on 5 April and its first game on 7 April.