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STADIUM construction is booming, with an extensive number of impressive and expensive venues currently under construction around the world.
Whether being built for major sporting events, or by clubs looking to maximise revenues and improve fan experience, this new generation of stadiums are in a different league (pun intended) to their predecessors.
In this video we travel around the globe to look at the five of most impressive stadiums currently under construction and due to open their doors by 2020.
5 – PERTH STADIUM, AUSTRALIA – 2018
We kick off our tour in Australia where a truly multi-purpose stadium is being built as a venue for five different sports.
At a cost of USD $1BN, the 60,000 seater venue in Perth will be the third largest stadium in the country when it opens in 2018.
The stadium will primarily be a venue for sports played on an oval – namely cricket and Aussie rules football. It is set to become the home for the city’s two AFL teams and local cricket team the Perth Scorchers. It will also be Western Australia's primary venue for international cricket.
The stadium can also be reconfigured for sports played on a rectangular pitch, and will become the city’s venue for major international rugby union, rugby league and football matches.
Above: Perth Stadium is being built to host cricket and Aussie rules football as well as rugby union, rugby league and football (soccer) matches (image courtesy of Government of Western Australia).
While a striking bronze façade reflects Western Australia's unique geology externally, internally the stadium is very technologically advanced.
There will be 4G WIFI coverage throughout, while two giant 240 square meter video screens and 1,000 televisions will mean fans will never miss any of the action.
4 – NEW WHITE HART LANE, UNITED KINGDOM – 2018
In London, Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur are building what the club claim “will be the finest stadium anywhere in the world” – and the USD $970M development certainly looks set to be a spectacular venue for watching sport.
Designed by architect Populous, the 61,599 capacity "New White Hart Lane" has an asymmetrical design, which is focused towards its southern end. Here a single tier stand with a capacity of 17,500 is designed to generate a ‘wall of sound’ and be the heartbeat of the new stadium.
Above: Tottenham Hotspur's 61,599 capacity stadium has a retractable natural turf pitch so that both types of football can be played (image courtesy of Populous).
Another multi-purpose stadium, New White Hart Lane has a retractable natural turf pitch that can be removed to reveal an synthetic grass pitch - developed by Turf Nation - underneath, for American Football.
This innovation provides the preferred surface for both sports within the same stadium, which is set to host two NFL regular-season games for the next ten years.
The venue incorporates a whole host of unique facilities including a viewing deck on the roof of the stand, a glazed tunnel that allows club members to watch players prepare to head out for kick-off, and "the UK’s longest bar" stretching to 86.6 meters.
New White Hart Lane will also include the world’s first "stadium micro-brewery" with a beer delivery system pouring up to 10,000 pints a minute.
3 – NEW FERENC PUSKÁS STADIUM, HUNGARY – 2019
In Budapest, a new national stadium is currently under construction.
Home to the Hungarian National football team, the 67,889 seater venue is being built within the bowl of the historic Ferenc Puskas Stadium.
The facades of the historic building are being incorporated into the much taller new stadium, while 90% of the rubble from the demolition of its predecessor will be reused in the new concrete structure.
By far the most intriguing design feature is the incorporation of a running track. While this is not uncommon for stadiums, the location of this 800-meter circuit is truly unique; perched above the stands with panoramic views of Budapest.
Above: Being built for Euro 2020 the Ferenc Puskas Stadium incorporates a roof level running track (image courtesy of MLSZ).
Due to host four games at Euro 2020, construction of the USD $750M stadium has been delayed and contractors are now working to complete the building before the tournament begins.
2 – TOKYO NATIONAL STADIUM, JAPAN – 2019
Perhaps more anticipated and controversial than any of the other stadiums on our list is Japan’s new National Stadium.
Currently under construction ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, the stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics events during the Games.
Above: Kengo Kuma's 68,000 seater stadium replaced Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning scheme (image courtesy of Japan Sports Council).
The USD $1.4BN project stands on the site of the previous national stadium that was itself built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the stadium replaced Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning scheme that was controversially abandoned over its soaring cost.
The scaled-back stadium will have a fixed capacity of 68,000, but will be expandable to 80,000 for football and rugby matches, with temporary seats placed over the athletics track.
Seating will be sheltered below a latticed larch and steel canopy while circulation areas around the exterior of the stadium will feature plants and trees, linking the structure with surrounding parkland.
1 – LOS ANGELES STADIUM, UNITED STATES – 2020
Topping our list is a stadium that is set to become the most expensive ever built.
With an eye-watering price-tag of USD $2.6BN the Los Angeles Stadium, currently under construction in Inglewood, California, promises to be the world’s most impressive sports venue.
Above: Los Angeles Stadium will be the most expensive ever built, costing $2.6BN USD (image courtesy of HKS).
Designed by stadium specialist HKS Sports and Entertainment, the 70,000 seater stadium will be the home to two NFL teams – the LA Rams and the LA Chargers.
The structure has been designed so that capacity can be increased to host more than 100,000 fans for major events such as the Superbowl, which is set to come to the venue in 2022.
The future Los Angeles Stadium is also lined-up to host the 2028 Olympics and is the likely candidate to host the 2026 World Cup Final if the United States, Mexico and Canada’s bid to co-host the games is approved.
With new stadium’s now being built with increasing regularity, how long the Los Angeles Stadium will remain as the most expensive and impressive in the world remains to be seen.
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[References to "AstroTurf" at New White Hart Lane were corrected to "Turf Nation" on 14 September 2018]
Images courtesy of Los Angeles Rams, Tottenham Hotspur, Japan Sports Council, Government of Western Australia, Perth Stadium, Populous, MLSZ, Zaha Hadid Architects, HKS and Herzog and de Meuron.
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