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Stadium of the Year 2016

  • Public Vote
  • Jury Vote

Public Vote

Welcome to the 7th edition of Stadium of the Year, the annual competition hostem by (English) and (Polish), the only one of its kind with your voice at its heart.

To vote, please select five best stadiums from the list of 29 nominees. To do that, give 5 stars to the best one, 4 to the second best and so on until you have no more points to give away. Then just click the Vote button and you’re done!

Please mind - only one vote can be sent from a single device. You have a lot of time to get to know all stadia, the vote is open until March 4. To learn more about each stadium before voting, please click its name or photo to visit its presentation at

TL;DR: Select five best stadiums, give each a star note and click "Vote!" button below.

Nominated stadiums:

AFAS Stadion

AFAS Stadion Mechelen Belgium Belgium

  • team: KV Mechelen
  • capacity: 18,477
  • construction: 05/2015 - 08/2016
  • cost: $ 10 million
  • design: Engineering Survey Architecture
Allianz Stadion

Allianz Stadion Vienna Austria Austria

  • team: SK Rapid
  • capacity: 28,345
  • construction: 01/12/2014 - 07/2016
  • cost: $ 57 million
  • design: ARC – Architektur Concept
Arena CSKA

Arena CSKA Moscow Russia Russia

  • team: CSKA Moskva
  • capacity: 30.000
  • construction: 19/05/2006 - 30/07/2016
  • cost: $ 350 million
  • design: Mosproekt 4
Ashton Gate

Ashton Gate Bristol England England

  • team: Bristol City FC
  • capacity: 27,699
  • construction: 28/07/2014 - 06/08/2017
  • cost: $ 56.6 million
  • design: KKA Architects
Cape Coast Stadium

Cape Coast Stadium Cape Coast Ghana Ghana

  • team: Ebusua Dwarfs
  • capacity: 15,000
  • construction: 01/02/2013 - 01/2016
  • cost: $ 33.5 million
  • design: IPPR International Engineering Corporation

Community4you-Arena Chemnitz Germany Germany

  • team: Chemnitzer FC
  • capacity: 15,479
  • construction: 27/01/2014 - 06/2016
  • cost: $ 29 million
  • design: agn-Gruppe
Dacia Arena

Dacia Arena Udine Italy Italy

  • team: Udinese Calcio
  • capacity: 25,144
  • construction: 05/06/2013 - 12/2015
  • cost: $ 23.6 million
  • design: Area Progetto Associati
Doosan Arena

Doosan Arena Plzen Czechia Czechia

  • team: Viktoria Plzeň
  • capacity: 11,700
  • construction: 2011-2016
  • cost: $ 20.2 million
  • design: AS design
Estadio Campeón del Siglo

Estadio Campeón del Siglo Bañados de Carrasco Chile Uruguay

  • team: CA Peńarol
  • capacity: 40,005
  • construction: 10/02/2014 - 03/2016
  • cost: $ 40 million
  • design: LRT (arq. Luis Rodriguez Tellado & Asoc.)
Estádio do Maritimo

Estádio do Maritimo Funchal Portugal Portugal

  • team: CS Maritimo
  • capacity: 10,932
  • construction: 08/2009 - 12/2016
  • cost: $ 37.6 million
  • design: Placar Projetos, Ordenamentos e Informação lda
Estadio Tecnológico de Oaxaca

Estadio Tecnológico de Oaxaca Oaxaca Mexico Mexico

  • team: Alebrijes de Oaxaca
  • capacity: 17,200
  • construction: 2013 - 03/2016
  • cost: $ 16 million
  • design: Casaflex
Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium Miami USA USA

  • team: Miami Dolphins
  • capacity: 65,326
  • construction: 05/01/2015 - 31/08/2016
  • cost: $ 550 million
  • design: HOK Architecture
Karbala International Stadium

Karbala International Stadium Karbala Iraq Iraq

  • team: Karbala FC
  • capacity: 30,000
  • construction: 2012 - 04/2016
  • cost: $ 98.2 million
  • design: Bahadir Kul Architects
London Stadium

London Stadium London England England

  • team: West Ham United
  • capacity: 60,010
  • construction: 08/2013 - 08/2016
  • cost: $ 406.6 million
  • design: Populous, Buro Happold
Mosaic Stadium

Mosaic Stadium Regina Canada Canada

  • team: Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • capacity: 33,000
  • construction: 16/06/2014 - 31/08/2016
  • cost: $ 212 million
  • design: B+H Architects, HKS Architects
Parc OL

