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The University of Louisville Athletic Department started its “Coming Full Circle” capital campaign to fund the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Funds raised will add 10,000 seats to the north end of the stadium and the Howard Schnellengberger Football Complex will undergo major renovations.

The US$55m project will include 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes and 12 exclusive field level suites.

Athletic Director, Tom Jurich, said in a statement:

I feel it’s important to always stay on the cutting-edge in everything we do, and it’s critical that we do that with our facilities. This project is a crucial investment in our football program and essential as we move this program forward in the ACC. It’s our goal to make Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium one of the top facilities in the nation, and we feel we have an extraordinary plan in place that will excite our fan base and give us a chance to recruit some of the top student-athletes in the country.

Jurich said construction for the expansion would take up to two years, and the project should be completed by 2019, when Louisville hosts Notre Dame in the season opener. Though 2019 is the target date, Jurich would like for the stadium to be completed as soon as possible, but it depends on fundraising.

Team coach, Bobby Petrino, said:

This project will elevate our program to an even higher level and help us recruit some of the top young men in the country. Everything we do is focused on enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and top-flight facilities are essential to meeting that goal.

Fans will be closer to the field than ever before, with field level vantage points that will improve the game-day atmosphere.

Student-athletes will benefit from the team’s weight room and conditioning center doubling in size. 70,000sqft will be added to the training areas while improvements will be made to the coaches’ offices and players lounge.

PepsiCo donated US$5m for naming rights on the club expansion, while Planet Fitness has given $3m for the expansion of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was originally completed in 1998, and expanded in 2010 to the capacity of 55,000. After construction is complete, the stadium will approximately hold 65,000.


Source: Article by Sam Draut, Louisville Cardinal:


Amsterdam ArenA – the Netherlands’ largest stadium and home to the football club AFC Ajax – invites creative thinkers and innovative entrepreneurs to contribute ideas for the stadium of the future. For this purpose, it is launching an international innovation challenge. The best plans will be tested and implemented in the newly renovated ArenA with the help of the municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Smart City, and the innovation partners Microsoft, Huawei, KPN, KPMG and TNO.

The innovation challenge is part of the Innovation Arena, an open online platform for companies, start-ups, technical engineers, students and other creatives to share ideas. The Innovation Arena is more than just an online platform for innovators. The best ideas, services and products can actually be tested during events or football matches in the stadium. Attracting over 50,000 visitors to each event, the Amsterdam ArenA will be one of the largest innovation labs in the Netherlands.

The innovation competition will be launched in connection with the large-scale renovation of the Ajax stadium. The renovation will commence in the first quarter of 2016. Rather than increasing the seating capacity, the objective of the project is to improve the level of service, quality and sustainability. More space will be created for visitors, and additional lifts, toilets, catering outlets and escalators will be installed. In addition, the ArenA wants to improve the facilities, for which purpose the stadium is calling on innovating entrepreneurs around the world to contribute ideas. One of the aims, for instance, is to reduce waiting times in queues. Other examples include creating optimal security, as well as a sense of being right at home, reducing waste, offering healthy food choices and connecting visitors and fans online.

Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA, said:

Innovation cannot be achieved alone; the best creations are the result of a cooperative effort. Together with our partners, we offer innovators from around the globe a magnificent playing field.

Entrants can go to to enter the competition in categories including Safety and Security, Healthy Food & Beverage concepts, Fan Experience, Cleaning & Maintenance, and Connectivity. The categories are designed to create an optimal visitor experience in the Amsterdam ArenA and the Amsterdam Southeast district.

Entry to the competition will close early in March of 2016 and the entered ideas will be evaluated by a jury consisting of innovation partners of the Amsterdam ArenA. All contestants will receive feedback in the form of a brief review. The winning ideas will be developed further in conjunction with the partners and tested in the Amsterdam ArenA Innovation Center that is based in the ArenA and in the stadium proper during events.

This is the first time in history for a stadium to launch a competition in order to generate innovative solutions.

Markerink added:

The competition is in keeping with our tradition of innovation. It is part of our DNA. To name a few examples, the construction of the stadium was funded through what is now known as crowdfunding, the so-called returfing technique was developed in the ArenA, and we were the first stadium ever to introduce our own electronic payment system.

In the area of sustainability, the ArenA has managed to realise quite a few ambitions; for example, the stadium is net climate neutral. For this purpose, the venue installed over 4,000 solar panels on the roof, and the stadium uses district heating from the nearby city of Diemen for heating and water from a nearby small lake for cooling. Photovoltaic cells will be integrated into the new façade, and rainwater will be collected for use in the toilets. Furthermore, the stadium creates its own energy storage by means of gigantic batteries.

FC Dallas, along with U.S. Soccer, the Frisco Independent School District and the City of Frisco, have unveiled plans for a USD$39m Toyota Stadium project featuring more than 100,000sqft of renovated space, new locker rooms, premium seats, a private club and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum.

Renovations on the south end of Toyota Stadium facing Main Street will begin in early 2016, with a proposed completion date in late 2017. While that means no seating in the south end for two full MLS season, the stadium is set to have a soft opening on December 15, 2017 and should be up and running for the 2018 MLS season, according to FC Dallas President Dan Hunt.

