MARSEILLE, FRANCE - Echoing the seaside port’s place on the Mediterranean, French football club Olympique de Marseille have recently began major renovations to the famous Stade Vélodrome. Per UEFA regulations, Marseille plan to cap the Vélodrome with an undulating and striking roofing structure. Along with raising the seating capacity by 7,000. The goal being to finish construction by mid-2014, some two summers before France host EURO 2016.
VALENCIA, SPAIN - A testament to Valencia’s longstanding architectural tradition, the Nou Mestalla, itself, has long been an architectural beauty in the works. Construction on the future 73,200-spectator home to Valencia Club de Fútbol first began in 2007. Unfortunately, due to the effects of the global economic recession, plans to complete Nou Mestalla were quickly shelved during February of 2009. In recent months, however, Valencia have offered new hope toward the completion of this future icon and announced construction will again resume during the summer of 2012. Along with a goal to complete the project by the end of 2013. The final picture within the photoset above shows the current status of the Nou Mestalla construction site.
GDAŃSK, POLAND - Located in Poland’s fourth largest city, and along the Baltic Sea, the PGE Arena Gdańsk echoes the cities self-proclaimed image as the “World’s Amber Capital”. With a capacity of 43,615 and certain to become an iconic venue at the upcoming European Championships, PGE Arena will kickoff Group C with Spain vs. Italy on the 10th of June. Following the completion of Euro 2012, PGE Arena will become the permanent home to Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk.
SOCHI, RUSSIA - Scheduled for completion during the spring of 2013, the Sochi Olympic Stadium will soon be the crown jewel of the 2014 Winter Olympic Park. Overlooking the Black Sea, the Olympic Stadium will offer surreal sporting environments for those situated inside. Specifically during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In addition to hosting the Winter Games, the Sochi Olympic Stadium will also become a centerpiece for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, just a few years later.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Set to open its doors during the second half of 2012, the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards is beginning to look as promised. Having broken ground during the spring of 2010, this wonderfully designed arena is now being clad with its soon-to-be iconic look of prefabricated steel paneling.
PARIS, FRANCE - Home to French Top 14 rugby side Stade Français, the Stade Jean-Bouin has been under extensive renovations for more than a year. Situated immediately adjacent to the better known Parc des Princes, Stade Jean-Bouin is home to one of the most prestigious French rugby clubs of the modern era. Stade Français hope to reopen their traditional home in March of 2013 to an increased capacity of 20,000.
Olympic Park, London - Facilities of the XXX Olympiad to begin July 2012. Photos taken during December and January.
UPDATE - New construction photos show the current state of progress Montreal Impact have made during the Stade Saputo renovations. Montreal Impact are to begin their home regular season campaign March 17th, just under two months from now.
Fulham FC, London - new renderings of Fulham’s planned addition to the Riverside Stand. Renovations are thought to increase the ground’s capacity by almost 5,000 seats.