Dubai Sports City (DSC), the world’s first purpose-built sports city, will host a range of innovative technologies and showcase some of the best facilities in the world.
DSC Cricket Stadium will be the first of the facilities to open in early 2009, which will boast state-of-the-art facilities and be lit by more than 350 floodlights.
The lighting system has been installed all along the rim of the roof of the stadium, creating the illusion of a ‘ring of fire’ when lighting the field of play, claimed DSC developers. The design replicates natural light and facilitates good visibility for players at any time of the day by preventing shadows from being cast on the field.
The stadium is expected to be the most advanced of its kind in the world and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been involved at all stages of the design process to ensure that the stadium meets the relevant specifications for hosting international cricket fixtures.
DSC executives are currently in discussions with international cricketing bodies to establish the first international cricket tournament to be staged in the city.
DSC will also house specialised academies that will combine high-end technology and advanced coaching techniques to attract both local and international athletes to develop their skills.
Academies currently under construction at DSC, include the ICC Global Cricket Academy, Football (home of the Manchester United Soccer School, Dubai), Rugby, Swimming and the FIH World Hockey Academy, the Butch Harmon School of Golf and David Lloyd Tennis Academy.
“We are focused on providing facilities for the next generation of athletes who could go on to represent their country at an international level,” said Khalid Al Zarooni, president, DSC.
“It will be a unique offering in the world of sport and will hopefully contribute to developing a broader culture of sporting achievement in this region.”