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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.

BIG, Gensler, and James Corner Field Operations to Design Oakland Athletics Baseball Stadium

12:00 - 23 August, 2018
BIG, Gensler, and James Corner Field Operations to Design Oakland Athletics Baseball Stadium, The existing Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Image via BIG
The existing Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Image via BIG

The Oakland Athletics baseball team have hired Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), James Corner Field Operations, and Gensler to lead the design process for their new ballpark and surrounding development in California. The new stadium will replace the Oakland A’s existing 51-year-old Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which the A’s share with the Oakland Raiders football team.

It has been reported by the San Francisco Business Times that BIG will lead the masterplan for the privately-financed ballpark, either at Howard Terminal or near the existing stadium, while Gensler will collaborate on the ballpark design. Field Operations will adopt the role of landscape architect for the development.

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

08:00 - 14 August, 2018
© <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/landover-maryland-fedex-field-89813/'>Flikr user ID12019</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en'>CC0 1.0</a>
© Flikr user ID12019 licensed under CC0 1.0

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

Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Design 'New Pisa Stadium' Just Meters Away from the Leaning Tower

14:00 - 28 July, 2018
Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Design 'New Pisa Stadium' Just Meters Away from the Leaning Tower, Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI
Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI

Iotti + Pavarani Architetti have designed a 'New Pisa Stadium' for A.C. Pisa on an existing stadium just 200 meters away from Piazza dei Miracoli (home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa). After winning the first prize in a restricted competition in 2017, the project is currently under feasibility study, awaiting construction development.

Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI + 13

Kengo Kuma’s Airbnb Experience to Include Tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium

12:30 - 17 July, 2018
Kengo Kuma’s Airbnb Experience to Include Tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, © Japan Sports Council / via Curbed
© Japan Sports Council / via Curbed

Five lucky architecture enthusiasts and Airbnb users have been offered the unique experience to accompany Kengo Kuma on a guided tour of the 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo. The renowned architect has collaborated with Airbnb to offer the exclusive experience, described as a “visit to Kengo’s under-construction Olympic stadium, along with a meet and greet at his studio and tea with the celebrated architect.”

The July 31st tour, sadly fully booked, offers an insightful example of architects collaborating with leaders of the “gig economy” to offer design experiences directly to the public.

Why Stadiums Made of Wood Could Be the Next Big Innovation in Sports Architecture

09:30 - 10 July, 2018
Why Stadiums Made of Wood Could Be the Next Big Innovation in Sports Architecture, A rendering of a stadium constructed with Bear Stadiums and Rubner Holzbau’s modular wood systems. Image Courtesy of Rubner Holzbau
A rendering of a stadium constructed with Bear Stadiums and Rubner Holzbau’s modular wood systems. Image Courtesy of Rubner Holzbau

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Could Modular Wood Stadium Construction Be a Game Changer?"

Imagine a sports stadium that could expand and contract with its fan base and team’s fortunes, one that could pick up and move to greener (and more lucrative) pastures.

Given team owners’ history of playing fans against each other, making stadiums more mobile isn’t likely to give pennant-wavers a sense of security, but the concept is an incredible breakthrough for building technology. Endlessly modular and made of ultralow-impact mass timber, this vision of low-carbon construction, conceived by engineered-wood manufacturer Rubner Holzbau and prefabricated stadium designer Bear Stadiums, could soon materialize at a soccer pitch near you.

OMA Releases Updated Images for Feyenoord City Masterplan

12:00 - 9 July, 2018
OMA Releases Updated Images for Feyenoord City Masterplan, © OMA
© OMA

OMA has released updated images of their Feyenoord City masterplan after reaching initial city approval in 2016. Developed for the Feyenoord football club in Rotterdam, the project comprises a mixed-use district and a new 63,000 seat stadium along the River Maas.

The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues

09:30 - 14 June, 2018
The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

When the Greeks carved stone steps into the side of a hill, they were aiming to create a seated area for people to rest and from which to have an excellent view of the stage at the amphitheater's center. over two millennia later, these objectives are still key to stadium design principles, however, with an ever-increasing global reach and the need for multiple functions, the goal posts for what makes a successful arena are always being moved. As you prepare to watch the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia, take a look at this list of notable stadium designs in World Cup history which have influenced the evolution of stadium design.

© <a href='https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/357819'>Geograph user Merv Payne</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OitaStadium1.JPG'>Wikimedia user 大分帰省中</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wembley_Stadium_during_London_2012_Olympic_Games.JPG'>Wikimedia user Richard Johnson</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 11

These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums

06:00 - 13 June, 2018
These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums, via screenshot from video
via screenshot from video

As the 2018 World Cup approaches, we architects can already look ahead to the next tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar offers the most exciting opportunity in stadium design for decades, with the competition relying on an almost entirely new footballing infrastructure. Several world-renowned designers have submitted proposals, and the following set of newly released time-lapse videos show the progression of each stadium, as we approach four years to the competition’s start. Emphasising the structural shells, the videos highlight a sometimes overlooked facet of stadium design. To materialize the effortless magic of the initial renders - like those produced by Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects - phenomenal levels of engineering and problem solving are required, and in the early stages of construction, this becomes the visual focal point. Read on to see the beauty of these structural marvels, but be warned - you may develop World Cup fever.

