For over a quarter of a century, Lexan polycarbonate glazing materials have been the materials of choice in stadiums and arenas around the world.
From balconies, dugouts and walkways to bowl cladding, separation walls and roofing, architects and installers value the materials’ different coating surfaces, lightweight and formability into the most complex designs.
GE Plastics Specialty Film & Sheet worked together with HOK architectural company on the Sydney Olympic Stadium project, where 27,000m
of 16mm Lexan Thermoclear sheet was used for the most challenging engineering feature of the stadium, the 300-metre span roof structure.
Suspended from a huge arch structure, the roof is constructed from a translucent grade of Lexan polycarbonate to help minimize any shadows and patches of direct sunlight on the sporting area. Its light, steel and sheet combination structural weight of 85kg/m2 (the sheet weight is only 3kg/m2) the roof provides spectators with protection from the weather, whilst reducing the wind resistance for the participants on the field.