Football stadiums of the future: The forthcoming projects ranging from Everton to Luton, Los Angeles to Atletico Madrid that you need to know about

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They're being built...will fans come? These are the stadiums of the future (Source: AS Roma)

New football stadiums are springing up around the world, ranging from Orthodox Cathedral-inspired arenas to identikit bowls plumped in a car park.

Here are the existing and upcoming projects you need to know about:

Premier League


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What? Chelsea are planning on redeveloping Stamford Bridge to increase its capacity to 60,000 fans. The ambitious project is expected to take up to three years to complete — forcing the club to find temporary accommodation most probably at Wembley. Architects Herzog and de Meuron, who built the iconic Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, have come up with an exterior of brick pillars aimed at giving the ground a unique look distinct from the usual glass and steel at most modern stadiums

When? The club was given the go-ahead to push ahead with its project by Sadiq Khan earlier this year, meaning the club can finally get to work with a view to being ready for opening by the 2021-22 season.

How much? The cost of the project is estimated to cost the club £500m - it's unclear whether that will come entirely from Roman Abramovich's bank account or through fresh investment.

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Tottenham Hotspur

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What? Only London's new biggest club football stadium. Spurs' new 61,000 seater stadium — built on the site of White Hart Lane — just pips Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Chelsea's Stamford Bridge expansion in terms of size. The ground will also be made to perfectly accommodate NFL games thanks to a retractable grass pitch with an artificial surface underneath and large changing rooms.

When? The summer of 2018 is the plan, which will mean Spurs won't have to play more than one season occupying a neutral ground.

How much? Originally set at £400m, currency fluctuations triggered by Brexit and unexpected costs have now pushed the total outlay to £800m. Spurs are reportedly looking to recoup some of the cost by selling naming rights to the ground.

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Bournemouth's days at the Vitality Stadium appear to be numbered (Source: Getty)

What? Details are light on the ground surrounding Bournemouth's plans for a new stadium, other than it will be significantly bigger than the (by Premier League standards) miniscule 11,464 capacity Vitality Stadium. The club want to build a stadium they fully own as they lease their current home from property firm Structadene with whom they have been unable to agree a deal for the purchase of the land.

When? The aim is to have it ready within three-and-a-half seasons in time for the 2020-21 season. Three-and-a-half seasons ago, the Cherries had just secured promotion to the Championship from League One.

How much? A hell of a lot more than the £300,000 Bournemouth currently pay in rent to Structadene, but perhaps more cost-effective in the long-term.

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The arrival of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri last year has given Everton the financial stability needed to pursue the project (Source: Getty)

What? Few grounds in the country have the same old-fashioned eccentricity as Goodison Park, but the majority of fans — perhaps begrudgingly — recognise Everton's future lies elsewhere. Mooted for years, the wheels are now firmly in motion for Everton to move into a new stadium. A deal to build a site on the Bramley Moore Dock has been agreed, a location that has the kind of scenic backdrop and easy accessibility to make an iconic stadium.

When? Early stages yet, but the provisional plan is to be ready to leave Goodison Park at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

How much? The anticipated cost is currently expected to be "in excess" £300m, to be fully funded by finance secured by the club. Everton have entered into a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) agreement with Liverpool City Council who will act as a guarantor with the club's lendors.



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What? Roma's current stadium stresses are familiar to Italian football. The Seria A club share the wide, oval-shaped, government-owned Stadio Olimpico with arch rivals Lazio. In a bid to catch with seemingly perennial league leaders Juventus and other leading European clubs, Roma want to build a 52,500 capacity Stadio Della Roma following a similar template that would bring fans much closer to the pitch. In a bid to "evoke the Colosseum", a stone wrap will be built around the exterior.

As is common with new builds, the project will form part of an urban regeneration project for the run down Tor di Valle area. Restaurants, shops and even Roma's first team training ground will be built adjacent to the stadium itself.

When? Bureaucratic obstacles mean the club's ambitious hopes of moving into the ground by 2018 will be missed. Managing director Mauro Baldissoni says the stadium will be ready by 2021/22 season at the latest and 2019/2020 at the earliest.

How much? Estimates put the entire regeneration project at a staggering €1.5bn.

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​What? "The purple renaissance", according to owner Andrea Della Valle. Fiorentina have unveiled plans for a new 40,000 seater stadium. Like Roma and Juventus before them, La Viola want to leave a dilapidated, roofless, running-track stadium which they don't own and move into a modern ground that brings fans much closer to the pitch. The club has used virtual reality technology to visualise the view from every seat in the ground.

When? In time for the 2021/22 season.

How much? £370m.

Atletico Madrid

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​What? The 67,703 Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid are unable to expand their home of 51 years due it being sandwiched between a motorway and a river. On the site of an Olympic Village that never was, the new ground comes with all the trappings you'd expect — bars, restaurants — and 7,500 corporate seats. In a similar vein to Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, the Metropolitano's exterior will have LED lights that can make it change colour.

When? Next season.

How much? The quoted price is €300m. Funding has come from China's Wanda Group, who own a minority stake in the club, and Mexico's richest man Carlos Slim.

Club Brugge


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What? Club Brugge's plan for a future away fro m the Jan Breydel Stadion, which they share with smaller rivals Cercle Brugge, is the 40,000 capacity Stadion Brugge.

When? The plan is to have it up and ready by the 2019/20 season.

How much? €90m.

AEK Athens

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What? The Greek giants want to build a new stadium on the site of their old ground, deemed to be unsafe when it was demolished in 2004. The proposed 33,000 capacity stadium will draw on the club's history as a team for Greek refugees from Constantinople. It will be named after the Greek Orthodox cathedral Agia Sophia in Istanbul and be designed in a similar style.

