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New Louis Armstrong Stadium reveal

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The new 14,000-seat venue will be set for action at the 2018 US Open this August and will be the world’s first naturally ventilated tennis stadium with a retractable roof.

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360° time-lapse of Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium roof installation

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Take a look from all angles of the roof being installed at English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium thanks to this 360° camera placed in the middle of the construction action.

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LA Coliseum renovation update

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The mighty LA Coliseum is undergoing a complete overhaul that will modernize everything from seating to concourses, lighting, technology and AV. It will also reduce capacity at the Californian venue from over 93,000 to 77,000 as it introduces more comfortable seating. With a completion date of 2019, watch the progress so far.

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Oxford United considers safe seating at Kassam Stadium

As safe standing is becoming a popular option among stadium owners, it is reported that lower league English soccer side Oxford United FC is also exploring the possibility of introducing the feature to its Kassam Stadium.

In a report by the Oxford Mail, it is understood that the club is looking at a “ground-breaking” concept of installing a safety rail in sections of its East and North stands, which it is calling ‘Ox-Rail’.

The feature would allow for those sections of the stadium to still remain seated but will also allow for fans who wish to stand during the game, without the risk of a progressive crowd collapse.

“Although a timeframe cannot be placed on completion of the project, the next stage will see the installation of a test build of an Ox-Rail, in front of a single row of seats in the East Stand, to allow the safety barrier to undergo rigorous testing,” Ian Mixter, head of crowd safety at Oxford United, was quoted as saying in the local newspaper.

“The safety of spectators, both home and away, is paramount and the club is committed to ensuring that this groundbreaking concept complies with the safety standards required by the regulating authorities.”

Safe standing is currently in use at a number of European clubs and is also being seen on new stadia being built for MLS teams in the effort to recreate a European-style fan atmosphere.

Recently, over 100,000 people signed a petition to bring the seating technology to stadia in the top two tiers of English soccer (the Premier League and The Championship).

May 16, 2018

Written by James Billington


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