For the coming Soccer World Championship quite a few new stadia are built and some others are refurbished to fulfil today’s requirements. New structural ideas are developed and functional improvements are implemented. Thirty years ago cantilevered roofs with radial orientation were common. Nowadays, light weight, multi directional structures with translucent cladding are the choice of the clients and the designers. The use of efficient structural systems for large spans is greatly supported by the application of newly developed materials.