The project features multiple upgrades to the 10-year-old stadium but has received national attention for the inclusion of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum. No other major national sports hall of fame museum is built into a stadium.

On the top level of the three-level renovation, the 24,000sqft museum and event centre will be ‘home’ to U.S. Soccer hardware, including the Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophies, as well as Olympic medals and memorabilia from the historic US win over England in the 1950 World Cup, among other memorabilia and trophies. Toyota Stadium will also become the permanent site for the annual National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Padded seating in the south end will be covered by a roof and include pre-game dining inside a private club featuring views into the player hallway and out to the field.

The concourse level will feature a 7,000sqft outdoor party deck with an outdoor bar, concession stands and a new team store. Upgraded HD video boards and a new sound system will improve fan experiences, while a new skyway connecting the West side suites to the premium amenities on the South end will make navigating the stadium simple.

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The project includes new locker rooms with tunnels on each corner of the south end, with the locker rooms available to be configured into four separate soccer dressing rooms or combined into two larger rooms for American football events.

Frisco Mayor, Maher Maso, said

Our partnerships with Frisco ISD, FC Dallas, Toyota Stadium and now U.S. Soccer, are important to the City of Frisco for many reasons. Our community takes great pride in being home to these quality developments, which promote tourism, business development, fitness and even our city’s brand. Toyota Stadium and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum help us meet all these goals. The planned stadium improvements benefit our residents, students and visitors, whether they’re engaged in a school event, tournament, concert, attending a college football or professional soccer game.

Atalanta reveal plans for new stadium

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Italian Serie A side, Atalanta, have revealed plans for the renovation of their home ground, Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.

Fans of the club have been promised a major modernisation for years to follow the Juventus model of giving their stadium a more ‘English’ feel. gathered the plans, which were revealed by the Club’s President, Antonio Percassi, the mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori, and architect, Mauro Piantelli.

There are currently builders on site seven days a week who are making noticeable improvements on a daily basis as they look to have the first phase of the project completed by the end of August, in time for the beginning of the 2015-16 Serie A season.

The complete project will look to renovate the entire stadium, starting with the Creberg Stand.

The new look stand will have improved access for disabled supporters, which will see the overall capacity of the stadium reduced from 24,300 to 22,000. However, these seats will be recovered following the renovation of other parts of the ground. It has also been noted that most of the seats lost were those known for having an impaired view of the pitch.

A much celebrated aspect of the renovation will be the removal of the glass separating the supporters from the playing field, in one of the moves to make the stadium more Anglicised.

In terms of funding the stadium, Atalanta will contribute between €2.2-2.4m of the €3.5m total, with the city of Bergamo funding the remainder of the project.


Image: One of the proposed new stands in the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.


Angela Merkel & Co. sit comfortably to watch Frankfurt’s Champions League victory at Jahn-Sportpark

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Prior to the Champions League Final kicking off at the Olympiastadion Berlin on June 6, the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final was held in the city’s Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark on May 14.

Guests of honour, like Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, DFB-President Wolfgang Niersbach and UEFA-President Michel Platini sat on Stechert’s VIP seats, while following Frankfurt’s success.

Stechert installed 48 new models of their Champion DeLuxe seat during the conversion of the stadium, which was managed by Baumgart Becker Planungsgesellschaft.

The new VIP seats have high-class upholstery and a modern design. Moreover, they convince with their convenient rotary base and elegant chatoses.

Even though the installation period was very short, Stechert managed to mount all of the seats in time.

Images: ©Stechert Gruppe.

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Stechert’s Champion DeLuxe VIP seat installed at Jahn-Sportpark.


About Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

UEFA capacity: 19,708
Tenants: BFC Dynamo (starting 2014/15), Berlin Adler (American football), SV Empor Berlin, FC Bundestag (German parliamentary team)
Opened: 1 October 1952

In order to host the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, the stadium was temporarily renovated at an estimated cost of 1,5 – 2 million Euros. This temporary renovation included new paintwork, refurbished player and visitor facilities, a new fire alarm system and a new lawn. This is however only the beginning, as the entire area is planned for a future complete redevelopment.

Being the second largest stadium in the city, in terms of seating capacity, and with the Olympic Stadium often considered too large, the stadium plays a crucial role for the possibility of arranging major sports events in Berlin. A redeveloped stadium could be included in Berlin’s hosting of the 2018 European Athletics Championships and would fit in Germany’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics or 2028 Summer Olympics. If Berlin is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, the stadium is planned to be the centre of the Paralympics.

According to a preliminary draft concept, the redeveloped Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark is to be an inclusion sports facility, which goes beyond simple accessibility. The plan includes new office spaces for associations and clubs in the grandstand of the stadium and in new buildings, and possibly a new sports hall for clubs and schools with two or three pitches, one ore two artificial turf fields, additional tennis, beach volleyball and beach football fields.

The entire cost for the redevelopment of the whole area is estimated at up to 150 million Euros. The redeveloped stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 spectators and offer future second division fit. The stadium will have under soil heating, completely new seats, fully covered stands and become barrier-free. The distinctive floodlights will also be preserved.

The reconstruction could begin in 2018 and be completed by 2023.

