Why do Chinese teams have their own stadiums so hard to rent and spend a lot of money on them?

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 Why do Chinese teams have their own stadiums so hard to rent and spend a lot of money on them?


City Business Card Is Difficult to Be Used for Football

In the 2019 season, the only professional football field that can be counted as the home court of 16 Chinese Super League teams is Shanghai Hongkou Football Field. As for the stadium where the club owns property rights, there is only one navigational stadium in Henan Jianye. Professional and exclusive football field, at present, there is no way to find in China Super League. Henan Jianye is the first and only club with its own stadium in China Super League clubs. Zhengzhou Navigation Stadium is one of the landmark buildings in Zhengzhou, with a total investment of 155 million yuan and an area of 110,000 square meters. It can accommodate 29,000 spectators. It was completed in September 2002. Navigation stadium has also been criticized for its disrepair and aging equipment in recent years.

The Olympic Sports Center leased by most clubs in China and Super League is a business card of a city, which can host comprehensive competitions and concerts. If the venue is sold to the club, where is the comprehensive event to be held? The Olympic Sports Center generally has a capacity of 560,000 people, while the average attendance rate of the Super League is less than 20,000 people. Such vacancy and waste are also painful.

Its not easy to build a professional football field.

At present, most of the stadiums used by the Chinese Super League teams are large-scale comprehensive stadiums. The biggest feature is that there is a large circle of standard 400-meter runway outside the stadium. The professional football field has no runway, the stadium is more compact, fans can enjoy the game close, the sense of the scene, the atmosphere of the game and the ornamental is much better than the large-scale comprehensive stadium. Many football clubs in China dont even have their own stadiums, let alone professional ones.

In the long run, it is the general trend to build a professional football field. At present, there are many super teams with plans to build a football field, including Hengda, Dalian, Shenzhen and so on. In Shanghai 2021 season, they can move into Pudongs new home field, which will be a modern professional football field with a capacity of 35,000 people. For the Chinese Super League clubs, building their own football stadium will face two huge problems, first of all, the need for government approval, in addition to a large amount of funds.

Most Chinese football clubs are not profitable enough to spend a lot of money to build a professional football stadium for a long time. After considering the ratio of investment to return, most clubs will think: Why not continue to rent the existing stadium?

Professional operation needs professional football field

Apart from Henan Jianye, other Chinese Super League clubs rent stadiums every year for competitions. In fact, the phenomenon of renting stadiums is not uncommon in world football. In China, the right to manage, renovate and use the stadium belongs to the local sports bureau. According to China Sports Daily, even for small and medium-sized stadiums, the Chinese Super League Club has to pay more than 200,000 yuan per game for rent. If it is for the Asian Championship, the rent will double and there will be a huge security fee, which only buys the right to use the game.

For the rest of the time, the club has no right to interfere in the operation of the venues. The destruction of pitch turf due to commercial performances, the postponement of matches due to home-related activities, the unclear division of pitch maintenance relations, and the inability of clubs to carry out large-scale transformation of the pitch all hinder the professional development of League matches.

From the perspective of professionalism and long-term, owning their own stadium is almost the inevitable choice of the worlds top clubs. The top 12 most profitable clubs in Europe have their own stadiums in last seasons Professional Football Team Revenue List released by Deloitte in 2019. Juventus wont have its own stadium until 2011, with ticket revenue averaging 40 million euros in recent years. Prior to that, Juves annual ticket revenue at the leased old stadium was just over 10 million euros. With its own stadium, Juve also receives tens of millions of euros a year for the name of the stadium. These incomes are the root of the gap between them and other Italian teams. If a professional club wants to develop in the long run, having its own home is the best choice. Source: Responsible Editor of Chengdu Business Daily: Li Siming_BJS2696

From the perspective of professionalism and long-term, owning their own stadium is almost the inevitable choice of the worlds top clubs. The top 12 most profitable clubs in Europe have their own stadiums in last seasons Professional Football Team Revenue List released by Deloitte in 2019. Juventus wont have its own stadium until 2011, with ticket revenue averaging 40 million euros in recent years.

Prior to that, Juves annual ticket revenue at the leased old stadium was just over 10 million euros. With its own stadium, Juve also receives tens of millions of euros a year for the name of the stadium. These incomes are the root of the gap between them and other Italian teams. If a professional club wants to develop in the long run, having its own home is the best choice.