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An upgrade is about be implemented in Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium and mixed reality is being used to realize it.

On Monday, November 20th, the Georgia Dome – an 80,000-capacity stadium that opened in 1992 and hosted events in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was torn down. More than 2,000kg of explosives were used for the implosion, which took place at 7:30 a.m. , and was covered by the local media. The stadium, which was also the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years, was one of the country’s largest domed stadiums and its construction had cost $214m. It is now replaced by the adjacent, newly erected $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August this year.

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The Minnesota Vikings announced last week that they plan to add $19.7 million to their contribution towards building a new stadium for the NFL team. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley made the announcement at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) meeting in Minneapolis alongside John Wood with Mortenson Construction and MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. The additional funding means the Minnesota Vikings have now contributed $526 million towards the new facility which has a total price tag of over a billion dollars. Lester Bagley announced that the extra funding was to counter the rising price of steel and ensure all of the items from the original plan were built on time. There is roughly 7,000 tons of steel in the stadium’s external shell. The steel was budgeted at $4,800 per ton but is now costing closer to $6,000 per ton.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics will begin on February 7th in Sochi, Russia.  The resort town of Sochi is located over 1,600 kilometers from Moscow along the Black Sea.  Sochi had very little infrastructure when the city’s bid to host the Olympics beat out Salzburg, Austria and Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2007.  In the seven years since Sochi won its Olympics bid, workers have erected 25,000 new hotel rooms, built 225 miles of road, drilled 22 new tunnels in the surrounding mountains, built four new stadiums and more.  These Olympics will be the most expensive in history with current cost estimates exceeding $50 billion.  In addition to the original $10 billion investment by the Russian government, the original financing plan called for non-budget sources to contribute $2.6 billion to tourist infrastructure, $500 million for Olympic venues, $270 million for transportation infrastructure, and $100 million for power infrastructure.  The actual cost to complete each of these items is much higher than the original estimates and many are claiming corruption plays a large role in the increased spending.

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  • Date occured Friday, 07 February 2014
Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:34

Minnesota Vikings Break Ground on New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings broke ground on Tuesday on the new $975 million Vikings Stadium. The stadium will be built by Mortenson Construction and Thor Construction and will replace the aging Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis that was built in 1982. The 65,000 seat, 1.7 million square foot facility will be finished in July 2016. It is expected to take 4.3 million work hours from over 7500 workers. The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) will require 11% of the construction contracts for the project to be awarded to women, and 9% of the contracts to be awarded to minority-owned construction companies. On May 10, 2012, a bill was passed to fund the stadium and states the Minnesota Vikings will pay $477 million, the state of Minnesota will pay $348 million, and $150 million will be covered by a hospitality tax in Minneapolis.

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  • Date occured Monday, 03 December 2012
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:14

Brazil Stadium Collapse Kills Two

Two people died and one was injured last week when part of the Sao Paulo Stadium in Brazil collapsed.  The stadium is one of the 12 venues that will be used for this summer’s World Cup and is scheduled to host the opening match of the tournament.  The two workers died when a crane collapsed above their vehicle. Luckily, the crane collapse occurred at lunchtime and prevented the death toll from being any worse.  Images of the damage show a collapsed 500-ton metal structure that supported the stadium’s canopy. The failure occurred when the structure was struck by a crane.  As a result of the accident, construction has been suspended for 30 days and this will further cast a shadow on Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 27 November 2013