Thursday, May 14, 2009

World Games Solar Stadium

The World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan was completed in January for the upcoming 2009 games.  The astonishing feature of the stadium is the 14,155 m2 solar PV roof which will produce 1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.  Furthermore, all materials are local to Taiwan and reusable.

From the World Games website:

The whole construction of the Main Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 seats, designed by Toyo Ito… an international standard soccer field and facility, ensuring that it is the perfect venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Rugby 7s and Flying Disc events.  The City of Kaohsiung is particularly proud of this project. During the construction period, no site accidents occurred, while the construction crew successfully overcame the technical difficulties presented by installing spiral steel girders and 8,844 solar panels on the roof.

That’s right, Ultimate is one of the many fringe sports that are part of the World Games, and it will be played in this amazing new stadium!  Check out this short promotional video for the new stadium, which opens with a disc being tossed:

I must confess this is the first I have heard of the World Games, which consists of 30 eccentric sports such as water skiing (including water ski jumping), surfing, life saving, tug of war, and bowling… see the entire list.  Hopefully this incredible new stadium will increase the event’s visibility.


Stadium under construction via