Opening of Thialf Speed Skating Stadium after major renovation works
The renovated Thialf Stadium has opened its doors for the public on November 5th. The official opening of the renovated Dutch national speed skating stadium in Heerenveen will be end of January 2017.
The 11,000-capacity ice stadium has been expanded with new hospitality areas, new corporate boxes and a new concourse with public welfare facilities. Also a professional training centre has been developed within the stadium building.
The ambition of Thialf is to become the fastest and most sustainable low land ice track. The vision ‘everything close to the ice rink’ has resulted in the fact that all facilities are located around the ice, including facilities for athletes, spectators, hospitality guests, media, press and officials. You cannot miss the ice when you are inside!The new ice rink with new state-of-the-art installations will provide the ideal circumstances for new records. With its new energy concept, including 5'000 solar panels on the roof, the stadium will also be one of the most sustainable stadiums in the Netherlands. During the coming weeks the stadium is being prepared for the first official tournament in Thialf, which will be the ISU World Cup-match in December this year. In the first weekend of January 2017 Thialf will be the home for the ISU European Championship.
The Stadium Consultancy has been involved during the entire development process. TSC have prepared the functional, spatial and technical Programme of Requirements, advised the client during the procurement and tendering procedure and was member of the selection committee for the Design & Build consortium. In addition, TSC was part of the design team with regard to specific design solutions and prepared the business model and the operational requirements for the future operations of the speed skating stadium.
For more information about the New Thialf, please go to: www.thialf.nl