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Temporary Ice Stadium

Building a new arena in the sports hub of Lausanne is now going ahead, complete with an ice rink and an indoor swimming hall with Olympic pools. It will take two years to finish the new arena. But not to worry, the National League A hockey club will still to be able to train and host games in the arena as usual during the two-year construction phase – in a temporary ice hockey stadium built by NUSSLI. The LHC’s (Lausanne Hockey Club) interim stadium will be 66 metres wide and 96 metres long. An ice rink and a grandstand system with 6,700 spectator seats are planned for the hall interior. Athletes and fans will still have all their usual amenities: a hospitality zone, media and press rooms, cloakrooms, offices, equipment rooms, a shop and ticket office will also be built in the stadium. Turnkey solutions provider NUSSLI planned this innovative project with support from BG Ingenieure Lausanne. The reason why this project is so innovative is that it will be the first temporary ice stadium ever built. The extensive range of equipment necessary for producing the ice and the resulting humidity posed a thorny, but definitely not unsolv­able challenge for the planners. They are already considering other options for the fully equipped temporary ice stadium when it is no longer required as a temporary stadium for the LHC. Among other things, the new building will serve as the Lausanne Hockey Club’s home stadium and as the location of the 2020 Youth Olympics.


Weather Is a Crucial Factor

With a week to go until the FIS 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Project Director Otmar Keller from the event contractor NUSSLI kept a close eye on the wind and snow conditions: “The weather is both the central factor and the wild card during assembly work. Strong wind makes construction work difficult, or even completely impossible under certain circumstan­ces. The snow requires enormous flexibility on the part of the team – both when there is too much of it, but also when there is none at all.”

Snowfall determines time of assembly
The team installed 5,000 spectator seats in the finished arena back in October 2016. Project Director Keller chose such an early date so that they could assemble the temporary structures quickly and without hindrance. Right at the beginning of the New Year, the stage in Kulmpark and the substructures for commentator boxes, TV studios, and the video screen were also set up.

Spectators were able to watch the best athletes in the world from start to finish – as befits a world championship event. The weather was also crucial for the construction of the 30 camera towers. Only when the final course of the race track had been planned in light of the snow and weather conditions the NUSSLI project team performed the assembly of the camera towers using a helicopter. This allowed millions of spectators to experience the event live as the athletes plunged onto the race track in ‘free fall’.
(Photo: World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017 / ­Alessandro Della Bella)

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Flying High against the Abu Dhabi Skyline

Participating in the High Diving World Cup requires plenty of courage, strength and body control. The competition – now in its third year – featured athletes diving from heights of 20 and 27 meters. Following the World Championship in Barcelona and the World Cup in Kazan, NUSSLI undertook construction of the diving platform for this daredevil water sport in the Bay of Abu Dhabi.

For some, merely watching may cause dizziness — for others, it's just a part of their daily routine. Over the course of fourteen days, NUSSLI technicians hung suspended by safety ropes in the air and assembled the platform element by element, moving ever upward, until the structure had reached its final height of 27 meters. Construction of the diving platform in the "Corniche" Bay of Abu Dhabi not only required workers not suffering from any altitude issues, but also underwater specialists. The foundation for the diving platform was installed at a depth of eight meters before the assemblers could take over at the surface and continue the upward construction. NUSSLI was responsible for the planning and construction of the diving platforms for the High Diving World Championship in Barcelona in 2013 as well as the first High Diving World Cup in Kazan in 2015. This year's location of the platform in eight-meter-deep water in Abu Dhabi was both new and more challenging in comparison to the previous two events. Placing the diving platform in the Bay and having the structure itself stand in water was, naturally, the result of careful decision making and was worth the extra effort. The platform's location in water made the sporting event even more attractive to fans watching in person and at home on television. Afterall, the athletes were diving and twisting against Abu Dhabi's fascinating skyline.

Planning the Diving Platform

The sport of high diving developed out of the ever-increasing popularity of natural cliff diving. Following profound public interest in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the swimming federation FINA created the official discipline of High Diving and organized the first World Cup two years ago in Kazan. NUSSLI was involved right from the start, supporting the officials in the planning of the diving platform. The platforms in Barcelona and Kazan were constructed with particular attention being paid to wind conditions. In Abu Dhabi, the platform required additional special considerations for the unilaterally mounted LED wall and stabilizing the structure in water. The experience gained from previous high diving projects enabled the NUSSLI engineers to plan and install the structure in Abu Dhabi in the water at a depth of eight meters.

Abu Dhabi — The Ideal Host City

The first High Diving World Cup in Kazan featured 20 athletes. This year's event in Abu Dhabi showcased the daring dives of more than twice as many competitors. Plenty of courage and body control are needed to take a plunge from a height of 27 meters. The free fall from the 27 meter high diving platform lasts more than two seconds. The athletes dive into the water at a speed of 85 kilometers per hour. Everything must be working perfectly upon impact into the water. Given the high risk of injury jumping from this height, the athletes structure their dives so that their feet enter the water first. This high risk sport is a guaranteed thrill magnet for spectators. For Abu Dhabi, hosting this adventurous water sporting event is a good opportunity for the city to showcase itself. Not only does the city feature an excellent infrastructure, but also the perfect climate. The 25-meter Short Course Swimming World Championship will also be held in Abu Dhabi in 2020.