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A new landmark for Chinese soccer

Pudong Soccer Arena

Client: Shanghai Sports Bureau + Jiushi Group / Location: Shanghai

GFA: 65,000m² / Seating capacity: 33,000 / Completion: 2021

Services: Lead consulting, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

Starting position

The 33,000-seat Pudong Soccer Arena will be Shanghai SIPG's new home. HPP won the international competition at the end of 2017 and were subsequently commissioned with the implementation of the Shanghai Stadium. 

In addition to the Xujiahui Sports Park, which is currently under construction, the stadium is the second sports facility in the city currently being planned by the Shanghai HPP office. The new stadium is being built in Shanghai's outlying green belt - approx. 13 km from the city centre - on a building site of approx. 10 hectares.

Pudong Soccer Arena Lageplan
Pudong Soccer Arena Lageplan

The form of the stadium is reminiscent of a traditional, Chinese, porcelain bowl. The compact appearance of the flat geometry is highlighted by the shimmering, white metal façade and the gently curved shell.

Visualisierung Pudong Soccer Arena

A generous, circumferential walkway around the open, glazed ground floor serves as a conduit for the streams of visitors, inviting them to stroll, linger and gather. 


The peripheral walkway serves as a conduit.

The raised promenade area is reached by a stairway, where visitors can relax before, between and after half-time breaks. 
From this point, they can reach the interior of the stadium directly via access points between the upper and lower tiers - the two-tier arrangement makes for efficient circulation. The cantilevered upper tier ensures optimum visibility of the pitch all the way to the top rows. Stadium capacity is 33,000 seats.


Zeichnung Pudong Soccer Arena
Visualisierung Pudong Soccer Arena

The flat roof construction of the stadium functions much like the principle of a spoked wheel. Using an inner tension ring and an outer compression ring, it functions as a thin suspension cable construction. The supporting structure of the stands simultaneously forms the geometry of the outer skin. The design of the podium, spectator terraces and façade merges to form a complete organism.

Interior with stadium roof construction

The plans envisage that the Pudong Soccer Arena will not only be a soccer stadium, but also an important urban location for fitness, leisure and entertainment for the general public. A wide range of training areas and public facilities makes it a new national sports centre. 


Visualisierung Pudong Soccer Arena

"The architecture of the new Pudong Soccer Arena picks up on the club's identity, its fanbase and support for young talent and thus creates a very special soccer experience." 

Jens Kump, Partner HPP International

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