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$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.

For further information, go to: populous.com

Salini Impregilo-led JV wins contract to build Qatar’s Al Bayt stadium

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Italian company, Salini Impregilo, has signed a contract for the construction of Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, a city about 50km north of the capital, Doha. The contract is worth €770m (US$838m) – of which €716m (US$779m) is for construction and over €53m (US$57) is for operation and maintenance – and relates to the design and construction of Al Bayt Stadium; one of the host venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ finals in Qatar.

Salini Impregilo, in a joint venture with Galfar and Cimolai, beat many competitors from France, Austria, India, and Asia in an international competition that lasted several months before the winner was announced.

The project was awarded by the governmental foundation Aspire Zone, which is responsible for the development of sports infrastructure in the country. It regards the construction of a stadium that can accommodate 70,000 spectators, with an area of 200,000sqm; an auxiliary building for security and administrative facilities, and the centre that will house the electromechanical and distribution systems.

The stadium, which will be completed by September 2018, will have a unique design, as it has been inspired by the Bayt Al Sha’ar; the black and white tent traditionally used by nomadic people in the territory of Qatar and its neighbouring regions, which is seen as symbol of hospitality for the desert travellers. The design responds to the “Qatari concept” to mark the cultural and historical heritage of the country, along with highly innovative technical and engineering aspects.

Particular relevance, among other things, regards the solutions adopted to provide ideal climatic conditions both for the players and the spectators, which is a challenge in an environment that experiences high temperatures and extreme temperature changes both daily and seasonally. The project is believed to be one of the most sustainable in the Qatari’s portfolio of host stadia, thanks to the modern construction techniques to be utilised and the use of environmentally-friendly and low energy impact advanced materials.

Images courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Images courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Al Bayt Stadium: Stats

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), will deliver Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct. In 2022, the stadium will have the capacity to host 60,000 spectators, and will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting FIFA World Cup™ matches through to the semi-final round. Dar Al Handasah serves as the design consultant for Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct, and Projacs serves as the project manager.

Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City perfectly embodies the spirit of Qatar. Using the latest technologies and breathtaking innovations, it tells the story of a nation that has welcomed visitors into its warm embrace, in times of both scarcity and plenty, and treated them as family — regardless of differences in background, history or culture.

For centuries, Qatar has been home to both nomadic and settled populations. The nomadic population lived primarily in the desert and herded animals, including camels, sheep and goats. The country’s settled population primarily lived along the coastline, engaging in pearl diving, fishing and trading with neighbouring villages, towns and cities. Although located close to Qatar’s coast, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will introduce fans and visitors from around the world to the culture of the desert.

The stadium’s name has been derived from ‘Bayt Al Sha’ar’, a tent traditionally used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and neighbouring countries. Historically, the distinctive exterior – black with prominent white stripes – served a number of purposes. The width and number of white stripes identified the tribe of the owner. The tent was easily spotted from afar. For those travelling through the sometimes harsh landscapes of the desert, the sight of a black-and-white striped tent on the horizon meant an invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the tent’s owner, whether known to the traveller or not. Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will carry on this tradition, beckoning football lovers near and far, bringing them together to put aside their differences in a global celebration of the beautiful game.

The tent’s exterior was also optimised for staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter, just as Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will maintain ideal temperatures for player performance and fan comfort year-round.

Bayt Al Sha’ar interiors contrasted sharply with their monochromatic exteriors. The red, woven interiors, in a traditional Sadu pattern that differed from area to area and family to family, greeted visitors who stepped inside Bayt Al Sha’ar, enveloping them in the warmth of their hosts and inviting them to relax and shelter from the elements. This is echoed in the interior of Al Bayt Stadium, where the Sadu pattern will provide visitors from abroad with a taste of traditional Qatari design, and remind local fans of their heritage.

Of necessity, the tents upon which Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is modelled are uniquely sustainable and suitable to the deserts in which they are found. They are named after the animal hair from which they were woven with care, from the same animals that grazed outside. Despite the relative simplicity of their design, they were expected to fulfil a number of requirements. They had to be quick and easy to erect and deconstruct, and light enough to be carried by pack animals, sometimes for long distances. They also needed to be airy and cool in the summer, and warm and cozy in the winter.

Al Bayt Stadium shares this dedication to sustainability witnessed in the generations who lived in Bayt Al Sha’ar. To achieve Qatar’s goal of hosting an environmentally-friendly 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the stadium and precinct will incorporate green building materials that minimise embedded carbon and incorporate energy usage best practices. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certifications.

 

 

NFL & Tottenham Hotspur announce agreement for NFL games to be played in new stadium

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The NFL and Tottenham Hotspur have announced this week that they have reached agreement for a minimum of two games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership at the English Premier League team’s new stadium in London.

 

The state-of-the-art stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games. This innovative field will add greater flexibility in the scheduling of games, with the NFL having its own playing surface for games held at this venue. This field will be multi-use and capable of hosting other sporting, entertainment and community events.

 

Both sports will have dedicated facilities ensuring that the new stadium, designed with a focus on atmosphere, will deliver the optimum experience for both teams and fans. It will be one of the most environmentally-sustainable in the UK and also include a clear focus on accessibility via public transportation.

 

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, said:

With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the United Kingdom, we are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium. We share a vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and the local community.

 

The stadium is part of the Northumberland Development Project, which sits at the heart and is the flagship scheme and catalyst for world-class regeneration in North Tottenham, that spans over 130 acres and delivers significant benefits for the local community.

 

In addition to the minimum of two games per year at the new Tottenham site, other NFL games may take place at different venues in the UK during the span of the 10-year agreement.

 

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, said:

We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sports, leisure and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL and NFL for the first time. The socio- economic benefits this will bring to the area will be immense and demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration of this priority borough in London.

 

We have always underlined the importance of public sector support for the long-term regeneration of the area. This support is now clearly in evidence in the masterplans that have been brought forward by the London Borough of Haringey, both through the Northumberland Park project to the east of the stadium and the High Road West scheme. These plans, alongside the commitments made by the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to infrastructure and public realm investment, and with the support of Central Government, demonstrate that there is now a collective public and private sector desire to deliver lasting change to the area.

 

This was an important factor for the NFL when they agreed to bring their hugely popular sport to Tottenham. I am delighted that we have succeeded in attracting them. We have a compelling and exciting partnership that will play its part as we begin transforming this area of Tottenham.

 

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, welcomed the agreement, “Anyone who has seen American Football at Wembley Stadium cannot fail to have been thrilled by the spectacle, and the wise heads that run the NFL have clearly not missed the fact that Londoners are going absolutely gangbusters for Gridiron.

 

“We are already working very closely with the NFL, including on plans to get more Londoners involved in the sport, and we believe that building on the success of NFL at Wembley by staging more games in an area of the city that has been earmarked for a massive programme of economic regeneration and investment makes perfect sense.

