C+S March 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 3 (web)

in the event a breakdown does occur. With mechanical HVAC units providing the best solution for improved IAQ, facility managers need

sporting events. If providing the best environment for both the teams and the fans is your goal, then making the necessary upgrades to your HVAC units should be priority number one.

to ensure the unit is properly maintained. Creating a Comfortable Environment

Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy an indoor sporting event this winter, but the growing concerns about the Omicron variant and the seasonal flu can put a damper on those opportunities. That is why it is paramount for facility managers to emphasize proper or improved IAQ using controlled ventilation, dehumidification, and filtration. IAQ has a direct impact on health, comfort, and the overall experience of

CHRIS MARASCO is the product manager at Modine Manufacturing Company. Having been with the company for over six years, he once served as its application engineer. Modine specializes in thermal management systems and components, bringing highly engineered heating and cooling components, original equipment products, and systems to diversified global markets through its four complementary segments: CIS; BHVAC; HDE; and Automotive.

Compared with global markets, much of the development of sports stadiums in the Middle East and Africa was traditionally funded us- ing smaller, private-sector interests. However, this began to change in the early- to mid- 2000s when Middle Eastern and African countries began being selected to host larger international competitions. While the average venue size for the regions hover around 30,000 spectators, the stadiums being constructed to meet the needs of a changing market are capable of hosting 75,000 spectators, and that number is growing every year. This means that larger and larger projects are taking place in these regions. These projects are also not limited to simply stadium construction and redesign, but also encompass the infrastructure neces- sary to host large international events. For example, Qatar was selected to host the 2006 Asian Games as well as the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup, international soccer’s most prestigious tournament. Qatar had to erect a considerable amount of sporting infrastructure to host the 2006 Asian Games including a massive redevelopment of the Khalifa International Stadium. This redevelopment included doubling the stadium’s capacity to 40,000 and adding both a roof and an arch on the eastern side. Beyond hosting the Asian Games in 2006, the redevelopment of Khalifa Stadium has also made it a prime location to host other international competitions such as the 2011 Pan Arab Games, the 2019 World Athletics Championship, and the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. This project also featured the A Hotbed for International Competition: Stadium Construction in the Middle East and Africa

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construction of the athletes’ village for the Asian Games as well as its subsequent renovations for other international competitions.



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