The stadium has been a place of worship for sports fans since antiquity. From the original structures of antiquity, they have become a characterizing feature of present-day urban areas. This rundown is in no particular order and is far from exhaustive.

This is the distance that was shrouded in the Greek footraces of old and measures around 180 meters. When the original Olympic Games were held at Olympia in Ancient Greece, one stade was the exact length of the track for footrace occasions.

It would, in this way, become associated with both the distance and place where the race was run. Stadiums have become a significant segment of current architecture and sports.

15 Most Impressive and Coolest Stadiums Around the World

1. The Flavian Amphitheater

Stadium Location: Just East of the Ancient Roman Forum, Rome

When the stadium was built: 72 AD

Architect (if known): Lost to time

Construction: Built more than two main phases, the Colosseum is built primarily of Roman concrete and dressed stone/block. It would have had an unpredictable mast assembly initially to the fourth floor to expand and withdraw a large awning to shield spectators from the harsh heat of the sun.

Built or commissioned by (if known): Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian Dynasty

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Flavian Amphitheater, now regularly called the Colosseum, is probably the most famous of all stadiums worldwide. When it was finished, the Colosseum had 80 arched entrances that allowed access to 55000 spectators.

Notes: For now is the ideal time, the stadium was enormous and included an ellipse shape 188 meters in length by 156 meters wide.

2. Olympiastadion

Stadium Location: Berlin, Germany

When the stadium was built: Originally 1936, massively restored in 1972

Architect (if known): Albert Speer (‘Architect of the Devil’)

Construction: Concrete and steel frame

Built or commissioned by (if known): The National Socialist Party (NAZI)

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: Built somewhere between 1934 and 1936, the Olympiastadion has an enormous 70,000+ capacity and enormous clearing acrylic-glass canopy. It was initially developed to have the historically infamous 1936 Olympic Games.

Notes: It is most popular for facilitating the 1936 Olympic Games, where four black American athletes were awarded gold medals. This was in direct contradiction of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda ambitions for the games.

3. Bird’s Nest Stadium

Stadium Location: Beijing, China

When the stadium was built: 2008

Architect (if known): Herzog and de Meuron and artist Ai Weiwei, Arup, and China Architecture Design and Research Group

Construction: Reinforced cement internal design and steel frame external facade

Built or commissioned by (if known): People’s Republic of China

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Bird’s Nest Stadium’s most notable feature is its notorious, approximately 42,000-ton steel frame exterior construction. This was intended to apparently look like Chinese ceramics with a bird’s home feel.

The whole design is separated from the main internal stadium construction and will, in general, be stunningly light around evening time.

Notes: The stadium has a seating capacity of somewhere between 80 and 91 thousand and was intended to last at least a century. It measures 330 meters in length and 220 meters wide and stands at 69.2 meters tall.

It is, apparently, intended to have the option to withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.

4. Camp Nou

Stadium Location: Barcelona, Spain

When the stadium was built: 1950’s (1957 Inauguration)

Architect (if known): Francesc Mitjans Miró/Josep Soteras Mauri/Lorenzo García Barbón

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame construction

Built or commissioned by (if known): FC Barcelona/INGAR SA

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: It is Europe’s greatest stadium and the world’s second-greatest

Notes: Camp Nou is the greatest stadium in Europe and has a total capacity of just 10,000. Its seating capacity also makes it the second-largest in the world.

5. FNB Stadium/Soccer City

Stadium Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

When the stadium was built: 1989/2010 (refurb)

Architect (if known): Boogertman and Partners, HOK Sport

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame construction

Built or commissioned by (if known): Grinaker-LTA/BAM International

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: Soccer City is the largest stadium on the African Continent and is strategically located close to an old gold mine (the historical wellspring of the city’s wealth). It is also intended to take after a piece of African earthenware.

Notes: It has a seating capacity of just shy of 95,000. Formerly known as Soccer City is now officially called the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium.

6. Wembley

Stadium Location: London, England

When the stadium was built: 2007 (new stadium) – 1923 (original)

Architect (if known): HOK Sport and Foster and Partners/Sir Norman Foster and Rod Sheard

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame construction

Built or commissioned by (if known): The Sports Council/Multiplex

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: Wembley has a partially retractable rooftop and famous 134 meter-high arch

Notes: With a seating capacity of around 90,000, Wembley is Europe’s second-largest stadium. The structure has a total perimeter of 1km and encases around 4 million cubic meters inside its walls and rooftop.

