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Design unveiled for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium inspired by Arabian cap

Details of the latest proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been officially revealed, with a design inspired by the traditional Arab ‘gahfiya’ headdress. The Al Thumama Stadium – conceived by Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah from Arab Engineering Bureau, Qatar’s oldest design firm – will seat 40,000 fans in 2022, with the capacity reduced to 20,000 in ‘legacy mode’ after the tournament. The gahfiya, as it is known in Qatar, is a woven cap that
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Alberto Campo Baeza completes minimalist Madrid sports hall bathed in light

Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has completed a semi-transparent sports hall for a university in Madrid. Designed for the campus of the Francisco de Vitoria University in the Pozuelo municipality, the white steel and concrete facility is formed of two well-defined boxes, connected by a low-rise building whose roof becomes an inter-connecting patio. Sports halls, multi-purpose event spaces, a gymnasium, a swimming pool and physiotherapy rooms all feature, with the sporting and educational elements separated. Light is central to the
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Serie A club buys stadium and plans extensive revamp

Italian Serie A football team Atalanta has purchased its home stadium from the local authority and revealed its intention of redeveloping the antiquated venue. A contract between the football club and the Municipality of Bergamo has been agreed for the for the sum of €8.6m (£7.8m, US$10.1m), plus a further €2.3m (£2.1m, US$2.7m) or improvement works that were carried out in 2015. Further work will be done in the shape of an extensive redevelopment, designed by architect Mauro Piantelli, to
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Vast video screen dominates Russian stadium's ode to Roman ampitheatres

Thunderous sound effects, dramatic strobe lighting and enormous and exuberant video projections are welcoming players to the field at the new stadium of Russian football club FC Krasnodar, which has installed a 4,700sq m media screen along the top tier of the bowl. International architects Gerkan, Marg & Partners (gmp) and Russian design firm Maxim Rymar Architectural Studio designed the 33,979 capacity ground, which is raised on a plinth slightly above a surrounding sports park and the club’s football academy.
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Kohler spa hotel for NFL team's 'Titletown' leisure district opens in Wisconsin

An exclusive hotel anchoring a new sports and leisure district in Green Bay, Wisconsin, opened on Wednesday (19 July). Lodge Kohler is one component of Titletown, the 34 acre district being developed by US National Football League (NFL) franchise the Green Bay Packers. Designed by developer Kohler Co’s in-house design team, the hotel has 134 bedrooms, 10 suites and views of the Packers' 81,400-capacity Lambeau Field. It is also the official lodging partner of the Green Bay Packers Hall of
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Gensler win another MLS project with North Carolina

US architecture firm Gensler has designed a stadium for Major League Soccer (MLS) hopeful North Carolina Football Club – one of a number of football-specific projects the studio is working on. The football club has earmarked downtown Raleigh as the location for the stadium. The development will include a conference space, office, hospitality and retail space, housing and public parking. “This is an important step in our pursuit of a MLS franchise,” said owner Steve Malik. “Our vision is to
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The complex is an integral part of the Singapore government's plans to strengthen the country's status as a destination for sport

Singapore Sports Hub

"The hub will deliver on the Singapore government's mission statement of providing a space which will catch the public's imagination and improve activity levels"

Opening in June 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub will put the tiny nation on the global map of premium sports venues
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Fans can use the 49ers app during games thanks to the stadium’s terabit of wireless capacity

Field of jeans

"We incorporated green thinking into everything – such as recycling most of the construction debris - Jack Hill, project executive, San Francisco 49ers"

Behind the scenes at a sports venue at the leading edge of technology, Levi’s Stadium
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Lee Valley White Water Centre in London

Interview: FaulknerBrowns

Mike Hall

"If I was a diver, I couldn’t wait to be poised on the 10m platform so close to the spectators in such a dramatic intimate environment."

Mike Hall, sports partner, talks about FaulknerBrowns' innovative designs for the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre
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Espai Barça will be “an 
architecturalisation of the club’s values”

Total architecture

"Whatever your allegiances, you have to admit that no football club has a brand quite like FC Barcelona. "

FC Barcelona is taking on its rivals with its ambitious €600m expansion project Kim Megson speaks to the architects involved
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San Francisco 49ers

Levi's Stadium

"The vision for Levi's Stadium has always been to create the ultimate fan experience through the use of innovative technology"

Hot tech: San Francisco 49ers' new home in Santa Clara has been touted as the most technologically advanced in the word – fitting in with its Silicon Valley surroundings
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China is currently investing heavily in its football Super League

Interview: Andrew James

Andrew James heads a new partnership between Populous and Alisports, the sports arm of Alibaba

"Alibaba has set its sights on operating 50,000 sports venues in China over the next 10 years to build a connection with its 470 million subscribers"

The Populous director explains a major deal which will transform China’s sporting infrastructure
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The former train shed has been repurposed and is now home to facilites for skateboarding, football, parkour and basketball

Game changer

"We were constantly having to invent new solutions to problems, as we were working with old ruins, a low budget and high ambitions"

Across Denmark, a charity is turning industrial buildings into centres for street sport and art. As the concept prepares to go global, we speak to the people making it happen
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