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Introduction: Football, Space and the Built Environment

The book focuses on the diversity of ‘Stadium Worlds’. On the one hand, it

sketches continuities regarding the development, built structure, use and world-

wide spread of stadia, which have, since the days of antiquity, enjoyed periods of

glory as fighting arenas, sports complexes, meeting places or places of political

representation. On the other hand, the intention is to determine those specific

features by which current stadium buildings and their uses are different from

their historical predecessors. In this context, the stadium will always be viewed

not only as a built, but also as a social space, connected to specific social norms

and practices, where not only characteristics of national and local cultures but

also global economic developments, as well as media and design trends congre-

gate and are expressed.