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Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin is one of a number of AEG owned venues that were project managed by ICON Venue Group.

CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), has acquired ICON Venue Group, an owner’s representative and project management firm. Founded by Tim Romani in 2004, ICON manages the development, design, and construction of sports, entertainment, and public assembly facilities worldwide.

The company will continue to operate as ICON Venue Group, headquartered in Denver, and will be led by Romani. ICON has overseen the development, design, and construction of major stadiums and arenas throughout North America and Europe, including The O2 Arena in London and the ongoing Wrigley Field Restoration Project in Chicago.

Howard Nuchow, Co-Head, CAA Sports said:

Tim Romani is a world-class executive who, in a short period of time, has grown ICON into a dominant player in the venue development space. Tim and his team’s expertise and experience are complementary with our wide-ranging service areas, and we look forward to working collaboratively to develop landmark opportunities in the global sports and entertainment marketplace.

ICON has overseen the development, design, and construction of major stadiums and arenas throughout the United States and Europe, and is currently underway on new construction or renovation projects for sports teams including the Sacramento Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Colorado State University Rams, Toronto FC, Toronto Raptors, Orlando City Soccer, and AS Roma. ICON’s world-class portfolio is the most extensive in the sports and entertainment industry, and includes The O2 arena in London, Consol Energy Center, Prudential Center, Sprint Center, Rogers Place, Sports Authority Field, 10 of the 14 MLS stadiums constructed or renovated, and the Wrigley Field Restoration project, among many others. Romani said:

We could not be more thrilled to join such a prestigious and innovative company with an exceptional reputation in the sports and entertainment industries. There is so much value in the connectivity between CAA and ICON and we will utilize that link to expand into related business opportunities that will add unparalleled new value in the venue development marketplace. CAA Sports is an ideal fit for ICON and together we look forward to creating the most unique venues and fan experiences throughout the world.

CAA Sports and ICON share a likeminded collaborative culture and best-in-class approach to client service. Their combined resources will amplify and enhance their existing relationships in the sports and entertainment marketplace, with CAA Sports providing unmatched access to the agency’s global resources in sports and entertainment, while ICON creates a valuable new service area for CAA and its clients worldwide.

ICON Venue Group is the fifth strategic acquisition by CAA Sports in the past 10 months. CAA Sports’ industry-leading Property Sales group has completed more than $3.5 billion in new sponsorship business on behalf of its clients and orchestrated precedent-setting agreements for the new Yankee Stadium; the Marquee partnership deal at Madison Square Garden; the naming rights for the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium; and the recently announced Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors. CAA Sports Consulting advises, manages, and activates on more than $2.5 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of leading global brands and is a leader in experiential marketing. In 2015, the agency launched CAA Premium Experience, a full-service hospitality and event management practice that works with Fortune 500 companies across hundreds of global sports and entertainment events annually, and acquired Fermata Partners, a specialized consumer products licensing agency focused on colleges and universities, global football clubs, and iconic sports and lifestyle brands. CAA’s merchant bank, Evolution Media Capital (EMC), provides traditional investment banking services, as well as a broad range of strategic advisory services to maximize growth and expansion for its clients. Since its inception in 2008, it has advised on more than $44 billion in transactions.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


ICON Venue Group is the leading Owner’s Representative and project management firm in the sports, entertainment, and public assembly industry with a portfolio of many of the most successful venues in the world. ICON provides a comprehensive spectrum of facility development services required to guide a new facility project from its initial conception through planning, design, construction and opening to ensure years of successful operation for both public and private sector clients in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. ICON has managed the development of home venues for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB MLS, MLL, AFL, CHL, NBDL, DEL and BBL franchises totaling more than $6 billion.


CAA Sports represents more than 1,000 of the world’s best athletes, coaches, broadcasters, and sports personalities, and leads all agencies in contract value under management exceeding $6.3 billion, more than double the next closest agency, according to Forbes. Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, books, and video games. CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships, for which the agency won “Best in Property Consulting, Sales, and Client Service” at the 2014 Sports Business Awards. CAA Sports is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients.


Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), through its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd (RJSB), has been appointed to regenerate the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex into the iconic Kuala Lumpur Sports City. RJSB’s proposal was chosen from 12 proposals submitted in an open national tender process undertaken by the government’s Public Private Partnership Unit.

The first phase of the work, Project 1, will get the Bukit Jalil National Stadium ready to host the 2017 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games. Project 1 will also carry out targeted works on Putra Stadium, National Aquatic Centre and National Hockey Stadium, improve integration with current and existing public transport links, and enhance pedestrian access across the site.

Project 2 is scheduled to commence in early 2018. The second phase will create KL Sports City, a fully-integrated sports hub with new, world-class infrastructure including high performance sports training facilities, a sports rehabilitation science centre, a youth park, public sports facilities, a sports museum, youth hostel, convention centre, and a sports-focused retail mall. RJSB has appointed international Populous as the project designer.

MRCB group managing director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said:

We are honoured to have been chosen to carry out a project of national importance. The Bukit Jalil facilities were built more than 17 years ago and Malaysia needs a sporting venue that showcases the country and its athletes. The new sports city will be the catalyst that inspires Malaysia to become a sporting nation.

KL Sports City project marks MRCB’s entry into sports and recreational infrastructure, and allows us to build on our core strengths of delivering multi-use developments that regenerate areas of national importance.

By working in a private-public partnership we can ensure that our corporate goals are aligned with the nation’s objectives for growth and development.

RJSB will focus on delivering a regenerated Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex with international-standard facilities for the SEA Games, which will form the heart of a new world-class sporting hub that is accessible and usable all year round.

Picture: Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Salleh exchange documents with MRCB senior vice-resident (property and retail) Shireen Iqbal Mohamed Iqbal.

