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

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Brazil World Cup goes wireless, Borussia too

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Ruckus Wireless has been selected by a consortium of four Latin America mobile network operators, including Claro, Oi, Telefónica, and TIM, to supply advanced indoor/outdoor Smart Wi-Fi products and technology that will be used as the foundation for offering pervasive, high-speed wireless access within two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums: Estádio Nacional de Brasília (formerly known as Estádio Mané Garrincha), a 71,000-seat stadium in Brasília, Brazil’s federal capital, and Arena Octávio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 50,433-seat stadium located in Salvador. Brazil’s World Cup organising committee intends to make World Cup 2014 the first ‘digital’ world cup – see articles in PanStadia & Arena Management Autumn issue.

Comba Telecom Systems, a leading supplier of infrastructure and wireless enhancement solutions to mobile operators and enterprises, will deploy, operate and manage the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure on behalf of the consortium.

Meanwhile. Borussia Dortmund and its new Champion Partner Huawei have formed an alliance to build an open-access wireless LAN infrastructure – potentially the largest of its kind in Germany – at Signal Iduna Park. Jörg Karpinski, ‎Huawei Technologies’ Sales Director IT in Germany and manager of the project, said:

Our collaboration with BVB comprises both an extensive sponsorship package and a comprehensive, large-scale technology partnership. We’re to roll out a major wireless project here that will be one of the biggest in Germany and unique throughout Europe.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, General Manager of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KgaA, added:

We’re a dynamic club that’s always open to new ideas. We’re thrilled that, in association with Huawei, we’ll soon be able to offer our fans an innovative technical infrastructure in our stadium. The advanced technology will open up a raft of new possibilities for BVB in Germany’s largest stadium, with its capacity of more than 80,000 spectators. Going forward, the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK will have the technical capabilities to deliver stable data services to a crowd the size of the population of a small town. This will enable spectators to use social networks, post pictures from inside the stadium, send messages, discuss goals, plays and player performance, and locate their friends in the stadium. In addition, Borussia Dortmund will work with Huawei to create a foundation for delivering exclusive content, such as details of the team’s initial lineup, straight to fans’ mobile phones, well ahead of the kickoff. Huawei’s full product range, including smart phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices, will be in service at BVB home games. Stadium hostesses, for instance, will use Huawei MediaPads to manage visitor care in dining areas.

Under the cooperation agreement, Huawei will have a VIP area, the Huawei Conference Centre, at its disposal in the north stand during home matches. Huawei will also be able to use the Conference Centre to host seminars, incentives, business events and more on non-match days. In addition, the sponsorship package will include product placement and classic perimeter advertising.

Crowley has venue management experience to succeed in Rio

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The Rio 2016 operation is up and running, designs are completed and tenders are going out for venue construction and operation post-Games. Meanwhile, the management team of the local organising committee is hard at work. In one of a series of staff profiles, we meet Venue Management Director for Rio 2016 Christopher Crowley.

Crowley faces one of his career’s greatest challenges. With solid experience in big events, he has been through two Winter Olympic Games editions (Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010), always working in venue management. In Rio 2016, however, the challenge is even greater. A team member since November 2012, Crowley is responsible for the management of more than 50 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition and non-competition venues.

One of his team’s most important deliveries has just completed. The project called “Model Venue Exercise” started on 13 June and lasted for 15 weeks. Rio Olympic Arena served as model to the other venues that will host all the competitions, events as well as further Games services. Led by Crowley, the Venue Management team is responsible for integrating the operations of almost all functional areas in each venue. Crowley explained:

It’s a very challenging task but, on our side, we have a very receptive and motivated team to make it all happen. The whole team working in the Model Venue is doing a great job. Our main goal is to create a more integrated, consistent and effective operations planning method.

The numbers are impressive. In the Olympic Games alone, there will be 45 world championships in only 17 days. In the Paralympic Games, there will be another 23. And 36 competition venues will host all that. Another 14 will host other events, the case of the Main Press Centre for example.

