Construction of world’s biggest stadium begins in China

As lockdown restrictions in China to slow the coronavirus pandemic are slowly lifted, one Chinese soccer club aims to get back into the swing of things with aplomb.

Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have begun construction on their new 100,000-seat stadium, at an estimated cost of $1.7 billion

Guangzhou Evergrande announced that work has began on an eye-catching, 100,000-seater stadium, which would be the largest football stadium in the world.Designed in a lotus flower shape, the stadium is scheduled to cost $1.7 billion (12 billion yuan) and to be completed by the end of 2022.Work began last Thursday, with the goal to become “a world-class new landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football going to the world,”according to president of real estate conglomerate Evergrande, Xia Haijun. The 100,000 capacity would surpass the 99,354 capacity of Barcelona’s Camp Nou, currently the largest soccer-only stadium in the world.The design of the stadium is the work from the Shanghai-based American designer Hasan Syed, following an initial concept from the Evergrande Group chairman Xu Jiayin.The lotus flower design originates from Guangzhou’s status as the Flower City.

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