Toy Inventor in 1962 Predicts How Football Stadiums of the Future Will Look

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2014


In 1989, Back to the Future II predicted that we would be wearing self-drying jackets on our hoverboards by next year.

That glimpse into the future was slightly off the mark, but when toy inventor Arthur Greenwood produced a model of the stadium of the future in 1962, he wasn't too far from reality on several counts.

In Mr. Greenwood's creation, the future stadium has seating for 250,000, four-tier stands, fibre-glass roofing that collects and reuses rain water and an "electronic ray" that tells the referee when the ball has crossed the line.

In some capacity, all these predictions have come true, particularly the harvesting of rainwater and the foresight of goal-line technology.  

In some ways, however, Greenwood's model has not quite come to pass. A centre circle that rotates to show a cricket pitch, swimming pool or boxing ring, floodlights that are suspended directly over the field and a referee's box dangling high above the pitch are still to be incorporated into the beautiful game.

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