Ensuring all these venues are ready to host not only competitions but also offer quality services to spectators, athletes, press people as well as employees and volunteers themselves, who will be present at each site, is a job for various hands. Model Venue Exercise was aimed at mapping all services, equipment, workforce and any other requirements applied to a specific venue in order to serve each one of these clients. Crowley added:

Until now, functional areas were responsible for their own planning and did it according to their own specific needs, without taking into consideration everything else that will happen around them. Since Model Venue, we will have all this planning in our hands but now we also invest in a global vision, identifying connecting points between the areas, anticipating everything that needs to be synchronised and the way this integration will happen.

This initiative’s final product will show, in a series of documents, all the resources, services and other operations that will take place in Rio Olympic Arena, including equipment, services, workforce and security aspects among other things. Once this operational planning is ready, the same methodology will be applied to the other venues, always respecting the specific characteristics of each.

Crowley’s experience adds some important knowledge in operating these venues according to high quality standards. Crowley was Ski and Snowboard Venues General Manager in Salt Lake City 2002 and Whistler Medals Plaza and Media Centre General Manager in Vancouver 2010. Besides his Games experience, he also worked in municipal venues management in Salt Lake City and San Francisco during international sporting and music events.

Rio Tennis Centre tender requires combined construction and operation

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Rio de Janeiro’s City Hall has launched a tender for the construction and operation of the 2016 Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The venue will be part of the future Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for high-performance athletes, the main sporting legacy of Rio’s Olympic Games to Brazil and to the city.

The Federal Government will transfer R$ 182,7 million to the municipality for the construction works and services, according to a technical cooperation agreement signed by the Sports Ministry and the City Hall in May 2012. The resources come from the Brazilian Growth Acceleration Program (PAC in Portuguese) and will be passed by Caixa Econômica Federal.

Of the expected total, R$ 139,9 million will be applied to the construction of permanent structures, R$ 29,7 million to temporary structures, and R$ 13,1 million to the dismantling of temporary structures, operations and maintenance of the Tennis Centre before, during and after the Games.

The tender protocol involves not only the construction, but also the operation of the venue until May 2017, eight months after the Paralympic Games. The proposal to ensure the operation of the arena was presented by the Sports Ministry, which has been working closely with the City Hall.

The use of the arena during and after the Games is also included in the tender protocol. The Tennis Centre will consist of eight permanent courts and eight temporary. The decision to build temporary structures is aimed at optimising the cost-benefit, since these tennis courts would be of limited use after the Games, but would require future spending for maintenance, which is a relevant part of the cost of a sport facility.

The Tennis Centre will have a permanent main court, with 10,000 seats, a temporary one, with 5,000 seats, and another one with 3,000 seats that will remain in place, but without the grandstands after the Games. There will also be 13 outdoor courts, seven of them with 250 seats each (six permanent). The other ones will serve for training and warming up purposes.

The complex will host the tennis competition during the Olympic Games and the wheelchair tennis and 5-a-side football competitions during the Paralympic Games. After 2016, the main court and seven others will be part of the OTC and will also be available to host international tennis matches.

Rio 2016 advises that there are three main criteria for the construction and maintenance of the Tennis Centre: economy, simplicity and practicality. These concepts – applied in all sports facilities of the Olympic Park – guided many decisions, such as the choice to rent equipment, instead of buying it.

One of the most important measures to reduce costs is to standardise the materials to be used in the Tennis Centre and three other facilities (Aquatic Centre, Handball Arena and Velodrome). Among them are technology items, such as scoreboards. The idea is rent everything that is not absolutely necessary to buy or that will become technologically outdated.

Some items that will be leased are foreseen in the tender, such as the temporary tennis court’s grandstands and elevators. The rest of the rental items are the so-called complementary facilities (e.g. scoreboards, screens, generators, air-conditioning, temporary toilets, furniture and computers), which will be provided by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.

The basic project of the Tennis Centre – as well as the Velodrome, Handball Arena and the Aquatic Centre – has been delivered. The executive project is nearing its conclusion and will be ready at the beginning of the construction works. These projects are being funded by the City.

The consortium 2016 – Especialistas em Eventos Esportivos, formed by GMP Design e Projetos do Brasil Ltda., SBP do Brasil Projetos Ltda., LUMENS Engenharia Ltda., and Sustentech Desenvolvimento Sustentável Ltda, won the tender for the development of the basic and executive projects for the Tennis Centre. The preliminary studies were done by AECOM, the company responsible for the Master Plan of the Olympic Park (picture courtesy AECOM, see article PanStadia & Arena Management Autumn issue).

