Best European Football Stadiums

As we all know, football is probably the most popular sport in the whole world with thousands of teams and supporters in every continent. And to house such a huge number of supporters, it has led to the development of impressive stadiums that have become also the symbol of some important teams.

Today, I´m going to present you a list of the top 10 football stadiums in Europe.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is the second largest stadium in Europe. It was officially opened on 19th May 2007 with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United and can host 90,000 persons. You can find it in the Brent borough in the north-west of London and it is actually very easy to reach by metro, bus or train.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was named after the president of the Real Madrid football team who ordered its construction in 1943. It has a capacity of 84,454 seats and was the playing venue of the Euro Championship in 1964. It is situated in central Madrid, right on one of the city’s principal avenues called Paseo de la Castellana. The best way to get there is by metro.

Camp Nou

Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe with more than 99,000 seats and it is home to FC Barcelona. It was built in 1954 and hosted its first official match between FC Barcelona and a selection of players from Warsaw in 1957. It is located only a few kilometres from the centre, in the east of Barcelona and it can be easily reached by metro.

Camp Nou aerial by (CC BY 2.0)

Camp Nou aerial by (CC BY 2.0)

San Siro

San Siro has been reconstructed and expanded different times since 1926, when it was officially opened for the very first time with a match between Milan and Inter, the main two teams of the city of Milan. Today, it hosts 80,000 supporters. San Siro is a bit far from the city centre, in the west of Milan, but you can still get there using the public transport by metro or tram.

Signal Iduna Park

The stadium of Borussia Dortmund, the Signal Iduna Park was built as playing venue for the World Cup in 1974 and it was very famous at the time because it was the only stadium with a rectangular shape. In 2006, it hosted the World Cup semi-final between Germany and Italy. The Signal Iduna Park is situated just a few kilometres from the centre of Dortmund (in the south of the city). You can reach it by train as well as by metro.

Stade de France

The largest stadium in France, Stade de France is the main stadium of the French national football team. It was built in 1998 for the World Cup and it is expected to host the final of the European Championship in 2016. It is located outside the city limits in the north of Paris (the suburb is called Saint-Denis) and can be reached by metro or metro extension (called RER).

Atatürk Olympic Stadium

Atatürk Olympic Stadium is named after the founder of the Republic of Turkey and was officially opened in 2002 in order to serve as centerpiece for the Olympic Games in 2008. It is the main stadium of Instanbul BBSK since 2006. This stadium is a bit far from the centre of Instanbul (more than 20 kilometres) and the best way to get there is either by taxi or by bus.

Old Trafford

The Old Trafford Stadium was opened on 19th February 1910, but was very damaged during the World War 2 and rebuilt and expanded through time. Today it has a capacity of about 76,000 seats. It is located in a couple of miles from the Manchester’s city centre. You can reach it by an overground metro called Metrolink and on matchdays, there’s also the possibility to take a special train.

Luzhniki Stadium

The construction for the Luzhniki Stadium started in 1954 after the successes of the Soviet Union at the Olympics in 1952. It has a capacity of 78,360 seats and it has been selected to host the final match of the World Cup in 2018. The stadium is situated in the south-west of Moscow neat the river (Moskva), but altough it is about 6 kilometres from the centre, you can take a metro to get there.

Stadio Olimpico

The Stadio Olimpico was part of the project of a sport complex named Foro Italico initiated by Mussolini in 1928. It is located in the north-west of Rome, near the river (Tiber), not exactly in the centre, but only a few minutes far from it. It was massively renovated in 1990 for the World Cup hosted in Italy and it has now a capacity of about 74,000 seats.

If you would like to visit one of these stadiums (or maybe even all of them), nothing is that simple! You can use platforms that allow you to search your accommodation by city zones, so that you easily find an accommodation near to the stadium, such as for example this section of dedicated to London hotels. Remember, that many stadiums offer tours with a guide, who explains you the history of the structure and shows you not only the stadium itself, but also team benches, vip zones, changing rooms and the trophies won by the team (often located in a museum inside the stadium together with other amazing items).

One comment on “Best European Football Stadiums
  1. They maybe out of print now, but two books by Simon Inglis are well worth a read.

    The Football Grounds Of England And Wales (1983), updated by The Football Grounds Of Britain (1996, third paperback edition)

    The Football Grounds Of Europe (1990)

    This is a great website as well.

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