State Hockey Centre
The State Hockey Centre Olympic upgrade was designed as a new facility for 5,000 spectators, with the capacity to expand to seat 15,000 during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Player, administrative and spectator facilities are accommodated on three levels under the grandstand located on the western side of the new hockey pitch.
The design concept evolved from the constraints and opportunities the site offered, the geometry created by the spectator’s sightlines and pitch orientation, and the need to address entry from the west in permanent mode and from the Olympic Boulevard on the other side during the Olympic Games. The pitch has the optimum orientation of 15° East of North which allows the elliptical terrace to fit comfortably between the creek to the east and the carpark to the west.
The grandstand structure rests on the concourse and creates the entry focal point and interface between the forecourt and pitch. The dramatic roof form is independent of the grandstand structure, being hung from a mast at the rear and tied down by inverted catenaries which are brought down at the two ends. Consequently the seating geometry is free of the roof supporting structure and of stresses arising from roof movement. This enables the roof construction to be extremely light.
$ (in 2012):$13.5m
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