PanStadia & Arena Management and Stadia & Arena Events look forward to meeting you at FSB in Cologne in October. Both the magazine and event will exhibit at the event in Hall 10.2, stand A051a. PanStadia & Arena Management is also an Official Media Partner of FSB 2015.

FSB, which is being staged in Cologne from 27 to 30 October 2015, is presenting itself as sustainable, green, playful, attractive and more successful than ever. Around 650 companies from over 45 countries, who will showcase their products and services on an area of 80,000 square meters are expected. As usual, they include the leading national and international industry players from the amenity areas, sports and pools facilities.

FSB hosts the IAKS and awards.

FSB hosts the IAKS conference and awards.

The trade visitors can look forward to a new tone-setting innovation in October. Once again, FSB will take place parallel to aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, this year for the first time in the modern North Halls of Koelnmesse – to be more precise in Halls 6, 7, 9 and 10.2 of the Cologne fair grounds. With its thematic hall layout, both of the events are offering a clearer overview and an expanded range of products. The synergies, particularly in the swimming pool sector will thus be ideally exploited and interlinked. Decision-makers, operators, architects, planners and landscape architects from both the public and private sectors will find tailored solutions and future-orientated concepts for open spaces and, ultimately for social change in Cologne. The trade fair’s new scheduling outside of North Rhine-Westphalia’s autumn holidays, has received great response from municipalities and companies well in advance, which is expected to lead to increased interest on the visitor side – from both Germany and abroad.

Easy to reach, easy to meet

In order to successfully and sustainably consolidate FSB 2015, the organisers at Koelnmesse, together with the conceptual sponsors and partners, have further developed the fair concept. The new theme-orientated hall layout will lend the trade fair duo even greater momentum and will have an optimal effect on the synergies. As of 2015, exhibitors at both events will benefit from the improved infrastructure in the northern area of the Cologne exhibition grounds. In addition, the modern naturally lit halls provide the optimal transit route to guide the stream of visitors through the fairground’s Boulevard. The Northern Halls connect ideally with Congress Centres North and East. In the future, visitors of the trade fair will enter via Entrance North, which offers numerous parking facilities in the immediate vicinity, as well as Entrance East. Entrance East connects conveniently with the Inter City Express (ICE) train station, the public transport hub “Köln Messe/Deutz” station and the tram station “Koelnmesse”.

The newly developed exhibition concept is specifically targeted to ensure that decision-makers from municipalities and sporting associations, as well as the many international visitors, will have more time for an extensive fair visit and the exchange of information. Parallel to this, in cooperation with national sports and municipal associations, the specialist supporting programme addresses current industry topics in greater depth, with special focus on issues important for municipalities, planners, operators and sports clubs. Throughout the fair, numerous “action areas”, as well as individual trade events complement the offer in the halls. Some of these include the ISS solar skating rink, the “Soccer and More” football field, the “FIBA – World of Basketball” and the “Trampoline Variety by Eurotramp”.

Around 650 companies awaited in Cologne

The companies participating at FSB include among others: Aquarena, Aquadrolics, AST, Berleburger Schaumstoffwerke, Berliner Seilfabrik, Conica, Conradi + Kaiser, Engo, e.s.m Edelstahl, Eurotramp, Fritz Müller, Hamberger, Herculan, HSB Hinke Schwimmbad, Huck Seiltechnik, ISS Solar, Kindt, Klarer Freizeitanlagen AG, Kraiburg, Kübler, Lappset, Melos, Mondo, Patentverwag Italia Srl., Polytan, Raita, Roigk GmbH, Scheidt & Bachmann, SMG, Sport Thieme, Strabag, Tapper & Hollmann, Universal Sport, Wibit Sports, WIBRE Elektrogeräte and Wiegand Mälzer.

DOSB advises on sports facilities

FSB’s partner associations in the field of sports facilities include DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund/German Olympic Sports Confederation), Landessportbund NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia Sports Federation), BSI/Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Association for the German Sporting Goods Industry) with Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V (German Institute for Quality Assurance in Sports Equipment), ADS-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Sportämter e.V. (German Municipal Sports Departments and Sports Associations Working Group) as well as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

Together with the sports federations of the states of Hessen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Wurttemberg, as well as the Federal Sports Research Institute (Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft), the DOSB will present itself at its own fair stand in Hall 7 once more. Consultation offers for sports facilities will be the focus and include topics like resource-saving modernisation, renovation and new construction of sports centres, as well as concepts for sustainable sports facility management.

Cross-generation public spaces for exercise The new FSB concept and the move to the modern North Halls allow Hall 9 to be used for the first time as a themed hall for the amenity areas, playground equipment and outdoor fitness sectors. Here, numerous national and international exhibitors will present their products, projects and services for the planning and designing of open spaces, specifically organised with concepts such as municipal planning and urban design, areas for play, spaces for exercise, demographic change and mobility in mind. Together with their long-standing partners STADTundRAUM and BSFH (Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller/Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers), in addition to attractively designed themed areas, FSB is also presenting content-related forums with added value for municipalities, planners and landscape architects.

Across more than 2,000 sqm, STADTundRAUM (city and space) is presenting an area dedicated to urban spaces, places of encounter and playground themes. The visitor market place in the area is the communication hub for specialist in-depth exchange between exhibitors, planners and fair visitors. At the market place and the adjoining area, designed to resemble a “real” outdoor area, trade fair visitors can not only look at the exhibits, but also try out the objects first-hand. Among others, you will find a children’s carousel, a multifunctional movement station, a shoulder trainer for sports novices rooted in the Chinese tradition, as well as a special bench for walker users.

