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Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is Substantially Complete and ready for business. Finished six weeks ahead of schedule, the new stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, features a bold, iconic design unique to Minnesota, fan-friendly elements and unmatched technology that make it a special NFL venue.

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Sports Minister Mia Davies joined members of the Sports Fans User Group to inspect the first of 60,000 seats that will be installed at the new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct following 18 months of rigorous consultation and testing.

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Turkish Super League side, Beşiktaş JK, has warmly welcomed fans to its brand new ‘smart stadium’, the 42,000-seat Vodafone Arena, this week.
Opening its doors to the public on 3 November 1947, the İnönü Stadium, which has now been replaced by the Vodafone Arena, had been a symbol of Beşiktaş JK’s glorious years and a home to numerous Club legends, such as Süleyman Seba, Hakkı Yeten (Baba Hakkı), Sanlı Sarıalioğlu, Rasim Kara and Rıza Çalımbay, as well as the unforgettable scoring trio of Metin-Ali-Feyyaz.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Beşiktaş JK Management, led by the Chairman, Fikret Orman, tore down the Inönü Stadium all apart from the Eski Açık stand, as the stand and its towers are considered historical monuments by the government, so it has been re-arranged to resemble the look of an antique amphitheatre. Once demolished, construction began on the €110m (GBP£88.2m/US$125.2m) Vodafone Arena, all financed by the Club.
After 1,065 days, Turkey’s one and only smart stadium was completed and will hold its first game tonight, 11 April 2016, with Beşiktaş hosting Bursaspor in a Turkish Football Federation (TFF) First League action match.
The official inauguration of the Black Eagle’s new shrine took place yesterday, 10 April 2016, and was attended by the President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, as well as Turkish State representatives, politicians, Beşiktaş JK Chairman, Fikret Orman, and members of the Beşiktaş JK Council and Executive Board.
To help the fans experience a day to remember, Vodafone has equipped the new stadium with rich-content digital displays – which are commonly found in many modern stadiums – along with broadband, mobile and wireless networks. Different sized interactive HD screens, which have been installed all over the stadium, are going to broadcast fan interviews, on-going promotions, game statistics and live scores from other matches on a non-stop basis. The WiFi service will ensure that smart phones can access the latest game information easily and without delay. The ‘smart stadium’ features StadiumVision and high-speed WiFi technology, planned in conjunction with Cisco.
Vodafone Arena houses 144 executive suites, and one “1903 Lounge”, which can entertain 1,903 spectators in total. The “1903 Stand” has a capacity of 636 spectators. The new stadium also has 2,123m2 of restaurants, 2,520m2 of terrace restaurants and VIP parking for up to 600 vehicles.
The new stadium is “in harmony with the natural and historic landscape of the Bosphorus” when seen from the sea.
In addition to being home to Beşiktaş, the 42,000-seater, multi-purpose Vodafone Arena is designed to function as an entertainment and fashion centre. Throughout the year, it will host numerous concerts and fashion shows by famous artists and designers. In the meantime, the high-class restaurants, Beşiktaş JK Museum, Beşiktaş Shop and Vodafone Mobile Centre, all located inside the stadium, will offer top-quality service to their visitors and customers at all times. In short, Beşiktaş JK’s new Vodafone Arena is going to be a hub of city activity not only during match days but on everyday of the year.
Turkish firm DBArchitects designed the Vodafone Arena alongside local architect Metin Demir.

NB: This project will feature in our forthcoming Q2 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management.

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, has announced the details of two conceptual plans for the 190-acre RFK Stadium-Armory Campus site, with design concepts by OMA New York, led by Partner Jason Long, in partnership with DC-based program management team, Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D).

Located in the southeast corridor of the District, the transformational vision for the iconic RFK Campus delivers holistic concepts for the site that leverage the District’s waterfront, provide neighbourhood-serving amenities and connect the current site with increased and sustainable green space, flexible recreational fields and natural access to pedestrian-friendly paths. The conceptual planning effort also envisions phasing the implementation of short-term and long-term program elements for the site.

Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC, said:

After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, the entire Events DC board and staff are so proud to present these two conceptual plans for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. Our vision for the Campus’ future – which is aligned with community wants and needs – is to create a special and amazing place that celebrates the District of Columbia’s beauty and history, while also acting as a shining example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors, while at the same time, maintain the rich and strong local identity that currently is appreciated and valued by all of us.