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When? Construction plans are still awaiting approval from city authorities so a final completion date remains unknown.

How much? Around €65m according to estimates.

Hungary national team

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What? A monolithic, 67,889 capacity stadium for the Hungary national team, named after the country's greatest ever footballer; Ferenc Puskas.

When? 2019, just in time to be a host venue at the multi-city Euro 2020 tournament.

How much? Initial estimates in Hungary projected a £250m - £300m cost for the project.

Football league and non-league


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What? Brentford, forever forward-thinking under owner Matthew Benham, hope to move out of their 113-year old 12,763 capacity ground for a state-of-the art 20,000 seater stadium in Lionel Road. As well as the potential of raising ticket sales, matchday revenue opportunities will be boosted by the 100m increase in bar and food counter length compared to the 30m at Griffin Park.

When? A move in for the 2019/20 season has been mooted, but Brentford have not yet committed to a date as building work has been delayed. Building is expected to take two years to complete and work began this month.

How much? Initial reports put the cost at around £70m. The club has agreed a development deal with house builders Willmott Residential to build new homes both on the Lionel Road site and at Griffin Park to help fund the project. The Bees could also rent the stadium to rugby club London Irish who have applied to Hounslow Council for a ground share deal.

Queens Park Rangers

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What? QPR want to leave Loftus Road for a new 40,000 capacity stadium in the Old Oak Common area of West London as part of a massive urban regeneration project. Chairman and owner Tony Fernandes says Rangers need more than their current 18,000 capacity to match his ambitions for the club's growth.

The stadium will be handily located near a new Crossrail station around which a £10bn regeneration project, the biggest in the UK, is under way. Stadium Capital Developments, the firm behind Arsenal's move to the Emirates, is partnering with QPR through the process.

When? Still a way off. A 2018/19 move in was first touted when plans were unveiled in 2013 but no official date has been set. While the club's plans to build 605 new homes on Old Oak Common have been approved by City Hall, no such green light has been given to the stadium build yet.

How much? Early estimates put the cost at around £200m.

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Bristol Rovers

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What? Rovers' proposed new stadium at the University of West England is a 21,700 ground to replace its current 12,300 home at the Memorial Ground. The design will be familiar to modern lower-league arenas - a single-tier all-seater wraparound bowl.

When? Plans for a new ground have been in the works since 2011 but have been held up after the club was thwarted in plans to raise £30m from selling the Memorial Ground site. However, the takeover from the wealthy Jordanian Al-Qadi family in February last year has put the plans back on the agenda.

How much? It is expected to cost £40m to complete.

AFC Wimbledon

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What? The AFC Wimbledon story - the club has risen from its formation by fans of the old Wimbledon FC in 2002 and is now playing in English football's third tier - could get the dream ending with a return to their old ground Plough Lane.

When? The plan is to be ready to return home in time for the 2018/19 season.

How much? £20m is the estimated cost.


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What? The Iron Arena. No, not a new UFC venue but Scunthorpe's proposed 12,000 capacity "out-of-town football and leisure development".

When? Next summer.

How much? £35m - £40m.

Luton Town

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What? Luton's Kenilworth Road ground may be one of the Football League's most characteristic stadium's - one entrance to the ground requires fans to squeeze through a row of houses - but the club are planning on moving out of their home of 111 years for a modern stadium. But the unique aspects of their current home have perhaps persuaded the club to avoid a "soulless bowl" design (in their own words) in favour of four stands with steep seating at the proposed 17,500 seater stadium at the Power Court site near the town's railway station. Shops, apartments, bars, a cinema and music venue will be built as part of the development.

When? Luton are on track for a 2020 move-in date. The land was purchased by the club's owners last month.

How much? The prime location of the development, plus all of the proposed additions, means this won't come cheap. It has been described as "one of South East England's most expensive sites to develop". A KPMG report stated that the project could add up to £255m to the Luton economy every year once completed.


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​What? Another out-of-town "leisure complex" with massive car park attached for a Football League club. Still, Grimsby's proposed 14,000 capacity Community Stadium could be the only stadium in England with an ice rink and aims to provide community spaces shut down in the city including football pitches.

When? Plans are still in the proposal stage so no concrete date has been set.

How much? £55m.


Atlanta United

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What? One of two new MLS franchises, Atlanta United are set to move into the huge new 71,000-seater Mercedes-Benz Stadium designed by America's largest architectural engineering firm HOK. The stadium will be shared with NFL franchise the Atlanta Falcons and ingeniously, the retractable-roofed arena will take on a more intimate feel when on United play. For soccer games huge mechanical "curtains" will cover the top tiers, reducing the capacity the capacity to 40,000 people.

When? July 30, when Orlando City come to town.

How much? $1.2bn.

Minnesota United

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What? The "United Stadium" will be a 19,916 capacity football-specific arena in St Paul for Minnesota United, the other new MLS team this season.

When? In time for the 2019 season.

How much? $150m.

Los Angeles FC

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What? The second soccer-specific stadium in the city of angels. The Banc of California stadium will be the home of future MLS franchise Los Angeles FC. One stand behind the goal has been built at 34 degrees, the steepest in the MLS, to help generate atmosphere.

When? 2018.

How much? $250m. The financial burden will be eased by a 15-year $100m naming rights deal signed with Banc of California.

Russia World Cup

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What? The Russia World Cup is barely more than a year away yet a number of the stadiums are still awaiting completion. Even Zenit St. Petersburg's new Zenit Arena, which was first supposed to be completed by 2008, is yet to host a professional game.

When? At some point before 14 June 2018 — the date of the first game at the tournament. Hopefully.

How much? More than $10bn has been spent on the 12 stadiums that will host games at the tournament.

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