Sport and the City: Stadiums

Following the launch of the first ‘Sport and the City’ paper, the second of the two part research report has been published by Future Places Studio and, Ryder’s sister company, Okana.

stadium behind trees

How can sports stadiums become placemaking anchors all year round?

Bolstering lasting sporting legacies for cities, creating thousands of jobs, and contributing millions to the local and national economy, sports stadiums are an asset to cities social and cultural infrastructure. However, stadiums are becoming increasingly disconnected to modern, progressive cities. Sitting empty for large parts of the week, stadiums should be integrated placemaking anchors which are operated as versatile, year round community hubs.

This report aims to provide a strategic vision for architects, developers, municipalities, and stadium owners to create and foster inclusive and engaging urban spaces.

The research focusses on four areas:

Anchors and hubs
Sports stadiums as anchors
to stimulate and enable wider
investment and growth.

Connected to place
Sports stadiums that are an integral
part of their local context.

Sports stadiums as a versatile
asset class providing a dynamic
and mixed offer.

Sports stadiums that tackle climate
change and pioneer the use of
new materials, modern methods of
construction and smart technologies.


Stadiums need to work much harder from an urban perspective to contribute to the urban realm, contribute to a place and contribute to the people who live there."

Jonathan Seebacher
Partner, Ryder Architecture

With inspiring architectural designs that sit proudly on a city’s skyline, stadiums have become like modern day cathedrals to the many millions who pour into them on a weekly basis across the globe."

Sport and the City: Stadiums
Future Places Studio


Photography: Future Places Studio