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The Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month – Sapporo Dome

Posted on October 6th, 2015

From the island nation of the United Kingdom, we travel to the Far East island nation of Japan for this Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month and a look at one of world’s most unique buildings, the Sapporo Dome. Name & Its Origin: The Sapporo Community Dome, which is locally nicknamed Tsudome, appears to derive its name from the city it is located in. The name of the Japanese town of Sapporo is derived from the Ainu language, as either “Sari-Poro-Pet,” a river lined with large reed bed; or from “Sat-Poro-Pet,” a large dried up river. Location: The Sapporo Dome is about 3 miles east of the Toyohira River and then 14 miles southeast of the Sea of Japan. The town of Sapporo is a large metropolis with some 2 million residents and the dome is located towards its south-eastern edge at about 250 feet above sea level. Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: Tsudome was designed by Hiroshi Hara and opened March 2001 with an initial seating capacity of 41,484 for football (soccer) and baseball games. In 2009, it was expanded to hold 67,400 for football and 55,900 for baseball games. Type of Field Surface: What makes the Sapporo … testContinue reading

The Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month – Yuva Bharati Krirangan

Posted on May 5th, 2015

From the Communist nation of North Korea we travel across Asia to the non-aligned country of India for this stop on the Pléiades 1 Stadium of the Month. Specifically, we descend on the historic city of Kolkata with a look at one of the world’s (formerly) largest stadiums, Yuva Bharati Krirangan (or Salt Lake Stadium). Name & Its Origin: The Pléiades 1 stadium of the month for May is Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Translated in English as Salt Lake Stadium, it appears that the structure takes it names from the shallow saltwater ponds that are located close by in the surrounding town of Bidhannagar, India. Location: Yuva Bharati Krirangan is located in the planned community of Bidhannagar which is a suburb of one of India’s oldest cities, Kolkata. Situated 10 kilometers from downtown Kolkata, the stadium is approximately 11 meters above sea level. The salt lakes which give Yuva Bharati Krirangan its name were reclaimed in 1963 after seven years of filling them in with silt. Stadium Capacity/Size, Architect & Build Date: Inaugurated in 1984, Yuva Bharati Krirangan was once the second largest non-race track stadium in the world seating some 120,000 spectators and covering 309,000 square meters of ground. However, … testContinue reading

Reaching Orbit – World Cup

Posted on July 1st, 2014

It’s that time again, when the world’s most beloved sport pits one country against another. Soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, draws the attention of hundreds of millions of fans especially during the World Cup. There are heated and sometimes violent disagreements as to who’s team is the greatest of all time, what referee makes the worst call and who is obviously cheating. Sometimes, even the ball itself is to blame for intense contention between fans. With this in mind, after the last World Cup frustration when their Jabulani soccer ball behaved erratically at times, Adidas worked with a number of players in the design and construction of this year’s regulation soccer ball, the Brazuca. NASA also has football fever, they set up the traditional 32 panel soccer ball and the new Brazuca ball in their 2 foot by 2 foot wind tunnel at the Ames’ Fluid Mechanics Laboratory to see how air flows around the different designs. To the untrained eye, such as mine, one might think that a soccer ball is just as good as the next. The kind we used as children had the iconic 32 diamond panels and were relatively smooth. … testContinue reading

Small World – Busan, South Korea

Posted on September 12th, 2013

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and home to the country’s largest port. Its location allows the city to serve as the gateway to Japan and Eurasia. Busan is home to Korea’s largest mountain, Geumjeongsan, which is roughly 2,600 feet tall and one of the nation’s favorite hiking destinations. In the valley of the mountain sits a small community known as Sanseongmaeul, it is widely recognized for its barbecued goat meat. The country’s longest river, the Nakdong, also flows through the city into the Korean Strait. The river has played a significant role in Korea’s history as during earlier periods, many of the citizens established residences and towns along its winding route. The Nakdong also played a pivotal role during the Korean War for American troops, as it was a pinch point in establishing the Pusan perimeter. Busan was formally known as Pusan until 2000 when the Korean government entered the Revised Romanization period of their language development. Built for the 2002 Asian Games and used in the 2002 World Cup as well, the Asiad  Main Stadium in Busan is also home to the Korean professional football (soccer) team, Busan IPark. Image courtesy of DigitalGlobe, captured by … testContinue reading

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