|Dalian, China||Wanda Group||63,000 seats|
A spectacular 63,000-capacity stadium set to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2023.
A modern home for Dalian Yifang FC and Venue for the Asian Cup 2023 located on the Northern edge of Dalian Bay. The new Dalian stadium is located on an incredible site located on the waterfront of Dalian, a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning Province. The site is a reclaimed peninsula west of the port with dramatic views across the bay.
The project was won together with Buro Happold through a concept design competition hosted by the Wanda Group.
The design has been inspired by the stadium’s unique location and the materials of the façade give a shimmering feel to the building as the different shells appear to float and twist within each other. At night the stadium is a spectacle of lighting reflecting off the sweeping building form. The 63,000-seat stadium features a 1.6km tourist walking route from the podium to the roof, providing spectators with a breath-taking view of Dalian Bay and the community sports and leisure park to the East of the building.
The venue is designed for the AFC Asian Cup, Asia’s most prestigious football event. Dalian is one of ten host cities set to share the event, alongside Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou. In legacy, the stadium will be home to Dalian Yifang who play in the top tier of Chinese football, the Chinese Super League.