Known as the beautiful sport, soccer is also the world’s most popular sport. It is home to the world’s wealthiest sport franchises (Manchester United), and has some of the world’s most recognizable names in sports. Being such a renowned sport, soccer stadiums are some of the biggest and most impressive sporting structures in the world. If you’re unfamiliar with soccer stadiums, here is a list of some of the most impressive stadiums around the globe.
Located in Tehran, Iran, this is the home of the Iranian national soccer team. It was inaugurated in 1971 and serves other sports other than soccer, including swimming. It holds a maximum of 100,000 fans and is self-owned by Esteghlal and Persepolis
This magnificent stadium stands tall in Milan, Italy. It holds 80,000 fans and is designed for maximum visibility from every seat in the house. The Champions Leagues was held at San Siro back in 2002. It is the home to Italian soccer clubs A.C. Milan and Internazionale Milano.
Anfield is home to the Liverpool FC. Though it isn’t known for its design or grandeur, Anfield showcases a world-class team and soccer atmosphere that is electric. The stadium’s capacity only accommodates 45,000 spectators, but seating is right on the pitch. Anfield is the seventh largest stadium in England, and was built in 1892.
This stadium is home to Real Madrid, one of the most popular European soccer clubs. Located in Madrid, Spain, it opened in 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid Club de Futbol. Its capacity is 85,454, with high-rise stadium seating, and was host to the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010.
Initially, the stadium was called First National Bank Stadium, and it has also been called The Calabash. It was built for the 2010 World Cup. Located in Johannesburg, the stadium holds 90,000 and stands as South Africa’s beacon of soccer as the headline location for South Africa’s first World Cup.
5. Azteca, Mexico
Azteca is Mexico’s shinning gem and has held two World Cups. It is home to the Mexican national team and the Mexican La Liga team, Club America. Located in the suburb of Santa Ursula in Mexico City, Mexico, Azteca Stadium is owned by Televisa, a top Mexican mass media company. Its maximum capacity is 104,000 occupants.
4. Camp Nou, Spain
This is home to quite possibility the most popular soccer team in the world, FC Barecelona since 1957, and the most celebrated player playing the game today, Lionel Messi. It holds a maximum of 99,786 people, and is the largest stadium in Europe. In terms of capacity, it is the fourth largest soccer stadium in the world. It has hosted numerous international events, two UEFA Champions League finals, and soccer central for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
This is home to the wealthiest sports franchise in the world, Manchester United. It is affectionately known as “The Theatre of Dreams,” Old Trafford opened in 1910, and has a maximum capacity of 76, 635. It is the second largest stadium in England after Wembley Stadium, and the ninth largest in Europe. It has been host to the 1966 World Cup, Euro Cup in 1996, and the Champions League final in 2003.
2. The Allianz Arena, Germany
This is home to the current European club champions, Bayern Munich. It is the third largest stadium in Germany, and holds up to 75,024 spectators. It is located in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and is popular due to it complex exterior design. It is the first stadium in the world with full color-changing exterior. It is also home to the Bundesliga soccer team named TSV 1860 Munchen.
Wembley takes the number one spot due to its size. The stadium reopened in 2007 after renovations were completed on the original stadium. The original stadium was built in 1923 before being demolished in 2003. It is the second largest stadium in Europe, and the largest in the United Kingdom. Wembley is also home to the English national soccer team, rugby team, and the NFL national series. It hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League finals, the 2012 Olympic gold medal matches for soccer, and will host the UEFA Euro 2020.