From Barcelona to Las Vegas: The major new stadium upgrades underway worldwide 


Tottenham Hotspur may still be sofa-surfing at Wembley but it won’t be long before they pick-up the keys to their swanky new £850million home.

But the north Londoners will not be the only sports side to benefit from a revamped residence in the not-too-distant future.

Real Madrid announced plans for a £500million renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu last month, following Barcelona and their ‘Espai Barca’ project announcement in 2016.

But what other major sports stadia are currently under construction? Sportsmail rounds up the best of the new builds. 

Stadio della Roma, AS Roma

Capacity: 52,500, expandable to 60,000

Due date: 2020-2021 season

Costs: €300million (£268million, 2014 estimate)

Roma president Jim Pallotta is determined to give the Italian club its own home after 65 years of sharing the Stadio Olimpico with fierce rivals Lazio.

The project to build the Stadio della Roma was finally given panning permission in December last year but hit a snag when the mayor of the proposed site, Virgina Raggi, rejected the proposal. A compromise has since been reached, and the new stadium will be built on an old race track at Tor Di Valle, in the south west of the City. 

Its design will be a mix of the past and the present, drawing inspiration from the Colosseum as well as providing investment of up to a €1billion in local infrastructure.

Roma president Jim Pallotta is determined to give his club its own home after 65 years of sharing the Stadio Olimpico

Roma president Jim Pallotta is determined to give his club its own home after 65 years of sharing the Stadio Olimpico

Roma president Jim Pallotta is determined to give his club its own home after 65 years of sharing the Stadio Olimpico

The Stadio della Roma will be inspired by the Colosseum and is expected to hold up to 52,500 supporters in the ground

The Stadio della Roma will be inspired by the Colosseum and is expected to hold up to 52,500 supporters in the ground

The Stadio della Roma will be inspired by the Colosseum and is expected to hold up to 52,500 supporters in the ground

Espai Barca project, Barcelona

Capacity: Increase from 99,354 to 105,000

Due date: 2020-2021 season

Cost: €360million (£318million)

The Espai Barca project plans to renovate the Nou Camp and drag it into the 21st Century. The plans involve increasing the stadium’s capacity, as well as adding a roof, underground parking and improving Wi-Fi access. 

The first tier of the ground will also be remodelled to be more vertical, for a better viewing experience. The project, unveiled by President Josep Maria Bartomeu back in March 2016, goes beyond just the stadium, with improvements planned for the entire Barcelona campus, including a 12,000-seater arena for other Barca sports teams such as basketball. 

Planning permission for the stadium was granted in April, and work will get underway next summer. 

Barcelona plan to drag the Nou Camp into the 21st Century and increase its capacity to 105,000 supporters

Barcelona plan to drag the Nou Camp into the 21st Century and increase its capacity to 105,000 supporters

Barcelona plan to drag the Nou Camp into the 21st Century and increase its capacity to 105,000 supporters

The 'Espai Barca Project' will cost £318million and will also see a new 12,000 capacity arena construction for other sports

The 'Espai Barca Project' will cost £318million and will also see a new 12,000 capacity arena construction for other sports

The ‘Espai Barca Project’ will cost £318million and will also see a new 12,000 capacity arena construction for other sports

Planning permission was granted for the project in April and work is expected to begin at the stadium next summer

Planning permission was granted for the project in April and work is expected to begin at the stadium next summer

Planning permission was granted for the project in April and work is expected to begin at the stadium next summer

New Sardar Patel ‘Motera’ Stadium, Gujarat, India

Capacity: 110,000

Due Date: 2020

Cost: 7 billion rupees (£73.2million)

The New Sardar Patel Stadium in Gujarat, India, will become the world’s largest cricket ground when it is completed in 2020. 

The stadium’s capacity is anticipated to be a whopping 110,000, which is ten thousand more than the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the current largest stadium for cricket.

The stadium will cover 63 acres of land and will boast an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 76 corporate boxes and enough space for 3,000 cars and 10,000 bicycles. The project is backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and construction is already underway, with the Gujarat cricket team and Rajasthan Royals aiming to move in by 2020. 

The 'Motera' Stadium will overtake the MCG as the world's biggest cricket ground when it is completed in 2020

The 'Motera' Stadium will overtake the MCG as the world's biggest cricket ground when it is completed in 2020

The ‘Motera’ Stadium will overtake the MCG as the world’s biggest cricket ground when it is completed in 2020

The £73.2million arena will be the home of the Gujarat cricket team and the Rajasthan Royals

The £73.2million arena will be the home of the Gujarat cricket team and the Rajasthan Royals

The £73.2million arena will be the home of the Gujarat cricket team and the Rajasthan Royals

New Puskas Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary

Capacity: 67,889

Due Date: 2019

Cost: 190billion forints (£525million)

The new home to Hungarian football will open its doors in 2019 and will replace its namesake in Zuglo, Budapest, which was demolished in October 2016. 

