Far from being just a stadium, in today’s era of 24/7 entertainment, it’s no longer enough for sports arenas to simply rely on game-day revenue and lie dormant off-season. There is a global trend that a modern sports arena should be a lively retail and hospitality destination for fans, and an attractive venue for players. Modern thought is that a stadium, standing by itself, is not a significant economic driver for its surrounding community. This is why almost all new stadium projects involve some larger purpose, be it the revitalisation of the surrounding neighbourhood, increased green space and public spaces, retail and entertainment components, and more.
Here is a closer look at selected football stadium projects around the world. Some have been recently completed while others are planned.
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1. San Sebastián (Donostia) Estadio Anoeta.