Throughout history, some of the most remarkable stadiums have been designed and constructed. Some have been destroyed over the years – whether it be through turmoil or usage – and caused others to be completed redesigned. This has led to some of the most remarkable stadiums being created throughout the years. Whether it be because of their massive seating capacity, stadium, and sports field design, or uniqueness, some stadiums stand out above the rest as the most impressive in the world.
Most Impressive Stadiums Worldwide
- Michigan Stadium
- Bejing National Stadium
- Kaohsiung National Stadium
- U.S. Bank Stadium
Nicknamed “The Big House”, Michigan Stadium is an absolute marvel. Open in 1926 with a capacity of 72,000 people, Michigan Stadium has only grown since. As the current largest stadium in the United States and second largest stadium in the world only behind Rungnado May Day Stadium in North Korea, “The Big House” has a capacity of 107,601 people. The stadium has held several records, such as the largest NCAA collegiate football attendance record of 115,109 when Michigan played Notre Dame, as well as August 2, 2014, when a sell-out crowd of 109,318 attended the Manchester United-Real Madrid International Champions Cup fixture.
Bejing National Stadium
Originally designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics, The “Birds Nest” is one of the most uniquely designed stadiums in the world. Now considered the national stadium of China, The Birds Nest is the pinnacle of sports field design. The Bejing National Stadium features a cross-hatching of steel beams which were originally implemented to hide the support structures of the retractable roof. The retractable roof would be removed from the plans after the steel beams became the central focus of the project. The entire design was inspired by Chinese ceramics and their uniqueness. Unfortunately, the stadium has been unable to attract many events following the Olympics.
Kaohsiung National Stadium
Located in Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Kaohsiung National Stadium is an absolutely remarkable stadium. It’s nowhere near the largest, with a seating capacity of 55,000. It does have a very interesting semi-spiral design, but what sets it apart is its sustainability. When they were going through the first steps of sports field design and construction with the Kaohsiung National Stadium, they made it so it would be the first stadium to receive its entire power base from solar energy. The entire stadium is covered in solar panels, which power the entire stadium year round. Boasting 4,482 solar panels and 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, it’s no wonder this stadium achieved a “gold level green building” rating.
U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an architectural marvel. This new stadium was built to replace the original Metrodome which had been the Viking’s stadium since 1982 without any major renovations. The entire design was inspired by Nordic vernacular architecture, which lends itself to the harsh slants and cuts on the exterior. The Vikings owners originally wanted an outdoor stadium, however, the city of Minneapolis refused and would only allow the project to be undertaken if it was an indoor stadium. The gorgeous translucent doors, reflective glass, and giant pivoting doors make U.S. Bank Stadium an absolute pleasure to look at.
There is a wide range of sports stadiums throughout the world that expertly combines the art of architecture and sports together to create some of the most remarkable marvels. Sports field design and sports field construction are vital steps in creating the next best sports stadium, which is why Sports Turf One is here to help. With a deep knowledge of what makes a stadium great, we work with our clients to bring their dream to life. If you’re interested in our sports field services, contact us today at (561) 225-1113.