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The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World

06:00 - 4 September, 2018
The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World, 1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com

In 776 BC, the Olympic Games of antiquity were hosted at the Olympia stadium in Peloponnese, Greece, an arena widely believed to be the world’s oldest stadium. The elongated U-shaped track and stand had a capacity of up to 45,000 people.

Almost 3000 years later, and the typology of the sports stadium continues to act as a gathering place for tens of thousands of eager spectators. As populations, and indeed revenue generated from sporting events continues to increase around the world, the design of sports stadiums is destined to follow suit.

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site

16:00 - 24 August, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site, Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The Bristol Arena site faces yet another turn of events, as Zaha Hadid Architects and property investor Legal & General have released plans for a large housing development next to Temples Meads Station. The site is one of two proposed locations for the Bristol Arena, a project on hold for more than 15 years as Bristol City Council continues to debate its location. The proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects would include office blocks, a 345 room hotel, conference center and over 500 homes.

Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council + 8

The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico

08:00 - 14 August, 2018
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I hope you’ve caught your breath after this year’s FIFA World Cup. France’s win in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium marked the end of an era; the last World Cup with a classic format. After the 2022 Winter tournament in Qatar, the competition will be expanded to 48 teams (rather than the current 32).

© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metlife_stadium.jpg'>Anthony Quintano</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:BC_Place_2015_Women%27s_FIFA_World_Cup.jpg'>GoToVan</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Stade_Olympique_3.jpg'>Tolivero</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a> The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico  + 27

Populous Creates Design-Build Group to Deliver Sports Venue Upgrades (Without Upsetting Fans)

09:30 - 5 July, 2018
Populous Creates Design-Build Group to Deliver Sports Venue Upgrades (Without Upsetting Fans), Arena das Dunas, Brazil by Populous. Image Courtesy of Populous
Arena das Dunas, Brazil by Populous. Image Courtesy of Populous

As an industry populated by creators, the business of design is continually reconsidered and reshaped by processes of reinvention and experimentation. Rarely content with yesterday’s innovations in anything from modeling software to building materials, architects naturally look for strategic ways to gain maximum advantage in both building and business. Taking just such a creative approach to the challenge of improving athletic venues within the stringent time frame of a team’s offseason, the dominant Kansas City-based sports architecture firm Populous recently launched a standalone service that employs the efficiency advantages of a design-build firm to simplify and expand the process of implementing stadium upgrades without any disruption to the fan experience.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin by Populous. Image © Scott Tallon Walker Arena das Dunas, Brazil by Populous. Image Courtesy of Populous Bristol Arena, England by Populous. Image Courtesy of Bristol City council Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi by Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games + 9

Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London

12:00 - 29 March, 2018
Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London, Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company
Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company has unveiled images of its proposed MSG Sphere in London, a next-generation venue seeking to “redefine live entertainment” through an array of technology geared towards transformative, immersive connections between artists and audiences.

To accompany the London scheme, an MSG Sphere will also be located in Las Vegas. Both are to be designed by Populous, a global firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

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Populous to Collaborate on Design of North America's First eSports Stadium

08:00 - 29 March, 2018
Populous to Collaborate on Design of North America's First eSports Stadium, Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

Last week, the City of Arlington, Texas announced plans to collaborate with Populous in transforming the city’s convention center into North America’s first Esports Stadium. This 100,000-square-foot venue will be designed to draw in both competitive players and fans from around the world, and create the most immersive experience in the live esports market.

Arena at Seattle Center Aims for NHL Expansion Team with $600 Million Populous-led Renovation

12:00 - 27 February, 2018
Arena at Seattle Center Aims for NHL Expansion Team with $600 Million Populous-led Renovation, Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

Seattle’s historic KeyArena is set to receive a $600 million renovation that will transform the venue into the region’s “premier sports and entertainment destination” as part of plans to launch the city’s first-ever NHL team.

Designed by Populous, the renovation will open up the arena to its surroundings, specifically the 72-acre Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair and home to the currently under-renovation Seattle Space Needle. As part of the project, the sports venue will be rebranded as “The Arena at Seattle Center.”

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Madison Square Garden Unveils Plans for Spherical Event Venues in London and Las Vegas

16:20 - 14 February, 2018
Madison Square Garden Unveils Plans for Spherical Event Venues in London and Las Vegas, © Madison Square Garden Company
© Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company, the eponymous group behind New York City’s iconic concert and events venue, has revealed plans to building two new arenas on opposite sides of the world that will both be shaped like giant spheres.

