Let’s have a look at the top 10 stadiums in the world.
10) Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Commonly known as El Monumental or the River Plate Stadium, this 67,00+ capacity stadium is located in Buenos Aires and is the home ground of Argentine club River Plate. It is the national stadium of Argentina and the stadium was the venue for Argentina’s maiden World Cup win in 1978.
9) Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
The home ground to clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan, the San Siro (as it’s commonly known) has hosted three European Cup finals (1965, 1970, 2001) and has also been used for the 1990 World Cup. It was named after former Milan and Inter player Giuseppe Meazza and can currently seat around 80,000 people.
Anfield is the home to English club Liverpool, although it was originally used by their rivals Everton, and is renowned for the atmosphere the fans are able to generate. It currently seats 45,000 people although there are plans to increase its capacity.
7) Estadio Alberto J. Armando
The 49,000 capacity stadium is home to Argentine club Boca Juniors and is more commonly known as La Bombonera (translates to “The Chocolate Box”). Boca fans have always been able to generate an excellent atmosphere due to the grounds odd shape resulting in it having excellent acoustics.
6) Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena has been home to both Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich since 2005 and is also the national stadium for Germany. It has a capacity of 70,000+ and is known for changing colours to red, blue and white (depending on whether Bayern, TSV or Germany are playing in the stadium).
5) Old Trafford
The home ground to English giants Manchester United, the 75,000-seater stadium has hosted many international matches and FA Cup finals, as well as the 2003 Champions League final. It is the second-largest stadium in England (Wembley has the honour of being the largest).
4) Camp Nou
At a capacity of nearly 100,000 (99,700 to be precise), the Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. It’s the home ground of Spanish and Catalan club Barcelona and has hosted the European Cup finals in 1989 and 1999 and was also used to host matches during the 1982 World Cup.
3) Santiago Bernabeu
The home of Spanish giants Real Madrid, the stadium was named after Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu Yeste. The 1982 World Cup final was held at the Santiago Bernanbeu and the stadium also hosted the European Cup finals of 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010. It’s current capacity is around 85,000.
The national stadium of England can seat up to 90,000 people although it’s full capacity is around 105,000 (including standing areas). That makes it the second largest stadium in Europe after Barcelona. The new Wembley was built on the site of the old one, which was demolished in 2003. The old stadium was one of the most iconic stadiums in the world.
1) Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho
Commonly known as the Marcana, it’s the largest stadium in South America. It holds the record for the largest number of spectators in a single match (199,854 people watched the 1950 World Cup final between Uruguay and Brazil). The match has since been used for matches between clubs in Rio and will be used during the 2014 World Cup.