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West Ham Utd FC unveil ‘Club London’ ahead of Olympic move

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West Ham United FC have revealed details of the hospitality offering at the Olympic Stadium, the Club’s new home from 2016.

Under the ‘Club London’ banner, West Ham unveiled four hospitality options, namely: the BM6, an invitation-only club named after club legend Bobby Moore; 16 private executive boxes for up to ten guests each; Arnold Hills, a private dining club; and The Royal East, described as a ‘chic and elegant’ contemporary lounge.

The Olympic Stadium is currently being renovated ahead of the Club’s move to the ground, commencing with the 2016/17 season.

A reservation and sales centre has been opened by the Club at Westfield, the shopping complex which sits next to the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park where the stadium is located.

The Club has pledged that every current corporate member and season ticket holder will be offered a dedicated appointment in order to choose the right seat in the new venue.

IO-Media, a CGI specialist, has been hired by the Club to create a virtual venue, allowing fans to examine sightline and seating positions before selecting their seat.

Karren Brady, West Ham’s Vice Chairman – who was one of several board members and club executives to reveal the plans on Tuesday – commented:

We have been inundated with interest in these new hospitality areas and I am pleased to report that we have already sold more than a third of our executive boxes before the new Reservation Centre has even launched.

This is an incredibly exciting milestone for us as it is the first announcement on the way to revealing all of our world-class plans for the new stadium. The details released today show that we have been true to our word, in that the new-look Stadium will look and feel like West Ham’s home.

West Ham secured tenancy of the Olympic Stadium in March 2013, taking a 99-year lease. The Club will pay around GBP£2m a year in rent, with the British government stumping up around GBP£60m of the GBP£150-190m renovation project at the venue, which was originally built for athletics.

In terms of the stadium’s design, the Club will work closely with the E20 partnership on the developments that will see the Olympic Stadium upgraded to a 54,000 all-seater UEFA category 4 football Stadium – the highest category of football stadium possible in the world.

The developments will include the installation of an innovative retractable seating solution on all four sides of the ground, bringing fans closer to the action and the atmospheric, transparent roof, which, at 84m, will become the largest-spanning tensile roof in the world.

The ambitious proposals include first-class hospitality suites, the relocation inside the turnstile line of key facilities such as the concessions and toilets (as at other traditional football stadia), landscaping and a distinctive new building that is set to become the Hammers’ exclusive Ticket Office and flagship Club Store. The presence of these buildings will ensure that supporters continue to enjoy their direct relationship with the Club in new and enhanced facilities in the surrounds of the stunning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Sheffield Eagles announce Olympic Park Legacy Park Stadium

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Sheffield Eagles will return to the site of the old Don Valley Stadium in 2016, when they move in to a new state-of-the-art community stadium in the Olympic Legacy Park.

The Eagles have secured a significant investment to help fund the building of the stadium, which will feature a high quality synthetic pitch, an impressive main stand, a 50-bed hotel, catering and hospitality areas, and facilities developed in partnership with Sheffield’s second University Technical College.

Plans for the new Legacy Park are well advanced and the first phase of the re-development is already underway with the building of a new school catering for children from 2 to 16 years. The school will open its Primary phase in September 2015, with the Secondary phase opening a year later. At the same time, Sheffield’s second University Technical College (UTC) will open on the same site, specializing in human sciences and digital technologies.

Sheffield Eagles new community stadium will be at the hub of these developments and the club is already working in partnership with the school, the UTC, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University to a common vision for education, health and wellbeing in the community.

The Eagles have secured a GBP£6m investment to build a main stand, incorporating a 50-bed hotel, restaurant and hospitality facilities along one side of the ground, and there are plans to develop joint facilities with the UTC within the stadium complex.

Additional funding has also been agreed for a high quality synthetic pitch similar to those used by Saracens and Newcastle Falcons in Rugby Union’s Premiership. The pitch will have a specification for use at Super League, Rugby Union Premiership and international level, but will also be used by the school and the UTC for their PE and Sport needs and be available for community use.

Ian Anniss, Sheffield Eagles Director of Community, Development and Education, said:

When we heard that Don Valley was to close we realised that this could be a terminal blow to Sheffield Eagles as a club, but we have always had to work hard against the odds to survive, so we rolled up our sleeves, thought creatively and formed partnerships with others who have shared a common vision of securing a long term legacy in sport, health and well-being for the site.   At first many said that it was just a pipe dream that would never happen, but we had to make it happen if Eagles were to survive and thrive in Sheffield and the game of Rugby League not be lost to this great city.

We have worked with some remarkably talented and visionary people on this project and it is an outstanding testament to what can be achieved by genuine partnership working.

The new stadium will be like no other in this country, in that it will be designed and managed to have multiple uses that reflect the needs of the broader community as well as being a top class facility for performance rugby of both codes. Unlike many sports stadia that has limited uses this one will be constantly in use – for educational and research purposes, community activities, sports development and health and well being support, as well as a venue for professional rugby – and Sheffield Eagles are proud to be part of that as a true community club.

Whilst it is important to appreciate the Eagles role in the broader partnership for the Olympic Legacy Park, it also should not be under estimated just how critical the new stadium will be for the club’s ambitions on the field.

Sheffield Eagles Chief Executive and Head Coach, Mark Aston, said:

The new ground gives us the impetus to challenge for and achieve Super League status, something we have never given up on. When we nearly lost the club back into 1999 and reformed with a new direction, the Directors and I have always kept as a key goal that of returning to the highest level. We have had to be patient and work within our means, but now we will be ready to take the next step. Having the best facilities at the new stadium will allow us to continue the development of our own local talent, retain and attract quality players and be very competitive as a Club.