via screenshot from video via screenshot from video via screenshot from video via screenshot from video + 25

Lin'an Sports and Culture Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University

00:00 - 31 May, 2018
© Qiang Zhao
© Qiang Zhao

© Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Intersection of Jiuzhou Street and Jiquan Road, Linan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Principle Architect

    Danshen Dong
  • Project Team

    Jian Chen, Jian Ni, Yi Cai
  • Structural Engineer

    Gang Gan, Jianlu Zhou, Jiepan Shen
  • MEP Consultant

    Yi Yang, Ping Li, Nan Li, Bing Jiang
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Yunfeng Wang
  • Area

    74986.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AFL Architects Reveal Images of Turkey's Soccer Stadium for UEFA Euro 2024 Bid

12:00 - 2 May, 2018
AFL Architects Reveal Images of Turkey's Soccer Stadium for UEFA Euro 2024 Bid, Courtesy of AFL Architects
Courtesy of AFL Architects

AFL Architects have released details of their proposed stadium design for Turkey’s bid to host the UEFA Euro 2024 soccer tournament. The Ataturk Stadium seeks to become the new home of Turkish football, featuring a closer relationship between spectators and the game, enhanced acoustics, and world-class hospitality.

The scheme involves extensive renovation and adaption of the existing Olympic stadium structure and forms a crucial part of Turkey’s bid for the Euro 2024 tournament, which was submitted in April 2018. In collaboration with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), AFL has examined the readiness of seven stadia, and the major upgrade and design of three stadia.

Courtesy of AFL Architects Courtesy of AFL Architects Courtesy of AFL Architects Courtesy of AFL Architects + 4

SCAU Architectes to Design Vegetated Stadium in Paris

14:00 - 28 April, 2018
SCAU Architectes to Design Vegetated Stadium in Paris, Courtesy of SCAU architecture
Courtesy of SCAU architecture

France-based SCAU Architectes has proposed their design for a new stadium project to be built on the outskirts of Paris. The site, which is located at the edge of a forest in Clamart, France, inspired the team to create a design that extends the forest by covering the stadium in a green mass of vegetation.

Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture + 13

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.

Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company + 8

The 2018 Winter Olympics Stadium That Cost $100 Million to Build, Will Only Be Used 4 Times, and Is Roofless

11:48 - 3 February, 2018
The 2018 Winter Olympics Stadium That Cost $100 Million to Build, Will Only Be Used 4 Times, and Is Roofless, via instagram user donghyun_droneguy
via instagram user donghyun_droneguy

Traditionally, Winter Olympics stadiums have stuck to a design that obscures the sky and protects against the elements in order to keep the guests warm. This year, the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizing team wanted to try something different. Guests will watch the three-hour opening ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Main Stadium – and it will be roofless.

Pyeongchang, located not too far from the border of North Korea, is notorious for one of the worst winters in the country. Temperatures in PyeongChang are forecast to reach minus 14 deg C (about 7 deg F), partly due to the powerful, biting winds that barrel down from Siberia and the Manchurian plain. This may be the coldest Olympics since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. And because of the curious roofless architecture, the roughly 35,000 spectators will be completely exposed.

HOK's Mercedes-Benz Stadium Will Be the First LEED Platinum-Certified Pro Sports Stadium in the US

08:00 - 23 November, 2017
HOK's Mercedes-Benz Stadium Will Be the First LEED Platinum-Certified Pro Sports Stadium in the US, via HOK
via HOK

HOK's Mercedes-Benz Stadium is officially the first LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in the United States. The new home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons boasts the highest sports venue LEED score at 88 total points.

There is much more to learn from this stadium than just its unique retractable roof system. The two-million-square-foot venue is an unprecedented model for sustainability and performance innovation. Its notable design solutions conserve water, lighting, and energy.

via HOK via HOK via HOK via HOK + 24

Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium

06:00 - 21 November, 2017
Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium, (c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
(c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Oakland Athletic's have hired four firms to lead the design and urban planning for their new ballpark on the Peralta site, near the heart of Oakland. HOK will be collaborating with Snohetta on the design of the ballpark. Snohetta will also be working on the masterplan along with Sasaki and Oakland-based Studio T-Square.

Ice Sports Center of the 13th China National Winter Games / Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

02:00 - 20 September, 2017
Ice Sports Center of the 13th China National Winter Games / Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology, © Wei Shuxiang
© Wei Shuxiang

© Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang + 29

Time-Lapse Shows the Roof Installation at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

09:30 - 3 September, 2017

On Thursday, July 29th, the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano's roof was officially completed. This new stadium, a renovation of the old Peineta athletics stadium, is the new home ground of Spanish football club Atlético Madrid.

In this video, FCC Construcción captures the intense work on the roof which was designed and constructed by engineers Schlaich Bergermann Partner. The milestone marks four months of intense work since the installation of the first of the 96 PTFE radial panels at the north end of the stadium.