ZHA gets the green light for worlds first all-timber soccer stadium in England

January 10, 2020 by  
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After years of delays, Zaha Hadid Architects has finally gained planning approval for Eco Park Stadium, the world’s first all-timber soccer stadium in Gloucestershire, England that will serve as the new home of the Forest Green Rovers football club. As a beacon of sustainability, the structure will aim to be carbon neutral or carbon negative and will include renewable energy systems as well as low-carbon construction methods and operational processes. Set in a meadow, the Eco Park Stadium minimizes its visual impact on the surrounding landscape with a natural material palette and a soft, undulating profile topped with a transparent membrane roof to reduce the building’s volumetric impact and encourage turf growth. The building will be constructed almost entirely of sustainably sourced timber , from its structure and roof cantilevers to the seating terraces and floor slab — elements that are typically built from concrete and steel in most stadiums. The stadium design can also accommodate future growth; the structure will initially serve 5,000 spectators, while phased development can increase capacity to 10,000 seats without the costs of major construction works. “The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s going to be almost entirely made of wood — the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world,” said Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder and Forest Green Rovers chairman. “When you bear in mind that around three quarters of the lifetime carbon impact of any stadium comes from its building materials, you can see why that’s so important — and it’s why our new stadium will have the lowest embodied carbon of any stadium in the world.” Related: Zaha Hadid’s 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar adapts for future use The Eco Park Stadium will be the centerpiece of the £100 million Eco Park development, Ecotricity’s 100-acre sports and green technology park proposal. Half of Eco Park will include state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including the new stadium, while the other half will be dedicated to a green technology business park with sustainably built commercial offices and light industrial units. The proposal will also include a nature reserve on the site and a possible public transport hub. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by MIR and negativ.com via Zaha Hadid Architects

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Atlanta unveils first ever soccer field inside a transit station

November 21, 2016 by  
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Unveiled by nonprofit Soccer in the Streets and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United Football Club , Station Soccer will offer a new opportunity for local kids to gather and play the popular sport. Atlanta United FC, which will start playing in 2017, provided money for Station Soccer through their new Atlanta United Foundation , which they launched to make soccer accessible to people from all demographics. Related: Beautiful solar-powered soccer facility stays naturally cool in Australia’s heat Soccer in the Streets mentors kids through soccer and classroom sessions. Their after-school programs have served around 240 kids so far. Their goal is to use soccer for social change, offering an alternative for kids who otherwise might turn to gangs or drugs. The new soccer field is centrally located, easy to reach from all of Atlanta’s metro lines. Five Points is Atlanta’s largest MARTA station and is the primary point of transfer for the east-west and north-south lines. The soccer field occupies a once underutilized space in the concrete urban station, adding beauty and functionality. Atlanta United President Darren Eales said the field’s location will allow children from diverse communities to play soccer together. Soccer in the Streets Executive Director Phil Hill said in a statement, “The field will allow our organization to expand through a totally new concept in urban soccer, designed specifically for kids who live in underserved neighborhoods.” Soccer in the Streets will offer year-round free youth programming and adult leagues at Station Soccer. + Soccer in the Streets + Atlanta United Foundation Images via Atlanta United Football Club and Soccer in the Streets ( 1 , 2 )

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New open-air bar and restaurant for a Brazilian soccer club appears ready to set sail

December 15, 2015 by  
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