The original stadium was built in 1923 and was the highlight of the British Empire Exhibition. It cost around £750,000 to assemble, and 250,000 tons of clay was excavated to construct the reinforced cement and steel stadium.

7. The Float at Marina Bay

Stadium Location: Marina Bay, Singapore

When the stadium was built: 2007

Architect (if known): Defense Science and Technology Agency

Construction: Steel frame construction/Pontoons. The structure’s foundations involve six arches anchored to the seabed marina.

Built or commissioned by (if known): Singapore Sports Council

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Float in Singapore is the world’s largest floating stage, is made totally of steel, and measures 120 meters in length and 83 meters wide.

Notes: With a seating capacity of around 30,000, the Float at Marina Bay is located in the waters of the Marina repository in Singapore. The platform, made totally of steel, can bear 1070 tons.

It was originally commissioned to fill in as a temporary replacement for the Singapore National Stadium. It is generally the size of a football pitch and has been utilized sparingly since its culmination in 2007.

The construction has some innovative features, like an internal drainage system, cabling designs, and lightning rods.

Originally proposed to be a temporary design, it is planned to redevelop the stage into a permanent space to commemorate National Service. For this reason, it is planned to rename it NS Square, where it will fill in as the main setting for future National Day Parades.

8. AT and T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium)

Stadium Location: Arlington, Texas

When the stadium was built: Opened in 2009

Architect (if known): HKS Incorporated

Construction: Steel frame. It cost an estimated 1.15 Billion Dollars to assemble, making it the world’s most costly sports scene at any point built.

Built or commissioned by (if known): City of Arlington/Blue Star Development/Jack Hill

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The rooftop is supported by a pair of 91-meter tall arches that span the whole length of the stadium dome. Structural engineering firm Walter P Moore planned it, and the systems were executed by mechanization consultants Uni-Systems.

It is one of the largest domed sports structures globally and has the largest operable glass doors at 55 meters wide by 37 meters high. The internal area of the structure is around 3 million square feet (914,400 meters squared).

Notes: The stadium can seat 80.000, which makes it the fifth-largest stadium in the NFL. It also has one of the world’s largest top-quality video separates the world.

Its noteworthy rooftop, tipping the scales at 14000 tons, is completely retractable and can open or shut in under 12 minutes. Apart from its more than 3,000 LCDs, it also sports a world-class contemporary art assortment inside.

It fills in as the home of the Dallas Cowboys and can be utilized for various activities, from shows to basketball games to rodeos and many more.

9. Panathenaic Stadium

Stadium Location: Athens, Greece

When the stadium was built: 1896

Architect (if known): Anastasios Metaxas

Construction: Solid marble construction

Built or commissioned by (if known): The Hellenic Olympic Committee

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Panathenaic Stadium was a rebuilt rendition of an original racecourse built in 330BC. During the 1830s uncovered a portion of its marble, with the whole construction rebuilt and finished on schedule for the initial service in 1896.

Because of its construction, it is as yet the lone stadium built altogether out of marble.

Notes: During the inaugural present-day Olympic games, U.S. Triple jumper James Connolly managed to win the principal Olympic medal in more than 1,500 years. The ebb and flow incarnation of the stadium has a seating capacity of 80,000.

The original stadium was built around 330 BC by the Athenian Statesman Lykourgos and was rebuilt in 144 AD by the Athenian Roman Herodes Atticus to have a seating capacity of 50,000. After the fourth century AD, it was largely abandoned.

After being rebuilt in 1896, the stadium was utilized again for part of the 2004 Olympics and is the completing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon.

10. Michigan Stadium

Stadium Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

When the stadium was built: 1927

Architect (if known): Bernard L. Green/HNTB (2010)

Construction: Various – including block and square, reinforced cement, and steel frame.

Built or commissioned by (if known): Construction: University of Michigan/James Leck Company

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: Michigan Stadium is the second-largest stadium globally and is the largest in the United States. It has an official seating capacity of 107,601 but has facilitated swarms as large as 115,000.

Notes: Although originally built in 1927, it has gone through various stages of expansion throughout the years in 1928, 1949, 1956, 1973, 1992, 1998, and 2010.

It is home to the Michigan Wolverines Football Club and has filled in as the home of Michigan Wolverines hockey and lacrosse teams in the past and present.