In addition, special topics and workshops have been thematically integrated in the layout planning. The following subjects will be covered: “Planning and demographic change – cities, urban districts, gardens, barrier-free spaces and mobility”, “Playground security” and “Accessibility”. The “SPIELRAUM-Preis” (the German Amenities Prize) will be awarded for the eleventh time at this year’s FSB (Friday, 30 October 2015) to distinguish exemplary areas for play. This year, “Barrier-free public spaces for play and exercise” are in special focus.

Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) with two focal topics in Hall 9 In addition to its presentation as an industry association and as a meeting point for all questions on the topics of playgrounds, playground safety and outdoor fitness, in 2015 BSFH sets a new tone with the BSFH FORUM’s themed areas. In cooperation with the “Playground@Landscape” magazine and supported by the German Towns and Municipalities Association, a practice-orientated specialist programme will take place on 28, 29 and 30 October in Hall 9, with the topics of “Cities and municipalities get people moving: Fitness parcours in Cologne’s public space” as well as “Security on playgrounds” and “Trends in the playing ground worlds”. A further partner will once again be the German Association of Towns and Municipalities.

PlanerFORUM for municipal decision-makers This year, planners, planning offices and institutions will present their projects and services on the “planerFORUM” communal platform in Hall 9 already for the second time. In short presentations, they provide plenty of ideas and show realised and transferrable solutions as examples of best practice. The North Rhine-Westphalia section of the German Landscape Architects Association (bdla-nrw) is represented with six member offices attending. Examples from the wide spectrum of landscape architecture in the design of open spaces will be shown. On 29 October 2015 (“bdla day”), visitors will have the chance to get informed on the topics of “Golf training in public space”, “A liveable city for all” and skate park planning. A discussion will take place at the conclusion.

Public and private pool sector in joint halls In the scope of the trade fair duo, the joint presentation means that all aspects of the public and private pool, wellness and sauna sectors are now represented in Halls 6 and 7 – also in clearly defined theme worlds. The trade fair duo’s last edition successfully brought together the swimming pool sectors from aquanale and FSB’s ‘Public pool construction’ area and confirmed that joint trade fair concepts are a guarantee for a successful future for all sectors involved.

The 6th Cologne Swimming Pool & Wellness FORUM in Hall 6 is acting as the joint umbrella for the swimming pool sectora of FSB and aquanale again this year. Koelnmesse is, together with the trade associations bsw (the German Association of Swimming Pools & Wellness e.V.) and IAKS (the International Association for Sport and Recreational Facilities e.V.) and in cooperation with further partners, organising an informative and theme-oriented expert programme over four days that is tailormade for the target group of public swimming pool operators as well as for swimming pool constructors, hoteliers, planners and architects. Health and environmental protection are also the overarching trends for the “PlanerFORUM on public pool construction”, or to be exact, sustainable renovation of public pools as well as the topic of water treatment. The event will take place on 29 October as part of the sixth Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness FORUM.

New: Forum on outdoor sports facilities

The outdoor sports facilities forum will take place for the first time at FSB 2015. The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) and its partner associations will present current trends and information for planners and operators of sports facilities and public amenity areas. Over the first three days of the fair, lectures will be given on themes such as “New Findings from FIFA’s Artificial Turf Quality Concept”, where results from the latest international research studies will be presented, the recycling of artificial turf systems, management approaches for the control of municipal open air facilities or safety management on sports grounds. Furthermore, there will also be first-hand information on the current situation of artificial turf standards and technology, infill granules and plastic floor coverings as well as an overview of the hybrid turf system that are available on the market.

24th IAKS Congres and the award ceremony of the Architecture Prize In 2015, IAKS is celebrating its 50th anniversary at FSB. This anniversary is an integral theme of the congress and the workshops. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, IAKS will take a look into the history of sporting and recreational infrastructure. In the course of an award ceremony, prominent figures from five decades of international sports facility construction will be initiated into the “IAKS Hall of Fame”. In line with this, the Congress will again this year deal with architecturally and operationally archetypal projects, in which sustainability and social aspects are of great importance. Under this year’s motto “Planning, construction, modernisation and the management of sports and leisure centres”, international experts from the sports facilities industry will discuss the building and business trends as well as best practices; the palette ranges from new ways for traditional sports grounds, sports facilities for colleges and schools, to stadiums and arenas for major events through to urban experiential spaces and amenity areas. The congress will examine the question of how one can best serve the demand for attractive, healthy and functional sports and leisure facilities to the benefit of everyone, a topic which indeed lies at the heart of FSB.

The absolute highlight of the IAKS Congress is the presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award, the IPC/IAKS distinction and the award for young talents, the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals. These most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational buildings are presented by the IAKS in the scope of a special event on all days of the trade fair.

International Swimming Pool Congress expands supporting programme For the first time ever, the trade fair duo is also hosting the International Swimming Pool Congress of the German Society for Natural Bathing Waters (DGfNB), which more than 1,000 national and international congress participants are expected to attend in Cologne. Under the motto “Variety on the Water”, the congress offers an informative programme on the latest trends, relevant norms, quality assurance programmes and for example on the state-of-the-art technologies in natural water treatment, types of construction or delivers tips and the latest cognitions for the sustainable water care of public and private swimming and bathing pools. Moreover, renowned companies from all over Europe will be presenting their services, products and innovations on the elaborately designed special area dedicated to the theme of natural pools and swimming ponds in Hall 6. Since this range of topics is of great interest to both the public and the private swimming pool market, the new hall location also creates the best possible synergies and short routes for visitors from both areas.

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.



Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium design to go ‘back to the drawing board’

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According to the Guardian Online, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced that the controversial plans for the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics – designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid – will be scrapped and started from scratch because of the spiralling costs.

Amid growing public concern about the cost of the new stadium, Abe said the National Stadium would not now be completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup; for which the dramatic stadium was due to host the opening match and the final. Abe confirmed to reporters after a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee:

The government has come under growing criticism as the estimated cost for the new National Stadium rose to 252bn yen (GBP£1.3bn, USD$2bn).

