Saida International Stadium, Lebanon

Features: The 22,000 capacity stadium is the closest stadium to the sea in the world. Built on an artificial peninsula on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the stadium is used primarily for soccer and athletics events, and most notably hosted matches during the 2000 AFC Asian Cup.

Challenge: To predict external wind loads on the 30-metre high membrane roof structure of the grandstand over a period of 50 years, with no specific wind data given for the location.

Vipac’s role: To perform comprehensive wind tunnel testing using scale models of the stadium.

Benefit: Ensured spectator comfort and safety from high sea winds in the grandstand.

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