Turkmenistan: Horse-stadium on track for 2016 completion

source: AFL-uk.com

Turkmenistan: Horse-stadium on track for 2016 completion Construction of the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium is progressing well. Stands are complete and roof’s outline begins to appear, as seen in these latest photos.

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Reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat is safely going towards completion later this year, according to latest update by AFL Architects. The English office was appointed to redesign this building in 2013, just 10 years after opening.

The redevelopment included demolition of previous roof and upper tier seating. These were replaced by a much larger upper ring, increasing capacity from 35,000 to 48,000 people.

The entire seating bowl is now complete, just like the 16 massive columns built around it. They will soon support the new, much larger roof structure. Its signature feature: a horse’s head above the north curve! You can see it in the rendering below.

In 2017 the Olympic Stadium will play host to opening and closing ceremonies during Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, to be held in Ashgabat.Current progress rate on the stadium site is estimated to be 70%.

The Turkmen national stadium will also meet highest demands of the IAAF and can in the future be used as a FIFA World Cup venue, although after slight alterations.

Ashgabat Olympic StadiumFebruary 2016 update © AFL Architects

Ashgabat Olympic StadiumFebruary 2016 update © AFL Architects

Ashgabat Olympic Stadium© AFL Architects

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