The masterplan will be delivered in phases, starting with the stadium itself and following the outline vision for the project, ultimately becoming a fully-accessible campus for both elite athletes and the local community.
Major new sports and leisure campus for the city of Rizhao in Eastern China
Comprising state-of-the-art facilities for community and elite athlete use, this major new sports and leisure campus for the city of Rizhao in Eastern China is located across three sites.
The full masterplan, designed by AFL Architects, encompasses a 12,000-capacity stadium, training facilities, an e-sport arena and hotel/retail developments.
The 12,000-capacity stadium sits in the centre of the plaza, surrounded by a multi-hall sports venue, a gymnasium, swimming pool, and other mixed-use buildings.
The training ground is sited separately to the stadium. Intended for local team use, it holds a football academy, team accommodation and three pitches. Together with the stadium, it provides an aspirational, grass-root base for the development of football in the region.
Working directly with a commercial JV client and partnering with the Kehua Sport organisation, this will be AFL Architect’s third commission with Kehua Sport and sixth in the country; the practice having previously designed the Kunming Campus, an elite Premier League training elite European teams when touring the country.
Phil Osborne, Director, AFL Architects, said:
We are proud to engage directly with the sporting ambition of the city of Rizhao; to be at the forefront of creating an environment in which players can train, compete, and advance from their local team to the national stage.
Site works are due to commence on the first stage of the project this Spring.
The e-sport arena will be the first in the region, with approximately 3,000-4,000 capacity, and will be AFL’s first e-sport arena.
E-sports is the fastest growing sport across much of the world. Its diverse range of games and inclusive nature creates a unique set of challenges, as does the game’s rapid growth in China.
This continual expansion into China also comes at a critical point for the practice, following its delivery of the FIFA World Cup final stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, namely Lusail Stadium, and its continuing international work in the Middle East, Turkey and Ireland.
Images, courtesy: AFL Architects
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