From Sumo wrestling to soccer, bobsleigh, baseball and any other sports, the sporting industry is now worth $620 billion. With the staggering amount of money in circulation, it comes as no surprise that the sporting arenas and stadiums get more and more impressive. When it comes to architectural brilliance, these are the stadiums well worth visiting, around the globe.
Foshan – China’s Century Lotus Stadium
Located in Foshan, Century Lotus Stadium opened in 2006 in China’s Guangdong province. The stadium designer is Marg, von Gerkan and Partners an architectural company in German. The circular-designed building was completed at an estimated cost of $155 million and features a spoke-wheel construction, partially covered by a white roof, in diameter measures about 1.148 feet. The sports stadium against the green backdrop resembles the shape of a lotus flower. The Century Lotus Stadium has a capacity of 36,686 and is utilised primarily for soccer matches. These included the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Chine and Myanmar.
Poland, Gdansk’s PGE Arena
Officially opened in 2011 the Gdansk, Poland’s PGE Arena was constructed as a 2012 UEFA European Championship hosting venue. The built of the stadium came to a cost of $253 million, and this soccer-specific venue offers seating for 42,000 fans. Located near the Baltic Sea, the facade comprised of polycarbonate plates, 18,000 of them, which provides it with an amber appearance, which is a mineral extracted for many years nearby the coast. The designer of the Gdansk is a European architecture firm, Wawrowsky & Rhode Kellermann, which won the IOC/IAKS bronze and IPC/IAKS distinction. The awards acknowledge all constructions, promotion sports and making it more accessible to fans while combining sustainability with exceptional design as well as remarkable planning.
Rungnado May Day Stadium Pyongyang in North Korea
Ranked amongst the most significant sports stadiums in the world, Rungnado May Day Stadium in North Korea offers a massive 150,000 seating capacity. The stadium’s floor space is more than 2.2 million square feet in total, and this impressive stadium gets its name from Rungnado islet of the nearby Taedong River. The 16 arches scalloped designed roof was created to mirrors the shape of a magnolia blossom. Used for multiple sports events, the Pyongyang was completed and opened in 1989 and has hosted numerous athletic and soccer events. It is best known for the Mass Games during the Arirang Festival when the enormous artistic and gymnastic performance takes place. The Arirang Festival can easily involve over 100,000 participants, which attracts more than double the number of fans and spectators.
Dublin, Ireland’s Aviva Stadium
Called the gleaming Aviva Stadium by the Irish soccer team and the national rugby union in Ireland, the stadium is built in Dublin. The design takes into consideration its proximity to the residence and features a sweeping curve at the north end. At the same time, the somewhat unusual polycarbonate façade and the roof is created and designed to all the maximum natural light into the stadium and nearby homes. Featuring a seating capacity of 51,700 the stadium cost around $560 million and is occupies the Lansdowne Road Stadium grounds since it was opened in 2010. It was designed by the Irish and British architects Scott Tallon Walker who received an award at the British Construction Awards in 2011.