It’s been over 15 years since a new football temple was completed almost every month in Germany. With regard to the World Cup in their own country, the Germans have builded new mega arenas in Gelsenkirchen and Munich. Elsewhere, traditional stadiums were rebuilt, expanded and modernized, for example in Leipzig, Dortmund, Hanover, Frankfurt and Berlin. It triggered a veritable construction boom in Germany, which continued into the substructure of German football, at third and fourth division.
The excavators are currently rolling in Freiburg, at the Böllenfalltor in Darmstadt, in the Karlsruher Wildpark, in the Ludwigspark of Saarbrücken and soon in the west of Berlin, but above all abroad. Which big stadium projects will be realized in the coming years, we show you in this article.
Italy: New Milan Stadium (planned completion in 2023)
It was the shock news for all football nostalgics and groundhopper: The infamous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, better known as Stadio San Siro, is razed to the ground. In September, AC and Inter Milan published plans for a new, shared stadium. 1990 denied the DFB selection five games on the way to the World Cup triumph, in 2001, Bayern won the Champions League here. This colossal building with its four distinctive corner towers holds 80,000 spectators, but it is already dilapidated and should be demolished. Italy’s currently largest stadium will wait another three to four years before the wrecking ball revolves and the new building of the two Milan clubs with 60,000 seats will be opened.
Netherlands: New Feyenoord Stadium (planned completion in 2024)
Even in the city with Europe’s largest port will be tinkered in the coming years at a new mega-stadium. The stadium De Kuip, the final venue of the European Championship 2000, has had its day at the latest in five years and will be replaced by a new building directly on the Nieuwe Maas. The architects take into account the bowl shape of the new, 365-million-euro stadium, which has awarded the De Kuip (in German: the tub). In addition, there will be three instead of the previous two ranks. With 63,000 seats, it will be the largest stadium in the Netherlands.
Japan: New National Stadium (completion in 2019)
The main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics will be opened later this year. On the grounds of the old National Stadium, ie in the middle of Tokyo in the Shinjuku district, for four years, an externally rather unspectacular construction with a capacity for 68,000 people. Externally NO-spectacular, because over the next decade lush greenery will spread across the facade. On January 1, 2020, the bowl of the traditional Emperor Cup will be held on New Year’s Day. In the end, the new national stadium with 1.2 billion euros in construction costs will be one of the most expensive in the world.
Spain: New Mestalla (planned completion 2022)
Actually, the FC Valencia was already nine years in the Nou Mestalla his home games. In the third largest Spanish city, they have their “Berlin Airport” with their new stadium, because nobody really knows when the construction work will be completed. The financial crisis saw that the club was deprived of a credit in the hundreds of millions, so for about seven years there was a semi-finished shell in the northwest of Valencia. Now the excavators are rolling again, and in three years the ball will roll in the then 61.500 spectators. By the way: Contrary to the trend to build only pure football stadiums everywhere, the new Mestalla should also be usable for athletics competitions.
Qatar: Lusail Iconic Stadium (planned completion 2022)
For about half a billion euros, the sheikhs of the upcoming World Cup host country want to stomp the Lusail Iconic Stadium from the desert floor. Inside, the externally almost circular stadium on the northern outskirts of Doha will be reminiscent of the new Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. The façade takes on forms of decorative elements, such as bowls and vessels of Arab culture, and will shine with gold glitter. Incidentally, it is the largest stadium in Qatar (86,000 seats) and will be the venue for the opening match and final in three years. The new building even scores with the topic of “sustainability”, what sounds grotesque once: the Lusail Iconic Stadium and all other World Cup stadium in Qatar will be air-conditioned. But the roof is designed to support air conditioning, and water-saving plants from the region form green areas to improve air quality.
Spain: New Santiago Bernabéu (planned reconstruction 2023)
Real Madrid are planning big things too. No new, but a powerful conversion. For this, they even want to sacrifice the historic name Bernabéu in order to support the conversion costs by means of a sponsor’s name. The works have been in progress since May, initially on the exterior facades. The roof is to be demolished by summer 2020, which will be replaced within three years by an ultimately closable roof. Inside the stadium, almost everything stays as it is. Say: The stands are not touched. Only the eastern straight is extended at the upper end by a few hundred places. At the end, a futuristic, shiny silver palace will be where pale gray concrete used to be. Real Madrid is investing just under 600 million euros in this project.
Germany: New Hertha Stadium (planned completion in 2025)
It’s always the same old story: The football club in Germany’s biggest city plays often in front of half-full ranks. Hertha manager Michael Preetz annoys the Olympiastdion, because although the actual stadium is an historic one, but still a very modern “five-star UEFA stadium”. A pure football stadium with a smaller capacity (probably about 55,000 seats) is here, according to the wishes of the club very close in the Olympic Park. But as you know, building projects in Berlin like to protrude and so even today the location (Tegel? Maifeld? Brandenburg?) is not fixed.