During a recent trip to Korea, Sung Jung, Project Manager and Senior Associate at ROSSETTI was interviewed by the Kyunghyang Shinmum Daily Newspaper on the importance of integrating sports anchored developments into the community.
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Is the sports venue in Korea a sculpture or a building? While a sculpture is primarily for being seen, a building is a functional organic form. Sung from ROSSETTI said in the interview “A sports venue in Korea is used on a game day only and becomes a sculpture on non-game days. It should be not only for a sport event, but also for a community.” Many Korean sports venues are built outside of an urban fabric. It may save land and construction costs; however, it does not contribute to the community.
ROSSETTI is an American architectural firm specialized in designing sports venues for over 45 years. Stub Hub Center, Red Bull Arena, PPL Park, Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, Ford Field, Palace of Auburn Hills are among may other sports projects designed by ROSSETTI. Sung said “Each sports venue is different and unique by type of sport, program, city and team. But, every sports venue is designed toward vision and strategy.”
Sung emphasizes on the Sport Anchored Development. He explained this concept as a sports venue anchored in community drawing people and helping a local development. What’s happening now in Korea is totally opposite. They build a sports venue out of nowhere and use it for game day only. As the city grows and the sports venue becomes a part of the urban area, they demolish the existing sports venue and build the new one further outside of the city. Sung pointed out this as a wrong planning and said “Korean government should be more focused on renovating and repurposing the existing instead of building a new one.”
Incheon Football Stadium is designed by ROSSETTI. It is located near the railway station in the urban area where residential and commercial buildings are concentrated. One side of the seating bowl is open and allows visual communication between inside and outside of the stadium. The 360 concourse is designed for better circulation of general admission. Sung added “Incheon Football Stadium was possible to become a great stadium because we, sports architect designed it from the beginning.”
Sung also introduced the current trend of the sports venue. He said “Instead of making just a nice looking building, Korean sports venue should be changed to attract people coming early and staying late and provide diverse fan experiences.”
The Kyunghyang Shinmum Daily Newspaper