Pro Football Hall of Fame master plan envisions expanded destination environment

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HKS, Inc. and Motter & Meadows Architects are designing and creating an expanded destination environment for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, USA. With the historic hall as its nucleus and a new Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium to accommodate additional sports and entertainment events, the master plan envisions the site as a national destination and a regional asset that provides local connectivity to the Canton community.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors approved the integrated master plan back in October 2014.

Mark A. Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Chief Marketing Director for HKS Sports & Entertainment, said:

Our Hall of Fame Village design leverages a national icon and surrounds it with a destination environment that translates itself into a memory souvenir. The vision combines new and expanded facilities providing options for extended visits and gives greater opportunities for sponsorships and partners.

To accomplish its goals, the major components of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Plan includes:

  • Hall of Fame Stadium
  • Hall of Fame Hotel
  • Center for Performance Excellence
  • Legends Landing
  • Competition Fields
  • Hall of Fame Field House

The HKS project team comprises:

  • Mark Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
  • Rex Carpenter, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal
  • Kevin Suter, LEED AP, Vice President
  • David Skaggs, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal

The Pro Football Hall of Fame wants to complete the project prior to the NFL’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Stadium renovations would begin after the August 2015 enshrinement festivities which include the Minnesota Vikings versus the Pittsburgh Steelers game and an Aerosmith concert.

About HKS

HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world-class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes Minnesota Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and Inglewood Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience and serving as destination environments. HKS operates from 27 worldwide offices.









San Antonio City Council approves major Alamodome renovations

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The San Antonio City Council has approved spending US$41m in public funding for improvements to the nearly 22-year-old multi-purpose Alamodome.

Work on the renovation project could begin as soon as August 2015 confirmed Mike Sawaya, Director of the city of San Antonio’s Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Department, which oversees the downtown stadium.

The upgrades were needed for San Antonio to secure the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship. With the vote, the city is authorised to negotiate and execute a design-build agreement with Turner Construction. Council members have also authorised the city to execute an amendment to a contract with Project Control of Texas Inc. for design review, construction inspections and other oversight functions associated with the renovations.

Populous has been selected to renovate the Alamodome, which will be completed with Turner Construction and Marmon Mok. The historic facility will receive significant updates that will improve the fan experience and include expanded concourses, a new video wall system and additions that will help the venue compete with major cities to attract marquee events like the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Bold vision for ANZ Stadium transformation unveiled

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Fourteen years on from hosting the Sydney Olympics, ANZ Stadium management has released detailed plans to redevelop the Stadium and make it the most cutting-edge sports and entertainment precinct in the world.

More than 21 million fans have passed through the ANZ Stadium gates since it was purpose-built for the 2000 Olympic Games, and the venue continues to host many of the nation’s biggest events and most iconic sporting moments.

ANZ Stadium have announced that the global construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke has been selected to carry out a proposed AUD$350m redevelopment of the Stadium, in line with the NSW Government’s Stadia Strategy and the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan Vision, released by the NSW Government in July 2013.

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Mr Daryl Kerry, said:

Sydney is the most diverse and competitive sporting city in the world, being home to more than 15 professional teams across five major codes. The design concepts developed by Laing O’Rourke are exceptional and will provide Sydney with one of the greatest multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadiums in the world.

The key highlights of the redevelopment include:

  • Bringing fans closer to the action: Moveable grandstands at both ends of the Stadium bring fans as close as 5m to the field of play by creating a perfect rectangle for Rugby League, Rugby Union and Football. Fans will be as close and in some instances closer to the action behind the goals than they are at Allianz Stadium, Suncorp Stadium and the iconic Emirates and Wembley stadiums in London. ANZ Stadium retains the ability to be configured for AFL and Cricket
  • A retractable roof: It will open or close in 20 minutes and weather-proof all events to ensure perfect playing conditions and spectator comfort all-year round
  • Improving atmosphere: Capacity is maintained at 80,000-plus, but new design features allow the Stadium to be presented in an “Intimate Mode” – a unique London Olympics-style LED solution – that gives the Stadium the ability to configure appropriately for small, medium and large events
  • Lively Stadium Precinct: A proposed dynamic entertainment zone will wrap around the Stadium, bringing life, colour and energy to the precinct 365 days a year. New bars, cafes and restaurants are planned for both inside and out, creating a vibrant event destination
  • Better transport: The Stadium redevelopment will coincide with the construction of the WestConnex motorway, which will cut travelling time from the CBD to ANZ Stadium in half.  The NSW Government is also considering a proposal for a Light Rail corridor between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park

Laing O’Rourke was chosen from shortlisted bidders in a process where companies were invited to express interest in redeveloping ANZ Stadium and developing a concept for the precinct surrounding the Stadium.

The proposed investment is designed to ensure the Sydney Olympics showpiece remains the iconic venue it was built to be, and enable NSW to continue to secure major events in the face of competition from international and interstate rivals.

Laing O’Rourke has provided detailed designs, outlined full costs of the proposed scope of works, as well as construction methodology and a full timing schedule for the construction process.

Subject to an agreement between Government and private enterprise on a funding model, and gaining the necessary development approvals, it is hoped construction works inside the Stadium can begin immediately after the 2016 NRL Grand Final and be completed in time for State of Origin 2018.

