The making of a football stadium
Football stadium: Four days after joining the Organizing Committee of the U-17 World Cup, they took us to a huge field just in front of the office of the All-India Dwarka Football Federation. Spanking complex new sports that was to come there with a 25,000 seat football stadium built, perfect for the World Cup.
It was very encouraging since all the world cups begin and end with the stadiums. The first quick check that FIFA made when a country expresses an interest in the staging of a tournament is the number of football stadiums operating in the country and the number that can be built over time. And the changes and stages of development are some of the most important aspects of the preparation of the World Cup.
FIFA’s first tests at a stadium are the actual specifications. Is the field at least 100 meters by 64 meters, the minimum size for a FIFA international friendly? This may not be so much, players must run and run and have enough space to run as they chase a ball.
The grass in the field was reseeded and carefully developed several months before the tournament. In general, Bermuda lawn is the area of choice for international football, and the entire land will have pitch maintenance experts who regularly monitor their progress.
The next is the 2000 lumens light is the minimum for a high level football stage.
Fortunately, thanks to the demands of day-to-day cricket is played with a much smaller ball, there is a great experience in the spotlight in the sporting scene of India. Finally, the wardrobe is very important. Each stage requires four dressing rooms to accommodate double-sided games with four teams, and there should be enough space for two referees and referees.
The stadiums are like the high-level sprinters. Preparation years can only be carried out to ensure that all systems are running for only three short hours during an international opening ceremony or a large gathering. And no matter how the stage capacity works 20 or 30 or 50%. The question remains, can it work effectively with the full house.
The stadium operations refer to all flows. What is the process flow for players, where do they go down, how do they get into their changing rooms, how do they get to the playing area from there and, finally, how do they get to the play area? Mixed area to interact with the media before leaving for your bus? There is a similar design flow for viewers in various categories, one for media and one for VIPs.
All these flows have to be controlled. For security reasons, players and officials should have exclusive access to their areas, away from the other three groups. Viewers need clear areas of circulation and access to restrooms and food and a defined trajectory for any emergency evacuation. And the media need their own private space and enough connectivity to download reports or photos.
Everything is in the details. For example, most stadiums have non-skid tiles to ensure players do not slip while walking on the floor. But the same tiles should be in every place a player should go. There have been cases where the floor runner has these tiles, but the medical room or doping center does not. A player could simply drag and break a tip of a drug test, and this could be disastrous for the reputation of the arena. One of the great advantages of the World Cup to come to India was the insistence of having bucket seats at each stadium. The bucket seats finally return after many years to the majestic Vivekandana Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
And although we never see a crowd of 130,000 during a derby, when 70,000 use the stadium on October 28 for the biggest football match ever reached on Indian soil, spectators will experience a lot more comfortable and safe.
And on the stage in Dwarka? For the past two and a half years, the only thing that finally appears is about two feet around the entire property. Apparently, the bidding process was blocked indefinitely. Amazing how some things never change in India.