China’s Pudong Stadium off the ground


China Shanghai Pudong Stadium opening Image: HPP

Shanghai (China) Pudong Football Stadium, the new home of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG and a venue for the 2023 Asian Cup, went into stream on September 15th, 2020. The facility has been designed to meet the requirements of FIFA’s A-level competitions.

Shanghai SIPG F.C. is a professional football club that participates in the Chinese Super League under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Pudong, Shanghai, in China.

The Chinese Super League is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association.

Media reports stated that construction company Shanghai Juss Sports Group made the announcement with the stadium featuring what is claimed to be a unique and ground-breaking seating bowl design that seeks to maximize the view to the pitch from all 33,765 seats, while creating an intimate atmosphere for fans.

In 2017 end, German firm HPP Architekten won the international design competition for the stadium. The stadium has been built in Shanghai’s outlying green belt, approximately 13 km from the City center, on a building site of approximately 10 hectares.

The stadium form reminds one of a traditional, Chinese, porcelain bowl. It is intended to be a multifunctional venue, providing an important urban location for fitness, leisure and entertainment for the general public at large. A wide range of training areas and public facilities makes it a new national sports center.

The stadium also attributes for professional esports facilities and will make its debut when staging the final of the 10th season of the League of Legends World Championship on October 31st – an esports tournament for the video game developed by Riot Games.

The competition of Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium comes after plans for an iconic new 60,000-seat stadium in China’s ancient capital city of Xi’an were revealed last month ahead of its hosting role at the 2023 Asian Cup.

The proposals were released by the celebrated Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), with the company putting stress on legacy operations such as domestic and international football fixtures and concerts, as well as the 2023 event. Xi’an is one of the 10 host cities, with Beijing’s Worker’s Stadium having been torn down in August ahead of its redevelopment for the competition.

China is firm on building new stadia in seven of the 12 planned host cities for 2023 Asian Cup after it was awarded hosting rights in June last year. As well as Xi’an and Beijing, football chiefs have also nominated Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan.

Minor revamp work is planned for Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium, along with the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Hangzhou Olympic Sports Expo Center Main Stadium, Changsha’s Helong Sports Center Stadium and Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Center Stadium.

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