It took only four and a half years to build
and cost just $423 million, peanuts when you look at Wembley. There are still plenty of trusses
supporting the roof that hinder your view of the overhead jumbotron and the field
still looks pretty far away when you’re up on the top shelf, I just don’t
understand why this stadium is so special. Leave it to Dubai to take ridiculous sports venues to the next
It cost a mere $355
million to build, takes up 160 acres and seats 63,000 people. The walls
are insulated with many layers and have 23 blast coolers that are constantly
adjusting the temperature. I know, that’s a lot of
buildings. The good news is, you’re not, you’re in the emirates and
they want you to spend lots of money here because it cost them $275 million to
grow this snow land. The sliding fabric roof provides
an open air feel even when it is closed and makes a truly unique experience for
all 63,000 people in the stadium.
Beijing Water Cube
Dubai is becoming an oasis in the
middle of a huge desert. This enables the each panel to be
changed to either red, white or blue to support whichever team happens to be
playing at home that night. You wonder if mere mortals are
allowed to enter.
There are actually two different
structures that go into the creation of this stadium.
It is said to be able to withstand any degree of seismic activity
and is at the cutting edge of modern architecture. Rain water is even collected and stored to fill the
It has five downhill ski runs with various difficulties, a
cross-country trail, and a quarter pipe for snowboarders. In addition to
the incredible atmosphere the stadium is capable of producing, it is also a
marvel of architecture and absolutely stunning.
The people at HKS Architects in Dallas
have just unveiled their absolutely insane new stadium for the Cowboys. The
Jerseys are hung above dark wood benches where the players get dressed for the
game. Granted, it looks kind of like the
suspension bridge of stadiums but for 1.5 billion dollars, I would be pretty
upset if this is what I got.
The panels appear to be white from a
distance but are actually transparent and covered with white dots. They blast out chemical-free
water through an incredible chilling machine and it’s absolutely vomited out of
snow cannons; the water crystallizes and forms snow before it ever touches the
frozen ground. Technically, it has 2,432 pixels
wide and 1,088 high ranking it up there into 1080p territory.
What really blows my mind more than
anything else about this stadium is how the hell it cost as much as it
does. The design manages
to be absolutely beautiful with literally tonnes of glass and state of the art
design while still retaining its insanely high testosterone levels inside. Not only does
this make it incredibly convenient for multiple sporting events, but it also
nearly eliminates humidity problems caused by keeping grass alive inside and is
supposed to decrease the costs of maintaining the field indoors by $50 million.
The stadium is a giant collaboration between the famous Peter Eisenman and
When the stadium is all lit up it is a sight to behold and is
really quite beautiful.
There is a two-foot base of packed snow underneath a crisp and
beautiful layer of powder replenished nightly.
China really overdid it with their
Olympic buildings last year. I have to hand it to Herzog & de Meuron for
their flagship building.
The Azadi Stadium
They created a giant sail structure in
the middle of three concrete arches set at 60 degrees to cover the building
completely and give it a completely new look.
The tray the field resides in weighs 12 million pounds, is 234
feet wide and 400 feet long and it takes about 45 minutes to roll it in or out
of the stadium.
York Yankees and Manchester United, they have completely turned their teams
of. What is really incredible about this venue is the fact that it
was completely updated to be one of the worlds more striking arenas from an
old, and rather boring arena if I don’t say so myself.
. People, absolute love spending literally billions of dollars on their
Perhaps even more iconic of the Beijing
Olympics is the Herzog & de Meuron masterpiece, the Beijing National Stadium,
or Bird’s Nest as it was called. The Palazzo is now capable of
seating 10,000 people and is really quite versatile in that it can necessitate
many different types of events and that it can even still be expanded if needed
in the future. Earlier this year when I was in
Munich, it was suggested that I go check it out at night because it would make
for good pictures. This is basically
the pinnacle of the American football stadium construction and it lets it be
known. After, they can take a breather
in one of the lounges with white leather couches and watch the game highlights
on the giant televisions, or check their email on any number of computers
provided for them. If you look at teams like the New
The temperature outside in Dubai ranges
from 60 to 135 degrees but they manage to keep the ski hill at a constant 28
degrees. Of course, all this skiing
requires chair lifts so they have those too.
The University of Phoenix Stadium
Turin updated the incredible Palazzo a vela for their kick at the
winter Olympics in 2006 and turned it into the Torino Palavela. When you’re inside,
it looks just like any other stadium.
Obviously, we’ll get to the bird’s nest in a bit, but first we
absolutely have to talk about their stunning so called “Water Cube” or National Aquatics Center, which is a much more boring name so I won’t be referring to it
as that again. The resort is absolutely insane
taking up 32,290 square feet of winter wonderland. Let’s get into some details about this
unbelievable slide out field. The Water Cube is an absolutely striking building constructed of
lightweight Teflon that provides an incredible green house like effect inside
Originally built in 1961, engineers and architects were faced with
the challenge of renovating the structure to meet today’s Olympic standards and
seat thousands of people. He claimed the 100,000 screaming
men has to be felt to be believed. The design of the
arena was actually bidded upon which I found quite weird; a little democracy in
a communist country. This is an incredible example of a ridiculous sporting venue.
The stadium was built in
1995 and seats just 18,810 people so there’s really no state of
the art numbers or facts to accompany it, but they have just finished building
the most incredible locker room for the players.
The Vancouver Canucks’ Dressing Room
The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona
is the first professional sports facility to have a retractable roofâ¦ and a
retractable grass field. Some of the live earth concerts took place here on July
7th of 2007 that were viewed by over 8 million people
around the world.
