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Issue 02 Volume 03 November 2012

Turkey, Qatar, Iraq Venue Roundup

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360 Architecture embraces brave new world in Iraq

Qatar’s new sports arenas: the venue posters

Cox Architecture continues to evolve the public domain and the role of architecture in the future development of our cities.

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Building, Building, Building Everywhere How fast has the world of sports venue design and construction exploded? Well, about a decade ago, several attempts to build top-flight stadia in Brazil failed for reasons that ranged from economic fear to administrative bungling to outright comedy. American private equity firm Hicks, Muse, Furst & Tate was so convinced that there was money to made creating a stadium for Sao Paulo’s giant club Corinthians – a new palace to replace creaking Pacaembu Stadium, which was built in 1940 -- that HMFT bought land along the Raposo Tavares Highway, produced a design and even opened a ticket sales office in the city. Like so many other schemes in Brazil before and after it, the HMFT effort got tangled up with governmental issues, problems with the Brazilian football association and distrust among various factions within the nation. The American company locked up its sales office and went home. There are plenty of other stories. Populous principal David Orlowski, then head of sports design for Kansas City-based Ellerbe Becket, once believed he had a deal to design a stadium to be shared by Rio de Janeiro clubs Botafogo and Fluminense. That deal collapsed, too, but Orlowski remembered a lesson from his efforts. “When we did our original plans for a nice, efficient facility that would be fairly inexpensive and truly benefit both clubs,” Orlowski said, “we were thinking about adding some of the usual revenue-producing amenities we’d designed in U.S. venues – like a nice restaurant. “Then we actually attended a game in Rio, and we discovered that most fans’ idea of a meal at the game was out on the street, where they bought a bottle of beer and some dead-cat-on-a-stick. “That changed our thinking about the restaurant.” And now? It’s an understatement to say that the sports venue industry has changed. There are gorgeous stadia popping up all over Brazil, of course, as that country prepares to host the FIFA 2014 World Cup. And yes, Corinthians will be moving into the new 65,000-seat Arena de Sao Paulo next season. The building epidemic is truly worldwide. Turkey is the favorite to host the 2020 European Football Championships. UEFA boss Michel Platini has flatly endorsed the Turks, who barely lost out to France for the 2016 tournament. The only reason Turkey – with its cluster of new and renovated facilities – might not host the Euros is that Istanbul is still very much a contender for the 2020 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Qatar already has been awarded the FIFA 2022 World Cup, and with the event coming to the Middle East for the first time, the prosperous Gulf nation has plans to build several eye-catching stadia – which will fit right in with a massive new airport outside Doha and a metro system to scoot fans from site to site. Even Iraq, cut off from the family of nations for so long by war and rebellion, will host the Gulf Cup of Nations football tournament in 2015 at the spectacular new Basrah Sport City. Iraq is so ambitious in an attempt to make sport and lifestyle facilities available to the population, the 65,000-seat main stadium at the Sport City will have a 30,000-seat cousin in the city of Basrah itself when Al-Menaa opens next year. Sport can indeed pull the world together, and the proof was clear again in 2010 when South Africa – so recently a global pariah – hosted a joyous and successful World Cup. Now it’s Brazil on one side of the world, and countries like Turkey, Qatar and Iraq on the other. Geography is no longer an issue in building wonderful places to play. Best wishes,

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World News A unique overview of sports venues in planning and under construction from A-Z around the globe

Populous John Barrow


47 Qatar Venue Roundup Construction begins on Lusail MultiPurpose Hall


Populous Tom Jones

49 Turkey Venue Development News and stories from Turkey’s Development Sector

51 Aspire Build 2012 The official conference program

58 Populous Understanding legacy and flexibility

61 AECOM Future proving sports investment

360 Architecture Ryan Gedney


Taisei Corporation Kazumasa Kontani

Philips Stijn Hendrickx

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Polimeks Building on of the largest Olympic complexes in Asia, featuring the Turkmenistan Asghabat Olympic Complex.

74 PromerQatar Positioning for World Cup 2022

79 Urosan Innovative Seating Solutions

81 Daplast Effective Seating Solutions

89 Riedel Communications Flexible stadium solutions


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Populous is proud to have worked with the organisers of the London 2012 Games to provide architectural design work on the Bid, Masterplan, Olympic Stadium, Overlay, Activation and Transformation phases of the project.

Over 10 years we worked on the design of 35 venues that provided over 500,000 seats for spectators and are delighted to have been part of a “happy and glorious Games”.

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Populous continues to work with the London Legacy Development Corporationon the transformation of the Olympic Stadium.

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fulham football club Fulham, London With 98% occupancy of the ground in the 2010 - 2011 season, KSS were appointed to look at expanding Craven Cottage Ground stadium capacity to 30,000.

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Sports Concert Complex, Azerbaijan


Olympic Stadium Kiev


Ladies Sports Building, Qatar


National Stadium Tirana, Albania

Alpine Bau Deutschland GmbH, the general contractor for the project, was contracted on August 2nd, 2011 to design and implement a multipurpose event-venue that is meant to accommodate 25,000 spectators. This challenging task was undertaken by combining the efforts of gmp 路 Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, and N眉ssli International AG.

When the glazed structure of the stadium is illuminated at night, it will be an urban landmark in the cityscape of downtown Kiev. The interior of the stadium, with seats for around 68,000 people, will also gain an unmistakable identity with a membrane roof structure incorporating air supports and domes of light

The design is a Prototype which, when developed as a single building, could then be built in a number of different neighborhoods within Doha, Qatar. It has been designed to serve as a Social catalyst for Families, Women and Society uses in the different areas in which the buildings will be placed.

RFA have received a commission by the President of the Albanian Football Federation to develop a concept design for the new National Stadium in Tirana.


fulham football club Fulham, London Over the last ten years, Fulham Football Club has enjoyed increasing success on and off the pitch. Over 25,000 people regularly attend home games and, with 98% occupancy of the ground in the 2010 - 2011 season, KSS were appointed to look to at expanding Craven Cottage Ground stadium capacity to 30,000. Current status under design Fulham FC’s ambition to stay at Craven Cottage and expand the Riverside Stand takes advantage of its location and the longer views over the river to the west with a new riverside walkway providing a major benefit with public toilets, cafes and restaurants. The external design of the

stadium mirrors the curve in the river, one of the key requirements of the Club, and the external materials and colour will reflect the riverside setting and its orientation. Internally the pillars that currently restrict spectator views of the pitch will be removed, and the seating and viewing will be made more comfortable to enhance the visitor experience. The new stand will also provide a larger club shop, new restaurants and a wide range of bars and food outlets.

available to ensure that it can continue to prosper and compete at the highest level in English Football, as well as remain at its home for the long term. In conjunction with the designs, a separate project has already started to improve Bishops Park and the surrounding area.

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In July 2012 the plans to redevelop the Riverside Stand were approved by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The planning approval ensures that the Club is given every opportunity to develop the facilities

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Brighton & Hove Albion FC london Cox Architecture has been appointed by the Government of South Australia and the Stadium Following the huge success of the Amex Community Stadium project, KSS were appointed to develop designs for a First Team and Youth Academy Training Centre for Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Starting with a site search feasibility study, 5 sites were considered in detail by the club eventually settling on the current location, near Shoreham Airport, with glide path approach restrictions. The site, set in 35 acres is 9,000sqm in size and will have 8 external and one fully internal pitch. It will deliver a centre of excellence to Premier League standards to the latest Elite Players Performance Plan Criteria.

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The First Team and development squad will have excellent facilities including 4 training pitches, combining floodlit, all weather and one of the exact pitch orientation and turf specification as at the Amex. Internally the facilities include a superbly equipped gymnasium, lounges and restaurant. For rehabilitation and recovery there is an altitude room, resistance pool, cryogenics and a suite of physiotherapy, nutrition, health and personal performance analysis. In September 2012 the Planning Committee was ‘minded to grant consent’. Formal planning consent is due to be granted within the next month. The Club’s desire is to start on site as soon as Formal Planning is given. A construction period of approximately 15 months is scheduled with completion due early 2014, pending commencement on site.

Venue status Design phase under design Current status pending commencement

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Buenos Aires, Argentina Following Populous’ recent success with the redevelopment of the home of the British Formula One Grand Prix, Silverstone, the ground breaking ceremony for the next Populous Formula 1 project, the 4.7 km Velociudad Speedcity circuit, took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the 16th December 2011.

ghent, Belgium Arteveldestadium

The stadium has been designed to provide 20,000 spectator seats divided into four sections. 18,300 seats will be for general spectators, 1,260 for the corporate clients and 240 seats reserved for VIP visitors. 200 seats are set aside for disabled spectators, of which 120 Master Planning Design spaces will phase accommodate finished wheelchairCurrent status bound visitors. fine tuning, foundation already completed The main Construction start entrances will October 2010 be located Handover on the 2012 second floor, connected by a bypass which is the central core of the building and connects the entrances and the several

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The city of Ghent in Belgium needs a new football stadium. The decision was taken to build the Arteveldestadium at the interchange of two European highways, the E17 and E40, with the ringroad around Ghent crossing the two highways close to the site. Access to and egress from the stadium via these three important roads will be easy, and at the front and alongside the stadium there will be a large public area to welcome the spectators.

The event marks the commencement of the $100 million-project first construction phase, which includes a 3.1 km track, pitlane, 4x4 off-road track and team garages, planned to be completed in 14 months. The second part of the project will extend the circuit to 4.7 km, to qualify for the FIA licence, and will be ready by the end of 2014.

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bars and restaurants in between. The skyboxes and business area will be reached by a separate VIP entrance, located on the left side of the building which will also serve as the entrance to the dressing rooms, referee rooms, doctor’s room, press room, club shop, ticketing area and so on. On the third floor there will be a business restaurant for 1,050 spectators looking directly over the football pitch, and with a view overlooking the Ringvaart and connecting highways. The 20 VIP skyboxes will be located on the fourth floor each having a private terrace with a view over the pitch, and in the corner there will be a ‘Club 50’ for 210 VIP guests. The various VIP and business areas will be connected by a central stairway and several elevators.

The autodrome location has a unique topography that involves the movement of 1 million cubic metres of soil, equal to a line of lorries put together from Buenos Aires to Cordoba.

Individual offices will be located on the right-hand side of the stadium at the front and in the back of the building, each office ‘building’ having its own entrance.

These pioneering techniques have enabled the creation of a topographically exciting and challenging medium-speed circuit. Populous is currently working on numerous other Motorsport development projects, which includes a feasibility and design programme for a new Formula 1 circuit in Mumbai, India.

On the ground floor there will be several logistic and distribution shops, and at the back of the building there will be a ‘grand room’ for bigger parties. Parking for 1,084 cars, half of which will be underground, is located on the other side of the road from the stadium. Built above the parking area will be a 13,000m² building for retail outlets and two office buildings of 10,000m² and 14,000m², and further parking for 420 cars.

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John Rhodes, Associate Principal of Populous said, “We are really proud to contribute with our design to create a new destination for F1, which always means an economic catalyst for the area and produces global exposure. During the last 5 years we have developed technology, software, and design techniques through the use of simulation to physically test the design of a circuit.

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Sports Concert Complex Baku, Azerbaijan In May 2012, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku at the Crystal Hall.

a longer-term facility. Normally, event venues of comparable size, such as a football stadium, will require 4 to 5 years for design and construction.

Alpine Bau Deutschland GmbH, the general contractor for the project, was contracted on August 2nd, 2011 to design and implement a multipurpose eventvenue that is meant to accommodate 25,000 spectators.

Instead of the usual reinforced concrete construction, the building has been designed as a pure steel structure which consists of three independent parts, i.e. the membrane façade, the modular stadium itself and the interior roof.

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This challenging task was undertaken by combining the efforts of gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, and Nüssli International AG.

In order to be able to put up a building of the size of a football stadium in just a few months, design and construction proceed in parallel. An important tool in this complex process is the detailed visualisation of the entire work schedule: it covers and displays each step in chronological order in weekly sequences. A prerequisite for the

success of this novel working method is the extensive experience in design, management and construction scheduling provided by the consortium, as well as very good communication between the design team and the construction companies. The characteristic crystalline shape of the building and its illuminated façade is the response to Azerbaijan’s special request for the creation of a widely visible and visually effective landmark as a bridge between Asia and Europe that will be noticed in an international context. Different dynamic lighting scenarios are currently being programmed for the 9,500 LED lights to highlight the membrane façade and create moods appropriate for the different stages of the events.

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The Eurovision Song Contest takes place every year, which means that this striking crystal-shaped building on the peninsula near the city centre, right in the Caspian Sea and in the direct vicinity of one of the world’s highest flagpoles, had to be designed and constructed within a period of just eight months. The building is not a concert hall in the classical sense but a multi-functional indoor arena, which is intended to be


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Estádio Manaus, Brazil Located in the middle of the jungle, 1,500 km from the sea, Manaus is where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões run together to form the Amazon, the world’s mightiest river. It is also the capital of the similarly named federal province, a metropolis that was once a centre of the rubber industry but is now, as a Free Economic Zone, a finance center with global trade relationships. It also has a fascinating cultural legacy, which, with the potential of the surrounding rain forests, makes it a very attractive tourist center. With the design of the new Manaus stadium, the aim was to come up with a very simple but highly efficient stadium that would at the same time specifically symbolize the location, particularly the fascinating natural diversity of the tropical rain forest.

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Design phase renovation tender phase Construction start September 2010 Handover planned end of 2012

With a capacity of 45,000, the stadium lies directly on the central traffic axis linking the city with the airport. Integrated into a sports park that is also home to a sambodrome, athletics facilities, multi-purpose venues and a swimming center, it is part of the Complexo Esportivo do Amazonas, which offers ideal conditions for professional and local sporting events. Exploiting the natural topography, the stadium is situated on a plinth set into a slight slope that also houses commercial facilities

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and parking. An encircling ring of boxes, offices and a restaurant for fans separates the upper tier from the lower tier, which is cut into the plinth. Under the banner of a sustainable World Cup, the stadium will be one of the first to be certified as compliant with the LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) criteria of the US Green Building Councils. The integrated ecological scheme takes account of the choice of location, construction sequence, transport routing and primary energy content of individual materials, water resource management, energy consumption, regulation and control systems, waste management and a permanent monitoring of ongoing operations.