 

“Touchdowns in Tottenham can only add to our reputation as a global sporting powerhouse, and help us take another step towards our goal of having a permanent NFL franchise here in London.”

 

Claire Kober, Leader, Haringey Council, added:

It’s tremendous news that the NFL wants to come to Tottenham, joining Spurs in bolstering our borough’s reputation for world-class sport.

 

This huge vote of confidence further underlines Tottenham’s future as London’s next great destination, and shows real progress in our dedicated plan to bring economic growth to Haringey – with thousands of fans spending money in local businesses and creating new jobs for our residents.

 

In addition to bringing thousands more visitors to Tottenham, having millions of viewers from around the world tuning into live sports from the new Spurs stadium will undoubtedly put our borough on the international stage.

 

This has been a great news week for the Club, who only yesterday unveiled their updated designs and plans for the Northumberland Development Project, which will be submitted to the London Borough of Haringey in the coming weeks. The scheme includes a new Populous-designed stadium that will be the first of its kind in the world, as well as a hotel and visitor attractions.

Tottenham Hotspur announce new Populous stadium design

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Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled their updated designs and plans for the Northumberland Development Project, which will be submitted to the London Borough of Haringey in the coming weeks. The scheme includes a new Populous-designed stadium that will be the first of its kind in the world, as well as a hotel and visitor attractions.

 

Described by Club Chairman Daniel Levy as “visually dramatic” and a “landmark building for Tottenham”, the new stadium will be truly perfect for both elite football (soccer) and NFL, with a state-of-the-art retractable pitch.

 

Senior Principal of Populous, Christopher Lee, spoke about the stadium as the design was launched:

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium marks a new generation of stadia design: stadia that provide an unparalleled experience for all fans, that are civic in their nature and hold community at their heart but above all else create the most intense and atmospheric place to watch football.

 

The seating bowl is designed to create an intimate relationship between player and spectator, its 17,000 capacity single tier end stand, a tribute to traditional English football grounds, will be the largest in the UK and will be the engine that drives the intensity and atmosphere in the new Spurs stadium. It will be like no other.

 

Lee continued:

Populous has always been a pioneer of new technologies. Moving pitches in stadia such as the University of Phoenix (NFL) stadium or the moving roof over centre court at Wimbledon have provided the critical experience to allow us to design a stadium that is perfect for both English football and American Football. The world first sliding pitch allows each sport to play on its own dedicated pitch and provides perfect sightlines for their fans.

 

Key elements of the overall scheme are:

  • A visually dramatic new stadium design – A landmark building for Tottenham and London, focussed towards the ‘Home End’, improved sightlines for all spectators and modern technology integral to the design from the outset to enhance the fan experience.

 

  • An increased capacity stadium – up from 56,250 to 61,000 seats, featuring the largest single tier stand in the UK, now increased to 17,000 seats, with an unrivalled spectator experience throughout and spectators closer to the pitch than at any other comparable size stadium in the UK.

 

  • Dedicated facilities for the NFL – including a fully retractable pitch revealing a second playing surface, compliant to NFL standard and capable of hosting a range of other events, whilst protecting the integrity of the playing surface.

 

  • An architecturally stunning new terrace on the High Road to host ‘The Tottenham Experience’ – a permanent Visitors Centre and Arrivals Hub, including an interactive museum to celebrate Club history and local heritage, a cinema, the Club Megastore, ticket office and café.

 

  • A permanent viable use for the Grade II listed Warmington House – incorporated as part of The Tottenham Experience to house the new museum, blending old architecture with new.

 

  • Improved crowd management arrangements along the High Road – with the removal of three buildings that currently create a pinch point along Tottenham High Road where the pavement is just two metres wide – resulting in people walking in the bus lane and the road – allowing instead for a much wider pavement to cope with large crowds.

 

  • Enhanced public open space – comparable in area to Trafalgar Square, includes a multi-use games area, high quality landscaping, cafes, dedicated events and community programmes managed by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and the ability to walk uninterrupted all the way round the stadium.

 

  • A new 180-bedroom hotel with a dedicated training programme for the hospitality industry – providing high quality accommodation in Tottenham and opening up new career opportunities for local people. 49 serviced apartments will occupy the upper floors.

 

  • A fantastic new building to host Extreme Sports – bringing people to Tottenham on a daily basis with activities for all ages, including the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world.

 

  • A spectacular ‘Sky Walk’ – an adrenaline-filled experience and attraction for all ages walking on top of the stadium with spectacular views across London.

 

  • 579 new homes, including affordable housing (designed by Allies and Morrison) – up from 285 homes in the current permission, meeting a key need for more homes in London. Set out across four new residential buildings, every apartment will enjoy access to a private balcony in addition to communal gardens and child play areas.

 

  • A new community health centre – serving existing and new residents to the area, improving access to GPs and health screening.

 

The design team comprises Populous in respect of the stadium design, the hotel and the visitor attractions; Allies & Morrison for the new homes; and Donald Insall Associates as heritage architects.

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The Club also confirmed that, following a meeting of the London Borough of Haringey Planning Sub-Committee on June 22, their application to incorporate a basement on the new stadium site has been approved.

A Club spokesperson advised that this permission will allow them to move the already consented car parking into the basement level, alongside plant and storage, which will allow them to free up space at the ground floor level to be allocated to other operational requirements including enhanced media facilities and extended player changing areas.

 

With works now progressing on the stadium site, the Club is continuing to refine the detailed design of the stadium, which was originally produced in 2008, to ensure it is optimised and that it meets the latest technical requirements and improvements in stadia design.

 

Club Chairman, Daniel Levy, said:

We are delighted that this application has been approved and are grateful for the continued support of the Council for this landmark project.

We shall, in the coming weeks, be providing further information on these updated elements with the intention of carrying out a period of consultation during the summer and submitting planning applications later in the year. As we have stated previously, these updates will be running in parallel with the works continuing on the ground.

AC Milan gets the go-ahead for new €330m stadium

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Italian club, AC Milan, has been granted permission to build a new €330m (US$363m, £236m) stadium in the north of the city.

The seven-time European football champions’ plans for a new 48,000-capacity stadium in the Portello region of Milan were approved by The Fondazione Fiera – the city administrators – following a six-month consultation period.

Designed by world-renowned sports architects Arup, the Club has described the stadium as “the most innovative in the world”. The design team, which is being led by Arup, studied 70 different stadia across the world before producing the plans.

As well as a new stadium, the project includes a hotel, sports college, restaurants, green areas and public art spaces.

The mixed-use project will take its inspiration from English stadiums, with the purpose of creating a multi-use venue that is operational both on matchdays and non-matchdays, and can be reached by public transport.