Establishing Rugby League in Sheffield has often been a struggle, and the loss of Don Valley Stadium was an additional challenge for the Eagles and their fans. Despite being back-to-back Champions in 2012 and 2013, it looked as if the club’s steady upward progress had been checked with the loss of their home ground. At one point it even seemed that the club might have to leave the City permanently to survive. However, the Eagles stuck with their fans and with Sheffield and are now set to reap a big reward.

Anniss commented: “I am especially pleased for our fans, who have been remarkably loyal. The new stadium will give us a fresh start in a venue that we can call our own. It will be a brilliant place to watch rugby and I am sure we can then build our support further and go from success to success. It allows us to build our profile, engage more people and get more people watching and playing rugby. Our ambition is to be one of the best clubs in Rugby League and this is a massive step in that direction.”

Sheffield will take centrestage in the delivery of an exciting Olympic legacy project for health and sport that will bring long term benefits for the nation‘ was the message delivered at a briefing by former Sports Minister the Rt. Hon Richard Caborn and Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore earlier this week. At the ‘heart’ will be the creation of an Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium in the city’s East End.

It will feature a new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which represents a unique opportunity for the practical development of the country’s wellbeing agenda and delivering the 2012 Olympic Legacy on Health. The AWRC will be based in a multi-million state of-the-art facility, the centrepiece of the new Olympic Legacy Park, which will feature exciting new indoor and outdoor facilities allowing the design, research, evaluation and implementation of products linking the medical, physical activity, leisure and sports sectors.

The development will see the Sheffield Eagles Rugby League club move into a new community stadium and facilities developed in partnership with Sheffield second University Technical College (UTC). A new sustainable multi-purpose indoor community arena will be the future home of the Sheffield Sharks. The facility will be built through private investment and crucially deliver an affordable, functional and flexible building for sport, culture and business. With 3 full size courts and seating up to 3,000 people, the venue will complement the other facilities on the Park, increasing community and education access and attracting further events to the City. The Sheffield-based sports and events business, MLS, will also move into the new facility.

The Park – a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Sheffield City Council and the private sector – has attracted nearly £40m of investment from the private sector (for basketball, rugby and a hotel), a second University Technical College and a school. A further £10m is being sought from the Regional Growth Fund.

Both the Park and the AWRC have the backing of the city’s two Universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield College, the local authority and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

The AWRC model will mirror the highly successful Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (straddling the Sheffield-Rotherham border) which has successfully created a £150m Advanced Manufacturing Park where companies such as Boeing and Rolls Royce are located.

The AWRC will take services and products from concept to market,  maximising wealth and job creation opportunities from the intellectual property and knowledge and products developed in the centre.  It will be home to around 50 researchers who will have fully instrumented indoor and outdoor laboratories capable of carrying out research on most physical activities. The facility will allow research on all sports but will be of particular benefit to those housed in the nearby English Institute of Sport.

There will be clinical facilities on site, working in conjunction with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). Facilities will include MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. The AWRC will be the research hub for the NSCEM with a remit to use physical activity as medicine. Through the NCSEM, the AWRC will use the city of Sheffield as a ‘field lab’ for the testing of new innovations.

The Olympic Legacy Park project leader Richard Caborn said:

We are taking the city’s heritage into a modern setting.

This project has three clear objectives. We will deliver a multi-sports community stadium which can accommodate professional sports and will wash its face financially. Through the AWRC, we will bring academia, the medical profession and the full spread of physical activity across the City, from sedentary lifestyles to elite and professional athletes. In the words of Lord Coe, Sheffield will undertake world-class research and provide services that will deliver long-term, systematic change to benefit the health of the nation.

Finally, we will deliver knowledge, intellectual property and practical development of products and services to the wealth creating sectors of health, wellbeing and sports sectors with the Sheffield City region.

Mr Caborn added that he will be addressing a conference next week focusing on the AWRC and the private sector. International and local companies such as BBraun, Siemens, Panosonic, Toshiba and Medi Link will be attending along with representatives of the Cabinet Office, the International Olympic Committee and Public Health England.

Professor Karen Bryan, AWRC Board member and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, said:

As the top modern university in the north of England, Sheffield Hallam puts the science into sport. With our world-renowned expertise in health-care and sports science, we are delighted to be working with our partners to continue to realise the vision for the AWRC.

Richard Wright, Executive Director of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce added:

The commercial opportunities around the whole wellness agenda and its associated technology are possibly one of the biggest opportunities Sheffield has seen for years. In many ways it is one of the legacies of our investment in sport in the region. The city now has over 100 sport/activity related businesses and by linking that expertise to health we can be one of the best cities in the world for improving the health of a population. The Chamber cannot think of a more fitting use for the site of the Don Valley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur FC press ahead with stadium plans

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According to a piece published on Sky Sports today, Tottenham Hotspur FC (THFC) are pressing ahead with their new stadium plans, employing engineering firm M Anderson Construction to oversee its foundation and structural build in a deal said to be worth GBP£50m.

M Anderson, based in Chelmsford, Essex, UK, also engineered the build of THFC’s state-of-the-art training facility – designed by KSS – at Hotspur Way in Enfield, which opened back in 2012.

The company will be responsible for the as-yet-unnamed stadium’s foundations at Northumberland Park, adjacent to White Hart Lane, as well as building its super structure, including upper floors and stairways.

A letter sent from Savills to Haringey Council, seen by Sky Sports News HQ, confirmed:

THFC have today entered into a Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Design and Build Contract for the civil engineering ground works, concrete foundations and structure for the new THFC Stadium Project.

The contract has been made with M Anderson Construction Ltd and the sum for the works is £49.773.727.

Haringey Council have approved the contract made between the two parties and have also granted permission to demolish Fletcher House – a listed building on the site – having been satisfied with the club’s intentions to see the work through despite a recent set-back.

