Danny Care, Jamie Roberts, James Horwill and Tim Visser Help Design The Perfect Rugby Stadium

What makes the perfect rugby stadium? Is it the proximity to the city centre? The distance of the supporters to the pitch? Seating, or a mixture of both? 

There are so many factors to take into consideration and we are truly blessed to have some great grounds throughout the world to watch the game we all love. Unfortunately, there are also some poor ones. Soulless ‘bowls’ with running tracks are a personal gripe of mine but thankfully they don’t feature too much.

A recent article on Arch Daily, an architecture website, invited the likes of Jamie Roberts, Danny Care, James Horwill and Tim Visser to discuss what the ideal rugby stadium would look like with the help of an architect, John Rodes.

What they came up with is truly remarkable and imagination was definitely not in low supply as they came up with some very interesting ideas to contribute to what could be the best rugby stadium in the world.

Proximity to City Centre 

All the players agree that proximity of a potential stadium to the city centre is something which needs to take precedent as it helps generate an incredible atmosphere. Probably one of the reasons why the Principality Stadium in Cardiff is considered one of the greatest stadiums in world rugby.

Here, Rhodes discusses how they lower the overall footprint of the stadium by increasing the heights of the stands which mean that the stadium can be developed into the tighter space of a city while also increasing the atmosphere generated by the supporters.

Pitch Technology 

Rhodes then suggests an idea which is truly thinking outside the box. He mentions how if implementing artificial turf, you could introduce fibre optics into the turf which would allow the supporters to view all sorts of information when there are breaks in the game. Such as ‘hotspots’ – which areas of the pitch has the majority of action taken place.

Gain line

What is next suggested is the install a moveable gantry above the pitch which would project a laser onto the turf to display where the gain line is at all times.

The gantry could also host spectators so they could get a top-down view of proceedings on the pitch.

Red Zone

One of the best ideas.

To increase the height and depth of the spectator areas in the area between the 22 and the dead ball line. This area would also be standing to generate an even more exciting atmosphere when play is taking place in this crucial part of the pitch.


Now this one which Roberts is very keen on. He would love to see all the data generated by the GPS units worn by players during games to be available live to the spectators via a smartphone app.


Visser wants to see a giant projection displayed of the substitutes just before they enter the fray so that the spectators now immediately about who is coming on.

You can watch the full video below.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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