Allianz Arena is a personal favorite of
mine because I have actually stood in its presence. It is a timeless design and one
that provided an identity to Tehran’s people shortly before their
it is today and has allowed some of the biggest teams in professional sport to
The whiteboard has been replaced with a
giant video screen the coaches can draw plays on.
It’s iconic design is timeless and brought the Iranian people
together by creating a very imposing feeling. It also has the world’s largest
indoor snow park at 9,842 square feet that features tobogganing hills, a
bobsled track with two side by side tracks, a snowball fight gallery and even a
little cavern to get lost in and pretend you’re in the mountains of Afghanistan
struggling to survive.
is a multi-billion dollar industry that the masses simply can’t get enough
favorite sports but it doesn’t just stop at the stadium anymore.
into brands and complete lifestyles really. In fact, famous Iranian soccer
player Javad Nekounam famously warned the South Korean player Park Ji-sung that
he had never felt anything like playing in the Azadi.
I can’t imagine playing in the stadium let alone being a member of
the crowd. Being inside
it with 70,000 other screaming FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen fans is one thing but this
stadium is special because of what it looks like outside.
It’s the elevation of sporting that brought this industry to where
Beyond all the steel and glass lies
Cowboys Stadium’s famed television. The
Bird’s Nest goes in the list not because it is the biggest or the most
beautiful, but because it has managed to create an image, a feeling or a state
of mind, for all of China, even if that’s really just brainwashing people into
that all your hard earned money has gone to purchase for the teams and their
It’s been said that
the Azadi is not just a stadium it’s an attitude. There are state of the art
exercise facilities, a ridiculous medical room, and even bathrooms that look
like a spa’s. It spans an incredible 315m, is
mounted at 22Â° off of straight to support the entire weight of the north roof
and 60% of the weight of the retracting roof. Seriously, this stadium has a
field it can roll in and out on a very specially designed tray so that real
grass can be played on and the field can be quickly converted to necessitate
any number of other playing surfaces. There is the red bowl that houses
the playing area and seating, and the intricate and beautiful exoskeleton that
supports it all. Obviously, somebody who
has access to the video inputs of these massive TV’s is a gamer because there
is some hilarious video of them playing Halo on the monster screen. Everything about the stadium was
built with the unusually arid climate in mind. Its shell is made up of 2,874
air panels that are filled with dry air giving it that puffy look. That can’t be right. I have
to say that standing in front of the Allianz Arena is an absolutely incredible
experience. Cowboys Stadium seats 80,000
people but has had 105,121 people in it with expanded seating which is a few
people but it’s true beauty lies in the design and flourish of the
stadium. Each player
can shower after a game and shave at one of the many sinks in the bathroom. This is really an incredible
accomplishment of efficiency and engineering and they have spared absolutely
nothing to create this incredible building.
dressing rooms for their prized players. The
two center hung LCD’s are now the biggest in the world at 160 by 72 feet and
are actually capable of outputting full 1080p high definition. This allows
for incredibly efficient operation of the building. Because each
pixel is made up of four LED’s Mitsubishi’s patented “Dynamic Pixel” Technology
allows it to borrow the corner LED’s from the four neighboring pixel clusters
allowing for a much cleaner and crisper image. They didn’t stop there though;
the building also uses solar energy to heat the pools, which even reuse the
backwashed pool water using a double-filtered technique, water that would
normally be thrown out.
Anyways, the people picked the nest design and it became a symbol
of not only the Olympics but China as well. It’s not a jumbotron 5000 or anything, it’s
basically the exact same LCD TV hanging above your fireplace at home, but like
forty times bigger. It has a state of the art metal
skin that allows for more desirable temperatures and natural light to enter
inside due to open-air gaps in between the panels. Once
you step in, you see that the room is an oval so that nobody has any corners to
hide in and the coaches can stand right in the middle and eye down players
without a problem.
The Azadi was built in 1971 by the then Shah Mohammad Reza Shah
Pahlavi and succeeded miraculously at creating not only a place for Iranians to
play soccer, but an attitude. What the team of architects, led by Gae Aulenti,
effectively ended up doing was building a building within a building.
Still, the last thing you would expect to see there is a ski hill.
Leave it to the East’s richest princes to attempt the impossible.
There are two giant fogged glass doors bearing the team’s logo
that slide open like on the Enterprise. It
is right next to the mall of the emirates so you can do your shopping, then hit
the slopes feeling like an absolute spoiled brat. The stadium is home to many high
profile soccer and rugby games, as well as some of the biggest concerts in the
boys would quite literally never have to leave the dressing room if they didn’t
want to, and who would with digs like this? Bet you never thought you’d see a
hockey team’s dressing room in a list with the Allianz Arena.
construct some of the most ridiculous stadiums, suites for their guests, and
The Birds Nest Stadium
The Vancouver Canucks play in a sold
out GM place for every single game. The
stadium was designed by architects Foster + Partners and its signature feature
is a massive circular section lattice arch. It
reminds me of the trucks that NASA uses to transport its engines.
The bubble like shell that houses the
pools was developed at Dublin’s Trinity University due to extensive studies on
the structural properties of soap bubbles. The whole
building is designed as a giant fridge and uses many of the same
One that might not get as much coverage as you would normally get
for a marvel of this caliber due to our, how do I put this lightly, tension
with their so called President. Either end of the stadium is
adorned with a massive glass door that admits views in and out of the stadium
and allows for a whole lot of natural light to get in.
London’s new Wembley Stadium was, at
the time it was built, the most expensive sports arena in the world.
It is in this list that we will explore the most ridiculous things
Tehran, Iran has one of my personal
favorite stadiums in the world. When it had been completed and
finally opened in 2007, the bill was an absolutely staggering 800 million
pounds, which works out to roughly 1.57 billion American dollars