ONE of the notable features of the 2018 World Cup has been the stadiums, many of which were completed just a few months before the competition got underway. Most are new constructions, with the most expensive being St. Petersburg, coming in at around USD 1.5 bn. Any nation that wins the right to stage a major sporting event has to undergo an overhaul of its facilities, not just to accommodate the thousands of people visiting that country but also to ensure the event has the right look-and-feel about it. It’s also about prestige, promotion and muscle-flexing. Stadiums have also become more important to the growth of club football, with the popularity of the game and the creation of a “bulge bracket” of clubs making…