Australian venues in focus
Published: 10 Dec 2014
Reproduced courtesy of PanStadia & Arena Management: www.PSAM.uk.com
A number of Australia’s major stadia, arenas and sporting venues are set to commence or complete signifi cant renovation and new build work over the coming 12 months.
Kicking off in Brisbane, the Queensland State Velodrome is being made ready to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games’track cycling events. The AUS$55m development will see the creation of an international competition standard timber track and wet weather facilities, designed by Cox Architecture. Other 2018 Commonwealth Games’host venues to undergo improvements include the State Netball Centre, Carrara Sport & Leisure Centre, the Convention & Exhibition Centre, and Coomera Sport & Leisure Centre.
Another Commonwealth Games 2018 host venue to undergo enhancements is Carrara Stadium, which will hold the athletics competition, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Capacity will be temporarily increased from 25,000 to 40,000 and a new warm-up track will be constructed.
Melbourne & Olympic Park’s Phase Two redevelopment, which is being financed by the State of Victoria (AUS$298m) and the Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust (AUS$40m), includes the refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena and a new 5,000-seat show arena. Further projects include the construction of a footbridge and a new Administration & Media building, for which tenders are being requested. Construction is expected to begin after the 2015 Australian Open.
Another key project is the redevelopment of Sydney International Convention & Entertainment Centre (SICEC) to replace the existing 28-year-old facility. The new SICEC will link to Tumblong Park and Exhibition Centre. The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has asked for feedback on the plans, with the tender process currently on-going. The concept plans for the project have been designed by Cox Architecture.
Various proposals are under consideration for Adelaide United FC’s Coopers Stadium, with Adelaide Entertainment Corporation having proposed the addition of a tensile roof and link to the Adelaide Oval to create a sports precinct capable of hosting an edition of the Commonwealth Games. Interim enhancements could involve increasing the pitch size and seating capacity.
The crumbling home of the ACT Brumbies and Canberra Raiders, Canberra Stadium, is set to be replaced by a new under cover multipurpose stadium in Civic, which will host not only the tenant clubs but also concerts, conferences, etc. The new venue is planned to be expandable to 45,000-seats so as to be considered for any future FIFA World Cup bid.
New Perth Stadium
The launch of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct design in July 2014 was a major milestone in the project’s history and a testament to the long-term aspiration of creating a ‘fans first’ stadium.
The 60,000-seat multipurpose venue – which will have the potential to increase to 70,000 – will be capable of hosting Australian Rules football, rugby union and league, soccer, cricket and entertainment events upon opening in early 2018.
The new venue will offer an unrivalled spectator experience, including the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any Australian stadium. Seats will be a minimum of 50cm wide, include cup holders and be as close to the on-fi eld action as possible, regardless of the event.
Integrating the Latest Technology
Included in the design are two 240m giant video screens, some of the largest in Australia; over 1,000 TV screens, which will be located throughout the interior of the venue so fans don’t miss any of the action; and 4G Wi-Fi across the stadium and sports precinct. Delayed procurement of stadium technology will ensure the latest discoveries are utilised.
The unique bronze façade will pay homage to Western Australia’s unique geology and ensures the structure will be instantly recognisable. State-of-the-art LED lighting will also be embedded within the façade, providing the opportunity to digitally highlight the home team colours at night.
The stadium is integrated within a broader Sports Precinct, uniquely coined ’A Stadium in the Park.’ The development of two restaurants, an amphitheatre, children’s playgrounds and other community spaces encourages year-round use and revitalises the Burswood Peninsula in which it sits.
Additionally, the new Perth Stadium will be built with integrated train, bus and pedestrian solutions to provide spectators with multiple public transport options to get to and from the complex.
The ‘fans first’ approach to planning and design began in February 2013, with the development of the Sports Fans User Group. Thirty Western Australian fans covering a wide range of demographics and sports were selected and have been providing advice relating to the fan experience at an event, including public transport, as well as their vision for the Sports Precinct. This insight was used to help inform the Project Brief from which the design was derived.
An additional eight User Groups were established with representatives from all the major sporting codes, emergency services, media, stadium operations and events personnel, and individuals requiring higher levels of accessibility. The User Groups provided advice regarding specifi c operational requirements for the Stadium and Sports Precinct, which also helped shape the Project Brief.
All nine User Groups have since been called upon for the stadium’s eight-month Design Development Phase, which will further refine the design and maintain the focus of delivering a Stadium and Sports Precinct that provides an outstanding fan experience.