Many of Sydney’s leading athletes, including superstars Israel Folau, Greg Inglis and Kieren Jack, are supporting the redevelopment. Wallabies and Waratahs star Folau said:

We played the Super Rugby Final this year in front of 62,000 fans at ANZ Stadium and the atmosphere was as good as any I have played in front of. I’ve seen the redevelopment plans and get excited just thinking about what’s to come.

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Mr Kerry, said:

Sydney’s sporting infrastructure has fallen behind other states and major cities in the Asia-Pacific region. While ANZ Stadium has served Sydney well, it must undergo a significant redevelopment to ensure it continues to attract major events for Sydney and NSW and meet the expectations of today’s players and fans.

The planned redevelopment of the Stadium will substantially increase the already significant economic benefits delivered to NSW through the staging of major events. This Stadium generates millions of dollars for Sydney and for NSW each year. So an investment in the Stadium is, in effect, an investment in NSW.

The addition of a roof will enable new events to be included in the Stadium’s event program and add to Sydney’s appeal as a venue for major sporting and entertainment blockbusters. The moveable end stands will be a game-changer for the rugby codes and football, bringing fans to as close as 5m from the action and creating a fantastic behind-the-goals experience.

ANZ Stadium is vital for the State’s ability to secure high-profile events, as it is the only stadium with significant capacity in NSW.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report calculates that since opening in 1999, the Stadium has contributed AUD$5bn to the NSW economy, from approximately 600 sporting and entertainment events attended by over 21 million spectators. Based on the Stadium’s forecasts of events and attendance, the PricewaterhouseCoopers report estimates that ANZ Stadium’s annual contribution to the NSW economy is AUD$301m. With the proposed redevelopment, this is expected to increase by AUD$173m to AUD$474m per annum, delivering gross economic contribution to the NSW economy of AUD$8.3bn (not discounted) from the completion of the redevelopment in 2018 until the proposed Stadium Lease expiry date of 2061. The PricewaterhouseCoopers report also found that the Stadium employs 2,200 people with more than two thirds of these from Western Sydney.

As part of the proposed redevelopment process, ANZ Stadium has worked closely with the NSW Government and continues to consult with all its key event partners. ANZ Stadium has made it a priority to listen to the views of the major sporting codes, clubs and promoters that hold events at the venue to ensure the redevelopment aligns with their own strategic priorities. Laing O’Rourke has planned its construction works to minimise disruption to major events at the Stadium.

Mr Kerry advised that the redevelopment would bring fans closer to the action, ensure perfect playing conditions and spectator comfort in all weather conditions, and create world-class facilities both inside and outside the Stadium.

Laing O’Rourke Managing Director, Cathal O’Rourke, said his company was delighted to have been selected as the consortium to carry out the proposed redevelopment of Sydney’s Olympic stadium – one of the world’s greatest stadiums when it was purpose-built for the 2000 Games. He added:

Laing O’Rourke, as Australia’s largest privately owned engineering and construction company – is thrilled to be part of this important project.

As program managers for the London 2012 Olympics and the construction delivery team behind premier projects like Ascot Racecourse in London, Etihad Stadium for Manchester City in the UK, and the Brisbane and Darwin Convention Centres, we look forward to now helping ANZ Stadium turn an exciting entertainment concept for Sydney into stunning reality.

Laing O’Rourke has engaged world-class architectural practice BVN Donovan Hill and global engineering consultancy Arup, bringing additional design and delivery experience in stadia and precinct master-planning from projects across the globe.

We are a team focused on engineering excellence, and will deploy all our global resources to get the best result for Sydney. This landmark project will be centred around a memorable experience for the greater Sydney community, and all ANZ Stadium visitors, workers, top-tier entertainers and, of course, on-field athletes of all codes and disciplines.

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Renovated Citrus Bowl unveiled after 10 months of reconstruction

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When Orlando and Orange County officials approved a joint pact in 2007 for a multi-million-dollar renovation of the city’s historic Florida Citrus Bowl stadium, the hope was to produce a venue worthy of hosting marquee sporting events.

Seven years later, officials believe the seeds of that future have been planted. After spending USD$207m and nearly 10 months of reconstruction, the nearly 80-year-old stadium reopened its doors to the public on November 19. It joins a recently completed downtown performing arts centre and Amway Center (home to the Orlando Magic) that were approved as part of a USD$1bn community development project seven years ago.

About 90% of the stadium was demolished for the renovation, which included everything except the upper decks. The facelift includes an increase in capacity to more than 65,000 (75,000 for non-sports events), along with the addition of 6,000 club seats, 33 luxury suites, a 10,000sqft party deck and new video screens.

Lower bowl demolition began in January and was about 95% complete for the first official game in the renovated facility, which was the annual Florida Classic matchup between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M. Later this month the venue will host the Russell Athletic Bowl (December 29) and New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl (formerly the Capital One Bowl). A third bowl game, the Cure Bowl, joins Orlando’s roster of bowl games in 2015.

The target date for the complete renovation to be finished by is April 2015.