THFC must overcome a High Court challenge from Archway Street Metal Works Ltd, the last remaining landowner on the site, before they can commence building works, and were last month forced to search for a temporary home for the 2017-18 season whilst the stadium is completed.

According to Sky’s report, both Wembley and MK Don’s Stadium:MK are said to be in consideration, as well as Upton Park, which will by then have seen current occupants, West Ham United FC, move to the by then newly renovated Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

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Populous-designed Incheon Asiad Main Stadium to host opening and closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games

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The Populous-designed Incheon Asiad Main Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon from September 19 until October 4, 2014. The stadium will also host all athletic events during the Games.


The stadium for the 17th Asian Games was designed by international sports specialists Populous in association with local firm Heerim Architects and Planners, and illustrates a new level of sustainable design in stadia in Asia.


The multipurpose stadium will hold 60,000 people during the Games and will reduce down to a single-sided grandstand for 30,000 in legacy mode as a People’s Park for the city of Incheon.


Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in its post-Games legacy mode for soccer. Images courtesy: Incheon Asian Games + Populous.

Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in its post-Games legacy mode for soccer. Images courtesy: Incheon Asian Games + Populous.

Legacy and sustainability were the driving factors in designing the stadium in Incheon, as Populous’ Senior Principal, Andrew James, explains:

We wanted to take a fresh look at the way we treat adaptable stadia in Incheon.

Rather than considering how we could ‘shrink’ a 60,000-seat stadium, we turned the idea on its head and thought let’s build a 30,000-seat stadium and add 30,000 temporary seats.

This approach provided multiple advantages. Financially it reduced the building by two thirds meaning there are substantial savings in operational and maintenance costs. Secondly, it meant the permanent seats could be sited in the optimal position for these sports, in this instance, in the West stand.

But the biggest advantage in the design is the freedom it provided in terms of legacy. The plans were always based on a community park, which after the Games, will replace the Eastern stand, forming a traditional stadium hill, with plazas on the north and south ends, providing atmospheric spectator viewing during a match , and a green space for the public to enjoy at all other times.

If the social legacy is achieved in the way it was originally planned, I think the world will sit up and notice that Korea is leading the way in delivering a sports’ project with a real defined legacy.


Symbolism is important to Korean culture, dance and music are part of everyday life. The traditional Buddhist ritual dance, the Seung Moo Monk dance, provided the image that reflected perfectly the architectural drama of Incheon stadium – flowing form and space around dynamic movement.

About Populous:
Populous is the global award-winning sports and entertainment architecture practice that specialises in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences. Over the past 40 years, the company has completed more than 2,000 projects around the globe with construction value exceeding US$30bn. These include stadia, arena, racecourses, convention and exhibition centres and the Overlay or Operational planning for events such as the Olympic Games and the Super Bowl. Populous has designed some of the world’s most famous and recognisable sporting and entertainment venues, including Philippine Arena, the Sochi 2014 Fisht Stadium, London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Sydney 2000 Stadium, the MCG Redevelopment and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Yankee Stadium in New York, Nanjing Sports Park in China and Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London.

The company is currently working on a wide variety of projects globally, such as Darling Harbour Live, the new Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bhubaneswar Convention Centre in India, French Rugby Federation (FFR), several projects in Russia around the the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Populous has more than 500 employees in offices around the globe with major offices in Brisbane, London and Kansas City.

SAE Asia Pacific 2014 red box

Populous is a Presenting Sponsor for next week’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub, 24-26 September. The practice’s Brett Wightman will outline the Populous-designed Philippine Arena – the world’s largest capacity indoor arena – during the conference’s “Regional Projects Spotlight”, with Andrew Noonan and Matt Reynolds to discuss the changing nature of arenas during the “Global Project Showcase”.

The full conference programme, including delegate registration, speaker, exhibitor and sponsor details can be found online at: 

Atlanta Braves break ground on new SunTrust Park stadium

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Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred and Hank Aaron were among the many dignitaries who flocked to Cobb County on Tuesday morning to be part of what Braves CEO and Chairman Terry McGuirk described as “one of the most important days in the franchise’s history”. They all gathered for the groundbreaking of SunTrust Park, a US$672m state-of-the-art stadium designed by world-renowned architects Populous that will open before the 2017 season.

McGuirk said:

A groundbreaking is a beginning. In two years, we’ll transform this bare patch of dirt from what it is today into a magnificent ballpark and a majestic ballpark village.

While the ceremonial breaking of the ground with shovels stood as the basis of the event, the highlight occurred during the early portion of the ceremonies, when McGuirk revealed that SunTrust Bank would serve as the naming rights partner for the stadium.

SunTrust Chairman and CEO, William Rogers, said:

We are extremely proud to be affiliated with a world-class franchise with tremendous business potential and incredibly loyal fans.

Sports Business Journal reported that SunTrust’s sponsorship will be worth over US$10m per year to the Braves. Although this is unconfirmed, that would equate to at least US$250m over the full term.

The ceremony was held inside a tent that was positioned on a plot of dirt that will soon serve as the new stadium’s centre-field area. Around the open-air, 41,500-seat ballpark will be a mixed-use village that will include restaurants, hotels, office space and residential opportunities.

With this mixed-use development, the Braves are hoping to gain year-round revenues that will continue to assist them in their efforts to construct championship-caliber rosters on a consistent basis.

Club President, John Schuerholz, said:

The feel of this new ballpark will foster a one-of-a-kind experience unrivalled in all of baseball.

Manfred highlighted how the vision of this facility is another example of the business excellence the Braves have shown over the years:

The Braves have always had great leaders, from [past owners] Bill Bartholomay to Ted Turner, to Terry McGuirk and John Schuerholz. The Braves truly have been blessed with business acumen and vision.

