Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
This impressive structure was designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron in collaboration with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwi and Li Xinggang, the lead architect for CAG. This amazing indoor stadium is often known as the bird’s nest, it was completed in 2008 at the cost of $480 million.
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg is known as Soccer City, and this indoor stadium was where the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final was held. It is also remembered as the place where Nelson Mandela performed his final key public appearance. The stadium opened in 1989 and is now the biggest in Africa.
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada
This is Canada’s biggest stadium in terms of seating space, as it holds up to 66,308 thousand people for football games. The building itself has been described as a ‘masterpiece of organic modern architecture’. The stadium is nicknamed the ‘Big O’ due to the doughnut shaped roof, was built in 1987 ad cost $1.47 billion. Due to the huge price tag it is placed as one of the most expensive sport stadium buildings in history.
Kaohsiung National Stadium, Zuoying District, Tiawan
This stadium is remarkable in several ways. Firstly it harnesses solar energy which provides power for practically all of it’s power requirements. The stadium is also the first in Tiawan to be certified for ‘gold level green building’, which means it attains high standards in nine areas relating to environmentally friendliness.
Wembley Stadium, London, England
This is the second largest sports stadium in Europe and cost $1.3 billion to construct, making it one of the most expensive structures of it’s kind ever constructed. It was officially opened in 2007 and is home to the English national soccer team. It has hosted a lot of major British and European club soccer fixtures as well as rugby and American football games.
Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
This stadium is older than some of the others on this list, it was constructed in 1972 in order to be completed for the Summer Olympics that year. The stadium was designed to be a sign of a more open and democratic Germany. The stadium has held a series of other important sporting events including the FIFA World Cup Final of 1974.
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russua
The Fisht Olympic Stadium was showcased beautifully on millions of screens around the world as the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The stadium cost $779 million to construct and was named after the Mount Fisht, designed to resemble a snowy mountain peak. It was opened in 2013 and was featured on an 100 ruble bank note 100 days before the Winter Olympics begun.
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
This uniquely designed indoor stadium is the home venue to the Consadole Sapporo soccer team and the Hokkaido Mippon-Ham Fighters basketball team. The stadium is multi-purpose having a retractable grass pitch that can be moved in and out of the dome within a couple of hours.
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
The Ericsson Globe is the world’s largest hemispherical building, and is Sweden’s national indoor arena that has hosted a variety of sporting events from Ice Hockey World Championships and UFC events. The building was designed to represent the sun in the Sweden Solar System. It is the world’s biggest permanent scale model of our planetary system.
AAMI Park, Melbourne Australia
This Victorian stadium, which is local with us as Central Steel Build resides in Victoria also was crowned the world’s most iconic stadium at the Stadium World Congress Awards in 2012. AAMI Park opened in 2010 with the construction costing around $240 million. It is home to the Melbourne Storm rugby team and soccer team Melbourne Victory FC.
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
This $416.5 million stadium was opened in August 2009, where at the opening ceremony Beyonce performed to give a grand arrival to the world. Ukraine has hosted several matches since of world recognition such as the 2012 UEFA European Championship.
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
This sweeping beauty of an impressive building is home to the Irish national rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland soccer team. The building cost $562 million to construct and was designed by the international firm Populous and British and Irish architects Scott Tallon Walker.
PGE Arena, Gdansk, Poland
This gleaming golden stadium was opened in August 2011, with construction costing approximately $253 million. It is a soccer-specific venue and the amber-gold coloured facade was designed to give the appearance of amber, which is a mineral extracted nearby the coast for many years.
Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Estadio do Maracana stadium was once the largest stadium for capacity in the world. It was built for the FIFA World Cup in 1950. The stadium has now greatly reduced in capacity but is still the largest structure of it’s kind in South America.
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
The MetLife Stadium holds the title of being the most expensive stadium ever to be constructed, at a cost of approximately $1.6 billion dollars. It is the only structure of its kind to accommodate two NFL teams (New York Jets and New York Giants). The exterior lighting around the stadium can change colours to bath in the facade of glass and aluminum loouvers in either Giant’s blue or Jet’s green.