To limit the venue’s impact on the surrounding area, the stadium will be built partly underground, resulting in the building only being 30m tall at its highest peak. The design also includes a moveable roof to mitigate noise pollution, while special attention will be focused on the social and environmental needs of the fans/patrons.

Part of the Club’s motivation to produce sustainable and environmentally considerate plans stems from the fact that residents of Milan have previously opposed the relocation plans.

Speaking about the new stadium development in Milan-based broadsheet, Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Malago, President of the Italian Olympic Committee, CONI,  said:

I had already expressed support for this project. Now I can express my great satisfaction and congratulate all the protagonists. I back all operations that are linked to building new stadiums, with new philosophies on safety, new concepts of services for families, maybe even with museum activities. The future of Italian football also belongs to privately-owned stadiums.

Doctor Barbara Berlusconi said of the decision made by The Fondazione Fiera regarding the new stadium:

It is the first historic step. Milan will be like London. Today, with the decision of the Fair Fondazione Fiera, officially starts the path that, at least in our intention, will lead to a new stadium.

It is a first step because we will have to submit the entire project to the institutions for approval. Today, however, is a historic day. Ours is primarily a cultural challenge. First of all for Milan because we offer: an urban stadium, to promote the development of the area that will host it, to make it safer and a symbol of the city, it will completely change the mentality of those who have gone to the stadium, proposing services and moments of entertainment not only for the 90 minutes of the game.

At the same time, we will fight to discourage private and encouraging instead public transport. Milan, therefore, will be like London. In fact, London also has urban stadiums, they can be reached by metro and have allowed the redevelopment of the areas in which they were built.

In addition, for Milan, it is essential for the commercial development of the club. The use of the stadium overall will bring in €50-€80m per year. This income will also be used to buy new players.

 

Sources: AC Milan, Arup and World Leisure

With the ambition of operating one of the world’s most safe and secure sports and entertainment venues, Stadio della Roma has appointed the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to provide the Security Strategy and Design.

Recognising that a secure experience for the fans of AS Roma and visitors to the 365 day-a-year entertainment precinct is imperative, Stadio della Roma will work with the ICSS to ensure security is integrated into the stadium and wider masterplan from the outset.

The ICSS will coordinate with Stadio della Roma’s design and engineering consultants and other stakeholders to determine the threats, risks, vulnerabilities and security operational requirements for the new stadium.

The ICSS will then ensure, based on relevant security design standards and international best-practice, that security is built into the venue without impacting on the aesthetics or operations of the venue.

Mark Pannes, CEO of Stadio della Roma, said:

We are delighted to have the International Centre for Sport Security as our partner on this project.

We are also determined to create a family-friendly environment for every fan who visits the stadium and that means that security is at the forefront of everything we are doing. Our whole project team is working closely with the ICSS surrounding the design, implementation and management of the highest-level security objectives including security risk assessment and security strategy development for both on-site infrastructure and cyber security.

Speaking about the appointment, Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:

This partnership with one of the great football clubs of the world is another milestone in the development of the ICSS. Stadio della Roma has the potential to become a role model in the fields of safety and security. The ICSS is looking forward to a sustainable partnership with Stadio della Roma as the new and safe home of AS Roma.

Heinz Palme, Vice Director General of the ICSS, added:

We applaud Stadio della Roma for recognising the importance of integrating security design into the early stages of venue planning. Many stadium owners and operators are discovering too late the time, resource and financial impact of not incorporating security at an early stage. Working with Stadio della Roma, we will ensure it is embedded from the start, whilst delivering the best possible fan and visitor experience.

 

The ICSS will be participating in our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, which is being held at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. For the preliminary conference program, visit: www.saevents.uk.com

Mosaic Stadium construction update: one year on from groundbreaking

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On the one year anniversary of groundbreaking, construction at the new Mosaic Stadium, the first phase of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, is approximately 44% complete.  

Mayor Michael Fougere said:

This is a tremendous source of pride for our community and we are very pleased with the progress the PCL construction team has made over the last year. There is a lot of activity in each area of the site and it has been incredible to witness how the stadium has taken shape. In another year’s time, we will be close to having a complete stadium.

Development of the west side of the stadium will continue over the summer and begin to mirror what has taken place on the east side. A dramatic change in the north end of the stadium will occur over the next number of weeks, as the construction of the Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club administration area begins. Later this year the structural steel work for the spectator roof will begin in the southeast corner of the multipurpose facility.

Sean Hamelin, District Manager PCL Construction Management Inc., commented:

We are right where we wanted to be a year out from the groundbreaking. We continue to receive great feedback from all our sidewalk superintendents and appreciate their enthusiasm for the project.

The first image of the interior of the General Admission (GA) Lounge, located on the main concourse level of the west side of the stadium was released. The General Admission lounge features food and beverage service, multiple video screens and will serve as a gateway from Confederation Park and the plaza space to the new Mosaic Stadium.

Fougere added:

This lounge is a unique feature of our stadium. It will be used year round for a number of events. The lounge can be accessed by everyone with a ticket to an event in the new stadium. A lot of thought was given to this area including a clever tribute to our current Mosaic Stadium.

Greg Whittemore, Associate Principal/Project Manager with HKS Sports & Entertainment Group who designed the stadium, commented:

The lounge celebrates the past by reusing the iconic bleachers from the existing Mosaic Stadium. Elements from the bleachers will be used as decorative ceiling elements, column cladding and the façade of the serving bar. This area will exhibit past memorabilia and celebrates the role of the fans in the life, spirit and vitality of the sporting community.

To track the latest construction progress, visit: www.ReginaRevitalization.ca and www.Newmosaicstadium.com and view the stadium camera.

The new Mosaic Stadium will be substantially complete in August 2016 and the first Rider game will be held in the new venue in June 2017.

 

With construction of Minnesota’s state-of-the-art, multi-use stadium more than halfway complete, the Minnesota Vikings can ‘bank’ on a substantial home field advantage every time they take the field beginning in 2016; with the stadium’s naming rights having been acquired by U.S. Bank, making the venue’s official name, U.S. Bank Stadium.

U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States, and the Minnesota Vikings announced the 20-year partnership for the exclusive naming rights of the Vikings’ new stadium today, June 16, 2015. The announcement highlights two prominent and storied Minnesota institutions coming together with a focus on strengthening the economic and social well-being of the state and surrounding communities. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Described by the stadium architects, HKS Sports + Entertainment, as an “authentic structure influenced by its Minnesota location”, U.S. Bank Stadium exhibits a bold, progressive design and combines efficient functionality with stunning architecture.

The stadium’s transparent ETFE roof, combined with the world’s largest pivoting glass doors and an entire glass wall that overlooks the downtown Minneapolis skyline, will give users an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.

