A historically significant stadium, De Kuip is known for its unique and intense atmosphere due to its distinctive design, with oval stands positioned close to the pitch so audience and players are in intimate proximity.
Built 80 years ago, the current stadium of Rotterdam-based football club Feyenoord no longer fulfills modern demands. To facilitate the football club’s expanding ambitions both in the national and European football leagues, Operatie NL, OMA and Feyenoord proposed the construction of a new stadium combined with the development of the surrounding neighborhood.
In collaboration with the football club and the municipality of Rotterdam, OMA has developed the Feyenoord City Masterplan, introducing a new 63,000-seat stadium that will function as catalyst for the urban development of Rotterdam Zuid, one of the neighborhoods of the city in need of rejuvenation and economic injection.
Chris was invited by David Gianotten, OMA’s Partner in charge of the project, to support the OMA design team upon the design development of the new football stadium proposals. Over the course of the schematic design phase, he advised and collaborated with the team on the technicalities of sports stadia design elements, including the field of play, spectator sightlines, seating bowl geometries, sectional strategies, entry & exit systems, concourses, spectator service facilities, sports technical & operational areas, user group arrival sequences and stadium site masterplanning.
Role: Football Technical Advisor
Client: Stadion Feijenoord NV, Feyenoord Rotterdam NV
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