Groundbreaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians and businessmen. The actual shovel used during the groundbreaking is often a special ceremonial shovel, usually colored gold, meant to be saved for subsequent display and may be engraved.[1][2]

Hunts Point groundbreaking
Groundbreaking ceremony for Hunts Point produce market, New York City, 1962
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Groundbreaking ceremony, Los Angeles, California, 1933, featuring a steam shovel

Other uses

The term groundbreaking, when used as an adjective, may mean being or making something that has never been done, seen, or made before; "stylistically innovative works".

See also


  1. ^, Jeremy Wise. "Officials break ground on Wiregrass Public Safety Center".
  2. ^ "TSMC has started construction of its 5nm 'Fab 18' in Taiwan".

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Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium is a soccer stadium in San Jose, California, United States, and is the home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. The stadium is located on the Airport West site that is located to the west of San Jose International Airport.Avaya Stadium officially opened for business on February 27, 2015, and has a capacity of approximately 18,000. It is sponsored by Avaya, headquartered nearby in Santa Clara. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in Major League Soccer to provide a better view. Additionally, the area behind the northeast goal houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level. The stadium is part of a mixed-use residential, retail, R&D, and hotel development.The stadium was constructed privately with no public money provided by the city of San Jose. Additionally, Lewis Wolff, owner of the San Jose Earthquakes, offered to pay for the maintenance of the stadium for a 55-year time span. The team organization initially delayed the completion date to the middle of the 2014 MLS season, but later delayed it again to the 2015 season.

The seat pattern includes three different shades of blue as well as a smattering of red seats to pay homage to the club's NASL history. Additionally, the pattern contains the message "Go EQ" written in binary.

Chase Center (San Francisco)

Chase Center is a multi-purpose arena under construction in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. The building will mainly be used for basketball and is planned to become the new home venue for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who have been located in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1962, have played their home games at Oracle Arena in Oakland since 1971. Chase Center is scheduled to open to the public before the start of the 2019–20 NBA season, with groundbreaking having occurred during the 2016–17 NBA season.

Chichester House

Chichester House or Carew's House was a building in College Green (formerly Hoggen Green), Dublin, Ireland, used in the 17th century to house the Parliament of Ireland.

Originally built to be a hospital, it was never used as such.At one time, the building had been owned by Sir George Carew, President of Munster and Lord High Treasurer of Ireland. The house itself was built on the site of a nunnery dissolved by King Henry VIII. Carew's House was later purchased by Sir Arthur Chichester and renamed Chichester House. It was used as a temporary home of the Kingdom of Ireland's law courts during the Michaelmas law term in 1605. Documents facilitating the Plantation of Ulster were signed in the house on 16 November 1612.

In 1673 it was assigned as the home of the parliament by Charles II. From its opening it was in a bad state of repair and was replaced following the groundbreaking for the new Parliament House, designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, in 1729.

Dorian Awards

The Dorian Awards are an annual endeavor organized by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (founded in 2009 as the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association). GALECA is an association of professional journalists and critics covering film and television for print, online and broadcast outlets in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. As of August 2018, GALECA's website listed over 200 members in the group's ranks.

Eat the Document

Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. It was shot under Dylan's direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back [sic] chronicled Dylan's 1965 British tour. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series ABC Stage 67.

Though shooting had completed for the film, Dylan's July 1966 motorcycle accident delayed the editing process. Once well enough to work again, Dylan edited the film himself. ABC rejected the film as incomprehensible for a mainstream audience.

It has never been released on home video and prints are rarely screened in theaters. Some footage from Eat the Document was used in Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home and 3 song excerpts are Special Features on the DVD.

Haeundae LCT The Sharp

Haeundae LCT The Sharp is a major urban development project under construction in Busan, South Korea. Located in Haeundae's popular beach, it consists of a 411.6 m, 101-floor supertall landmark tower and two 85-floor tall residential skyscrapers. It has an urban entertainment complex at the base housing a shopping mall, a hot spring spa and a water park. The landmark tower will house luxury and residential hotels with a convention center and an observatory.

As of July 8,2018,101-storey Land mark tower 90s floor level and twin 85-storey residential towers

at 80s level structures completion. Busan's 2nd-4th mega tall sky scraper after first 303M Doosan we've the Zennith.

LCT tower is the tallest tower in South Korea after 555M Lotte world tower in Seoul

Groundbreaking was held in October 2013 and completion is scheduled for 2019.

IN TV (Albania)

IN TV is an Albanian television network dedicated to the young audience. It was launched on June 16, 2014 as MAD Albania, a music channel. MAD Albania won the prize of "The Best Albanian Music Channel" at the IMA Awards 2015. Since December 29, 2015 the channel is known as IN TV, and it changed its programming into a general channel.IN has become one of the fastest-growing and most influential properties in the Albanian media. IN delivers, with its original programming, breaking social and entertainment news, in-depth coverage on celebrities, television, society, movies, music, fashion, beauty and lifestyle – everything in the pop culture of our times. It's the leading entertainment brand across social media platforms with thousands of loyal followers.

The company is also heralded for its groundbreaking events.

John Ross (chemist)

John Ross (October 2, 1926 – February 18, 2017) was a scientist in Physical Chemistry and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.

Unraveling the mechanisms of complex chemical reactions, Professor John Ross opened new avenues in physical chemistry through the development of groundbreaking methods to study complex reactions within intact systems. His theoretical and experimental studies in statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics proved new means to reveal details of biochemical reactions taking place far from equilibrium and involving many chemical species.


Korea Railroad Corporation (Korean: 한국철도공사, Hanjalang-k: 韓國鐵道公社), promoted as KORAIL (코레일), is the national railway operator in South Korea. Currently, KORAIL is a public corporation, managed by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation.

