Detailed overlay requirements are specific to each tournament or event. However, some generic planning of spaces and services can be factored into the design of a stadium and greatly enhance the ability to deliver overlay as required. This will ensure that overlay structures complement permanent structures and it is likely to achieve operational efficiency and cost savings over a stadium lifecycle.
It is therefore recommended:
• to build for regular uses of the stadium and adapt with overlay for any extra events or tournament
• to maintain a good level of agility and flexibility to take advantage of opportunities on a case-by-case basis
• to pre-build the underlying infrastructure needed to enable all likely and envisaged overlay infrastructure e.g.:
Groundwork for future overlay installation locations (such as a large broadcast compound and outdoor hospitality areas)
Second perimeter and access channelling systems
Infrastructure, technical and mechanical elements including conduit trenching
• to leave as much space allocation flexibility as possible
Space planning is the starting point for the flexible provision of overlay. Designing the surrounding areas of a stadium with this in mind will benefit future installations, for example establishing in advance where the hospitality villages and fan zones will be located.