Hello, OGF community!
I hope everyone is doing well this fine December day. The last couple challenges (school sites and national days) seemed to strike a positive chord with some users. There’s some fascinating things people are doing!
For December, I want to turn our attention to sporting events and games. What kind of sports are in your country? What kind of games are popular in the schoolyards or streets with your children? There are a lot of ways to go with this:
Remember that sporting venues are often multipurpose facilities. Arenas and stadiums can be used for concerts, political rallies, conferences and trade shows, religious events, or even as educational settings. Smaller places like individual fields may be used for picnics, local gatherings, or even just as open green space. Don’t forget to think about transportation, parking, and other amenities. Hunting and fishing grounds are another creative idea!
For example, I created a sporting facility a little while back called La Esportiqa in Salda with football pitches, fields for a sport similar to softball, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, ice rinks, running paths, and amenities such as a clinic, fast-food stand, and grounds maintenance. A golf course is just to the west.
My plan for this month is to do even more with Salda’s winter sports facilities in the Terraura neighborhood. What do you think you will be able to create? I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Have a great day!
Comment from zhenkang on 8 December 2018 at 03:49
Antigo is planning for some national games. Just that I am torn between whether it should be NK’s arirang games or a more brutal Hunger Games.
Anyways, Antigo has just celebrated the 111th birthday of our Late Saviour. Photos to be released on the ACNA soon.
Comment from Eretra on 8 December 2018 at 13:31
Here’s my entry : the area around the Guillaume Eddun Stadium include a tramway stop and a parking for easy access, as well as the stadium itself we can find an indoor swimming pool as well as a repurposable basketball or volleyball court
Comment from eleinads on 9 December 2018 at 10:53
I can participate in the medium challenge.
In Giliarca there are two football stadiums, both of which are also used for big events and concerts.
The first is the “historic” stadium, called “San Volturno” (named after the neighborhood which in turn derives from the name of a nearby church), which is located in a fairly central area, and indeed creates serious traffic problems when there are events. It is a stadium that was initially small and has been gradually enlarged and modernized over the years. Today it is a bit neglected and you feel the years, but it is a good structure. The complex also includes a sports-themed commercia centre.
The second is the “Giulio Menaderna” Stadium (named after a popular player from the past of Giliarca), in the northern suburbs, recently built. Modern and futuristic structure, it too is flanked by a commercial mall, the “Stadium megastore”, directly communicating with the structure. More used for events that attract people from outside, as it is served by the North Giliarca station and is directly accessible from the S2 highway (which passes west of the city).
Comment from Romhfvir on 9 December 2018 at 14:47
I’ll take ths easy one. as Liria is a very quiet and small country, its not very relevant in thd Sport’s world. There is only a sport that lots of Lirian practise and it is Archery! Is very popular at schools and there are a lot of competitions. This sport is famous here since 1400’ so even great-grand-parents of great-grand-parents of the nowadays Lirian children played it!
Comment from Luciano on 9 December 2018 at 15:18
This is not new, but I haven’t seen many nice ski facilities in OGF. I made this Tarrasean ski resort, Pantera Blanca, a few years ago.
I even used the tagging to support the different classifications (difficulty levels?) of ski runs, though that doesn’t get rendered. I felt that it was one of the most interesting ways to make detailed use of the fact I had a full contour map for the territory, because I could calculate the grades of the ski runs directly.
Comment from tparigo on 10 December 2018 at 09:32
This is not new either but I made a few sports complexes in Valoris
* Parc de Lambermont dedicated to many sports and opened to every one.
* Tennis Club
* The main stadium here used both for soccer and concerts.
Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 10 December 2018 at 23:59
Your sports facilities are excellently mapped but I noticed a numbering error in one of your tennis courts.
Comment from Jumbooo on 12 December 2018 at 09:48
My Country is far from being finished, but being a mostly mountaineous territory, it’s clear what the favourite sports are: trekking, hiking and winter sports.
Apart from these activities, the favourite sports are football and, to a lesser extent, rugby.
I’ve already mapped some sport facilities both in the small towns in the mountains and in the capital city Brig.
Freienfeld - Rheinerhorn ski resort: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/61.8033/54.6457]
Pfelders - Schoggleralm ski resort: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/61.8514/54.7936]
Brig Olympic quartier: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=16/61.1973/54.6075]
Brig Eisstadion: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=18/61.18574/54.57979]
Brig main football stadium: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=17/61.16393/54.61511]
Let me know what you think.
Happy mapping everyone!
Comment from KHBritish on 14 December 2018 at 17:37
I think the closest I have is the Hintonian Airways Arena, located here: [https://opengeofiction.net/#map=18/56.42148/48.28933].
It’s an entertainment arena in the centre of the capital city, Altbridge and is home to the the sports governing body for gymnastics in the country. It arena broke ground in early 2001, and opened its doors on 30 October 2003.
