Evergrande Group commences work on 100,000-seater stadium in Guangzhou

Once completed, the Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium will be the biggest purpose-built soccer stadium in the world

According to Channel News Asia, Chinese real estate development firm Evergrande Group has started working on a 100,000-capacity stadium, complete with dining, commercial and entertainment areas in the south of Guangzhou.

The Guangzhou Evergrande Soccer Stadium, also labelled as the Lotus Flower Stadium for its design, began construction on the 16th of April and is expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2022. The lotus design, created by Shanghai-based designer Hasan A. Syed, was selected to honour the traditional Chinese flower.

The developer revealed that it will be home to the Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande and that it will surpass Camp Nuo in Barcelona.

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The massive development project, once built, will be regarded as the biggest purpose-built soccer stadium in the world. However, the multi-purpose Rungrado 1st of May Stadium of North Korea, with its 114,000 seats, would still remain as the biggest sports stadium in the world.

Evergrande said that they hope the facility would encourage Chinese soccer since the country does not have enough professional, purpose-built soccer stadiums.

In the FIFA world rankings, China is in the 76th spot.

The developer also added that they are planning to construct two more stadiums with 80,000-capacity in the country and its designs are currently under review.