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Argentina and the fear of height in La Paz’s stadium

Not only Argentina but also many teams in South America have had to be terrified many times when they took part in La Paz’s stadium in Bolivia. This is a long-standing stadium with an altitude of 3,600m above sea level with thin air, many football teams could not get used to this kind of weather as well as the climate then soon be exhausted.

However, Bolivia did not take advantage of this for a long time because the South American teams are quite experienced.
Argentina is probably the team that felt the most terrible horror of this dangerous La Paz because they have rarely been able to win every time they come here. Remember at Maradona’s World Cup 2010 qualifier, Argentina lost painfully 1-6 and they were really close to saying goodbye to this tournament if they did not successfully defeated Peru 2-1 in the decisive match.
Maradona once said that the unusual climatic conditions in La Paz quickly made most of the football players exhausted. And when being tired of playing, no one can play at their full energy. Meanwhile, Bolivia is quite familiar with this weather condition and always plays well in La Paz.

Being built in the capital La Paz, the Hernando Siles stadium’s capacity is 41,000 spectators. At 3,657 meters above sea level, this is one of the tallest stadiums in the world. FIFA used to ban this stadium from organizing matches during the World Cup qualifiers in 2007 because the thin atmosphere here made it difficult for the players and the visitors. They often fall into a state of lack of oxygen to breathe. However, after the Bolivian government’s strong reaction, FIFA had to cancel the decision.

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Why have football leagues in Europe been so rarely delayed due to snow? (Part 02)

In 1958, Everton owners flipped almost all the grounds of Goodison Park, then installed … 30km of power cord below with the total cost of £ 16,000 (equivalent to more than £ 300,000. at the moment).
The cost is huge, but the system quickly proves effective, although there are still many problems, such as its drainage system needs to be improved after snow and ice being thawed.

Until the mid-1960s – 70s did the system begin to become more popular. Arsenal installed it in 1964, while Leeds United followed in 1968. Old Trafford also had 29.6km of the stadium being installed heating system.
Today, many of Europe’s top leagues require their teams to install a heating systems. Almost all teams in the Bank of England have a heating system installed below the grass.
In Germany – a country with wetter weather, the heating system is a must-have item for teams in both the Bundesliga National Championships and the other second-ranked teams.
However, specific in the Premier League, this rule is something not compulsory.
Many small teams do not install a heating system as there is nothing committed for them to be able to compete in the higher level in the UK for a long time.

The effect is not “profound”
Heating is not everything. If the snow does melt in time, the stadium staff still have to come in to clear the snow directly. And under many cases, the match even had to be postponed because the snow was too thick.

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Why have football leagues in Europe been so rarely delayed due to snow? (to be continued)

Most countries in Europe feature cold weather, especially in winter. They have rarely postponed any games despite the fact that playing under the snow might bring great risks. Actually everything has its own reasons.
Since football gradually became a commercial sport and it costs the audience an arm and a leg to watch it, therefore the coaches realized how much money they can lost if any matches are postponed.

This forced football organizers to quickly come up with a solution about how to deal with snow on the ground while football matches take place.
Many solutions have been proposed. There have even been football teams deciding to install giant water pipes under the yard and then keep hot water running through them. It is an extremely expensive solution, however not effective at all.
And finally, under-soil heating technology – a system to help keep football stadiums from getting too much snow or frost on their surface during winters has been put into reality, which marked a great milestone throughout the development of an entire industry.

The introduction of underground heating

Everton may not be the most powerful club in history, however, they do have their own pride. For example, Goodison Park – their home ground – is the first stadium which was installed with the “under-soil heating” in the world.

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TOP SECRETS WHICH YOU MIGHT BARELY KNOW ABOUT SPORTS STADIUMS ALL AROUND THE WORLD (PART 02)

  1. The food stall is not very clean
    All stadiums have their own food and drink stalls with the viewing to serving all of the spectators coming to watch sports. However, an investigation made by ESPN sports TV channel recently showed that these food stalls here are not clean at all.
    They showed different footages of the staff working and cooking in here with their hands being not washed, dirty machines, cockroaches climbing on the soda machines … All seem to be common to be seen in any food stalls of stadiums. Although there have been no cases of any diseases spreading in these stadiums, according to ESPN’s survey of 107 stadiums in North America, there are 28% of these stadiums having been violated at least once the food safety and hygiene regulation.

4. The heavy impact these stadiums have made on the environment:
Forbes Magazine pointed out that major sporting events taking place around the world – especially the Olympics – often made a huge negative impact on the environment.