The PM said he had obtained the consent of Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister, and instructed the sports and Olympics ministers to start preparing immediately a process to choose a new plan.World rugby’s governing body hit out at the decision, and said that it would seek urgent clarification of plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. A spokesperson confirmed:

World Rugby is extremely disappointed by today’s announcement that the new National Stadium will not be ready to host Rugby World Cup 2019 matches despite repeated assurances to the contrary from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and the Japan Sports Council.

The National Stadium was a compelling and important pillar of Japan’s successful bid to host Rugby World Cup 2019, which was awarded to the Japan Rugby Football Union in 2009.

World Rugby is urgently seeking further detailed clarification from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and will need to consider the options relating to the impact of today’s announcement.

Jim Heverin, Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said:

Our teams in Japan and the UK have been working hard with the Japan Sports Council to design a new National Stadium that would be ready to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Tokyo 2020 Games and meet the need for a new home for Japanese sport for the next 50 to 100 years. 


It is absolutely right that the benefits and costs of the new National Stadium should be clearly and accurately communicated and understood by the public and decision-makers in Japan and we hope that this is one of the objectives of the review announced by the Prime Minister. 


We have used our experience on major sports and cultural projects, including the hugely successful London 2012 Games and legacy, to design a stadium that can be built cost-effectively and still deliver the flexible and robust National Stadium that the Japan Sports Council requires.


It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council. The real challenge for the stadium has been agreeing an acceptable construction cost against the backdrop of steep annual increases in construction costs in Tokyo and a fixed deadline.

Hadid, best known in the UK for the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, won the design contest for the Tokyo stadium in 2012, but faced a barrage of criticism over its appearance. And amid growing international scrutiny of the costs and benefits of hosting a Games – something that recently elected International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, has promised to focus on – and domestic public pressure, Mori will now be forced to look for a more cost-effective solution.

Last year Hadid hit back at two years of complaints, telling Dezeen magazine she was saddened by the attacks, which she claimed were motivated by not wanting a ‘foreigner’ to build in Tokyo.

The affair has echoes of the controversy that surrounded Hadid’s Aquatics Centre in London, where costs soared three-fold to GBP£269m as a result of the ambitious design and certain elements had to be pared back.

Olympic stadiums traditionally have a chequered history due to the difficulties in planning for a future beyond the Games.

The Bird’s Nest in Beijing is rarely used, although it will be pressed into action for the World Athletics championships this summer, while the legacy issues with the venues built for the 2004 Games in Athens have become a symbol for the subsequent wider malaise in the country.

The debate over the future of London’s Olympic Stadium, where total costs have now soared to GBP£701m thanks to an ambitious plan to convert it into a multi-use venue that will become West Ham United’s home ground, has also proved controversial.


Image: An artist’s impression of the National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, designed by Zaha Hadid. Photograph: Japan Sport Council/AFP/Getty Images.


Asia Pacific is on the verge of being the most active region in the world for new sports venue developments, with the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and both the Summer and Winter Olympics all taking place here in the next 5 years. This September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition will duly open up unrivalled opportunities for producers and suppliers to meet with the sector’s leading sports architects, designers and end-users.

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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.

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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.


LAFC announce plan for new soccer stadium in south Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) may not know exactly what the team will be called when they begin play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2018, but they know where they’ll be playing.

On Monday, LAFC’s ownership group announced its intent to build a new 22,000-seat stadium in South Los Angeles, at the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, located next to the LA Memorial Coliseum.

“We are committed to making our home in South Los Angeles and to be part of the phenomenal development happening along the Figueroa corridor that extends to downtown Los Angeles,” said Henry Nguyen, head of LAFC’s ownership group, in a club statement. The 24-member group also includes sports and entertainment mogul Peter Guber, businessmen Ruben Gnanalingam and Vincent Tan, Club President Tom Penn, U.S. soccer superstar Mia Hamm Garciaparra, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, and best-selling author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins.

LAFC’s Executive Chairman, Peter Guber, said:

Los Angeles is a city famed for its creativity and innovation. In that tradition we look forward to building a premier club, in a state-of-the-art stadium delivering a state-of-the-heart experience, and bringing the world’s game to the City of Angels.

LAFC’s goal is to have the new stadium ready to go for their inaugural season in MLS in 2018. The club, which was announced as an MLS expansion franchise last summer, had originally planned to begin play in 2017.

The entire development, which the club says will bring USD$250m in private investments to South Los Angeles, has been designed by LA-based architectural firm Gensler and will also include restaurants, office space, a conference centre and a soccer museum.

Johnson said:

We are not only committed to creating a dynamic soccer experience for our fans, but are equally excited about the impact our stadium and facilities will have in reshaping and revitalizing South Los Angeles.

The construction of the new stadium in the underdeveloped South Los Angeles area is expected to produce a one-time economic activity of more than USD$275m and over 1,200 new union and non-union jobs. Additionally, once open, the new stadium is estimated to generate more than USD$129m in new economic activity, create more than 1,800 full-time jobs and produce USD$2.5m in annual tax revenue.

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, commented:

Los Angeles loves soccer and now the greatest sports town in America gets even better. I know this ownership group is committed to representing the best our city has to offer. And I’m especially pleased that this proposed state-of-the-art stadium will be located in South Los Angeles to help revive that neighborhood and bring more jobs and opportunity for our residents.

Councilman Curren Price, who represents the Sports Arena and surrounding South LA community, added:

This project is a tremendous gain for our community that will bring lasting benefits for our local economy including adding thousands of new local jobs and spurring new economic development opportunities for the district I represent – and all of Los Angeles.

