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What Are The Best Architectural Stadiums

Which stadiums and other iconic structures have been built with innovative and advanced compounds such as ETFE foil?

ETFE Foil In Architecture It is hard to imagine anything in modern architecture that does not make use of transparent structures, in case of roofs and facades. ETFE foil is a type of fluoropolymer material that is used in constructions and usually reinforced with cable net reinforcement to span wide areas. This kind of structure is extremely popular in Europe and is being used in office atriums and educational buildings as well as zoos, however is perhaps most famous and notable for use in the construction of modern sports stadiums.

The cost of building and installation works out to be much cheaper than traditional construction method. It is more resilient as it can bear around 400 times its own weight. Additionally, it is recyclable and self-cleaning thus making for a more environmentally sustainable building. The Eden Project Although not a stadium in the traditional sense, this building is a modern feat of engineering which simply has to be mentioned when talking about ETFE foil.

The panels of the project are made of ETFE foil. ETFE weighs only 1% that of the equivalent area of glass and is also able to control lighting levels to a better extent. The construction was originally supposed to use glass, but the designers preferred ETFE as it is more flexible, lightweight and also more durable. It has resulted in the creation of greenhouses where several plant species from all around the world can be housed.

It is one of the defining structures using ETFE foil in the architecture. Basel Stadium The St Jakob Park houses Basel FC as well as the Swiss soccer team and it was designed by Herzog and de Meuron. The ETFE foil film used created a puffy shape with the help of air panels surrounding the outer portion. These panels, known as cushions throughout the industry, are heat sealed after pumping air that is devoid of humidity.

This allows this sustainable compound to be effective in terms of light transmission as well as a natural insulation method. Beijing National Stadium The Olympics stadium constructed for the 2008 Games was structurally made of woven steel. The steel is entangled with ETFE foil cushions, with the pillows filling the space along the framework to create the stadiums distinctive look. These elements of the structure therefore protected the main structure as well as the inner stadium and spectators from the outside weather elements. Eden Park, New Zealand, is another sports stadium notable for the use of ETFE foil in its construction.

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Forgotten NFL Stadiums Foxboro Stadium

Long before Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the multiple Super Bowl titles, there was the Foxboro Stadium. Known as one of the most basic NFL stadiums of it’s time, it was greatly inferior to Gillette Stadium; both in history and in amenities. Located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the stadium took a shorter version of the town’s name although it was also once called Sullivan Stadium.

The stadium opened in 1971 as Schaefer Stadium. The Patriots had already been a franchise for 11 years but they were known as the Boston Patriots between 1960 and 1970. Before Foxboro Stadium, the Patriots played their home games at Fenway Park for 7 years as well as two years at Harvard and Boston College’s stadiums. If you have ever been to Fenway Park, you would know that it is extremely inadequate served as an NFL stadium.

Foxboro Stadium was erected on the former Bay State Raceway property which is halfway between Providence and Boston. The franchise had very little help from the city or local officials to construct a stadium which is why it’s layout was so basic. The stadium lacked luxury and private seating as well as individual seating which meant it consisted of only bleachers. Even the locker rooms were way below par. The entire stadium was completely funded with private dollars when it opened in 1971.

Perhaps the most famous game at this former NFL stadium was the very last one played. If you watch the NFL with any regularity, you have seen clips of the final game; a snow covered field with Warren Sapp and the Raiders charging at Tom Brady. This game was the infamous ‘Tuck Rule’ game that will go down as one of the greatest games in the history of the NFL.

Foxboro was one of the smallest NFL stadiums with a capacity of only 60,000. When it was made public that the Patriots were wanting a new stadium built for them, both Hartford and Providence were scrambling to see if they could lure the Patriots to their city while still keeping the New England name. Their plans fell through. Foxboro Stadium was demolished in 2002 just after the Patriots had won their first Super Bowl. The new Gillette Stadium is on the same property as the former NFL stadium, funded entirely by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft also developed the rest of the property into a retail and hotel district called ‘Patriot Place’. The entire district cost more to construct than Gillette Stadium. This sounds like a place I need to visit.

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