Fast-Track Stadium

by Srinivasan, Chairman/Dir.; Board of Special Structures Dept., Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair & Partners), London, U.K.,
Dennis R. Smith, Sr. Tech. Writer; T. Y. Lin International, San Francisco, CA,
Sami Haddad, Dir.; Structural and Constr. Mgmt. Dept., Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners), Cairo, Egypt,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 2, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


The project team selected to design and construct Egypt's cable-supported Cairo Stadium Indoor Sports Complex in late 1989 faced a hard-and-fast deadline. Just 18 months later, 100,000 people would be arriving for the opening ceremonies of the Fifth African Games, which were to be held at the complex. The sports complex is made up of four separate sports halls connected by an access concourse and eight service towers. The main arena, which seats 20,000, is 120 m in diameter, with a maximum internal height of 29.8 m. A second hall seating approximately 1,500 spectators, is 62.2 m in diameter and 24 m high. Two smaller halls, each seating 750 spectators, are 50.2 m wide and 19 m high. For reasons of time and safety, an innovative cable-truss system was developed for the domed roofs of the four halls. For the smaller halls, the structural system consists of two layers of cables separated by two steel trusses. For the two larger halls, a multilayered system of cable-supported trusses with variable diameters for the internal dome roofs of the larger arenas was developed. The project was completed in June 1991, ten days ahead of schedule.

Subject Headings: Cables | Structural systems | Trusses | Stadiums and sport facilities | Roofs | Project management | Team building

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