Spectacular Arena of Excitement…

News | | August 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm


Historically, the stadiums were nothing but a field where people played while others perched on benches to cheer. But a modern day stadium has travelled far from its root. It is designed scientifically to bring out marvels for the world to enjoy. Today, we have more than 10 000 stadiums in over 223 countries which are frequented by 18,000 visitors daily. There are some splendidly made stadiums around the world that are a testament to great architecture. You never know, you might be lucky in getting to see your favorite player practicing while not even paying a fortune.

Here are some stadiums from around the world that homes different popular clubs, and is worth a visit:

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium- London, UK

Wembley’s 90,000 capacity makes it the second largest stadium in Europe after Camp Nou and the largest in the world with every seat under cover. It is the most expensive stadium ever built; costing close to £800m London’s Wembley Stadium hosts England’s home matches, live music concerts and other sporting events.

Estadio Azteca

Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico

The scene for the historical “hand of god” goal scored by Diego Maradona for Argentina against England in the 1986, this stadium is the home to the Mexican team, Club América as well as the Mexican national team. Estadio Azteca is the fifth largest stadium in the world which can house some 114,600 people at one time.

Camp Nou FC Barcelona

Camp Nou– Barcelona, Spain

The Camp Nou or Nou Camp in Spanish is home to FC Barcelona. It is the largest stadium in Europe and the eleventh largest in the entire world. It can seat up to 98,772 people and had the developing cost of a massive 1,731 million Euros, way back in 1957.

stadio giuseppe meazza stadium

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio San Siro) – Milan, Italy

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza or Stadio San Siro is the home of both A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. The stadium which was originally built in 1926 underwent further renovations for the 1990 World Cup with $60 million being spent, bringing the stadium up to UEFA 5-star standard. The stadium’s capacity is 85,700 and it was named after Giuseppe Meazza who played for both clubs and lifted the World Cup on two occasions for Italy.

millenium stadium

Millenium Stadium – Cardiff, Wales

With the capacity of 74,500, the Millenium Stadiumis the national stadium of Welsh and houses both the Welsh National Football Team and the Welsh National Rugby Team. The stadium features a retractable roof, only the second stadium of its type in Europe, and the largest such stadium in the world with this feature. The stadium is relatively new, being built in June 1999 at a cost of £121 million UK pounds.

La Bombonera

Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera) – La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The stadium is owned by Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s most famous football clubs. The unusual shape of the stadium has led to it having excellent acoustics. It is widely known as La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box) due to its shape, with a “flat” stand on one side of the pitch and three steep stands round the rest of the stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 57,395 and the pitch just sneaks in at the Fifa minimum length.

Estádio do Maracanã stadium

Estádio do Maracanã – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho or as commonly called Estádio do Maracanã, is an open-air stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, it houses 88,992 supporters at a time, making it the largest stadium in South America. The stadium opened to much fanfare back in 1950 for the World Cup Finals where the attendance was 199,854. Nowadays it hosts games for the major football teams of Rio de Janeiro such as Botafogo, Flamengo and Vasco da Gama.

Traveling gives you a great opportunity to visit some interesting places. Even if you are not a football fan, the architectural splendor of these new constructions will sweep you off your feet. And if you time your travel well, you just might get to see a live match of your favorite football stars.

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