The development still has a few deadlines and benchmarks to meet before the final deal is in place. Councilman Price is expected to bring the matter before the City Council in hopes of quick action on completing the necessary environmental reviews, entitlements and infrastructure investment. The club also expressed its intent to meet with city and state officials to identify funding opportunities that the project will be qualified for under their guidelines, while affirming that “no money from the city’s general fund will be used for this project.”

LAFC also announced that they have secured a preliminary agreement with the University of of Southern California, which is responsible for managing the Sports Arena site.

The renderings of the stadium show a sleek, modern building not far from downtown LA and close to both the highway and public transit options. They indicate that the new stadium will be intimate and boast overhanging roofs that will help contain and amplify the crowd noise and atmosphere.

MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, said:

The new stadium will be absolutely spectacular. Los Angeles Football Club fans deserve a world-class stadium, and this facility will provide the appropriate environment for them to celebrate their club.


USL partners with HOK to launch Stadium Development Initiative

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HOK announced today that it is entering a groundbreaking multi-year partnership with the United Soccer League (USL).

HOK will lead a stadium development, design and standards initiative supporting the league’s strategic initiative to house all USL clubs in soccer-specific stadiums across North America by the end of the decade.

USL President Jake Edwards, commented:

The groundbreaking partnership with HOK provides the league and its clubs a tremendous partner with extensive stadium design and development experience at the highest level. A critical part of our strategic growth plan is to have all USL clubs as owners or primary tenants of soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Not only will these new and upgraded stadiums add value to the league and each club ownership group, they will establish a permanent base for the clubs within their local communities. These venues will serve as cultural hubs and bring fans together in support of the clubs while offering state-of-the-art amenities and an unparalleled game-day experience.

As the league’s official stadium design partner, HOK will apply its venue design expertise to guide soccer-specific stadium development for expansion clubs and the renovation of current USL stadiums to increase capacities and amenities. HOK will also consult to the league and its clubs on maximising venue revenue, developing ancillary programming and creating operational efficiencies.

HOK’s December 2014 acquisition of 360 Architecture, a leading designer of sports venues and facilities, enabled the firm to integrate design leadership and expertise that complements its international, multi-disciplinary practice. HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is a global leader in the design of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, training facilities, recreation centres and mixed-used entertainment districts.

Soccer ImageBrad Schrock, Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment for HOK, said:

This partnership reflects the USL’s commitment to expanding the soccer community across the country and providing fans a high-quality event experience that captures the energy and excitement of the game. We are passionate about soccer and excited to be a partner to the USL as the league continues to grow. This initiative will provide the framework to ensure that venues are successful for the team, the players, the fans and their communities.

Photo credit: Christy Radecic

HOK’s portfolio of work includes the recently opened Avaya Stadium for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes; a newly designed multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to a MLS expansion franchise and the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the proposed St. Louis NFL Stadium on the North Riverfront area of downtown St. Louis, which is designed to accommodate FIFA and MLS matches; and the renovation of the AT&T Center for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs.

Talk at New London Architecture sheds fresh light on stadium design in the UAE

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Dipesh Patel’s talk at NLA focused on design ideas at Pattern, the architectural practice he founded in 2010 to further advanced computation skills in the creation of efficient, innovative and distinct building components for memorable architecture. Patel told the story of the recently completely 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed (HBZ) FIFA class football stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi; a project that has been voted ‘Stadium of the Year’ by Stadium

The event was chaired by leading sports architecture writer Owen Pritchard, whose magazine AJ Specification features the stadium in its current issue. Pritchard was particularly interested in how the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium responds to its local context. Off-site manufacturing of building components made it easy to assemble and the fabric cladding system is a low maintenance solution that copes well with sandstorms, and does not require water to clean it. This is an important asset in a part of the world where water is in short supply.

Another highly responsive contextual element is the design of the roof of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. This is the first example in the region specifically designed for solar protection. Most stadia in the Gulf are based on the European model of a drip-line roof developed for wet climates and essentially redundant in arid parts of the world.

Patel and his team at Pattern are working on a number of other sports projects including a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The practice continues to look at ways to create low-tech solutions through complex modelling techniques that also bring cost down through an intelligent optimisation of design elements. For instance, as Patel’s colleague and Building Information Modelling (BIM) expert Eamonn Kelly noted at the NLA talk, “The varied and dynamic form of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium has been achieved using only 86 unique panel types.” This is an extremely cost-effective way to achieve what is ultimately a very sophisticated landmark for Al Ain.


Dipesh Patel will be a speaker at this September’s must-attend event, our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition; the leading event for sports venue design/build, management, operation and technology.


HBZ Stadium: Project Stats

HBZ Stadium opens its doors in 2014 as the new home of Al Ain Football Club, one of the leading clubs in the UAE Pro League. Designed by Pattern Architects, the 25,000-seat FIFA class football stadium introduces a new approach to sports architecture in the Gulf region by embedding Al Ainʼs identity into the very fabric of the design. Part of this identity is defined by the local desert climate and landscape.

Al Ain is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is wellknown for its date palm plantations. Patternʼs design is inspired by the rotating fractural geometry of the date palm fronds. The architects used the latest parametric technology to create an outer facade that reflects this.

This “Palm Bole” facade also acts as a passive cooling device; shading the building during the heat of the day, whilst allowing fresh air to flow. Within the bowl this creates comfortable spectator conditions and aids grass growth for the pitch.

The roof for the HBZ Stadium is the first example in the region that is specifically designed for solar protection. Most stadia in the Gulf are based on the European model of a drip-line roof that has been developed for wet climates and is therefore redundant in arid parts of the world.

Pattern Architects took inspiration from the Arabic head-dress and created a sinuous and gravity-bending parasol roof that shades the pitch and the spectators during a match, whilst allowing enough sunlight on the natural grass pitch during the day to allow it to flourish. The apparent levitating form of the roof allows all spectators an unobstructed view of the action and intensifies the atmosphere within the bowl during the match.

