An image of a lotus-shaped stadium is being widely shared on social media with a claim that this is the largest football stadium in South Asia to be built in Colombo.

The image is being shared with a caption that reads, “දකුණු ආසියාවේ විශාලතම පාපන්දු ක්‍රීඩාංගනය කොළඹ වරාය නගරය කේන්ද්‍ර කරගනිමින් ඉදිකිරීමට සූදානමක් පවතින බව වාර්තා වනවා. මෙම සුවිසල් ක්‍රීඩාංගනය සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම අන්තර්ජාතික පාපන්දු සම්මේලනයේ (FIFA) පූර්ණ අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය යටතේ ඉදි කරනු ලබනවා.” (English translation as done by Google, “It is reported that preparations are underway to build the largest football stadium in South Asia centring on the Colombo port city. This huge stadium is fully sponsored by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be Misleading.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same image was uploaded by ESPN on April 17, 2020. The title associated with the article read, “Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande building world’s biggest stadium for $1.7bn.” The article further said that the arena is designed in a lotus flower shape, will hold 100,000 seats and is expected to be completed in 2022, making it bigger than Barcelona’s Camp Nou.

The Times of India also shared the image with the caption that read, “A rendering of Guangzhou Evergrande’s new 100,000-seat soccer stadium in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China (Reuters Photo)”

Hence, the viral image shows the world’s biggest football stadium which is being built in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and not in Colombo.


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