Technology might have improved up to an extent that it can duplicate almost any feeling that humans have ever experienced but there are some things that technologies are still unable to duplicate and the feeling of standing inside a stadium with a lot of people creating a wave of sensation is surely one of the feelings that hasn’t been duplicated, yet especially when the stadium is big enough to have over 50000 people, it actually comes as no surprise that almost everybody would want to be a part of the spectacle.
It is very interesting to see the crowd cheer for someone important in the middle of the field especially when it is done inside the stadium and that is why stadiums have a very important role to play. all the stadiums that have been constructed in the world are not only famous for the beautiful infrastructure but also for their magnanimous and breathtaking size with which they are constructed. So, here is the list of top 10 most beautiful stadiums of the world 2018 that are beautiful enough to attract people from the most remote corners of the world.
10. National Aquatics Center (Beijing, China)
Popular as “The Water Cube,” this was the site of Michael Phelps’s unprecedented eight Olympic gold medals in 2008. Sydney-based firm PTW Architects won a bid by the Chinese public to construct it. Its square form was created in order to evoke a “yin and yang of the Beijing Olympics” when looked at from the National Stadium. The building’s popularity has spawned many copycat structures throughout China – there’s even a one-to-one copy of this building, near the ferry terminal in Macau.
9. Panathenaic Stadium
The modern Olympics started here in this marble U-shaped stadium, modeled on the beautiful ruins of the one that was built for the 330BC Panathenian games. This original stadium was lost and buried until excavations in the 1830’s discovered traces of the historic substances. It was rebuilt in time for the opening ceremony of the 1896 games. US triple jumper James Connolly won the first Olympic medal in it more than 1,500 years later. Rather wonderfully it’s open to anybody from 7.30 am to 9 am everyday.
8. The Float (Marina Bay, Singapore)
The world’s largest floating stadium, it is made entirely of steel and measures 120 meters long and 83 meters wide. The platform can bear up to 1,070 tons, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tons of stage arsenal and three 30-ton military vehicles. It is one of the best buildings in Singapore.
7. Olympiastadion (Munich, Germany)
This stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics and has also witnessed the 1974 World Cup Final and the Euro ’88 Final. It hosted the European Cup Finals of 1979, 1993 and 1997. The stadium was built by Bilfinger Berger in 1968 in a pit made by bombs dropped on Munich during World War II. The sweeping and transparent canopy was to symbolise a new, democratic and optimistic Germany. It is one of the most interesting structures of Germany.
6. National Stadium (Beijing, China)
The beautiful stadium was created by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and the design originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird’s nest. The Beijing Guo’an football club was scheduled to play at the stadium, but later backed out fearing the funny charade of wanting to use an 80,000 seat venue for their 10,000 regular fans. Depressingly, an onsite shopping mall and hotel are planned to bring people back to this architectural marvel.
5. Olympiastadion (Berlin, Germany)
Built at the time of the 1936 Olympics, Hitler really went to town on the propaganda opportunity when he had this stone arena built. The stadium was packed with 110,000 spectators when Jesse Owens won gold, his name remains emblazoned on a winners’ board inside. It was one of the few buildings that survived not just in a recognizable form, but almost untouched after the Second World War. The stadium has since gone through two major upgrades and is the home of Hertha BSC, football club.
4. National Stadium (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Home to most of the Taiwan national team’s football matches this stadium’s spiral shape reminds people of a dragon-like imagery. It is the first stadium in the world to provide power using solar energy technology. The panels covering the external face of the stadium are able to generate almost 99% of the power required for its own operation.
3. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa)
This stadium is the largest stadium on the African continent and is aptly located on the site of an old gold mine, the historic source of Johannesburg’s wealth. Previously known as the FNB Stadium, its major facelift for the World Cup 2010 was inspired by traditional African pottery. At sundown, a ring of lights running round the bottom light up to simulate a fire under this giant football ‘pot’.
2. Wembley (London, England)
The second largest stadium in Europe, it was designed by HOK Sport and Foster and Partners. It includes a partially retractable roof and a 134-metre-high arch. The stadium has a circumference of about a mile, and encloses 4,000,000 m³ inside its walls and under its roof. That is the equivalent of 25,000 double-decker buses.
1. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
It’s the biggest stadium in Europe and, having been built in the 1950’s, imparts air of a “traditional cool” that new stadiums can never even dream of matching. Home to FC Barcelona plans are afoot for Camp Nou to be enclosed in translucent panels in the colours of the team. Architectural genius Norman Foster (The Gherkin, Wembley) is behind it, but judging by these artist impressions, it would look just like those new stadiums it currently trumps.