Stadium design is a key area of interest for structural steel, as many modern-day sports arenas have visible steel beams, whose interlocking appearance is as much an aesthetic feature as it is one of support.
And in the English football league, the home of Scunthorpe United has long been of particular importance.
Firstly, there is the fact that Scunthorpe itself is a steel town – meaning many of the steel beams used in the club’s current home at Glanford Park may have been made locally.
Secondly, Glanford Park was the first custom-built out-of-town stadium in the football league, making Scunthorpe the trailblazers of a trend that has transformed sports venues nationwide in the decades since.
And thirdly, that steel town status is built into the very heart of the club itself, particularly in the team’s nickname, the Iron.
So it is interesting to see that Scunthorpe United are once again looking to relocate – this time only to the other side of the adjacent roundabout – with striking stadium designs recently released to the web.
Sweeping curves, structural steel beams that create a latticed roof surround, and of course the word Iron emblazoned across the seats add to a concept that has been welcomed by local residents, and could be in place within the space of just one or two years from now.