Stadium of the Year 2015

  • Public Vote
  • Jury Vote
  • Partner

Public Vote


The 6th edition of Stadium of the Year competition took place between Jan 18 and Feb 19, 2016. The Public Vote its second largest attendance of 37,677 participants (each person had 15 points to share between 5 stadiums by giving notes: 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point). Geographically the vote was most attended by users from Mexico, USA, Israel, Poland and France.

Below you can see the complete list of all stadia with the number of points scored.


1 74,097 pts Estadio BBVA Bancomer

Estadio BBVA Bancomer Guadalupe Mexico Mexico

  • club: CF Monterrey
  • capacity: 53,500
  • construction: 10/2011 - 31/07/2015
  • cost: $ 200 million
  • design: Populous, VFO Arquitectos
2 43,394 pts Matmut Atlantique

Matmut Atlantique Bordeaux France France

  • club: FC Girondins de Bordeaux
  • capacity: 42,115
  • construction: 04/11/2012 - 30/04/2015
  • cost: $ 199.6 million
  • design: Herzog & de Meuron
3 41,420 pts Estadio Multiva

Estadio Cuauhtémoc Puebla Mexico Mexico

  • club: Puebla FC
  • capacity: 51,726
  • construction: 2014-2015
  • cost: $ 39.7 million
  • design: Dünn Lightweight Architecture
4 37,095 pts Toto Jacob Turner Stadium

Toto Jacob Turner Stadium Be’er Sheva Israel Israel

  • club: Hapoel Be’er Sheva FC
  • capacity: 16,126
  • construction: 08/2011 - 09/2015
  • cost: $ 63.1 million
  • design: GAB Architects
5 34,325 pts Kyle Field

Kyle Field College Station USA USA

  • club: Texas A&M Aggies
  • capacity: 102,733
  • construction: 2014-2015
  • cost: $ 485 million
  • design: Populous
6 29,210 pts Stadion Miejski Tychy

Stadion Miejski Tychy Tychy Poland Poland

  • club: GKS Tychy SA
  • capacity: 15,150
  • construction: 03/2013 - 06/2015
  • cost: $ 31.9 million
  • design: Perbo-Inwestycje sp. z o.o. sp.k.
7 28,141 pts Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu

Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

  • club: national team
  • capacity: 68,195
  • construction: 06/2011 - 03/2015
  • cost: $ 775 million
  • design: Heerim
8 27,531 pts Haixia Olympic Center Stadium

Haixia Olympic Center Stadium Fuzhou China China

  • club: -
  • capacity: 59,562
  • construction: 23/12/2011 - 08/2015
  • cost: $ 455.5 million (whole complex)
  • design: CCDI Group
9 23,161 pts Suita City Football Stadium

Suita City Football Stadium Suita Japan Japan

  • club: Gamba Osaka
  • capacity: 39,694
  • construction: 13/12/2013 - 10/2015
  • cost: $ 119.9 million
  • design: Yasui Architecture & Engineers / Takenaka Corporation
10 22,471 pts Zhanjiang Olympic Center Stadium

Zhanjiang Olympic Center Stadium Zhanjiang China China

  • club: -
  • capacity: 39,769
  • construction: 2011 - 2015
  • cost: 341.6 million (whole complex)
  • design: CCDI Group
11 21,775 pts Stadion Heracles Almelo

Stadion Heracles Almelo Almelo Netherlands Netherlands

  • club: Heracles Almelo
  • capacity: 13,500
  • construction: 2014-2015
  • cost: $ 13.6 million
  • design: pr8 architecten
12 20,910 pts Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium San José USA USA

  • club: San José Earthquakes
  • capacity: 18,000
  • construction: 21/10/2012 - 03/2015
  • cost: $ 100 million
  • design: HOK Architects
13 20,624 pts Stade Municipal de Kintélé

Stade Municipal de Kintélé Brazzaville Congo Congo

  • club: national team
  • capacity: 60,055
  • construction: 04/2013 - 06/2015
  • cost: $ 630.9 million (whole complex)
  • design: CCDI Group, PTW Architects
14 20,226 pts Ordos Sports Center Stadium

