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Updated Stadium & Arena List for London in 2012 (above 20,000, all-seater capacity)

Wembley - 90,000

Twickenham - 82,000
Olympic Stadium - 80,000

Stamford Bridge - 65,000
Emirates Stadium - 60,000

White Hart Lane - 50,000

The Valley - 40,600
Boleyn Ground - 40,500

Craven Cottage - 30,000

Lord's - 28,000
Selhurst Park - 26,309
Millennium Dome - 26,000
Griffin Park - 25,000
The Oval - 23,000
The New Den - 20,146


As you can see, the list for London's ever-growing stadia continues - perhaps the most immense list of stadia any city could ever imagine!!!!




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As if the list I showed at the beginning of the thread was enough, yet more news of stadium expansion come to light!!!

Chelsea
Work is well underway at both of the main stadia in London. But the shock defeat of Chelsea to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League (Liverpool will now play AC Milan in the Final) has meant they will only have to relish winning the Barclaycard Premiership. It has also pushed forward more rumours for their new stadium with something in the region of 60-70,000 now likely as the capacity.


Tottenham Hotspurs
Tottenham Hotspurs are also still looking at the problem of overcrowding at their current (36,214 capacity) White Hart Lane stadium. Just like Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, White Hart Lane is surrounded on all sides by residential streets. Unfortunately while Arsenal will be moving to their new 60,000, Tottenham simply do not have the funds (even though they have by far the largest fan support base in London and its metropolitan area than any other football team) to move to a whole new stadium. They did once have a plan to rent out the new Wembley Stadium - but that would be sacrilege and simply would never happen!

However recent developments have come to my attention that Tottenham are pursuing to redevelop the West Stand, so that the stadium would have a seating capacity of around 50,000. As such news is fresh, there are as of yet no images detailing the new stand, but the design is expected to be semi-circular in design to get as much use out of the land as possible.


Charlton Athletic
Roughly midway in the Premiership, Charlton Athletic have big plans for 'The Valley' stadium. Currently the capacity is 27,116 after restructuring work of a few stands back in 2002, but Charlton still aim higher. Last December, the club have now gained planning consent to expand the ground to 30,900 and are now loking to build the stadium up to a whopping 40,600 all-seater capacity stadium with work starting in 2007.


Fulham
Fulham are a reasonable team in the Barclaycard Premiership that have had several problems in trying to find a site for a new stadium. They had to ground-share with QPR for sometime, but are now back at their home for 111 years: Craven Cottage which was totally rebuilt to a capacity of 22,000. Plans are in motion though to expand up to 30,000, the only problem being financial - the cost is estimated to be at around £100mn, but the team is still committed to expansion.


West Ham
Possibly one of the best youth generating clubs around in English football, practically a quarter of the English Squad have roots in West Ham. Yet the team was relegated to the Championship last year, but hope remains with a Play-Off which could see them rise back up into the Premiership if they continue to play their current cards right! Until then, the plans to extend the Bobby Moore & Centenary Stand and re-build the East Stand are on-hold. Capacity would rise to 40,500


Brentford
Located in League One (technically the third league, after the Premiership and Championship), Griffin Park has a capacity currently of 12,763. They are currently within a short distance of being promoted into the second division of the English football leagues (The Championship). The team have big plans and stated that in November 2002, that they would sell the current stadium and build a new Griffin Park with nearly double the capacity of the current ground: 25,000. Planning permission is being sought for this. Then again anything is possible - Milton Keynes Don's are already building a stupidly large 30,000 all-seater + all-covered stadium and are ranked 64th in England interms of league position!




Wembley Stadium

Pictures from www.stadtionwelt.de from the 6th May 2005.











































Emirates Stadium

Panorama of the Emirates Stadium

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Old Posted May 9, 2005, 4:12 PM
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Tottenham simply do not have the funds (even though they have by far the largest fan support base in London and its metropolitan area than any other football team) to move to a whole new stadium. They did once have a plan to rent out the new Wembley Stadium - but that would be sacrilege and simply would never happen!

