Every few months it seems as though there is news of the next best, biggest, and stylish sports arena being built somewhere in one of the world’s major cities. It’s honestly hard to keep track of them at all at this point, particularly given that many of them wind up blending in. With this in mind though, we looked at some of these new venues to come up with some of the most impressive of the bunch in innovation, design, and significance.
If you have an interest in this sort of large-scale design, consider these incredible examples in Europe, the United States, and Asia alike.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London, England
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is home to the club of the same name. It actually opened just in time for the current season, and is truly one-of-a-kind, essentially setting a new standard for Premier League football grounds. The Spurs spent the 2018/19 season in limbo, playing their “home” matches on the neutral ground of the famous Wembley Stadium while construction was wrapping up. But in that time, they rose to the upper ranks of European football, meaning the timing couldn’t be better. This season will see Tottenham trying to match very high expectations in this beautiful new stadium.
In true 2019 fashion, the stadium is home to its very own microbrewery and uses absolutely no plastic straws. There is a luxury hotel with 180 rooms attached to the stadium, and the food options range from Michelin-starred restaurant offerings to Asian street food. The stadium is also is home to the longest bar in Europe. In terms of the visuals, the stadium has a sort of modern-metallic design (almost spaceship-like at a glance), with an impeccably clean and beautiful interior. It’s a work of art, though it’s already been adjusted to suit supporters’ needs, with the addition of a few hundred more seats.
The Chase Center – San Francisco, United States
Come late fall, the Chase Center will be the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. As you may well know if you happen to follow sports, the Warriors have won three of the past five NBA Championships and have continually showcased some of the very best players on the planet. The most recent NBA odds for the upcoming season show that the Warriors are no longer viewed as prohibitive favorites (thanks to former MVP Kevin Durant departing in free agency and Klay Thompson being out with an injury). But this shouldn’t diminish the excitement for the Chase Center’s opening. The Warriors may not be the bookies’ favorite anymore, but they still have world-class players and a fun-loving style of play.
That’s all to say that the Chase Center will represent one of the hottest ticket in sports the moment it opens – which will shine a spotlight on the incredible complex it is. This is a gorgeous stadium fully designed to take advantage of the Bay Area that surrounds it. There’s an air of luxury to it (new “courtside lounges” will cost a cool $2.25 million per season). Yet it’s also built to look like an open, communal venue, and will be very accessible thanks to new public transit sprouting up around the complex.
New National Stadium – Tokyo, Japan
New National Stadium has been under construction for the past few years in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This venue will be the main arena for the Games, with a seating capacity of up to 80,000 people. While there were some initial delays, construction is expected to be finished before the end of 2019, leaving more than enough time for Japan to showcase it before the summer competitions arrive.
One particularly interesting feature of this modern stadium is its material sourcing: woods from all 47 of Japans prefectures is being incorporated into the beautifully crafted roof. Furthermore, in keeping with this natural theme, seats will be either white, green, or brown to represent the growth of trees. It’s a very different approach, but exactly what can be exciting about modern stadiums today. The ones that differentiate themselves tend to be extraordinary.