A Design for a Football Stadium Roof Enabling Growth of a Natural Grass Playing Surface: Sydney Football Stadium - Australia

by G. S. Ramaswamy, Octatube Space Structures (India), Pty Ltd,
D. S. Thomas, Octatube Space Structures (India), Pty Ltd,
I. Norrie, Octatube Space Structures (India), Pty Ltd,
L. Thorogood, Octatube Space Structures (India), Pty Ltd,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


This paper discusses the development of a design for a stadium roof which will provide conditions allowing the growth of a wearable natural grass surface suitable for sports including Rugby, Soccer and American Football and which uses mainly passive energy methods to maintain spectator and player comfort with minimum energy cost. A preliminary design for a spaceframe which is elliptic in plan with a major axis of 185m and a minor axis of 148m supported at four points is described.

Subject Headings: Vegetation | Stadiums and sport facilities | Structural analysis | Roofs | Cables | Structural design | Standards and codes | Australia | Sydney

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