Events DC, in collaboration with OMA New York and Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), participated in a series of stakeholder and community engagement sessions that focused on capturing input on a new urban vision for the 190-acre Campus surrounding the historic RFK Stadium, Festival Grounds and the DC Armory. The site benefits from its positioning adjacent to the National Mall axis, prominent neighbourhoods and its access to a waterfront gateway along the Anacostia River, which has been underutilised for decades.

Gregory A. O’Dell, President & Chief Executive Officer of Events DC, said:

The conceptual plans we have unveiled present a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine the 190-acre site in a way that delivers an amenity for everyone. It also has the ability to create another vibrant destination within Washington, DC for residents and visitors to enjoy. Our conceptual plans aim to provide accessibility across the Campus’ unique topography and access to nearby waterways while creating dynamic open space.

The conceptual plans are represented through two design concepts (a) North-South Axis and (b) Stitch, each illustrating a different configuration or layout of the site. These design concepts offer two alternative approaches to addressing parking, infrastructure and road network, pedestrian connections, site conditions and program placement.

Within both the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts, there are three anchor tenant scenarios: (1) a 20,000-seat arena, (2) an NFL stadium and (3) no anchor. All three scenarios reflect a phased approach intended to provide short-term programming elements that will immediately activate the site with uses that will serve the community. Such short-term program uses, which exist in both the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts, include sport, recreation, culture and park space.

The long-term opportunities for the North-South Axis and Stitch design concepts offer an extension of all of the program elements delivered in the short-term, plus additional long-term program elements, inclusive of an anchor tenant and the related supporting site and infrastructure enhancements.

Jason Long, OMA New York’s Partner-in-charge, commented:

Our goal for both design concepts is to reconnect the Campus to existing neighbourhoods to the north and south, to bring the District closer to the Anacostia waterfront and to transform the site from a space designed for watching sports, dominated by asphalt, into a new gateway to DC that elevates public health with diverse recreational programming. Both concepts provide a strategy for revitalising the Campus’ identity from passive space to active place and transform its urban character from pavement to park.

Chris Dunlavey, President of Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), said:

Brailsford & Dunlavey is honoured to have served Events DC in leading such a talented team of professionals to re-envision the future of the storied RFK Campus.

Events DC made a commitment to a deliberate and thoughtful approach to urban planning, fostering collaboration and inclusiveness with project stakeholders and embracing both internationally acclaimed planning inspiration and a pragmatic focus on technical and economic feasibility. We look forward to the continued development of this unique opportunity for the District.

Both design concepts will be evaluated based on the feedback that was received during a citywide meeting that was held on Monday, April 4. Moving the project forward, Events DC will consolidate and post the comments, questions and answers received during the citywide meeting. In addition, Events DC, Brailsford & Dunlavey and OMA New York will provide revisions to the concepts as appropriate and perform a financial feasibility analysis for the program elements.

Main image: Option 1 and this image: Option 2

Main image: Option 1 and this image: Option 2

As reported last week, NFL owners voted to approve the NFL Rams Football Club return to Los Angeles, starting with the 2016 NFL season.

The 3.1 million-square-foot multipurpose venue — located at the site of the previous Hollywood Park Race Track — is being designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. The Rams’ new home will be an iconic structure and cornerstone of the 298-acre NFL entertainment and multiuse district.

Mark Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, said:

From our initial conversations with Mr. Kroenke and his staff, we knew this project was going to be a very special place that will change the face of sports and entertainment venues as we know them.

The unique climate, characteristics and culture of Southern California and Los Angeles are the foundation of the stadium’s design. As a necessity for year-round events of all types, a transparent ETFE canopy covering nearly 19 acres was developed to maximise flexibility, while maintaining an outdoor feeling and taking advantage of the sites climatic conditions. The form was driven by a number of factors, including air movement, local geographic features, site elements and overall integration into the district. Under this canopy, all sides of the building remain open-air, allowing natural breezes to pass through the venue and encouraging all the public spaces to take advantage of the indoor/outdoor experiences common to the region and lifestyle of Southern Californians.