KORAIL operates intercity/regional, commuter/metro and freight trains throughout South Korea, which has headquarter located in Daejeon.

Nickelodeon Cultural Resort

Nickelodeon Cultural Resort is a Chinese theme park under construction in Foshan, Guangdong. It will have an area of 250 acres. Groundbreaking took place on 4 January 2017 and the park will open in 2020. The park is part of a CN¥11.9 billion (US$1.71 billion) development, the Foshan Cultural and Ecological Coastal Project.

Norman Davidson (biologist)

Norman Ralph Davidson (April 5, 1916 – February 14, 2002) was an American molecular biologist notable for advancing genome research, member of the National Academy of Sciences, received a National Medal of Science from U.S. President Bill Clinton, was a professor at Caltech. The New York Times called Davidson "major figure in advancing genome research ... whose groundbreaking work in molecular biology led to the earliest understanding of the overall structure of genomes".

The Los Angeles Times called him "a groundbreaking Caltech chemical biologist".

President Bill Clinton cited the scientist for "breakthroughs in chemistry and biology which have led to the earliest understanding of the overall structure of genomes".

One Bayfront Plaza

One Bayfront Plaza is a proposed supertall skyscraper approved for construction in the U.S. city of Miami, Florida. If completed, the building would stand at 1,049 feet (320 m), with 93 floors, becoming the tallest building in Miami and Florida. One Bayfront Plaza would primarily consist of offices and hotel space, but also would include a retail mall, condominiums, and parking garage on the lower levels, as well as possibly an observation deck at the top. The entire project consists of over 1,400,000 square feet (100,000 m2) of Class A office and hotel space, as well as a total building area of over 4,000,000 square feet (371,612 m2) including the large podium. One Bayfront Plaza is the first skyscraper over 1,000 feet (305 m) to be approved for construction in Miami. The building's primary advocate is real estate developer Tibor Hollo, who has won several awards for his 55 years as a developer in Miami, and is currently the president of Florida East Coast Realty.One Bayfront Plaza has gone through several design revisions since its original proposal as a single, 80 floor, 1,180 feet (360 m) tower, which exceeded height restrictions. It was first approved as a complex of two connected towers as shown in the rendering below and was to be known as the 100 South Biscayne complex with the taller tower being 1,049 feet (320 m) high. The development was planned to include an adjacent, connected 850-room hotel tower referred to as 100 South Biscayne II. Both buildings in the complex had a scheduled groundbreaking in 2011, and were estimated to be completed by 2015. Most recent news suggests the development is back to a single 1,010-foot tower design with a large podium, which was given a possible 2014 groundbreaking; however, by 2014 it was stated that the project was being put off at least until the completion of FECR's under construction Panorama Tower in 2017.

Opening ceremony

An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event. Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup might involve thousands of participants and be watched worldwide.

In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas is a casino and resort currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada, United States, planned to open in late 2020. The property had been the site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007, when Boyd Gaming demolished the resort to develop its Echelon Place project. Boyd halted construction in 2008 due to economic conditions, and sold the property to Genting Group in March 2013, when Genting announced plans to redevelop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas. Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014, with the first phase expected to open in 2016. However, the opening date was delayed several times due to redesigns of the project. Groundbreaking took place in May 2015, and construction began in late 2017.

Rose Rock International Finance Center

Rose Rock International Finance Center (Rose Rock IFC) is a proposed skyscraper in Tianjin, China. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on 16 December 2011. The planned height of this skyscraper is 588 metres (1,929 ft). It will have 100 floors.

San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

The San Juan Puerto Rico is an announced temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to be constructed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The intent to construct the temple was announced by church president Russell M. Nelson on October 7, 2018, during the Sunday afternoon session of the church's general conference.

Nelson announced 11 other temples at the same time, bringing the total number of temples operating, under construction, or announced to 201.

Following the release of an artist's rendering of the temple a few days earlier, on January 17, 2019, the LDS Church announced that a groundbreaking to signify beginning of construction will be held on May 4, 2019, with Walter F. González scheduled to preside.

Southeast Metro Manila Expressway

The Southeast Metro Manila Expressway is an under construction 34 kilometres (21 mi) tolled expressway running across eastern Metro Manila and part of Rizal. The expressway will help decongest the existing roadways across Metro Manila, such as EDSA and Circumferential Road 5. The expressway is part of the larger C-6 Expressway project.

The expressway will begin at the Skyway in FTI, Taguig, and will end at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. It will also connect to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) in Balagtas, Bulacan.Groundbreaking ceremony of the project was held on January 8, 2018.

Stanley Tillekeratne

Stanley Tillekeratne was a Sri Lankan politician. He was the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament and later was the Governor of the Central Province of Sri Lanka from May 1998 to 2000.

Stanley Tillekeratne had a long liaison with the country's Left movement from 1947 before joining the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in 1965. He contested and won Kotte on the Communist Party ticket at the July 1960 elections and retained the seat in 1965 for the SLFP. He was reelected in 1970 and was made speaker of parliament, in which role he won the admiration even of his opponents for the impartial manner in which he conducted the affairs of the House. Along with many of the SLFP stalwarts he too suffered defeat at the 1977 poll, but he succeeded in remaining in the public eye as a champion human rights lawyer, especially during the turbulent period of 1989-90. He figured in several groundbreaking cases. At the 1989 elections he was returned to parliament from Colombo district and remained as an MP until his exit in 1994. He was governor of Central province in 1998-2000.

Çukurova Regional Airport

Çukurova Regional Airport (Turkish: Çukurova Bölgesel Havalimanı) is a projected airport to be built in Tarsus district of Mersin Province, southern Turkey. It will serve the provinces Mersin and Adana as well as the rest of Çukurova Region.

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