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Star Events wins major contract in China

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Star Events will design and supply a world-class rigging system to STU Sports Park in Shantou, on the south east coast of China.

Set within Shantou University, the Sports Park includes a state-of-the-art, multi-use arena with incorporated hotel and conference facilities. Star Events is contracted to design and install two rigging Mothergrids, which will cover three-quarters of the arena floor and can lift and hold production equipment weighing up to 70 tons.

The company will also provide the perimeter rigging system that will hold 33 large format, high-definition projectors supplied by American company Obscuitara Digital. All 80 of the hoists will be controlled by Star’s Active Roof Technology (The ART of rigging™) system.

STU Sports Park General Manager, Greg Turner, said:

We wanted a venue that could host a diversified event schedule and allowed promoters to move in and out as efficiently as possible. Thus our team has been working with Star Events for the past year, developing a flexible design which enables us to utilise every kilogram of capacity in our venue roof, so we can host the widest range of entertainment.

 Star Events’ commitment to China, the constant availability of its staff in China to meet with the various stakeholders, and its globally recognised expertise in event rigging were all key factors in the award of this contract.

Roger Barrett, Special Projects Director at Star Events, said:

Winning the Shantou University contract is very significant for the future of Star Events in China. And it means that we now operate over the full length of the country’s eastern seaboard, with Mothergrid installations in the North (Beijing) and the South (Shantou), either side of our central operational base in Shanghai.


Image caption: Shantou University Sports Park.

Star Events is one of the many industry-leading companies exhibiting at this September’s must-attend event for those involved in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, with the firm’s Roger Barrett to speak during the conference session focused on ‘Roofing’.

In addition, David Manica, Principal at MANICA Architecture – the firm behind the Shantou Sports Park’s design – will discuss this 50,000sqm complex, which includes a multi-use arena; a nanatorium with competitive Olympic swimming pool; sport & fitness training facilities; a flexible grand conference hall; a 200-room boutique hotel; and an underground car park.

The preliminary conference programme for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be unveiled within the coming days. If you would like to reserve your place, email Sam Wibrew TODAY at:


FIFA World Cup 2022™ host venue, Khalifa International Stadium, is to feature Birdair’s PTFE Membrane, ETFE Film and Tensotherm™.

Based on its wealth of experience, including expertise using world-class products, Taiyo Middle East, a Birdair subsidiary, was selected to provide the design, fabrication, supply and installation of the membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

With Projacs serving as the project manager, and Dar Al-Handasah as the design consultant, the renovated stadium will have a unique, modern design and aesthetic, containing a combination of three major product lines for the roof system: PTFE fibreglass membrane, single ETFE film and Tensotherm™, a translucent insulated tensioned membrane system. Birdair will provide the design, fabrication and supply of all three membranes.

The majority of the roof system will feature approximately 500,000sqft of PTFE fibreglass membrane. An approximate 35,000sqft portion of the south leading edge of the roof will utilise a single-layered ETFE film supported by a cable net. Lastly, another portion located on the lower edges near the compression ring will incorporate Birdair’s Tensotherm system in order to provide thermal performance. The installation of all three membrane systems will be performed by Birdair’s subsidiary, Taiyo Middle East, located in Dubai. (Taiyo Kogyo Corporation was an exhibitor at our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event, which will again return to the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30.)

About Khalifa International Stadium

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), is leading the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium, which will feature 40,000 seats for spectators in 2022, along with a number of upgraded facilities.

The sweeping arc and undulating roof of Khalifa International Stadium are visible from afar, providing a striking introduction to the Aspire Zone. Named after the former Emir, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, Khalifa International Stadium forms an integral part of the vast sporting facility. Located approximately 14km from the centre of Doha, the Aspire Zone is the home to Aspire Academy, which is training many of the young players who are expected to form the backbone of Qatar’s 2022 squad. Aspetar, a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence credited with helping top footballers from around the world recover from injuries, is there too, as are numerous other world-class sporting facilities.

The stadium will be the host venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships and for FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches.

The cooling technologies being installed at the venue will guarantee a comfortable fan experience and ideal conditions for players and match officials.

New facilities at the stadium will include the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, which will celebrate Qatar’s culture of sport and the global sports heritage represented by the Olympic Games. The museum, one of 22 members of the Olympic Museum Network, will feature interactive exhibits alongside historical objects, guaranteeing a wide audience and further cementing Qatar’s position as a centre of sporting excellence in the Middle East.

The renovation of Khalifa International Stadium is being undertaken in part to take advantage of green technologies that have blossomed in the years since the stadium was built. To ensure that Qatar achieves its goal of hosting an environmentally-friendly FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment Systems (GSAS) certification. Underscoring Qatar’s commitment to sustainability, fans will have the option of taking the brand new metro to matches. Sports City station, located directly adjacent to the stadium, will prove crucial in reducing the tournament’s carbon footprint.



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.

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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