With 70,000 fixed seats and the ability to expand up to 80,000 for major events like a Super Bowl, Final Four tournaments, collegiate bowl games and award shows to smaller-scale events like high school football games, soccer matches, motosports, extreme sports, concerts and community events. The stadium will also accommodate a total capacity exceeding 100,000 patrons with standing-room-only locations throughout the venue.

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes U.S. Bank Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, and major renovations and additions for FedEx Field. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top six architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 26 offices worldwide.

Orlando City SC recently provided an update on the construction of its new downtown stadium; with Orlando City Stadium General Manager, Scott Neal, having toured the site to view the construction first hand.

A 22’ by 14’ by 16’ storm drainage vault was installed earlier this month, utilising a Grove GMK7550 550 ton, 197 foot crane. The vault is part of the overall draining system and can hold a maximum volume of 36,900 gallons of water, the equivalent of 22,000 soccer balls. The entire stadium drainage system is designed to efficiently handle rainfall volume of five inches per hour, which is essentially half the monthly average rainfall for Orlando, in one hour.

Since August, the following work has been conducted on site:

  •     Construction of the North East access tunnel to the field level
  •     Excavation of the field level
  •     Construction of the North West access tunnel to the field level
  •     Construction of the South West access tunnel to the field level
  •     Rerouting of utilities throughout the site to facilitate construction
  •     Ongoing foundation work, including rebar and formwork for construction of the lower bowl and future vertical construction.

Commenting on the work thus far, Neal said:

Anytime you build a stadium, you have to excavate to a certain level, and it is exciting that we have gone down as far as we need to go. A strong foundation makes a strong venue. In about a month we will start seeing steel and construction work occur above ground, which is a thrilling point. We will start seeing a lot of structure begin to take shape – amenities that the fans and community are going to be able to see and enjoy.

Barton Malow Vice President, Dave Price, added:

We’re moving dirt, installing pipe and pouring concrete right now, which may not seem like the most glamorous part of the job. But, we’re excited about ‘going vertical’ with the structural steel in the New Year, and more so, the positive impact and energy that the new stadium will bring to Downtown Orlando!

With construction moving ahead as scheduled, steel installation is expected to begin in the latter part of January 2016.

Orlando City has sold out its 18,000 season tickets, and suite sales for the new stadium continue to move at a brisk pace with only 12 of the 31 suites available.

Visit to take a peek at the progress made thus far on the future home of the Lions and Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. Or, watch time lapse views here to take a peek at the progress made thus far. (The time lapse and video construction cameras are powered by EarthCam.)


Project Team

The Orlando City SC Stadium Project Team is comprised of some of the most decorated firms in the industry: Barton Malow, which currently oversees the DAYTONA Rising project in Daytona Beach (which will feature in the Q1 ’16 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine), is the project’s general contractor and will manage stadium construction; ICON Venue Group, with experience in nine previous MLS stadium projects, oversees development and project management; and Populous, whose prior design work includes the Amway Center and all three NFL venues in Florida, serves as lead designer on the project.



Images courtesy: Orlando City SC


RGVFC announced this week “Toros” as the franchise’s nickname, following a fan vote. Fans used the hashtag #RGVNameYourTeam to submit votes through social media and also voted on the team’s website for the name that best embodies the spirit of the Rio Grande Valley’s newest professional sports franchise.

The Toros’ logo follows the mold of a traditional soccer shield, but offers a twist with the addition of horns to allude to the Toros nickname. The stripes at the bottom of the shield represent the agriculture industry of the Rio Grande Valley, which historically brought trade and commerce to the region. The vertical lines at the top of the graphic represent the sun and Valley heat, while also reflecting an element of the Toro’s MLS single-affiliate Houston Dynamo’s logo.

RGVFC’s Bert Garcia said:

We are excited that our fans voted for Toros as RGVFC’s nickname. The Toro possesses skills of aggression, energy, strength and stamina. The name also lends to our predominately Hispanic culture in the Rio Grande Valley. We are hard at work preparing for the season and look forward to kickoff late in the spring.

In addition to the primary logo, the team also team also released secondary logos in the shape of a shield and a Toro, as well as a word mark.

