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Volvo Car Open tennis tournament will press on during major stadium renovation | Volvo Car Open

Canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic last April, the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament plans to return to action in 2021, tournament director Bob Moran says.

But it will do so without use of Volvo Car Stadium, which will undergo an extensive renovation as soon as City of Charleston permitting allows. For the 2021 tournament, the Volvo Car Open will construct a temporary stadium on the Althea Gibson Club Court, which will provide seating for up to 3,000 spectators for the WTA tournament on Daniel Island.

Work on the renovated Volvo Car Stadium should be completed by the fall of 2021, making it available when the Volvo Car Open celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, dating back to its days as the Family Circle Cup on Hilton Head Island.

“We are beyond excited with what this state of the art, world-class facility will become as a result of this renovation,” said Moran. “We can’t imagine a better way of celebrating our 50th year of tennis in 2022 and look forward to showing off the new facilities to our players, fans, partners and volunteers.”

The renovation of the 20-year-old Volvo Car Stadium will be funded by Ben and Kelly Navarro as a gift to the City of Charleston. Navarro, a Charleston businessman, and his wife are owners of Charleston Tennis LLC, which is the parent company of the Volvo Car Open, the stadium and the LTP Daniel Island facility. Ben Navarro bought the Volvo Car Open in 2018.

Upgrades to the stadium will include a multi-story “stage house” that will have player-wellness facilities such as premium locker rooms and physical therapy and exercise space. The building also will house media, production and food preparation areas, as well as a new VIP club level overlooking center court. The building also will be

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Part of FIFA-funded stadium collapses during renovation in South Sudan- The New Indian Express

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SOUTH SUDAN: Part of a FIFA-funded stadium in South Sudan has collapsed during renovation work.

The world body said on Friday it was in contact with the South Sudan Football Association and seeking further information on a “minor incident” this week at Juba National Stadium in the country’s capital.

“Currently, we understand that there are no casualties or injuries that occurred as a result of the incident,” FIFA said, adding it involved the “setting of concrete.”

The Juba National Stadium is South Sudan’s only international-standard stadium and is being renovated using money from the FIFA Forward Program. FIFA gave $5 million for the renovation.

Work has been halted, although it might restart in weeks, youth and sports minister Dr. Albino Bol said. The renovation began last year and it is already behind schedule.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino pledged to fund the renovation during a visit to the conflict-torn country in 2016 and he was expected to attend its inauguration. The stadium is being converted into a 7,000-seat facility capable of hosting international matches. South Sudan has been playing its home games in neighboring Sudan.

South Sudan is the world’s newest country having gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but it has been blighted by civil war for the last seven years. It joined FIFA in 2012.

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Olympic Stadium renovation wins Finlandia architecture award | Yle Uutiset


Olympiastadion on uusittu kauttaaltaan.
The renovation took into account the historical values and functionality of the building.

Image: Stadion-säätiö / Wellu Hämäläinen

The renovation of Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium, which included the addition of a multi-purpose extension and a new roof, has won the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Architecture.

The award often recognises the history and importance of older buildings in Finnish society, and last year’s winner was the modernist Serpentine House apartment complex, located in the Käpylä district of Helsinki.

Coincidentally, renowned Finnish architect Yrjö Lindegren was involved in the original design of both this year’s winner and last year’s. The 1938-constructed Olympic Stadium was designed by Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, and was closed for four years while it underwent a major renovation, which was completed in August.

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Helsingin Olympiastadion uudistuksen jälkeen

The stadium’s capacity has been increased to 36,200.


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Juha Kivioja / Yle

The Finlandia Prize winner this year was chosen by singer-songwriter and actress Paula Vesala.

“This national monument is not just a statue to look at,” Vesala was quoted as saying in a press release. “The action that takes place within its walls form those special moments of our lives: highlights, tenacious training sessions, disappointments, sweat, charm, victories and defeats. Efforts have been made to take into account the needs of a diverse group of users, but on the terms of the old building.”

Vesala added that she was most impressed by how the protection and repair work was carried out on the stadium, which respected the original spirit and appearance of the functionalist building.

“The magic of the Olympic Stadium has not only been preserved, it has gained more brilliance,” she said.

Olympic Stadium’s colourful history

The renovation was planned by two architectural firms, K2S and Architects NRT, with architects Kimmo Lintula of K2S and Kari Raimoranta

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Layout and blueprint of the Rice Eccles Stadium SEZ renovation

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It’s been a little over a month since the University of Utah officially announced they would begin tearing down the south endzone structure of Rice-Eccles Stadium. That decision has led to an accelerated renovation schedule, as construction crews have transitioned to phase two in the renovation, which wasn’t set to begin until after a 2020 football season.  The layout and blueprint for the new Ken Garff Performance Zone have been made public and it has just about everything you could hope for. 

The team level layout includes: home and away locker rooms, hype room (home team), head coach lounge and office, offensive and defensive coach locker rooms, new home team press room, VIP lounge, an indoor field club, outdoor club patio, and much more.  The seating level includes 14 new suites, while the concourse level includes new concessions, restrooms, and team store.

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The estimated $80 million expansion includes plans for enclosing the bowl by connecting the east and west concourses on the south end. Increased capacity by 5,637 from 45,807 to 51,444, and features premium seating plus new hospitality areas, locker rooms, sports medicine and training facilities, as well as equipment, media and recruiting areas are also planned.

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The south end zone project will also enhance the fan experience by adding premium seating in luxury suites and loge boxes, as well as club, ledge and rooftop seating. A kitchen, recruiting lounge, field-level club lounge and outdoor patio are also in the plans. Of the $80 million cost, $17.5 million of which has been paid for by way of donation of Ken Garff familyDonations, ticket sales, season ticket holders and the general revenue of the stadium will largely

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Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says Reser Stadium renovation project remains on schedule

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.

Listen to the full interview here.

Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.

“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”

On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:

“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”

On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:

“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s available and see what’s there… we don’t want to stray from our model.”

It sounded a lot like Barnes and OSU want to start fresh with a new series.

Barnes also talked about fly fishing in the mountains, his football program, the budget, scheduling the 2020 season and more. It’s a candid listen with an AD who is charged with managing the Beavers’ athletic department.

Listen to more with Scott Barnes here:

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