Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju-do, Korea.

Jeju World Cup Stadium



We were the structural engineer for the 40,000-seat Jeju Stadium in Korea, one of the venues for the FIFA 2002 World Cup. We worked with several Korean firms on the design and fast-track construction. This crescent-shaped multiuse soccer stadium, partially covered by a fabric canopy, supported by a unique spatial steel-trussed framing system suspended from six masts.

All of the roof’s structural elements were exposed to view and so had to function as architectural elements as well. The canopy is supported by a system of parallel arches and valley cables. The major trusses are arched and inclined to form a crescent shape – reminiscent of the volcanic craters dotting the island and of the boats and tools used for coastal fishing. Our team used special wind-tunnel testing and nonlinear analysis to balance the competing goals of lightness and wind-resistance.

Retaining Sight Lines
The stadium was designed with a low profile to avoid marring the landscape or obstructing natural views of mountains and islands in the South China Sea. Only the upper-deck seating and roof structure are visible from a distance. The playing field is partly below-grade, which both retains sight lines and protects players from high winds.

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