Comment from Sarepava on 16 December 2018 at 18:24
Kinsaalapark in Santjana represents well the Karolian social attitude to sports:
The park was formerly a railway siding yard in the period when trains used the old Pohjajaam (now the Museum of Science and Technology, to the south). The land was remodeled to include easy accessible several public sports facilities, which is considered important to Karolians. These include a running track, football pitch (the unofficial national sport), tennis courts and indoor climbing wall, and also a wedge-shaped pitch for Kuulid, the official national sport. This is a cross between cricket and bowls in which a batter has to hit a number of balls as far as possible upfield without being intercepted by the fielders.
The perimeter path of the park is exactly 2.5km for running, as some analogue of Parkrun would definitely exist in Karolia (Parkjooksa?). There is also an amphitheater and social space to the south.
Comment from zhenkang on 17 December 2018 at 05:07
Antigo plans to launch the 15th Antigoan Games in next year August (on our 80th anniversary of liberation from Pretany), which has many controversies given the nature of the games and the preparations behind it. There are three segments, each participated by 13 duchies (there are a total of 39 duchies in Antigo). The three different segments are - the gladiatorial style (focussed on the fighting spirit of Antigoans), the gymnastics and performances (to represent the creativity and sophistication of the Antigoan culture) and a rather difficult obstacle course (to represent the perseverance of Antigoans and their ability to overcome).
I will not like to elaborate too much here, but this is my plans for the Antigoan games. It is similar to the Hunger Games and the Arirang Games in North Korea.
Comment from Ramasham on 29 December 2018 at 05:27
Fun challenge! I’ve really appreciated looking through my fellow mappers’ work. There are a lot of talented and creative people here. At the same time, it’s interesting to see that several of us put a Geolympiad-capable multi-sport facility in our larger cities (mine is [https://opengeofiction.net/way/9955667#map=16/12.4280/1.5650 Athletica Tarkenton], which has two light rail stops and a football stadium used by the city’s top professional club). To me, this feels like one of those boxes to be checked for a city to have risen above national to regional or world prominence, even if it’s never hosted the Geolympiad.
Let’s see… I imagine that my Jade Coast metro area, with its green, pretty landscapes, and tolerable climate (most of the time) is full of outdoorsy folks. So it would have a famous marathon. I picked a scenic route for it and created a course of the correct length: [https://opengeofiction.net/relation/93144#map=13/12.5095/1.5240 The Isles Marathon Course]. There are 7 km along a wide beach, 2 km inside a Disney-style theme park, and other treats for the runners. Good thing the race is in January when it’s 22 C, clear and dry instead of July, where 28 C with downpours and 90% humidity is the norm.
Finally, and this isn’t likely to win me the crown of King of Verisimilitude, there is this improbable (but buildable) sports facility: [https://opengeofiction.net/way/10088581#map=16/12.4644/1.7120 Freeze the Coast]. Imagine the good citizens of the Jade Coast came into the kind of money that Dubai has to throw around. Then some enterprising soul would clearly decide there was a market for an indoor (obviously) winter sports park.
(Since I wanted to show the interior, I ended up just mapping an outer shell as building=yes, which I’m not crazy about… ).
The place seems ridiculous, but I researched everything in Freeze the Coast and there’s a precedent for it all. Kind of.
Freeze the Coast has downhill skiing. Specifically an 0.55 km run, starting from 105 m above ground level. That’s about the same as Ski Dubai and half the size of Meydan One, which is what I loosely based it on: https://www.theverge.com/2015/8/5/9099215/dubai-worlds-longest-indoor-ski-slope-meydan-one.
Freeze the Coast has two indoor ski jumps. Appropriately-sized in-runs and landing areas are included. They have hill sizes (HS) of 95 and 118 meters and fall into the Normal and Large hill Olympic classifications. They are smaller than the indoor jumps planned for Wernigerode in Germany: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1042620/wernigerode-in-germany-earmarked-for-worlds-first-indoor-ski-jumping-centre.
Freeze the Coast has an Olympic-length (1.3 km) bobsled and luge track. I’ll fess up here, since I have no clue about this sport I freehand copied (not sketched) the course at Winterberg to get an appropriate number of turns, turn radii, etc. There is no existing indoor bobsled track, but since they are basically engineered ice tunnels I don’t see a big deal with building one indoors if money is no object. Heck, Sanki (the course used at the Sochi Olympics, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliding_Center_Sanki) may as well be indoors since the whole tube is on supports that raise it off the ground (too warm there, heat conduction would melt it). So Freeze the Coast has this descending, twisting, bobsled tube, that looks like a giant waterslide at a water park. It even leaves and reenters the building before reaching bottom near the base of the ski run. The whole run would have to be insulated and constantly cooled with ammonia to keep the ice frozen.
All-day admission is only 1 199 CECU per person. (A coffee usually runs about 12 CECU). Certain liability waivers must be signed before riding the bobsled track.