Game over for the Georgia Dome

It took just 12 seconds for the 25-year era of the Georgia Dome, one of the NFL’s most iconic stadia, to be reduced to dust as it was imploded.

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Watch Optus Stadium lighting show

The lighting system at the newly christened Optus Stadium is put through its paces. With over 150,000 LED lights, the system is one of the largest sports lighting installations in the world.

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Are large operational groups with multiple stadia and arenas in their portfolios doing enough to address sustainability issues, or should the onus lie with individual venues to reduce their environmental footprint? 

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The stadia headed for the limelight in 2013...


\"\"Hangzhou Olympic Sport Center, China
The Hangzhou Olympic Sport Center, which is located on the Qian Tang riverfront and encompasses a site of around 400,000m2, was designed by NBBJ in collaboration with CCDI. NBBJ believes the park is an opportunity to create picturesque and sustainable public spaces that are often elusive in the newly constructed urbanism of China, and that it is designed with long-term commercial viability of sports development in mind. The main element on the site is the 80,000-seat stadium, currently the largest planned for construction in China for the next 10 years. Also part of the project is a 10,000-seat arena as well as cultural, retail and commercial centres.

\"\"Maracanã Stadium, Brazil
Daniel Fernandes of São Paulo-based Fernandes Arquitetos Associados is the architect of the Maracanã’s facelift, the cost of which – some US$450-US$600 million – has risen sharply in recent years due to the complexities of the project. Fernandes’ design remains true to the original layout of the stadium and includes a new roof structure as well as the demolition of the lower ring of seats, while a new seating ring will provide improved visibility. Access ramps are being expanded and seating is being replaced. The Maracanã will also host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies.

\"\"Basra Sports City, Iraq
According to designers 360 Architecture, Basra Sports City “is meant to spur growth and development in Iraq as well as reintroduce its athletes and teams to the world stage”. The 65,000-seat main stadium is the jewel in the crown of this scheme, which also includes a 10,000-seat secondary stadium, four training soccer fields and team housing, among other buildings. Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sport is the client of the design-build project, which has seen 360 Architecture team up with Iraq’s Abdullah Al Jiburi General Contracting Company, Raafat Miller Consulting, Thornton Tomasetti, WSP Flack + Kurtz and Langan Engineering to successfully deliver the multi-purpose sports complex.

\"\"Spartak Stadium, Russia
Designed by AECOM, the Spartak Stadium is one of two venues in Moscow – and 11 in total – selected by FIFA to host the Russia 2018 World Cup. Constructed on the site of a former aerodrome, the stadium will be formed from pre-cast concrete terracing and a steel-trussed roof. AECOM is also providing a masterplan for the site to include a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena and other leisure and retail facilities. Funded by the club’s owners, the 42,000-capacity stadium is due to open in late 2013.

\"\"Tele2 Arena, Sweden
With a 30,000 capacity for football, the Tele2Arena will be home to local teams Hammarby Fotboll and Djurgården Fotboll. Crucially, the arena fulfils international UEFA and FIFA regulations. Moreover, its retractable roof offers year-round opportunities to host other sporting events including ice hockey, speedway and equestrian events, as well as concerts for 40,000 people. Designed by Arup Associates, the SEK2.7 billion (US$403 million) project is due to open in summer 2013.

\"\"Adelaide Oval, Australia
The A$466 million (US$482 million) revamp of Adelaide Oval is progressing well. In October 2012, the new-look Northern Mound opened in time for a summer of cricket. The next significant milestone will be the completion of the Southern Stand in October 2013, which will increase capacity to 35,000 for the Ashes contest between England and Australia. The venue will be home to Adelaide FC, Port Adelaide FC, the South Australian Cricket Association and the city’s Redbacks cricket side. Cox Architecture carried out the design services for the upgrade, which includes an international-standard indoor cricket centre.

\"\"Nova Arena, Brazil
Portuguese architect Tomas Taveira is the brains behind the Nova Arena: a multi-use stadium being built for Palmeiras in São Paulo on the club’s old and outdated Estádio Palestra Itália. WTORRE Engenharia is the construction company. Influenced by the Amsterdam Arena, the Nova Arena will have a 45,000-seat capacity for sports, which will be expandable to 60,000 for big shows and concerts. With VIP boxes, a panoramic restaurant, fast-food outlets, an amphitheatre, convention centre, museum and retail stores, there’s an array of revenue-making opportunities, with AEG Facilities ensuring it becomes a buzzing sports and entertainment hub.

\"\"Sammy Ofer Stadium, Israel
Due to open in the spring, the new 30,000-seat home to Maccabi Haifa FC and Hapoel Tel Aviv FC will also be a host venue for the 2013 UEFA Under-21 European Championships. The centrepiece of a new Sports City Complex in Haifa, it is designed to host sports and mass recreation, entertainment and cultural events. KSS began working on the project in late 1999, detailed design started in late 2008 and the scheme began on site in summer 2010. Funded by the Haifa Economic Corporation as well as a donation from the late philanthropist Sammy Ofer, the project is expected to amount to some US$80 million.

\"\"Timsah Arena, Turkey
The new home of Turkish top-flight football club Bursaspor (known as the Green Crocodiles), the 45,000-seat Timsah Arena has been dubbed the ‘Crocodile Arena’ – and with good reason. The astonishing roof design features a sweep of green hexagonal panels and finishes with the head of the aquatic reptile jutting out of the stadium at one corner. Designed as a mixed-use venue – with the football club as the anchor tenant – it replaces the Bursa Ataturk Stadium, which was just over half the size. Commercial areas, including restaurants and cafés as well as a museum, are expected to make it a popular visitor attraction on non-matchdays.

\"\"Investors Group Field, Canada
Canadian Football League side the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will share their new 33,000-seat home with the University of Manitoba Bisons football team. The Blue Bombers will bid farewell to the Winnipeg/Canad Inns Stadium – the team’s home for 59 years – for the C$190-million Investors Group Field. Located on the Manitoba University campus, the venue will also play host to some games of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The vision of of city firm Raymond S.C. Wan Architect is for a multi-purpose facility: its Canadian football capacity is expandable to 40,000 for major international events, such as the FIFA showpiece, as well as for concerts and other events.



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