Ordos Sports Center Stadium Ordos China China

  • club: -
  • capacity: 60,000
  • construction: 15/03/2012 - 06/2015
  • cost: $ 1.062 billion (whole complex)
  • design: China Architecture Design & Research Group
15 19,967 pts Continental Arena

Continental Arena Regensburg Germany Germany

  • club: SSV Jahn 2000 Regensburg
  • capacity: 15,224
  • construction 02/2014 - 07/2015
  • cost: $ 57.5 million
  • design: agn Niederberghaus & Partner
16 19,675 pts Antalya Arena

Antalya Arena Antalya Turkey Turkey

  • club: Antalyaspor PFT
  • capacity: 32,539
  • construction: 23/06/2013 - 10/2015
  • cost: $ 33.9 million
  • design: AZ Aksu
17 18,467 pts City Arena SAM

City Arena - ŠAM Trnava Slovakia Slovakia

  • club: FC Spartak Trnava
  • capacity: 19,200
  • construction: 04/2013 - 08/2015
  • cost: $ 32.7 million
  • design: ateliér Adamec & Adamec
18 15,044 pts Estadio La Portada

Estadio La Portada La Serena Chile Chile

  • club: Club de Deportes La Serena
  • capacity: 18,243
  • construction: 2013-2015
  • cost: $ 14.25 million
  • design: Gerardo Marambio Cortés, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Ivette Gonzalez Gonzalez, Mauricio Concha Martinez
19 14,837 pts Estadio Zorros del Desierto de Calama

Estadio Zorros del Desierto de Calama Calama Chile Chile

  • club: Club de Deportes Cobreloa
  • capacity: 12,346
  • construction: 02/2013 - 04/2014
  • cost: $ 8.66 million
  • design: Gerardo Marambio Cortés, Patricia Vidal Aguayo, Ian Hsu, Julio Riadi
20 13,190 pts Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Stade Bollaert-Delelis Lens France France

  • club: RC Lens
  • capacity: 38,223
  • construction: 06/2014 - 12/2015
  • cost: $ 76.4 million
  • design: Atelier Ferret Architectures
21 10,306 pts King Saud University Stadium

King Saud University Stadium Riyadh Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

  • club: -
  • capacity: 25,000
  • construction: 2011-2014
  • cost: $ 57 million
  • design: Hashem Contracting Company
22 9,289 pts Minaminagano Sports Park Stadium

Minaminagano Sports Park Stadium Nagano Japan Japan

  • club: AC Nagano Parceiro
  • capacity: 15,491
  • construction: 01/2014 - 03/2015
  • cost: $ 67.3 million
  • design: Takenaka Corp., Tohata Architects & Engineers

Stadium of the Year 2015 Regulations

  1. Nomination process schedule: Jan 11 – Jan 15, 2016. (nominations closed)
  2. Voting process schedule: Your votes were accepted between from midnight, Jan 18, until midnight Feb 19, 2016 (Central-European Time). The above form is the only means of voting. Each person is entitled to cast one vote, selecting your top 5 venues (giving them 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point, respectively).
  3. Voting restrictions: Every user is welcome to share information or links regarding the competition, however voting may not be subject to commercial incentives (i.e. being rewarded or subject to separate contests with prizes). Any such attempts will result in cancellation of all votes coming from identified sources. Similarily, individual voters attempting to give more than one vote will not be included in the voting process at all.
  4. Submitting nominations: Every User of may submit a nomination. Unlike many competitions, ours is user-oriented, so we don’t require any fees, text messages, e-mail submissions or liking us on facebook or following on Twitter (we do appreciate it, though!).
  5. Nomination requirements: To become a nominee, a stadium has to meet several criteria. It has to hold at least 10,000 people and be opened in 2015. The latter means hosting at least one event with all stands available to the public. Stadiums built from scratch are taken into consideration as well as those having a thorough redevelopment. The competition is about football stadiums, which means we choose between venues that are capable of hosting a football (or soccer, if you prefer) game. They may still have running, cycling or speedway tracks around their pitch, or have pitches larger than football-specific ones.

