Stadium of the Year 2023: Will unexpected venue win the award?

source:; author: Kuba Kowalski

Stadium of the Year 2023: Will unexpected venue win the award? The year 2023 brought a number of very interesting arenas, all with a capacity of at least 10,000 could become Stadium of the Year. Which one will take the title? Will there be a surprise? The 14th edition of Stadium of the Year is fast approaching, and more than 30 venues await the title. Check out the table where we have included all these arenas!


China, Europe or Africa?

The number of Chinese stadiums, of which there are as many as 15 on our list, certainly deserves attention. There are architectural masterpieces among them, but will these Asian venues be high in the competition? We will find out on March 10, when the results will be announced. One of the most notable arenas from China is Longxing Football Stadium, a facility reminiscent of Allianz Arena.

There are slightly fewer stadiums from Europe. There are 2 venues from Poland, 1 from Germany, 1 Austrian arena, 1 Hungarian venue and 1 Croatian stadium. The special one amongst them is Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ, a beautiful athletics stadium. The arena is located on the southern outskirts of Budapest city centre, right on the banks of the Danube, near the Rákóczi Bridge.

What else can we expect? As many as 9 African stadiums will take part in the competition, and fans have been waiting a very long time for some of these arenas. So it is possible that their mobilisation will be high and many people will vote for these venues. Which stadiums will you cast your votes for? Remember that you have up to 5 votes to distribute! Your attention will probably be drawn to Stade Nelson Mandela when you vote - a facility that has been under construction since as far back as 2009.

Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ© Napur Architects | Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ - one of the nominated stadiums

Voting will start soon!

Stay tuned over the next month, as we will be posting regular updates on the nominated arenas on The competition will begin on February 10. If the stadium of the team you support is on the list, make sure to spread the word to get all your friends to vote too, so that your club's arena has a better chance of winning the Stadium of the Year award!

Below we present to you the current list of venues that will take part in the competition:

Stadium Capacity
Saudi Arabia flag Al Ettifaq Club Stadium 15,000
Saudi Arabia flag Al Fateh SC Stadium 11,000
Saudi Arabia flag Al-Shabab Club Stadium 15,000
Tanzania flag Amaan Stadium 15,000
Poland flag ArcelorMittal Park 11,600
Brazil flag Arena MRV 46,000
China flag Asian Youth Games Stadium 22,000
Germany flag BBBank Wildpark 34,302
China flag Dalian Suoyuwan Football Stadium 63,000
China flag Dong’an Lake Sports Park Stadium 40,000
Turkey flag Elazığ Stadyumu 18,423
Angola flag Estádio General França Ndalu 20,000
China flag Haimen Sports Center Stadium 10,095
China flag Handan Sports Center Stadium 30,000
China flag Kaifeng Sports Center Stadium 30,000
Turkey flag Karaman Stadyumu 15,000
China flag Longxing Football Stadium 60,000
Iran flag Mes Rafsanjan Stadium 10,000
South Korea flag Mokpo Stadium 16,380
National Stadium of Solomon Islands 10,000
Hungary flag Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ 37,326
Croatia flag Opus Arena 13,005
Poland flag Orlen Stadion 15,004
China flag Qingdao West Coast University Town Stadium 20,000
China flag Qingdao Youth Football Stadium 50,000
Austria flag Raiffeisen Arena 19,080
China flag Sanya International Sports Industry Park Stadium 45 000
Ivory Coast flag Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly 20,000
Ivory Coast flag Stade de la Paix de Bouaké 40,000
Ivory Coast flag Stade Laurent Pokou 20,000
Algeria flag Stade Nelson Mandela 40,784
China flag Tangshan New Sports Center Stadium 35,000
China flag Wenzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium 50,000
China flag Xiamen Egret Stadium 60,592
China flag Yuhuan Olympic Sports Center Stadium 20,000