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Famous stadium architects Populous host exhibition to celebrate 40th anniversary

Famous football stadium architects Populous are hosting an exclusive exhibition to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Populous has partnered with Getty Images to create the exhibition named “Live Emotion”, which honours significant occasions and events that the company has been involved in during the previous 40 years.

Populous to host worldwide exhibitions

Exhibitions will take place at galleries in London, New York and Brisbane in November and December. All exhibitions will include a variety of events, including public open days. The exhibitions will be displayed in an interactive digital format from the end of November.

The London exhibition will be open free to the public on Saturday 25 November from 10am to 6pm at Noho Showrooms.

The New York City exhibition will take place on Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3 from 10am to 4pm at The Starett-Lehigh Building.

Images and moments from major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup games, NHL Winter Classic will be featured on Live Emotion, as well as locations around the world, including Wembley Stadium, The Emirates, Principality Stadium, Accor Stadium, Oriole Park, Yankee Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, ICC Sydney, the Narendra Modi Stadium, Kai Tak Sports Park, the O2 Arena, and Sphere.

Earl Santee, Global Chair, and a founder of Populous, said: “Forty years ago, a group of architects and designers came together in a common cause — to design the places where people love to be together.”

“Those architects built up the practice to become Populous and, over time, the buildings, structures and venues they have created have helped shape the way the world engages with sports and entertainment.

“We are delighted to celebrate the innovation of those designs and the work of our teams through this exhibition.

“The collection provides a snapshot of evolving innovation in the way we enjoy sport, entertainment and live events, capturing the designs of the buildings themselves and the emotions of the fans who enjoy them.

“And whatever the next 40 years of innovation brings, with a heightened focus on a sustainable and more digitally connected future, that emotional connection and the idea of drawing people together will remain fundamental to communities throughout the world.”

Who are the most famous stadium architects in the world?

Populous are undoubtedly one of the world's most famous stadium architect companies. Others include:

  • Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland
  • GMP Architekten, Germany
  • Bahadir Kul Architects, Turkey
  • HOK

Which stadiums have Populous worked on?

So many! Do you want an exact number? Well, it's 1,325 stadiums in total, in 34 countries.

Included in these amazing figures are:

  • Wembley Stadium (London, 2007)
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London, 2019)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Football Ground - Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium 1 | Designed by Populous one of the world's most famous stadium architects
Photo: Matthias Balk/dpa/Icon Sport
  • Narendra Modi Stadium (Gujarat, 2019)
  • Groupama Stadium (Lyon, 2016)
  • Soccer City (Johannesburg, 2009)
  • Audi Field (Washington, 2018)
  • Aviva Stadium (Dublin, 2010)
  • Emirates Stadium (London, 2006)
Emirates-Stadium-Football-Ground-Guide-Arsenal-Stadium-2
Photo by Icon Sport
  • Estadio da Luz (Lisbon, 2004)
  • The Kia Oval (London, 2005)
  • Principality Stadium (Cardiff, 1999)
  • Olympic Stadium (London, 2012)

Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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