TheTennis Centre, the Aquatic Centre, the Handball Arena and the Velodrome will be built through a cooperation agreement between the Federal Government and the Municipality. It is intended that the permanent arenas will be LEED certified.

The Federal Government will pay for these four Olympic venues, which are not included in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) of the Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park. The PPP enabled an important part of the project, which was previously the sole responsibility of the Federal Government in the Bid Book.

Get the latest on Soccerex content and Brazil’s venue industry Big Bang in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Rio 2016 launches procurement portal

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While the world of sport was focussing on the IOC vote for host city in 2020, the host city in 2016, Rio de Janeiro, was busy getting on with its preparations, including launching its procurement portal.

The Procurement Portal of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will serve as the main channel of communication with supplier companies and has the potential to change the way of purchasing goods and services and become a legacy for national industry. The new tool will host the Games Demand for Goods and Services Plan, the Organising Committee’s purchase schedule until 2016, which will allow companies to plan ahead and also seek extra qualifications to meet the Olympic demands. Fernando Cotrim, Rio 2016 Procurement Director (pictured), said:

Building a temporary, solid and sustainable supply chain for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a great challenge. Therefore, we must have a suppliers database that is prepared to deliver excellent Game.s

Rio 2016 will have to purchase goods and services in large quantities – for instance, around one million sports equipment items and 12,000 computers will be bought. Ensuring transparency throughout the process, promoting the engagement of companies across the country and abroad and facilitating the exchange of documents are the most important features of the new tool.

Most of these tender processes – 75% to 80% of the total – will take place between 2014 and 2015. The budget of Rio 2016, according to figures from the application package, is approximately US$3 billion in purchases until the Games, divided into materials, services and equipment.

In the portal, companies will also find the Sustainable Supply Chain Guide, an essential document for potential Games suppliers. The manual describes the sustainable pillars that guide all the requirements of the Organising Committee’s Procurement Area as well as the certifications that Rio 2016 considers competitive differentials in its evaluation processes.

Aimed at companies of all sizes that are interested in becoming Rio 2016 suppliers, the Procurement Portal promotes competitiveness and transparency as it discloses in advance the categories and predicted amount of goods and services the organising committee needs to acquire until 2016. The initiative gives all companies the chance to reach a new level by participating in the Supplier Development Program, which includes projects such as ‘Sebrae on the Podium’, focused on the qualification of micro and small domestic companies, and seeks credit solutions for business expansion programmes promoted by Bradesco, Rio 2016 official sponsor. Cotrim added:

We must develop the Brazilian suppliers market in terms of the quality of products and services for great events and aim for a new level of sustainable practices.

From the launch, the tool will offer various functions, such as suppliers’ registry, the possibility of sending and receiving offers and access to all Rio 2016 supply chain’s documents, guidelines and requirement. In order to supply goods and services to Rio 2016, Brazilian companies must produce the necessary documents and certifications to operate legally, just like for any other tender process, while companies from other countries must present documents from their home countries that are equivalent to those required from Brazilian corporations.

Read more about Brazil’s venue industry Big Bang in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

João Havelange Olympic Stadium closes in public safety scare

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Rio de Janeiro city officials have been forced to temporarily close the stadium which will host the athletics competitions at the 2016 Olympic Games because of structural problems with its roof.

João Havelange Olympic Stadium.

João Havelange Olympic Stadium.

The João Havelange Olympic Stadium was completed during a last-minute race to finish venues in time for the Panamerican Games. Construction of the stadium began in September 2003 and was completed in June 2007. Project engineering was provided by Andrade Rezende.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said he decided to close the venue immediately after constructors who have been monitoring the stadium’s roof notified him of the structural problems.

Paes said:

I asked them if these problems posed a threat to fans and the answer was ‘Yes,’ depending on circumstances such as wind velocity and temperature. There was a risk, so I decided to close the stadium immediately until we have more details about the solution that we will need.

“The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee has full confidence that the city of Rio de Janeiro will take the necessary measures to guarantee that the Olympic Stadium is ready for the games more than three years from now, as well as for the test events before them,” the organising committee said in a statement.

The stadium is expected to be upgraded from 46,000 to a 60,000-capacity venue for the Olympics, when temporary seating sections will be added.