Sport is one of the greatest powers in the world as it can bring many people together bound by the same passion and with the same excitement during every game. From soccer to golf to baseball and to rugby, every sport takes place on a course or a field designed to offer players and fans the perfect background for their favorite game. And with all the money that runs through the world of sports, no wonder some stadiums have such an impressive architecture that makes them a remarkable work of art. Here are some of the most amazing stadiums in the world that will have you gazing at them.
The Century Lotus Stadium in Foshan, China
This imposing arena opened in 2006 and was designed by a German architectural team to be a circular building that measures 1,148 feet and can host 36,686 persons. The building costs reached up to $155 million and no wonder with the innovative spoke-wheel construction. Located on a green backdrop of a sports park, the Century Lotus Stadium looks like a lotus flower, which helps it blend in as if it were naturally placed there. Although it can host any type of sports game, the stadium is primarily used for soccer games.
The Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany
This beautiful building is home to two football teams called Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich and this particularity is reflected directly in the design, as the stadium can change colors to show which of the two teams is currently playing. The Allianz Arena turns red during a Bayern Munich game and blues when the 1860 Munich are playing. The lack of a running track around the field brings fans closer to the game itself and creates a better ambiance that satisfies the desire of the supporters to be close to their idols.
The Wembley Stadium in London, England
This is the second biggest stadium in Europe and one of the most expensive ones, at a cost of $1.3 billion. It has a capacity of 90,000 seats and has hosted many soccer, rugby, and American football games throughout time. The iconic arch of the stadium stands above it at a 436 feet height and the 1,033-foot span makes it the longest single-span roof configuration in the world.
The Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China
In terms of design, this stadium is the most impressive of all, with an intricate bubble pattern exterior consisting of 4,000 EFTE pillow segments, which are a type of see-through polymer that reflects light better than glass. With a capacity of 17,000 seats and a surface area of over 1.07 million square feet, this stadium reached a cost of $140 million and it has hosted various games and important tournaments like the 2008 Beijing Olympics.