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David Manica led the design of the seating bowl as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
Wembley Stadium
London, England
Piercing the London skyline, the visibly striking image of the 133 meter Wembley arch is an iconic feature of the new Wembley National Stadium. The 90,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium will continue the legendary status of this world- class stadium as the “Venue of Legends,” and has become one of the world’s most comprehensive stadiums.
 
A central feature of the new design is the seating bowl, which has been designed as a single elliptical form as opposed to the traditional English precedence of four separate rectilinear stands.  Although designed primarily for soccer, rugby, and concerts, the new stadium’s most unique feature will be its ability to host world-class track and field events by means of a removable platform.  This unique solution went all the way to British Parliament for review and approval, and has since been replicated by other architects around the world in the design of new multi-use stadiums.
 
The Wembley arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world, and even before it opened to the public for its first game, its iconic presence in London quickly replaced the original “twin towers” of Wembley as one of the most recognized sporting facilities in the world.
 
Among its other awards since opening, Wembley Stadium was just recently voted one of “The New Seven Wonders of the World”.

David Manica led the design of the seating bowl and overall building geometry as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
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