With Coronavirus-related lockdown laws rescinding in select parts of the world, China is back to work on a $1.69 billion project to construct the world’s largest football stadium which is expected to be completed by 2022. Seeing as some people continue to gather in public despite lockdown laws, it’s likely China will have no trouble filling the stadium once we’re all in the clear.
The stadium will be home to the Guangzhou Evergrande club and is modelled after a lotus flower. It will reportedly hold 100,000 seats, 168 VIP boxes, entertainment and dining areas and a dedicated FIFA area making it the largest football-only stadium in the world and fourth largest stadium overall.
Only the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Rungrado 1st May Stadium in North Korea have larger capacities. Yes, the largest stadium in the world is located in North Korea.
China aims to have construction complete by late 2022 to use the stadium for the 2023 Asian Cup. Shanghai-based, American architect Hasan Syed designed the new stadium and you can explore digital renderings of what football fans can expect from the completed project in the video at the top of the page.