Marseille: New roof without need for supports

source: Arema-Velodrome.com

Marseille: New roof without need for supports After almost two years, the unique dome of Stade Vélodrome is able to support itself without temporary pillars. The structure weighs 6,000 tons, but still seems very airy and lightweight.

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In late March came the installation of last 100-meter-long segment of the main roof structure over Stade Vélodrome. Since then the dome weighing only 1,000 tons less than the Eiffel Tower has been bolted together and double-checked for durability and strength.

Recent days saw a major visual step forward – between April 10 and 14 temporary supporting beams were removed from the main grandstand (last one to be covered), while the corner pillars installed back in 2012 were lowered slightly and have no physical contact with the roof now.

They cannot be removed yet, though, because they also carry temporary floodlights, which are needed until mid-May, when league season ends.

Stade VelodromePhoto: Arema Velodrome

Stade VelodromePhoto: Arema Velodrome

Stade VelodromePhoto: Arema Velodrome

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