The latest ANZ render is pretty close to your suggestion.quidgybo wrote:This is the only way to salvage the stadium from a rectangular sport perspective. There is nothing wrong with the upper decks in terms of position other than the fact it is a super stadium and so the top deck spectators end up a long way away from the action. But the real problem is the lower bowl and the level of the playing field. The rake of the lower bowl is too shallow and the fences are too far away from the sidelines. The fact you can actually see the lower deck from the top deck when in rectangular configuration is a major symptom of the issue.jowel wrote:ANZ is indeed crap. Fits everyone, suits no one.
In order to improve the rake and bring all the seats in to make a decent rectangular stadium, could consideration be made towards digging down, lowering the playing field somewhat? Then reconstruct the entire concourse.
Similar to the city of Manchester stadium post commonwealth games.
To turn the venue into a true rectangular stadium does not require nuking it from orbit but does require major surgery. Step one, demolish the entire lower bowl, including the moveable seating, oval ends and the additional tier at the northern end. Step, two, lower the playing surface until the sideline of a Rugby League or Soccer field can just be seen comfortably from a normal seated position in the upper decks but with no more than three metres of grass visible beyond that on the near side.
In the giant hole created by the above work, build a replica of a good rectangular stadium layout minus the roof - something between AAMI Park and Suncorp Stadium in size. The lower bowl should be about 12,000 in capacity with the distance between the fence and the sideline of rectangular sports set at the legal minimum. Above this should be a second tier bowl, also rectangular, seating another 12,000-18,000 depending on the space available. All new tiers would be raked appropriate for optimizing sight lines for rectangular sports. If necessary a third rectangular tier would be built above this, sized to reach the bottom of the existing Upper tiers.
So you'd end up with a stadium with two or three lower tiers, closely hugging all four sides of a rectangular field with sight lines designed to be best in class for soccer and Rugby League. Opening between one and three of these bottom tiers would enable the stadium capacity to scale to the needs of the event while keeping crowds close to the action and tightly packed, preserving atmosphere. Above the two wings you would have the existing middle and upper deck tiers of the stadium allowing for a full capacity probably well in excess of the current 83,000.
Not only demolishing the lower tier but the middles tiers as well,leaving the upper