Closed stadiums, cancelled league seasons, postponed tournaments… COVID-19 pandemic took away many of our beloved entertainments, so why not take advantage on this extra free time and design a stadium in Munich?
Whole world is in a lockdown but there’s still one competition which hasn’t been cancelled or even postopned. Moreover, it actually started earlier than planned! After the trip to south america last year MSTADIA Designers Cup came back to Europe. Initially, it supposed to be back after EURO 2020 final game but in this unusual circumstances it has shortened its vacation and landed in Bavaria in Germany on May 6th.
This summer all eyes of stadia designers community will be focused on southern districts of Munich where well-known Grünwalder Stadion is located. Home of three football teams (FC Bayern from Frauen-Bundesliga, TSV 1860 Munich and Türkgücü München) surely seen better days and needs a solid update to host games on higher competition levels in the future and keep teams from moving out to brand new venues.
At the beginning of 2020, the city of Munich showed the effects of work on the feasibility study for Grünwalder Stadion redevelopment. Roof over each of four stands, modification of the communication scheme on the north stand and creating hospitality zones, adding a second tier to Ostkurve, expanding the main stand and refreshing the largest Westkurve. These were guidelines received by architects from the AS + P and participants of MSTADIA Designers Cup 6 will have to face a similar challenge.
How exactly the competition task will look like depends on the scenario chosen by the participant: "Beginner", "Regular" or "Pro". Detailed requirements for each of them are available in the competition rules & regulations. The reward for undertaking the most difficult challenge will be a more favorable multiplier of points in the "Integration" category (×1, ×3 or ×5) in the Jury vote.
In brief, contestants have the choice of either full ("Pro" scenario) or partial (Regular) compliance with the actual restrictions on the redevelopment of the Grünwalder Stadion planned by the city.
An unique chance for those who want to start the adventure with stadium design is the "Beginner" scenario, which requires only the preservation (and expansion) of the eastern stand and the wall with distinctive reliefs located directly behind it. The other three stands can be designed from scratch! They only need to refer to the shape of the old stadium. The graphic below shows a simplified scheme of the works scope for each of the scenarios.
Participation in the competition is completely free. 3D model of the stadium with surroundings is available for download after completing the application form on the organizer's website. Also, a dedicated topic on the SkyscraperCity.com discussion forum is available to contestants, where they can share their progress and ask questions.
Contestants have time to submit their work to the last minutes of Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. Then, after several days of verification of the competition entries and potential corrections made by the contestants, on Friday, August 7th the process of selecting the winner will begin and will last until the end of the next week (August 16th, 23: 59.59 CET). The winner of this year's edition will be announced on Tuesday, August 18th.
The best designer will receive a personalized glass statuette, a commemorative jersey and - like the other two on the podium - a canvas print or poster showing the cross-section of their own stadium submitted for the competition.
The competition is organized by MSTADIA.net in the person of Mateusz Cegielski. StadiumDB.com has become the main media partner of The Cup for the sixth time in a row. The competition is supported also by OStadium.com, Passione Stadi and GOALSHARK, a clothing company debuting in this group.