Venue status Current status under construction Hand over planned end of 2013

Coliseum Autumn 2012

will replace the old Estadio Nacional de Brasilia. It is being designed to be a major addition to the Brasilias sports park, and will complement the nearby Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. The roof will be made of glass, metal and photovoltaic cells and will be an instantly recognisable landmark in the cityscape of the Brazilian capital. The architects for the project are the well known Castro Mello Arquitetos from Sao Paulo and gmp international of Germany. The structural consulting engineers are also from Germany, Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner.

Picture: Castro Mello Arquitetos and gmp international

Estadio Mane Garrincha, BraZil Estadio Mane Garrincha

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Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

60,000 seater, Saudi arabia Construction of a 60,000-seater mega stadium in Jeddah is set to start soon after King Abdullah approved plans to build it on a site near the city’s airport.

A scheme has been put in place to modernise and renovate the Governor Magalhães Pinto Stadium in Belo Horizonte, the third largest city in Brazil and capital of the federal state of Minas Gerais (General Mines) in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. With the city’s connection to the mining industry, the stadium has been nicknamed the Mineirão (big miner), and its neighbour, a smaller multi-function hall being called Minerinho (little miner). Originally built between 1963 & 1965, The Mineirão Stadium features an impressive façade of concrete bulkheads. The stadium has been listed as a national monument, and is the home of two historic first-division Brazilian clubs – Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

“The King wants to establish the proposed stadium in a place close to Jeddah and near the airport, as well as to expand Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in the city,” said Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, head of the Youth Welfare Presidency in comments published by Saudi daily Arab News in June. Prince Faisal told the paper that work on Status both projects would design phase start as quickly as Hand over possible, adding Unspecified that architects were working on the new stadium’s design.

The scheme is to convert the interior of the historic building, taking into consideration the demands of an up-to-date football arena in functionality and technicality, whilst keeping the historic exterior. There is also a plan to add a lightweight roof to the existing concrete façade of the upper tier with the aim of providing shade for all spectator seats.

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“We’ll give top priority to this new stadium project,” the Prince said. The stadium is part of the King Abdullah Sports City that will have a specialist hospital, indoor stadiums and youth hostels, the paper added.

Picture: gmp Architects van Gerkan, Marg and partner

The expansion work on the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium will start immediately to accommodate as many spectators as possible.


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London 2012 Olympic Stadium

New besiktas stadium Redevelopment turkey

To achieve a balance between the immediate needs of the large Games stadium against a long term, small scale venue, Populous embraced the opportunity to develop the architectural language of venue design. We have progressed a new theory of ‘embracing the temporary’, exploring form, materials, structure and operational systems to bring a structured palette of elements into a cohesive design. Simple legible forms develop, minimizing the physical weight, fabrication time and embodied energy of each component, and bringing together to the whole building, linked by demountable connections. This not only enabled the overlay of theatre and spectacle in staging the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 80,000 capacity venue, but also promoted possibilities of transformation after the Games down to a minimum 25,000 seat venue form. The London Olympic Stadium is sited on a diamond-shaped island between two existing waterways, located within the southern section of the new Olympic Park. The seating bowl is compact, bringing all 80, 000 spectators far closer to the event than previous Games venues. The design makes full use of the site’s island situation, providing a complete circuit of spectator podium concourse around the stadium, connected by bridges to the main park. This podium concourse promoted the carnival nature of the event with a perimeter array of spectator facilities, particularly retail and food service, distributed along the natural boundary of the water’s edge. During the three hours of the athletics event, spectators were free to move from their seat out onto the podium to visit these colourful clusters of concession pods, and view across the waterways the activities in the adjacent park and venues.

In order to fulfill necessary UEFA standards, increase capacity up to 42,000 seats, provide sun shading, and renovate their 1947 Inönü Stadium suffering from deterioration, Besiktas Football Club sought a new, comprehensive design. Situated in a uniquely green valley facing the Bosphorus Strait and several important Ottoman-era buildings including Dolmabahçe Palace, the architectural challenge was to respect both the history of the stadium and its surroundings..

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London was the first city to host the Olympic Summer Games for a third time, and the organising committee intended to showcase the city’s capability in hosting spectacular, efficient and innovative Olympic and Paralympics Games. Embedded in the London Games design parameters was the need to provide for the future, the Legacy of a major event, which required transformation of the city and the venues - challenging the concept of building permanence.

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The key sustainability criteria of reduce, reuse and recycle were adopted to create a compact, flexible and lightweight design. The main Stadium structure is light and elegant, clearly expressed by the external diagonal articulation of the white tubular steel of the roof and the internal slender black steel supporting the temporary upper seating tier. Between these two frames lies the concourse façade, the full height ribbon sections of the fabric ‘wrap’. The black and white seats provided a neutral backdrop for the interior colour of the spectator facilities and pathways, and the animation that spectators with bring to the event. The running track was also highlighted in a striking colour which reflected the vibrancy of London in 2012.

London 2012 equestrian & modern pentathlon venue Greenwich Park hosted London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian events, plus two of the five Olympic Modern Pentathlon events. It was in use for the full two weeks of the Olympics and the first four days of the Paralympics.

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of 1km in length ran through part of the park and the arena as part of the Modern Pentathlon Run/Shoot event.

The main arena is located immediately to the south of the Queen’s House, centred on the Grand Axis which runs through the park and the buildings of the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) and National Greenwich Park is a site of unique Maritime Museum (NMM). In its scale and historical, environmental and arrangement the arena has been designed archaeological significance as well as an to sit comfortably within this broader important and popular amenity for local architectural and landscape composition. residents and other visitors. It is part The Field of Play is bordered on three sides of a larger landscape and architectural by stands, the north side being left open composition which stretches to allow the Queens’ House to from Island Gardens across provide the setting. the Thames and includes the The Cross Country Course has Old Royal Naval College, the been laid out in conjunction Queen’s House and the National with a professional course Current status Maritime Museum. As a result designer and uses the natural finished of its outstanding qualities, topography to maximise the varied ecology and long history challenge to the competitors Greenwich Park is a Grade 1 and offer great viewing Registered Park and Garden of opportunities to spectators. Special Historic Interest. The horses run on grass and the existing grass along the course route The facilities and works required to host was improved during the period running the event were temporary in nature and up to the Games to bring it up to the safe were removed after the event. Some standard required for competition. facilities were based within existing buildings which then returned to their Populous, as the official architectural and former uses. overlay design service provider for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The brief required a temporary arena brought to this incredible global event accommodating up to 23,000 spectators its extensive expertise Overlay Design to host most of the competition. For experience and expertise, offering London the Cross Country element of the what the team does best: drawing people Equestrian event, a temporary course of and communities together to make London approximately 6 kilometres was laid out 2012 an unforgettable experience.. through the park, whilst a running course

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Cameldrome, QATAR This must be one of the most surprising and original architectural sports projects under way in the world today. Camel racing is a traditional sport in the Arabic world and is followed with passion among the local public. In this day and age there is great emphasis on football and other sports where the international media take most interest, and it is these sports that have been subject to all sorts of modern technology and cutting edge architectural designs.

Older Qatari nationals in particular feel very strongly that this exciting sport is a sport which is truly theirs. Over a decade ago child jockeys were used in camel races for their small size and light weight, however the races are very dangerous and it was deemed unethical to carry on using these young jockeys. In fact the present Emir of Qatar was the precursor in eliminating the ancient use of child jockeys and in their place commissioned the development of a robot jockey system which is now used in all Qatar races.

Picture: RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects

Camel racing, due to its traditional nature and lack of international coverage, has stayed reasonably intact and without major modern architectural advances. Even though there is a lack of media coverage in the international world, in the Arabic world camel racing has been a tradition for many generations.

marlins ballpark,usa Marlins Park replaced the legacy of the memorable Orange Bowl in Little Havana, adjacent to downtown Miami. Situated on the same footprint, the ballpark is intended to be the anchor for infill and redevelopment on the site.

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Coliseum Autumn 2012

This new 37,000-seat MLB facility includes a retractable roof to shield spectators from the sun and rain, inherently changing the perception of summertime baseball in Florida for generations to come. The bold vision of the County of Miami-Dade, the City of Miami and the Marlins is portrayed through the architecture as a modern, kinetic sculpture of faceted metal and glass.

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sochi 2014 olympic stadium, russia The main stadium design, in addition to the venue overlay plan Populous has prepared for the 2014 Games, delivers a wonderful vision for the winter Olympics, and a lasting sustainable legacy for Sochi. Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, and engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night. The building sits in a prominent location on the Sochi Olympic plaza, with each of the multiple stairway transitions

cars and ambulances, there can be up to 75 cars travelling around the track following the camels. This is clearly a major safety issue where the cars jostle to gain position in the race, and also a sustainability issue in the petrol and emissions used in every race. Really the most surprising idea, and that which will certainly become a world first, is to resolve the issue of the cars travelling

around the camel track and exchange them for a movement system which allows the jockey robot operators to be in a safe and controlled environment and following the camels in comfort. At night the translucent elements will shine in the desert and an iconographic tower will serve as a reference from the city of Doha in the distance.

acknowledging the direction of spectator approaches and creating a landscaped flow to the podium within which the main trussed roof form springs from sleek buttresses. The stadium is driven by a desire to utilize the form and transparency of the skin of the building, to expose structural elements and preserve viewing corridors to the mountains and sea. The dynamic relationship between the curvature of the roof edge and the podium, frames views both into the stadium for the general public and outwards for those spectators ascending within the skeleton of the building. The differing modal requirements are accommodated within a simple bowl arrangement providing event configurations between 25,000 and 45,000 seats to address Olympic opening, closing, and medal ceremonies, and full FIFA stadium compliance to meet its world cup host venue ambitions.

Venue status Current status under construction Completion 2012

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In this way modern technology has been integrated, and accepted, in traditional camel races. However this has caused a negative aspect in that for each camel, there is a robot camel operator inside a large four wheel drive land cruiser close by following the race around. If a race has 50 camels, then there are over 50 land cruisers following, which when we add television cars, safety cars, VIP


Olympic Stadium kiev, ukraine The “Red Stadium” in Alkseëvsky Park in Kiev was opened on 12 August 1923 to host the 2nd All-Ukrainian Olympic Games. It was built under the direction of civil engineer L. I. Pilvinsky on the site of the All-Russia Exhibition of 1913, destroyed during the Russian Revolution. The name of the stadium was changed repeatedly in the following decades. During the reconstruction of the Ukrainian capital Kiev in 1936, architect M. I. Grychna began work planning a new stadium with a crowd capacity of 50,000, after the original east-west orientation of the stadium was deemed unsuitable. The opening ceremony was planned for 22 June 1941, the day Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union. Entry tickets for the opening ceremony, which had to be put off because of German air raids, remained valid, and allowed entry to the opening ceremony in 1948, for the “Stalin Republikanskiy Stadium”. The great opening event of the Olympic Games in 1980 took place in the now renamed “Republic Stadium”, capacity having been extended to 100,000 in 1968. The present name of the stadium, “Olympiysky National Sports Complex” alludes to that event and the nation status Ukraine gained on independence in 1991. The rebuilding of the Olympiysky Stadium for the final of the European Football Championships in 2012, which Ukraine is staging jointly with Poland, is likewise being followed with great interest by the public. The new design for the reconstruction of the stadium respects the historic fabric with its important filigree prestressed concrete upper tier built in 1968, the frame of the new roof structure being detached and placed clear of the existing bowl. This most distinctive feature of the “Kiev Central Stadium” of 1968 is therefore encased in a new filigree glass façade, which acts almost as a kind of showcase, and will be duly illuminated. The plinth structure of the 1948 “Stalin Republikanskiy Stadium” arising from the location of the stadium on a slope at the West End will also be rebuilt in a different guise during reconstruction. Coliseum Spring Autumn2012 2012

The visitor terraces, accessed via broad steps, have sufficient space for restaurants and shops. These commercial areas facing Trotsky Squareand the innercity enliven the stadium area even at times when no events are on. The geometry of the lower part of the Stand was completely redesigned and updated in accordance with safety requirements. Particularly at the west end of the stadium, beneath the main stand, extensive premises are being constructed for VIP guests, press representatives and players. After the conclusion of the European Football Championships in 2012, an athletics track will be inserted, enhancing the functionality of the stadium. The main entrance for VIP guests is via the “Italian Court”, a reconstruction of the 1948 reception building, which will be bordered by

arcades and covered by a glass roof as a vestibule for the great event, the final of the 2012 championships. When the glazed structure of the stadium is illuminated at night, it will be an urban landmark in the cityscape of downtown Kiev. The interior of the stadium, with seats for around 68,000 people, will also gain an unmistakable identity with a membrane roof structure incorporating air supports and domes of light.

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KSU Stadium is a new soccer only facility being built for King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. The project’s goal is to advance the university’s soccer program and provide a mid-sized venue for club, university and national matches.The stadium is designed to meet local and international standards. It includes: + + + + + +

Three categories of seating options; general admission, VIP and the Royal Box Full accessibility for disabled patrons Athlete lockers and training facilities Prayer rooms VIP and Royal lounges as well as general admission concessions Press and radio/TV broadcasting facilities

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When complete, the KSU Stadium will be the second largest stadium in Riyadh and the most modern sports facility in Saudia Arabia. The KSU Stadium Project is a design-build project with Hashem Contracting Company and 360 Architecture working for King Saud University..

