Superb stadium. Nothing 'average' about it at all. Do some people even know what the word average means???? There is no such thing as an average £300 million 80000 stadium!!! Walkers Stadium is 'average'.
A decent stadium, but not without its faults. The distance between the stands and the end of the pitch behind the goals is unacceptable (in football mode).
The seats are also rather bland, and I'm not keen on the lower stairwells, wide at the top that get thinner toward the bottom, but this is fairly inconsequential.
Hard to describe, but it feels like it is a athletics stadium which can adapt for football use. I would have preferred the opposite; designing it for football primarily, adaptable for athletics.
Maybe this could have been done by actually removing the lower stand on the end zones when using it in athletics mode? Of course the sightlines for the running track lane number 7 and 8 wouldn't have been optimal, but who cares?
The roof and seating bowl are impressive, apart from the huge gap for football matches, but that is as far as it goes. The cheap looking exterior could be mistaken for a multi storey car park if it wasn't for the roof. Entrances and facilities are also poor. The place needs some colour.
Exterior is crap, and for a recent stadium the facilities for fans are dire, about one urinal for every 1,000 fans i reckon, it was mental at the champions league. Seats are crap and for 300m i'd expect more.
Well, the short answer to this is most deffinitely no! I don't think even the most ardent of Frenchies would say that is was. Back in 98 it might...I say might...possibly have been the world's best, but it is starting to look quite dated now, which is quite sad when you consider it's barely 8 years old. I have never been inside the stadium but I saw the exterior of it up close a couple of years ago and from what I saw of it then and the pictures on the internet, it justs looks really bland and uninteresting, could really be any stadium. It just doesn't have any glamour or a unique defining characteristic that people would really recognise it with and talk about. Don;t get me wrong, it is a very decent stadium, one of the world's best, but quite far (and getting further) from being world's greatest. The thing it does have going for it (as has already been mentioned) is its easy capability of becoming either a football/rugby stadium or an athletics stadium...but each individual purpose is inferior to stadiums that are designed for just the one. Just my oppinion, don't get in a fuss if you don't agree.
Btw Mo, did you create this thread thinking it was the World's best stadium, or were you just interested in other people's views? Just curious.
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