You’ve seen a lot of football stadiums, from the Air conditioned stadium in Qatar to the stadium built on the sea in Angola. But this one is going to be below sea level, which makes it… well, extremely unlikely to ever get built.
This amazing idea, as revealed by the New Zealand Herald would be the world’s first ever sunken stadium, built within the waterfront and below sea level at the same time.
Nicknamed ‘The Crater’, this scheme suggested by graphic designer Phil O’Reilly could see between 30,000 and 50,000 people seated below the water level. But is this even possible to carry out?
The idea has been consulted with engineers working on below-water-level projects, who assessed it as possible.
However, it would require a giant waterproof case where the stands could physically be fitted. While not requiring above-water architectural considerations, this project would still be an immense engineering challenge.
As of yet the city officials haven’t reacted to ‘The Crater’, but it already managed to grab media headlines across New Zealand. And not surprisingly. If built, this would have been the world’s very first such sunken stadium!