Seems that the Old Dart and it's surrounding Isles countries (Ireland, Scotland & Wales) are getting quite a collection of high quality stadiums popping up lately or in the future. One wonders where the money for all this comes from.
Some of the re-developed, re-built or completely new stadiums that have popped up or will be built in the near future are :-
Wembley Stadium - Being completely re-built. Increase capacity of 90,000. Up from 78,000. Will be the best stadium this side of the MCG (as a Croweater I HATE admitting that).
Twickenham - Re-developments over the past 15 years increased capacity from 62,000 to 75,000. Last phase to be completed in 2006 will increase it to 82,000.
Millenuim Stadium - Completely re-built in 1999. The old Cardiff Arms Park was demolished & replaced by the Millenium Stadium. Increase from 65,000 to 75,000. New one has a roof as well.
Croke Park - Completely rebuilt by the GAA. Went from a mediocre large stadium to a massive all-seater stadium of 82,000. Unfortunately they refuse to allow any sport apart from GAA sports to be played there.
Murrayfield - Re-built in 1992 to have an all seater replace terracing due to safety laws. Capacity dropped from near on 100,000 to it's current 67,000.
Old Trafford - Re-developed more times than Cher has had plastic surgery. The "Theatre of Dreams" currently holds 67,000. More re-developments will increase that to 75,000. If they can do it, that will then increase to 90,000. England's "Wembley of the North".
Lansdowne Road - Not much re-developemnt at all except for seats placed on the terracing. Current capacity of 49,500. They want to re-build it to a 55,000 all seater stadium costing $415m. The only national stadium I know of that has a reilway track running underneath 1 of the grandstands.
Hampden Park - Once able to hold 150,000 people, Scotlands national football stadium now holds 55,000 all seated. Looks ok I guess but for a national stadium, I think it's kinda small.
Ashburne Grove - New stadium in London to replace Arsenal's old, and much developed, but very restricted, Highbury. Capacity to jump from 38,000 to 60,000.
City of Manchester Stadium - Built for 2 purposes. For the 2002 Commonwealth games and then re-developed to replace Manchester City's old Main Road ground. Extremely modern 48,000 seat stadium.
New Anfield - Will replace Liverpool's current Anfield. Will it ever replace "The Kop". Time will tell. Liverpool players will never walk alone so long as 60,000 fans walk beside them.
Not a bad collection of grounds if you ask me.
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