However recent developments have come to my attention that Tottenham are pursuing to redevelop the West Stand, so that the stadium would have a seating capacity of around 50,000. As such news is fresh, there are as of yet no images detailing the new stand, but the design is expected to be semi-circular in design to get as much use out of the land
Expansion of Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium is well overdue. Afterall they have the 2nd largest fanbase in London after Arsenal and are a much bigger club than Chelsea.
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Fantastic thread!!!!!

With all of this stadia construction happening in London, it gives London a sort of advantage for venues readily available for the 2012 Olympics.

I've always been fascinated with the new stadia designs of Europe and how much I would wish someone here in the US would adopt that kind of design especially the Emirates Stadium. By just looking at the illustrations, the sight lines are magnificent. Seems like the newer NFL Stadiums now a days have the same or almost similar design, hopefully the new Dallas Cowboys proposed stadium mirrors the European look and will set a new standard for US built stadiums.
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I hope it doesn't. US stadium bowls maintain a uniqueness to each other, and most have great sightlines. On SSC, I am doing individual posts of each new NFL and MLB facility. Not only is there a greater variety in design, but the views are outstanding and in unique configurations. Places like Reliant, Qwest, Soldier Field, Ford Field or even the Linc, have incredible sightlines and do them all in different ways. The Jets, new Cardinals, new Colts and new Cowboys stadiums will only add to that legacy. I don't think enough of us appreciate the huge number of new, modern, unique stadiums that we have. And I didn't even mention the baseball stadiums yet.
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Aquatic Centre

The 20,000 capacity arena that will house the swimming events for the 2012 Olympic games has seen ground work begun. Construction is due to finish by 2007 and was designed by London based architect Zaha Hadid (who is also designing the masterplan for the New York 2012 Olympic bid). It will be located next door to the Stratford Interntaional Stations which will allow the 300kph Eurostar trains to take people from the Aquatic Centre to Paris in around 2hrs!












MadGerald - Good pictures. Its amazing that all these projects will be completed on time (what with the Heathrow Terminal 5 and Channel Tunnel Rail Link also vying for attention within London)!
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Wow! With all of those stadiums and arenas, London must LOVE it's sports!
Its not as if the city of london is paying for them!

All different companies have/will pay most of the costs!


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I like the placement of the club shop at the emirates!
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Curently its a two horse race between London and Paris in who will probably get the 2012 Olympic Games. Madrid and New York lag significantly behind and Moscow is even further behind.
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Wembley Stadium


Work is on progress for completition of Wembley: the world's largest football stadium by Spring 2006. External cladding is starting to go up, seats put in place and the 11 acre roof is bring raised!!!























View of the stadium from Central London (City of Westminster to be precise)







Article sourced by lyonsdown from the UK & Ireland sub-forum on SCC


The Telegraph

Wembley Stadium Special Report

Football's coming home to a place of spectacular beauty
By Brian Stater
(Filed: 04/04/2005)



When Football's Coming Home became the anthem for Euro 96, it was precisely 10 years ahead of its time. We didn't know it then, but we do now.
Wembley
New dawn: Wembley will offer spectators improved facilities in a state of the art stadium

Home, in 1996, was Wembley. A crumbling old pile that was unworthy of the events it staged. In 2006, home will again be Wembley, a new arrival which already makes the old ground look like a bicycle shed.

As the stadium rises, it is clear that what used to be called the people's game has found a people's palace.

The impression begins when a visitor emerges from the Underground. The first sight, on the pilgrims' progress which tens of thousands of fans will make to the ground, is of the arch which frames the stadium like a rainbow.

This vast structure has the dip and curve of a David Beckham free kick and is already recognised around the world as the architectural signature of the new Wembley.

Under the arch stands the bowl of the huge stadium, which is being clad in a sleek skin of glass, aluminium and stainless steel. Inside, the fans enter a concourse that leads right around the stadium. From here, they find the lifts and escalators that send them up and on towards the first electrifying glimpse of the arena.

To stand here is to be convinced that Wembley will be regarded by historians as the first English cathedral of the 21st century.

Below is the pitch area, the focus of 90,000 seats. Soaring 133 metres above it is the arch, the single feature which unlocked the ambition of faultless sightlines with reduced structure, and gave the building its unique character.