Officials have said previously that it wants to bid on other neutral site college games and would like to look into hosting NFL preseason games in addition to concerts and other non-sports events. To that end, it has also been announced that a new annual Orlando Kickoff Game will be played at the Citrus Bowl to help usher in the college football season each year. The first of these neutral site games will be in on Labor Day in 2016 between the Florida State and Ole Miss.

It will be the first non-bowl neutral-site game at a stadium since 2000 when Notre Dame and Navy met. It will also be the first regular-season appearance by a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team in the Citrus Bowl stadium since 1991.


Peterborough United FC secures stadium naming rights deal

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Peterborough United FC have renamed their London Road ground the Abax Stadium as part of a five-year sponsorship deal with Abax worth GBP£500,000.

The Club have played at the ground since the League One side was formed in 1934, and this marks their first ever stadium-naming rights agreement.

Norwegian firm Abax manages car fleets for companies and opened an office near Peterborough in 2012.

Peterborough United Chief Executive, Bob Symns, said:

We thought there was a massive benefit for the club, supporters and city.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

Five years is a marking point for the deal, but we want it to develop way beyond that.

We invited the leaders of our fans’ groups to meet the sponsor. The great bonus is they already sponsor clubs in Scandinavia.

Chairman Darragh MacAnthony added:

We see this opportunity as a great deal for this club, Abax, the city and our supporters.

Abax has firmly put down its roots in Peterborough and now we all want to see the company grow.


Abax Stadium has been undergoing a redevelopment programme, with the newly renovated Moy’s End stand having opened earlier this month. New seats were installed in the stand and spell out ‘1934’, the year the club was formed.


Kier Construction, who are the company behind the build, are currently on schedule and are working extremely hard in between home fixtures to create the perfect experience for fans on match day at Abax Stadium.

MSU Spartans store for success with Banker Wire Mesh

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In 2013, Michigan State University’s football team won every single game played at Spartan Stadium. This year, the players will grab their gear from lockers featuring Banker Wire mesh before walking onto the field that saw so many victories.


Colleges and universities increasingly rely on state-of-the-art facilities to recruit athletes. In the past, however, Michigan State football coaches avoided showing recruits their outdated home locker room. Now, after a substantial addition, the Spartans have a locker room to be proud of. The new locker room was included in the addition of a 50,000sqft North End Zone Complex, which was designed by Integrated Design Solutions.


The 5,000sqft locker room, called the Rachel Fairman Adams Spartan Locker Room, after the late mother of former MSU and NFL offensive lineman Flozell Adams, leaves no question of the identity of its home team. A Spartans carpet covers its floor, photos of the team decorate its walls, and green accents are interspersed throughout the space. Every detail is tended to – including the lockers themselves, which are embellished with Banker Wire woven wire mesh.


Ann Green, senior associate with Integrated Design Solutions and the interior designer of the North End Zone Complex, said:

We looked at several materials to use as embellishments. Banker Wire mesh had an upscale look and was still durable enough to use in an athletic environment.


Integrated Design Solutions sought an alternative to traditional wood lockers. For that purpose, they turned to Banker Wire, eventually selecting the M44-2 weave. This pattern features groups of four wires that intersect in a plaid-like pattern, adding visual interest to the lockers, and allowing their users to place hangers and other items almost anywhere they choose. In stainless steel, it complements the Spartan green used throughout the facility.


The M44-2 weave used at Michigan State University is a lock crimp pattern. Lock crimps are characterized by straight sections of wire connected by a well-defined “bump” at their intersections. Thanks to these strong connection points, lock crimp offers strength essential for a facility used by some of the nation’s best college athletes. Before playing hard on the field, players can grab their gear from hard-working, durable Banker Wire mesh.


Adrian La Tona, architectural designer at Integrated Design Solutions, added:

The Banker Wire technical staff was very willing to work with us and find the best possible answers to our questions.


The USD$24.5m renovation was completed in August 2014. The project team included general contractor Barton Malow, headquartered in Southfield, MI, USA. Barton Malow’s CEO is a Michigan State graduate.


About Spartan Stadium

Spartan Stadium is in its 91st season as home to Michigan State football. Since its opening in 1923, Michigan State has won 70% of its games played in the Stadium. The Spartans hosted their 500th game at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 12, 2013, against Indiana on Homecoming.

Spartan Stadium represents a tribute to Michigan State’s football past and a vote of confidence in its future. In just the past two years, more than USD$34m has been committed to upgrading the 91-year-old facility to continually enhance the gameday atmosphere.

In June 2013, the Michigan State Board of Trustees approved a USD$24.5m project to the north end of Spartan Stadium that opened in August 2014. The new structure features a two-storey, 50,000sqft addition, as well as an entrance plaza, renovated gates, and additional restrooms and concessions. The building includes new locker rooms for teams, coaches and officials, including a 4,500sqft home locker room and a 700sqft home training room, in addition to a 3,600sqft media centre and a 4,000sqft engagement centre for all varsity sports. Former All-America offensive lineman Flozell Adams provided a leadership gift of USD$1.5m for MSU’s new locker room, which is named in honour of his late mother, Rachel Adams.

