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

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2014

(Reddit)

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.

 Click here to see a full-sized version.

[Reddit]

Related

    Bruno Seals Man Utd's Semifinal Spot

    Solskjaer's side knock FC Copenhagen out of Europa League

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Bruno Seals Man Utd's Semifinal Spot

    Jamie Jackson
    via the Guardian

    Predicting Every Champions League QF

    B/R's @samtighe breaks down the matchups

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Predicting Every Champions League QF

    Sam Tighe
    via Bleacher Report

    Liverpool Complete Signing of Kostas Tsimikas

    Greek left-back will challenge Robertson for starting role

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Liverpool Complete Signing of Kostas Tsimikas

    Liverpool FC
    via Liverpool FC

    Report: Man Utd Not Giving Up on Sancho

    Club 'frustrated' by slow Sancho negotiations and Dortmund's use of intermediary rather than dealing directly (MEN)

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Report: Man Utd Not Giving Up on Sancho

    via men