Hungary are not the footballing powerhouse they once were but they will be showcasing elite football here in the very near future, as the ground has been chosen to host three group stage matches and a round of 16 match during UEFA Euro 2020.

The New Puskas Ferenc Stadium will cost £525million and will hold 67,889 spectators when it is opened in 2019

The New Puskas Ferenc Stadium will cost £525million and will hold 67,889 spectators when it is opened in 2019

The New Puskas Ferenc Stadium will cost £525million and will hold 67,889 spectators when it is opened in 2019

The ground is set to open in 2019 and will host four matches during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 tournament

The ground is set to open in 2019 and will host four matches during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 tournament

The ground is set to open in 2019 and will host four matches during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 tournament

New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Capacity: 68,089

Due Date: 2020

Cost: 149billion Yen (£825million)

Japan’s new national stadium was originally designed by well-known architect Zaha Hadid but a public outcry at spiralling costs led to a rethink at the instruction of prime minister Shinzo Abe. 

The new design, by Kengo Kuma, has a natural feel, made up of a wooden frame and surrounded by foliage. It was originally hoped that the new arena would be ready for the 2019 Rugby World Cup but it is now expected to be ready for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Zaha Hadid's original design for the stadium was replaced by this design by Kengo Kuma due to spiralling costs

Zaha Hadid's original design for the stadium was replaced by this design by Kengo Kuma due to spiralling costs

Zaha Hadid’s original design for the stadium was replaced by this design by Kengo Kuma due to spiralling costs

The change of design means the ground will not be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2019

The change of design means the ground will not be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2019

The change of design means the ground will not be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2019

But the stadium will be ready to host the Summer Olympics in 2020 and will have a capacity of 68,089

But the stadium will be ready to host the Summer Olympics in 2020 and will have a capacity of 68,089

But the stadium will be ready to host the Summer Olympics in 2020 and will have a capacity of 68,089

Los Angeles Stadium, Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California, United States

Capacity: 70,240

Due Date: 2020

Cost: Estimated at $5billion (£4.45billion)

This is one expensive new home. The Los Angeles Stadium will play host to the LA Rams and the LA Chargers from 2020. 

The project is spearheaded by Rams owner and familiar face Stan Kroenke, now the majority shareholder at Arsenal, and it includes retail space, a hotel, a park and some new homes on a 300-acre plot. 

The stadium will host the Super Bowl in 2022 and is expected to host the Olympics in 2028. 

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is the owner of the LA Rams and has spearheaded the LA Stadium Project

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is the owner of the LA Rams and has spearheaded the LA Stadium Project

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is the owner of the LA Rams and has spearheaded the LA Stadium Project

The impressive arena will cost an eye-watering £4.45billion but it will also have retail space, hotels and new homes

The impressive arena will cost an eye-watering £4.45billion but it will also have retail space, hotels and new homes

The impressive arena will cost an eye-watering £4.45billion but it will also have retail space, hotels and new homes

The home of the Rams and the Chargers will have a capacity of 70,240 and is expected to host the Olympics in 2028

The home of the Rams and the Chargers will have a capacity of 70,240 and is expected to host the Olympics in 2028

The home of the Rams and the Chargers will have a capacity of 70,240 and is expected to host the Olympics in 2028

Nou Mestalla, Valencia, Spain

Capacity: 54,000

Due Date: 2021

Cost: €250-300million (£220-£270million)

The Nou Mestalla has been in construction for well over 12 years. The ground fell victim to Valencia’s financial difficulties, exacerbated by the total collapse of Spain’s property market in 2008. But after years of waiting, it’s now or never for the Nou Mestalla, because if construction doesn’t restart soon, the existing structure will have to be demolished. 

But the omens are good; in October 2017 Valencia were given permission to restart construction, while earlier this year the club agreed a partnership with Deloitte to help finance the building process. While originally planned at 80,000 capacity, the new ground will now hold 54,000 spectators, 6,000 more than their current home.

The Nou Mestalla has been under construction for 12 years but money problems have prevented its completion

The Nou Mestalla has been under construction for 12 years but money problems have prevented its completion

The Nou Mestalla has been under construction for 12 years but money problems have prevented its completion

Original plans for the stadium expected its capacity to be 80,000 but it will now hold 54,000

Original plans for the stadium expected its capacity to be 80,000 but it will now hold 54,000

Original plans for the stadium expected its capacity to be 80,000 but it will now hold 54,000

Earlier this year the club agreed a partnership with Deloitte to help finance the building process

Earlier this year the club agreed a partnership with Deloitte to help finance the building process

Earlier this year the club agreed a partnership with Deloitte to help finance the building process

… PLUS THE REST OF THE 2022  STADIUMS BEING BUILT

• Al-Bayt Stadium, 60,000, Al Khor, Qatar

• Qatar Foundation Stadium, 45,350,

• Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, 40,000

• Al Thumama Stadium, 40,000

• Al Wakrah Stadium, 40,000

Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

Capacity: 80,000

Date Due: 2022

Cost: £34billion (part of a newly built city)

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the showpiece venue for the 2022 World Cup and is set to be used for the opening and final games of the tournament. 