Today, here in Cobb County, there is a new history of the Braves being launched. The state-of-the-art facility that will be built here will be essential to the Braves continuing their great winning tradition, and this project is an example of the kind of vision the Braves have always shown.

No club in Major League Baseball has ever undertaken to building a facility and a stadium that is as fully integrated with a mixed-use project as this one. It will provide a unique experience for the fans of the Braves.

While the day was certainly special for McGuirk and Schuerholz, who have long beamed when speaking about the new stadium and mixed-use development that will attempt to attract consumers 365 days a year, this event was truly a celebration for Braves Executive Vice President Mike Plant, who spearheaded the initiative.

As far back as 2005, Plant had visions of building a mixed-use facility around Turner Field. But when it became apparent that he would not be able to complete this project, he set out looking for alternatives, and he found what he was seeking in Cobb County.

Plant said:

This is going to be a legacy transformation and a generational impact throughout the whole Southeast. I think we’re going to set an example for sports teams well into the future. I feel proud that I helped get it going in the beginning and have a pretty significant role moving forward working with our whole team.

We’ve got a lot of good people working on this. I think we all understand the significant impact this is going to have not only on this region, but the whole sports legacy.

Source: Atlanta Braves website. Images courtesy: Atlanta Braves.



Winning bid announced for York Community Stadium

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The City of York Council recently announced the appointment of a consortium led by Greenwich Leisure Ltd as the preferred bidder for the delivery of the York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex, which proposes to deliver an 8,000 all-seater stadium as part of what will be a leading leisure destination for the North of England.

Announcing the appointment of the preferred bidder and revealing details of the stadium scheme, Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said:

Today’s announcement marks the completion of an 18 month procurement process and represents a significant milestone for the delivery of the York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex. Over the last three years we have made great progress in securing planning and funding, with work to begin in spring 2015. It will provide an 8,000 all-seater brand new home for York City Knights RLFC and York City Football Club, a 2,000-capacity increase from the original 6,000 proposal, with high-quality hospitality and conferencing facilities. It will also offer a replacement swimming pool fit for the 21st century, fitness and active play facilities, as well as a new community hub focused on providing health and wellbeing services for York residents and visitors.

This landmark destination will provide an exciting mix of community and commercial leisure uses for the city, which exceeds our original expectations. The commercial element provides the vast majority of the funding for the extensive community facilities. We are creating a leading family leisure destination in the North of England and are doing so with minimal impact to the public purse by leveraging £5 of commercial investment for every £1 of council spend.

The leisure complex, which will replace the existing Waterworld and Courtney’s Gym complex adjacent to the stadium, will provide a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool with exciting water features for children. The scheme will also provide a brand new sports hall facility for netball, badminton and basketball with spectator viewing for up to 250 people, a new 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios and an extreme adventure sports zone, all under the same roof. There will also be three, 3G five-a-side pitches at the site adding to the impressive leisure offer and helping to support community initiatives and encouraging sport participation for all ages.

Cllr Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, detailed the community focus of the scheme:

The community hub at the complex is the first of its kind in the city and will provide bespoke facilities for longstanding partners to the project, including the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York St John University, Be Independent (CIC) and Explore York Libraries and Archives Ltd. They, alongside York City Knights RLFC and York City Football Club, have worked with us throughout this process to ensure we build the best leisure, sport and health offer for the city.

The York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will use space in the stadium for the provision of services such as training, development and administration, whilst the Explore Library will provide a new look facility within the open plan hub area. The York St John University Institute of Community Sport and Wellbeing will provide a programme of activity to promote sport, activity, health, education and wellbeing. An independent Living Assessment Centre will provide face to face advice to enable disabled or elderly people to carry on living independently in their home.

Chris Symons, Director of Development for GLL, said:

We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for the Community Stadium and Leisure Complex in York. The plans for the new stadium, leisure centre and community hub, are truly ground breaking and represent a unique scheme that is sure to become a flagship project regionally as well as nationally.

As a charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure centre operator, GLL currently operates more than 140 public leisure centres across England and Wales. Our 20 years of experience, coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’, means that we have both the operational skills and community focus to enable us to successfully operate these high quality facilities for the benefit of the entire community.

Our focus at GLL is to help more people, get more active, more often, and the inclusion of partners such as York City FC, NHS Hospital Trust, Library services, and York St John, allows us to develop world class facilities that will thrive at the heart of the city. Not just for sport and activity, but for health and education too.

The scheme also includes a £2m associated county standard athletics track being built at Heslington West campus at the University of York, to be completed this year, which will be home to the City of York Athletics Club. This will include a sand dressed artificial hockey and football pitch, grass infield to track suitable for both athletics field and football, a 500-capacity viewing stand, a club house and changing facilities for community use.

A paper will be taken to the council’s Cabinet on 9 September (published on 1 September) updating Members of the progress and seeking approval to proceed.

Construction is expected to start in spring 2015 and facilities will be operational by August/September 2016.

Further information on the scheme will be made available on the York Community Stadium website: on September 1, 2014.

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Winning design for new Perth Stadium revealed

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The new Perth Stadium will be a world-class five-tiered stadium with roof coverage over 85% of its seats, a striking bronze facade that reflects Western Australia’s unique geology, LED lights that show home sports team colours, and a wide range of ‘fans first’ facilities including two of the largest video screens in the country.


Western Australia State Government’s Premier, Colin Barnett, and Sport and Recreation Minister, Terry Waldron, today unveiled the winning stadium design at a special event on the Burswood Peninsula. Mr Barnett said contractual negotiations between the State Government and WESTADIUM to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct were successfully concluded and the contract would be signed in coming days.

The Premier added:

This is a very exciting day for all West Australians and I am delighted to reveal the design of this world-class venue, which will play a pivotal role in the transformation of Perth. The winning design successfully meets the State’s requirement for a world-class, multi-purpose stadium within a parkland setting, and does so with a uniquely Western Australian focus.

