Pontiac Silverdome finally demolished after failed first attempt

They don’t make them like they used to. It took two attempts for the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, to bite the dust. Still standing after the first implosion, it was finally demolished by a second blast to the upper section of the stadium, which has stood in Michigan since 1975

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Watch the Qudos Bank Arena transform for supercross

The team at the Qudos Bank Arena – widely known as the Sydney Super Dome – transforms the indoor arena into a supercross track ahead of the Aus-X Open. The venue, which was built as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games project, is the largest permanent indoor sports arena in Australia.

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With this in mind, should designers of new stadia, or project managers of renovations, be looking at both on-field and off-field lighting as part of a single solution?

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Dallas Cowboys sign 10-year turf deal with Hellas Construction

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys has announced it will continue playing on artificial turf supplied by Hellas Construction at the AT&T Stadium for the next 10 years.

Having supplied the Cowboys’ home stadium with its turf for the past 10 years, the contract has been renewed for Hellas to provide a synthetic surface, including its Matrix SoftTop Convertible Turf System, which can be customized for each sporting event or removed entirely.

The removable turf system, which is currently used by the team, was specifically designed for the Cowboys and features 41 interchangeable panels to allow the stadium organizers to transform the field in 24-40 hours. This enables the AT&T Stadium to host non-sporting events such as concerts, Supercross and wrestling at the 105,000 capacity Arlington, Texas, venue without disruption.

“Because of the number and variety of concerts, games and events that take place at the stadium, a regular turf system wouldn’t work. We designed one specifically for them,” said Hella president Reed J Seaton.

The US$1.3bn AT&T Stadium was designed by HKS architects and opened in 2009. It still holds the title for the largest-capacity stadium with a retractable roof. It served as the host of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

December 6, 2017

Written by James Billington


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