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New football stadiums: The next generation of venues

Image: Barcelona have released concept images showing a modernised Nou Camp stadium ©fcbarcelona

Fresh from Barcelona revealing their exquisite redevelopment plans for the Nou Camp, we look at the other stadium renovations taking shape across the continent...

Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Manchester City are just some of the clubs to have undergone mass changes to their match-day venues in recent years, with renovations and complete upheavals.

West Ham, meanwhile, are poised to join that growing list, with the Hammers set to leave Upton Park for the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season.

Barca's stadium plans

Barca's stadium plans

Barcelona have unveiled plans to upgrade the Nou Camp

But what does the football stadium of the future have in store for the supporters? Here, we take a look at the fortunes of seven new venues.


Main Stand redevelopment - Capacity - 54,000 | Scheduled opening - 2016 | Under construction

Image: Anfield's Main Stand is approaching completion

Having opted to remain at Anfield over a proposed relocation to Stanley Park, Liverpool's £100m expansion of their iconic ground is approaching completion. Work to the Main Stand got underway in early 2015 and, once completed, will add an additional 8,500 seats, bringing full capacity to around 54,000. The steel structure topped out in February and the Merseyside club will open the doors to their new, state-of-the-art stand at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Internal view of the Anfield Dugout
Image: Internal view of the Anfield Dugout inside Liverpool's revamped Main Stand


Stamford Bridge regeneration - Capacity - 60,000 | Scheduled opening - ? | Plans submitted

New Stamford Bridge proposal
Image: Chelsea have submitted plans for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge

You could argue Chelsea's rise under Roman Abramovich has been curtailed by their inability to expand, or move away from, Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have submitted plans for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge

As clubs across Europe redevelop and relocate with ease, Chelsea's west London location has prevented such aspirations. Undeterred, though, the Premier League champions submitted a £600m proposal to renovate the 41,000-seater Stamford Bridge to Hammersmith and Fulham Council in 2015.

The new design works around the existing structure of Fulham Broadway Underground Station
Image: The new design works around the existing structure of Fulham Broadway Underground Station

The plans intend to demolish and replace the current ground with a 60,000-seater stadium, with construction starting as soon as May 2016 if permission is granted.


New Tottenham Stadium - Capacity - 61,000 | Scheduled opening - 2018 | Under construction

Spurs have revealed revised plans for their new stadium
Image: Spurs have revealed revised plans for their new stadium

West Ham's awarding of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford left Spurs with little choice but to develop on their existing site at White Hart Lane. Following the resolution of a lengthy legal dispute with neighbours, Spurs haven't wasted any time in fulfilling their new stadium ambitions, with the foundations already being laid along the Tottenham High Road. The as yet unnamed stadium will surpass the capacity of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium at 61,000, almost doubling the current capacity at the Lane.

Building begins at White Hart Lane for the new Spurs stadium
Image: Building is well underway at White Hart Lane for Spurs' new stadium


Nou Camp upgrade - Capacity - 105,000 | Scheduled opening - 2021 | Plans unveiled

Image: The upgrade is set to make the Nou Camp the second largest football stadium in the world, behind the Rungrado 1st May Stadium in Pyongyang

Barcelona's iconic Nou Camp with undergo a renovation worth an estimated £500m over the next five years. Once complete, Europe's largest football stadium will rise to second in the global standings with capacity increasing to over the 100,000 mark.

Image: ©fcbarcelona

What's more, a roof will be erected over the currently exposed three quarters of the stadium, allowing fans to concentrate on the football rather than the elements.


Nou Mestalla - Capacity - 65,000 | Scheduled opening - ? | Construction on hold

Nou Mestalla
Image: A computer-generated image of the Nou Mestalla

Valencia's plans to move to the Nou Mestalla were put on hold in 2009 when construction work ceased amid financial difficulties. The proposed new stadium features an innovative exterior, stunning aluminium cladding and a wood interior - adding an extra 10,000 seats too.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of the Nou Mestalla Stadium, which is half built as Valencia struggle with a huge debt and so continue to pl
Image: Valencia's half-built Nou Mestalla Stadium awaits completion

Initially designed to hold 74,000 fans, Valencia have had to continually scale back their plans in a bid to resume construction. Each attempt has been fruitless, and a barren concrete shell lies awaiting completion in the heart of the city.


Parc Olympique Lyonnais - Capacity - 59,286 | Open

Stade des Lumieres Olympique Lyonnais stadium
Image: Lyon's Stade des Lumieres will host six Euro 2016 games this summer

Having flirted with the idea of moving away from the 40,000-seater Stade de Gerland, France's awarding of Euro 2016 proved to be the decisive factor in Lyon's decision to move. The extra funding received from being named as a host city for the European Championship helped the Ligue 1 club finance the development of Stade des Lumieres. Lyon have already moved into their new 59,000-seater stadium that will play host to six games at this summer's tournament.

Atletico Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  General view of Vicente Calderon Stadium prior to start the UEFA Champions League group G between Club Atletico de Madrid and
Image: Atletico are in their penultimate season at the Vicente Calderon

Nuevo Estadio Atletico de Madrid - Capacity - 70,000 | Scheduled opening - 2017

Following the City of Madrid's decision in 2007 to recoup the land currently occupied by the Vicente Calderon, Atletico have been slowly saying goodbye to their home of 50 years. From the start of the 2017/18 season, Madrid's Olympic Stadium will be the new home of Los Colchoneros. The ground, which originally had a capacity of 20,000, is being extensively renovated ahead of Atletico's move and will hold 70,000 spectators once complete.

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