The seating bowl maximises stadium atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams. These facilities will not only deliver an outstanding fan experience on event days, but will also provide year-round access to a magnificent recreational precinct.

I’m also particularly pleased to announce that the successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the capital cost of the stadium is around $40m less than what was originally budgeted.

Mr Waldron said this was an important day in the State’s sporting history, which reflected the meticulous planning undertaken over the past three years and an unrelenting focus on successfully delivering a ‘fans first’ stadium. He said of the project:

The emphasis on delivering a venue that has the fan experience at the very heart is very much in evidence in this design. Seat sizes are generous and each one will have a cup holder; fans will enjoy access to more than 70 food and beverage outlets; and those requiring higher levels of access – such as people in wheelchairs – will be able to use designated seating platforms across all seating tiers.

The technology provisions include 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the stadium and precinct, two giant 240sqm video screens – some of the biggest in the country – and a further 1,000 screens throughout the stadium so fans never miss any of the action. The stadium will include the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia.

The design of the sporting and recreation precinct surrounding the stadium is inspired by Dreamtime stories and the connection with the Swan River, and will have three distinct recreational spaces encouraging use by the community all year round.

A covered Community Arbour, linking the new six-platform stadium station to the river, will represent Noongar community stories. The western section of the precinct will be home to an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk while the community sporting oval to the north will be available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.

On site, WESTADIUM will now begin preparations for construction to start by the end of the year. This will involve erecting site offices, mobilising machinery and other facilities necessary to accommodate a peak workforce of 950 during the construction phase. The WESTADIUM consortium has significant international stadia experience and its members have been involved in an impressive array of past projects, including the recently completed and highly acclaimed Adelaide Oval redevelopment, ANZ Stadium Australia and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in the USA.  The consortium is led by three key members, Brookfield Multiplex (design and construction), John Laing (equity investor and asset management) and Brookfield Johnson Controls (facilities management).


Alastair Richardson, Director at Cox Architecture advised:

Cox Architecture are proud to be part of the architectural team for WESTADIUM, the succeessful consortium for the design and delivery of the new Perth Stadium. Cox Architecture along with Hassell and HKS have joined forces to deliver the architectural services for this exciting project.
The project marks the latest development in stadia design in Australia. Following on from the recent successful redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, the refurbishment of the MCG in Melbourne and the new Northern Stand at the SCG in Sydney, Cox Architecture have delivered the latest in sporting architecture in Australia that defines our countries culture and passion.

In addition to Project Director, Ronnie Hurst, representatives from both Cox Architecture and HKS will be speaking at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event this September.


Fact file

  • The new Perth Stadium is due to be open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
  • The Project Definition Plan released in December 2012 stated the project budget was $902.4m, consisting of $820.7m for the stadium and $81.7m for the sports precinct, plus $16m for project management
  • Finalisation of the design-build-finance-maintain contract for the stadium and sports precinct confirms the project is within budget
  • High resolution images of the stadium and sports precinct plus a new Perth Stadium fact sheet are available


Attendees at this year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event – being held at the new Singapore Sports Hub this September, 24-26 – will hear first-hand insights on the project from Ronnie Hurst, Project Director on the new Perth Stadium, Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation.


The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will be one of the key sports projects unveiled at this September's Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, with attendees to hear insights from Project Director, Ronnie Hurst.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will be one of the key sports projects unveiled at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, with attendees to hear insights from Project Director, Ronnie Hurst.

Bose on board at new Bordeaux stadium

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US audio electronics company, Bose, has signed a sponsorship deal with the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, the new stadium being built in the French city ahead of UEFA’s EURO 2016 soccer tournament.


Bose will become the official sound system of the new 43,000-capacity venue, which is scheduled to open in May 2015. No financial details have been released as of yet but the deal will run for an initial three years.


Bose will supply its equipment in the final stages of the stadium construction process and will have its logo on all the stadium’s marketing and communications collateral.


The company is already a technical partner of the French basketball league; under a deal that was agreed in November 2013.


Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux: Stadium Stats

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is the planned new stadium of Girondins de Bordeaux and one of the host venues for EURO 2016. It will replace the city’s current Stade Chaban-Delmas.


The first stone was laid in April 2013 and the stadium is scheduled for completion end 2014/early 2015.


The stadium has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, who were also responsible for the iconic Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. According to the architects, their vision for the stadium is “an expression of fundamentally new architecture. The pure shape of the volume, by contrast to its light and open structure, creates an at once monumental and graceful architectural piece elegantly suited to the grand landscape of Bordeaux”.


The stadium’s capacity will be approximately 42,000 and include 3,000 business seats and another 1,000 seats in VIP lodges.


Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is being built on a site on the northern edge of the city, not far from the river Rhône. An area of parklands will be created around the venue, which will be connected to the city with new tram lines.


Image courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

Action underway to improve pitch quality at Hong Kong Stadium

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The Hong Kong Government is taking measures to improve the quality of the playing surface at the Hong Kong Stadium.


The measures, recently announced in the Hong Kong Legislative Council by the Hong Kong Government’s Secretary for Home Affairs, Tsang Tak-sing, follows the poor state of the playing surface at the Hong Kong (So Kon Po) Stadium during the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy.


Moves to improving the surface began in August 2013, with Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) setting up an Expert Group to provide advice on the measures to be adopted to enhance the quality of the turf pitch. Having studied the data on the current condition of the Stadium’s pitch and its expected usage, the Expert Group recommended that the entire pitch should be reconstructed, including re-designing and replacing the drainage and irrigation systems, and replacing the entire soil structure and the turf.


The LCSD is currently conducting a study on specific technical issues relating to the reconstruction of the Stadium pitch. As a result, it is expected that the reconstruction project will commence in the second quarter of 2015.