As one of the most technologically-advanced stadiums in the country and boasting some of the NFL’s closest seats to the field, U.S. Bank Stadium will also provide an unprecedented game-day experience.

Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO of U.S. Bank, commented:

The Minnesota Vikings are a treasure for all citizens of Minnesota and our surrounding states to embrace, enjoy and enthusiastically support. As Minnesota’s hometown bank, U.S. Bank has been investing in the financial futures of individuals, families, small businesses and large enterprises for more than 150 years. Today, it is our privilege to make this new investment in the Vikings and the entire state of Minnesota. We look forward to U.S. Bank Stadium being a place that will drive economic vitality in Minneapolis-St. Paul, as well as a place where friends and families will create lasting memories celebrating civic pride and the competitive accomplishments of the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings Owner/President, Mark Wilf, said:
On behalf of the entire Minnesota Vikings organization, we would like to thank Richard and the 67,000 U.S. Bank employees for their belief in, and support of, the Vikings and this new stadium and for the commitment they make in the economic and social well-being of Minnesota and its citizens every day. We are proud to partner with a storied and respected Minnesota institution to introduce both U.S. Bank Stadium and the Places to Play program, both of which will serve as assets for the entire Minnesota community.

Reinforcing both U.S. Bank’s and the Vikings commitment to youth and the community, the partners also announced a USD$1m investment into locations across the state where Minnesota children will play through the “Places to Play” program. The Places to Play program is a state-wide, grant-making initiative focused on investments in the community facilities that contribute to the quality of life including parks, playgrounds, trails and athletic facilities. For the next several years, U.S. Bank and the Vikings will make grants totaling USD$250,000 annually to improve and enhance public venues across the state of Minnesota. Communities can apply for the grants beginning in September 2015 and winners will be selected by the Places to Play advisory committee.

Davis advised:

At U.S. Bank, we believe that we are only as strong and vibrant as the communities we serve and we are deeply committed to helping Minnesotans reach their full potential financially and in their quality of life. The recreational and play spaces across the 87 counties in Minnesota are simply one example of catalysts for turning potential into promise and promise into exceptional achievement. Joining forces with the Vikings as the naming partner for U.S. Bank Stadium gives us the platform and the responsibility to make great things happen for the youth of Minnesota. We are excited for the kickoff of the Places to Play initiative, as well as the kickoff of the Vikings 2016 season. Skol, Vikings!

Wilf added:

The Vikings have never wavered in our commitment to the physical well-being of Minnesota’s children. The partnership with U.S. Bank is a natural fit as both the Vikings and U.S. Bank are strong community advocates who care about similar charitable causes throughout the state of Minnesota, particularly as it relates to children. The Places to Play initiative is the next step in that continued commitment, and we look forward to launching the program later this year.

 

Source & images courtesy: Minnesota Vikings, http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/index.html

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Final concrete columns poured at the new Vikings stadium

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The new Vikings stadium reached another major milestone earlier this week with the pouring of the last vertical concrete column. Over the last 16 months, thousands of concrete trucks poured over 17,500 cubic yards of concrete that make up 1,200 concrete columns on the stadium site. If placed end to end, the concrete columns would stretch approximately 5.3 miles.

Next month, the stadium’s final ring beam concrete will be placed, meaning the vast majority of concrete work will be completed.

In addition, as part of this month’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s (MSFA) board meeting, the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family commited to spending an additional USD$14m towards the new stadium, bringing the team’s increased private contributions since stadium legislation passed to USD$89m and the overall team/private commitment to USD$566m.

Nearly USD$13m of the total USD$14m being invested by the Vikings will be directed toward the stadium’s television system, including the 2,000+ HDTV monitors that will be displayed throughout the building. Having previously covered design fees to increase the number of televisions from 800 to over 2,000, the team’s contribution will cover costs associated with the additional monitors and the backbone video control system. The remainder of the USD$14m increase will go toward lighting and utility enhancements, as well as exterior signage.

The additional contribution pushes the team/private commitment to more than USD$566m, or 53% of the now USD$1.076bn total project budget. The public contribution toward the project remains at USD$498m.

TEAM/PRIVATE CONTRIBUTION BREAKDOWN (rounded numbers)
Original Stadium Legislation (May 10, 2012)………………………. $477,000,000
Contingency Guarantee (November 22, 2013)……………………… $26,400,000  (now included in project)
Additional Cash Contribution (April 18, 2014)…………………………. $1,200,000
Additional Cash Contribution (June 20, 2014)………………………… $1,300,000
Additional Cash Contribution (August 22, 2014)……………………. $19,700,000
Additional Cash Contribution (October 10, 2014)………………………. $518,000
Additional Cash Contribution (November 21, 2014)……………………. $647,000
Additional Cash Contribution (December 19, 2014)…………………. $1,200,000
Additional Cash Contribution (January 16, 2015)………………………. $944,000
Additional Cash Contribution (February 13, 2015)…………………… $2,300,000
Additional Cash Contribution (March 27, 2015)…………………….. $19,500,000
Additional Cash Contribution (April 27, 2015)…………………………. $1,200,000
Additional Cash Contribution (May 15, 2015)……………………….. $14,000,000
Total Team/Private Contribution…………………………… $566,000,000 ($566,212,870.71 official)
* Total does not include absorbed TCF Bank Stadium relocation costs of $23.2 million

* In addition to the $566 million in upfront capital costs, the Vikings will also make annual commitments of $14.5 million, including $8.5 million in rent (the highest rent payment of any NFL facility), $1.5 million toward a capital improvement fund and $4.5 million for game day expenses. Both the rent and the capital improvement fund contributions will inflate at 3% per year.

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A new stadium for Nigeria’s Super Eagles

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The Nigerian national football team, known as the “Super Eagles”, is one of the most successful in Africa; having reached the last sixteen of a FIFA World Cup three times, being Olympic champions in 1996 and, more recently, having won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. And, since the end of last year, they have also had an ultra-modern new ground to call ‘home’ in the form of the Akwa Ibom Stadium, which fully complies with European safety standards and FIFA recommendations.

With 30,000 covered seats and a transparent façade made of backlit acrylic glass, not only does the venue stage international football matches, but also plays host to major social, cultural and religious events.

The Akwa Ibom Stadium is situated in Uyo, the capital of the Nigerian federal state of Akwa Ibom, and is the first building to be completed in the Uyo Sports Park, whose facilities will also eventually include an indoor swimming pool, a multi-purpose hall, a driving range for golfers, basketball pitches and tennis courts.

The stadium, which covers an area of around 48 hectares and has 2,500 directly adjacent parking spaces, was designed by the German company Julius Berger International from Wiesbaden, with responsibility for the construction and execution laying with Julius Berger Nigeria; one of the biggest construction companies in the West African state, with 16,000 employees.

