13
Feb

Man City’s expansion plan for Etihad approved, looks awesome

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Manchester City’s plans to expand the Etihad Stadium, which will raise the capacity from 48,000 to about 62,000, have been approved by the Manchester City Council.

The plan calls for about 6,250 seats to be added to a new, third tier on both the North and South stands, as well as another 2,000 around the pitch. The expansion will make the Etihad Stadium the second largest in the Premier League, behind only Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

The pictures look absolutely stunning. For more on the expansion, go here:

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Images via MCFC.co.uk

12
Dec

Report: NYC FC scores new stadium in Bronx

The New York Post reports this morning that nascent MLS side New York City FC are near an agreement to build a $400m stadium in the Bronx close to Yankee Stadium.

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New York City FC’s unveiling. Image: Getty.

The new stadium will be located on currently vacant land adjacent to the Major Deegan Expressway, and will require a local business to relocate. The Post reports that out-going mayor Michael Bloomberg has blessed the plan – but that the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, has yet to review the deal.

NYCFC, majority owned by the mega-rich backers of Manchester City in the Premier League, have made a series of aggressive moves with the aim of building a powerhouse out of the gate. Tuesday, NYFC hired one of the league’s best young managers, Jason Kreis, away from losing MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake.

The team is expected to begin play in 2015, with the new stadium ready for opening by 2018 or 2019.

7
Sep

FK Vozdovac Belgrade showcases new rooftop stadium

If you’re afraid of heights or suffer from vertigo, the video above probably isn’t for you.

But if you love interesting stadiums or malls with sweet roofs, you’re in for a treat.

That’s a CGI clip of Serbian team FK Vozdovac Belgrade’s new rooftop stadium. Now, rooftop stadiums aren’t unheard of, but this artificial pitch sits atop an entire shopping center!

Imagine being able to go catch a football match, then heading downstairs to buy some new clothes and scoop an Orange Julius.

At first we thought parking on matchday might be an issue. But then we remembered that parking at the mall is always a nightmare, so what’s the issue?

Your move, Mall of America Field.

(h/t Who Ate All the Pies)

25
Jul

MLS Club DC United Seals Deal On New Stadium

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(Images via HKS Architects)

For the last several years, D.C. United has been a club in limbo, with rumors consistently swirling about potential moves elsewhere within the Washington, D.C. area, or even Baltimore, Maryland. That shaky footing, however, seems to be a thing of the past, as DC United announced this morning an agreement with the city has been reached to construct a $300 million soccer-specific stadium.

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Since their inauguration, DC United have played in Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, more commonly known as RFK. While the stadium has a long history, it has also struggled to keep up with the now standard amenities offered in other stadiums around the country. As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recently said of RFK, the stadium ”was never suited well for soccer” and has ”become a real anachronism.”

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Based on recently released images of the design for the new stadium, that should no longer be a problem.

22
Jun

Trecker’s Brazilian Travels: Unknown Utopia

Photo: Jamie Trecker/FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com

OLINDA, BRAZIL

The gunship flew low over the beach, heading north to Recife’s Derby Square. The protests would soon start, blocking the bridges in this city and snarling traffic to and from the set of interconnected islands.

Recife is a strange city. For two blocks along the coastline, you could be in Miami or Santa Monica, albeit with far fewer strip malls. But walk a block further inland, and you are in the favelas. Crossing the Avenue Domingos Ferreira puts you into a different city altogether. Here, the streets are unpaved, there are no windows on the cinderblock shanties, and laundry flaps from the telephone lines. There is sewage in the street, and the residents collect rainwater to wash in.

The city makes its money on tourism and textiles, and lately, it hasn’t been doing much of either. The beaches here, from Pina to Boa Viagem and beyond, have been virtually empty. The vendors who patrol up and down the sands have found few takers for the buckets of shrimp on their shoulders. The umbrella chairs were empty, and there was but one set of players on the vast tennis courts that stretch up and down the boardwalk. The beach soccer field was flooded, a product of the prior week’s rains.

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