The reconstructed Dinamo stadium in Minsk has been nominated to win the Stadium of the Year title. One award is given by experts in sports architecture, another is voted on by internet users.
The new National Olympic Stadium will host the 2nd European Games in summer 2019.
27 candidates from 11 countries were selected out of nearly 40 stadiums proposed. Now, until March 3, all of them are competing for the title of the very best stadium opened in 2018 around the world.
Minsk Dinamo Stadium has to face competition from 7 stadiums of the World Cup in Russia and 6 brand new stadiums opened last year in Turkey. There are also 3 stadiums from USA and China on the list and 2 from Hungary.
But the most expensive and largest stadium was opened last year in Perth, Australia, holding over 60,000 people.
What are the odds for Dinamo Stadium?
In Stadium of the Year it’s not the size or budget that matters the most, the organizers say.
In order to win the Jury Award a stadium has to be functional, innovative and present high quality of architecture. In this vote Minsk is unique because it connects the historic landmark of old arcades, gates and Olympic flame with brand new, modern form.
It also meets the highest IAAF and UEFA criteria, which means it stands a real chance of winning approval of the Jury.
In order to win the second award the new Dinamo Stadion would have to win approval of internet users around the world. And that’s when you can step in!
Voting is free but one person can only cast one vote. In order to promote Minsk, you should visit the voting website, select five (not just one!) favourite stadiums and click ‘Vote!’.
The vote will remain open until March 4 (until 02:00).
Stadium of the Year 2018 is already the ninth edition of the world’s largest online vote of its kind. National Olympic Stadium is the second candidate from Belarus. In 2015 also Borisov Arena was nominated but it only reached 7th place in the Public Award and did not get to the final of the Jury Award.
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