Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

Two rock concerts were held in the City of Gothenburg, Sweden at Nya Ullevi soccer stadium the summer of 985. The stadium is founded on driven piles in soft clay. An enthusiastic audience was jumping in time to the songs. Violent vibrations of the suspension wires and in the cantilever roof beams of the structure were observed and damage to the roof and the building itself was detected after the concerts. People on the pitch and inside the stadium building experienced excessive vibrations. Residential buildings 400 m away experienced vibrations. Concerts are at present not permitted at the stadium. The Gothenburg community suffers financially as a result of being unable to arrange concerts such as these. The high vibration level which occurred during some of the songs can be explained by resonance phenomena in the clay deposit. The paper describes the damage to the structure, the experience of people inside and outside the stadium and by the use of calculations arrives at an explanation for the excessive vibrations.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Rock Music Induced Damage and Vibration at Nya Ullevi Stadium

St. Louis, Missouri

Two rock concerts were held in the City of Gothenburg, Sweden at Nya Ullevi soccer stadium the summer of 985. The stadium is founded on driven piles in soft clay. An enthusiastic audience was jumping in time to the songs. Violent vibrations of the suspension wires and in the cantilever roof beams of the structure were observed and damage to the roof and the building itself was detected after the concerts. People on the pitch and inside the stadium building experienced excessive vibrations. Residential buildings 400 m away experienced vibrations. Concerts are at present not permitted at the stadium. The Gothenburg community suffers financially as a result of being unable to arrange concerts such as these. The high vibration level which occurred during some of the songs can be explained by resonance phenomena in the clay deposit. The paper describes the damage to the structure, the experience of people inside and outside the stadium and by the use of calculations arrives at an explanation for the excessive vibrations.