This has to be one of the best examples of sports architecture ever designed! The majority of the Estadio Olympico - the track and field area - sits in a sunken bowl in the ground with the first tier of seating wrapped around its sides. Towering over this is a huge plate-like tier of seating that sits, tectonic like, on an array of massive curved walls. In between the walls are the staircases scooping the spectators up to their seats in the heavens. Freed of the pressure to provide all the commercial opportunities for money making which blight many stadia around the world, the architects have seized the opportunity to produce a raw, powerful, expressive, elegant and un-compromised architecture representative, in many ways, of the sporting ideal!