Cyclops wrote:First pics I've seen of New Love Street (sounds like a gay porno), and it looks like an eminently sensible ground for a club of that size. Tight on the pitch, proper cover on all 4 sides to keep out the rain and maybe generate some acoustics, big enough for a few games a season against the old firm but not so big it feels desolate the rest of the time. No idea how it actually feels on a matchday though, so maybe I'm hyping it up too much. But it looks to me like exactly the kind of thing Korean clubs should be looking at, although with terracing behind the goals of course.
I'm thinking very few fans want to be seated in such a way that players heads are above them. I'm suspecting a good stadium would have the first row of fan's heads at just above player heads.
Secondly, I'm thinking sponsors and rich fans may want luxury seats. I'd try to incorporate lux seats some how probably above the fans in a sort of ring around the stadium.
The roof would extend out to about 1-3 meters over the pitch.
Considering the "corners" of the stadium are not desirable seats, I would consider various shops. This probably wouldn't work HERE, but putting a Starbucks that would be able to operate year round with a porch overlooking the pitch is what I'm thinking about. Various fast food might work in ideal conditions, but I understand the game is only two hours long and operating year round would be a challenge so again, it's probably just a pipe dream. If the stadium was surrounded by malls and department stores in a popular area it might work. Maybe build a shopping mall into the corner of the stadium or something. Seoul World Cup stadium has a grocery store in it and a CGV for example. I'd consider this sort of thing just on one corner of the stadium and not in such a way that it distracts from the pitch. I would consider the pitch and fans first and this "mall" last.
Looking at the images above, which I think is a GREAT starting point, I'd raise the seats and connect the corners with some sort of walkway, put lux boxes above the fans in the back for sponsors and rich fans who want that kind of thing, I'd extend the roof and put a shop or two in the corners with a porch so fans could sit and see the action. I'd also put restrooms in the corners. I'd enclose the thing to keep fans dryer and make the outside look more attractive.