Frei Otto, German architect and structural engineer, died March 9 2015, just days after learning he had won architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize.

Otto’s collaboration with architect Gunther Behnisch on Munich’s Olympic Stadium was his most well-known project but what will its legacy be?

Each new year seems to bring a slew of new stadiums opening around the world, the result of long, winding journeys, with lots of money and expectations invested in their success. Some promise to be spectacular, others look, well, less so… But in 2015 we are treated to four new, architecturally significant venues

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has voted 10-2 in favor of closing the Izod Center, the 34-year-old arena in East Rutherford, NJ. Not shocking news, but it stings as it was here, more than any other venue, that my ideas and passions for sport and stadia took hold.

To mark the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, we’re celebrating an era in baseball stadium design often maligned by fans and architects alike. Our celebration of the round ballpark will investigate the unique design features of these misunderstood buildings.

US Soccer needs its own home park – its cauldron, its Azteca, its Maracanã, its National Stadium, to match the magnitude of recent international fixtures, to intimidate the visiting side and for the US to be taken seriously as a World Cup contender. As a young soccer nation without a tradition of big games being played on our soil, such a stadium has yet to emerge… or has it?


Before officially turning out the lights on this year’s Football Season, we’re looking at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome and Atlanta’s Georgia Dome (home of the Rams and Falcons), two children of the 90s whose days could be numbered. 

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Home of the New Orleans Saints and 2013 Super Bowl XLVII
Capacity: 73,208 (expandable to 76,468)
New Orleans, LA

On Sunday the National Football League (NFL) holds its 47th annual championship game as the Super Bowl comes to the city of New Orleans and the cavernous Superdome. The 73,000-seat dome was completely renovated in 2006 following damage suffered from Hurricane Katrina and the shiny new bronze exterior, revised exterior plazas and updated interior have helped modernize this hulking relic of a bygone era in stadium design.

While 2014 will be a banner year for international sport, with the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and Winter Olympics in Russia, 2013 is an exciting year for stadiums with the opening of the main venues for the World Cup and Olympics as well as the Gulf Cup of Nations

Here Stadiafile presents our rundown of the year’s 10 best new stadiums…because that’s what we do at the end of the year… and we look ahead to what’s in store in 2013, which will be the Year of the Brazilian Stadium.