Prior to the 2012 season, new high-def Panasonic video screens and scoreboards, as well as a new sound system were installed in Spartan Stadium. The new scoreboard/video screen in the south end zone is 5,300sqft, compared to its predecessor that measured just 567sqft (installed in 1998). The top of the new south end zone structure reaches 130 feet. In addition, two new video boards as well as an LED ribbon board were added to the north end zone. The LED ribbon board covers 4,500sqft (450ft long and 10ft high). Combined, the south and north video screens/scoreboards total 13,300sqft. The USD$10m project replaced a 14-year-old scoreboard, message board and audio system. In July 2014, ESPN named Spartan Stadium’s south end zone scoreboard among the Top 10 in the nation at No. 9.

A USD$64m expansion project completed prior to the start of the 2005 football season featured the addition of nearly 3,000 seats, including 24 suites and a 193-seat press box, bringing the current stadium capacity to 75,005. “The Spartan” statue was relocated to the atrium of the new structure. The 200,000sqft addition also houses the MSU Alumni Association, University Development and other units. The Michigan State Board of Trustees approved the major addition and expansion project of Spartan Stadium in September 2003. Barton Malow/Clark served as the construction manager for the Spartan Stadium expansion project, with HNTB providing architectural services.

Following the June 26, 2011, U2 “360º” concert, the entire playing surface in Spartan Stadium had to be replaced. The new playing surface, planted in April 2010 at Graff’s Turf Farms in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is comprised of a blend of four varieties of Kentucky bluegrass. The installation of the new sod, transported to Spartan Stadium in 26 refrigerator trucks, took three days (July 12-15).

Spartan Stadium, which officially opened in 1923 at its current location, featured a natural grass playing surface until artificial turf was installed in 1969. The stadium returned to natural grass for the 2002 season. In 2005, the natural grass playing surface in Spartan Stadium earned Field of the Year honours from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).

USD$120m BMO Field renovation officially underway

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Over the next two years, BMO Field will be getting a major upgrade that not only offers Toronto FC and its fans one of the top stadiums in Major League Soccer (MLS), but also gives the seven-year old facility the ability to host additional events outside of soccer. The renovation project began at the end of September and was marked with a ceremonial groundbreaking event featuring MLSE ownership and management, City of Toronto officials and players from Toronto FC.

Larry Tanebaum, MLSE Chairman, said:

Renovating BMO Field to provide a world-class stadium experience for Toronto FC and its fans has been a top priority for MLSE over the past year and we’re very happy to see it officially underway. We’re very grateful to our many partners, including the City of Toronto and other levels of government for their support as we look to build on our city’s standing as one of the top sports and entertainment markets in the world. This new BMO Field will provide us with a stadium that can host other major sporting events, including the Pan Am Games in 2015, as well as help us to attract other top events in the future.

The BMO Field renovations will be implemented in phases over the next two years. The first phase, beginning now and finishing in May 2015, will see the stadium expanded to a seating capacity of 30,000 with 8,400 new seats in the East grandstands, additional washrooms and concession stands. It will also include new suites, private clubs and the expansion of the Rogers Club, as well as a new concourse on the second level connecting the stadium.

The first phase of renovations will also feature a new larger HD video board to replace the existing video board in the North end. Plans for the renovated BMO Field will also include temporary seating for a total capacity of 40,000.

The second phase of renovations, taking place from September 2015 to May 2016, will see the addition of a full-size canopy covering all seats with the exception of the North grandstand and a new sound and lighting system.

A potential third phase has been factored in, with completion for May 2017, that would enable BMO Field to accommodate a CFL field if required.

Toronto’s Deputy Mayor, Norm Kelly, commented:

The BMO Field renovation project is a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together with a strong community partner like MLSE. The improved stadium will become an incredible sport destination that will be enjoyed by fans from across Toronto and beyond.

Originally opened in April 2007, BMO Field is home to Toronto FC and in 2008 hosted the MLS All Star Game. In 2010, the stadium became the first venue outside of the United States to host the MLS Cup, where the Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-1. BMO Field is also ‘home’ to Canada Men’s national soccer team

Councillor Mark Grimes, Chair of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, added:

An expanded and improved BMO Field will be of great benefit to Exhibition Place and all of Toronto. This is a project that will generate millions of dollars in economic impact over the years with increased business and tourism in the area. We’re thankful for all of those who worked together to make it a reality.

ICON Venue Group was selected to oversee the design and construction of the stadium renovations. ICON has served as project manager/owner’s representative for ten of the thirteen MLS Stadiums that have been constructed or renovated in the last eleven years. Gensler* has been selected as Architect of Record and will design the stadium renovations. The stadium construction will be run by Toronto-based PCL Construction.

*Gensler’s Director of Sports & Entertainment, Ron Turner, was one of the industry-elite speakers that took part in the Closing Keynote Debate on “Major Sporting Events: Challenges, Lessons Learnt and Considerations for upcoming Sporting Event Organisers” during last month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event, which is basically a ‘live’ version of PanStadia & Arena Management.

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Stade Vélodrome project Marseille nears completion

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Stade Vélodrome’s impressive renovation is now nearing completion, with the new venue due to open its doors in time for the 2014-15 season.