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lusail multi-purpose hall, qatar A state of the art venue to be located to the south of Doha, it will be suitable for all indoor court sports, including handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, ice hockey, etc. In addition it will be Doha’s leading indoor entertainment venue and suitable other events such as convention, exhibition, functions and community events. Based on rich history of Islamic ceramics to Qatar, the Hall has a free-flowing form that will be enriched by colour and patterns.

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The Multi-purpose hall includes: • 60 x 50 metre event floor • A full size warm up court • 4 team change rooms • 45 corporate suites • 3,500 retractable seats • restaurants • 2,000 space basement car park and 500 space on grade parking.

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This 15,000 seat indoor arena will be competition venue for the 2015 IHF World Championships in Qatar.

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mcg, australia Cox Architecture has been commissioned by the MCC to redevelop the Great Southern Stand to enable the GSS-MCG to be at the forefront of stadia experience in Australia and continue to attract patrons, sponsors and events at a state, national and international level. Stage 1 works include improved spectator amenities, corporate dining facilities and bars, new entries and ticketing, including these areas within AFL members reserve. Key aspects include theming and branding for the ‘home club team’.

Horse Guards Parade will be transformed into a spectacular Olympic venue for the Beach Volleyball venue, taking full advantage of its historic and central setting to stage the Beach Volleyball competition. Horse Guards Parade has a long tradition of hosting celebrated events, from Henry VIII’s tournaments to the annual Trooping of the Colour, so it is fitting that it to be used as a venue during the London Olympic Games. The site is of great historic value and is surrounded by Grade I and Grade II listed buildings, as well as being adjacent to a Grade I registered Royal Park. A permanent structure was therefore not an option for this venue, so the design solution is based on a completely temporary venue, that can be removed after the Games without having any impact on the physical environment. Careful planning, design, engineering and attention to detail has been central to ensuring that the venue fits in well with its surroundings and is sympathetic to its context and setting. The Beach Volleyball venue has been designed as an entirely temporary structure to reduce waste to a minimum and minimise the embodied energy used in construction. The erection and dismantling time is also kept to a minimum, which has been critical to ensuring that it can host the Olympic Beach Volleyball event only six weeks after hosting part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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ladies sports center, qatar Qatar Olympic Committee organized a series of International Competitions for sports building in Doha. The design is a Prototype which, when developed as a single building, could then be built in a number of different neighborhoods within Doha, Qatar. It has been designed to serve as a Social catalyst for Families, Women and Society uses in the different areas in which the buildings will be placed. The building has an external circular protective shell wall around the different internal sports and support activities

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structured facing a free flowing glazed patio bringing ample natural light to the building’s interior. The exterior wall is perforated with openings which give light to a circular jogging track on a mezzanine around the building, and which is integrated into the protective wall. The interior of the building is treated as a small urban town, or a sports village, where different uses are located within urban “boxes,” and joined together by “streets” and “plazas”, all focused on to the curved central patio space, the true heart of the project.

The program of the uses within the building have been developed to integrate sports and family values, being a destination for ladies and their children, and where they can remain for a healthy break in their days activities. The program includes sports facilities such as a swimming pool, multi-use sports hall and gymnasium, together with other social activities including social club, nursery, games and TV rooms. The flexibility of use of the building allows possibilities to carry out different family events as well as a social meeting point in the Qatari society.


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National Arena, Romania The concept of an earthen ramp stadium was however retained in the scheme for the new stadium, which has a crowd capacity of 55,000. As before, spectators get to the 16,500 lower-tier seats by going down from the top of a bank reached by climbing broad flights of steps outside. Access to the steps to the upper tier, where there is seating capacity for another 35,500 spectators, is from the same encircling walkway, which has a view over the whole sports park. On Level 2, another open foyer ring provides horizontal distribution of spectators bearing tickets for the upper tier. At that height, twenty meters up, visitors also get a broad panorama of Lia Current status Manoliu Sports Park in the finished center of Bucharest.

The high number of reinforced concrete supports at frequent intervals in the façade is the result of design necessity. The alternation of full-height and halfheight exterior supports combined with the new earth bank plinth articulate the building in classical fashion. Reducing the architectural statement in the façade of the stadium to purely structural elements lends the project an archaic character akin to that of an ancient arena. The roofing of the stadium follows the design principle of a wheel structure in which the membrane roof is stretched between the edge of an external compression ring and the hub of an inner tension ring. The tension ring above the inside of the stadium keeps the membrane roof structure up in the air. The steel structure of the external compression ring counters the tensile stress of the steel cables. A further compression ring at the point where the lower tensile cables are attached to the upper stand is dispensed with – a hitherto unique feature. The loads on the radial cables in the Lia Manoliu Stadium are fed directly into the reinforced steel structures of the joggle beams in the upper tier.

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At the west end of the stadium, the principle of the earthen ramp stadium is interrupted by the main entrance. Here, all the special function areas of the stadium are laid out on five levels. With 42 boxes, a business lounge for 3,500 VIP guests, changing rooms for players, plus press facilities, with a car park with 190 parking places in the basement, the stadium fulfils the requirements of an international venue. Bucharest is one of the cities of Europe most prone to earthquakes – during the last great quake on 4 March 1977, over 1,000 people lost their lives. This placespecific circumstance was a special factor to be taken into account in the choice of the construction approach.

The guide cables of the removable inner roof span the pitch like a spider’s web. Fastened to the central video box, the optional full roofing means events can go ahead even in bad weather. The full roofing option allowing programs of events to go ahead regardless of the weather is particularly valuable for special functions where spectators also use the interior of the stadium.


casablanca stadium, morocco The Casablanca Stadium was a project which was part of an International Architectural competition for a new stadium in Casablanca, Morocco, and in which RFA Fenwick Iribarren was not successful in the final round. Even though the competition result was not favorable, it still remains a clear and interesting design model of stadium for such a size. The project contains many ideas and symbolic references that make the scheme unique in modern stadium design. The new Casablanca Stadium is a vast project located on a green field site outside the city itself, and the concept looks to symbolize the idea of a great ceremonial tent in the desert.

With a spectator capacity of 80,000 is deemed to be one of the largest in Africa, and certainly an emblem to the city and the country itself. It is a multifunctional sports complex situated along the green valley that surrounds the city and the general concept for the sports complex is based on a marquee in a park. This idea of a pure white tent structure, perceived from afar, contrasting with the lush green landscape surrounding the site bringing to mind the ceremonial festivities traditionally carried out in similar ephemeral structures outside the city, where weddings and family events occur.

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Poland and the Ukraine will be hosting the UEFA European Football Championships in 2012. Consequently, in 2007 an international architectural competition was held for a new Polish national stadium in Warsaw. The scheme submitted by gmp in association with J.S.K. Architekci of Warsaw and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner of Stuttgart was the preferred option. The new structure is located over the solid rampart of the Dziesiciolecia national stadium, which was constructed in 1955 from rubble from the wartime Warsaw Uprisings. The revitalization of this area as a sports park including the new national stadium represents a milestone not only for the city of Warsaw but also for the whole country in terms of national identity. The stadium is located around 2 km from the city center beside the Vistula in Current Status a park studded with finished greensward, sports pitches and trees. A central axis in the form of a multi-lane arterial road leads from the city center to the new stadium. You already get a fine view of the city from the existing top of the rampart, and this panorama will be all the more sweeping

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The design looks to elevate this concept to the size of the new Casablanca Stadium, and therefore become a clear and locally recognized symbol to the values of the modern democratic Moroccan society. The complex is conceived as an iconic development in which to carry out major sports events such as football and athletics as well as other public shows and events.

As Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan city in the country, this status is reflected in the design by the metaphorical use of windows, which overlook the surrounding scenery, being orientated towards the most important cities around the globe. The stadium therefore becomes not only a family tent for the inhabitants of the city of Casablanca, but also a strong reference to other cities of the country and the world.

from the higher levels of the new structure.

an optimal distribution of forces is achieved. The cantilever moment of the roof is absorbed by a horizontal couple. The couple acts upon both the compression ring and the pile foundations. While the external edge of the roof constitutes a harmonious, fluid curve in ground plan, the edge of the fixed roof is oriented to the pitch geometry. This is possible by integrating the load-bearing structure of the convertible inner roof.

Once the outdoor market had been moved elsewhere, work on revitalization of the sports park began in 2009. A condition imposed by the city was that the existing rubble-built slopes should be built over with as few interventions as possible. The two lower levels of the new structure would therefore be inserted into the topography of the rampart without changing the top level of the slopes or the level of the existing pitch. This meant the access routes, geometry of the ramparts and the two access tunnels into the stadium could be retained and integrated into the new structure. The duality of a solid historic stone base and the new structure made of steel, glass and PTFE membrane externally visible only above rampart level gives the design of the-football only stadium with a 55,000 capacity an unmistakable character. The roof truss system adds a number of significant features to the familiar spoked wheel principle. With the configuration of only one compression ring at the external edge of the roof and the deflection of the cable forces at the upper ends of the inclined supports via the façade elements into the foundations,

In addition, cables leading axially upwards are also installed so as to take the weight of the lightweight, foldable membrane. The central support carried by four cables acts not only to carry the weight but also as a support for the central video screens and to provide stowage for the inner roof. Also unmistakable as a feature visible from a distance is the façade, made up of expanded metal panels in the Polish national colors of red and white. This translucent layer unites the very diverse areas within the stadium into a single large-scale shape. Even with low incidental light, the crisscross elements of the façade set up a fascinating pattern of light and shadow. At night, the coloration and distinctiveness of this façade are reinforced gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects by the integrated illumination.


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scg stage 2, australia The 13,360 seat stand will include new dining rooms, clubs, bars, restaurants, a micro brewery, retail outlets and improved seating. New public and corporate facilities will also be developed on the eastern end of the new stand. There will also be significantly improved media facilities, including a cricket media centre that meets all ICC criteria for the 2015 World Cup, and new away team changing rooms. A 270 square metre video board will be placed between the new stand and the O’Reilly Stand, giving the SCG Australia’s largest high definition board at any sporting venue. This new Current status board will provide a design phase modern interpretation of the original SCG scoreboard, and could include a dedicated stage area for sport events and a Scoreboard Club corporate facility and retail area.

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The stand has been designed as a modern pavilion, building on the traditions and heritage of the Members’ Pavilion and Ladies Stand. The new dining room, club lounges and terraces overlook the proposed Sports Central Plaza and the Lawn areas. More seats (85%) will be undercover, marking a significant improvement on the existing stands. A new main central kitchen and more efficient maintenance areas will provide significant operational improvements and improve the servicing of the SCG as well as Allianz Stadium. The new stand will be completed in readiness for the 2014 Ashes Test match.


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lucena fc stadium, spain RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects won an International public architectural competition for the Lucena Football Club municipal stadium. The challenge for this stadium was to develop a prototype for a small lower division league football stadium which complied with all UEFA and FIFA norms. Most large stadiums, as they are managed by specific specialists in football stadiums, are able to incorporate all of the main international norms into the designs. Smaller provincial stadiums are usually developed with small local teams, nearly always with no stadium or sports venue experience. The Lucena Stadium looks to show how good Architectural design can be incorporated in small projects around the country and with the highest levels of international standards. The stadium is a new stadium on a green field site just outside the city, and developed by the local Town Hall for the town’s successful football team and club. It is designed for a first stage of 2.500 spectators, and with the capability to extend to 5.000 spectators in a following phase. The latest tendencies in sport architecture seek to fully exploit the building and its surroundings with complimentary amenities (the sports museum), tertiary activities (hotel, conference centre, restaurants) and leisure (concerts, theatre) that complete the annual building agenda and make it economically viable for the local authorities. All these features, both for football and complementary retail uses have been incorporated into the design, even though it may be at a small scale, but the stadium is viable both on match days and on non match days.

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The stadium also looked to optimise costs and the stadium with lighting, pitch and western covered seating area was finally less than 5Mâ‚Ź contract value. This follows the strive of RFA Fenwick Iribarren to deliver excellent stadiums at realistic costs which create added value to clubs rather than massive debt.

Our 56,250 capacity stadium for Spurs forms the centrepiece of a wider Northumberland Development Project master plan for the regeneration of North Tottenham N17. The project achieved planning approval in late 2010 with a subsequent planning application submitted January 2012. The design responds to the club’s brief for an iconic stadium incorporating modern state of the art facilities, and recreating the intense atmosphere of the current White Hart Lane stadium by placing fans significantly closer to the pitch than any other comparable capacity stadium to provide the best possible spectator experience. The design concept expresses the idea of flowing football, flowing lines, and the curved cladding envelope and undulating roof together with a subtle use of club colours evokes the Spurs tradition of doing things with style and panache.

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new stadium of trabzonspor,turkey The football stadium for the first division club Trabzonspor occurs west of the inner city on a newly created land tongue off the coast. According to the master plan the 40,000-seat stadium is the centerpiece of this new urban center. The large triangles shaped polygonal shell is made of white membrane and has a highly visible, symbolic action, which refers to the surrounding mountains.

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Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground, Australia The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust master plan has been commissioned by the Trust to improve the public amenity of the iconic venues that makeup Sydney’s premier sporting precinct and to provide better connections between the venues, the city and the parkland setting. The Master Plan for the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium presents an exciting new vision for Sydney’s central sporting and entertainment precinct as a revitalised world class destination for sport and entertainment in Australia. The Master Plan is the blueprint for Trust’s long-term vision for a ‘Sports Central’ precinct incorporating the SCG, Allianz Stadium and surrounding lands.


NATIONAL Stadium Tirana, Albania RFA have received a commission by the President of the Albanian Football Federation to develop a concept design for the new National Stadium in Tirana. A public presentation was made to the President and the Prime Minister of Albania, the Mayor of Tirana and Mr. Michel Platini, President of UEFA. The new stadium sits on the same site as the old stadium,

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the latter giving way to a more modern stadium full of references of Albania and the colours of their National Flag. A stadium with a capacity of 30,000 spectators which fulfils all the FIFA and UEFA requirements for large events. It will also integrate itself into the city fabric, providing facilitates such as offices and retail areas which will help upgrade the surrounding neighbourhood.