Construction engineers decided on a concrete skeleton, with steel trussed girders forming the load-bearing elements for the façade and roof. The translucent elliptical envelope around the spectator seating area was made from 15mm acrylic glass; the façade of the grandstand likewise consists of acrylic glass, but features vertical panels to form a counterpart to the elliptical external envelope. When it’s dark, ultra-modern energy-saving LED technology is used to light up the stadium in virtually every colour spectrum; in the national colours of the respective opposing team, for example.

The spectator areas provide seating for 22,500 people, with the grandstand holding 7,500 spectators, including VIP boxes for 30 to 40 people. The athletes’ changing rooms have also been accommodated in the grandstand, as have the commentary boxes, administrative offices and stadium surveillance systems. The technical installations are also noteworthy, with a digital floodlighting system, two digital scoreboards and LED video screens, the stadium boasts state-of-the-art technology. A helicopter landing pad is also planned, but is yet to be built. The venue also boasts some unique features, including bullet-proof VIP/VVIP sections, collapsable seats and 30 emergency exits.

The “Super Eagles” play football on real grass, whilst competitions and training sessions for track and field athletes are held on synthetic surfaces from Polytan. For the 400m circular track with eight lanes, the German sports surface specialist installed around 9,500sqm of Polytan M in classic brick red. Furthermore, the fast and optimally cushioned surface used in Uyo is IAAF Class 1-certified, which means that the water-impermeable synthetic surface is suitable for top-flight international athletics events with recognised records. A six-lane training track likewise consists of Polytan M and is situated outside the stadium.

The stadium’s opening ceremony was held on November 7, 2014, and this multi-purpose venue has already proved its worth, having hosted Nigeria v South Africa in the African Championships. The acoustics were also tested shortly before Christmas, during the “9,999 Singers at Christmas Choral Night” event and the running tracks were put through their paces during the AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships in early March.

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SC unveils new 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium design as fifth proposed World Cup venue

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Last night, The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) unveiled the design of Al Rayyan Stadium – the fifth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

Dipesh Patel, Architect and Founder of Pattern Design, the Lead Design Consultants on Al Rayyan Stadium, said:

A key feature of the stadium is its elegant, ornate façade: a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns specific to Qatari culture. This builds on our interest in how patterns are culturally rich symbols with a universal appeal. The stadium’s distinctive façade was created using cutting-edge parametric design tools so that it also plays an important role in cooling the building. The result is a landmark for Qatar that works effectively both as a world-stage for sport and, we hope, something that is genuinely meaningful and welcoming locally.

Built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s existing stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, work is due to be completed in first quarter of 2019 and the stadium will have a capacity of 40,000 spectators in tournament mode. This will be reduced to 21,000 post-tournament, with the upper tier of seats removed and sent to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure.

The stadium will feature the innovative sustainable cooling technology delivered by the SC and its stakeholders. This will ensure comfortable viewing conditions for fans and a cooler playing temperature for players during the legacy use of the stadium for domestic competitions, international matches and tournaments hosted in Qatar.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said:

Unveiling the design of Al Rayyan stadium is another important step forward in our preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We will continue to work tirelessly as our vision for the tournament takes on shape on the ground.

Sustainability is at the heart of the design, with 90% of materials generated from the deconstruction of the current stadium re-used. Some of the materials will be used by local and international artists to create works of public art, whilst other materials to be reused include; timber doors, windows and frames were used in the accommodation and some in the site offices; Water fixtures and fittings, light switches and sockets were used in the accommodation; Concrete was crushed and stored for future site levelling works; Reinforcement bar and other metals to be recycled by Qatar Steel; Topsoil has been stockpiled for future precinct landscaping works or sold to others; Scrap timber will be recycled by licensed centres across Qatar.

The design will actively reduce the carbon footprint of the stadium and precinct through on-site renewable energy, lightweight building design, careful selection of materials, and energy and water efficiency measures. The stadium is designed with the goal of certification under both the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings.

Speaking at the launch, HE Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Qatar’s Minister of Youth and Sports, said:

Today’s design presentation of the fifth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a significant announcement. It confirms that Qatar has moved from the stage of reiterating its bid commitments towards demonstrating its ability to deliver several important infrastructure projects to the highest international standards in accordance with the timetables set.

Al Rayyan’s sporting heritage and Qatar’s environment is reflected in the design of the stadium. The stadium’s façade will feature a multitude of patterns and designs, which draw on the history of Al Rayyan, as well as Qatari culture. Featuring an innovatively designed exterior, it also aims to create a sense of place unique to Al Rayyan in particular, and more generally to the culture of Qatar and the Middle East. The hospitality and service areas will be located outside the stadium.

David Barwell, AECOM Chief Executive Middle East and India said:

We are proud to be involved with the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ programme and continue our support of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. Sport has always been about passion, thrills and incredible achievements and it is exciting to watch the momentum building for the games. As the project manager for the Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct, we see our strength in connection, bringing together our global team of experts from previous major sporting and FIFA events, and the embedded knowledge in country, technology and cooling experts, all of which is led by our strong project, commercial management and delivery team. We connect the collective knowledge, experience and innovative ideas to create an amazing sporting venue that brings people closer together and close to the action. The community and culture of Al Rayyan has been at the heart of what we are trying to achieve, creating a destination venue that will leave a meaningful legacy they can be proud of, now and in the future.

 

Yaver Abidi, Regional Managing Director Middle East and Asia, Ramboll – Lead Design Consultant on the Al Rayyan Stadium, said: 

Ramboll is delighted to be the lead consultant for such a high profile and ambitious project. The exciting vision that the Supreme Council laid out for the Al Rayyan Stadium has required our very best talent to create cutting edge  approaches and solutions for the unique challenges we face in this project. The sophisticated modelling employed has heavily influenced the innovative designs for cooling systems and the advanced roof and wind screen design, with best practice being used to optimise designs for waste reduction and energy management strategies. The Al Rayyan Stadium will deliver an impressive and comfortable experience for fans and players alike and leave a strong legacy for the Al Rayyan community.

 

Dipesh Patel, Architect and Founder of Pattern Design, the Lead Design Consultants on Al Rayyan, added:

A key feature of the stadium is its elegant, ornate façade: a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns specific to Qatari culture. This builds on our interest in how patterns are culturally rich symbols with a universal appeal. The stadium’s distinctive façade was created using cutting-edge parametric design tools so that it also plays an important role in cooling the building. The result is a landmark for Qatar that works effectively both as a world-stage for sport and, we hope, something that is genuinely meaningful and welcoming locally.

 

Al Rayyan Stadium is the fifth stadium design that the SC has unveiled. Work is now underway across the following stadiums: Al Wakrah, Al Bayt – Al Khor, Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar Foundation Stadium & Health and Wellness Precinct and Al Rayyan Stadium.