A key area of investigation was audience segmentation. The venue’s unique slope-cut lower tier addresses this and results in more high value seats.

As a typology, HBZ Stadium is very much a sports venue in a community. Pedestrian access is encouraged and there is no sea of car parking around the stadium. The architecture also supports non-match day opportunities and a building that is a vibrant destination year-round.

Architect Dipesh Patel, Founder of Pattern, said:

HBZ Stadium is our first built project. It embodies our design principles of natural order, mathematics and visual harmony. We are very, very proud of it and what we have achieved as a practice going into our fourth year.

HBZ Key Design Credits:
The original client was The Crown Prince Court with the following design team:
Lead Design & Architecture: Pattern Design
Architect of Record: Mark Habre & Associate
Lead Consultant & Masterplanner: Broadway Malyan
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Building Services: Hoare Lee
Post-contract the design team changed and was employed by BAM (Main Contractor):
Lead Design & Architecture: Pattern Design
Structural Engineer Roof: Schlaich Bergermann & Ptn
Structural Engineer Superstructure: WSP
Building Services: Hoare Lee


Catering: Tricon

Pitch Consultant: STRI

Transport: Mott MacDonald and Langan

Fire, Estidama, VT, Waste, Acoustics: Hoare Lea

Pattern Design Team Credits:
Past and present staff who have all contributed to HBZ Stadium (pre- and post-construction): Alan Mclean, Alice Aldous, Andrea Cunsolo, Andy Hau, Carol Taffinder, Celia Aldridge, Clare Kennedy, David Ola, Dipesh Patel, Eamonn Kelly, Ece Cakir, Edoardo Milli, Eldred Godson, Frank Anatole, Gabrielle Tester, Janet Ashong Lamptey, Jon-Scott Kohli, Laura Baker, Lindsay Johnston, Loreana Padron, Matthew Aidan, Michael Lowe, Myron Sullivan, Nick Tyrer, Patrick Tee, Prasanna Kumar, Ruth Hiscock, Tony Russell, and Vicky Chang.

Photography: Dennis Gilbert

Al Wakrah Stadium design unveiled

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AECOM and Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled their design for the 40,000-seat Al Wakrah Stadium; the first of several new stadiums that are set to host matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Located approximately 15km south of Doha, Al Wakrah is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Qatar. Taking the dhow boats that carried generations of Qatari fishermen and pearl divers as inspiration, the design of Al Wakrah Stadium and the approximately 586,000m2 surrounding precinct weaves together the city’s cultural heritage with Qatar’s progressive outlook, as defined in the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030). In addition to the stadium and precinct, Al Wakrah’s seafaring identity will be incorporated into the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ fan experience.

A natural grass pitch, cooled to an optimal temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, will ensure that brilliant football is played. Spectator stands will be cooled to a supremely comfortable 24-28 degrees Celsius. AECOM designed Al Wakrah Stadium in association with Zaha Hadid Architects. AECOM serves as the Design Consultant on the project, while KEO International Consultants is the Project Manager.

In support of the Supreme Committee’s (SC) commitment to host a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™, Al Wakrah Stadium’s carbon footprint has been considered from an early stage. The stadium’s structure has been designed to minimise the amount of materials required for construction, and the embodied carbon of these materials taken into account. The stadium and precinct buildings all incorporate energy usage best practices, minimising natural resource demand before, during and after the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. To minimise cooling requirements, state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques are being applied to optimise the structural design. Furthermore, renewable energy will be generated within the precinct, making a significant contribution to the energy required to operate Al Wakrah Stadium.

To ensure that FIFA and the SC’s sustainability requirements are met, Al Wakrah Stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) 4 Star and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

From day one, the SC has committed to creating a lasting legacy for Qatar and the world.

Following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, Al Wakrah Stadium’s modular, 20,000-seat upper tier and associated cooling systems will be disassembled and distributed to developing nations that lack sporting infrastructure.

The remaining 20,000-seat stadium will become the new home of Al Wakrah Sports Club, whose football team’s kit has been donned by the likes of Qatari football legend Mansoor Muftah and French international player Frank Leboeuf. On days when matches are not taking place, the stadium facilities will serve as a social hub, offering a shaded and cooled promenade and seating areas for residents and visitors.

The precinct surrounding Al Wakrah Stadium will also serve to strengthen the bonds of community in Al Wakrah. Pleasant, pedestrian-friendly outdoor spaces, schools, a wedding hall and numerous new sports facilities, amongst other attractions, will serve as gathering points for Al Wakrah’s residents, enriching life in the city and providing ample space for work and play.

The precinct’s abundant new retail space will cater to entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium enterprises, fostering sustainable growth and contributing to the diversification of Qatar’s economy, in line with the QNV 2030. The new metro system and other public transportation options will ensure easy access to the precinct – for fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and for the people of Al Wakrah for generations to come.

Images courtesy Qatar Supreme Committee.

Images courtesy Qatar Supreme Committee.

Qatar Foundation Stadium design unveiled

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Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy recently unveiled the design for the Qatar Foundation Stadium.

The stadium is part of the Health and Wellness Precinct, within Qatar Foundation Education City, and is conceived as a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and one of the principal sports complexes in Qatar.

The Health & Wellness Precinct includes an indoor aquatic centre with two Olympic-size pools and a diving pool, a multipurpose sports pavilion housing an indoor athletics track and tennis academy, plus external training fields.

The stadium will have a tournament capacity of 40,000 spectators, which will later be reduced to 25,000 in legacy-mode thanks to its modular design, which facilitates the dismantling of the upper seating tier.

