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DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE l STADIUMS


■ New Vikings Stadium Minnesota, US Opening: 2016


The construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium has been given a further boost after the venue was awarded the 2018 NFL Super Bowl. Expected to be operational by


2016, the Vikings Stadium has been designed by architects HKS, along with a Vikings Stadium Consortium made up of Studio Hive, Studio Five & Lawal Scott Erickson Architects. The 65,000-capacity stadium,


thought to be running up a cost of around US$1bn (€733.9m, £594.7m) is to be the fi rst NFL venue with a fi xed roof since the Detroit Lions opened Ford Field in 2002. The venue will have a translucent roof


and movable front windows, with these considerations allowing natural light to enter the stadium, as well as giving fans a view of downtown Minneapolis. Although the stadium will be the principle home of the Vikings, an expandable seating plan will turn the venue into a 73,000-capacity space to cater for large-scale events. Details: http://lei.sr?a=s7v3G


The stadium will become a landmark in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku


■ Baku Olympic Stadium Baku, Azerbaijan Opening: 2015


Designed by Turkish architects TOCA in partnership with South Korean specialists Heerim, the Baku Olympic Stadium is set to become a prominent landmark in Azerbaijan. The architectural character of the 68,000-capacity venue is formed by fi ve


interlocked shells with the circular platform placed on the asymmetric coverings. The fi ve piece structure which forms the outer shell represents the fi ve circles of the Olympic fl ag – and celebrates the stadium’s hosting of the fi rst ever European Games in 2015. As well as hosting the inaugural


“European Olympics”, the stadium will be the new home for the Azerbaijan national football team and work be funded entirely by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.


■ Hristo Botev stadium Plovdiv, Bulgaria Opening: 2015


The venue will host the 2018 Super Bowl


Bulgaria’s Botev Plovdiv football club has revealed new designs for the recon- struction of its Hristo Botev stadium. Designed to meet UEFA’s Category 4 standards, the 18,900-capacity stadium is being completely rebuilt and is set to open in time for the 2015-16 season. As part of the works, more than 75 per cent of the stadium’s seats will be


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The stadium will meet UEFA standards


covered and the stadium will receive a new name. Funding for the redevel- opment was provided by club owner, entrepreneur Tzvetan Vassilev.


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