 

The Team:

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) ensures that all preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ align with Qatar’s other development imperatives, as described in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure for an amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup™ that will leave a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world.

The delivery goals of the SC include exceptional programme and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure, stadiums and non-competition venues; integrating Qatari culture into all hosting plans, to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives in Qatar in 2022; and adopting high environmental standards on all projects, contributing to the delivery of an environmentally friendly tournament.

In addition to delivering infrastructure in line with Qatar’s long-term development plans, legacy goals of the SC include nurturing exceptional local and international talent and incubating the Josoor Institute, a centre of excellence for the sports and events industries in the Middle East; fostering the development of Qatar’s private sector and streamlining regulatory frameworks; and making Qatari football more competitive and increasing participation in sports in Qatar, the region and globally.

The investments that the SC is making today will pay dividends for generations to come, in line with Qatar’s vision of a healthy and prosperous global future.

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately US$19bn during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014.

Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 12,300 experts and has a strong presence in the Nordics, North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and India, supplemented by a significant representation in Asia, Australia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. With almost 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll emphasise local experience combined with a global knowledge-base. The company constantly strives to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to their customers, end-users and society as a whole. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Environment, Water, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting.

Pattern is a London-based architectural practice focused on innovative rule-based parametric design. Mathematics and beauty are both key areas of research for the firm. Pattern is interested in projects that enhance user experience by addressing wellbeing and visual harmony, and is committed to creating designs that achieve a balance between technology and the natural world. The practiceʼs design methodology is based on rigorous research and analysis. This informs Patternʼs contextual approach, addressing local climate and culture. Much of the work has an urban regeneration and civic emphasis. This year, Pattern’s innovative 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Football Stadium in Al Ain, UAE, was voted “Stadium of The Year” which has led to further sports venue commissions for the practice. In 2013, Pattern was selected as the architects of the Al Rayyan Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Pattern is also working in education, residential and masterplanning sectors.

Gillespies is an acclaimed international landscape and urban design firm. From urban design and master planning, to public realm and landscape design, for major developments and communities; their experienced team offers a complete service. Since its inception 50 years ago, Gillespies has delivered inspired designs for a range of sectors. Completed projects are located in major UK cities, and the practice operates throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and South-East Asia and Australia. Gillespies’ expertise has been recognised by numerous industry awards. The firm brings fresh ideas to each commission, to achieve and exceed their clients’ aspirations. Always mindful of retaining a ‘sense of place’ — they design in harmony with local social, economic and cultural environments — creating a positive legacy for the future. Quality standards are integral to the practice, as are principles of sustainability and regeneration.

 

Pattern’s Dipesh Patel will be a speaker at the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference & exhibition, where AECOM will also be present as a show sponsor. This must-attend event for those involved in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology is taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. To find out more, visit: www.saevents.uk.com

 

Construction of Beijing’s National Speed Skating Stadium to begin in 2016

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Beijing’s National Speed Skating Stadium, one of the stadiums designed to host events for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, will be constructed in 2016, according to Li Yinchuan, Director of the Administration of Sport. Once the structure is completed, it will be open to both athletes and the public.

If Beijing and Shijiazhuang are successful in their joint bid to host the 2022 Olympic Games, stadiums in Beijing will be expected to hold the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games and Paralympic Games, as well as events in four sports: figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey and curling. Figure skating and short track speed skating would be held in Beijing’s Capital Stadium, while curling would be held in the Water Cube and ice hockey at Wukesong Stadium.

Li explained:

The National Speed Skating Stadium to be constructed will host long and medium distance speed skating competitions and construction will be finished within one year as scheduled regardless of the result of our bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The National Speed Skating Stadium will be located west of the Olympic Park and south of the National Tennis Centre. Equipped with 12,000 seats for spectators and skating tracks as long as 400m, the National Stadium will be suitable for both athletic training and public recreational use.

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Brand-new fly-through video of the New Atlanta Stadium

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In a brand-new fly-through video of the New Atlanta Stadium, viewers are taken on a unique tour in point-of-view fashion beginning one mile above the stadium’s circular retractable roof and through many of the stadium’s key areas. From the club seating and suites to the general concourse and plaza spaces, viewers have the opportunity to see the stadium through a new perspective: http://newstadium.atlantafalcons.com/2015/01/13/flythrough/

 

Arthur Blank, Owner, Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta, said of the new stadium:

We are committed to providing our fans and event guests with an unparalleled experience in the new facility.

 

The design for the New Atlanta Stadium creates an exceptional game-day experience for fans and an iconic architectural landmark for the city.

Designed as a signature element rather than a utilitarian cover, the New Atlanta Stadium’s retractable roof provides a radical departure from the kinetic roofs of other sports facilities. Derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, a reference to the Atlanta Falcons NFL team, the roof features eight triangular panels that wrap the stadium and move in unison along individual tracks. This allows the roof to open and close like a camera aperture. Exterior lighting can easily change the color of the transparent facade.

The stadium interior offers fans an immersive, technology-driven, game-day experience. A wide array of seating options provide fans with varying ticket prices, vantage points, degrees of service and amenities. A 360-degree HD halo video board built into the roof offers fans clear views from every seat. Other amenities include a fantasy football lounge, a 100-yard bar and a floor-to-ceiling view of downtown Atlanta.

Designed for flexibility, the stadium can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate games for Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer franchise. Retractable seats surrounding the field allow fans to get close to the action for both soccer and football. Digital media platforms throughout the stadium offer flexible opportunities for teams and sponsors to display targeted programmable content on game days.

In addition to serving as an anchor for the downtown tourist and entertainment district, the New Atlanta Stadium will catalyze changes in neighborhoods surrounding the stadium. The project team’s focus on sustainable design, construction and operations extends into the community through the creation of urban farming and open recreation spaces.

HOK is working on this project with tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture and Stanley Beaman & Sears.
Project Stats

LEED certification anticipated

Seats: 70,464 for NFL games or 32,456 for MLS games
1.8 million sqft/167,225sqm

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Images courtesy HOK and Atlanta Falcons

Northeast Plaza View: Located on the stadium’s northeast side, event day guests can enjoy an expansive fan plaza creating an additional game day open gathering place for meeting friends or simply enjoying the moment. Located inside the security checkpoint area, the 61,000sqft plaza will provide fans the opportunity to blend the indoor/outdoor in-stadium experience.

South Champions Lounge: The Champions Lounges are located at field level behind each team’s bench and are being designed as the stadium’s largest club space at over 30,000sqft each.

Owner’s Suite: Each Owners Suite features all-inclusive food and beverage packages; VIP parking privileges; access to the Owners Club, the most exclusive club in the stadium, offering fine dining and hospitality; and tickets to all events hosted in the stadium.