The LCSD has also provided the Stadium with more manpower and horticultural machinery to carry out intensive and enhanced turf maintenance work. Contingency plans for the Stadium have also been reviewed to enhance the ability of the venue’s staff to respond to emergencies concerning the pitch during major events.


The specific improvements either already underway or to be implemented for the Stadium and other natural turf pitches managed by the LCSD, include:

• Stepping up the turf maintenance programme by extending the annual re-turfing programme from six to eight weeks and the weekly maintenance programme from one day to one and a half, so as to allow more comprehensive maintenance works to be carried out and more time for turf recovery

• Setting up a specialised Sports Turf Management Section to provide professional expertise and technical support for the management and maintenance of the natural sports turf pitches

• Providing LCSD staff with more in-depth training on turf management and maintenance on an on-going basis. In 2014/15, this will see the Department organise five overseas training programmes and three local programmes for over 190 staff to enhance their expertise and knowledge

• Procuring more advanced equipment and tools, such as grow lights and turf fans, and to engage more skilled workers to enable the Department to carry out its sports turf maintenance works more effectively and efficiently


The Government has earmarked around $16m in 2014/15 for the implementation of the above improvement measures. In accordance with the LCSD’s established guidelines, the personnel responsible for the maintenance of the Stadium and other natural turf football pitches in Hong Kong will carry out routine turf maintenance work for the different growing seasons. The work includes watering, mowing, weeding, pest and disease control, fertilising, scarifying, aerating, top-dressing and turf repair.


Assessment and analysis are conducted against the standards set out in the LCSD’s horticultural manuals and turf maintenance guidelines, with reference to turf maintenance indicators to ensure that the turf is functional. Such indicators concern, inter alia, the composition, structure and nutrition of the soil, pests and diseases, and the chemical composition of water samples from the irrigation system. Previous assessment results show that the turf maintenance indicators of the Stadium and other natural turf football pitches generally meet the required standards.


At present, the 51 natural turf pitches provided by the LCSD are managed and maintained by some 400 staff, most of whom have undertaken relevant training or work experience. They carry out routine turf maintenance work in accordance with the relevant guidelines and operational manuals of the Department.


As of May this year, the LCSD has set up a Sports Turf Management Section to strengthen the turf management of natural turf football pitches and provide more professional advice and technical support for the natural turf pitches managed by the Department. The Section will be led by a yet-to-be-appointed Head of Sports Turf Management, who will be experienced in managing major turf stadiums, with at least a recognised diploma in sports turf management. The holder of the post will also have ample knowledge of and proven operational experience in the common turf grass species used for natural turf pitches in tropical &/or sub-tropical regions.


For more information on the Head of Sports Turf Management Section vacancy, go to:  Applications must be received by 18th July 2014.


Author’s credits: Nigel Benton, Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management (an official media partner for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific). Email:


Birdair chosen to supply PTFE membrane retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Rossetti, the architect of record for the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, have selected Birdair to supply a 210,000-sqft PTFE membrane retractable roof.


To deal with the swamp-like soil conditions underneath the stadium, eight tree-branch-like columns will sit on massive concrete bases, each of which will be supported by twenty piles driven 150-ft to 200-ft deep. The lightweight PTFE roof, which is expected to be installed by 2016, will close from two sides on glides in five to seven minutes. It will cost more than US$100m – half the price of previously considered plans.


Doug Radcliffe, Project Manager, Birdair North America, said:

PTFE is an excellence material for façades and roofing. First and foremost for this particular job, the lightweight membrane provides a cost-effective solution because it requires less structural steel to support the structure. An added bonus is the long spans of column-free space that it offers spectators. In addition, the membrane typically offers building owners reduced construction and maintenance costs compared to traditional building materials.


The Arthur Ashe Stadium roof is part of a five-year transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open. The transformation, set for completion in 2018, will also include two new state-of-the-art stadiums and a series of enhancements designed to improve the overall experience for fans and players alike.


The Stadium – located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens – features state-of-the-art broadcast and audio systems, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants (including media and player dining), a two-level players’ lounge and individual seating for 22,547 fans.

Grande Stade Bordeaux within 10 months of completion

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Work on the Grande Stade Bordeaux – which will host five matches including a quarter-final game during EURO 2016 – is continuing apace, with completion due April 2015.

The new stadium has been designed by renowned architects Herzog and de Meuron, whose previous projects include world-class stadia in Munich and Beijing. This time, the original form uses the stands as the most distinctive accent, with a ‘jungle’ of white columns on the exterior supporting the stadium’s bowl. These columns ensure maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for fans through the use of specially-tailored design principles. Located in the green belt district, the venue will be surrounded by lush green areas and vegetation.

Initially called Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, the ground was later named Grand Stade Bordeaux. However, both names are temporary, as a naming-rights deal is expected to cover around 8% (c.€15m) of the construction cost. The project has been realised through a public-private partnership (PPP), with Girondins football club covering half the budget (€85m) and the remainder to be paid by federal funding (€28m), municipality (€17m), urban community (€15m), and regional authorities (€15m).

© 2014, Herzog & de Meuron Basel

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Stadium experts bring pioneering innovation and expertise to three Brazilian FIFA World Cup stadiums

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Award-winning global stadium experts and international structural engineering firm, schlaich bergermann und partner (sbp), has engineered state-of-the-art lightweight roofs for three 2014 FIFA World Cup host stadiums in Brazil: Estádio Jornalista Mario Filho in Rio de Janiero, known as the Estádio do Maracanã and considered Brazil’s “Holy Temple of Football”; the Mané Garrincha Estádio Nacional in Brasília; and the new Arena da Amazônia in Manaus.


The Maracanã and the Estádio Nacional are Brazil’s two largest stadiums, respectively. To date, including these projects, sbp has engineered 14 world-class FIFA Cup stadia.


