Intelligent stadium design is about more than football

Tottenham Populous

As the Euros kick off, Christopher Lee of Populous considers how modern stadia are expected to build community outside the ground as well as excitement inside

The relationship between sports stadia and urban centres has been historically complex – but these buildings can play an important part in helping to regenerate our inner cities. Good design of sports stadia has a profound catalytic effect in improving the urban centres in which they sit.

As we emerge from the pandemic, sports stadia have the potential to help neighbourhoods and communities curb more entrenched issues, such as poverty and deprivation – an aim which clearly informs its design. The experiential approach we champion, putting the fans and the local people first, is akin to taking the local high street and wrapping it several times around the building.

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