Modern stadiums ‘boosting sports tourism’
Doha, August 26, 2010
The Middle East is fast becoming a hotspot for sports tourism with the development of modern and innovative stadiums across GCC nations, said an expert.
“The evolution of stadiums is only the beginning of a revolution triggered by operational and media requirements. I strongly believe that the next 12 years will result in a paradigm shift in stadium design and operation,” said Sven Schmedes, managing director of GPM India.
"The growth potential for sporting venues in the Middle East is tremendous and the success of Dubai Sport City shows the demand for state-of-the-art facilities,” he added.
Sven added that the greatest challenge in the region was "to design multi-purpose indoor sport venues with an integrated and sustainable strategy for operation on a long-term basis.”
Considering the ever-shifting concepts of cutting-edge, future-proof and revolutionary stadium designs, it would seem that now is a crucial time to keep up-to-date with leaders in the industry, he added.
IQPC's Stadium and Venue Design and Development Mena will provide case studies on innovative designs; consider the challenges in guaranteeing sustainability and maintainability of venues.
It will also present industry insider techniques on ensuring the legacy of developments through multi-functionality.
Held in Doha, Qatar from November 7 to 10, the second of IQPC's successful stadium events will bring together international key speakers to share best-practice methods of integrating local culture into design and harmonising regulations and requirements of global sporting associations to warrant the hosting of international events.
Stadium and Venue Design and Development Mena will offer a networking platform for the sporting venue design and development industry and an opportunity to exchange best practices and practical solutions that can be implemented to guarantee ROI and develop for the future. – TradeArabia News Service