Since 2008, the team has worked with officials in Brazil to advise on upgrades and refurbishments to the Rio and Brasilia stadiums, as well as designing new, lightweight roofs for these venues. The firm also served as advisors to FIFA, organisers of the World Cup, for stadium standards nationwide.


The firm provided roof design, structural engineering and site supervision for the Estádio do Maracanã, Estádio Nacional, and Arena da Amazônia stadiums. Of the three, the Estádio do Maracanã and Estádio Nacional are existing stadiums and international icons and the Arena da Amazônia is a newly-built stadium for Brazil 2014.


One of sbp’s lightweight roof design approaches is based on the principle of a horizontally oriented spoked wheel. The circular roof structure is comprised of high-strength cables connecting inner “tension rings” at the centre of the circle to an outer rim, or “compression ring”. The cable “spokes”, which are allocated at the inner edge of the roof, are tightened between the outer compression ring and the tension rings, creating a lightweight, almost floating roof. This revolutionary, lightweight design approach uses less steel than in conventional stadium roof structures. Additionally, these types of roofs can be erected relatively quickly; in many cases, they can be erected in between seasons.


Michael Stein, Managing Director of sbp in New York, commented:

The legendary Estádio do Maracanã along with the Estádio Nacional and Arena da Amazônia each posed unique design challenges for our team. Through three different designs developed from our lightweight structural approach we were able to address each of these challenges successfully. We are delighted to continue our legacy of engineering stadia that will host the FIFA World Cup and to bring a 21st-century approach to designing roofs for these seminal Brazilian stadiums.


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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.

Feyenoord unveils plan for new 70,000-seat stadium

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Feyenoord Founders Consortium (FFC) welcomed the recommendation of scouts Messrs Wim van Sluis, Jos van der Vegt and Hans Vervat, for the development of a new 70,000 all-seater stadium for Feyenoord. 


After an extensive selection process, the scouts have given the client, Stichting 1 Feyenoord (representatives of BVO Feyenoord, Stadion Feijenoord N.V., Sportclub Feyenoord and supporters), the final recommendation to achieve the radical renovation of the current stadium with FFC as partner, based on their plan for the new ‘De Nieuwe Kuip’ stadium. The FFC consists of BAM, AM and Siemens.


Marc de Vreede, Director of BAM, on behalf of the FFC, said:

We are pleased that the scouts have given their recommendation for our approach after an intensive selection process. Our plan is that Feyenoord, after a major renovation operation, will have the largest football stadium in the Netherlands, with a capacity of over 70,000 visitors. This will generate additional income and make Feyenoord structurally stronger. De Nieuwe Kuip will respect and strengthen the present Kuip, with its special atmosphere, traditions and Het Legioen as the twelfth man. It will be a modern stadium, with excellent facilities that will ensure that Feyenoord is ready for the future.


Over the next six months, FFC will further elaborate the design, financing and commercial operation in close collaboration with all interested parties. The consortium shall also initiate consultations with the municipality on the licensing process and the requirements for, among others, the infrastructure and the parking facilities around the stadium.

The current stadium is the basis for the FFC design, which will remain visible on the inside and outside. The monumental Kuip, designed by Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, will be extended, and the existing and new buildings will blend smoothly. Thanks to a high-tech membrane roof the stadium can be covered for events and multifunctional use. Feyenoord can continue to play in its own stadium during the construction phase. A smart logistics schedule will enable the building work to take place during the football season with minimum hindrance to visitors. The design therefore provides for a quick renovation of the lower stand, thus improving the facilities for the supporters on short term.


De Nieuwe Kuip will offer every visitor significantly better facilities than is currently the case. Rotterdam will be able to present itself once again as a host for international matches. The stadium also offers various promotional opportunities for other sports events, concerts and other large-scale events. By using modern technology according to the principles of the ‘smart stadium’, the comfort, safety and experience of the visitors in the stadium are given a new dimension. The outside of the stadium will consist of a ‘smart skin’ comprising LED lighting with moving images.

The new stadium will give a positive impetus to the economic and social strengthening of Rotterdam-Zuid. More work, better schooling and education, higher incomes and more attractive housing are spearheads of the national programme for Rotterdam-Zuid. In the plan for De Nieuwe Kuip, FFC has also given the initial impetus for the so-called Feyenoord DOCK with new sport, leisure and accommodation facilities in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. This will also generate additional income for Feyenoord and for the city as a whole. The stadium will meet high standards in terms of sustainability.


After the presentation of the concept of De Nieuwe Kuip in late January, the plan has had many positive reactions from Feyenoord supporters. The website has had over 50,000 visitors. Many have responded to the plan and made suggestions about, among others, the use of colour in the stadium, the distance to the pitch, the possibility of creating standing places, the desired facilities for the supporters during the matches and functions around the stadium to strengthen De Nieuwe Kuip. Based on these suggestions and the active dialogue with the supporters of Feyenoord, the consortium was able to fine-tune its plan in recent months. The coming period, FFC will remain in active discussion with the supporters and will gratefully make use of all ideas that live in the Feyenoord family.

The FFC consists of BAM, the area developer AM and Siemens. This consortium has been closely connected to Feyenoord for more than twenty years. The FFC was responsible for the redevelopment and realisation of the Kuip in the nineteen-nineties. The consortium members have been jointly involved in the development and construction of more than two hundred stadiums worldwide, including Auf Schalke (Gelsenkirchen), Allianz Arena (München) and Soccer City (Johannesburg).


Rooted in the Rotterdam region and as founder of Feyenoord, the FFC has supported Feyenoord on its own initiative over the past few years with its ambitions for the future: a stable financial base and increasing the players budget through the expansion and modernisation of the current stadium, and improving the facilities.

