AFL Architects has released images of a proposed overhaul of Istanbul’s Ataturk stadium as part of Turkey’s application to host the UEFA Euro 2024 football tournament
The AJ100 practice has reviewed 10 stadia in nine proposed host cities across the country on behalf of the Turkish Football Federation as Turkey prepares its bid.
The redesign of the original Ataturk Olympic stadium provides 92,000 seats and incorporates a video wall wrapped around the seating bowl.
John Roberts, sports director at AFL Architects, said: ‘Our team has significant experience in the delivery of UEFA, FIFA and Olympic stadia and masterplans.
‘Being involved at such an early stage of a major event is a fantastic opportunity, and one where we are able to demonstrate the full potential of our expertise.’
AFL’s stadium design would see the stadium enveloped by a white glassfibre-reinforced concrete (GRC) exoskeleton with wind capture technology, allowing the stadium to generate energy. The practice said the design of the cladding takes its inspiration from traditional Turkish hats and artwork.
A first phase of redevelopment would create a new lower tier with concourses and player facilities built within the existing stadium structure. The second phase would rebuild the upper tiers.
AFL’s specialist sports team is looking at all the stadia included in the bid to ensure they and their and associated infrastructure are compliant with UEFA regulations.