Parc OL Lyon France France

  • team: Olympique Lyonnais
  • capacity: 59,186
  • construction: 22/10/2012 - 12/2015
  • cost: $ 440 million
  • design: Populous
Şenol Güneş Stadyumu

Şenol Güneş Stadyumu Trabzon Turkey Turkey

  • team: Trabzonspor
  • capacity: 41,461
  • construction: 24/11/2013 - 18/12/2016
  • cost: $ 60 million
  • design: ASP Architekten, Faruk Kanca
Sivas Arena

Sivas Arena Sivas Turkey Turkey

  • team: Sivasspor
  • capacity: 27,532
  • construction: 23/05/2013 - 08/2016
  • cost: $ 21.3 million
  • design: Bahadir Kul Architects
Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam

Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam Bafoussam Cameroon Cameroon

  • team: ?
  • capacity: 20,142
  • construction: 2014 - 04/2016
  • cost: $ 14.9 million
  • design: China Machinery Engineering Corporation
Stadion FK Krasnodar

Stadion FK Krasnodar Krasnodar Russia Russia

  • team: FK Krasnodar
  • capacity: 34,291
  • construction: 2012 - 30/09/2016
  • cost: $ 334.1 million
  • design: SPeeCH Architecture Office, GMP Architekten
Stadion Miejski w Bielsku-Białej

Stadion Miejski Bielsko-Biała Poland Poland

  • team: BKS Stal, Podbeskidzie
  • capacity: 15,076
  • construction: 08/08/2012 - 30/06/2015
  • cost: $ 27.2 million
  • design: ATJ Architekci
Stadion Pakansari

Stadion Pakansari Cibinong Indonesia Indonesia

  • team: Persikabo Bogor
  • capacity: 31,000
  • construction: 16/01/2012 - 11/2016
  • cost: $ 47.3 million
  • design: Penta Architecture
Stadion Zwickau

Stadion Zwickau Zwickau Germany Germany

  • team: FSV Zwickau
  • capacity: 10,134
  • construction: 06/02/2015 - 08/2016
  • cost: $ 22.5 million
  • design: ARC Architektur Concept Pfaffhausen und Staudte

Steigerwaldstadion Erfurt Germany Germany

  • team: Rot-Weiß Erfurt
  • capacity: 18,559
  • construction: 16/01/2015 - 11/2016
  • cost: $ 48 million
  • design: HPP Architekten
U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis USA USA

  • team: Minnesota Vikings
  • capacity: 66,665
  • construction: 03/12/2013 - 07/2016
  • cost: $ 1.29 billion
  • design: HKS Architects
Vodafone Arena

Vodafone Arena Istanbul Turkey Turkey

  • team: Beşiktaş JK
  • capacity: 41,903
  • construction: 02/06/2013 - 09/04/2016
  • cost: $ 104 million
  • design: Bünyamin Derman, DB Architects
Windsor Park

Windsor Park Belfast Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

  • team: Linfield FC, national team
  • capacity: 18,614
  • construction: 05/2014 - 10/2016
  • cost: $ 47.8 million
  • design: Hamilton Architects
Yancheng Sports Center Stadium

Yancheng Sports Center Stadium Yancheng China China

  • team: -
  • capacity: 37,003
  • construction: 2011 - 2016
  • cost: $ 349 million (entire complex)
  • design: CCDI
Yeni Eskişehir Stadyumu

Yeni Eskişehir Stadyumu Eskişehir Turkey Turkey

  • team: Eskişehirspor
  • capacity: 34,930
  • construction: 04/2013 - 30/11/2016
  • cost: $ 33.7 million
  • design: Bahadir Kul Architects

Your vote:

  1. 1.
    5 pts
  2. 2.
    4 pts
  3. 3.
    3 pts
  4. 4.
    2 pts
  5. 5.
    1 pts

Stadium of the Year 2016 Regulations

  1. Voting process schedule: Your votes will be accepted between from Jan 31, until midnight March 4, 2017 (Central-European Time). The above form is the only means of voting. Each person is entitled to cast one vote, selecting the top 5 venues (giving them 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point, respectively).
  2. 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. Similarly, individual voters attempting to give more than one vote will not be included in the voting process at all.
  3. Nomination process schedule: Jan 16 – Jan 26, 2017. (nominations closed)
  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 2016. The latter means hosting no less than 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

For the third time we invited renowned architects to join the competition and cast their votes too. Each of them has stadium experience and will cast an individual vote. The result will be published on March 6, 2017!