FFC’s plan for De Nieuwe Kuip. Image courtesy: BAM

FFC’s plan for De Nieuwe Kuip. Image courtesy: BAM

Mabey Structures delivers steelwork for Cardiff City Stadium expansion

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New specialist steel manufacturer secures first contract with the expansion of Cardiff City Football Club’s East Stand.


Mabey Structures, a new business venture created by Mabey Bridge, has secured its first major contract with Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd to design, manufacture and install structural steelwork for the new East Stand Expansion of Cardiff City Stadium. The expansion will add a further 5,000 seats to the stadium’s capacity, as well as boxes and corporate hospitality facilities.


The expansion plans will see a new single tier installed that will cantilever over existing seating. The phased expansion programme will incorporate a combination of new build accommodation with various demolition and alteration works to the existing stadium’s structure. New concourse areas will be provided on two tiers with the intention of converting the lower tier into hospitality facilities at a later date.


Mabey Structures was established in September 2013 and significantly expands Mabey Bridge’s infrastructure offer to the UK and European marketplace. Led by industry veteran Jason Churcher and supported by Paul Benwell, Mabey Structures has an initial focus on design and manufacturing for stadia and the commercial sector.


Speaking about the project, Tim Outteridge, Infrastructure Director at Mabey Bridge comments:

The Mabey Structures team has been assembled from experts with particular expertise and experience in the field of structural steelwork for stadia. Building on Mabey Bridge’s heritage and capabilities, the new Mabey Structures team enjoys cutting edge facilities in both design and manufacture that puts them at the forefront of manufacturing for sports and commercial developments. We are delighted that the new business has secured this very important high profile contract. The new stadium expansion will provide Cardiff City football team with much needed extra capacity and high quality facilities and will not only further establish the Cardiff City Stadium as one of the best in the UK, but will also stand as an excellent example of the capabilities of Mabey Structures.


Work on the East Stand Expansion programme commenced on January 14, 2014, with the works expected to be completed this month, in time for the UEFA Super Cup Final to be played in August. The stadium has remained functional during the construction works, with both Cardiff City FC and Welsh National Team matches unaffected.


Twenty20 cricket lined up for London’s Olympic Stadium

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English county cricket team, Essex CCC, has agreed a deal in principle to play Twenty20 matches in London’s Olympic Stadium.


The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium will become ‘home’ to West Ham United FC in August 2016 and in the same year that the English Premier League team is slated to make its debut at the Stadium, Essex CCC is hoping to play its Twenty20 matches here during a two-week ‘festival’ featuring other local teams Kent and Middlesex.


Essex CCC Chief Executive, Derek Bowden, claims the plans have the support of both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC); the organisation that oversees use of the Olympic Park following the 2012 Olympic Games.


Bowden told radio station BBC Essex:

In principle, there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016. Ourselves, Kent and Middlesex have all expressed interest in playing there. London Legacy and the ECB are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer.


Essex CCC first stated its wish to play at the Olympic Park in 2010 and had a bid to become a tenant of the stadium knocked back in March 2012. The county’s Chelmsford ground is 30 miles from the east London venue and is in the process of an £80m (€98.1m/$134.6m) redevelopment.

Less than 100 days to football season opener at McLane Stadium

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Baylor University football returns to the campus in less than 100 days. Baylor officials announced this week that construction on McLane Stadium – designed by Populous – is on schedule. The stadium will be ready to open as planned, beginning with a high school football game between Aledo and Cedar Park on Friday, August 29 before the Baylor Bears’ kick off their inaugural football game on August 31, 2014.


Located on Interstate 35 along the Brazos River, McLane Stadium is the largest project ever built in Waco and the Central Texas region. The stadium, which will serve as a front door to the University campus, will accommodate more than 45,000 spectators, including 8,000 students.


Fans will have multiple ways to get to McLane Stadium, including crossing the Brazos over the 775ft-long Sheila and Walter Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge, or arriving by boat, as the stadium has 16 individual boat slips that it will make available for “sailgating”.


Under a 147,000sqft canopy, the stadium also includes six founder’s suites, 36 additional suites with a lounge, and 51 loge boxes of various sizes, along with ten elevators and four escalators. The stadium is situated on a 93-acre site that includes the new Clyde Hart Track and Field stadium.


Construction is rapidly coming to a close on the exterior of the impressive facility as contractors begin to focus exclusively on finishing touches related to the stadium interior.


Watch a time-lapse video of the stadium construction here.


Although still under construction, the US$266m stadium has already had a significant economic impact on the city of Waco and surrounding areas. The McLane Stadium project has employed 145 contractors and more than 3,700 tradesmen, including 800 now on site, who have worked 1.5 million hours to-date. Approximately 43% of the dollars contracted thus far have been spent locally.


The stadium is 860,000sqft in size, more than double the square footage of Floyd Casey Stadium, where the Bears played their home games since 1950. Plans for the stadium have resulted in 1,566 architectural drawings, which, if laid end-to-end, would stretch out more than a mile in length.


In the construction of McLane Stadium, contractors have installed:

  • 39 exterior steel columns, 42 inches in diameter and 115ft tall
  • 3-million feet of wire, weighing a total of 300,000 pounds
  • 40,000 light fixtures with 200 different styles not including the 320 sports light fixtures
  • 36 miles of plumbing pipe, 8 miles of HVAC pipe and five miles of underground piping
  • 3,164 tons of structural steel
  • 500,000 pounds of ductwork
  • 1,380 pieces of pre-cast concrete
  • 330,000sqft of sidewalks


In December 2013, Baylor announced that it would name its new football stadium, McLane Stadium, after one of the most distinguished and generous alumni families in Baylor University history. The name honours Drayton McLane Jr. and his family’s continuing generosity and lengthy history of service to Baylor.

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:


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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.