Jury Vote

It’s the second time we include a Jury of architectural experts who cast their votes independently of the Public Vote. On February 1 we announced the 10 finalists selected for final evaluation. You can find all of them evaluated below.

1 7.830 pts Matmut Atlantique

Matmut Atlantique Bordeaux France France

  • Visual impact: 8.900
  • Relation with surroundings: 7.200
  • Innovation: 7.400
2 6.717 pts Estadio BBVA Bancomer

Estadio BBVA Bancomer Guadalupe Mexico Mexico

  • Visual impact: 7.100
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.700
  • Innovation: 6.350
3 6.300 pts Zhanjiang Olympic Center Stadium

Zhanjiang Olympic Center Stadium Zhanjiang China China

  • Visual impact: 7.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.400
  • Innovation: 5.100
4 5.800 pts Haixia Olympic Center Stadium

Haixia Olympic Center Stadium Fuzhou China China

  • Visual impact: 6.600
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.200
  • Innovation: 4.600
5 5.733 pts Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium San José USA USA

  • Visual impact: 5.800
  • Relation with surroundings: 4.600
  • Innovation: 6.800
5 5.733 pts Estadio Multiva

Estadio Cuauhtémoc Puebla Mexico Mexico

  • Visual impact: 6.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.600
  • Innovation: 5.200
7 5.470 pts Ordos Sports Center Stadium

Ordos Sports Center Stadium Ordos China China

  • Visual impact: 6.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 4.800
  • Innovation: 5.200
8 5.130 pts Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu

Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

  • Visual impact: 6.600
  • Relation with surroundings: 4.600
  • Innovation: 4.200
9 5.030 pts Stade Municipal de Kintélé

Stade Municipal de Kintélé Brazzaville Congo Congo

  • Visual impact: 6.000
  • Relation with surroundings: 4.400
  • Innovation: 4.700
10 4,670 pts Suita City Football Stadium

Suita City Football Stadium Suita Japan Japan

  • Visual impact: 4.200
  • Relation with surroundings: 4.500
  • Innovation: 5.300

Jury Members

Cesar Azkarate

César Azcárate, IDOM , Spain | César Azcárate is an Architect graduated at the High School of Architecture of the University of Navarre in 1990, and holds a PhD from the same University in 2008. César is a Partner at IDOM, an International award winning Architecture, Engineering and Consultancy company with expertise around the globe. César complements his professional work through teaching Projects at the High School of Architecture of the University of Navarre from 1991. He has taught and lectured at several Universities and Professional forums and his works and projects have been published in numerous specialized media worldwide.

César´s strengths lie in the conception and delivery of large complex projects as convention centers, educational buildings, offices and sport complexes, trying to deepen into the relationship between the building and the cultural and physical environments. His projects have won several awards, both as built work and competition ideas. Some highlights are: the Selections for the FAD Awards 2010 and 2006, the Honorable Mention and selection for the 8th and 7th Architecture Biennale Sao Paulo in 2009 and 2007, the Selection for the Young Spanish Architects Exhibition (JAE) in 2008, the European Landscape Prize Rosa Barba at the 5thEuropean Biennial of Landscape, the Prime City Award Urban Planning and Ecology2008of the Basque College of Architects, among others.

César has been the Leading Architect of the San Mames Stadium Project for the Athletic Club in Bilbao. It has been honoured with several awards as the First Prize in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015 in the Sport Category, the Second Place in the public voting for Stadium of the year 2014 by StadiumDB, and recently it has accomplished a LEED Certificate, being the first certified Stadium in Europe.

Chris Date

Chris Dite, Arup Associates, Qatar | Chris is an architect with 17 years’ professional experience. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the planning, design and delivery of major sports venues and events obtained through extensive worldwide experience in the field.

Chris is currently based in Doha as the stadium expert on the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar team. He previously held a key site role during the construction of the 55,000 seat Singapore National Stadium, central to the Singapore Sports Hub.

Chris joined Arup in 2005 having previously worked with Anshen Dyer and John McAslan + Partners in their London offices on a number of prestigious projects. He spent time during the late 1990s in Mississippi, USA studying architecture and developing a keen interest in the sporting venues across the Southern states.

