Bill Shankly, the legendary Scottish football player and manager of Liverpool FC once said that for some people, football is a matter of life and death. And also he added that he was very disappointed with that attitude because this sport is much, much more important than that!
With the help of the developing techniques in sports and constructions of the new stadiums, this struggle is getting bigger everyday! Let’s find out what are the recent developments in thesearenas.
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ABD – New Earthquakes Stadium
The New Earthquakes Stadium is planned to be the new soccer-specific stadium of the San Jose Earthquakes football team. The first stadium designs were presented in 2009 but development permit was–scarcely- awarded in 2011. However the local residents of San Jose’s International Airport area still have complains, the club hopes to be able to occupy the stadium at the start of the 2013 season. The project has a budget of $60 million and the stadium is planned to have a capacity of 18,000 seats.
Belgium – Arteveldestadion
The Arteveldestadion, which is currently under construction, will be the new home of KAA Gent. First plans for the construction belongs to the year 2003; however a series of problems (such as the funding of the stadium and environmental concerns) have delayed the project until 2011. With the completion of the stadium projected for the start of the 2012/2013 season, KAA Gent will own his new home with a capacity of 20,000 seats including a hotel, and office and retail facilities.
Brazil – Grêmio Arena
The The Grêmio Arena, which will be the next home of Grêmio FBPA, is set to replace Estádio Olímpico Monumental, which has been Grêmio’s home stadium since 1954. Started in 2007, the project was approved by the local council late 2008 and started to be constructed in September 2010. With its expected time of finishing by the end of 2012, The Grêmio Arena will have a capacity of 60,000 with a whole project total cost of 600 million BRL.
France – Futur Stade de Bordeaux
The Futur Stade de Bordeaux, FC Girondins de Bordeaux’nun -isminden de anlaşılacağıüzere- yeni stadının adı. Ayrıca bu stat, şimdiden Euro 2016 şampiyonasının da ev sahipliğini yapacağı yerlerden biri olarak belirlenmiş durumda. 2013 yılında inşaasına başlanacak olan stat, Girondis’in şimdiki stadı olan Stade Chaban-Delmas’ın yerine yapılacak. 3,000 koltuğu birinci sınıf, 1,000 koltuğu da VIP locasına ait 43,000 koltuğu ile The Futur Stade de Bordeaux’nun 2015 yılında hizmete açılması bekleniyor.
France – Grand Stade OL
As a replacement of Stade Gerland, Grand Stade OL is a desire-to-build stadium for Olympique Lyonnais as early as 2007. With unfortunate delays due to opposition and the lack of funding (because of the financial crisis), the club finally received a building permit in February 2012. Works are expected to start in April 2012. Designed byPopulous, the stadium will be one of the playing venues during Euro 2016 with a capacity of 58,000 seats, of which 6,000 business seats.
Italy – Karalis Arena
The Karalis Arena, also referred to as Stadio Elmas, is the planned new home of Cagliari Calcio. As a replacement for its present stadium Stadio Sant’Elia, the Karalis Arena has planned with a capacity of around 25,000. However, after the tournament was awarded to France, plans were again adjusted, and the club has now settled on a stadium with 23,200 seats and an estimated cost of€45 million. Definite plans and renders were presented in the summer of 2011, and a site has been selected close to Cagliari’s Elmas Airport in the north of the city.
England – New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The dream of a new home for Tottenham Hotspur FC will be energized with the Northumberland Development Project. The project aims to develop the whole Tottenham area with sub-projects include a central square with a connection to the stadium, new shopping opportunities, new housing, and the refurbishment of existing historic buildings. Developing plans that have been in existence since 2008, due to the high costs of the project and insecurities in terms of funding, there is still no concrete timeline attached. With a capacity of 56,200 seats, the distance from the stand to the pitch will be“less than at any other comparable size stadium in the UK.”
Scotland – Aberdeen Arena
After the investigations since the early 1990s, Aberdeen FC finally comes together with his new home. The club was selected a site in the south of the city, near Loirston Loch, and the first visuals were presented in 2010 to the public. In February 2011 the Aberdeen city council approved the planning application and now, with its estimated to cost of£30 million and a capacity of 21,000 seats, the Aberdeen Arena is preparing to hug his worldwide fans at the start of the 2013/2014 season.
Spain – Estadio San Mamés Barria
Estadio San Mamés Barria -the planned new home for Athlétic Club de Bilbao- is currently in the initial construction stages. The club presented the definite plans for the stadium in 2009 and the first stone was laid in March 2010. The stadium is planned to have a capacity of 54,000 seats, and is going to be built adjacent to the current stadium. Once the new stadium will be three-quarters finished, the old stadium will be demolished to make space for the construction of the fourth quarter. With the guidance of this plan, three-quarters will be completed at the start of the 2013/2014 season and the whole complex is expected to be finished by 2015.
Spain – Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid
With a planned capacity of 67,500 seats, about 12,000 more than the current Estadio Vicente Calderón, the new home will cost Atlético Madrid for€200 million. The stadium is currently in advanced planning and located in the east of the city. It presented its plans for the new stadium on the 5th of December 2011. The expected completion of the new stadium scheduled for 2015, in time for the start of the 2015/2016 season. It also will serve as the main venue for the 2020 or 2024 Olympic Games -if Madrid gets awarded.
Spain – Nuevo Mestalla
Nuevo Mestalla is the planned new stadium of Valencia CF is anArupdesign. The stadium project had an original budget of€240 million, but due to funding difficulties and work halts of the past, it is estimated that at this moment€150 million is needed to complete the project. The new stadium is being constructed on a site towards the north of Valencia, about 2.5 kilometers from Valencia’s city centre. It is going to have a capacity of 75,000 seats and planned to finish in 2014.
Russia – New Zenit Stadium
Designed by the Japanese architecture firmKisho Kurokawa, New Zenit Stadium, which is a new one at the site of the former Kirov Stadium, is the name of the new home of FC Zenit. As one of the playing venues during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the stadium is planned to have a capacity of 62,000 with a height of 56.6 meters and has some similar lines of design with that of the Japanese Toyota Stadium, which was designed by the same firm. Actual construction started at the end of 2008 and planned completion not earlier than late 2013.
Russia – Spartak Stadium
Spartak Stadium is the first home of FC Spartak Moscow, who had been looking to build his own stadium as early as the mid 1990s. Fineally in 2005, Spartak selected a site at the Tushino Airfield grounds in the far north-west of Moscow, about 15 kilometers from its city centre, however the construction of the stadium started in July 2010 due to financial problems. Construction of the main body of the stadium is planned to be completed later in 2012 and the stadium is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, with the first match to be played at the stadium in February 2014. The project also contains an indoor arena being able to accommodate about 12,000 people and a club museum.