Its design includes a reflective pool of water encircling the stadium, with fans crossing six bridges to reach it. 

The stadium is part of a project that will entirely construct the city of Lusail, which will include parks and marinas. 

Its construction though has been condemned by Amnesty International, who are concerned that some workers are going unpaid.  

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the showpiece venue for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and is one of several under construction

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the showpiece venue for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and is one of several under construction

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the showpiece venue for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and is one of several under construction

Its design includes a moat encircling the stadium, with fans having to cross six bridges to reach it

Its design includes a moat encircling the stadium, with fans having to cross six bridges to reach it

Its design includes a moat encircling the stadium, with fans having to cross six bridges to reach it

The arena is part of plans to construct an entirely new city, costing a whopping £34billion

The arena is part of plans to construct an entirely new city, costing a whopping £34billion

The arena is part of plans to construct an entirely new city, costing a whopping £34billion

Las Vegas Stadium, Paradise, Nevada, United States

Capacity: 65,000

Due Date: 2020

Cost: $1.8billion (£1.4billion)

The Las Vegas stadium will be the new home of the Oakland Raiders, who will relocate from Oakland, California before the start of the 2020 season. 

The move was controversial but comes after years of searching for a new home away from the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, which is regarded as one of the worst grounds in the NFL. Their new home will be an indoor complex complete with a glass-domed roof, adjacent to the Las Vegas strip. 

But if any Raiders fans get too carried away they risk being locked up on-site, as the stadium’s design includes a jail and a courtroom.

The Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas before the start of the 2020 season and move into a new stadium

The Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas before the start of the 2020 season and move into a new stadium

The Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas before the start of the 2020 season and move into a new stadium

Their new home will cost £1.4billion and its design even includes a jail and a courtroom to deal with any rowdy supporters

Their new home will cost £1.4billion and its design even includes a jail and a courtroom to deal with any rowdy supporters

Their new home will cost £1.4billion and its design even includes a jail and a courtroom to deal with any rowdy supporters

Bernabeu redesign, Madrid, Spain

Capacity: 81,044 (unchanged)

Date Due: 2022

Cost: £500million

Real Madrid announced plans for a wholesale renovation of the Bernabeu last month. 

The project, which according to President Florentino Perez could rake in an extra €150million (£100million) per season, will make the stadium become ‘more modern’ and ‘more secure’. 

The new-look Bernabeu will have a chrome finish and feature a retractable roof, new seats and two new towers. It will also have a 360-degree screen which will be visible to every supporter inside the ground. 

Real Madrid announced plans to revamp the Bernabeu last month, at a cost of £500million

Real Madrid announced plans to revamp the Bernabeu last month, at a cost of £500million

Real Madrid announced plans to revamp the Bernabeu last month, at a cost of £500million

The new design will include a 360-degree screen which will be visible to every supporter inside the ground

The new design will include a 360-degree screen which will be visible to every supporter inside the ground

The new design will include a 360-degree screen which will be visible to every supporter inside the ground

The new-look Bernabeu will be ready in 2022 and is expected to rake in an extra £100million per season

The new-look Bernabeu will be ready in 2022 and is expected to rake in an extra £100million per season

The new-look Bernabeu will be ready in 2022 and is expected to rake in an extra £100million per season

… and finally, one stadium that has almost become reality:   

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Capacity: 62,062

Due Date: 2018

Cost: £850million

Tottenham were supposed to move into their new ground on 15 September but faulty wiring has caused further delays.

When ready though, the ground will be a state-of-the-art complex fit for the Premier League and American football. The ground has a dividing retractable pitch with an NFL-ready surface beneath, nine floors and the longest general admission bar in the UK – the Goal Line Bar in the south stand – which is 86.8 metres long. 

There is even a microbrewery on-site, capable of producing 10,000 points per minute.

Tottenham first made plans to built their stadium on the same site as White Hart Lane back in 2007

Tottenham first made plans to built their stadium on the same site as White Hart Lane back in 2007

Tottenham first made plans to built their stadium on the same site as White Hart Lane back in 2007

After ten years of waiting Spurs are now very close to turning their stadium dream into reality

After ten years of waiting Spurs are now very close to turning their stadium dream into reality

After ten years of waiting Spurs are now very close to turning their stadium dream into reality

The 60,062-capacity ground boasts a dividing retractable pitch with an NFL-ready surface underneath

The 60,062-capacity ground boasts a dividing retractable pitch with an NFL-ready surface underneath

The 60,062-capacity ground boasts a dividing retractable pitch with an NFL-ready surface underneath



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