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Adelaide Oval Redevelopment Cox Architecture has been appointed by the Government of South Australia and the Stadium Management Authority to carry out architectural design services for the upgrade of the Adelaide Oval.

The redeveloped Adelaide Oval will create a great cultural and social building for Adelaide that will bring sport fans and the community together in the heart of the city.

The project aims to create an iconic, world-class multi-sport 50,000-seat stadium that will energise the recreational edge of Adelaide for cricket and AFL sports. An international-standard indoor cricket centre will be included within the stadium complex.

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The new stadium will continue the legacy of the world-famous cricket oval maintaining the traditions of the ground such as the heritage scoreboard and the northern mound fig trees. The stadium design builds on the recently completed Western Stand, contributing to the development of the ground as a series of pavilions set within the Adelaide parklands. Picture: COX Architecture

The proposal design focuses on the fan and player experience through the incorporation of technology and unique social spaces designed to promote fan engagement. New lounges, internal streets, cafes and bars serving local produce will create a uniquely Adelaide experience. The design reinvigorates the parklands and creates a new event plaza on the Torrens River that will connect to the new pedestrian bridge to link the oval with the city.

LIVESTRONG sporting park, KANSAS CITY The design of Kansas City’s fan-oriented stadium, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, seeks to capture movement and motion by celebrating the beautiful game. The repeating angular metal fin exterior represents the human body, or the players’ athleticism. The signature roof canopy mimics the long floating arc of a soccer ball as it soars across the field. Its polycarbonate panels create an intimate, yet grand scale.

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The canopy covers every seat in the stadium and also adds to the game experience by amplifying crowd noise. Sporting KC’s fan-oriented stadium has various club spaces, giving fans a chance to interact with players, suites with adjacent lounges, floor-to-ceiling patio doors creating an indoor/outdoor experience and a year-round member’s club designed to be the place in Kansas City to watch soccer matches around the globe. In addition to hosting soccer, the stadium features a retractable seating section that can be used for end-stage concerts while the field can be used for football and rugby.

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basrah sport city, iraq 360 Architecture is master smaller multi-use arenas; a full natatorium; planning and designing the a tennis stadium; mosque; amusement new, multi-venue Sport City park/gardens; athletic training facilities in Basrah, Iraq. The $500 to accommodate volleyball, basketball, million initial phase of the project includes boxing, weightlifting, fencing, martial a 65,000-seat main stadium, 10,000-seat arts, wrestling, equestrian, crew, skating, secondary stadium, four training fields, shooting and gymnastics; and housing, athlete housing and spa facilities; a VIP restaurant and retail components. guest house; firestation; sports medicine building; The master plan for the sports event parking; helipad; city introduces Basrah’s and site development of surrounding canal system into approximately half of the the site as a literal extension 146-hectare compound. The of one of the city’s oldest and Current status 65,000-seat stadium that most unique elements. A key under construction serves as the centerpiece organizing element for the of the Sport City will host many venues that make up soccer’s 2013 Arab Gulf the project, the canal system Championships. connects people to and guides them through the development. Ultimately, Phase two of the project, which is it converges at the center of the site, where anticipated to be larger in scope and it serves as a cooling pedestal for a 65,000budget, is expected to include: three seat stadium centerpiece.

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Inspiration for the main stadium came from Basrah’s timeless and essential icons, from the date palm tree to the region’s traditional architectural influences. The very nature of the venue, as a place for high-level competition, also influenced the design, which represents the speed, power and perpetual movement of sport in the architecture, through the integration of graceful yet forceful forms and surfaces. Ultimately, the goal is to create a simple and bold centerpiece, an icon of Basrah’s new future. Its singular modern form is balanced by a functional façade. Paying humble homage to the patterned facades that grace traditional Iraqi homes, the textured skin provides a very functional response to the climatic conditions of Basrah.

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Al-najaf stadium iraq 360 Architecture is designing a new 30,000-seat international competition stadium in AlNajaf, Iraq, with the goal of promoting the training and growth of sport in the country.

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The stadium will be a progressive venue that meets the standards for world-class soccer and track and field events. It demonstrates a strong commitment to Najaf’s environmental sustainability, including solutions to

introduce passively cooled air throughout the stadium. At the same time, the design is unique to Najaf. It reflects a strong connection to the city’s cultural and religious context, including two cornerstones of Islamic history, the Holy Imam

360 Architecture developed the site plan and design for the new, 30,000-seat international competition stadium in Basrah, Iraq. The objective of the project is to create a source of local pride and economic growth through the development of sport in the area. The proposed facilities are designed to world-class standards, and

demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. They are also uniquely tied to Basrah’s context as a port city. The stadium will feature: + + + + +

Ali Shrine and Wadi-us-Salaam cemetery. 360 Architecture is working in association with Abdullah Al-Jiburi/Anwar Soura General Contracting Company of Iraq on the Design-Build project.

Two practice fields Locker rooms to accomodate four teams Two LED video scoreboards Eight premium suites One premium club and 248 premium club seats

360 Architecture is working in association with Abdullah Al-Jiburi/ Anwar Soura General Contracting Company of Iraq on the project.

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Doha-based Australian firm, DESIGNSPORT, and Australian LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture), in collaboration with local Ethiopian architects, JDAW, won the competition for their design which references Ethiopia’s world-famous excavated architecture and the ‘Mother womb’, the skeleton of one of the first humans, Lucy, who is about 3.2 million years old. The stadium is shaped like a coffee bean, the main source of income in Ethiopia. The façade material that wraps around the stadium was similarly inspired by Ethiopian culture, modelled on the Massob, an Ethiopian communal serving basket made from woven grass. Completing the salute to nature, the roof of the stadium, which is an intelligent membrane, appears like a cloud on the horizon of the vast Ethiopian sky.

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Work on the Addis Ababa stadium is scheduled to begin in 2014. The development is the largest sporting infrastructure project in Ethiopia, the second-most populous country in SubSaharan Africa and its fastest growing economy. The new facility, set on a 60-hectare site, will consist of a 60,000-seat stadium, an athletics track, aquatic centre, residential Current status village, sports halls and design phase arenas, retail and commercial zones as well as the headquarters of the Federal Sport Commission.

venue which can be used by all. It is for community use at a grass roots level right through to providing a high performance training centre for elite athletes and a location for major international sporting events.” Chris Bosse, who led the design team, and is a director of LAVA, an award winning international firm of architects, says, “We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with the sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material. The man-made crater is a clever remodelling of the existing terrain, integrating facilities within the landscape. It is an efficient use of space which optimises the site’s environmental performance while minimising construction costs.”

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Samantha Cotterell, CEO of DESIGNSPORT, a consultancy specialising in sport architecture and event design, who led the bid says: “The brief was to design a centre that would revitalise sport in Ethiopia. The result is a sports

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singapore Sports Hub The much anticipated Singapore Sports Hub has completed its first phase of construction since the official contract signing in August 2010. The Singapore Sports Hub will be a fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub for everyone in Singapore. As a unique cluster of integrated worldclass sports facilities within the city, it will be a premier land and water sports complex for all Singaporeans to enjoy a wide variety of sports, recreational, and lifestyle activities.

Cotterell has worked as a senior overlay design consultant on all of Qatar’s major sporting events including heading up overlay design for sporting venues for the Doha 2006 Asian Games Organising Committee and acting as Senior Technical Design Consultant for the Doha 2020 Olympic Bid Committee.

The Singapore Sports Hub is a PublicPrivate-Partnership (PPP) project where the Sports Hub consortium will use private equity and debt funding for the construction phase. The government agency, the Singapore Sports Council, will oversee and manage the Singapore Sports Hub project and the consortium from the private sector includes four equity partners.

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DESIGNSPORT and LAVA designed the Doha tennis lounge and the Sodra Future Tennis Centre. They were also were finalists in the international architectural design competition for the Health and Wellness Centre at Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar. The project included a major sport centre, a FIFA stadium for Qatar 2022 World Cup and was designed to be integrated into the Qatar Foundation Complex - Qatar’s leading University complex.

The Design & Build Contractor/Partner, Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd, has completed piling and the foundations of the new National Stadium and the construction team is now concentrating on the superstructure. After more than 5 million manhours spent on the site, the public can now clearly see the outline of the level three ring structure which defines the kilometre long Sports

Promenade of the new stadium. In addition, the football pitch, once the site of many unforgettable events, has undergone accelerated settlement and all of the main material for the steel roof has arrived in Singapore for off-site fabrication work. Piling for the other facilities outside the new national stadium is also in progress and is expected to be completed by mid 2012, while the structures of the competition and diving pool are also taking shape at the Aquatics Centre.

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Qatar’s multi-purpose hall a reality The first facility to appear on the landscape will be the 15,000seat Multi-Purpose Hall, a building so technologically advanced that it will display large-scale LED lighting on the structure’s exterior walls.

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available to ensure that it can continue to prosper and compete at the highest level in English Football, as well as remain at its home for the long term. In conjunction with the desi


Construction begins on Lusail Multi-Purpose Hall as boom comes to Qatar Cox Architects creates vision of indoor venue, while Fenwick Iribarren chosen as designer for prototype of Ladies Sports Centre in Doha -- and first new stadium for World Cup 2022 Text: Steve Cameron - Pictures: COX Architecture & RFA Fenwick Irribarren The bloom of venues fed by Qatar’s huge sporting ambitions soon will begin sprouting up in the tiny Gulf nation.

host various community functions, such as concerts, exhibitions and indoor entertainment such as ice shows and motocross.

The first facility to appear on the landscape will be the 15,000seat Multi-Purpose Hall, a building so technologically advanced that it will display large-scale LED lighting on the structure’s exterior walls.

A master plan for the arena site includes the Multi-Purpose Hall itself, an administration building, six football fields and a mosque for 150 worshippers. Inside the hall, there will be an event floor that measures 60 by 50 metres, a training court, support facilities, four changing rooms, lounges, gymnasiums for men and women, along with medical and massage areas. Although the Multi-Purpose Hall will be the first new venue to host any major competition in Qatar, there are many other facilities in the planning stage. For instance, Spanish architecture firm RFA Fenwick Irribarren – along with ARUP Engineering (Madrid) -- already is designing a prototype for a Ladies Sport Centre – the type of venue organizers feel could be built in a number of different neighborhoods. An additional emphasis on sporting opportunities for women and girls has been one of the critical components of Qatar’s goal to become a regular host of major regional and global athletic events.

Doha Multi-Purpose Hall The Qatar Olympic Committee hired Beirut-based international giant Dar Al-Handasah as lead consultant on the first new major sporting venue to be constructed in Doha. The design is being handled by Cox Architects. The structure will meet all current sustainability standards, and comply with various sports federations’ regulations for Olympiclevel events, including basketball, volleyball and handball. In fact, the Multi-Purpose Hall will host an international handball competition soon after its completion next year. Qatar has been awarded the 2015 IHF World Championships. The arena will be suitable for other uses in addition to sport. It will

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Architecture and other work on the building was awarded through international competitions organized by the Qatar Olympic Committee. The structure will have an external circular protective shell wall around the different internal sports and support areas. A glazed patio is designed to bring ample natural light to the building’s interior. The exterior light will help illuminate a jogging track on a mezzanine around the building, and the theme throughout the interior is meant to provide the feel of a small urban town or sports village – where different uses are located within urban “boxes” and joined by “streets” and “plazas,” all focused on a covered central patio space.

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Sports facilities will include a swimming pool, multi-use sports hall and gymnasium – along with social activity areas such as a club, a nursery, plus game and TV rooms. Meanwhile, plans for the FIFA World Cup 2022 continue to move forward. RFA Fenwick Irribarren also has won the design contract for Education City Stadium, a 45,000-seat facility in Doha that is intended to resemble a jagged diamond as it becomes the first new stadium of the 12 venues needed for the World Cup. Construction is planned for 2013 on Education City Stadium, and the finished facility will feature a complex that includes shops and restaurants in addition to the FIFA-approved pitch and various other structural requirements. ASTAD is the project manager for Education City Stadium. ARUP (Madrid) will serve in


the joint roles of structural and services engineer. While announcing details of the stadium, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said the venue would be developed in conjunction with the Qatar Foundation at Education City. The Supreme Committee added in a statement that five other stadia currently are in the process of planning or tender. Tenders for project management and design consultancy for the Al Wakrah Stadium have been issued, and winners are scheduled to be announced within the next two months. Education City Stadium The project management tender for redevelopment of Al Rayyan Stadium also has been issued, and will be awarded in the first quarter of 2013. Details on stadium construction were released at the same time the Supreme Committee signed five stakeholder cooperation

agreements with Qatar Rail, Ashghal, Kahramaa, Aspire Zone Foundation and Qatari Diar. “The signing of stakeholder cooperation agreements with our local stakeholders is a symbol of the unity that exists in Qatar in relation to successfully delivering the Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup,” said Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi. “The World Cup is no longer merely an event that lasts 30 days. Events of this stature have the potential to accelerate the progress of a nation, and leave a lasting social, economic and cultural legacy.”

