Creating tension

Birdair Inc. installs a tensioned fabric membrane roof on a Kuwait stadium

Photos courtesy of Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.

The roof on Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium displays 450 illuminated holographic glass cupolas.

In Safat, Kuwait, temperatures during the summer often exceed an unforgiving 130 F. One can barely imagine moving in such heat, let alone playing soccer.

However, the city is now home to the largest soccer and Olympic-standard sports venue in Kuwait, Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium. When the 64,000-seat stadium was being planned, the desert heat was a significant consideration, leading to a canopy design that would allow daylight on the field but effectively shade spectators.