ESSMA (the European Association of Stadium & Safety Managers) – of which the venue is a member – spoke to two top executives of the tenant club, Olympique Marseille, Vincent Bobin and Julien Di Napoli, to get a summary of the project’s procedures and special features, as will be featured in our forthcoming Summer ’14 issue of PanStadia & Arena Management. To follow is a short excerpt from this piece:

Vincent Bobin has been working at the Club for the last 12 years and is currently responsible for the Stade Vélodrome. He started his career in 2002 in the venue’s Commercial Department before taking over responsibility for Merchandise Services, Marketing and Ticketing. In 2008, he was appointed as Project Manager on the Stade Vélodromes renovation and contributed to the writing of the specifications and the whole renovation project. He is now occupied with managing UEFA relations and takes care of home game operations.

Julien Di Napoli has been the Club’s Operation Manager for the last four years, with responsibilities including setting up the interior design, logistics and prevention planning during home games.

The renovation project of the Stade Vélodrome is a PPP (Public-Private Partnership), which means the venue remains in the ownership of the city of Marseille. The city signed a contract with the company that renovated the stadium, ‘AREMA’, and will be responsible for the operations during the PPP for 35 years.

Olympique Marseille has an agreement with the city of Marseille and will be the main tenant of Stade Vélodrome. When the 35-year contract expires, the City will reclaim the stadium in ‘perfect condition’ with its facilities having been constantly upgraded in line with regulations. This also guarantees Olympique de Marseille a stadium which meets the national and international requirements of governing bodies.

Speaking about his OM role, Di Napoli said:

We were present from the beginning of the renovation project, as we had the desire to build a modern stadium to be considered as one of the biggest European clubs. We handed in functional specifications, which precised the club’s expectations in a renovated stadium. The city, as owner of the stadium, made the legal and financial choices and the club has been integrated in every step of the project.

Project Stats

Club Olympique Marseille  
Stadium Stade Vélodrome
UEFA Status Elite, Category 4
Capacity 67,000 (sports)
60,000 (concerts)
Opening Estimated June 30, 2014
Project cost €267m
(Design, renovation, maintenance,
major upkeep and operations)

Camp Nou’s renovation ratified by club’s members

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A 600m euro ($827m) project to renovate Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has been given the green light by the club’s members after a referendum on Saturday, which delivered more than 72% of the votes in favour of the project.


“More than two thirds of the members have voted ‘yes’ to the project of a new stadium and I want to thank all the members who have exercised their right to vote,” said Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu. He continued: “We have proposed this project thinking about the future and the next-generation of Barcelona fans.”


The plans for the new stadium and surrounding areas include putting a roof on Europe’s largest football stadium and increasing its capacity from 99,000 to 105,000. In addition to building a new multi-purpose indoor arena, a new stadium for the Barca B team, as well as office and parking facilities.


Part of the funding for the project will come from a stadium naming rights title right that will see a commercial sponsor’s name added to ‘Camp Nou’.


The Club insist that supporters will be able to enjoy a significantly more comfortable matchday experience than is possible in the nearly 60-year-old stadium and they are no doubt hoping that a drastic improvement to their hospitality services will create even greater income for the world’s second richest club.



Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium continues to deliver after half century

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Luzhniki stadium successfully hosted the World Athletics Championships ahead of its proposed renovation for the 2018 football World Cup. The stadium received plaudits for its organisation and atmosphere, even though there were not always full houses for the daytime sessions. The field, tracks and jumping areas at the 84,745-capacity stadium were renewed for the Champs.

Moscow’s chief architect Sergei Kuznetsov told AFP:

The arena, which is also a historic monument, will not be demolished. But it’s also impossible to leave it as it is because it doesn’t fit the strict FIFA demands for World Cup venues. But the outward appearance of the venue will not be seriously changed, to keep this historic memory of the nation alive.

Officially opened on 31 July 1956, the last major renovation was in 1995, when its stands were equipped with individual plastic seats and a roof added.

The stadium’s Deputy General Director, Boris Megrelidze said:

The renovation of the arena will begin right after the end of the athletics championships. We’re planning the capacity of around 88,000 seats after the reconstruction. It’s the FIFA demand and we shall adhere to it unconditionally.

During the IAAF World Championships Aggreko continued its record of supplying power to major sporting events. Ensuring reliable systems to power the broadcast facilities was a major consideration for both the organisers and the broadcast services provider, Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC).

Aggreko powered all aspects of the international television broadcast facilities within the stadium including the field of play camera positions, time keeping, television studios and commentary boxes. Outside of the stadium, the system also powered the television compound and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). The installation consisted of 6 MW of power generation connected throughout the Luzhniki stadium via a network of 250 distribution panels and 20 kilometres of cable.

David de Behr, Head of Events Services, Aggreko EMEA, said:

I am very excited that Aggreko’s extensive expertise, knowledge and experience in supporting the world’s major sporting and cultural events is now available to the Russian events market.

Commonwealth Stadium upgrade at UK gets build team

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The University of Kentucky has chosen to work with Ross Tarrant Architects and HNTB for the design of the $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and other football facilities. Skanska USA Building Inc. and the Congleton-Hacker Company will be the construction managers. Completion is set for September 2015.

The renovation proposal includes team facilities, press box, upscale seating areas and more accessible seating. The team intends to improve the overall functionality and aesthetics of both Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Center to heighten the fan experience and to attract future students and athletes to the University of Kentucky.