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But it’s easy to see why Platini is ready to hand Turkey the Euros without much of a formal vote. Among Turkey’s biggest clubs, Galatasaray SK already has moved from its longtime home at Ali Sem Yen Stadium to spiffy new (2011) Turk Telekom Arena, a 52,652seat palace designed by asp Architects of Stuttgart and managed by AEG. Rival Fenerbahce SK has seen his historic ground, Suklu Saracoglu Stadi, ungraded from its 1908 vintage to hold more than 50,000 in such comfort that the 2009 UEFA Cup Final was held at the famous venue. And make no mistake, there are more gorgeous stadia in the pipeline. Timsah Crocodile Stadium

Turkey preparing for Euro 2020 bid with new facilities Things have changed since giant clubs played in historic but creaky old stadia -- and one vote sent an event to France Text: Steve Cameron - Pictures: Supplied


hese are different times for Turkish football. As recently as 2005, when Liverpool and Milan AC contested the European Champions League final at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadi, visiting fans complained bitterly that the venue was many miles west of Istanbul’s city centre – basically, in the middle of nowhere. Despite a huge crowd in excess of 72,000 that night, amazingly the game was not a sellout since many tourists from England and Italy couldn’t even find proper transportation to the venue. Turkey has endured other embarrassments involving the world’s most popular sport. Favorites to host the 2016 European Championships, Turks were stunned when UEFA announced that the tournament Coliseum Spring 2012

would be hosted by France – and that the margin of defeat among UEFA delegates had been a single vote. Here’s some news: Those days are gone. Almost every football club of significance in Turkey these days either has a huge, sparkling new ground – or there’s one somewhere in design or construction. Turkey, in fact, is becoming one of European football’s success stories. UEFA president Michel Platini already has gone on record as saying he wants Turkey to host the Euros in 2020 – in fact, that it would be a done deal except that Istanbul remains a serious contender for the 2020 Olympic Games, and it would be almost impossible to stage both events just a few weeks apart.

Istanbul’s third major club, Besiktas, is enjoying the prospects of joining the party as DB Architects (Istanbul) bump the capacity of BJK Inonu Stadium from 32,000 to 42,000 -- while providing needed sun shading and upgrading the amenities that have grown a bit tired since the facility opened in 1947. The result should be an eye-opener, since the venue sits in a valley facing the Bosphorus Strait – so fans in certain sections of the stadium will be able to see Europe and Asia simultaneously. There are some spectacular plans in the works elsewhere in Turkey, and none is likely to cause more gawking from visitors than in Bursa, where local Sozuneri Architects are making some improvements to Bursapor SD’s Timsah Arena that are, well… Eye-catching. That might not be a strong enough phrase, in fact, since the entire exterior of the stadium appears as though it has been wrapped up by a giant crocodile – complete with a frightening snout. Bursapor’s supporters have long called the club the “Green Crocodiles,” so the designers at Sozuneri decided to create one of the most iconic images in world sport. The new stadium, which will hold 45,000, should be a tourist attraction even before a ball is kicked, in the Euros or otherwise. Meanwhile, other new stadia are ready to go in places like Trabzon on the Black Sea, where asp Architects (Stuttgart) have

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designed a 40,000-seat stadium on a newly created tongue of land off the coast. The venue is planned to open in 2014 and will be the home of firstdivision club Trabzonspor, as well as the showpiece of a new urban centre. The complex, commissioned by TOKI (Housing Development Administration of Turkey), includes an arena that holds 3,000 for indoor events and a tennis court set up to host ATP events. Another stadium making a debut in 2014 is in Konya, where Konyaspor KR will get a new home – originally set for 33,000 seats in original proposals, but now on schedule for a capacity of 42,000.

Mersin Olimpiyat Stadi

A neat feature of Konya Buyuksehir Stadi is that most characteristics of the venue will be designed in triangles, in deference to the club’s triangular green-and-white colours. Since the new facility will be about six miles from the city centre, a tram line is being built to make the stadium accessible. TOKI also has given the go-ahead for a 25,000-seat, UEFA-approved stadium in the southern city of Mersin – a venue that has been named Mersin Olimpiyat Stadi. The ground will be home to Mersin Idmanyurdu SK, boast over 900 sky boxes and has been selected as a site for the Mediterranean Games just a few weeks after opening in May of 2013. How serious is the Turkish government about placing first-class football facilities from one end of the country to the other?

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Consider the situation in Sivas, where Eylul Stadium was renovated in 2006 and is certainly a comfortable enough home for Sivasspor – even if the capacity is listed at a modest 14,998. Turkish authorities say that if Sivasspor were to jump up in leagues, or if another stadium is needed for a UEFA event, they can increase the seating at Eylul to 30,000 in just two or three months. That’s truly a fast track. Complaints about venues in Turkey officially can be shelved. The country has become one of the jewels of world football – and the building isn’t even finished. New Besiktas Stadium

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ASPIRE BUILD Conference Program 9.30 am

9.45 am

Opening Aspire Build Conference

11.30 am

Nasser Al Mawlawi President Ashghal Opening speech

INFRASTRUCTURE Rail – Airport – Roads – Port: how everything comes together

Panel Discussion 1

Sports and entertainment facilities change the configuration of the areas around them. Among other issues, there is the matter of moving large numbers of people in and out of the general vicinity of the venue. That leads to the question of a wider transportation network – whether it involves airports, rail lines or roads. How can sporting venues be correctly tied to the infrastructure that feeds them, and when in the design process should this happen? Who all should participate in these decisions?

MASTERPLAN How the sports master plan can be integrated into the cities master plan Sports venue plans, whether for sta d-alone structures or multi-facility events like the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, cannot be created in a vacuum. There are cities, regions or entire countries involved with the construction itself and then with actual use of the venues. How can plans for sporting venues and events be successfully integrated with the communities that surround them? Who should be involved in the decisionmaking process, and at what levels?

On the 1. 2. 3. 4.

On the panel: 1. JParrish, Principal, Aecom Global Sports 2. Hugh Taylor, Director, MI Architects, Australia 3. Abdul Rahman Abdulla Hassan Al-Malki, Director of Engineering, Qatar Olympic Committee 4. David Bartlett, Global Director of Strategic Planning, CH2M Hill, Doha, Qatar Host: Joachim Schares, Partner, AS&P., Frankfurt, Germany Questions from the audience

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Company Presentation 1

panel: Senior Representative Ashghal Akbar Al Baker, CEO, New Doha Intern.Airport, Doha, Qatar Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, CEO Qatar Rail, Doha. Qatar Ahmad Al Mass, Ports Authority, Doha, Qatar

Host: Philip Michler, Director, Proprojekt, Frankfurt, Germany 12.15 pm

Questions from the audience

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Company Presentation 2 PHILIPS Erdem Soyal, Sen. Bus. Developm. Manager, Eindhoven Netherlands

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Lunch Break Opening words Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani General Secretary, Qatar Olympic Committee

COX Architecture Russell Lee, Director, Cox Architects, Sydney, Australia 3.20 pm 11.00 am

Panel Discussion 2

Presentation Qatar’s future sports venues

Coffee Break Abdul Rahman Abdulla Hassan AlMalki Director of Engineering Qatar Olympic Committee

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Wednesday, 14th of November 2012 3.35 pm

Q&A Session

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Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani Update on the sports venues of the future in Qatar 4.00 pm

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GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS Sustainable roof concept and grass roots Doha Andrew Cortese, Partner of Grimshaw LLP, Melbourne, Australia 5.15 pm

VENUE ROUND UP Status of sports stadia under currently under construction in the ME and around the world.

At a time when some countries are suffering economic woes and others still have money to spend, the entire concept of cost may be entirely different from one situation to another. But even in a country that can afford the expense of a huge event like the World Cup, there must be sensible limits – and a proper equation between design expenses and the price of actual construction. Often a larger amount of money than expected gets spent on design and master-planning, putting the owner in a position to look for the lowest submitted bid. In the case of Qatar’s preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, could the search for lower bids compromise the stated goal of highest possible quality?

What is the status of construction in countries like Qatar, Brazil, France, Russia and other nations that have been awarded major events? How far along are plans for venue design and infrastructure in countries like Turkey, Japan and Azerbaijan – nations still bidding for the Euro Championships, the Olympics or other huge events? Beyond that, is there still an active market for individual venues? Where are they being built?

On the 1. 2. 3. 4.

On the panel:

Host: Mark Fenwick, Partner RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Madrid, Spain 4.45 pm

Questions from the audience


There are huge sports facilities and multivenue complexes under construction or in design all over the world. Areas of the globe where modern stadia haven’t been built in decades are now bustling with new and exciting venues.

1. National Stadium Brasilia introduced by Markus Pfisterer, gmp Architects, Berlin, Germany 2. Singapore Sports Hub introduced by Clive Lewis, Associated Director, Arup, Singapore 3. Education City Stadium Doha introduced by Jassim Telefat, Technical Director, Capital Projects Directorate, Qatar Foundation 4. New Multipurpose Arena Doha introduced by Russell Lee, Director Cox Architects, Sydney, Australia

Company Presentation 3

discussion panel: Monjid Othman Abdelmajeed, GM, Redco Almana, Doha, Qatar Christian Dumond, CEO Bouygues Construction Qatar Mark Fenwick, Partner RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Madrid, Spain Dr. Joseph Colaco, Bus. Dev. Director Opal-Global, Doha, Qatar

Host: James Woodrough, Director Program Cost Consultancy, Aecom/David Langdon, Dubai, UAE 6.00 pm

Questions from the audience

6.15 pm

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In many stadia and arenas around the world, the only major business is selling tickets -- whether the product is a sports event, a concert or the circus. Owners and operators leave huge amounts of revenue on the table by ignoring opportunities for sponsorships; sales of food, beverages and merchandise; advertising on video screens; ground-level signage; and various other profit possibilities. What are the overlooked revenue options at your facility? How can venue operators generate the most income each time they open their doors? And are there neighbours in the shadow of your venue who are making money that should be yours?

There is always conversation about legacies whenever a city or country hosts a major global or regional event. Designers, planners and contractors aim for that elusive “legacy” in every case. But what exactly do the numbers tell us? Can hard facts and proven post-event business prove that the Athens Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup in South Africa left profitable, sustainable legacies? How much of an event’s legacy should be measured in fiscal terms, anyway? And what, for instance, is the worth of a spectacular national icon? On the discussion panel:

On the discussion panel: 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Hani Ballan, Vice President Qatar Stars League David Thomson, Event Director, The FA, London, UK Ian Ayre, General Manager, FC Liverpool, UK Senior Representative Event company or operator (IMG)

Host: Stuart Hodge, Head of Marketing & Communication, Aspire Logistics, Doha, Qatar 10.45 am

Questions from the audience

11.00 am

Company Presentation 4

Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Technology & Sustainability Director Dow Olympic Operations, Switzerland

Samantha Cotterell, Owner, Designsport, Doha, Qatar Chris Lee, Populous, Senior Principal, Populous, London, UK Alf Oschatz, Senior Principal, Aecom, South Africa Ruben Reddy, CEO, Ruben Reddy Architects, South Africa

12.15 pm

Questions from the audience

12.30 pm

Company Presentation 5 Ali Jassim Al Haidous Director of Business Support, Facilities Management Directorate, Qatar Foundation Presentation topic

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Coffee Break

Lunch Break Venue Briefing Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Hassan Al-Thawadi, General Secretary Update on the 2022 World Cup venues

3.40 pm

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DOW Chemical Company

11.15 am

Panel Discussion 6

Questions from the audience


Thursday, 15th of November 2012 4.00 pm

Panel Discussion 7

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Everyone talks about safety and security at sports events, but are we really prepared? What happens when the lights go off in a stadium packed with 70,000 people? Do spectators get injured – or worse – when smuggled flares are set off by overzealous fans? And everyone recalls one obvious type of catastrophe, such as a repeat of the panic and trampling that killed 96 at Hillsborough in 1989. Are all venues set up and policed in a way that such a thing never could happen again? How have safety and security – two very different things – been addressed? What changes were made as modern stadia popped up across the landscape over the past two decades?

The matter of medical equipment and access to serious emergency care is becoming a major issue for sports venues. The case of Fabrice Muamba and his remarkable treatment at White Hart Lane has pushed UEFA into setting some guidelines. On the discussion panel: 1. 2. 3.

Dr. Bruce Hamilton, Chief of sports medicine, Aspetar, Doha, Qatar Henning Enste, Frankfurt Stadion Management, Frankfurt, Germany Leon Blackburn, Former Chair of the FSOA - Football Safety Officers Association, Luton Town

On the discussion panel: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Malcolm Tarbitt, Director Security & Risk Advisory, Doha, Qatar Nadeem Iqbal, Manager Security, Hemaya Sec. Serv., Doha, Qatar Andy Murphy: Managing Director Eventsec Ltd, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Crowd Management Section Lieutenant Colonel - Jassim Mohammed Al-Hail, Head of Stadium Security Section in the Ministry of Interior, Doha, Qatar

Host: Heinz Palme, ICSS, Doha, Qatar 4.45 pm

Questions from the audience

5.00 pm

Company Presentation 6 Mosanada UGL Mark Cooke, Chief Executive, Mosanada UGL, Doha, Qatar

Host: Christopher Lee, Senior Principal, Populous, London

6.00 pm

Questions from the audience

6.15 pm

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Populous: Legacies and Flexibilities


AECOM: Future proving sports investment

Two principals from the design giant spoke with Coliseum about which venues survived after the Games – and the value of flexibility.

Billed as the Greatest Show on Earth, the Olympic and Paralympic Games have become epic displays of theatrical splendour. It’s no surprise, then, that the cost of putting on major sporting events is rising.


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POPULOUS: Will the legacy of the London Olympics meet its lofty goal?