When in London, Chris is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, London teaching students who are studying for their RIBA part 3 examinations.

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge, Arup Associates, England | Andrew is an architect with experience in all stages of Sports Venue design from concept to completion. He has in depth knowledge of the requirements for multiple sports including football, rugby union, tennis and athletics. He also has overlay experience gained during delivery of the 2012 Olympics.

He graduated with a first Class degree in Architecture from Manchester University in 2002 and went on to achieve a Masters degree in Adaptive Architecture and Computation at The Bartlett in 2007.

Since qualifying in 2009 Andrew has obtained a wealth of experience of architecture in the sports sector. He has worked on project designs in the UK, Europe and the Middle East including the Qatar 2022 World Cup Final Stadium and the Olympic Stadium London.

Andrew taught Generative Components workshops at the Manchester School of Architecture and Oxford Brookes University and is a current member of the RIBA Education Panel validating Schools of Architecture across the UK.

Andrew is currently undertaking a sports related research project at Arup investigating atmosphere in seating bowls and how the spectator experience can be enhanced.

Dipesh Patel

Dipesh Patel, Pattern, England | Dipesh is an architect and urban designer based in London. He founded Pattern in 2009 as an experimental design-focused practice, dedicated to exceeding client expectations. His interest in the mathematics of beauty drives the practice’s process of rule-based design. He leads the design of Pattern’s main projects, including the Al Rayyan stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and the recently completed Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, UAE.

Dipesh was previously a director of Arup Associates and led many high profile projects including the innovative Coventry University School of Engineering and Mathematics that opened in 2013. He won the prestigious 2007/8 BD Sports Architect of the Year for Kensington Oval, Barbados. He was the lead architect for the City of Manchester Stadium venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was awarded the 2002 GG2 Innovation Award for his work there. Most of his projects have a significant urban regeneration and civic emphasis.

Early in his career Dipesh had the privilege to work for Sir Denys Lasdun and Cambridge Design. Dipesh is an experienced studio tutor. He has lectured, presented papers and written articles on stadium and education design around the world. He was a panel member of the Humber Region Design Review Panel and Client Design Advisor to North Lincolnshire’s BSF programme. He studied architecture at the University of Bath, England and Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Jose Ribas

José Ribas Folguera, Ribas & Ribas Architects, Spain | José was born in Barcelona, where he also earned his architectural education at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAV) and joined the family firm in 1987. Since then operating as Ribas & Ribas Architects, the company takes on major challenges in both architecture and urban planning.

While most works by Ribas & Ribas focus around housing and hotel projects in Spain, the office has spread its activities to other countries and continents, working on large developments in Perú, Ghana and United Arab Emirates. This is where José delivered his latest stadium concept, awarded 3rd prize in international competition for Dubai’s modern 60,000-seater in collaboration with L35. But perhaps most recognized stadium work of the office is the design for Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu delivered in cooperation with GMP Architekten and L35. The project is awaiting construction at the moment.

In 2010 José won the Quatrium Award for the design of Hotel Catalonia Fira in Hospitalet de Llobregat. In 2004 he was a FAD Awards finalist in architectural and interior design office building in Sarria (Barcelona). He also won the Hits Awards 2001 for Best Architectural Design by the City Metropolitan of L'Hospitalet, both of them in colaboration with Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Jury Vote Regulations

  1. The Jury Vote runs independently from the Public Vote. Its result will reveal our second Stadium of the Year winner.
  2. The Jury consists of highly-experienced architects from various countries. None of them was personally engaged in any of the stadiums nominated.
  3. Each Juror ranks every stadium individually. First a quick round reveals shortlist of 10 finalist stadiums. Then every nominated stadium is ranked in three categories: visual impact, relation with surroundings and innovation.
  4. The stadiums are graded based on best available audio-visual materials and texts. The criteria are limited only to aspects possible to verify at this early stage of each stadium’s operation.
  5. Announcement of the result is expected on Feb 22, 2016, along with results of the Public Vote.


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