Lately, the trend for stadium roofs has been the crazier, the better. Flowers, spheres, arches … no shape is off the list. Gone are the days of turf and stadium seating with open air being enough to satisfy the avid sports fan. The design of the stadium is following the trend of the car and the iPhone: bigger is better. Designers are figuring out ways to incorporate sleek and sexy vibes into structures that are mostly meant for sweat, tears, dirt, and turf. The juxtaposition of the design versus the utility is fun to watch as it evolves into a competition of who can create the most shocking design and get away with it.
Take a look below and discover our top 4 favorite stadium roofs around the world.
Qatar World 2022 Stadium Roofs
While not yet built, Qatar is in the process of building this structure – resembling a Bedouin tent – for the 2022 World Cup.
Shenzen, China University Sports Centre Roof
Forged in glass and steel, this German built structure was created to resemble gems from a Chinese garden and used for the 2011 World University Games.
Atlanta Mercedes Benz Stadium Roof
The Falcons can enjoy this petal-shaped roof at its 2017 opener. The petals work similar to a camera lens shutter and opens in under 8 minutes.
Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium Roof
Subtlety was not the goal of this architect’s design as it draws from the area’s Nordic influence and heavily resembles a Viking ship. The Vikings stadium was built with Minnesota weather in mind, but also stays environmentally conscious with its transparent roof that allows natural light.
We are constantly in awe of the feats of engineering it takes to create many of today’s stadium roofs. If there’s a stadium roof you think we left off the list, let us know! Simply leave a comment below or post your favorite crazy roof on our Facebook page.