Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium, the new home of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG and a venue for the 2023 Asian Cup, will be put into service today (Tuesday).

Construction company Shanghai Juss Sports Group made the announcement, according to state news agency Xinhua, with the stadium featuring what is claimed to be a unique and ground-breaking seating bowl design that seeks to maximise the view to the pitch from all 33,765 seats, while creating an intimate atmosphere for fans.

German firm HPP Architekten won the international design competition for the stadium at the end of 2017. The stadium has been built in Shanghai’s outlying green belt, approximately 13 km from the city centre, on a building site of approximately 10 hectares.

The form of the stadium is reminiscent of a traditional, Chinese, porcelain bowl. It is intended to be a multi-purpose venue, providing an important urban location for fitness, leisure and entertainment for the general public. A wide range of training areas and public facilities makes it a new national sports centre. 

The stadium is also equipped with professional esports facilities and will make its debut when staging the final of the 10th season of the League of Legends World Championship on October 31.

The competition of Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium comes after plans for an iconic new 60,000-seat stadium in China’s ancient capital city of Xi’an were unveiled last month ahead of its hosting role at the 2023 Asian Cup.

The proposals were released by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), with the company focusing on legacy operations such as domestic and international football matches and concerts, as well as the 2023 event. Xi’an is one of 10 host cities, with Beijing’s Worker’s Stadium having been demolished in August ahead of its redevelopment for the competition.

China has pledged to build new stadia in seven of the 12 planned host cities for 2023 after it was awarded hosting rights in June last year. As well as Xi’an and Beijing, football chiefs have also nominated Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan.

Minor renovation work is planned for Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium, along with the Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium, Hangzhou Olympic Sports Expo Centre Main Stadium, Changsha’s Helong Sports Centre Stadium and Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Stadium.

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