Can sports venues have a positive impact on the natural environment?
A guide published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) seeks to examine the impact stadiums and arenas have on biodiversity. Can such construction projects help the environmental cause, rather than hinder it?
From the architectural splendour of football stadia to pristine, verdant golf courses, top-level sports venues are certainly not short of charm or allure – yet the environmental impact of erecting such complex structures is all too often overlooked, with little acknowledgement of the threat posed to the biodiversity of the surrounding area. The ramifications on nature do not simply end once the venue is completed – they last for decades, and their consequences can be irreversible.