11. Kaohsiung National Stadium

Stadium Location: Zuoying District, Taiwan

When the stadium was built: 2009

Architect (if known): Toyo Ito (Pritzker Prize-winning architect)

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame.

Built or commissioned by (if known): Unknown

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: Apart from its extraordinary plan, the stadium is practically independent of its solar PV array. The stadium’s rooftops involve almost 6.5 thousand scale-like aluminum plates, generally 4.5 K house solar panels.

This made it the main stadium in the world to be significantly powered by solar power.

This array can yield 1.1 million kWh of solar energy per annum. It also won Taiwan’s first LEED gold-level green structure smashing 9 standards, including soil water substance, biodiversity, and CO2 decrease.

Notes: The semi-spiral form of the stadium is novel and thought to be representative of a dragon. With its 55,000 seat capacity, it is Taiwan’s largest stadium.

12. Allianz Arena

Stadium Location: Munich, Germany

When the stadium was built: 2005

Architect (if known): Chief Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame clad in inflated ETFE foil panels

Built or commissioned by (if known): Alpine Bau and HVB

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Allianz Arena’s most notable feature is its array of inflated ETFE foil panels. And each and everyone can be autonomously illuminated in shades of red, blue, or white.

Apparently, local authorities have mentioned that lone single color plans be utilized as they may be distracting for drivers regardless of this functionality. Past impacts on the nearby A9 Autobahn are thought to have been caused by past shifting displays.

Notes: The stadium was planned only for use as a football stadium and is, undoubtedly, an architectural exceptional in the world. The whole facility was developed in less than three years, with the foundation stone laid on the first October 2002.

The whole venture was finished in under 340 Million Euros, and the stadium has a total seating capacity of 75,000.

13. The Ericson Globe

Stadium Location: Stockholm, Sweden

When the stadium was built: 1989

Architect (if known): Lars Vretblad and Svante Berg

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel frame

Built or commissioned by (if known): City of Stockholm

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Ericsson Globe’s most notable feature itself. It is the largest hemispherical structure on Earth and was built in under two and half years.

It has a diameter of 110 meters and an internal stature of 85 meters. The structure planned to address the sun inside the Sweden Solar System (the world’s largest scale model of the solar system).

Notes: The globe was inaugurated in February 1989 and was later renamed the Ericsson Globe when it was acquired by the Swedish Telecommunications giant Ericsson.

Today it is mainly utilized for ice hockey and has a seating capacity of 13,850.

Outwardly of the globe is the Skyview slanted elevator. This transports visitors to the highest point of the arena to get an unhampered perspective on Stockholm. It includes two spherical gondolas, each with a seating capacity of 16 passengers.

14. Olympic Stadium

Stadium Location: Montreal, Canada

When the stadium was built: 1987

Architect (if known): French Architect Roger Taillibert

Construction: Reinforced cement and steel

Built or commissioned by (if known): The Government of Quebec

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Olympic Stadium, or “Large O,” is Canada’s greatest stadium via seating capacity. It has, in the past, been named a masterpiece of “organic present-day architecture.

French Architect Roger Taillibert wanted the stadium to look and feel organic and apparently take after vertebrae, ligament, and tentacles while also protecting the unmistakable features of architectural innovation.

Its observation tower stands at 165 meters, making it the world’s tallest slanted design.

Notes: Its nickname, the “Enormous O,” refers to its characteristic rooftop plan. It was originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games but faced heavy delays and was partially complete in 1976.

After the Olympics, artificial turf was laid inside the stadium to allow it to be utilized for baseball and football teams. It presently fills in as a multipurpose facility for special occasions with a seating capacity of a little more than 56,000.

15. The Water Cube

Stadium Location: Beijing, China

When the stadium was built: 2008

Architect (if known): PTW Architects, CCDI, Arup, and CSCEC

Construction: Steel frame and ETFE “cushion” facade

Built or commissioned by (if known): The People’s Republic of China

Standout/Interesting engineering feature: The Water Cube’s standout feature is its unmistakable and intense cuboidal form. It was one of the flagship working for the 2008 Olympic Games and has a total capacity of 17,000.

Apart from its shape, the exterior plan of the structure is also profoundly particular. It includes an intricate air pocket pattern made from about 4 thousand ETFE “cushion” segments.

Notes: The structure was finished on schedule for the launch of the Olympics in 2008 and cost a total of $140 million. It was host to more than 24 swimming world records being set during the tournament and has also gotten great praise from the architectural world.


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