Two principals from the design giant spoke with Coliseum about which venues survived after the Games – and the value of flexibility. Text: Steve Cameron, Picture: Populous COLISEUM: “What’s the status of all the venues that were temporary? Were they removed?” JOHN BARROW: “With the overlay, this time around we wanted to create a new benchmark for future Olympics by taking a consistent view across all the temporary venues, and that included things like the beach volleyball, the equestrian centre at Greenwich, the archery facility at Lord’s, and the philosophy revolved around making the best of the historical assets. All of those venues had a great backdrop which made them unique. However, there’s no point in having facilities that are going to be a white elephant afterwards, so most of those have already disappeared. For example, beach volleyball no longer exists, equestrian no longer exists and, of course, archery is gone, too. I think you have to free your mind to weigh these events being held again in the future. To me, if you’re going to treat sustainability in its fullest

form, this is the way ahead. And we’ve proven that, as people were absolutely in awe of these venues. The television backdrop was sensational. And if you’ve got a city like London or Munich, you have the opportunity to do this right in the city centre, where people have the best advantage -- so I think in broad terms, the overlay was a very involved project for us. We brought in two other architectural firms to help us, and their specific tasks were to address the historic sites and to look at some of the more fundamental logistics issues that come with overlay. I believe we’ve redefined overlay from being a fairly banal, analytical process into something that’s actually a new form of architecture.” TOM JONES: “Also, I think flexibility is a very key point. With Horse Guards Parade, there was only six weeks to create a 15,000-seat arena because obviously the site was being used for the Queen’s Jubilee – and within six weeks,

If you’re going to treat sustainability in its fullest form, this is the way ahead. John Barrow

we had a fully functioning venue which was one of the highlights of the Games. And then at Lord’s Cricket Grounds, within two weeks of the Olympics, they were actually playing test match cricket on the ground where the archery had been located. I think to have that kind of flexibility where you can have Olympic sport one week and then two weeks later, to be playing test match cricket is part of understanding the flexibility that those venues have.” JOHN BARROW: “Of course with Wimbledon, we had the Wimbledon fortnight preceding it. The exhibition centre, which was used for five sports, is now an exhibition centre again. I think it demonstrates a remarkable flexibility. For us, convincing our client that was the way to head was obviously quite a big discussion in the early stages, but it has paid off. The other part of this is what happens next. The legacy of the Olympic Park was a very early item in the original discussions. In fact, it was the first thing that we looked at in our overall design. And the legacy, as you know, was to return the Olympic Park to a park which now will be an amenity for the four London boroughs which surround it. It was part of the strategy to connect those boroughs for the first time since World War II. That’s along with the southern part of the park being used for future major international events – for example, the athletics in 2017. It’s something which will benefit the whole east part of London for the future. One big lesson we learned, for example, from the Sydney Olympics was that the legacy strategy has to incorporate the community within


I think to have that kind of flexibility, where you can have Olympic sport one week and then two weeks later, to be playing test match cricket is part of understanding the flexibility that those venues have.

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that (Olympic) park – to give it its own identity, to have people who will take advantage of the facilities that remain. Those facilities that remain are, of course, the Olympic stadium, the aquatic centre in its smaller version, the handball arena – which we also helped design – and the velodrome. The intention is that those remaining facilities will be heavily used, and managed by the boroughs, for the long-term future.”

TOM JONES: “Well, obviously the process is currently underway where tenders are coming in for tenancies.”

COLISEUM: “Legacy also comes down to numbers. One of the biggest issues before the Games was how much it would cost to rebuild the stadium down to a useable size.”

JOHN BARROW: “Yes, we agree. Basically, the body – the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is the body that is now going to be running

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COLISEUM: “The industry has to reach the stage where legacy can be determined by facts and numbers. It’s not enough to say anymore that we’re trying to create something which can be used afterwards. If everything afterwards is in losses, there is no real legacy.”

the park -- is completing its process for getting tenders in for some people to use the stadium, and we’re sort of working with them to develop the brief, and to develop the revised design that will accommodate the various uses in legacy. Obviously, in the way that we designed the stadium, we focused on it being the most flexible form – so that it can adapt to whatever that final solution becomes. It will be important once the final cost of that is understood that it will be factored into the whole equation.”

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Future proving sports investment Billed as the Greatest Show on Earth, the Olympic and Paralympic Games have become epic displays of theatrical splendour. It’s no surprise, then, that the cost of putting on major sporting events is rising. Pictures: AECOM


ot just for the Olympics, but for other major events: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, to name a few. With rising costs comes the need to justify the investment and demonstrate that the money - often government money - has been well spent. Significant returns are looked for, above and beyond boosting tourism and the feel-good factor. The understanding now is that all mega sporting events should leave a concrete legacy for the host nation or city.

our truly multidisciplinary sports expertise together with local knowledge, and working with signature architects and niche specialists is unique in the sports sector.

From the very beginning, the legacy use of London’s Olympic Park was at the heart of AECOM’s masterplan for the 2012 Games. Credited by some with winning the Games for London, the legacy plan focuses on investing some 70 per cent of all the Games expenditure in a new business district and community in East London The aim is to encourage young people and families to live and work there rather than moving west as they become more affluent. The infrastructure and plan for the park was focused firstly on how it would work in 2030, with the Games in 2012 being considered second, using temporary and part temporary venues, and placing the sports venues in positions where they would best fit the legacy use.

Of course not everyone is bidding for a major event and future-proofing is just as important for a football club’s stadium, an indoor arena, a racecourse or cricket ground. AECOM has a wealth of experience in planning the future business case for a new or remodelled venue combining best international practice with the local culture and business environment. We collaborate respectfully with sports clients (from club owners to developers to local and national governments) and local specialist partners worldwide on a daily basis. When planned from the outset, as with Olympic legacy, incorporating aspects that will increase future revenue or reduce operating costs can be achieved in almost every case.

The same philosophy drives the Rio 2016 Olympic Park masterplan, also being designed by AECOM and its partners. The focus in Rio is different, since the park will be delivered by private developers, who will look to recoup their investment through sale of private residential housing, maximising use of land in the most expensive city for property in Brazil. Although the principles behind the legacy plan are subtly different from London, the same thought has gone into planning utilities and infrastructure for the legacy use, rather than solely to fit the Games needs. AECOM’s expertise in global sporting events and venues and their legacy has recently been strengthened by its merger with BKS, a South African based engineering and project management company. BKS has unparalleled experience in design, overlay and operational management of stadiums for the South Africa 2010 FIFA™ World Cup. Having first acted as Principal Agent during design and construction, BKS is now the operator for Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, bringing to the AECOM experience a real-time live example of sporting legacy in action. With AECOM’s 40 year history of involvement with the Olympic Games, alongside other major events and sporting venues, the new addition creates a pedigree and breadth of expertise that is second to none. Our ability to provide a global platform bringing

“What about my club’s venue and the future plans for it?”

AECOM and BKS together offer a truly end-to-end service – from long before the seats have been filled until long after they are emptied, we understand that sports and their built environment is about much more than a game.”


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360 Architecture embraces brave new world in Iraq

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Kansas City firm comfortable in Middle East with three stadia projects in war-torn nation, then moves nearby to work in Saudi Arabia Text: Steve Cameron Pictures: 360 Architecture

The decision seems so obvious.

thousands of miles away, and logistics had become far less daunting.

Now, at least. “One way to look at it is that we’re helping make a type of history,” said Ryan Gedney, lead designer on 360 Architecture’s three projects in Iraq – a trio that includes the US $1 billion Basrah Sport City, a massive complex that should be finished next year and is scheduled to host the Gulf Cup of Nations football tournament in 2015. “Iraq is using sport as one of many things to help the country get beyond war and rejoin the civilized world,” Gedney said. “It’s a privilege, but also a big responsibility, just to be part of that.” Getting involved with Phase I of the Basrah Sport City as the design-build partner of Al-Jibiri Construction Co. – an Iraqi firm operating from Amman, Jordan – the 360 team formed a solid working relationship with Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sport. That familiarity paid off later when 360 and Al-Jibiri (now working under the name of Anwar Soura General Contracting Co.) won design-build contracts for a pair of 30,000seat stadia – one called Al-Menaa, just 10 miles from the Sport City in the main city of Basrah, and a second at Al-Najaf, 80 miles from Baghdad and one of Shia Islam’s holiest sites. Finally, in the summer of 2011, 360 Architecture got a call from Hashem Contracting & Trading Co. in Saudi Arabia. Hashem was handling construction of a 25,000-seat stadium at King Saud University in Riyadh and needed some design assistance.

“It really doesn’t matter where anyone is sitting,” summed up Chris King, a senior project architect from 360’s office in Columbus, Ohio, who has overseen work at King Saud University and also on the Iraq sites. The move from Iraq into Saudi Arabia elevated 360’s profile even further in a part of the world almost completely unknown to the company just a few years earlier – although 360 management cautions against the notion that it will be storming throughout the Middle East anytime soon.

Ryan Gedney

Iraq is using sport as one of many things to help the country get beyond war and rejoin the civilized world.

By this time, 360 personnel had mastered most of the vexing communications issues that initially slowed up progress in Kansas City, Amman and Basrah. Computer technology had helped designers work with their counterparts

“It was nice to be recognized for the work we’ve done and for the fact that we’ve become comfortable in the (Middle East),” said J.R. Radtke, project director at the Basrah Sport City complex. “As far as our reputation in the region, (Saudi Arabia) was one more place to hang our hat. We’ve gotten a lot of attention, which is great. “The whole experience has been kind of miraculous, unheard of, even crazy – and we’re still standing. But we’re more than content at the pace we’re going. We don’t want to build too far, too fast. “More than anything, what’s happened in Iraq – and then in Riyadh – has made us realize that there’s a lot of world out there for us.” The truth, however, is that 360 wasn’t exactly a cinch to become involved in that first Iraq adventure, not at all.

The company got a call in the summer of 2008 from Skip Schaum of Newport Global, a management firm that was working with Abdullah Al-Jibiri, who wanted an American architecture partner for his shot at the Basrah Sport City deal.


Basrah Sport City Iraq

When the phone call came from Newport Global, 360’s principals were skeptical – and with good reason. George Heinlein

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Iraq was still a dangerous place, and 360 made it plain from the outset that it little interest in placing its people in harm’s way. Al-Jibiri, however, offered the compromise of using Amman as a base, and 360’s managers began to listen more closely. Ultimately, Radtke (who had spent time in Egypt while working for another firm) and senior principal George Heinlein made trips to Baghdad in December of 2008 and again in February of 2009. Of the 17 design-build partnerships bidding on the Basrah Sport City job, Radtke and Heinlein were the lone Americans involved – and the only

Westerners who appeared in person. “We’ve always felt that coming to those meetings ourselves had a lot to do with convincing the Iraqis that we really were sincere about delivering the best possible work for them,” Radtke said. As for 360’s growing interest… On a flight home from Baghdad, Heinlein admitted he was hooked. “It was an opportunity to do something truly historic,” he said, “something where you’re not just doing business but contributing to the global society.” Radtke: “George told me on the plane: ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,’ ” So 360 was committed, and teamed with Al-Jibiri to win the contract. The deal was struck at the Basrah site in July, with great

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Culture, creativity and confidence in new locations

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celebrations as Jasim Mohammed Jaffa represented the Ministry of Youth and Sport – on a day that reached a scorching 130 F and gave 360 a hint of the many challenges to come over the next several years. Communications often became difficult, and the efficient network everyone envisioned tying together people around the world sometimes turned into a nightmare – and ran up costs. “When we planned and put numbers to this,” Heinlein said, “we were expecting most of the communication to be through conference calls and other technologies – and we’d supplement that with occasional trips. “We actually had to turn that around. We couldn’t get nearly as much accomplished without traveling over there for more direct face-to-face meetings.” All the hard work and troubleshooting seems to be paying off. There are now around 2,000 workers crowding the Sport City site on most days, with a couple hundred at Menaa and Najaf. All three projects are on schedule to be finished in 2013. “This experience has given us confidence to work anywhere in the world,” Gedney said. “We’ve learned that it’s not necessarily about location.


“Success or failure is contingent on the people involved. With technology we have now, location becomes less and less of a factor.” Gedney is quick to point out, however, that no company – in architecture or any other field – can sit comfortably a few thousand miles from its client and hope things happen on their own. “For something like this to work,” he said, “you have to be creative, and learn as much as you possibly can about the people you’re dealing with and their culture. “There have to be some meetings in person, and everyone on the project needs to gain an intuitive sense of the client – whether it’s a single person or a client. “And in our case, it’s most important that we get to know the people in Iraq who will actually be attending events, and enjoying these venues. “I know that the biggest thrill, for me at least, won’t be simply to see the Sport City stadium or one of the others finally finished and just sitting there. “For us, the real thrill will be going to an event, and seeing Iraqis excited by the venue, by their enjoyment of it. “None of us want to miss that.”

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The Largest Olympic Complex in Asia Polimeks, a leading construction company of Turkey, continues the construction of Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which is shown as the largest Olympic complex in Central Asia.

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Taisei prepared to take the heat


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Urosan: effective seating solutions


Daplast: stadium and arena seating

Japanese construction giant wrapping up work on new Doha airport, now confronts challenge of World Cup weather – and creating comfortable venues.

There are significant challenges for contracting organizations leading up to the World Cup in 2022 and PromerQatar are well positioned to assist in the success of this Great Event for Qatar.

Poised as a leading provider of innovative, customized and fully integrated seating solutions, Urosan has solidified its reputation and positioning in the sports arena industry. Mr. Izzet Habib gives insight into the developing markets, and the much needed commodity of comfortable, affordable seating.

As sports becomes more and more prominent in the Middle East, companies must ensure that export of products keeps up with growing demand. Such is understood by Daplast, a leading supplier of stadium and arena seating solutions.


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Taisei prepared to face the heat Japanese construction giant wrapping up work on new Doha airport, now confronts challenge of World Cup weather – and creating comfortable venues. Text: Steve Cameron Pictures: Taisei Corporation


ven the Taisei’s great construction role for Qatar national development will once finish within the next few months, its impact on the 2022 FIFA World Cup would be enormous.

Taisei has been a key partner in construction of the main terminal at Doha’s state of arts new airport – and moving millions of passengers in and out of the country over the next few years naturally will be critical for a geographically small nation as it prepares to host the world. While Taisei’s legacy might be secure for a massive sporting event still a decade away, the 140-year-old Japanese construction company has no plans to depart – no, Taisei instead intends to become a major player in building the stadia needed for Qatar’s World Cup experience. That should hardly be a surprise, since Taisei had a hand in design and/or construction of several venues used in the 2002 World Cup – co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.

