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Tokyo 2020: a sneak peek at some of the Olympic venues – gallery

With 282 days to go, the Tokyo 2020 organisers have held a World Press Briefing at some of the venues to show how preparations are progressing Continue reading…

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Son and hail: Tottenham’s new stadium opens in style

Competitive football finally arrives at the club’s long-awaited 62,000-seater home as the new stadium plays host to Crystal Palace as they take on Spurs in the Premier League Continue reading…

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Spurs’ new stadium: let’s call it a home win

Around the pitch and in the stands, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium is both magnificent and intimate, but the jarring exterior is mid-table fodderIt was, for a while, all about the cheese room. The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, it was reported, was to o…

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Goals and good feeling: inside Tottenham’s new stadium

The club’s long-awaited 62,000-seater home finally opened with a game between Spurs’s Under-18s and their Southampton counterparts Continue reading…

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What makes a great football stadium?

What makes Anfield better than Wembley? Why did Juventus fans hate the Stadio delle Alpi? And why are West Ham fans unhappy? Architects and design experts offer some answersBy Sam Diss for MUNDIAL, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkI’m a West Ham fan. …

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The World Cup 2018 stadiums – in pictures

Some pushed it down to the wire, but all 12 stadiums have been completed in time for the World Cup in Russia. From Moscow’s grand Luzhniki Stadium, which hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics, to the worrisomely late Samara Arena, these are the cathedrals fo…

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Stadiums of the future: a revolution for the fan experience in sport

Tottenham’s new stadium will have its own microbrewery, while the Atlanta Falcons’ new home will feature the world’s first 360-degree video wall – what else does the future hold for sports arenas?

With its own dedicated fromagerie, microbrewery and Michelin-star restaurant, it might be easy to forget you have come to watch the football when you are reclining in one of the premium lounges of Tottenham Hotspur’s new £750m stadium. The 61,000-seat behemoth will feature the longest bar in the country, heated seats with built-in USB ports, a glass-walled tunnel so you can see the players before the game and even a “sky walk” allowing fans to clamber over the roof of the arena.

“It will be the most technically advanced stadium in the world,” says Christopher Lee, architect with Populous, the sports and entertainment giant behind the design of the new-look White Hart Lane. “It has to provide a reason for people to get off their sofas and leave their 50-inch flatscreen TVs.”

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Tokyo breaks ground on £1.2bn national stadium for 2020 Olympics

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, attends ceremony at site of demolished national stadium that hosted 1964 Games

Tokyo has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1.5bn (£1.2bn) national stadium that will host the 2020 Olympic Games.

The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, and other dignitaries attended the event on Sunday at the site of the demolished national stadium that was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. They launched the construction of the stadium by putting their hands on a glass sphere that rotated through pastels of the colours of the Olympic logo.

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Anfield’s new Main Stand – in pictures

As Liverpool unveil their redeveloped Main Stand, we take a look inside and out of one of the largest all-seater single stands in European footballJordan Henderson: Last season it was hard to feel like the Liverpool captain Continue reading…

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Tokyo Olympic stadium architect denies plagiarising Zaha Hadid – video

Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium architect Kengo Kuma rejects accusations that he stole the design from Zaha Hadid. At a press conference in Tokyo on Friday. Kuma also denies that discrimination against foreigners had played a part in the decision to scrap Hadid’s design

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Tokyo Olympic stadium architect denies plagiarising Zaha Hadid – video

Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium architect Kengo Kuma rejects accusations that he stole the design from Zaha Hadid. At a press conference in Tokyo on Friday. Kuma also denies that discrimination against foreigners had played a part in the decision to scrap Hadid’s design

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Tokyo Olympic stadium architect denies copying Zaha Hadid design

Kengo Kuma says strict requirements for stadium mean some similarities are inevitable but says his is ‘absolutely a different building’

The architect behind Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium has denied that he borrowed parts of the design submitted by Zaha Hadid, the British-Iraqi designer whose original stadium design was scrapped last year to cut costs for the 2020 Games.

Kengo Kuma denied claims by Hadid’s office that the new design bore striking similarities to the original.

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Japan PM Shinzō Abe scraps Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic stadium design – video

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, says plans for the 2020 Olympics stadium will be scrapped and a new plan will be developed from scratch. The stadium, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, drew criticism after the estimated building costs rose to 252bn yen [£1.3bn] last year Continue reading…

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The Tokyo Olympic debate: squashed cycling helmet or architectural gem?

Zaha Hadids controversial Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium raises all the old questions about finding the right balance between human ambition and the proper use of resources Hadids 2020 design slammed as a monumental mistake Continue reading…

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Concrete playgrounds: Rom and the Southbank undercroft are just two of many skateparks to celebrate

Rom in Essex this week became Europes first listed skatepark. Iain Borden, who has skated there since it opened in 1978, traces the ups and downs of a now-thriving subculture See our gallery of other skateparks that deserve heritage status Continue rea…

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After Rom in Essex, other skateparks that deserve heritage status in pictures

Wig Worland, a photographer who has spent 15 years documenting the British skateboard scene, shares his images of the now Grade II-listed Rom skate park in Hornchurch, and of other skateparks that might deserve listing Continue reading…

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Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures

On 13 August 2004, the Olympic Games came home to Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad at an estimated cost of approximately €9bn. A decade after the sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues now lie abandoned. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty, with many questioning how the nation has benefited from the multi-billion-dollar event

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Bend it like Niemeyer: 10 of the best buildings in Brazil

Prolific Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was the king of the curve his sinuous and stunning buildings helped give the country a modern visual voice from the 1940s onwards. Today, his concrete monuments are an essential part of any visitor’s itine…

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Plan to demolish Glasgow tower blocks in opening ceremony scrapped

‘Insensitive’ flattening of buildings for Commonwealth Games cancelled after online petition attracts thousands of signatures Continue reading…

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In praise of … London Aquatics Centre | Editorial

Its stands removed, Zaha Hadid’s complex has become the most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world

Zaha Hadid’s creation for the 2012 Olympics was praised at the time of its unveiling as a stunning building, one critic describing the interior space as “stonking”. But that was while two ugly banks of seating for the Games were attached, which appeared like a boxy life jacket round an Olympic swimmer’s midriff. Now the stands have been removed and the complex has become what it was designed to be: the most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world. From the curved wall of grass that encloses the lower levels to the swooping wave of a roof, this organic-looking structure beckons you in from the windy spaces of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. But it is not until you reach the cathedral-like interior of the main pool hall that you realise the extraordinary skill of the architect. Anyone can now swim in it for around the same entrance fee as other local baths. It is a great legacy of the Olympics.

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