Earlier this summer, the United Soccer League (USL) awarded its 25th franchise to Alonzo Cantu, owner of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The club, known as RGVFC, will serve as the hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo. RGVFC is slated to kick off in 2016, where it will be joined as a newcomer to the USL by fellow expansion sides FC Cincinnati, Bethlehem Steel FC, Orlando City B and Swope Park Rangers.

Additionally, the team is building a 9,400-seat stadium in the heart of Edinburg, Texas. The stadium, which is modelled after the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, is located at the intersection of East Freddy Gonzalez Drive and South Raul Longoria Road.

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The Matmut Group has just signed a naming-rights agreement for the new Bordeaux stadium for a 10-year period. From now on, the new sporting venue, which was inaugurated on 18 May of this year, will be called the ‘Matmut Atlantique’.

This new name will soon be seen on a giant totem pole installed in front of the stadium, and on the stadium roof.

Following the signing of this agreement, Daniel Havis, the Chairman of Matmut, said:

The Matmut Group strongly believes in projects that contribute to improving the quality of life in the regions where they are developed. The Matmut Atlantique is an architecturally magnificent stadium, which will undoubtedly promote trade, social interaction and the provision of local services around the sporting arena, and we are delighted to be making a contribution to its success and attractiveness. 

This commitment will prolong our substantial investment in the region. In particular, that investment will be reflected in the forthcoming finalisation of our merger agreement with the mutual Ociane, which is well-known not only to the inhabitants of Bordeaux but to everyone in the region.

We are also thrilled with the results of Union Bordeaux Bègles, which has our strong support and is another illustration of our commitment.

Nicolas Gomart, the Chief Executive Officer of the Matmut Group, added:

The Matmut Atlantique has all the characteristics of the so-called new generation of stadia, with innovative services, particularly in the digital domain. These modern services offered to spectators, and the fact that we regard the naming of stadia as an effective method of advertising, encouraged us to associate Matmut’s name with this vibrant and exciting venue.

The Matmut Group is especially pleased with the schedule for the Matmut Atlantique, which during the 2015 season will host three exhibition matches involving Union Bordeaux Bègles, a rugby club in the TOP 14 of which the Matmut Group is a partner.

The Matmut Group already has experience of naming stadia, as the stadium of LOU Rugby, a Pro D2 team located on the outskirts of Lyon, has been called the Matmut Stadium since 2011.

As a mutual insurance company, the Matmut Group is also heavily involved in sports. The Group supports a large number of sporting disciplines through high-level clubs and sports personalities, particularly in rugby, motorsports, sailing, ice-hockey, football and basketball. For the Matmut Group, sports sponsorship is an effective way of promoting its mutual values and is a natural extension of its corporate citizenship approach.

Currently, it has more than 200 partnerships in operation every year across all disciplines and levels of sporting endeavour.


The largest stadium on the Atlantic coast

With a flexible all-seater capacity of more than 42,000, the Matmut Atlantique is the largest stadium in the south-west and on the Atlantic coast. It offers a rich and diverse schedule of sports and entertainment. In addition to matches played by its resident club, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, the ground will also host some Union Bordeaux Bègles rugby matches and a number of football internationals such as the forthcoming match between France and Serbia on 7 September 2015. Finally, it will be one of the official stadia for UEFA’s Euro 2016, with 5 matches scheduled.

Designed by Herzog & De Meuron and built and operated by the VINCI and FAYAT groups, the Matmut Atlantique is a genuine architectural work entirely dedicated to the comfort of spectators. With the user-friendliness of an English-style stadium, it is also equipped with the latest technological innovations, including, in particular, a tough hybrid grass pitch and HD Wi-Fi connectivity allowing spectators to access the internet and new digital services at any time, anywhere in the ground.

Pierre Coppey, VINCI’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

I am delighted with this long-term partnership with Matmut, which is a great French company dedicated to its mutual values. This new stadium, which is now called the Matmut Atlantique, is a perfect illustration of an exemplary public-private partnership.

FAYAT’s Chief Executive Officer, Laurent Fayat, added:

We are very keen to promote our region and it is pleasing to see a big name like Matmut associated with the Bordeaux stadium, which is universally recognised for its exceptional architecture. We took pride in its construction and we will be equally proud to operate it under the name Matmut Atlantique.