30
Aug

Schalke tip cap to miners with awesome new stadium tunnel

Schalke have paid homage to the mining community that supports their side by revamping a tunnel in the Veltins-Arena stadium to look like a coal mine.

The club is nicknamed “the Miners” because of the area’s history of mining, and it’s pretty awesome to see Schalke embracing it.

With clubs like Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich lining up in the dark, imposing tunnel alongside Schalke’s squad, we’d say the pregame intimidation factor gets a bump in Schalke’s favor.

Let’s just take one more look at that:

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Awesome stuff.

(h/t Metro)

2
May

Mammoth soccer stadium opens in Saudi Arabia

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Talk about a stadium fit for a king.

The King Abdullah Sports City National Stadium officially opened this week, and it is truly a spectacle.

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The 60,000 seat stadium will house the two Premier League teams in Jeddah, Al-Ittihad FC and Al-Ahli SC, according to Arup Associates.

Given the hot climate in Saudi Arabia, the open-air stadium was specially designed to provide plenty of shade and ventilation with the diamond-shaped designs along the side.

With this proclaimed as a “jewel of the desert,” clearly it’s good to be king.

(Images and h/t 101GG)

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

9
Feb

Lisbon derby suspended due to damaged roof

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The derby between Lisbon rivals Benfica and Sporting has been postponed after loose pieces of roof padding at the Estadio da Luz began flying down toward the pitch due to high winds.Yes, this is the same Estadio da Luz that is scheduled to host this year’s Champions League final.

About 60,000 fans were sent home after a 30-minute delay. According to Benfica’s Twitter, the roof was damaged by bad weather:

Bing Translation: “The bad weather damaged the covering of the Estádio do Sport Lisboa.”

H/T KickTV and 101GG