Arup is providing a complete service including structural design, building services, façade engineering, civil engineering and infrastructure, together with consulting services for stadium cooling design, sustainability, fire safety, security andICT as well as audio visual services. In order to meet the challenges of this project, the team carried out a pioneering R&D program for the stadium cooling system design, which aims to ensure the safety of players and spectator comfort.

David Castro, Associate Director and Project Manager, at Arup, said:

Using an innovative computational fluid dynamics analysis, we were able to design an intelligent stadium cooling system which uses a series of passive measures, including bespoke stadium roof geometry, to protect the stadium bowl from the harsh external conditions and minimise energy use.

The project is targeting a LEED Gold certification rating and incorporates a variety of additional sustainable design aspects such as green roofs, photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, energy use reduction initiatives and water recycling.

Arup Madrid is leading the engineering team on this project, working closely with RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, and with support from Arup staff in Berlin, Doha, Dubai and London, consolidating a team which has counted on over 200 multi-disciplinary professionals.

Image details: Incorporating a variety of sustainable design aspects, the Qatar Foundation Stadium project is targeting a LEED Gold certification rating. ©Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

MLZD and Sollberger Bögli win competition to design Lausanne Football Stadium

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MLZD and Sollberger Bögli Architekten have won an international competition to design a 12,000-seat Tuilière Football Stadium in Switzerland.


The €70m project is part of a larger redevelopment plan for northern Lausanne and will serve as the city’s main sporting venue upon completion in 2019.


City officials advised in a recent statement:

Its proximity to the centre of football and athletics will drive a strong synergy between the two infrastructures. Besides rationalization of land use, this will create a link between all generations of players.


Surrounded by public space, the rectangular stadium will lift at its corners to provide access into the venue. Training Spaces, offices, media areas, storage and a restaurant will all be incorporated into the design.


Images courtesy: © Loomn Architektur Visualisierung


Source: Rosenfield, Karissa. “MLZD and Sollberger Bögli Win Competition to Design Lausanne Football Stadium” 05 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 13 Nov 2014. <>

Design plans revealed for new FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium

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The design of the new Al Khor Stadium and precinct — a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar — was unveiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation in Qatar yesterday.

The name and design for the new 60,000-seat stadium and precinct in Al Khor was announced at a press conference held at Al Khor Sports Club. The stadium and surrounding precinct will now officially be known as Al Bayt, Al Khor City. The unveiling of the new name and design was marked by an event for the local community that focused on the future vision of Al Khor for the local residents and the neighbouring communities.

Initial works are already underway on the new stadium, which is a proposed semi-final venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and has an expected completion date of 2018.

The stadium design is an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture. The modular design includes an upper tier of removable seats that will be removed post-tournament, reducing the stadium’s capacity to 32,000 seats. In consultation with FIFA and the global football community, the removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a legacy for international football development.

Retail spaces and restaurants will sit alongside landscaped paths for use by local residents and there will be dedicated women-only facilities within the complex. In compliance with the Supreme Committee’s aims to host a sustainable FIFA World Cup, Al Bayt stadium and precinct will also incorporate best-practice examples of energy-efficiency and green building materials, with renewable energy being utilised to power the venue.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee, said:

The launch of Al Bayt stadium and precinct will honour Qatar’s past, while fully embracing the country’s global future. The launch of the design for our second proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is another milestone of progress, demonstrating our deep commitment to delivering an amazing experience in 2022 and beyond.


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Transstroy reveal images of Eastern Europe’s largest stadium: a FIFA World Cup 2018 venue

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Transstroy has this week released official pictures of how the new stadium in St Petersburg will look.


The below images have been released as Transstroy begins the building of the venue’s exterior. When completed, the stadium will be one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. It will host a semi-final match during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also be the new home of Zenit St Petersburg Football Club.


Stadium Facts:

  • When completed the stadium will be the only one in Eastern Europe with both a removable field and a retractable roof, enhancing the stadium’s flexibility
  • The stadium will seat 68,000 for football and 84,000 for cultural events
  • The stadium’s total area is over 280,000sqm
  • The exterior of the stadium will be made of modern materials in a silver-gray colour and provide opportunities for colorful dynamic lighting
  • The total area of ​the ​exterior trims/facades will be more than 120,000sqm
  • Transstroy has undertaken a selection and testing process to find the best solutions for the facades. This has included testing of the technical performance and aesthetic value of the materials. It was decided that a range of solutions, including panoramic stained-glass windows, front panels and metal plate with tamper-resistant coating, were best suited
  • The total area of ​​glazing of the new arena will be more than 28,000sqm and is being provided by world leader AGC, a Japanese company. AGC’s experience includes the glazing for Tele2 Arena (Sweden), Arena Pernambuco (Brazil), and Ghalamco Arena (Belgium)

The stadium renders:

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Background information on Transstroy

Transstroy holding company is a part of the construction business of Basic Element; one of Russia’s largest and most dynamic diversified industrial groups. The firm is among the five largest infrastructure construction companies in Russia and consists of over 30 subsidiaries, including three design institutes and has 6,000 employees. Transstroy focuses on the construction of railroads and highways, tunnels and bridges, sport facilities, airfield and airports, waterworks and industrial facilities. The company was created in 1991 on the basis of the Ministry of Transport Construction of USSR and has realised over 100 complex projects.


Background information on Basic Element

Basic Element ( is one of Russia’s largest and most dynamic diversified industrial groups, with the companies controlled by or within the scope of the business interests of Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s major businessmen. Basic Element, through its affiliates, owns significant stakes in and operates a number of companies in many segments, including: Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Construction, Aviation, Agriculture and others. Over 250,000 people work at more than 100 of the Group’s companies in Russia, CIS, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Many of them play key roles in their respective market segments in Russia and internationally, including En+ Group, GAZ Group, Transstroy, Basel Aero and others.