Andy Simons

Andy Simons, KSS, England | Andy is a founder director of KSS and major creative force within the practice giving lead design direction on a number of KSS’ major projects.

His main role is to ensure the clients’ needs are met and to lead the strategic and operational guidance to the client and consultant team.

He consistently leads several of KSS’ major projects in the sports sector and is a global ambassador for KSS at conferences.He brings enormous experience and analytical depth to every project he is involved in, and is widely respected by clients and consultants alike.

Andy has been a Design Director for a range of stadium projects within the KSS profile including Chelsea Village Stadium Complex for Chelsea FC, Amex Stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Stade Océane for Le Havre AC, National Stadium of Israel in Tel Aviv and the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Peter Bordas

Peter Bordas, BORD, Hungary | Peter Bordas is an architect based in Budapest, Hungary. He founded BORD Architectural Studio in 2006 with the aim to create inspiring spaces with original atmosphere. Harmony with nature, exciting rhythms and timeless elegance characterise his projects. His studio is well known for its high quality services due to the dynamic and creative team of architects.

Peter graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Budapest University of Technology and Economics and he started his career at the studio of Zoboki-Demeter and Associates Architects. Now he has 20years’ experience in designing a range of public buildings from concept to completion and his works have been counted among the determining creations of the Hungarian contemporary architecture.

He is practiced in designing public spaces, cultural centres, hotels, wineries and sport venues like stadiums. One of his internationally recognized projects is Nagyerdei Stadium which was ranked as the 4th one in the competition ’the Stadium of the Year 2014’. His recently completed project is the new Hidegkuti Nandor Stadium in Budapest and the architectural concept of Budapest 2024 Olympic Games bid. Peter is a strong and energetic person and as a former bmx racer he loves sports.

In 2014 he was awarded with the commemorative medal of Paul Csonka and the Hungarian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs acknowledged his works as both designer and manager by giving him the price ‘Master of Construction Management’.

Robert Mankin

Mårten Leringe, C.F. Møller, Sweden | Mårten Leringe is partner at C.F. Møller, and the managing director in Sweden. Mårten is engaged mainly as design architect and project leader in urban planning and building construction projects. He has a broad experience in project management of large projects with a focus on city planning, sport facilities, office buildings, terminal and infrastructural projects.

C.F. Møller is one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms; with 90 years of award winning work in the Nordics and worldwide. Friends Arena and Globen in Stockholm, Bislett Arena in Oslo, Swedbank Stadium in Malmö are some of the arena projects that C.F. Møller has designed. In 2015 Friends Arena received the IOC/IAKS Award.

Przemek Kaczkowski

Przemek Kaczkowski, STOPROCENT Architekci, Poland | Architect born in 1977. Przemek co-authored various buildings, including Stadion Cracovii, Arena Lublin, Chopin Airport and won the first prize for Wisła Kraków’s indoor arena concept, all of these as part of Estudio Lamela.

In 2013 he established STOPROCENT Architekci s.c. along with Magdalena Morelewska. They created the Houses Without Stairs vision, interior of Chopin Airport’s Executive Lounge, expansion of the first stand at Służewiec Hippodrome and study on docklands revitalization in Hel, Poland.

STOPROCENT Architekci were also recognized in numerous architectural competitions:

  • 3rd prize in the competition for new primary school in Siechnice, near Wrocław;
  • 1st prize for their mixed-use residential building at Al. Jana Pawła 34 in Warsaw;
  • FUTUWAWA “Patrz na Plac” award for the concept of flower hotel BAZA OAZA at the Warsaw Parade Square;
  • 1st mention in the competition for bicycle- and footbridge network in Augustów;
  • 3rd prize for the Houses Without Stairs in the Beautiful Wrocław competition, 2013;
  • TOP BUILDER 2013 for Houses Without Stairs.

Robert Mankin

Robert Mankin, NBBJ, USA | Robert is a partner in NBBJ’s Los Angeles office where he oversees the firm’s worldwide sports practice. Under his leadership, Robert’s teams have created sports facilities that are economically sustainable, operationally efficient and provide unique experiences to fans, players and coaches. Examples of his work include UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles; the Hangzhou Olympic Stadium in Hangzhou, China; and the Rupp Arena Renovation and Expansion in Lexington, Kentucky.

Robert provides authoritative commentary on the role sports facilities play in creating urban environments to media around the world. He has been interviewed on the subject by publications such as NCAA News, Stadia Magazine, Sports Business Journal, Stadia World and ArchRecord.

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 March 6, 2016, along with results of the Public Vote.