Owner’s Club: The Owners Club, the most exclusive club in the stadium, offering fine dining and hospitality.

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

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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.

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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
culture.
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
design.
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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
Consultants
Populous: David Bower, Mike Sabatini and David Lizarraga
Werner Sobek: Roland Bechmann, Stephen Hagenmayer, Andreas Hoier and Thomas Winterstetter
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FC BATE Borisov unveil new stadium

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Belarusian soccer side FC BATE Borisov has opened the doors of its new stadium, designed by Slovenian firm, Ofis arhitekti.

 

Located in a forest area south of Borisov city centre, the 13,000-seat arena creates a new larger home stadium for FC BATE Borisov; the reigning champions of the Belarusian Premier League.

 

The idea of a new stadium had been a long time in the making; first as a fans’ dreams, with the breakthrough being the Club’s entry into the UEFA Champions League group stage. The team’s performance in UEFA’s Europa League contributed to the aspirations of many and made clear the fact that the Club needed a new arena that could stage group stage matches of the European Club Competitions.

 

In December 2009, in an interview to Pressball newspaper after the away match against Everton FC, FC BATE Borisov Chairman, Anatoli Kapski, shared his thoughts:

In recent time we think a lot about a new stadium. Fans want to see a bigger ground in Borisov. We discussed it with town and region authorities. We plan to initiate construction of a stadium with 12-15 thousands capacity, that would give us opportunity to receive international group stage matches in Borisov. It should not be an expensive project, but modern, convenient and functional. There are enough examples in Europe. For example, Ljudski Vrt in Slovenia, stadium in Mainz, AZ Alkmaar stadium. This can also be used by the national team. I think our town deserved it.

 

The idea of a new stadium united all the football-lovers of Borisov, and in 2010, work began. Borisov MPs created an initiative group and addressed the president of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, with the idea of building a new stadium.

 

Vladimir Guminskiy, one member of the group, commented at the time:

[The] Town Stadium, in spite of UEFA license, does not meet the level that FC BATE has achieved. As a result, the club has to play its home matches in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages in Minsk in Dinamo Stadium. What is more, soon the national stadium will be closed for renovation. And in Belarus there are no good stadiums to receive matches of this rank. We think our city has deserved the right to receive group stage matches of UEFA Competitions. That’s why we need a 12,000-15,000-capacity stadium. We can reconstruct the old one or build a new arena. And it is important that it meets all the UEFA criteria for games of high level. The head of the state gave the instruction to the Council of Ministers, Minsk Region Executive Committee together with Belarusian Football Federation to work through this idea and give their suggestions till 1 June 2010.

 

Having analysed the options, BATE chose Slovenian firm, Ofis arhitekti, which has a top reputation for its sports objects; the most well-known being Ljudski Vrt in Maribor, for which it was awarded a silver medal in the IOC/IAKS contest.

 

In the summer of 2010, architects Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman finished their work on the unique stadium project. This soccer-specific arena, with capacity for 12,548 spectators, meets UEFA Category 4 requirements, which means BATE can host not only the qualifying stages of European Competitions, but also group stage and knockout rounds of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

 

The new stadium includes VIP/corporate boxes for more than 600 people, which are joined to the dressing rooms by a gallery that goes the whole way around the arena. Press box capacity can be changed depending on the demand; with some 144 seats equipped with tables but that can be increased to 256.

 

Great attention has been paid to safety and security, with the design meeting the requirements of both UEFA and FIFA, as well as to ensuring a fan-friendly experience. Flexibility of the arena gives the venue the opportunity to change the number of available food and catering points, as well as official merchandise outlets, depending on the number of tickets sold; with visiting fans egressing and ingressing via a dedicated gate.

 

The roof of the stadium is covered in metal sheets that allow light transfer through special lanterns hidden inside the roof structure. The floodlight lamps for the pitch are also located within the roof ends.

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The building has its own, distinctive and modern character, based on environmental, user and environmentally-friendly approaches. The outside of the stadium forms a unified rounded impression of a single object, which despite the fact it is midsize, the seating seems large, dominant and powerful. Internally, the arena’s rounded shape provides good acoustics and atmosphere, and its north to south orientation ensures sunlight is evenly distributed across the pitch.

 

3,000m2 of public space is distributed throughout the ground floor level on the North, South and East stands. In the eastern part are the restaurant – which is used during the games as a VIP restaurant and a service elevator for catering serves the upper floor VIP lounge and the bar within the public foyer – and bowling. In the southern part is public fitness/gym. Other bars are for various commercial activities. All the restaurants have separate access from the platform.

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Project credits:

Architect: OFIS Arhitekti
Project leaders: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik
Project team: Janez Martincic, Rok Gerbec, Andrej Gregoric, Konstantine Bogoslavsky, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Ana Kosi, Ieva Cicenaite, Grzegorz Ostrowski, Filip Knapczyk, Sergio Silva Santos
Collaborators: Lorna Jackson, Patrycja Majewska, Rita Dolmany, Dusan Chobor, Darko Ivanovski, Alex Manecan, Catalina Severin, Michele Albonetti
Engineering and local office: Magnus Group
Client: FC Bate, County of Borisov

 

Image credits: Tomaz Gregoric.

Source: FC BATE Borisov and Dezeen file:///C:/Users/User/Documents/PSAM%20digest%20we%20141114/OFIS%20Arhitekti%20completes%20bulging%20stadium%20for%20FC%20BATE%20Borisov.htm

Funding secured for Real Madrid’s new Santiago Bernabéu project

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The Santiago Bernabéu will take on a new look over the next few years in order to become one of the world’s most impressive sports arenas, as well as an architectural marvel. The joint project between GMP Architects and L35 Ribas won the contest to decide on the design for a stadium that will be a global icon.

According to Club President, Florentino Pérez:

The new Santiago Bernabéu will a be an incredible place full of emotions and pride for our fans. We want it to be the best stadium in the world, as comfortable a place to watch football as possible and with pioneering architectural design. The best stadium, in one location, that will be a worldwide symbol. A special, unique and spectacular stadium.

The Club have reportedly secured funding for the new stadium through a long-term strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). As part of the deal, the state-owned fund will inject an unspecified sum into what is already the world’s richest football club, with the money to be channelled into the €400m (US$500m/GBP£314m) stadium renovation. Speculation is also rife in the Spanish press that IPIC is the frontrunner to take up the the naming rights to the new Santiago Bernabéu.

Speaking at the recent press conference, Pérez confirmed:

IPIC will become a key partner that shares our values and will help us promote and strengthen the Real Madrid brand throughout every continent. From now on, as one of our most important sponsors, they will be instrumental in carrying out a series of crucial projects for Real Madrid’s future.

