Thanks to Asteros, Kaliningrad Stadium has made a new leap towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Mar 09, 2016

The Asteros Group completed the design of the technological infrastructure for Kaliningrad Stadium, which was created as part of the preparations for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. The project involves the implementation of 13 high-tech systems and has been approved by the Chief State Expert Evaluation Department of Russia. The overall cost of construction is estimated to be 17.3 billion rubles.

Based on Russia's official bid and approved by FIFA on December 2, 2010, matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held at Kaliningrad Stadium. Construction of the stadium began in 2015 and it is expected to be put into use by November 2017. The sports facility has a seating capacity of 35,000 spectators, of which 25,000 seats will remain after the World Cup. Thus, a two-level stadium, equipped with the latest technologies and security systems, will be built in Kaliningrad. The Central Research and Development Institute for Experimental Design of Industrial Buildings and Structures was chosen as the general designer. Technological systems' design was entrusted to the Asteros Group.

As part of the design of Kaliningrad Stadium's technological infrastructure, the Asteros Group conducted a thorough analysis of the landscape, climatic, and other characteristics of the facility. Moreover, all the requirements of Russian and international regulatory authorities, including the Football Union of Russia, FIFA, and broadcasting organizations, were complied with, and standards for physical and information security were taken into consideration. In addition to this, this calculation takes into account the workload of the sporting facility during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and in legacy mode, that is, after the championship is over.

Within a record-setting time frame of one month, professionals from Asteros designed 13 technological systems for Kaliningrad Stadium, which will provide audio-visual production and a communications environment for television and radio broadcasting. Thus, sound amplification is intended to provide audio accompaniment, including advertisement playback and recorded music, for any event. Furthermore, additional technological equipment for people with limited capabilities, such as hearing-impaired individuals, has been provided for. There are plans to install two 1910 square meters video scoreboards for simultaneous playback of replays, game statistics, and entertainment. Cable, on-air, and satellite television will be deployed at a section of the stands for 1230 media representatives and also at presentation and TV studios. Communications systems, including a Wi-Fi network, have been designed for the stadium's technical and administrative zones, spectator stands, and over 100 commentators' seats. The work also accounts for the design of equipment for a conference hall, press center, and the stadium's semi-permanent television broadcasting point.

The project documentation prepared by Asteros for Kaliningrad Stadium successfully passed inspection by the Chief State Expert Evaluation Department of Russia and will serve as the foundation for the creation of the sports facility's technological infrastructure.

In our country, only a select few have experience designing technological infrastructure for facilities that will host international events, and in Russia one of these companies is Asteros, which gained a reputation for itself due to its construction work for the Sochi Olympics, commented Sabina Mamedova, Head Engineer of the project, Central Research and Development Institute for Experimental Design of Industrial Buildings and Structures. It's worth noting that the planners considered not only the city's overall plan and topographical features, but also the possibilities of using the facility before and after the FIFA World Cup. We thank the Asteros team for their wonderful work, which was completed in a tight deadline.

This is not the first project of Asteros to successfully pass state inspection in a very short time span. We had a similar experience, for example, during the construction of the Dynamo Stadium (VTB Arena), noted Vladimir Shelepov, Head of the Security Division at Asteros. Designing systems for a stadium that will host matches for the upcoming FIFA World Cup is of huge significance for us. On the one hand, we are working on enhancing the country's reputation, and on the other hand, we are developing our own expertise. In Kaliningrad, professionals from three of our departments — engineering systems, telecommunications solutions, and security — took part in the project from the beginning. Close collaboration with the client's employees allowed us to quickly design the stadium's technological infrastructure, which also took into consideration the facility's new architectural layout.

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