Who can forget the resounding melody of the iconic vuvuzela blasting around the Calabash or the Liverpool arena faithful singing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone in Their Cathedral Anfield?” Perhaps the Theatre of Dreams is more your taste? How about the Bridge, Santiago Bernabéu or the Camp Nou?
The constant debate of which is better, the new or old Wembley, that stadium Pele once called the “cathedral of football?” Whichever stadium and style you choose, all are iconic and have a sort of beauty that is unrivalled, whether the team you support calls that stadium home or not.
Football stadiums all over the world have a magnetic-like existence, the same way in which those who are religious would make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Mecca or Vatican City. This pull draws fans from all over the world to them, to see their team play, be in the same changing room as their idols, and sing along to the songs about players of both past and present.
Stadiums are the centre of club activity and are a huge part of a club's very fabric. When a club chooses to redevelop or rebuild a more modern stadium, it often has fans divided over whether the new stadium would lose its atmosphere, history and heart, or if a modern, slick and state-of-the-art stadium is a better plan for the club.
In 2022, we’re seeing similar if not the same patterns develop within technology, AI and especially Web3. As the metaverse grows, and “land” within the metaverse becomes more developed, these arguments are no different.
Dossier Digital recently announced a partnership with MetaSoccer that will see world-renowned architecture firm MEIS to create and recreate stadiums in the MetaSoccer metaverse. The MEIS team has been responsible for some of the world's most iconic stadium design and redevelopment projects including the Crypto.com Arena, Safeco Field, Paul Brown Stadium, Morumbi Stadium, as well as the concept for the new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, Everton FC .
"We are astonished by what the MEIS team has already done for us. We believe that they have the chance to truly let their imaginations run wild. We will design and develop as well as recreate stadiums that will give fans a chance to better experience and immerse themselves in their favourite club cathedral, but also design conceptual stadiums that may be in the metaverse first, and then actually built in the real world,”, said COO and Founder Patxi Barrios of MetaSoccer.
MEIS x MetaSoccer stadium development will demonstrate the ability to be used as the club's stadium within the game. Stadium owners will be able to take a cut of the rewards generated from each match played within the stadium, top-tier stadiums will have the ability to host their own competitions and special events as a revenue generator, and stadiums will have the ability to have multiple owners, allowing for a more diverse portfolio of NFTs and in-game revenue streams.
As these football stadiums within the metaverse are created, it will remain to be seen if they, too, will have the same magnetic-like draw, much like the exclusive stadium NFT collection, which are not only beautiful in their design but have a real utility within the Web3 games, such as in MetaSoccer.