The project will be completed in two phases (proposal stage).

Phase I (Sept. 2013-Dec. 2014):

  • New team retail store
  • Renovation and expansion of the Wildcat Den (home to football press conferences)
  • Demolition of nine rows of the existing upper deck to clear the way for new press and suite levels (putting the press box on top of the stadium)
  • 28 loge boxes
  • 374 new 21-inch chair back club seats
  • Renovated President’s room and team locker rooms
  • Multi-purpose recruiting room adjacent to the Nutter Field House.

Phase 2 (Jan. 2015-Aug. 2015)

  • Two new student end-zone viewing decks (demolition of the elevator tower and concessions and restrooms, five rows of seating)
  • Four new accessible platforms around the upper concourse
  • 20-foot deep concessions and new restrooms
  • Banners, possibly a Ring of Honor flanking the north and south of the scoreboard area to enclose the stadium.
  • Larger press box and additional club seating

Sydney Cricket Ground for MLB 2014 opening series

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Sydney Cricket Ground’s renovation includes a baseball event mode.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host Major League Baseball’s 2014 Opening Series. The games between the National League West rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be Major League Baseball’s first regular season games to be staged in Australia. The Sydney Cricket Ground will be fully renovated to a baseball configuration and Major League standards in order to host the games.

MLB has previously opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001). Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said:

The globalisation of our game continues to be paramount to Major League Baseball, and Australia is an essential part of our long-term efforts to grow the sport. We look forward to writing an exciting new chapter in international baseball history at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground next March.

The groundbreaking event was announced by the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, at a press conference in Sydney, which was attended by Tom Nicholson, Director of MLB’s Australia & Oceania Office, and Tim Slavin, Chief of Business Affairs and Senior Counsel for the MLBPA.

Major League Baseball’s history at the Sydney Cricket Ground dates to December 1888, when Spalding’s World Tourists played a series of exhibition games, including a December 15, 1888 contest that attracted 5,500 spectators.

Differing fortunes for Orlando and Miami stadium projects in the past few days. Orlando’s city commissioners has picked Turner Construction as the general contractor for the new Citrus Bowl at a cost of between $175 million and $200 million. Allen Johnson, the city’s Venues Director. said:

This is an exciting time. We really have an opportunity to develop a new stadium.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ proposal for public money for a stadium upgrade was turned down last week in a vote by the state Legislature. Owner Stephen Ross believes $350 million in stadium improvements are needed and he has ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The plan for the Citrus Bowl calls for demolition and reconstruction to take place in 2014 between the Florida Classic in November, football bowl games in December and January and the Monster Jam motorsports event in late January 2015.

The renovation includes replacement of the lower seating bowl and construction of new club levels on each side, with 5,000 to 6,000 premium club seats. The stadium will have wider concourses, new concessions, restrooms, kitchens and locker rooms, a new video scoreboard, a new façade and technology upgrades.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

Lords to expand to 32,000 over 13 years

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MCC's masterplan for Lords calls for two phases of construction

MCC’s masterplan for Lords calls for two phases of construction.

MCC has announced a new Masterplan for the development of Lord’s Ground which will take capacity to 32,000. The phased plan will commence with the redevelopment of the Warner Stand in the autumn of 2014 and finish with the reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands in 2027. MCC puts the cost at between £180 million – £200 million.

The first phases of development, totalling £90 million from 2014-2019, will be funded entirely from the Club’s own resources. The remaining phases, from 2021-2027, will be funded through a combination of MCC funds and sensible levels of borrowing.

Colin Maber, the Chairman of MCC’s Ground Working Party (GWP) and Estates committee, said:

The Masterplan has been designed to provide a framework within which Ground development over the next 15 years can be set. The phased approach allows room for flexibility and evolution. Our key principles – on the absolute need to retain the size of both grounds, on keeping Lord’s as a Ground rather than making it a stadium, on the importance of green open spaces, and on enhancing the experience for every visitor – will underpin all we do. It is advanced work in progress, but can be flexed to reflect changing economic circumstances, technology and research.

A priority of the GWP – under the chairmanship of Colin Maber, the architect responsible for the redevelopment of Trent Bridge, working alongside Populous – has been to improve the circulation in the Ground. This will be achieved by incorporating more bar and restaurant facilities within the new stands and the development of subterranean access facilities to reduce service traffic. The plan includes:

  • Rebuilt Warner, Tavern & Allen, Compton and Edrich Stands.
  • The re-siting of the Nursery Ground towards the Wellington Road, over the Club’s leasehold land.
  • A new entrance on Grove End Road which will be the main point of access on non-match days, and will supersede the Grace Gates as the Members’ entrance on match days.
  • Extensions to the Pavilion to reinstate its symmetry and establish more pitch-facing facilities for players and match officials.
  • An increase to the capacity of Lord’s by 2,700 to 32,000.
  • New buildings at the North, East and Grace Gates incorporating banqueting facilities, retail space and offices for MCC and ECB staff.
  • A Food ‘Street’ behind the Compton and Edrich Stands to replace the existing Food Village.
  • Subterranean car-parking, access routes, waste management, catering and storage facilities.
Lords will expand over 13 years of renovation.

Lords will expand over 13 years of renovation.