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This is my first time seeing it. Anyone know when it was built? I think it's incredibly designed and very unique. Any opinions?

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I think it looks horrible.

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Re: Valencia stadium

The roof is a nice design, but the court itself looked quite cramped and dark around the sides, as if they were playing in half-light.

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The roof is a nice design, but the court itself looked quite cramped and dark around the sides, as if they were playing in half-light.
Yeah, that's true, it looks great in theory (love the sides, it makes it look like a cathedral), but there are some lighting issues.

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Nice pics of the stadium here...

http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/?p=6339
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Form over Function.

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Re: Valencia stadium

Beautiful arena, inside and out, but the court was too bright. Lighting problem, I suppose.
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This is my first time seeing it. Anyone know when it was built? I think it's incredibly designed and very unique. Any opinions?
It's been finished just in time for the tournament. I saw the whole building process cause I passed next to it every weekend on my way to uni. Thing is, it hasn't been designed as a sports arena. It's supposed to be for conferences and congresses and the like. That's why it was small (for a 500 event) and weird. Well, the guy that designed it is weird...

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Re: Valencia stadium

What about the court? I thought it was pretty fast and low bouncing for modern standards, but I've heard different opinions.

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Re: Valencia stadium

It looks great, I love it.
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What about the court? I thought it was pretty fast and low bouncing for modern standards, but I've heard different opinions.
Verdasco said it was slow like Kuala Lumpur, Murray said "not too quick". Serve stats put it right at the bottom of the indoor table (along with Kuala Lumpur).

It varied though, cos the doors apparently aren't built at one end, so it's not far off a covered outdoor stadium atm. Days when it was cold outside were really slow - Murray said as much after the Mayer match, but said it was a little quicker after playing Montanes.
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i think it looks great inside and out, the surface and lighting of the courts are fantastic.
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Re: Valencia stadium

The building itself is made by Santiago Calatrava, a world-famous architect born in Valencia. It is called Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciutat_..._Ci%C3%A8ncies

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The building itself is made by Santiago Calatrava, a world-famous architect born in Valencia.
He is also related to the tennis pro Alex Calatrava! Though, Alex forgot to remind his uncle to cover the windows, because the stripes of window-light that fall on the court are annoying, and perhaps disturbing to the players too. It reminds me of the US Open at around 5-7pm. when the shadows start getting really annoying.

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