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The 10 new stadiums we can't wait to see in 2016

The 10 new stadiums we can't wait to see in 2016

The 10 new stadiums we can't wait to see in 2016

We like classic old grounds as much as anyone but we also love to see a shiny new enormodome open its doors. Here we count down the ten most exciting sports stadium scheduled to open in 2016.

Allianz Stadion, Vienna

Team: Rapid Vienna
Capacity: 28,000
Best thing about it: It appears to have a giant Tube tunnel stuck on the side, on which fans can stand and have a drink. We're sick of stadiums with Allianz in their name though. There's at least three others.
 


Suita City Stadium, Osaka

Team: Gamba Osaka, Japan (J.League)
Capacity: 40,000
Best thing about it: The total cost is a mere £75m (the price tag for simply converting London's Olympic Stadium to West Ham's specifications is £272m). Bargain. It's also earthquake-resistant and will be used as a shelter and storage centre if there is a natural disaster. Let's see if the Hammers offer that.
 


Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff

Team: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Capacity: 3,000
Best thing about it: It's the smallest on the list but it's also the only one opening in the UK. It will be the most modern ice hockey arena in the country.
 


CSKA Moscow Stadium, Moscow

Team: CSKA Stadium (Russian Premier League)
Capacity: 30,000
Best thing about it: The stadium has its own skyscraper based on the Europa League/Uefa Cup trophy. If Bristol City ever got round to building a new stadium it would be like them creating a giant Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the corner.


US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Team: Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
Capacity: 65,400
Best thing about it: It has windows that open to let the elements in, but also has a slanted roof to allow snow to slide off. Their previous stadium's roof collapsed under the weight of snow in 2010 so they've learned their lesson.
 


Arena 92, Paris

Team: Racing 92 (Top 14)
Capacity: 32,000
Best thing about it: It's that rare thing – a domed stadium in Europe. Will be the most modern club rugby stadium in the world.
 


Orlando City Stadium, Orlando

Team: Orlando City SC (MLS)
Capacity: 25,500
Best thing about it: Even though calling themselves 'SC' rather than 'FC' is an abomination, Orlando City are building a proper old-school football stadium that puts the soulless bowls some Premier Leagues clubs play in to shame.
 


Stade des Lumières, Lyon

Team: Olympique Lyonnais (Ligue 1)
Capacity: 59,500 
Best thing about it: It'll keep in the noise the Lyon fans are known to make and will be a key venue at Euro 2016.
 


Piter Arena, St Petersburg

Team: Zenit St Petersburg (Russian Premier League)
Capacity: 66,881
Best thing about it: This 2018 World Cup venue looks like an alien spaceship thanks to its retractable roof. It's three times the capacity of Zenit's current home.
 


Timsah Arena, Bursa

Team: Bursaspor FC (Süper Lig)
Capacity: 43,877
Best thing about it: It's a crocodile for God's sake.


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