To be branded as MSG Spheres, the venues will be located in Las Vegas and in London, and will be designed by Populous, the Kansas City-based firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

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Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games

16:15 - 14 September, 2017
Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games, aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)
aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)

Clarification Update 10/4/17: Populous and Egis were selected in 2016 to collaborate on the Paris 2024 bid; this news piece reflects the bid’s approval by the International Olympic Committee. However, the team to lead the next planning phase for Paris 2024 has yet to be decided. Stay tuned for further information.

The Paris 2024 Olympic bid, featuring planning for 38 Olympics and Paralympic venues across the city by the team of Populous and engineering consultants Egis, has received approval as part of the International Olympic Committee’s naming of the 2024 host city.

Videotron Centre / Équipe SAGP + Populous

11:00 - 11 January, 2017
Videotron Centre / Équipe SAGP + Populous, ©  Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

©  Stéphane Groleau ©  Stéphane Groleau ©  Stéphane Groleau ©  Stéphane Groleau + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Québec City, QC, Canada
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    François Moreau, Michel Veilleux, Pierre Guimont, François Mathieu, Marc Letellier, Kurt Amundsen
  • Client

    Ville de Québec
  • Landscape architects

    Projet paysage
  • Area

    65000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

New Plans Unveiled for Populous' Bristol Arena

06:00 - 3 December, 2015
New Plans Unveiled for Populous' Bristol Arena , Courtesy of The Bristol City Council
Courtesy of The Bristol City Council

Populous, in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and BuroHappold Engineering, have submitted their design proposal for the new 12,000-person Bristol Arena to the Bristol City Council for planning approval. Following the consultation with the city and with the public, “plans have been developed further to show how event spaces in front of the arena can be used for performances, outdoor cinema, festivals, and markets.”

BBVA BANCOMER Stadium / Populous

10:00 - 24 September, 2015
BBVA BANCOMER Stadium / Populous, Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

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How London's Olympic Stadium Finally Transitioned to Legacy Mode

06:00 - 23 September, 2015

Before it was even completed, the legacy of the Populous-designed stadium for the London 2012 Olympics was a thorny issue. Originally designed to be largely dismantled after the games, a sudden interest in the future stadium from local football teams led to an about-face by the government, resulting in a renewed brief for a design that could be adapted to host football matches. What followed after the games was recently described by The Guardian's sports correspondent Owen Gibson as "a huge, expensive engineering puzzle" in which "to all intents and purposes, it has been completely rebuilt."

FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

11:00 - 8 September, 2015
FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel, The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

Populous Unveils New Football Stadium for San Diego

12:21 - 13 August, 2015
Populous Unveils New Football Stadium for San Diego, © Populous
© Populous

Populous has unveiled plans for a new Chargers football stadium that is meant to capture the "essence of San Diego," California. The 68,000-seat stadium, planned to be built on the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, will feature a "kinetic skin" that will mimic the sound of the ocean as it sways in the wind.

"We wanted to make sure as a team that we were making this a really authentic place and people who see it will say, 'That represents our city - that represents where the Chargers should be. They've been here over 50 years and they should stay here.' This stadium represents that. This is an expression of San Diego," Populous senior principal Scott Radecic told the San Diego Union Tribune.

Populous Designs Tottenham Hotspur's New Stadium in London

14:43 - 8 July, 2015
Populous Designs Tottenham Hotspur's New Stadium in London, © Populous
© Populous

British football club Tottenham Hotspur has released plans for a new stadium designed by Populous. Planned to be built in the London borough of Haringey, the "visually dramatic" 61,000-seat proposal is designed to host both English and American football. If approved, it will feature a state-of-the-art retractable pitch and a 17,000 capacity single tier end stand that will be the UK's largest.

Beyond the field, the new stadium will feature a permanent visitors center and arrivals hub with an interactive museum to celebrate club history and local heritage, a cinema, the club megastore, ticket office and café. At the top of the stadium will be a "Sky Walk" showcasing vistas of London. 

Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment / NH Architecture + Populous

20:00 - 1 July, 2015
Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment / NH Architecture + Populous, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

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Populous Creates Eames-Inspired Installation for World Architecture Festival London

04:00 - 29 June, 2015
Populous Creates Eames-Inspired Installation for World Architecture Festival London, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

Taking inspiration from Charles and Ray EamesHouse of Cards, London-based practice Populous have developed an installation for the inaugural World Architecture Festival (WAF) exhibition. Built from "hundreds of super-sized multiples of a single ‘W' form, the dramatic seven metre high installation forms the centrepiece" of an exhibition which seeks to showcase "the very best in world architecture." This year, 350 projects have been shortlisted from some the world’s best architects and designers.

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