The installation of the roof that will protect the clay court during the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final was completed on Thursday. The tie will see Spain taking on Argentina at the Olympic Stadium in Seville on 2-4 December.
Four cranes have been used to lift the 3,200 square metre structure made of 100 tonnes of steel. Watch a video of the work being carried out on the EFE website.
With the rain in mind, the upper part of the roof has been covered with insulation material that will prevent the noise from raindrops from disturbing the competition.
Another preventive measure is the plan to attach the temporary structure to the stadium’s permanent roof in order to cover all the available seats.
After the roof, the next step will be the set up of the court, the assembly of the remaining stands and the final touches like lighting and the public-address system.
The architect in charge of the works, Jose Luis Vargas, has assured that the works will be completed by 24 November, one day before the Spanish and Argentinean teams are expected to arrive in the city.
Vargas has also guaranteed the attending fans that, despite the stadium’s big capacity, every seat will enjoy a full view of the court.
The cost of the structure, which will be reused for other events by Seville’s city council, has been of €429,000, while the rent of the stands has come at a cost of €476,000.
Transport service reinforced
Another good piece of news has come from the Spanish Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF) that has announced the temporary re-opening of the C2 train line between the Olympic Stadium and Santa Justa Station during the days when the Final is taking place.