Architect GMP wins design contest for DSC stadiums

Germany-based architect GMP to develop cricket, hockey and two multipurpose stadiums.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  July 24, 2004

Dubai Sports City has appointed Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (GMP), a group of German-based, internationally acclaimed architects, to design the project’s four state-of-the-art stadia. The German firm is currently involved in a number of international sports stadia projects, including the ongoing refurbishment of the Berlin Olympic stadium due for completion this year. GMP has been appointed to design a 10 000 seat multi-purpose indoor arena, a 30 000 capacity cricket stadium, a 40 000 capacity multi-purpose outdoor complex and a field hockey stadium which will hold 10 000 spectators. “GMP has worked on some of the world’s most prestigious projects,” says Khalid Al Zarooni, Dubai Sports City president. “At DSC, we hope to create some of the best and most recognisable sporting venues in the world and GMP’s expertise in designing international standard, large-scale, unique sporting arenas will help us realise this dream.” The two multipurpose stadia will be able to cover a range of sports. The indoor arena will hold tennis, basketball, volleyball, netball, handball, wrestling, boxing, judo and gymnastics events and ice hockey, while the outdoor stadium will be suitable for soccer, rugby and track and field. “There is little doubt that DSC is an ambitious project and our designs will match this ambition,” said Hubert Nienhoff, partner with GMP. “We believe in content-led architecture, so our primary focus will be to create stadia which will operate effectively as world class venues for world class sporting events.” Construction of all the four venues is to be completed by 2007. "All playing surfaces and pitch or court dimensions will be pre-approved by the relevant sport’s international governing body, in order to guarantee their suitability for international tournaments and competitions”, said Balasubramaniam, DSC CEO. Dubai Sports City is part of the overall US $5.7 billion Dubailand project, which has been promoted by the Dubai Development & Investment Authority. DSC will span 5 million m2 of land and will offer sporting facilities covering a wide range of activities. It will house facilities to host international events in cricket, rugby, football, field hockey, tennis and track and field events – in particular hard court sports like baseball, volleyball, netball, handball, boxing, wrestling, ice hockey and badminton. DSC is also creating a community within its environs, offering homes and other residential facilities.

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