Category Archives: Sport Arenas

Estádio do Maracanã

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 Oct 2013 7:18 pm | Stadiums

The Estadio do Maracana located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an open air stadium which was first opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup since it was the largest stadium in the world at that time. It was used for football matches mainly but it also hosted concerts and other sporting events and it continues to be the largest stadium in South America. The Maracana stadium was partially rebuilt for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014…

CenturyLink Field

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Oct 2013 11:43 am | Stadiums

The CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington is the home of the Seattle Seahawks of NFL and of Seattle Sounders FC from the Major League Soccer and it was designed by the Ellerbe Becket architectural practice in collaboration with LMN Architects and Streeter & Associates. The original stadium began construction in 1998 with the name of Seahawks Stadium and it was renamed Qwest Field in 2004 after the Qwest telecommunications company acquired the naming rights. In 2011 Qwest itself was acquired…

Leeds Arena by Populous

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Oct 2013 5:30 pm | Indoor Arenas

The Leeds Arena was designed by the Populous architectural practice with the shape of a bowl that focuses on keeping the spectators close to the performance stage even if the seats they have are 67 meters away which is the farthest distance. The theater has 12500 seats and it is located in the downtown area of Leeds, England with a design that integrates itself in the existing infrastructure while also contrasting from them. The façade is made with LED strips…

Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova by Marc Duwe and Claas Schulitz

By : Dennis Franklin | 18 Oct 2013 5:24 pm | Stadiums

The Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova which has the full official name of Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octavio Mangabeira is located in Nazare Salvador, Brazil and was designed by the architects Marc Duwe and Claas Schulitz. The stadium is designed for football only and it has a capacity of 55000 seats being built in the place of the former Estadio Fonte Nova. The stadium will host the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and it is also one…

BBVA Compass Stadium by Populous

By : Dennis Franklin | 22 Sep 2013 12:34 pm | Stadiums

The BBVA Compass Stadium is located in Houston, Texas, USA and it was designed by the architectural practice of Populous as the core of the East Downtown Redevelopment Plan. The stadium has a 22000 seat capacity and is used primarily as a soccer stadium but it can also be adapted for lacrosse, rugby or concerts. The designers wanted to create an architectural icon and they had to work with a tight budget of 60 million dollars to do it so…

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Sep 2013 3:47 pm | Stadiums

Since it was recently announced that Japan won the bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, Zaha Hadid came up with an ingenious plan for a retrofit of the National Stadium into a more modern and eco-friendly design which would become the new Tokyo National Olympic Stadium. The new project offers a central structure which is quite different from the original one aiming to create calm and relaxing setting rather than the usual stadium look especially since it has a lot…

FNB Stadium by Populous

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Sep 2013 8:22 am | Stadiums

This stadium has a lot of names the First National Bank Stadium, the Soccer City or The Calabash, it is a landmark of Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa and it was designed by the Populous architectural practice. Boasting a capacity of 94736 seats, the stadium is the largest in Africa and it lies next to the South African Football Association headquarters where the FIFA offices and the Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup have been housed. The stadium was…

Rio 2016 Olympic Park by AECOM

By : Dennis Franklin | 4 Sep 2013 6:39 pm | Sport Arenas

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a lagoon-side peninsula in the Barra da Tijuca district that will have 15 sports venues connected through a network of pathways planned by AECOM. The Olympic park is centered on three existing stadiums left from the 2007 Pan-American Games which were themselves built over a Formula One track from the 1970s. The designers at AECOM want to transform the peninsula into a tropical landscape which will emphasize…

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha

By : Dennis Franklin | 28 Aug 2013 6:05 pm | Stadiums

The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha is located in Brasilia, Brazil and is a stadium which was design to support multiple purposes but is currently used for football matches. The stadium is a part of the Ayrton Senna Multisport Complex and was built in 1974. The name of the stadium was given to honor a famous Brazilian footballer who won the 1958 and 1962 World Cup with the national team of Brazil and in 18 may 2013 it was inaugurated once…

Mineirão Stadium renovation by BCMF Arquitetos

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Aug 2013 4:58 pm | Stadiums

The Mineirao Stadium, located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, was built in the 1960s and it is programmed to host some of the matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup so the owners decided that renovations were in order. The BCMF Arquitetos practice was commissioned to the project which was originally designed by the architects Eduardo Mendes Guimaraes Junior and Gaspar Garreto with an oval shape and 88 projecting panels standing out as ribs. The designers created a new roof for…

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