The arch bears most of the weight of Wembley's twin roofs, so clearing the way for those unparalleled views of the pitch below. The arch carries a mighty 7,000 tons and the roofs cover 11 acres. The roof on the south side of the stadium will slide open to admit sunlight and air to the pitch.

But Wembley is more than a football stadium. It will stage athletics, rock concerts and banqueting, so it also houses the four biggest restaurants in London.

The chief characters in this epic tale are the architects, Norman Foster and Rod Sheard, who have brought their respective practices into collaboration. Foster, who turns 70 in a few weeks, is without much doubt the most prolific and inventive architect of his generation. He runs his practice, Foster and Partners, from a giant London office - at the last count he had a staff of 500 - and since coming to public attention in 1964 he has built a seemingly endless list of elegant structures.

He believes that the classic materials of modernism - steel, concrete and glass - can be both bold and beautiful and he continually explores the very limits of their suppleness and strength.

Foster also believes that brave new architecture can learn from and enhance the best of the past.

All these qualities are evident in a list of buildings which range from the Great Court at the British Museum, to the startling and popular "Gherkin" in the City of London, and the Millau Viaduct, which strides across a 750-foot deep gorge in the south of France.

But nowhere, in the portfolio that also includes airports and factories, art galleries and Tube stations, will you find anything connected with sport. Until Wembley.

Foster said: "I have found this project immensely exciting. I can't pretend I'm a manic football fan, but if you are part of a big crowd, especially if it is an epic match, it can be an incredible experience. I've asked myself what is it that makes this experience? Clearly, a lot of it is about ritual. Much of it is about colour and acoustics. Then there is sound, and lighting. All of these add to the intensity of the experience."

England has waited a long time for architecture to discover sport. Wales has the hugely popular Millennium Stadium, by Rod Sheard, Foster's collaborator. Scotland has a new Hampden Park and a rebuilt Murrayfield.

True, England has Twickenham, spectacularly rebuilt by the Rugby Football Union, though even the most ardent rugby fans have been heard to complain that in its giant stands they feel isolated from the drama. Then there is Lord's, but this is not so much a single cricket ground as a string of architectural pearls - the pavilion, Mound Stand, media centre and Grand Stand - arranged around the boundary. But Wembley is the real deal. A true architectural celebration of a national obsession.

Foster added: "There is tremendous pride in football in this country. A huge sense of national identity comes from it. There is no hesitation whatsoever in getting behind and backing the national team. But there has been some hesitation and some difficulty in accepting that we can have and should have the best football stadium in the world. Because that's what we'll have, at Wembley."

"Wembley is a first in all kinds of ways. The new ground will be unique. At 90,000 all-seater capacity, it will be the largest stadium in the world which has a roof over every seat. And with its capacity for rock concerts and with its huge catering facilities it provides entertainment beyond any previous scale."

For Foster, Wembley is a first. But for Sheard, this is the latest in a long line of sports architecture. He is 54, was born and educated in Australia and his firm, HOK, are involved in just about every major development in the field.

Sheard built the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the Reebok in Bolton and made his mark with Huddersfield Town's new ground, in 1996. This won him Britain's Building of the Year award and alerted a sceptical profession that football grounds need not be corrugated sheds.

In addition to Wembley, he has Arsenal's Ashburton Grove coming out of the ground and his firm are designing Wimbledon's new Centre Court. Sheard said: "It's the size which is the most extraordinary thing about Wembley, along with the arch. In terms of its floor area and facilities, this ground is going to be much, much bigger than anything, anywhere. And the arch . . . well, that just hits you in the heart. It has given me intense enthusiasm and passion. Once it was up, it gave the whole project an enormous boost. Seeing it there gave us all the enthusiasm to work the extra hours to solve the other problems as they came along."

Now, the problems are mostly solved and the stadium has already taken its final shape. But Sheard insists he won't regard his work as finished "until the public have walked through the door. That's the moment it becomes a building."

So, will he and Foster be there to see that happen? Sheard says he'll not only be there, but rather hoping Arsenal will be too. And Foster? "You bet I'll be there," he laughs. "Just try keeping me away."

