It was the greatest World Cup upset in rugby history. In front of a 29,000-strong capacity crowd, rank-outsiders Japan toppled former world champions South Africa 34-32, resulting in scenes of jubilation that lasted long into the night.
Triumph and — if you happened to be part of the traveling South African contingent — loss, are the elements that make for lasting sporting memories. But what of the actual structures that house such thrilling moments?
It’s unlikely that this year’s rugby world cup will be remembered for its stadiums. Few people will look back at Japan’s historic victory, and reference the fact that it was held at the Brighton Community Stadium.
But that may soon change. As sports such as rugby and football continue to attract global audiences, stadiums are having to develop to keep pace with new requirements. […]