Venue #1: Munich Olympic Park, Germany
Why it’s awesome: An aerial view of the harmonic structures in the Munich Olympic Park may cause you to think that it’s been overrun by spiderwebs, but it’s really the awesomeness of the entire stainless steel and acrylic structure against the serenely green backdrop that made it one of the most cherished “Green Olympics” sites in the world. The stadium is the only one is the world where people have converged to witness the Olympics, the World Cup Final and the European soccer championships final.
Fun fact: The 60-metre high Olympic mountain near the Park used to be a pile of World War II rubble but is now a scenic site for visitors where families have picnics and children ride around on their kick scooters.
Venue #2: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Why it’s awesome: Coming in a close second is the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The stadium has been uniquely designed to be both environmentally-friendly and people-friendly. Besides boasting of reduced dependency on conventional electric power, the stadium also features a translucent polycarbonate roof to shade and protect most spectators while maintaining ideal conditions for TV broadcasts.
Fun fact: The stadium used to be Stadium Australia before a naming rights issue resulted in it being re-christened Telstra Stadium, before finally getting its permanent name: ANZ Stadium.
Venue #3: Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
Why it’s awesome: The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most challenging Formula One Grand Prix circuits in the world. Only the most experienced and fearless drivers have ever won races held there (Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso are some of them).
Fun fact: One of the races in the Pixar animated movie Cars 2 was held in a location based on the Circuit de Monaco.
Venue #4: New Wembley, London, England
Why it’s awesome: This stadium has seen some of the greatest gigs and events in history, from the London Olympics in 1948 to the infamous Queen Live at Wembley concert and the unforgettable Michael Jackson BAD Tour in 1988.
Fun facts: At $1.26 billion, the Wembley Stadium is touted as the most expensive stadium ever built. There are 47 (and counting) retail outlets inside, making it a nice, compact mall in its own right.
Venue #5: Burj Al Arab Hotel Helipad Tennis Court, Dubai
Why it’s awesome: It’s located 1,053 feet above ground, on top of one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world – need we reiterate why it’s awesome? Besides being a court where tennis stars duke it out (Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were the first two sports icon invited to officiate the tennis court-cum-helipad by playing a friendly match during a tournament held in Dubai), it doubles as a helipad for the rich and famous.
Fun fact: So infamous and seemingly ludicrous were the photos of the sports stars playing atop the building that many thought it was a hoax when they were posted on the Internet!
Venue #6: The Float Stadium, Marina Bay, Singapore
Why it’s awesome: It’s a floating stadium, for Pete’s sake! Situated on the Reservoir of the Marina Bay, the stadium is nothing short of extraordinary. Being a small, land-strapped country did not stop Singapore from creating wonders such as this one. The Float Stadium uses technology that has not been attempted in any other countries thus far.
Fun facts: The landmark seats 30,000 people comfortably and measures 120 metres in length and 83 metres in width. It being a floating structure shouldn’t worry you in the least; it has the strength and stability to bear 1,070 tonnes of weight. This means that 9,000 spectators can be in the stadium at the same time, or even 90 tonnes worth of vehicles. Also, the stadium was integrated into the Marina Bay Street Circuit Turns 17 and 18 – it was at this historic site that Nelson Piquet, Jr. had a major accident during the recent Formula One, which led to the Renault team’s crash controversy.
Venue #7: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Why it’s awesome: The aerodynamic Sapporo Dome in Japan gained worldwide recognition as one of the most hi-tech stadiums in the world after emerging as host of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The brainchild of Hiroshi Hara, the stadium is essentially a hovering soccer field, frequented not only by soccer fans but also by baseball lovers and concert-goers. The technology implemented to complete this amazing structure allows the field to slide in and out of the stadium when needed in order to prevent long-term damage due to the harsh winter.
Fun facts: The stadium seats 41,500 people comfortably and boasts of full-color LED screen measuring 7m in height and 25m in width. Construction of the entire stadium cost 42,200 million yen.Powered by Sidelines