These major events often leave the environment with tons of waste, consume an enormous source of electricity and water. In addition, carbon emissions is another serious problem for our planet.
This is clearly one of the tough issues which the government needs to solve in the near future.

5. Some do not comply with fire safety regulations:

In addition to the fact that many stadiums feature special construction designs that make them difficult to comply with the fire safety regulations, even some old stadiums often do not have some necessary equipment.
Although today, many stadiums have started to pay more attention to this issue, there are still some exceptional cases.

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TOP SECRETS WHICH YOU MIGHT BARELY KNOW ABOUT SPORTS STADIUMS ALL AROUND THE WORLD

You might not know that stadiums all over the world sometimes bear many surprising secrets which will not be unfolded if you are not staff who works for them.

  1. Built on landfill sites

There are a lot of sports stadiums nowadays which were built on old landfill sites, for example, Comiskey Park stadiums or Giants stadium in New Jersey (America).

Therefore, it comes as no surprise if you find numerous types of rubbish lying right down this stadium. At first glance, it may be a good idea to reuse old landfill sites. However, there are a lot of comments which showed disapprovals to these stadiums as they might make a huge impact on the health of athletes in a negative way, as well as spectators heading for them.

In 1990, Washing Post newspaper reports that 4 athletes of the New York Giant rugby team were infected with cancer, and it is stranger that their diseases recurred at the same period. This is considered to be phenomenal and there are not few people thought that this was because they did a lot of rehearsals on the stadium built on the former landfill site.

However, this is just a baseless hypothesis.

2. Permanent sniper team

Nowadays, the majority of stadiums all around the world thrive to strengthen their security by having sniper teams on some possible spots.
This seems to have become a standard and a compulsory security factor, especially during special events having the presence of national heads of state, politicians or celebrities.

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TOP WEIRDEST STADIUMS OF THE WORLD (PART 02)

Gospin Dolac Stadium, Croatia

Gospin Dolac is a weird stadium located in Imotski, Croatia. Being constructed in 1989, this is the home pitch of Imotsji football team. With the capacity of only 4.000 spectators, the unique point of this stadium is that it is located right nearby a huge waterfall which height is up to 500m! là một sân vận động kỳ lạ nằm ở Imotski, Croatia.

Janguito Malucelli Stadium, Brazil

Janguito Malucelli is a rarely-to-be-seen eco stadium which was constructed in Brazil. The stadium is well-known to be the first enormous construction being built during the period of “Green Campaign” taking place in Brazil. Spectators’ seats are set up right in the centre of a green grass field, woods being utilized is recycable ones, and of course, there are no materials which are harmful to the enviroment being used in this stadium.

The stadium being located right in the archipelago of Norway

The archipelago Faroe is located right in the middle of Norway sea and in the North of Althantic Ocean. The Norway national football team usually uses this stadium to compete with other football teams in Europe. Even there used to be people sailing around the football pitch just to execute the mission of collecting balls which fell into the sea during the play.

The unique stadium located in The Marina Bay, Singapore

The stadium located in The Marina Bay, Singapore was built mostly by steel. The are of the football stadium floating on the water is around 119×82 m. The endurance of this stadium can be up to 1.070 tons, which is equivalently 9,000 people, 200 tons of stage props and 30 tons of military vehicles. The capacity of this stadium is up to 30.000 seats.

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TOP WEIRDEST STADIUMS OF THE WORLD (TO BE CONTINUED)

There are not few stadiums of the world which are considered to be the failures of architecture when their areas are utilized to the maximum, therefore, made them become “weird”.

Osaka Stadium, Japan

Osaka stadium located in Japan previously was the home pitch of Nankai Hawks – a baseball team, which is located on the centre of Osaka city with the capacity of up to 31.379 seats. In 1988, the firm which owned the Hawks team sold this baseball team to Daiei Group and moved to Fukuoka city. This Osaka stadium was no longer used to play baseball anymore. Laterly, it is used on purpose of displaying model houses. The stadium no longer exists, instead of that are shopping malls being constructed right on the field of this stadium.

Cocodrilos Sports Park

This is a multifunctional stadium in Caracas, Venezuela. Nowadays, it is mainly used for football matches, the unofficial home pitch of Caracas Club. This stadium is used to welcome 3.000 spectators and is located right on.. the side of a highway!

The stadium located in Braga, Portugal

Located right on Braga, this is one of the most “expensive” stadium and the weirdest one in Portugal. Constructing a stadium right on a giant rock like that has costed 122 million dollar! Many travelers and tourists who have come to spectate and admire this stadium are all taken away by the uniquity and magnificence of this stadium!

