Abu Dhabi Sports Complex

Abu Dhabi Sports Complex
Zayed Higher Organization - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SportsPLAN Studio served as programming and design consultant to the Abu Dhabi office of Leo A Daly Architects for all sports-related features of this breathtaking new sports complex in the United Arab Emirates. The project is now provides experiential development and play facilities for individuals with special needs, to create a training complex for high-performance athletes and to provide a first-rate event venue for regional and international athletic events.

This exciting project is the ninth collaboration between SportsPLAN Studio and Leo A Daly and our first overseas effort.

Sports PLAN Studio developed program documentation, design drawings and event planning for the multipurpose stadium, practice fields and event support facilities including locker rooms, sports medicine and strength training facilities, event management spaces, a 50-meter pool and a multi-sport gymnasium.

We designed a standard IAAF track with a regulation FIFA football pitch on the infield. Field Event runways are configured on the outside of the back stretch to put all field events closer to the spectator grandstands.


Feasibility Study
Master Planning
Design Consulting
Equipment Specifications
Operational Planning

Program Features

400-Meter Track
FIFA Regulation Soccer Pitch
Soccer Practice Fields
Strength and Conditioning
Sports Medicine Center
Reception Hall and Media Center
Student/Athlete Lounge
Athlete Locker Rooms
Athletic Equipment Center
Meeting Rooms
Event Support Facilities
Project Manager: Joel Leider
Architect of Record: Leo A Daly
Project Cost: $100 million
Client Reference: Mahdi Mansour
Completion Date: 2016
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