Stadium of the Week: Head-to-head Red Bull Arena vs Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

12 August 2020

Red Bull Arena
Photo: PA Images The Red Bull Arena has an overall lower score for revenue than Wanda Metropolitano but achieves a higher broadcasting appeal.

With the 9th edition of Stadium of the Week we look at one of the Champions League quarter final battles between RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid whose stadiums rank 22nd and 10th respectively.

Both stadiums are relatively new and although the Red Bull Arena has just over 20,000 fewer seats it manages to score similarly to Wanda Metropolitano for its fan experience as a result of good location and sight lines.

The Wanda Metropolitano is a very compact stadium where the design has brought the fans close to the edge of the pitch. This has allowed them to maximise their pitch sound and fan influence to create sound levels similar to that of Wembley or the Bernabeu

Andy Pottinger, Venue Design Director, Buro Happold andrew.pottinger@burohappold.com

The Red Bull Arena has an overall lower score for revenue but achieves a higher broadcasting appeal. This is in part due to the club’s growing fanbase and consistently achieving a high attendance at the games.

RB Leipzig’s recent success has had them looking to modernise and expand the stadium. Rather than just expanding up and out they could look increase the spectator density to bring fans closer to the pitch to increase their impact.