Guangzhou Evergrande begin work on one of world's most spectacular football stadiums

Evergrande Group has begun work on what will be the world's largest purpose-built football stadium, with a capacity of 100,000 seats, in the southern city of Guangzhou, the Chinese real estate company has said.

Construction of the Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium, also dubbed "Lotus Flower Stadium" for its design, started on April 16 and would cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.69 billion) to complete, the group said.

It will be home to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande and surpass Barcelona's Camp Nou as the largest purpose-built football venue by capacity, it added.

North Korea's multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium would remain the largest sports stadium in the world with around 114,000 seats.

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STORY: Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group has begun construction on what will be one of the largest soccer stadiums on the planet in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Work began on April 16 on the Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium, also called the "Lotus Flower Stadium" which is set to have a capacity of 100,000 and will host the Chinese Super League big hitters, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, the Group said.

Once completed the 100,000 capacity will make it the largest purpose-built soccer stadium (by capacity) on the planet, as long as Barcelona's Camp Nou, which currently seats just under 100,000 does not undergo any expansion work, Evergrande said.

North Korea's multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, which also hosts some soccer matches, will remain the largest sports stadium in the world (by capacity) however, with a capacity of around 114,000.

The "Lotus Flower Stadium" will cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), include commercial, dining and entertainment areas and aims to be completed by the end of 2022, the group said. The company said it wants to build the stadium because it believes China does not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums and it hopes that such quality facilities will help improve the chances of Chinese football moving closer towards that of some of the world's premier footballing nations. The lotus flower design was chosen because it is a traditional Chinese flower, the group said, and the design work was done by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed.

Evergrande says it also plans to build two more approximately 80,000 seater soccer stadiums in China in the future. The designs for those are currently under review.

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Handout rendering of Guangzhou Evergrande's new stadium
A design image is pictured on a board during the ground-breaking ceremony of Guangzhou Evergrande's new stadium in Guangzhou in China's southern Guangdong province on April 16, 2020. - Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on April 16 began building a new stadium costing 12 billion yuan (1.7 billion USD) and boasting a 100,000 capacity -- one of the world's largest arenas. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
People attend the ground-breaking ceremony of Guangzhou Evergrande's new stadium in Guangzhou in China's southern Guangdong province on April 16, 2020. - Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on April 16 began building a new stadium costing 12 billion yuan (1.7 billion USD) and boasting a 100,000 capacity -- one of the world's largest arenas. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 01: Fans of Guangzhou Evergrande cheer during the 2019 Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) 30th round match between Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua at Tianhe Sports Center on December 1, 2019 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Handout rendering of Guangzhou Evergrande's new stadium
Handout rendering of Guangzhou Evergrande's new stadium

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1. VARIOUS OF COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO OF DESIGN FOR "LOTUS FLOWER STADIUM" NEW SOCCER STADIUM IN GUANGZHOU

STORY: Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group has begun construction on what will be one of the largest soccer stadiums on the planet in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Work began on April 16 on the Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium, also called the "Lotus Flower Stadium" which is set to have a capacity of 100,000 and will host the Chinese Super League big hitters, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, the Group said.

Once completed the 100,000 capacity will make it the largest purpose-built soccer stadium (by capacity) on the planet, as long as Barcelona's Camp Nou, which currently seats just under 100,000 does not undergo any expansion work, Evergrande said.

North Korea's multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, which also hosts some soccer matches, will remain the largest sports stadium in the world (by capacity) however, with a capacity of around 114,000.

The "Lotus Flower Stadium" will cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), include commercial, dining and entertainment areas and aims to be completed by the end of 2022, the group said. The company said it wants to build the stadium because it believes China does not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums and it hopes that such quality facilities will help improve the chances of Chinese football moving closer towards that of some of the world's premier footballing nations. The lotus flower design was chosen because it is a traditional Chinese flower, the group said, and the design work was done by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed.

Evergrande says it also plans to build two more approximately 80,000 seater soccer stadiums in China in the future. The designs for those are currently under review.

(Production: Martin Pollard)

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ANIMATION (RECENT) (EVERGRANDE GROUP - NO RESALE) (MUTE)

1. VARIOUS OF COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO OF DESIGN FOR "LOTUS FLOWER STADIUM" NEW SOCCER STADIUM IN GUANGZHOU

STORY: Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group has begun construction on what will be one of the largest soccer stadiums on the planet in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Work began on April 16 on the Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium, also called the "Lotus Flower Stadium" which is set to have a capacity of 100,000 and will host the Chinese Super League big hitters, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, the Group said.

Once completed the 100,000 capacity will make it the largest purpose-built soccer stadium (by capacity) on the planet, as long as Barcelona's Camp Nou, which currently seats just under 100,000 does not undergo any expansion work, Evergrande said.

North Korea's multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, which also hosts some soccer matches, will remain the largest sports stadium in the world (by capacity) however, with a capacity of around 114,000.

The "Lotus Flower Stadium" will cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), include commercial, dining and entertainment areas and aims to be completed by the end of 2022, the group said. The company said it wants to build the stadium because it believes China does not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums and it hopes that such quality facilities will help improve the chances of Chinese football moving closer towards that of some of the world's premier footballing nations. The lotus flower design was chosen because it is a traditional Chinese flower, the group said, and the design work was done by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed.

Evergrande says it also plans to build two more approximately 80,000 seater soccer stadiums in China in the future. The designs for those are currently under review.

(Production: Martin Pollard)

SHOWS:

ANIMATION (RECENT) (EVERGRANDE GROUP - NO RESALE) (MUTE)

1. VARIOUS OF COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO OF DESIGN FOR "LOTUS FLOWER STADIUM" NEW SOCCER STADIUM IN GUANGZHOU

STORY: Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group has begun construction on what will be one of the largest soccer stadiums on the planet in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Work began on April 16 on the Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium, also called the "Lotus Flower Stadium" which is set to have a capacity of 100,000 and will host the Chinese Super League big hitters, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, the Group said.

Once completed the 100,000 capacity will make it the largest purpose-built soccer stadium (by capacity) on the planet, as long as Barcelona's Camp Nou, which currently seats just under 100,000 does not undergo any expansion work, Evergrande said.

North Korea's multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, which also hosts some soccer matches, will remain the largest sports stadium in the world (by capacity) however, with a capacity of around 114,000.

The "Lotus Flower Stadium" will cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), include commercial, dining and entertainment areas and aims to be completed by the end of 2022, the group said. The company said it wants to build the stadium because it believes China does not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums and it hopes that such quality facilities will help improve the chances of Chinese football moving closer towards that of some of the world's premier footballing nations. The lotus flower design was chosen because it is a traditional Chinese flower, the group said, and the design work was done by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed.

Evergrande says it also plans to build two more approximately 80,000 seater soccer stadiums in China in the future. The designs for those are currently under review.

(Production: Martin Pollard)

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The lotus design was chosen as it is a traditional Chinese flower, the group said, adding that it was conceptualised by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed.

The stadium would also include entertainment, commercial and dining areas and is likely to be completed by the end of 2022.

The company said it was building the venue as China did not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums and that it hoped the facility would help boost Chinese soccer.

China are 76th in the FIFA world rankings.

Evergrande said it also planned to build two more stadiums of around 80,000 seats each in China, adding that designs for those facilities were currently under review.

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