While the length of the agreement with IPIC has not yet been publicised, the two parties will work together to establish Real Madrid-themed museums and soccer schools around the world, and also create content for digital distribution.

In terms of the winning stadium design, Pérez  said:

Four of the most highly respected teams on a global level pitched their ideas to us. But we could only opt for one of them and we chose GMP Architects and L35 Ribas. This pioneering project perfectly reflects what we were looking for. It is extremely beautiful and can adapt to the rigours of the sporting calendar.

Volkwin Marg, the founder and owner of GMP Architects – one half of the winning design team – added:

We have had the honour of building more than 20 stadiums, but this is the most important project we have ever taken on. We present to you the most important stadium of the new generation.

The design reflects the values the legendary club that is Real Madrid holds dear. Additionally, the retractable roof will allow for different events to be held here. Sporting events, cultural events and other kinds of entertainment that will attract people to the stadium who have previously never visited it.

The design for the new Santiago Bernabéu features a facade of LED’s around the stadium, museum and nearby theme park development, which will effectively operate as a huge TV screen to show the Club’s greatest moments.

The project is expected to take six years to complete and will include a vast retail area, restaurants, a hotel and a museum dedicated to the Club.

Images courtesy: Real Madrid/GMP

Images courtesy: Real Madrid/GMP

SIS Pitches to build another new pitch in Russia

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SIS Pitches – with its headquarters in Cumbria, UK – are continuing to grow their portfolio in Eastern Europe with the confirmation that they are to build another new pitch in Russia.

SIS’s Eastern Europe team have been contracted to build a new stadium pitch for FC Krasnodar, who play in the Russian Premier League and are currently building their new stadium. This follows on from their recent work for Spartak Moscow’s brand new stadium, the Otkritie Arena, in the summer (as was featured in the last edition of PanStadia & Arena Management).

The pitch will be Russia’s first cooled and heated pitch with an under soil aeration and heating and cooling system.

Design works have already started and will be completed in early December 2014. Construction works are planned to start in March 2015 and completed in May 2015, with a total of more than 30 employees from SIS Pitches involved in the project.

The opening ceremony of the brand new stadium is planned for October 2015 and SIS Pitches will continue to maintain this unique pitch once it is opened.

Krasnodar is a city with hot summers and cold winters, which meant SIS Pitches’ experiences of working in the hottest climates in Dubai and the coldest in Moscow was a great advantage to them winning this project.

Ilyas Kobul, Managing Director of SIS Eastern Europe, commented:

We are very happy to be the main contractor for the new FC Krasnodar pitch, which will be the first one in the territory to have a cooling and heating system together with air and water. SIS Pitches is becoming well known in the Russian market and we are looking forward to starting building this pitch.

Image: Artists impression of FC Krasnodor’s new stadium.

For more information on SIS Pitches work, please visit the website www.sispitches.com

Renovated and expanded Davis Wade Stadium opens at Mississippi State University

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Davis Wade Stadium reopened for the first game of the season after undergoing a US$75m renovation and expansion designed by 360 Architecture in association with LPK Architects. One of the defining features of the project is the north end zone expansion, completed in August, which expands stadium capacity from 55,000 to over 61,000 and provides new premium seating products that will increase revenue generation for the university.

The Gridiron Field Level Club provides season ticket holders access to the playing surface. Located in the north end zone, the enclosed club offers food and beverage service, high-definition screens and an interior design aimed at recreating the visceral experience of being on the field. Patrons can also stand outside for a real “toes on the turf” experience.

Comprised of 236 loge seats and 22 new skyboxes, the State Level offers loge boxes and private mini-suites at a lower price point than existing premium options. The State Level is outfitted with food and beverage stations located in larger gathering areas that are common to the loge level’s premium seats. Loge seats accommodate four, six or eight spectators
and offer fans personal-use flat-panel televisions, a place to set food and beverages and access to the private loge club. Flanking the loge seats are new suites, which seat between 12 and 18 spectators.

The Scoreboard Club, designed to attract the younger generation along with others looking for that first step into premium seating, provide approximately 1,100 seats along the top level of the new north end zone. As with other premium options, Scoreboard Club patrons get a roof over their heads during inclement weather, a food and beverage area, chair-back seating, high-definition televisions and an open-air patio deck that provides space for socializing.

Although the project was built in multiple phases over the last two years, construction was sequenced in a manner that allowed the stadium to be utilized during the 2013 season. Improvements completed prior to the 2013 season included a complete overhaul of the existing west concourse, new vertical circulation, a new pedestrian-level façade, new entrance gates, and an expanded entrance plaza. Additionally, the end zone’s lower bowl was reconfigured to create a new student section that creates a wall of intensity and home-field advantage for the Bulldogs.

In addition to setting a record for fan attendance at the opening game on August 30, 2014, the Bulldogs brought home a 47-0 win over Southern Mississippi. The players and head coach Dan Mullen lauded the high-energy atmosphere that the updated stadium creates for fans and the team.

Coach Mullen told The Clarion-Ledger:

The crowd was here. It was electric. It was loud on the field. Our student body was awesome. Our whole fan base was unbelievable.

Earthquakes announce partnership with Ovations Food Services for new stadium

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced this week that the club has signed a partnership with Ovations Food Services for the team’s new stadium, which will open in 2015.

Ovations Food Services is a nationally-recognised food and beverage service provider to over 140 public assembly facilities across North America and a subsidiary of the sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor. Ovations Food Services is known for their Everything’s Fresh™ philosophy, which ensures fans access to fresh, made-to order cuisine prepared with high quality ingredients.

Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, said:

We are proud to announce our partnership with Ovations. Serving fresh, high-quality food was extremely important to us as we move into our new stadium and they are an ideal partner for our new venue. They have proven to be innovators in the food service industry and together we look forward to providing a fresh approach to stadium concessions.

The Earthquakes new stadium features numerous concessions locations throughout the grounds, including the largest outdoor bar in North America, a stand with over 40 varieties of beer on tap and a barbecue stand that will have onsite grills. Most of the locations are framed with reclaimed redwood to create a first-class food experience.

The concessions menu will include a variety of food options, including traditional stadium fayre, as well as innovative items that represent the local food culture. Additionally, as part of the partnership, the stadium will still feature a wide variety of gourmet food trucks that will be located in the Epicenter Fan Zone.

Ovations Food Services Executive Vice President, Charlie Neary, commented:

We are extremely excited to be opening our second MLS stadium, and look forward to bringing a very diverse and exciting menu to this new state-of-the-art soccer stadium.

The Earthquakes 18,000-seat stadium, designed by 360 Architecture, is currently under construction on Coleman Ave adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in Major League Soccer to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the stadium boasts the largest outdoor bar in North America (as shown above), a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video display. The suites and club seats are located at field level (as shown below), giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports.

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