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Old July 5th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Rank UK sports stadia in order of architectural quality

Here's my list

1) Wembley
2) Twickenham
3) New Liverpool design
4) Arsenal
5) Man City
6) Cardiff
7) Man Utd
8) New Pompey design
9) Glasgow Celtic
10) Glasgow Rangers
11) Wimbledon Tennis
12) O2 Stadium

what's yours?
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Old July 5th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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Do you really think Twickenham should be that high up? It's a concrete mess from the outside! The Pompey stadium should be much higher up, next to the new Anfield, as these two (from what we've seen) are architectually unique.

Can we include the O2? and non-football grounds? Some of the planned Olympic venues - especially the aquatics centre, are simply stunning.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 05:11 PM   #3
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Surely some of the solid, older stadiums with bags of character and history, great eccentricities and breathtaking detail should be favoured over the more corporate, soulless arenas on your list LDN? What about the likes of White Hart Lane, Villa Park, Hillsborough, Goodison Park.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #4
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Well if i'm gonna be fussy, 'architectural quality' could mean any number of different elements, but....

1. Wembley(well it is the greatest stadium in the world, isn't it?).
2. Millenium Stadium. Great intimacy, atmosphere and useful roof feature.
3. Ibrox. Love the old stand by Archibald Leitch.
4. A cricket ground?
5. Anfield.
6. Old Trafford(Man Utd).
7. Craven Cottage.
8. The Lane
=. Villa Park
10. Reebok Stadium.

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Old July 5th, 2007, 08:08 PM   #5
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Do you really think Twickenham should be that high up? It's a concrete mess from the outside! The Pompey stadium should be much higher up, next to the new Anfield, as these two (from what we've seen) are architectually unique.

Can we include the O2? and non-football grounds? Some of the planned Olympic venues - especially the aquatics centre, are simply stunning.
some of the exterior of twickenham is being redone as you know and its looking great.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 08:43 PM   #6
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1. Lord's
2. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
3. Trent Bridge
4. City of Manchester Stadium
5. Wembley Stadium
6. Ibrox
7. Twickenham Stadium
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Old July 5th, 2007, 08:57 PM   #7
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Spot on, plus

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1. Lord's
2. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
3. Trent Bridge
4. City of Manchester Stadium
5. Wembley Stadium
6. Ibrox
7. Twickenham Stadium
Plus:
8. Emirates
9. McAlpine (Galpham)
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Old July 6th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #8
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i def agree with some of you who havent placed wembley and twickenham in the top 5. new simply doesnt imply better, but thats just an opinion
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Old July 6th, 2007, 05:21 AM   #9
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@Mo Rush - what would your UK list be?
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Old July 6th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #10
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The Oval
Centre Court Wimbeldon
Lords Cricket Ground
Wembley
O2 Centre (Millenium Dome)
No 1 Court Wimbeldon
Millenium Stadium
Queens Club (Artois Championships)
Ibrox
Trent Bridge
McAlpine (Galpharm Stadium)
Highbury (although its probably been demolished)

When built New Pompey Stadium and possibly New Anfield but need to see official images first and Brighton Falmer Stadium.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #11
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Wembley is architecturally attractive and unique
Millennium stadium is distinctive, and attractive, espeically from the river.
Villa Park is stunning. Red brick, new stands, built with class.
Ashburton Grove has a sweeping quality
City of Mancs stadium is beautiful
Reebok stadium is distinctive, especially for a mid-sized new build.
Hillsborough, oozes class, style and grandeur.
Ninian Park, what a football ground should look like.
Goodison Park, the Fenway park of the UK. Dont demolish it and dont move to bloody Kirby.

Worst:

Stoke, Shrewsburys new ground, Derby, Walsall, Leyton Orient..Mediocre, modern, cheap. All lack class and forget they are supposed to be football grounds.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 02:44 PM   #12
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I find the exterior of Wembley a bit shit personally. I mean perhaps I'm missing something but it just seems to be basic glasswith not much interest?
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I find the exterior of Wembley a bit shit personally. I mean perhaps I'm missing something but it just seems to be basic glasswith not much interest?
Even then(although i dont think it looks shit, it looks awesome at night) it still is instantly recognisable world wide.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #14
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wembley architecturally attractive and unqiue? i fail to see this.
lords, wimbledon,old trafford, cardiff, city of manchester...you've used two important words...architecture and quality, which the above five have.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #15
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Millennium stadium is distinctive, and attractive, espeically from the river.
Distinctive, yes, but attractive?

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Old July 6th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #16
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You've got me there! Thats the North Stand, which for those that dont know, is part of the original Wales National Stadium (AKA Cardiff Arms Park). It was a decent, but ugly ground, and yes that particular block of concrete is unappealing....but! The ground as a whole is architecturally attractive, and is quality.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #17
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I'm also not a huge fan of the red and blue plasticky facade or the triangular skylights in the corners of the roof, but if they ever sorted out "Glanmor's Gap" and the Millennium Stadium was a complete stadium, I'd probably think a lot more favourably about it...
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Old July 6th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #18
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I'm not a massive fan of new stadiums as they all mostly follow the same generic formula ( as the old stadiums did but which much better quality! ) Really at a loss to name a modern stadium I really like, McAlpine stadium is quite good and was one of the first of the new breed. Ibrox has to get a mention for the Leitch main stand which probably is the finest period stand in the world today. Oh, Portsmouth stadium will be something a bit special if its built as proposed and high quality materials are used especially in relation to the the exterior.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #19
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The KC Stadium mainly follows the generic formula you mention, but it's still got it's own little quirky qualities that I like and make it stand apart.











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The main thing I don't like about the KC stadium is the great big sweeping grey "curtain" that goes almost all the way around, with the exception of the main stand...
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