There are a number of new stadiums set to open across all sports in 2018. Fans of football, cricket and Aussie Rules can look forward to some brilliant new venues – and we’ve picked out the best.
White Hart Lane, United Kingdom
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium should be ready for the 2018/19 season in August, situated on the same site as the old White Hart Lane, although it’s name will depend on sponsorship. The 61,000-seater stadium will have its own micro-brewery, ‘specially sourced half-time cheeses’ for H-Club members, a retractable pitch and the longest bar in the UK (86.8 metres). Parts of the stadium – including media facilities and dressing rooms – have been customised specifically for hosting NFL games.
Rostov Arena, Russia
One of the 12 stadiums that will be used for next summer’s 2018 World Cup and will be used by FC Rostov after the tournament is complete. The stadium will have a capacity of 42,000 (although this may be reduced at a later date) and will actually form the beginning of a new city centre, shifting parts of the city to the south of the Don River. During the stadium’s construction, those working on the site found five perfectly preserved shells left from the Second World War.
Paul Biya Stadium, Cameroon
Situated in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, the Paul Biya Stadium will be home to football (as well as some athletics), and is set to host matches at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Despite its football focus, the 60,000-seater stadium will have a variety of facilities as part of the complex. Among those will be an eight-lane Olympic swimming pool, courts for volleyball, basketball and tennis, as well as all the normal commercial mod cons that come with modern day stadia: conference centres, hotel facilities and the like.
Optus Stadium, Australia
Scheduled for an official opening in January 2018, Perth’s Optus Stadium will be the third largest sports ground in the country, with only Stadium Australia and the Melbourne Cricket Ground having bigger capacities. The ground will be used predominantly for AFL (the Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles) and cricket in the form of the Perch Scorchers. It will also become Western Australia’s first choice option for Test cricket, superseding the WACA. Although costs are still ongoing, the stadium will come in at at least AUS$1 billion dollars.
Cosmos Arena, Russia
Another Russian offering for the World Cup, the Cosmos Arena is in the city of Samara and will be home to almost 45,000 football fans. The stadium’s exact location was originally planned to be on an island just south of the city, but there were never any plans as to how fans would get on or off the island. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and it was relocated north. The stadium’s name (and to some extent the design, which is supposed to resemble an asteroid) comes from the city’s association and history with the space industry.
Banc of California Stadium, USA
When Los Angeles FC make their MLS debut in 2018 they will be playing their games at the Banc of California Stadium, with its small but steep design. As well as being home to regular MLS matches, it will also be used at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and Rugby Sevens matches. It will be the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since 1962 and every single seat in the entire stadium will be within 135 feet of the pitch, with some as close as 12 feet.