New T-Shirts Put Iconic European Soccer Stadiums Right On Your Undeserving Chest
If you’ve ever looked down at a T-shirt you were wearing and thought, “This doesn’t look nearly enough like a stadium seating chart,” your day is about to get full percentage points better.
Ben Hooper of soccer sorta-think-tank Bumpy Pitch has created a line of T-shirts featuring birds-eye-view representations of iconic European football stadiums. The project grew out of Hooper’s desire to sell team-centric merchandise while avoiding bothersome licensing-related red tape. Once he landed on the idea of overhead likenesses of famous stadia, he recruited Tony Rodono, the creator of City Prints, to handle the art. The $30 shirts, which come in team colors, have gone over so well that Hooper is aiming to release a line of MLS designs by the end of August. All that remains is selecting which of the 13 soccer-specific MLS stadiums he wants to produce first. (And then producing them.)
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for SI. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.