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In the first of a series of web exclusive articles, David W Smith looks at two stadium projects due to open their doors in 2016

 

Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid, Spain
Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid is under construction and slated to open as the home of La Liga soccer club Atlético Madrid in the middle of 2016. It will replace the Vicente Calderón Stadium, which is enclosed by a river and motorway on one side and residential buildings on the other. The cost of the new stadium is estimated at US$215m, which will be financed by the development of the land on which the Vicente Calderón currently stands.

Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid is being built on the site of Estadio La Peineta, an athletics stadium in the east of Spain’s capital city of Madrid about 8km from the city center. The architects responsible, Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, have incorporated parts of La Peinata’s large concrete stand into the new stadium design, while the rest has been demolished.

The Estadio La Peineta had a capacity of 20,000 spectators, but after reconstruction, Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid will accommodate 70,000 fans. There is also far more space to allow further growth than at the 40-year-old Vicente Calderón, which had just 322,900ft2 of space. The new stadium will have an area of 948,800ft2.

One reason for the choice of Estadio La Peineta was its location near Barajas International Airport, adjacent to the M40 motorway and near two metro stations. The stadium will also have commercial areas, areas for the disabled, and modern and spacious dining areas. The long-term aim is to create the infrastructure to support major international events such as a final of the Champions League or the European Championships.

Rogers Place, Canada
Rogers Place is a multiuse indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which will be used for ice hockey and other indoor sports. It will replace Rexall Place as the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers and the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Edmonton Oil Kings. The facility will be active year-round and will also be an entertainment and event venue. Construction began in March 2014, and the building is expected to open in the autumn of 2016. A consortium of architects is involved in the stadium, including 360 Architecture, Dialog, Manica Architecture and Arndt Tkalcic Bengert.

The seating capacity will be 18,500 for NHL hockey games and more than 20,000 for concerts and other events. The designers say that it will have the NHL’s largest high definition scoreboard. There will be more than 1,200 TV screens, offering game coverage in all suites, clubs and concourses. Rogers Place also contains a 1,000-seat community ice rink owned and operated by the City of Edmonton.

The stadium will be the central focus of the 25-acre Ice District owned by the Katz Group. They say it will be the largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district in Canada. Ice District connects downtown Edmonton to the north, east, west and south, and will be linked by five LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations, indoor pathways and promenades. In addition to Rogers Place, the first phase of Ice District will include a luxury hotel, office towers, apartments, restaurants and nightlife, a casino, a cinema and retail options.

David W Smith is a freelance sports journalist who contributes regularly to the The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

December 17, 2015

 

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