Soccer is the most followed sports in the world. Millions of people watch their favorite football teams and players in action every day. Today, we will take a look at the best soccer stadiums in Europe. The rankings are based on user reviews on different forums such as Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp etc.
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Without any further ado, let’s take a look at 12 best football stadiums in Europe.
12. AK Bars Arena
Opened in 2013, the Kazan Arena is located in Tatarstan, Russia’s most populous autonomous republic. This is where Tatarstan’s capital club Rubin Kazan plays its home games in the Russian Premier League.
The curved roofs are specially impressive, sloping down from the center towards the goals. With a width of 150 meters and a height of 35 meters, the Kazan Arena also has the world’s largest LED screen attached to a soccer stadium.
11. Old Trafford
Old Trafford, the theater of dreams, as Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton once called it. Despite numerous war damages, short-lived removals and rebuilds, football history has been and is still being written here since 1910.
Since last summer, the 75,653 seats have been filled with the sound of a loud “Siuuuu!!” because: Cristiano Ronaldo is back home.
10. Rostov Arena
Rostov Arena was built specifically for the FIFA 2018 World Cup. No wonder it made it into the ranking of the best stadiums. Everything here is new. Nowadays, the modern arena is home to both the Russian first division team FC Rostov and the second division team Chayka Peschanokopskoye, 170 kilometers away.
9. Estádio do Dragão
From a bird’s-eye view, the Estadio do Dragao resembles the back carapace of a dragon – hence the name “Dragon Stadium”. There is only one tier behind the goals, so there is a large gap between the seats and the roof. This means that unfortunately not all 50,000 spectators are protected from the rain, but they can catch a nice view of Porto’s rooftops.
8. Emirates Stadium
Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League after Old Trafford. Many fans also like to call it Ashburton Grove, after the place where it is located. Rival fans jokingly refer to it as “The Library” because the Emirates is often quieter than other English stadiums.
7. Stadion Gdańsk
The first construction work on the Gdansk stadium started in 2008. Originally, the home ground of Lechia Gdansk was to be called “Baltic Arena”. In fact, the Gdansk stadium is only a five-minute drive from the Baltic Sea. Because of its amber-colored exterior, the 41,620-seat stadium is often referred to as the “Amber Stadium”.
6. San Mamés
In 2013 it was time for a new fortress in the Basque capital Bilbao. The new San Mamés was placed right next to the old box.
More precisely, three stands were built next to the 1913 San Mamés and then the old stadium was demolished to build the fourth stand on the same site. San Mamés continues to stand on ground rich in history.
5. Metropolitano Stadium
The Wanda Metropolitano, newly opened in 2017, is ranked fifth among the best stadiums in Europe. The new place of pilgrimage for passionate Madrilenians is considered a football-only stadium after the renovation work and the removal of the athletics facility, and can easily accommodate 67,703 spectators. This makes the ultra-modern Wanda Metropolitano the third largest stadium in Spain.
4. Wembley Stadium
If you don’t know Wembley, you’re not a true soccer fan. Stories have already been written here. After the historic “Old Wembley” was torn down in 2003, a new witch’s cauldron for the English national team was built on the same site.
Today, Wembley Stadium holds 90,000 spectators, making it the second largest soccer stadium in Europe after Camp Nou in Barcelona. Especially, the 113-meter-high arch above the stadium roof is phenomenal.
3. Arena Nationala
The Arena Nationala is the home ground of FCSB Bucharest (previously Steaua Bucharest) and the Romanian national team. At Euro 2020, the arena was one of 12 venues. Three group matches and one round of 16 match were played here. 55,600 spectators fit into the stadium.
2. PGE Narodowy Stadium
Poland’s national stadium was built for the 2012 European Championship. Today, it is the home ground of Polish soccer, rugby and American soccer. Conveniently located, the up to 58,580 spectators at the Narodowy get their money’s worth. At least that’s what the ratings on Tripadvisor, Google and Football Ground Map reveal.
1. Camp Nou
Barcelona’s rivals are also in the race for Europe’s top stadiums, of course. And admittedly: Camp Nou, which is largely unroofed, has its own special charm. What’s more, with a capacity of 99,354 spectators, it is the largest pure soccer stadium in the world and the largest soccer stadium in Europe.
There is our lineup of 12 best stadiums in Europe. I hope your found it interesting and informative? Which other stadium would you add to the list?