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Valencia stadium

brent-o
11-08-2009, 07:08 PM
This is my first time seeing it. Anyone know when it was built? I think it's incredibly designed and very unique. Any opinions?

Burrow
11-08-2009, 07:14 PM
I think it looks horrible.

Sjengster
11-08-2009, 07:16 PM
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.

brent-o
11-08-2009, 07:25 PM
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.

Jorbaty
11-08-2009, 07:26 PM
Nice pics of the stadium here...

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

Midnight Ninja
11-08-2009, 07:32 PM
Form over Function.

Even so, Futuristic ≠ Good Looking

thrust
11-08-2009, 08:04 PM
Beautiful arena, inside and out, but the court was too bright. Lighting problem, I suppose.

Har-Tru
11-08-2009, 08:41 PM
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...

Har-Tru
11-08-2009, 08:43 PM
What about the court? I thought it was pretty fast and low bouncing for modern standards, but I've heard different opinions.

moon language
11-08-2009, 08:45 PM
It looks great, I love it.

philosophicalarf
11-08-2009, 09:28 PM
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.

tennishero
11-08-2009, 09:47 PM
i think it looks great inside and out, the surface and lighting of the courts are fantastic.

Montego
11-08-2009, 10:13 PM
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_de_les_Arts_i_les_Ci%C3%A8ncies

A great place in a great city :yeah:

Certinfy
11-08-2009, 10:15 PM
I like it :)

jmsx521
11-09-2009, 01:36 AM
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.

cocrcici
11-09-2009, 01:44 AM
i think it looks great inside and out, the surface and lighting of the courts are fantastic.

:)

fast_clay
11-09-2009, 03:00 AM
it appears as though it is built for the purpose of hosting rituals of a sinister and twisted nature... almagro played a match in the main draw, so i guess they've already made good on that straight up...

Vale
11-09-2009, 03:54 AM
Calatrava´s structures are weird and wonderful. More pics of the Ágora:

http://images.google.com.ar/images?sourceid=navclient&hl=es&rlz=1T4GGIC_esAR240AR240&q=agora%20valencia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

thegreendestiny
11-09-2009, 05:35 AM
It looks amazing. I love than the ceiling is high and has glass roof to bring in natural light. Quite unique for an indoor court.

bjurra
11-09-2009, 11:43 AM
Looks great, but capacity a bit small for a 500 event.