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REAL MARID MOVES TO ANOTHER STADIUM WHICH IS AS TOP-NOTCH AS V-LEAGUE

This royal Spanish football team wants to have the rest of their plays of this year’s tournament on a special stadium which features the capacity of only 6.000 seats.

According to Marca, Real Madrid stands the high possibility of competing for the rest of this year’s tournament in Alfredo Di Stefano, the largest stadium in the practicing area Valdebebas.

This is also the home pitch of the young football team Real Madrid Castilla with the capacity of up to 6.000 seats. Theoretically, this stadium is way far not as top-notch as many other stadiums in small nations, to say nothing of Bernabeu – the official football pitch of Real. Therefore, this decision has surprised many Real Madrid fans.

Actually, Real gave out this decision because their main stadium which is Santiago Bernabeu is on its ways of reconstructing and upgrading. Therefore, the executive board of this football club did not want to interrupt the construction of the contractors.

On the other hand, other teams of this year’s tournament will also be held without the participation of spectators due to the huge affects of the dangerous pandemic Covid-19. Therefore, competing in a stadium that features a smaller capacity will not make any particular differences on the football teams.

The Santiago Bernabeu stadium which is the home pitch of Real Madrid is a football stadium in the Madrid city, Spain. With the recent capacity of 81.044 seats, this has been chosen to be the official stadium of Real Madrid since finishing its construction in 1947.

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BARCA SELL THE PERMISSION TO RENAME CAMP NOU STADIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY

The Barca organizing department is trying to find out a suitable partner for selling the permission to rename Camp stadium within the period of 1 year. The sum gained from this deal will all be donated to every campaigns to prevent Covid-19 by Barca Club.

The organizers of Barca confirmed to donate all the money gained from the renaming Camp Nou during 1 year to prevent the outbreak and spread of worldwide pandemic. Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe with the capacity of 99.000 seats. Since being constructed and published in 1957, the stadium has never had any sponsor.

In an interview with AP, Vice-president Jordi Cardoner shared: “We wanted to send out a message to all the world that this will be the first time that someone’s name become the official name of such a fantastic stadium like Camp Nou. The revenue gained from this will be directly sent to people all over the world, not only Barcelona.”

“We came up with this idea in an emergency situation. We thought that Barca need to make such a quick reaction, bring the precious Camp Nou along the journey of overcoming this awful pandemic with the rest of world.”, he said.

Barca has made up the plan of renaming this stadium since the 2023-2024 season. The present champion La Liga is looking forward to gaining around 300 million euro in advance for a contract lasting 25 years. This sum will be used to upgrade the stadium as well as other facilities.

However, Cardoner claimed that selling the permission to rename Camp Nou stadium during the next year will be done independently and the deal will expire after 25 years as previously planned.

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TOP MOST UNIQUE STADIUMS AROUND THE WORLD WHICH MAY BLOW YOUR MIND (TO BE CONTINUED)

Standing in the list of the most unique stadiums around the world might be the Rungrado 1st of May stadium with the shocking capacity of up to 150.000 seats, or the semicircle shaped Kaohsiung stadium utilizing sun power to operate, or Azteca stadium, where Maradona created his unforgettable mark with “the goal of decade”..

China is going to have the most expensive stadium of the world with the capacity of up to 100.000 spectators in Guangzhou, Spain owns one of the most prestigious stadium – Nou Camp, Bernabeu while Brazil used to have the largest stadium – Maracana in the world… However, these stadiums being listed below might be new to many football fans.

  1. Rungrado Stadium 1-5 (Pyongyang, North Korea)

With the capacity of up to 150.000 spectators, Rungrado Stadium is the largest stadium in the world, which is the home pitch of the national North Korean team. This stadium features an impressive magnolia-petal-shaped top, apart from sports and football events, this is also where numerous music and entertaining shows or parades took place during important days of the nation.  

  1. Kaohsiung Stadium (Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China)

Not being on the list of top largest stadiums all around the world with the capacity of only 55.000 seats, however, the national Kaohsiung stadium – designed and constructed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito – is definitely the most gorgeous and well-constructed stadium, which features great view.

The semicircle construction of Kaohsiung stadium makes itself unique and outstanding from the normal, easy-to-be-seen stadiums around the world. This is also the first stadium in the world to totally run on the alternative power, which is sun power.

Kaohsiung stadium was built on purpose of hosting World Games 2009, and nowadays, tens of thousands spectators can come and enjoy the most fantastic football plays in here.