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Stadium of the Year 2016

  • Public Vote
  • Jury Vote

Public Vote

Summary

Seventh edition of Stadium of the Year took place between January 31 and March 7, 2017. The competition consisted of two simultaneous votes: the Public Vote, open for everyone, and the Jury Vote with five experts casting their votes (see the Jury Vote tab above).

The Public Vote saw second highest turnout ever with 82,826 people from over 100 countries taking part. The most represented countries were Turkey (11,894 votes), Russia (8,400), France (8,135), Uruguay (7,030) and USA (4,651).

Below you can see complete results of the Public Vote. Each voter had 15 points to give to 5 best stadiums (5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points, respectively). The list doesn’t show how dynamic the vote was, with the winning stadium regaining top spot on the 33rd day! While there can be only one winner, it was a race of two stadiums. For the first time ever two candidates received over 100,000 points each and voters from their country of origin didn’t constitute even half of their support.

Position Photo Description
Vodafone Arena
1 102,251 pts

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
2 100,614 pts 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
3 73,716 pts 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.)
4 72,680 pts Parc OL

Parc OL Lyon France France

  • team: Olympique Lyonnais
  • capacity: 59,186
  • construction: 22/10/2012 - 12/2015
  • cost: $ 440 million
  • design: Populous
5 69,362 pts Medical Park Arena

Medical Park Arena Trabzon Turkey Turkey

  • team: Trabzonspor
  • capacity: 41,461
  • construction: 24/11/2013 - 18/12/2016
  • cost: $ 60 million
  • design: ASP Architekten, Faruk Kanca
6 65,284 pts 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
7 60,724 pts 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
8 56,608 pts 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
9 56,150 pts 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
10 55,247 pts 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
11 49,081 pts 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
12 45,945 pts 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
13 45,084 pts 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
14 38,533 pts 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
15 38,355 pts 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
16 37,563 pts 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
17 35,652 pts 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
18 29,643 pts 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
19 27,818 pts 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
20 26,855 pts 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
21 24,546 pts 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
22 21,968 pts 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
23 21,698 pts 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
24 21,043 pts 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
25 17,020 pts 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
26 14,354 pts 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
27 12,988 pts Doosan Arena

Doosan Arena Plzen Czechia Czechia

  • team: Viktoria Plzeň
  • capacity: 11,700
  • construction: 2011-2016
  • cost: $ 20.2 million
  • design: AS design
28 11,171 pts Community4you-Arena

Community4you-Arena Chemnitz Germany Germany

  • team: Chemnitzer FC
  • capacity: 15,479
  • construction: 27/01/2014 - 06/2016
  • cost: $ 29 million
  • design: agn-Gruppe
29 10,437 pts Steigerwaldstadion

Steigerwaldstadion Erfurt Germany Germany

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

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 StadiumDB.com 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 include a Jury of architectural experts who cast their votes independently of the Public Vote. On February 24 we announced the shortlist of 10 finalists selected for final evaluation. All of them were ranked in more detail, with three categories in mind. Below is the final list of results:

Position Photo Description
London Olympic Stadium
1 7.067 pts

London Stadium London England England

  • Visual impact: 6.800
  • Relation with surroundings: 7.000
  • Innovation: 7.400
2 6.933 pts Vodafone Arena

Vodafone Arena Istanbul Turkey Turkey

  • Visual impact: 6.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 7.600
  • Innovation: 6.800
3 6.600 pts Stadion FK Krasnodar

Stadion FK Krasnodar Krasnodar Russia Russia

  • Visual impact: 7.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.000
  • Innovation: 6.400
4 6.330 pts Medical Park Arena

Medical Park Arena Trabzon Turkey Turkey

  • Visual impact: 6.800
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.800
  • Innovation: 6.400
5 6.200 pts Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium Miami USA USA

  • Visual impact: 6.800
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.000
  • Innovation: 6.800
6 6.033 pts Allianz Stadion

Allianz Stadion Vienna Austria Austria

  • Visual impact: 6.200
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.700
  • Innovation: 5.200
7 6.000 pts Dacia Arena

Dacia Arena Udine Italy Italy

  • Visual impact: 6.800
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.000
  • Innovation: 6.200
8 5.733 pts Stadion Miejski w Bielsku-Białej

Stadion Miejski Bielsko-Biała Poland Poland

  • Visual impact: 6.200
  • Relation with surroundings: 6.000
  • Innovation: 5.000
9 5.333 pts Sivas Arena

Sivas Arena Sivas Turkey Turkey

  • Visual impact: 5.400
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.400
  • Innovation: 5.200
10 4,733 pts Cape Coast Stadium

Cape Coast Stadium Cape Coast Ghana Ghana

  • Visual impact: 5.000
  • Relation with surroundings: 5.800
  • Innovation: 3.400

Meet the Jurors!

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 7, 2016, along with results of the Public Vote.