Modern buildings would not be possible without aluminum. Architects and designers can utilize aluminum to create lighter structures with greater flexibility all while minimizing the expenditure on foundations. Building products made with aluminum are weather-proof, corrosion resistant and immune to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. The durable features of aluminum make it the solution for modern buildings.
Aluminum extrusions were the solution for Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup. Aluminum Association member company Sapa provided more than 50 metric tons of its extruded aluminum solutions to refurbish and modernize the stadium. Sapa supplied additional extrusions to the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, another venue for the World Cup games, and to the Governor Roberto Santos Stadium in Salvador, in the state of Bahia.
The use of aluminum to modernize a stadium isn’t a novel idea. After Hurricane Katrina, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, formerly the Louisiana Superdome, was renovated with a goal in mind: transform it into an ultra-modern stadium. Nearly 400,000 square feet of aluminum was developed and manufactured for the stadium. That was turned into bronze-hued anodized aluminum panels, which are now the Superdome’s outer skin.
Aluminum is used in football stadiums across the United States as well. Whether it is aluminum door frames at the Ravens Stadium or Heinz Field, or the façade at the Cleveland Browns stadium, or just good old-fashioned aluminum bleachers, aluminum is used in stadiums for its durability and strength.