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San Mamés fly-through

San Mamés Stadium is far from an old venue – the home of Athlectic Bilbao in the north of Spain was opened in 2013 – but it has already carried out a roof expansion, visible on a new video released by architects Idom.

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Solar panel

A team from Genfit installs a commercial-scale solar panel system at Halliwell Jones Stadium, a 15,200-seat rugby league stadium in Warrington in the UK.

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New surface for JL Johnson Stadium

The ground team at Oral Roberts University’s JL Johnson Stadium in Oklahoma undertakes a re-turfing of the baseball field, home of the Golden Eagles NCAA Division I Summit League team.

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Weekly Poll

Last week's poll has proved to be a divisive one. Stadia asked if readers agreed with Rio 2016 discus champion Christoph Harting's comments that the Olympics is "slowly dying by 2040" unless widespread changes are implemented. We'll be keeping the poll open for a second week, so be sure to cast your vote.

Could the Olympic Games really be winding down? 

Yes - Harting is correct and the Olympic Games are living on borrowed time
Maybe - unless sweeping changes are made, the Games does not have a future
No - the Olympic Games have a long and assured future

Recent Polls

  • Will the increasing use of virtual tickets mean an end to physical tickets and box offices?
  • Are the operators of modern stadia doing enough to cater for PRM spectators?
  • Has LED technology become the first choice for pitch lighting in modern stadia?
  • Do stadium naming rights have a detrimental effect on a club's brand image?
  • Would you be happy for an app to communicate personal data to security systems in a stadium in order to tailor a personalized evacuation plan?
  • Have French authorities done enough to ensure a sufficient and effective security presence at the Euro 2016 finals?
  • Given the delays experienced by some of the soccer stadia for Russia 2018, do you think the country's venues will be ready in time for the next FIFA World Cup?
  • Digital advertising hoardings located next to the pitches in sports stadia represent a lucrative revenue stream for venues. But are they distracting for audiences, and potentially competitors?
  • Are stadium operators doing enough to attract a family audience to major sporting venues?
  • In the future, will all major international sporting competitions be held on synthetic turf?
  • Legacy planning has become a popular selling point of new stadia and arenas. Given the amount of cost involved in staging the Olympic Games, have the venues for the Rio 2016 Games been designed and constructed with sufficient attention given to their use after the event has concluded?
  • Given the amount of money it costs to stage a modern summer Olympic Games, do you believe that an alternative model of infrastructure development could prove viable?
  • Given the warm reception the sport has received at the Rio Olympics, do you think Sevens stadia will become more commonplace in the next few years?
  • Celtic FC made the news in July when the Glasgow club became the first in UK soccer to install a safe standing section in an all-seater stadium. Should other UK clubs follow suit? 
  • The 2020 UEFA Championships will be held at venues across Europe as a celebration of the competition's 60th anniversary. Among the 13 host stadia, two are new builds, but given the proliferation of available venues across the continent, should such a legacy event be restricted to existing stadia?
  • Liverpool FC unveiled the new Anfield main stand expansion this week. Is the financial risk associated with increasing stadium capacity - and generating greater admission revenue - a necessary one if the team is to remain competitive with other major clubs in Europe?
  • Which party do you feel should shoulder most of the blame?
  • Is spending on US high school stadia in danger of spiralling out of control?
  • Is spending on US high school stadia in danger of spiralling out of control?
  • Broadcasting revenue can represent a major windfall for stadia, but many smaller venues have limited scope for the required infrastructure to broadcast events. Should smaller stadia invest in permanent solutions, or do temporary, mobile facilities offer the most suitable solution? 
  • Japan has approved the US$1.5bn plan for its new Olympic Stadium. Given the delays and negative media coverage of the upcoming Games, what will it take for the stadia for the Tokyo Olympics to be ready in time for athletes and visitors in 2020? 
  • Rome has announced the withdrawal of the city's Olympic bid for the 2024 Games. With a little under a year before the winning bid is announced, which city do you think will be home to the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad? 
  • What steps should the stadium take to stamp out this behavior?
  • If FIFA's plan to increase the number of World Cup finals teams from 40 to 48 goes ahead, will this place too much pressure on host countries to build a greater number of new stadia? 
  • Do you agree?
  • It's been another bad year for sport's international governing bodies, with accusations of corruption and widespread criticism of ineffective self-regulation throughout 2016. Is it time for an independent, global governing body for international sport?
  • Will President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to rejuvenating the US construction industry have a discernible impact on new-build stadia in the country?
  • With news that a second Wimbledon court will be getting a retractable roof, should all modern tennis stadia be designed with this capability?
  • Should the seating improvement be postponed until the investigation has been completed?
  • After a pair of fans managed to sleep inside Manchester United's Old Trafford following a stadium tour, remaining inside in an attempt to attend a Premier League match, should clubs reconsider holding such tours close to match days?
  • Given the number of recent security incidents, should the Football Association order a league-wide investigation?
  • Reports are circulating that Atlético Madrid is bracing itself for a substantial short-term debt increase as a result of the club's soon-to-be-completed new stadium. But is this really news? Shouldn't all clubs expect to face financial hardships following construction of a new stadium?
  • Given that many sports are extremely proud of their mass appeal, is it appropriate for stadia to expand their F&B offerings to include costlier, high-end cuisine?
  • Following the (formerly) San Diego Chargers's announcement that the team will be moving to Los Angeles in a stadium share with the LA Rams, is the NFL entering an era where geographical identity (and fan loyalty) will always come second to owner ambition? 
  • But does the size and scale of most modern stadia make it impossible to recreate the atmosphere found in older grounds?
  • As average attendance levels (for the most part) continue to rise, are we about to see an associated increase in stadium development in the country?
  • Should such eye-watering levels of spending be permitted, or should soccer's governing body prohibit countries from such outlays of cash?
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    Hebei China Fortune Football Club (CFFC), has announced plans for a new professional training center. Designed by global sports architects Populous, the training base will be the first within the country’s soccer industry to cater for everyone from the youth training academy right through to the reserve and first teams.
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    One-on-one: Chris Lee, managing director, Populous

    The managing director of Populous reveals some of the thinking behind the design of the largest club stadium in London
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