Among the major sport facilities included in Taisei’s resume are the Sapporo Dome, Niigata Stadium, the renovated National Stadium, Tokyo Stadium, Ryoma Stadium, Saitama Super Arena, Toyota Stadium, Komatsu Dome, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Chiba Marine Stadium, Yamaguchi Prefectural Interaction Athletic Park, Mayaesu Port Air Dome and Osaka Marine Stadium – all sites that hosted games during the FIFA 2002, Tokyo Olympic 1964 and other international sport events. Although Japan and Qatar are a long way from each other in terms of mileage, these World Cups two decades apart have some amazing similarities – including the need to hold up in the face of extreme weather conditions.


We feel that by the time the Brazil World Cup of 2014 is held...the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will be ready to put plans to action. Kazumasa Kontani

“These systems continue to be refined and updated with new technology, and from lessons gained from about 10 years of actual operations, we feel we are wellplaced to offer advanced, reliable and cost-effective systems suitable for Qatar in 2022.” Current Taisei projects around the world seem to prove that the company is upgrading technology on a continuing basis – not just in the area of climate control, but in other fields that will be important when Qatar hosts the World Cup. Among these various practices, Taisei has made leaps in technology that affect things like structural analysis, crowd movement simulations, lighting and acoustics, and turf research. Taisei also has designed and built stadia with fixed and retractable roofs, sliding pitches that are kept outside for maximum growth and maintenance and then rolled into the venue for events, and stadia that must be integrated with new infrastructure into a crowded metropolitan area – an issue that planners face in and around Doha. Likewise critical to Qatar 2022, Taisei is making a specialty of constructing modular stadia which can be used for a specific event, and then broken down to be shipped off to another location.

Kazumasa Kontani, GM

Kazumasa Kontani, general manager of Taisei’s operations in Qatar, (Above) was quick to accept the challenge of holding a summer FIFA World Cup in the Middle East, where temperatures could reach 50 C at the time of the competition. Kontani pointed out that Taisei has handled this same task in the past. “Sapporo Dome in Japan, a large indoor multi-use, closed-roof stadium with a sliding pitch (used in the 2002 World Cup), has innovative air conditioning systems serving both the spectators and the stadium as a whole, including the pitch area,” Kontani said.

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One or more of Qatar’s new venues will be intended for temporary use. “We feel that by the time the Brazil World Cup of 2014 has been held, and further potential lessons learned and trends seen,” Kontani said, “the Qatar 2022 organizing committee – based also on their ongoing studies – will be ready to put plans into action. “We hope that Taisei will play an important part in these plans.”

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PromerQatar: reliable, trustable, believed brand name partner Erhan Ekermen Chief Executive Officer

There are significant challenges for contracting organizations leading up to the World Cup in 2022 and PromerQatar are well positioned in Turkey to assist in the success of this Great Event for Qatar. Text: PromerQatar Pictures: PromerQatar

The Philisophy: The Gulf states are now home, too. Contractor PromerQatar continues to expand its operations in Qatar – an exciting location to maintain a long, steady process of growth. A number of projects already are in progress, and the company is becoming a major brand name within the region. A huge part of this success in Turkey, Qatar and elsewhere is due to the vision of Erhan Ekermen, chief executive officer, who has defined a series of key requirements for sustained growth. PromerQatar’s mission is to build on a reputation for integrity, excellence, experience and leadership -- and to become the finest contracting organization in this part of the world. It aims to build reliable, enhancing and everlasting structures to improve society.

The company has grown by considering customer satisfaction to be at the highest level of importance – with every project, including those in Qatar. . PromerQatar has proven to be proactive at embracing new technology and environmentally friendly solutions to all processes, believing in the well-being of all people and to the environment itself. One vital area involves the use of innovative techniques during operations, thus achieving the highest levels of quality while minimizing the risk of injury to the workforce and to the public --protecting the environment at the same time. PromerQatar is proud of being compliant with all internationally recognized standards, including ISO 9001: 2008 for quality; OHSAS 1800: 2007 for safety; and ISO 14001: 2004 for health of the environment. The company is proceeding towards certification in the very near future.

Success is no accident. PromerQatar boasts an experienced multinational team of professionals, many of whom have been in the Promer family for many years. The is a group that understands quality, and shows continually how to achieve it. Thrilling times are coming in Qatar, but the industry must be prepared. For instance, there will be significant challenges for all contracting organizations leading up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022. PromerQatar’s management intends to ensure that the company is well positioned to assist in the success of this milestone event for Qatar.


The worldwide presence of Polimeks Text: Polimeks Pictures: Polimeks

Distinguished by integrity, quality, teamwork and years of hands-on building experience, Polimeks Construction Company is a full service general contractor, specialized in all facets of residential, commercial and industrial construction as well as infrastructure, incorporating new construction techniques and renovation mostly in design & build terms. Polimeks’ presence in a competitive global market is the result of combining architecture, engineering and corporate governance skills in all its projects. Founded 17 years ago, Polimeks—based in Istanbul, Turkey—has brought its general contracting services to 118 projects at home and abroad. In year 2012, there are 10 ongoing Polimeks projects with total investement value of 4.3 billion dollars.

What lies beneath Polimeks’ success is the company’s values of pursuing and flowing business understanding; service quality, which is continuously developed with the most up-to-date construction techniques; integrity;

TV Tower, Ashgabat-Türkmenistan The Largest Architectural Star

respect for its business partners and customers; transparency; and the concept of management and production based on team work. Because of its skills, Polimeks has been selected for a broad portfolio of projects, from monumental public buildings to commercial complexes, technical facilities, cultural and art centers, hippodrome and sport complexes, and housing estates.

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Culture & Philosophy


o take a more active role in construction of sports complexes Polimeks has completed a total of 118 projects in Turkmenistan since its foundation in 1995. The Company which assumed and completed various high quality projects from transportation to healthcare, from education to industry, from sports to culture-arts, and from monuments to public buildings, is targeting to take active roles in development of sports complexes and premises planned to be constructed across different parts of the world based on its experience on engineering and corporate management. Gold Sponsor of the Coliseum Summit - Sports Venues of the World With a focus to be the best in its field and having completed significant domestic and international projects by using its know-how and experience, Polimeks also continues to support the international organizations to help the development of the construction industry. The Company acts as the gold sponsor of the Coliseum Summit - Sports Venues of the World, to be held in Istanbul on November 5, 2012 during which the development of and solution alternatives for the sports premises globally are deliberated. Coliseum Summit is seen as a significant opportunity where Polimeks can share its knowhow and experience on the construction of sports premises and stadiums, also due to the construction of Turkmenistan Olympic Complex by Polimeks and Istanbul’s application for hosting Olympic Games. Polimeks Philosophy Following elements characterize the corporate culture and philosophy of Polimeks. The same distinctive traits can also be observed in every aspect of each project completed by Polimeks. - In architectural design, a holistic embrace of form in response to context. - In construction, careful execution of details, consistent compliance with high quality standards and speed of delivery. - In management, client satisfaction achieved in an amicable business style based on trust..


Building one of the largest Olympic complexes in Asia

Turkmenistan Asghabat Olympic Complex Polimeks, a leading construction company of Turkey, continues the construction of Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which is shown as the largest Olympic complex in Central Asia. Bearing the unique character of Turkmenistan’s traditional architecture, Ashgabat Olympic Complex will sit on a total area of 1.1 million m2 and it will be built in accordance with the international standards to allow it to act as a venue for various sports organizations and competitions.

Ashgabat Olympic Complex will have several buildings on it from sports premises to social and lodging premises having a total closed are of more than 1 million m2. Planned to be completed in 2015, the project’s investment cost is estimated to be about $3.4 billion. A closed velodrome of 6,000 seats, and an arena of 15,000 seats capacity Ashgabat Olympic Complex project will include the construction of a closed

aquatic sports premise of 5,000 seats, an indoor athletics premise of 5,000 seats, an indoor tennis premise of 4000 seats, a 5-star hotel with 450 beds, a cultural center, residences for athletes, closed car park, outdoor sports complex, a closed velodrome of 6,000 seats, an arena of 15,000 seats, another arena of 5,000 seats, another hotel with 800 bed capacity, an office center, restaurants building, open and closed car parks, and the overall landscaping.

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“Chairing� the way forward with innovative seating solutions

Izzet Habib Urosan, President

Poised as a leading provider of innovative, customized and fully integrated seating solutions, Urosan has solidified its reputation and positioning in the sports arena industry. Mr. Izzet Habib gives insight into the developing markets, and the much needed commodity of comfortable, affordable seating. He also explains the changing landscape of the Middle-East, and how with planning and committment, Urosan is taking the initiative in providing relevant and effective solutions. Text: Michael Rennschmied Pictures: Urosan

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Coliseum: What were your projects in 2012, and what is your company plan for 2013? Izzet Habib: Urosan managed to complete the production and installation of seats of three soccer stadium and one basketball arena in 12 months. The chairs of TT Arena stadium of Galatasaray, Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium of Fenerbahçe and Kasımpaşa stadium of Kasımpaşaspor were produced and installed by Urosan. In these projects general area seats, VIP seats, box seats, press seating and substitute player seats were chosen from our collection. For VIP and box seating we produced custom-made products specially designed for each project. The assembly of all chairs for all projects was done by our technicians. Moreover, the seating for Ülker Arena , a basketball arena with seating for 16,000 people, was completed in 2012. For 2013 we have been working on a couple of stadium projects in Turkey and the Middle East, but they are not finalized yet. Coliseum: Did the crisis in Europe affect your business, and what are the strategies to compensate losses?

Izzet Habib: Our main markets are Turkey , the Middle East and Russia, and these markets were not affected by the crisis as much as European countries. Most of the projects kept going, and even new projects started in these markets as sports events have become more and more popular over the years. Many private companies are eager to sponsor sports events, teams and clubs, so we are not feeling a pause in investment in our area yet. Coliseum: Is the Middle East an emerging sports market for your company? Izzet Habib: The Middle East is a big potential market for Urosan. We serve the projects in these markets by offering custom-made chairs for all areas that fit in perfectly. Other than our standard products we produce special chairs suiting the characteristics of each culture, changing the shapes, sizes and designs of our products. We can do that easily since we produce all parts of all our chairs in our facilities, which gives us great flexibility. And we can adjust the time of assembly according to our customers. We can finish the assembly of a 12,000 seat stadium in just 6 days.


Coliseum: What are the new technological developments in seating? Izzet Habib: We have plastic seats with special imported plastic parts from Spain and Italy. We produce the metal parts in our facilities. We try to create the perfect mechanism and assembly system for each project. This way we maximize the seating quantity without playing with dimensions and the comfort of the chairs. We have created chairs with a moulded injected foam back, upholstered with special leather for outdoor use. So even in public use areas, people are sitting in incredibly comfortable chairs. Coliseum: How many models of seats do your company offer, and what type? Izzet Habib: Urosan has around 12 standard models of seats. But as I mentioned before we can produce custom chairs for projects. Our timeline to present a new chair for your projects is about 30 days. We also produce VIP, box and press seating , as well as substitute player seats (with heating system if needed). Our production line also includes furniture for changing areas, press desks and restaurants. So a complete stadium, sports arena project chairs and furniture can all be supplied by UROSAN..


Patrick van Gestel Daplast, International Sales Manager

Daplast gearing up for international arena seating solutions As sports becomes more and more prominent in the Middle East, companies must ensure that export of products keeps up with growing demand. Such is understood by Daplast, a leading supplier of arena seating solutions.

Daplast’s plans for 2013 In 2012 we worked on various international stadium projects, like the installation of two different models of Daplast seats at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. This stadium dates from the Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928, and we have installed 22,000 seats in the last 2 years. Furthermore, we renovated 9.000 seats for Real Madrid’s “Santiago Bernabeu” Stadium, and Daplast has been contracted to install the seating at the Olympic Venue of Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. This arena will host various World Championships in the coming years - Handball 2013, Swimming 2013, and Basketball 2014.

Text: Daplast Pictures: Daplast

Strategy to overcome the crisis in Europe In Spain there is at the moment a lack of investments in new projects, and it`s very difficult to secure payments as banks are not giving credit so easily anymore. Daplast has been working internationally since 1995, when it supplied seating for the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. We are working in so many different markets outside Spain and Europe, that we manage to survive the crisis by generating good results in other markets like Chile, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Marroco, Argelia and the Middle East. Middle East Market Because of the crisis in Europe it´s important for Daplast to be able to export our seating to different international

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markets. Especially in the Middle East. sport is getting more and more important and they are celebrating many big international events,which means more investment in stadiums and arenas, and allows Daplast to sell seating. Therefore we are participating in many conferences and exhibitions in this region. Current Daplast projects In the Middle East we have worked during the last few months on different projects, like the Olympic Shooting Arena in Qatar, and on the stadium of the American University of the Middle East in Kuwait, where seating will be installed in November. Furthermore, we installed our FIBA (International Basketball Federation) approved seats at the basketball arena of Chiyah Forum in Lebanon, and we are working on new projects in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman and Lebanon. Since 2002 we have been doing installation in the Middle East,for example two stadiums for the FIFA Youth World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (Khalifa Al Ain Stadium and Sharjah Football stadium), Al Sailiyah Sports Club in Doha, the Car & Motor Racing Circuit in Doha, Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Stadium in Al Ain (UAE), and Ghallah Parade Ground in Oman. New technological in seating Like stadiums, there is more and more investment in new “sustainable” materials. However they have to offer the same resistance and durability as normal materials. Furthermore, because of new technologies, it´s easier to make innovative designs in stadium seats. Based on these concepts in 2013, Daplast will launch a new seat model. Models and types of seats As a total seating solution manufacturer, we offer our customers at the moment 11 different models of stadium & arena seats. This goes from the basic seats without backs, through seats with back, then the tip-up seats, and finally the VIP chairs. Daplast is specialized in renovating stadiums and arenas because of the quantity of models we can offer. Like we say, Daplast can make seating for a local school sports hall, or an Olympic stadium - the size does not matter. Daplast seats are manufactured according ISO 9001 quality norms, and have been officially approved by the Spanish Professional Soccer League and FIBA (International Basketball Federation), complying with UEFA/FIFA recommendations..