So when Saturday comes next spring, when the band play and the crowd sing and the heart of this great building at last begins to beat, the game which means so much in English life will have a worthy stage. It's not long now. Football's coming home






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Expansion to a capacity of 23,000 is progressing well!













The Valley

Construction should start soon on the Valley (current all seater capacity of 27,116) to above 31,000 and then to 40,000 once the former expansion is complete. Here is an image of the 40,000 capacity 'The Valley' stadium once fully expanded by around 2010.








Emirates Stadium

This 60,000 stadium should be completed at around the same time as the new Wembley in Spring 2006. Pictures from 3rd May.





























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Emirates Stadium

Pictures from the 11th of May. External cladding rising as are the related residential projects that have helped to finance the construction of the stadium.













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Wembley

Today marks exactly one year till the new Wembley Stadium shall be completed. Hopefully it would be host to the Champions League Final in 2008 after Paris and Athens! The stadium will also be used as part of the 2012 Olympic Games.




Millennium Dome Arena (new offical name: O2 Arena)

Construction started with what will become the world's largest in-door arena (capacity of 26,000) not so long ago, yet actual images have been hard to come by simply because of its encasement: the actual Millennium Dome! This is good news for the London Olympic bid as it only means that London has to build the actual 80,000 stadium to go with the current 80,000 stadia being built and expanded (Wembley - 90,000 + Twickenham -82,500)! The Dome would be used for events such as badminton, basketball and gymnastics....the world's largest arena for the worlds largest athletics meeting! Nonetheless, new images have been released and also its name: the 02 Arena.

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Vauxhall End Redevelopment at The Oval


Finished at last on the 31st May, 2005, the new Vauxhall End is one of the most modern cricket oval stands on the planet with all the modern facilities that would be expected.

Below is a picture of what the view from the centre of the old Vauxhall End used to be like:



A view of the ancient Pavillion - The Oval is one of the oldest sports grounds on the planet with a ripe old age of 160. Lords which is also in London is the larger and more known cricket ground (north of the Thames) with a larger capacity of 28,000 and is even older: 191 years old!



The latest view of the new Vauxhall End at The Oval (with a new capacity of 23,000 - was previously 18,500):



The new Oval has been designed so that it can be easily expanded with add-on tiers. I believe with the add-ons (due to the increasing popularity of cricket amongst the native population and the fan-base from the ever-growing immigrant communities in London), that the capacity of The Oval could expand to around 45,000 without any serious reconstruction work. Pictures of the new Vauxhall End in-use will be coming soon!!! This stadium though even with a new capacity of 23,000 will be out of all the stadiums built, being expanded, u/c or approved will only be the 14th largest city in London!!!
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Emirates Stadium

Notice in the first picture the current home of Arsenal: Highbury Stadium (which has a capacity of 38,500) compared to their new Emirates Stadium location which has a capacity of 60,000.



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I hope cricket does become more popular here at the Brit Oval...


although im adement bigger isnt better....I do wish the Brit Oval had a larger capacity.

Great design.
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Nick...

I've seen you use the ' 26,000 Worlds Largest Arena' thing many times on this forum and SSC.

Yep, It will be the worlds largest Arena in building size...But not in Capacity.

Many sources did say the capacity was 26,000, but Emporis and the Official Arena site now say 23,000

It will be the largest arena capacity wise in europe...and have over 3000 more seats than Madison Square Garden.


Anyone know what the largest arena in the USA is...fixed seats only.
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eddyk - I swear that figure keeps going up and down. A year ago it was 26,000 and other sources claimed it to be 22,000. Need to get the planning application to actually know for definate what its capacity will be....




Update - Wembley Stadium




Movable views from two locations within the new Wembley:
- View from the seats on the upper, northern side of the Stadium
- A view from the lower, southern side of the Stadium

http://www.wembleystadium.com/brilli...05/default.htm




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The Home of Football, in the distance. Snapped from Northwick Park Station (Met Line)



We love sport we do, and gals.....











Wembley Market on Sundays

























London Olympic 2012



Videos of Stadia and Arenas:
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The London 2012 Olympic Park



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