Football is the biggest sport on the planet and fans will often spend time discussing teams, players, matches, and goals. One thing that is also integral to the beautiful game is the stadiums and grounds that it is played in. It’s often been the case that football fans will look to visit various different stadiums in their lifetime, often in different parts of the world, especially those steeped in history or with the tag of being iconic. So which are the best-designed stadiums around the world right now?
The Westfalenstadion, the home of German giants Borussia Dortmund, was built for the 1974 World Cup and you could say that it has only really become as well-known as it is now over recent times. 1997 was the year when things changed in this regard as Dortmund won the Champions League beating Juventus 3-1. This coincided with the Westfalenstadion’s capacity being improved from around 50,000 to over 80,000 and it also saw the South Stand Terrace aka “The Yellow Wall” created. What the stadium does well is combine passion along with traditional and modern values.
San Siro, Milan
The San Siro is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world. In some people’s eyes it will be a stadium that is aging but for others, it will be a one of the all-time greats. It’s instantly recognizable from the outside, with its columns and ramps, and then when you get inside the stands are steep and imposing. It’s a truly breathtaking venue and holds over 81,000 fans on match day. It’s a must visit the stadium for football fans of all ages and it’s no surprise it still hosts European Cup finals to this day.
When it comes to modern stadiums, Wembley is the biggest and arguably the best. It holds a cool 90,000 supporters and that’s the second biggest in Europe and while it may not have the history or the memorable moments that the Old Wembley did just yet, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will in the future. It’s hosted the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals and it’s set to host the Euro 2020 final too. It’s a real cracker of a modern-day venue that is destined to become iconic as time goes on.
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
The Santiago Bernabeu, home to Spanish giants Real Madrid, is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing football stadium in Spain. It’s not the biggest but it’s one that has continuously been improved over the years to keep it up to date and modern. The fact that it has a roof on all sides of the ground makes it even more pleasing on the eye and Real Madrid is one of the most successful footballing sides of all time and this makes it an even more attractive venue to visit. Unfortunately, this season, established betting sites like Unibet have them 11/1 to win the La Liga title; whilst their arch-rival Barcelona are 1/20 odds-on favorites to collect the trophy.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
The Camp Nou, or Nou Camp as others often refer to it as, is one of those stadiums where people from all over the world flock to visit, even if it’s just for a stadium tour. It’s well known for being the biggest football stadium in Europe and at one time was capable of holding over 120,000 fans. Most people will say that it’s a bit of an eye soar but the Camp Nou is a truly iconic footballing venue and it’s set to undergo a complete renovation in order to modernize it. This will undoubtedly make it the best football stadium on the planet.