Build It With Wood

World’s first all wood stadium to be built in England

Nov. 16, 2016
New England Forestry Foundation

A 5,000 seat soccer stadium has been commissioned to be built in England entirely from wood. Fans of the Forest Green Rovers soccer club will be able to watch the game in  the world’s greenest soccer stadium. It will be constructed completely from timber and powered by sustainable energy sources.

(Designs for the world’s first all wood stadium. Photo credit: ZHA)

The new stadium will be located in Nailsworth and will be part of a $124 million “Eco Park” development, Woodworking Network reports. The design for the stadium was chosen at the end of a seven-month-long international competition with over 50 entries submitted. The winning design will be commissioned by the London-based architectural firm Zaha Hadid (ZHA).

(Designs for the stadium’s interior which will seat 5,000 soccer fans. Photo credit: ZHA)

(The wave ceiling. Photo credit: ZHA)

The interior is designed to act as an acoustic device to contain crowd noise and seats have been positioned to give spectators completely unobstructed views of the field.

In addition to the world’s first all wood building, ZHA is also known on its designs of previous stadiums, like the London 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre and its upcoming arena for the 2022 World Cup.