Recent and Future Stadia -- Modest European Projects

Discussion in 'D.C. United' started by TEConnor, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Folks, since the Magpie is napping and hasn't graced our forum with his usually "Radar O'Reilly" like postings of images of recent stadia projects, here's my attempt to fill his void. What I've done is choose a selection of moderate recent and future stadia projects from the The Stadium Guide. They're are in no particular order, but what I did look for were modest sized designs (no Emirates Stadium here) for mid-level clubs (that is, ones with modest budgets). Please forgive the multiple post nature of this thread, I'm planning to reply to myself here a bit to get this done.

    Here's the first:

    Name: Arteveldestadion
    Scheduled inauguration: Summer 2006
    Club: KAA Gent
    Capacity: 20,000 seats
    Business seats: 1,000-1,200
    Sky boxes: 20

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    My Comments: Nice looking inside the stadium. Glass facade could be a little excessive for my taste.

    More to come.
     
  2. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: Falmer Stadium
    Club: Brighton & Hove Albion
    Capacity: 22,000 seats
    Costs: £44 million

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  3. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: Jaguar Arena
    Club: Coventry City FC
    Scheduled inauguration: August 2005
    Capacity: 32,000 seats

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  4. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: White Rock Stadium
    Club: Swansea City FC
    Scheduled inauguration: January 2005
    Costs: £25m
    Capacity: 20,000 seats

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  5. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: Stade Grimonprez-Jooris II
    Club: Lille OSC
    Scheduled inauguration: Early 2006
    Capacity: 33,300 seats

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  6. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: Nouveau Stade du Ray
    Scheduled inauguration: Early 2006
    Club: OGC Nice
    Capacity: 32,000

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  7. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Name: (Nouveau) Stade Jean Laville
    Club: FC Gueugnon
    Scheduled inauguration: Early 2006
    Capacity: 17,000 seats

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    Name: Stade d'Agglomeration (before: Stade Charles Berty)
    Club: GF38
    Inauguration: 2004/2005
    Capacity: 20,000 seats

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    OK, that's enough for now. That is the extent of planned/new projects in England and France on the stadium guide. There are a lot more throughout Europe on the future page of the site.

    Let's SEE what we're talking about.

    Tim
     
  8. Lowecifer

    Lowecifer Member+

    Jan 11, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Check out this site as well. They have a terrific collection of photos of just about any stadium you might be interested in seeing.

    I also posted two interesting newish stadiums in the other stadium thread.
     
  9. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Name: La nouvelle Maladière
    Club: Xamax Neuchatel (SUI)
    Scheduled inauguration: 2007
    Capacity: 12,000

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  10. writered21

    writered21 Member+

    Jul 14, 2001
    Middle of the Road
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know about the glass outside - but the inside layout is excellent.
     
  11. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Name: Stadion Zürich
    Clubs: Grasshopper Club Zürich, FC Zürich
    Scheduled inauguration: Between 2008 and 2010
    Capacity: 30,000

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  12. Claymore

    Claymore Member

    Jul 9, 2000
    Montgomery Vlg, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Slightly off-topic, but how funny is it that the BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) play at "Wankdorf" Stadium? :D
     
  13. BudWiser

    BudWiser New Member

    Jul 17, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Just one request:

    Do NOT make it look like a warped experiement 20 years from now. I want it to be modern but not THAT modern.

    Needs to be TIMELESS. And American. 20 years from now I want to think this stadium is unique but is a classic and always feels good.

    With that, I suggest Budweiser signs around the stadium.
     
  14. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Hey! The new one is called Stade de Suisse... :D
     
  15. Z010 Union

    Z010 Union Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I prefer something that looks like a stadium from the outside rather than I.M Pei and Frank Lloyd Wright's sick love child.
     
  16. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I personally love it and can't wait to experience my first game in it. I like the fact that it is unique, and that there is no other stadium in the world like it. The actual stadium is built on top of a shopping center, so the field is basically on the 5th floor. I also think the pentagon shape will provide for a very intense atmosphere...

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    ...because the sound is reflected even more.
     
  17. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    Frankly, if we get a pentagon shaped soccer stadium, we'd be laughed off the Anacostia.

    Back to reality. If you look through any of the designs that had prices listed, you will note that even the most modest designs come in around $50 million. Hence, we should temper our expectations. I'll be happy if it doesn't come out with a Crew or Frisco stadium design.

    Tim
     
  18. NattyBo

    NattyBo Member+

    Apr 30, 2004
    Nunya
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    I wont settle..I mean Ill still go, but be dissapointed, if ours isnt the best stadium for American Soccer in this country. The team is storied enough, the fans are loyal enough, it is the nations capital..it should be the best of the best.
     
  19. perctarit

    perctarit Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ward 6
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agreed. It would be nice to imagine that there lurks somewhere in the vicinity an American architect (or architect working in America) would could give us an interior of European flavor with an exterior compatible with the Anacostia riverfront (such as it might become). But as long as we don't get Crew stadium, it should be alright.

    perc
     
  20. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
  21. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
  22. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    To a more modest, affordable design... :)

    I don't know how much they cost, but I doubt it was more than 50-60 mio Euro.
     
  23. MeridianFC

    MeridianFC Member

    Jul 26, 1999
    Washington, DC USA
  24. TEConnor

    TEConnor New Member

    Feb 22, 1999
    I had been tempted to cite Madejski stadium as well. I refrained for fear that it might incite riot seeing as a certain player who shall not be named practices there currently.

    By the way, the total construction cost of Majetski was 50 million pounds. Roughly $75 million when it was built, climbing towards $100 million in current dollars, as I type (yeah weak dollar!!!).

    Tim
     
  25. suppitty

    suppitty Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    DC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The molde stadium would be perfect if we could add 8-10k seats to it. I think i saw it in another thread and they said it had 12000 seats. I like it because it is simple, but modern. It's not a pentagon...it's a rectangle like stadiums should be. And i also like the roof. Reading's stadium is also very nice, but i havent seen it from the outside.
     

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