What is set to become the world’s biggest football stadium broke ground on Thursday, with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande beginning construction on a venue that expected to be completed in 2022.
The incredible-looking stadium will have 100,000 seats, which would pass Barcelona’s Camp Nou and equal Iran’s Azadi Stadium as the largest soccer-specific stadium.
The lotus flower shape designed by Shanghai-based American Hasan Syed. It will be one of the most expensive constructions in sports, quickly passing modern stadium builds in Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, $1.5 billion) and London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, $1.3 billion).
“Evergrande Stadium will become a new world-class landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football to the world,” said Xia Haijub, president of Evergrande, a real estate conglomerate.