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Riedel excelling to new heights with communication technology.

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Philips: One Arena Experience


Riedel Communication Solutions

Coliseum tries to shed light onto the topic of lighting from a marketing and design perspective. To find out more, we spoke with Philips specialists Francois Fossey and Stijn Henderickx about the new Philips One Arena Experience.

Whether is it a single sports event such as the Olympic Games or a fixed infrastructure in various stadia worldwide, Riedel Communications provides flexible and reliable communications solutions integrating venue intercom, commentary audio, mobile radio networks and broadcast applications as well as stadium security and access control.

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Philips: One Arena Experience Coliseum tries to shed light onto the topic of lighting from a marketing and design perspective. To find out more, we spoke with Philips specialists Francois Fossey and Stijn Henderickx about the new Philips One Arena Experience. Text: Steve Bowers, Pictures (5): Philips


As a company, Philips is the expert on knowing exactly what it is that arena owners want for their customers and clients, thanks to its vast experience in both sports and entertainment as a key partner in events around the world. This enables Philips to deliver expert, turnkey solutions, integrating the latest technologies to ensure the very best experience all-round – in sports, hospitality, retail and security – for 365 days of the year. By cleverly maximizing the use of an entire arena across the whole year, the stadia owners, sponsors, stake-holders and advertisers are seeing the most returns on their investments, not to mention the improvement of clubs’ off-pitch fortunes, thanks to the focus on VIP and hospitality facilities and the development of the overall visitor experience.

With a core philosophy which believes that in the current climate the development of stadia is all about creating the most attention and visibility 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Philips realizes its goals through the use of the latest technology, utilizing all assets to their full potential to maximize return on investments. Philips’ cutting edge plans for stadia development includes everything from energy efficient lighting solutions and project management, all sizes of indoor and outdoor video screens to the servicing and maintenance and even the option of financial support the impressive result is a unique and innovative visitor experience that makes each stadium stand out from the rest. Coliseum: “Stijn, you have recently launched the arena experience concept. Why have you launched this concept?”

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Stijn Henderickx: “Philips is the acknowledged expert on lighting solutions for arenas and has a long tradition of providing state-of-the-art lighting products to this sector. Over recent years, many customers have asked us to expand our expertise further and go

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beyond our historic role as purely a product supplier. The main reason for their request is the very strong impact which lighting and digital signage have on many of the key challenges for arena owners and users. A strong lighting and digital signage concept can increase revenues for them by enhancing the fan experience, and by allowing them to make best use of the arena every day of the year. At the same time, adopting such a concept can make an arena more sustainable, thereby also limiting spends on energy and maintenance. As a result of these requests, we have decided to pro-actively offer complete lighting and digital signage solutions to arenas.” Coliseum: “How do you see the concept realizing?” Stijn Henderickx: “As we have said, we want to provide an integrated lighting & digital signage offering that substantially enhances the fan experience in and around the stadium, ensures superior flexibility in creating the appropriate ambiance for each event and minimizes operating and maintenance costs of the arenas. Thereby we offer a single point of control to our customers, as we also can provide our services turnkey including, depending on the needs of the customer – consultancy, installation and maintenance of the entire system for a seamless solution deployment.”

Stijn Henderickx

Coliseum: “So, you are going beyond pitch lighting products. What other products are part of the new arena experience?” Stijn Henderickx: “Our concept is not product-centric. As accompany, Philips wants to co-operate with arena owners, arena users and architects to answer their needs from a lighting and digital signage perspective. We aim to be present early on in the stadium design process so that we can build the full lighting concept for the arena which perfectly matches the client requirements. This is not confined to the optimal pitch lighting products, but encompasses the entire lighting and digital signage solution; products (pitch lighting, architectural and effect lighting, indoor displays, LED screens, LED banners etc) AND services (e.g. lighting consulting, financing, turnkey approach) throughout the entire arena. Consequently we work closely with the owner, user, architect and lighting designers to customize the business model around the customer’s preferences.” Coliseum: “One of the claims you are making is that the concept helps to make the best use of the arena every day of the year. Why is this important and how can the arena experience concept help on this?” Stijn Henderickx: “The more activities an arena hosts, the more revenue; this is the heart of the arena business. We understand that by cleverly maximizing the use of an entire arena across the whole year, the stadium owners, sponsors, stake-holders and advertisers are seeing the optimum returns on their investments, not to mention the improvement of clubs’ off-pitch fortunes, thanks to the focus on VIP and hospitality facilities and the development of the overall visitor experience. At Philips, we are convinced that well thought-through lighting solutions are essential in maximising the use of any arena. Using flexible and controllable lighting solutions allows an arena to host a football match one day and a concert the next day, or to adapt the atmosphere in the VIP rooms from a formal business setting to an informal lounge ambiance with ease.” Coliseum: “Another key element of the concept is keeping the visitors in and around the venue longer. How do you see this happening?” Stijn Henderickx: “We envisage this taking place based upon the progression of technology. By utilising dynamic and easily controllable LED lighting and arena controls, we are convinced that Philips, with its partners, can bring a truly unique and

Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine

innovative visitor experience which makes each stadium stand out from the rest. Thus Philips is able to deliver expert, turnkey solutions integrating the latest technologies to ensure the very best experience all-round – in sports, hospitality, retail and security – for 365 days of the year. Ultimately, for the fans inside the stadium, you need to deliver safety, comfort, information and entertainment! It then follows that the visitors are more likely to stay in the stadium for longer and use more of the facilities.” Coliseum: “If you can increase the time spent per visitor at the venue, how does this help the company running the venue to get more and better events?” Stijn Henderickx: “We are convinced that an arena that succeeds in creating a unique visitor experience will automatically raise its profile in the market and be able to attract more first tier events. This in turn will attract more visitors, which will encourage promoters to stage yet more events and so on. If managed properly, the stadium will be self-perpetuating, the only limits being the stadium capacity and number of days in the year.” Coliseum: “You are also talking about including architecture in your concept. What exactly do you mean by that?” Stijn Henderickx: “A stadium is not a stand-alone building, it is part of a broader area or city. One therefore needs to carefully study how to integrate the stadium into the surrounding community. The transport and logistic infrastructure is important. How can people get to and away from the arena? What is the environmental impact? How can we utilise the space 365 days a year? Bear in mind that it also has to fit in with the master plan of the city. Given the impact lighting can have on security and road safety, it should be an important element in this master plan. We are able to offer our consultancy at the initial design stages to ensure the best solutions are adopted.”


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Stijn Henderickx: “Another factor to be considered is that an arena is often one of the key buildings of a city. With our architectural lighting concept the venue can be transformed to an ‘’Icon” of the city which will draw more visitors who would not normally consider visiting that city.” Coliseum: “Can you name a few venues you already implemented that experience?” Stijn Henderickx: “The Donbass Arena in Ukrain, the first five star stadium in Eastern Europe and home to Shaktar Donetsk, is a perfect example. Another important stadium, Caja Magica which was built as part of Madrid’s bid for the Olympic Games, is a further good example of an arena in which an integrated Philips solution was implemented that has helped make the stadium a very successful venue.” Coliseum: “You want to get the customer

involved. How do you intend to reach that goal?” Stijn Henderickx: “As previously mentioned, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. To have the lighting solution making a difference it is important that lighting is included in the early discussions with the key customers of the arena. This ensures that the required flexibility is present to integrate the optimal lighting solution for the arena. If lighting is only addressed at a late stage, as an afterthought, and key infrastructure decisions have already been made, the lighting solution will often be sub-optimal, which will limit potential for revenue increases and cost reduction, as it will be restricted by the infrastructure in place and decisions taken. Any subsequent upgrades will obviously be much more difficult, and therefore costly, to implement, and are likely only to add minimal improvements. This emphasises the need for the whole stadium lighting package, covering not only the arena and interior areas, but also the exterior and approach lighting, to be integrated in the design early on, and not added later as a ‘necessary evil’.” Coliseum: “This new arena experience is a usp for Philips. Does it help in the selling process?” Stijn Henderickx: “At Philips, we have always held the leading position in the supply of arena lighting equipment. There is now, however, a significant difference. In the past, our customers saw us primarily as product experts, supplying equipment to meet specifications dictated by the designers, architects and developers. These days we are much more likely to be considered as partners in the entire stadium design and development, which is an excellent stimulus for us to go the extra mile for them!” Coliseum: “Stijn, thanks a for all this information.”



Riedel Communicationsflexible solutions for stadiums and everyday events Whether is it a single sports event such as the Olympic Games or a fixed infrastructure in various stadia worldwide, Riedel Communications provides flexible and reliable communications solutions integrating venue intercom, commentary audio, mobile radio networks and broadcast applications as Text & Pictures: Riedel Communications well as stadium security and access control.


he great number of different signal types in modern stadiums usually means that separate installations are installed side by side. A modern system however should provide a flexible backbone solution combining the distribution of all these signals into one integrated backbone network saving costs in installation and maintenance.

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Intercom Riedel Artist is a digital matrix intercom system. It is an freely expandable and flexible intercom technology with up to 1,024x1,024 non-blocking ports. Its redundancy concept utilizes a dual fibre ring providing a decentralized infrastructure. The connection to the control panels is realized via AES offering digital audio in broadcast quality. In addition, Artist also provides a dedicated commentator unit: the Artist CCP-1116 offers two commentator positions and one Artist intercom control panel in a single box connected over a single AES. The CCP-1116 offers

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broadcast quality audio, a stand-alone mode as well as inputs for external audio sources. Digital Trunked Radio On top of wired intercom systems, most of the communications in stadiums is realized via professional mobile radio networks. While a lot of stadiums still rely on or conventional radios installations, digital trunked radio offers significant advantages. TETRA combines the advantages of trunked radios with digital mobile telephones. They offer maximum speech quality and flexible network and connection management. Riedel’s radio service also includes the frequency management for the digital trunked radio installation and a consulting service for switching to TETRA. The German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund acts as a fine case study for the success of this principle with their digital radio infrastructure. Instead of several individual frequencies, the system now runs on a digital trunked radio network (TETRA) that is provided

by Riedel including base stations and antennas as well as subscribers and accessories. A connection to the Riedel headquarter allows for remote troubleshooting and service. Security But it is not only signal distribution at stadia installations. Security is also an important part of any stadium. Whether is access control and accreditation or comprehensive CCTV solutions, Riedel’s full service solutions provide the needed infrastructure to easily implement high level security standards. From simple turnstiles to full accreditation systems provides systems for events such as the Eurovision Song Contest or the Formula 1. Specialized CCTV infrastructures with HD cameras and redundant fibre topologies offer a level of unparalleled surveillance. Large-Scale events such as the Olympic Games, where 40 HD CCTV cameras were distributed via a redundant MediorNet topology not only provided the surveillance of the Olympic Stadium, but


were also used for the BBC broadcast of the Opening and Closing ceremony. Since MediorNet also allows for transporting multiple different signals, also the show caller communications infrastructure was realized over the same. Integration With Riedel MediorNet all these different technologies can now be integrated into one single network solution. MediorNet is a new generation of fibre based realtime signal distribution technology for HD/SD video, intercom, audio and data signals. Being a real network technology MediorNet allows not only point-to-point links but also point to multipoint routing. Integrated processing and conversion tools save significant costs and effort in installing and maintaining the infrastructure. The 2012 opened Grand Stade Lille Métropole utilizes an extensive MediorNet installation to distribute video signals for the stadium’s video screen, the broadcast as well as the communication and commentator audio within the stadium providing a great increase in flexibility.

Fact Sheet Riedel Roswell/NM, USA (October 14, 2012). –The Red Bull Stratos, the 120,000 feet skydive from the edge of space was a mission that transcended human limits. Riedel Communications – one of the leading providers of realtime solutions for video, audio and communications – provided the entire communications solution for this outstanding project, integrating both wireless and wired digital intercom systems.

Artist commentary at EURO 2012

Additionally, Riedel furnished the fiber-based video and signal distribution as well as the wireless video links from the capsule’s onboard cameras – enabling the stunning pictures delivered from the Red Bull Stratos capsule.

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Integrated Real-Time Integrated Real-Time SolutionsSolutions forProduction Studios, Mobile Productions & Stadiums for Mobile & Stadiums





• MEDIORNET SIGNAL TRANSPORT & ROUTING Fiber-based Real-Time Media Network

• HQ PROCESSING Up- /Down-/ Cross-Conversion VIDEO

• ARTIST INTERCOM Digital Matrix Intercom

• RIFACERADIO TWO-WAY Universal Radio Interface

• ROCKNET • MEDIORNET Performance Audio Network Fiber-based Real-Time Media Network

• PERFORMER • ARTIST Digital Partyline Intercom Digital Matrix Intercom

• AIR / PRO / MAX • MOTOROLA Radio Headsets Two-way Radio Rental & Sales (Conventional & TETRA)

• PURE Tactical Fiber Cable

• ROCKNET Performance Audio Network • PURE Tactical Fiber Cable • SMART RACK Modules for RF-over-Fiber, CWDM & WDM Multiplexing/De-Multiplexing and more • RILINK Global Fiber Service

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• Quad Split Up/Down-/ • Frame StoreCross-Conversion Synchronizer • Embedder/De-Embedder Quad Split • Test Pattern Generator • On-Screen Display Frame Store Synchronizer • Timecode Insertion & Display

• Embedder/De-Embedder • Test Pattern Generator

• ACROBAT Digital Wireless Intercom

• PERFORMER Digital Partyline Intercom • ACROBAT Digital Wireless Intercom

• On-Screen Display • Timecode Insertion & Display

SECURITY • Accreditation & Access Control Systems

• RIFACE Universal Radio Interface • JUGGLER TETRA Radio Interface • AIR / PRO / MAX Radio Headsets

• CCTV Rental


Coliseum Magazine  

Issue 02: Volume 03 - November 2012

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