Regina Revitalization Initiative: Stadium project design details announced

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The City of Regina, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club have announced the design details for a new stadium as part of the Regina Revitalization Initiative.

The new facility, which will be named Mosaic Stadium, will have a standard capacity of 33,000, which will be expandable to 40,000. The stadium will be built by PCL Construction Management Inc., which includes HKS Sports & Entertainment, B+H Architects and TD Securities.

Mayor Michael Fougere said:

This is a very exciting time for our community and marks a significant milestone for the Regina Revitalization Initiative. We are absolutely thrilled with the design of our new stadium. It’s an iconic gathering place for our community and is just the start of a revitalization effort that will influence and shape our city for generations to come.

The stadium’s construction will begin in June 2014, with substantial completion expected in August of 2016, and the first Rider game to be played June 2017. The design includes a translucent spectator roof and open south end zone connecting the stadium to the community, creating a feeling of spaciousness, while providing an improved level of comfort for all users. The stadium, which will be located at Evraz Place, is designed with the flexibility to host many events at different scales and capacities throughout the year. A unique feature of the venue will be a general admission lounge, located on the west side, that will be accessible to all users.


Design features resulting in an enhanced spectator experience include: 68% of seats located in a sunken lower bowl, individual seating, unobstructed views of the field from each seat and other amenities including increased concessions and washrooms.

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

The opportunity to build this stadium as part of the Regina Revitalization Initiative and create this community asset in the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is incredible. This project has captured the imagination of our employees and we are delighted to share the design with the community and make this project a reality.

Mark A. Williams, Principal of HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, added:

We’ve designed the stadium to celebrate, reflect and enhance the infinite horizons of the city and enhance the heritage and natural landscapes of the entire province and essence of its incredible football team.


Speaking the day of the announcement, Roger Brandvold, Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club Board Chair, said:

Today’s announcement of the design and construction of our new home is one of the biggest achievements in the history of our great franchise. It’s a great day for our football club, but it’s an even bigger day for our fans. This will be more than a place where we’ll simply play our games, this will be the modern gathering place that the city, province and all of Rider Nation deserve.

For additional information on the Regina Revitalization Initiative and the Stadium Project visit:


Images courtesy: HKS Sports & Entertainment Group


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Atlanta Falcons ‘tap’ Levy Restaurants to create industry re-defining hospitality for new stadium

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The Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company (StadCo) have announced a long-term agreement with dining and hospitality innovator, Levy Restaurants. 


Levy will partner with StadCo to set the new standard for the game and event experience for NFL and MLS fans, and all other guests at the new Atlanta stadium set to open in 2017.  The agreement was reached following an extensive selection process involving top-tier hospitality providers.


The new stadium – designed by 360 Architecture – will serve as home for the Falcons and other marquee sports, convention and entertainment events, as well as Atlanta’s newly-awarded Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, which will begin play in 2017.


Levy will create intuitive dining and hospitality spaces and experiences to bring the ultimate event day to life for each guest at the stadium.


Atlanta Falcons President & CEO, Rich McKay, said:

We are committed to establishing a food and hospitality experience that will re-set the bar for stadiums. Levy will be a strong partner in helping us re-imagine the stadium experience not only for Falcons and Major League Soccer fans, but for all guests attending events at the new stadium.


Levy Restaurants’ President & CEO, Andy Lansing, added:

Today’s fans expect a total experience that includes great food, emerging technology, the best hospitality and more. We love the Falcons’ vision. This is an exciting opportunity to challenge everything and transform each aspect to create the new definition of the best in class experience.


To help create an iconic epicenter of activity for the City of Atlanta and the region, Levy will leverage its restaurateur-driven, creative vision for hospitality, industry-leading business intelligence and deep local relationships, re-imagining the hospitality approach throughout the new facility.


The Falcons recently announced a season ticket wait-list program allowing fans who are not currently season ticket holders to reserve seating priority in the new stadium.


Atlanta Falcon's new stadium. Images courtesy: 360 Architecture

Atlanta Falcon’s new stadium. Images courtesy: 360 Architecture


New Vikings stadium to host 2018 Super Bowl

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The National Football League (NFL) has awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis, with the city to host the 52nd Super Bowl at the new US$1bn (€730m) Minnesota Vikings stadium. NFL owners voted for Minneapolis, which edged out New Orleans and Indianapolis in the poll.


The Vikings new stadium – designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group – is currently under construction and due to open in 2016.


Richard Davis, who chaired the bid committee, said:

We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota. We succeeded in making the best case to the NFL owners by pointing out the many strengths our region offers.


It will be only the second time Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl after the recently demolished Metrodome staged the 1992 game. For the next two seasons, the Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota while their new stadium is being built.


Vikings owner, Mark Wilf, said in an interview with Reuters news agency:

We appreciate the collaborative effort from Minnesota’s business and community leadership in putting together this winning bid. It was evident to me and my brother Zygi that the other NFL owners were extremely impressed with everything Minnesota had to offer, and we have no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018.


After New York staged this year’s Super Bowl, the next three games will take place in warmer-weather cities, with Phoenix lined up for 2015, San Francisco to host the 2016 game and Houston to stage the 2017 showpiece.


Described as an authentic structure influenced by its Minnesota location, the Vikings new stadium exhibits a bold, progressive design that combines efficient functionality with stunning architecture. With a soaring prow, the largest transparent roof in the world, and operable doors that open to the downtown skyline, the facility’s openness and sleek geometric exterior will make it unlike any other stadium in the country.


The Vikings new stadium will host the 2018 Super Bowl. Images courtesy: Vikings, MSFA and HKS Group.

The Vikings new stadium will host the 2018 Super Bowl. Images courtesy: Vikings, MSFA and HKS Group.