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Football Stadium and Multi -Purpose Sports Hall of the Sports Park Stozice in Ljubljana, Slovenia by SADAR + VUGA

February 25th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal


Sports Park Stožice is a hybrid project. Its realisation is the result of the public-private partnership between the city of Ljubljana and Grep development company. The 187,500sqm Sports Park Stožice combines a football stadium and a multi-purpose sports hall with a large shopping centre, which is covered by a recreational park landscape.

Sports center and stadium

Sports center and stadium

  • Architects: SADAR + VUGA (lead architect); KSS, London (consultant in sports architecture)
  • Landscape Architecture: AKKA, Ljubljana
  • Type: Leisure and Sport, Retail
  • Source: International open competition, 1997
  • Client: Ljubljana City Municipality, Grep
  • Site: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Site Area : 182.600,00m2
  • Building Area:
  • Stadium = 24.600,00m2,
  • Sports Hall = 14.100,00m2,
  • Park = 143.970,00m2

Stadium view from street 2

Stadium view from street 2

The two storeys of the shopping centre and the indoor car park occupy the 12-metre deep disused gravel pit. The park covering the roof of the shopping centre links the landscape by the river Sava across the northern section of the outer road ring with the green urban space in the city centre. The newly-built structure is integrated into the space so as to retain and emphasise the horizontal, planar character of the open space. The stadium and sports hall buildings frame the views of the Alps towards the north,
and of the castle hill and city centre towers towards the south. Phase one of the project incorporates the stadium, sports hall, and the northern section of the
park, and was officially opened on September 18, 2010.

Stadium interior 2

The 16.000 seat football stadium is designed according to contemporary economic, sociological and environmental UEFA standards. Its design and shape provide ideal conditions for sporting events and ensure the perfect experience for the spectators. The football stadium is ‘sunken’ in the park – only the roof over the stands rises above the plane of the park as a monolithic crater. The roof cladding has the same finish as the sports hall.

Stadium interior

The plane is pierced by four flights of stairs that provide access and lead to the stadium’s concourse. The park’s plateau gradually descends to the east revealing the stadium as an open building, while the eastern entrances create the view into the interior of the stadium. A steel roof stretches high above the stands highlighting its 4x4m grid structure, emphasising the sensation of the interior.

Stadium interior 3

Stadium interior 3

The stands descend from the concourse to the football pitch, enabling spectators to be very near to the action, while still covered by the roof.
On the west side of the stadium, the concourse terminates at the VIP and media rooms. This section continues into the underground buildings with all the necessary amenities for the players, officials and media. In the context of the wider city landscape, the roof over the stands – the crater – becomes the
stadium’s distinctive mark.

Sports Hall

Sports Hall

The sports hall for 12,000 spectators is located in the north-western part of the park. The four levels of concourses and the lower, VIP, and upper stands are covered by a shell-shaped dome. The park’s plateau, the edge of the shell scallops and opens towards the interior. The ridges continue all the way to the top, where the facade meets the dome. This outlines the shape of the hall, a shell that opens towards the perimeter with large crescent openings overlooking the park. Along the entire perimeter, there is a
viewing distance.

Sports Hall Interior - VIP Concourse

The sports hall is a partially recessed building. Its volume is determined by the required seating capacity and the size of the basketball and handball court, which are the two sports that the hall is primarily intended for. The position of the stands ensures maximum compactness of the interior space and allows the spectators to be as close to the action on the court as possible. VIP seating is situated between the lower and the upper stands. The warm-up hall is connected to the main hall on the lowest floor, under
the surface of the park. The whole interior surface of the shell is determined by the geometry of the steel structure – a large ornament that levitates above the upper concourse, stands, and courts.

Sports Hall Interior - Upper Concourse

The lower, VIP, and upper concourses with kiosks surround the interior of the hall and open towards the park. The double height spaces and terraces interconnect visually the concourses and create a permeable space between the interior of the hall and the park. The crater of the football stadium and the shell of the sports hall on the park’s plateau become two tuned icons of the new Ljubljana.

Sports Hall Interior - lower concourse

The park and shopping center are still under construction. The completion is scheduled for June 2011.

Phase one official opening September 18, 2010
Shopping center and park completion mid-2011

More project data and credits:
Stadium = 3 underground levels + GF
Sports Hall = 2 underground levels + GF + 3 levels
Shopping centre = 2 underground levels
Parking = 2 underground levels
Total floor Area :
Stadium = 33.700,00m2,
Sports Hall = 35.500,00 m2,
Shopping centre = 91.000,00m2 (2nd phase)
Underground parking garage = 134.000,00m2,
Park = 143.970,00m2
Stadium = 16.038 seats,
Sports Hall = 12.484 seats
Parking garage = 1.111 parking spaces + 62 bus parking + delivery (1st phase), 2.503 parking spaces
(2nd phase)
Stadium = reinforced concrete with prefab elements, steel roof structure
Sports Hall = reinforced concrete with prefab elements, steel roof structure
Shopping centre = reinforced concrete structure
Stadium = glass, facade panels
Sports Hall = glass
Roof :
Stadium= green roof, alu-shingles
Sports Hall= alu shingles
Programme: recreational park, football stadium, multipurpose sports hall,
shopping centre, underground parking
Construction Engineering: ELEA iC; Gradis; Atelier One, London; ELEA iC
Mechanical Engineering: Lenassi; Jelen & Zaveršnik
Electrical Engineering: Elprojekt; UTRIS;Genera
Fire Engineering: EKOsystem
Traffic: LUZ
Site engineering: LUZ

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One Response to “Football Stadium and Multi -Purpose Sports Hall of the Sports Park Stozice in Ljubljana, Slovenia by SADAR + VUGA”

  1. daniel taran godas says:

    estimados señores :
    por favor les soli9cito me envien infomacion sobre el emprendimiento.
    quisiera aplicar cosas al desarrollo que va a intentar llevar adelante mi club en Uruguay..
    pueden ustedes ayudar ?
    mi club tiene un estadio de futbol y planea hacer un estadio multi uso tambien .
    pueden ustedes dar una idea de las inversiones necesarias para el estadio multiuso ?
    gracias por ahora .
    quedo a sus gratas ordenes en mi pais .
    daniel taran godas .

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