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Venues & facilities: what’s next?

16 octobre 2012

Winning a bid to host a major sporting event is one thing; but being ready to host such an international and large scale event is another. Being able to accommodate hundreds of thousands of fans, officials, journalists and other visitors is quite a hefty feat for a venue. Let’s take a look at some of the infrastructures that will be built in the coming years. Also, the opening of the new National Football Center in England deserves a specific focus – as national teams also have to be ready to qualify and compete in such major tournaments.

Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission went to Sochi last week (October 9-11) for their eighth official visit. Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy visited most of the future Olympic venues, including the sliding centre, ski jump facility, cross country/biathlon area and the Coastal Cluster. The venues are either nearing completion or already in use. He praised the local organisers for the notable progress they have made in their preparations, especially the progress made in hotel construction and transport, all just a few weeks before the opening of a key test winter season.
Check out the interactive map and all venues here
Follow Sochi 2014 on Twitter: Sochi2014OC + Dchernyshenko


2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
On the FIFA official website, a ‘Stadiums Progress’ series was launched to showcase new photos of the work being carried out at the 12 stadiums set to host matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The objective is to show the progress being made at venues across the entire country. As the next FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in June 2013 in Brazil, progress has been made on the assembly of upper tiers and impressive roofs of those stadiums that will welcome games one year before the World Cup. For example, the Arena de Sao Paulo, which will welcome the Opening Game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, already has its first metal roof-structure module in place. On the other hand, the remaining arenas are still laying down their foundations and building the grandstands. You can have a look at all the stadiums on the FIFA website and a short guide is also available here

Another stadium that stands out for its ambition is the Pernambuco arena in Recife that will become the centerpiece of an eco-friendly “smart city” for some 30,000 people. The stadium will be one of four to be built from scratch by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. In terms of a legacy plan, it is designed as a multi-purpose arena to host trade fairs, conventions and sporting events years after the World Cup is over. The whole plan includes business and residential areas, skyscrapers, parks and a university in a 240-hectare area around the stadium.
Follow Brazil 2014 on Twitter: FifaWorldCup


England Rugby 2015

The potential venues for the next Rugby World Cup, to be held in England (18 September 2015 – 31 October 2015) were announced last week. The tournament organizer England Rugby 2015 has revealed a list of 17 potential match venues that could host the 48 Rugby World Cup matches. The selection procedure considered many criteria including geographical spread across the country, sporting and facilities data, levels of support from candidate host cities and capacity requirements. The following arenas have been shortlisted:
Villa Park, Brighton Community Stadium, Ashton Gate, Millennium Stadium, Coventry Stadium, Pride Park, Kingsholm, Elland Road, Leicester City Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Twickenham Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Stadiummk, St James’ Park, St Mary’s Stadium, and Stadium of Light.

Furthermore, the Pool Allocation Draw for Rugby World Cup 2015 will take place in London on 3rd December 2012 and will be the starting point for a fixture schedule and final list of up to 12 venues, which will be finalized by spring next year. Debbie Jevans, who was Director of sport at LOCOG, will work on this as she has recently been appointed as the new boss of England Rugby 2015, replacing Paul Vaughan who came to the 2012 Global Sports Forum last March.
Here is a video where Chief Operating Officer of England Rugby 2015, Ross Young, talks about the venue long list for Rugby World Cup 2015

Follow England Rugby 2015 on Twitter: rugbyworldcup


Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

It has been one year since AECOM, the International Architects Studio, won the international competition to design the master plan for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. Based in Holborn, London, they were also responsible for designing London’s Olympic park in Stratford. The project should be more straightforward than London because several venues are already on the site due to Rio’s previously hosting the Pan American Games.

The waterfront park will be built on the former Brazilian grand prix track in a striking triangular layout, spread across 300 acres. The main Olympic stadium is not at the park as it was in London – the Maracanã, the famous Brazil football stadium, will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the João Havelange Stadium – home to the club Botafogo.

Some spectacular first images of how Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic park will look in 2016 have been published. You can have a look at the following video and also play with the interactive map of all venues.

Follow Rio 2016 on Twitter: Rio2016_en


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The announcement of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia took place on September 19th. Millions of viewers watched the ceremony as it was broadcast on Russia’s Channel One TV. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, revealed a shortlist of 11 cities and 12 stadiums which will be hosting the competition in six years. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg. Moscow will be staging its FIFA World Cup matches at two different stadiums: Luzhniki and Spartak Moscow’s arenas.

Five of the shortlisted stadiums are already under construction – the arenas in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Saransk, as well as Spartak Moscow’s stadium – and most of these will open to the public by 2014 at the latest. By the end of this year, a very precise plan will have been set up for the construction and renovation of all stadiums for Russia 2018.
Follow Russia 2018 on Twitter: FifaWorldCup


2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar

It was confirmed last week that construction of Qatar’s first stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament will start next year. The arena will be developed in conjunction with the Qatar Foundation at Education City. As of today, five other stadiums are in the planning process. Moreover, the organisers signed five stakeholder cooperation agreements with Qatar Rail, Ashghal, Kahramaa, Aspire Zone Foundation and Qatari Diar. In 2012, Hassan Al Thawadi, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General announced that the construction of the first World Cup 2022 stadium would be completed in 2015, and promised that all venues would be air conditioned. You can take a look at several plans for the Qatar stadiums here.

Follow Qatar 2022 on Twitter: FifaWorldCup


National Football Centre at St George’s Park

The new headquarters of English football, more commonly known as St. George’s Park, were officially unveiled and inaugurated last Tuesday (October 9) at Burton-upon-Trent in central England. This new National Football Centre will host all 24 of England’s senior and junior teams. It will also serve as a training base for future coaches. The main ambition of St. George’s Park is to propose sporting facilities that can measure up to similar centers around the world, including Clairefontaine (French football’s famous headquarters), Spain’s Ciudad del Futbol in Madrid, the Aspire Academy in Qatar and the Australian Institute of Sport. The final objective remains to close the gap between the UK’s national teams and world’s top teams, especially before Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.
You can find out more about the facilities here.

Follow St. George’s Park on Twitter: StGeorgesPark

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