Theatre of Dreams: the 14 design features we need to make our ultimate stadium

Imagine if you could take the best bits from every stadium in the world and make one super-stadium. We just did.

THE STUNNING PLANS for the Atlanta Falcons’ new home released this week got us thinking: if money (and physics) were no object, what would go in our dream stadium?

Here’s the shopping list:

1. Either the cliff face from the Braga Municipal Stadium in Portugal

[Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport]

2. Or the view from Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town


3. The lights from Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena

[Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport]

4. The pirate ship from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

[Brian Blanco/AP/Press Association Images]

5. Liverpool’s “This is Anfield” sign


6. The roof from the Millennium Stadium

[Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport]

7. The old clock from Highbury

[Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport]

8. The F1-style dugout seats from Old Trafford

[Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images]

9. “Die gelbe Wand” (The Yellow Wall) from Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion

10. Olympus, the Lazio eagle

[Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images]

11. The Jerrytron from Cowboys Stadium, Dallas

[Charlie Riedel/AP/Press Association Images]

12. The pitch-side jacuzzi from Marlins Park, Florida

[Miami Marlins]

13. St Pauli’s hot dog train


14. That delicious German beer that they serve in Bundesliga grounds

[Frank Augstein/AP/Press Association Images]

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