Stadia & Arenas, Stadium

Incheon Munhak Stadium

© Taiyo Kogyo Corporation

This facility was one of new venues built in South Korea for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was the first World Cup in Asia and took place in South Korea and Japan. The stadium was also a venue for the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships.
The roof structure of this World Cup stadium combines several structural principles to achieve the desired shape, reminiscent of the large sailing ships anchored in this large harbour city. The arrangement of the masts in plan and in height accommodates perfectly the high grandstands and the low stands in the curves.
The membrane with its fields of up to 1,500 m² is designed as a high point membrane with additional arch supports in the interior. It is visibly reinforced at the high points to counteract the concentrated loads due to the impact of snow and wind. This is an important feature for the spectators and gives the stadium its nick name: twenty-four stars.

Incheon, South Korea
Adome Architects, Seoul
Metropolitan City of Incheon
Knut Göppert

Technical Data

Plan area of roof
32,500 m²


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