Many new sports venues in China sit inactive after big competitions. To shift this paradigm, HKS envisioned Chengdu Phoenix Hill Sports Park as both a state-of-the art venue for major global sporting events and a public place where the community can gather throughout the year. The sports park is set to host the 31st World University Games’ basketball competition in 2022 and the 18th Asian Cup in 2023.
Beginning with a comprehensive master plan focused on diverse experiences, the team designed a massive sports center and a public square or “urban living room” that can accommodate a multitude of outdoor events throughout the year including parties, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Mixed-use buildings comprising hotel, retail, and training facilities draw visitors from around the region.
At the heart of the project, a 60,000-seat FIFA standard stadium and 18,000-seat NBA standard arena are a catalyst for energy and excitement in the community. The venues have top operational capabilities for a full range of sporting events including soccer (football), basketball, ice hockey, badminton, table tennis, handball and gymnastics. Designed for flexibility, the venues can accommodate a wide variety of events with retractable seating and stage options.
The country’s first open cable dome structure with a massive single-layer cable system serves as the stadium’s roof. Enclosed with a translucent ETFE (ethylene tetra fluoro ethylene) membrane structure, the lightweight roof shades all seating areas while still allowing for natural light and ventilation. The membrane also softens shadow casting on the field, ensuring players are less impeded by the sun.