Prem Nath and As­so­ciates have con­ceived a sta­dium for sports as well as en­ter­tain­ment

Prem Nath and As­so­ciates have con­ceived a state-of-the-art sta­dium for sports as well as en­ter­tain­ment in the NCR, which meets in­ter­naɵonal stan­dards for grandeur in scale and de­sign, along with opɵ­mal safety and se­cu­rity

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The re­quire­ments were that of a sta­dium cum sports com­plex with a hold­ing ca­pac­ity of 50,000 peo­ple, and var­i­ous struc­tures like a club, guest house, a util­ity & an­cil­lary block and a sports academy. The em­pha­sis was on safety and se­cu­rity of the vis­i­tors and the play­ers. The sta­dium’s stands con­sist of view­ers’ seat­ing, VIP boxes, and ded­i­cated ar­eas for the team mem­bers, ad­min­is­tra­tion, se­cu­rity per­son­nel, me­dia rooms, lob­bies, food courts, wash­room and other ameni­ties. The en­tire project plan­ning has been done within an area of ap­prox. 32.6 acres; with the open area spread over 15,000 sqm as per ICC stan­dards. The plan is dis­trib­uted in four ma­jor stands: North, East, West, and South. The Recre­ation / Club area of 7,000 sqm is spread over ground plus 3 floors con­sist­ing of in­door sports such as gym­na­sium, aer­o­bics, box­ing ring, squash, ta­ble tennis, and bil­liards, re­fresh­ment ar­eas and com­mon ameni­ties. The swim­ming pool is planned in this area as part of outdoor sports fa­cil­ity with chang­ing rooms and ameni­ties within the

The idea is to make an ‘iconic and flex­i­ble’ de­sign with use of lat­est con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy. More than just a cricket sta­dium, it will also serve as an ‘en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre’, be­cause it was re­alised that since sta­di­ums hold matches for a very short and spe­cific time of the year, they could be utilised for other en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses also Ar. Prem Nath

club build­ing. About 160 guest rooms are planned in a 9-sto­ried an­nexe with a to­tal con­struc­tion area of 16,500 sqm, which will in­clude the com­mon spa­ces, re­cep­tion, lobby and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties. As this is a pub­lic build­ing, where the vis­i­tor pro­file will in­clude bu­reau­crats, celebri­ties, play­ers, the lo­cal pub­lic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, the de­sign, there­fore, has been con­cep­tu­al­ized keep­ing in mind ‘near zero’ se­cu­rity lev­els. The cir­cu­la­tion pat­tern also min­i­mizes chances of any chaos in times of higher foot­falls.

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Project: Sports Cen­tre and Cricket Sta­dium, NCR. Ar­chi­tects: Prem Nath and As­so­ciates Struc­tural Con­sul­tants: SACPL, Mum­bai Build­ing Ma­te­rial Providers: JSW The premises con­tain an oval shaped sta­dium com­plex, along with re­cre­ational and ho­tel blocks. On ap­proach­ing the sta­dium, you en­ter a huge pi­azza, and the in­ter­nal road takes you along the en­tire com­plex. The ge­om­e­try of the sta­dium is de­signed to en­sure that the view from the spec­ta­tor stands is max­i­mized and the boundary line vis­i­ble from all places of seat­ing. It has been ob­served that in 90% of the sta­di­ums, the spec­ta­tors can’t see the fore­sight boundary line. The pitch be­ing the main fo­cal point is aligned keep­ing in mind the north and south stands. The roof pro­file en­sures that the glare af­fect­ing the west and west stand causes min­i­mal dis­tur­bance to the view­ers. R.C.C. is used for sta­dium stands and steel for the roof and outer shell of the sta­dium. The atrium space is sup­ported by an ex­ter­nal steel frame to pro­vide sta­bil­ity to the struc­ture, while cov­er­ing the en­tire spec­ta­tor area. Hence, the sup­port­ing steel­work needed to be pre­cisely en­gi­neered and ex­e­cuted. Use of so­lar pan­els in the roof assem­bly add to the aes­thet­ics and take ad­van­tage of the sun’s en­ergy. State-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy has been used for the sports light­ing and pub­lic-ad­dress sys­tems. Tower lights and track lights on the pe­riph­ery en­sure the re­quired 1000 lux level. Lou­vers and per­fo­rated metal screens in the outer skin pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion and help the build­ing breath. The ‘Sports Sta­dium Cum En­ter­tain­ment Com­plex’ will be used for both cricket and foot­ball and will be the first of its kind in the coun­try.

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