Celtic Park – Glasgow, Scotland
Year Opened: 1892
Tenants: Celtic F.C.
Scotland’s biggest football team have a home to match their stature. Celtic are known for having some of the best fans and are famous for their home games on Champions League nights. The atmosphere created on those nights is something like you cannot experience anywhere else. Just ask Tony Watt!
Old Trafford – Manchester, England
Year Opened: 1910
Tenants: Manchester United
The biggest and most famous ground in the Premier League, Old Trafford is arguably the most well known venue in world sport. Christened the “Theatre of Dreams” by Sir Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford has been home to many footballing legends over the year and will continue to do so for years to come.
Craven Cottage – London, England
Year Opened: 1896
Tenants: Fulham FC
Located on the banks of the Thames, Craven Cottage is known for its traditional style and elegance. It’s also a charmingly quirky place, whose rickety turnstiles and red-brick facade have the aura of a different, gentler age.
St James’ Park – Newcastle, England
Year Opened: 1892
Tenants: Newcastle United
Newcastle may not have won a major trophy since 1955 but that does not undermine their wonderful stadium. A symbol of the North-East, St James’ Park dominates the city’s skyline. Despite Newcastle’s recent struggles, the stadium is packed with Geordies every weekend.
Anfield – Liverpool, England
Year Opened: 1884
Liverpool’s iconic ground is one of the greatest football venues in the world. It is particularly well known for its “European nights”, where the atmosphere is electrified. Despite being starved of domestic success for the last 25 years, Anfield is still sold out every week, in the hope that “next year will be their year”.
Wembley Stadium – London, England
Year Opened: 2007
Tenants: England National Team
Perhaps not as spectacular as the old Wembley, it is still a beautiful stadium. The “Home of Football” is the second biggest stadium in Europe and despite being relatively new it has hosted some very memorable moments. It is a must-see for any football fan, if you’re team are unsuccessful in reaching Wembley it is still worth getting a stadium tour some time!
Elland Road – Leeds, England
Year Opened: 1897
Tenants: Leeds United
The historical home of Leeds United, this ground has seen multiple title winning sides build a fortress here. Once one of England’s most successful sides, Leeds have seen a great decline since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004. Despite their troubles, Elland Road still posses a unique feel, where the history and past achievements can be seen.
Emirates Stadium – London, England
Year Opened: 2006
The best of the modern stadia. Many will debate the atmosphere the Gunners fans generate inside is pretty poor but in terms of stature and facilities, it is an outstanding Premier League venue. Also Arsenal are known for playing attractive, expansive football so there’s that too!
The Amex – Brighton, England
Year Opened: 2011
Tenants: Brighton and Hove Albion
It cost £93 million to construct and was finally opened in 2011. It is a modern, 21st century stadium that regularly attracts crowds of 25,000 for the Seagulls. Although it isn’t necessarily ‘rocking’ on a match day, the stadium itself has won countless awards. It was also used as a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hosting one of sport’s greatest ever shocks as Japan defeated the mighty South Africa!
The Racecourse Ground – Wrexham, Wales
Year Opened: 1807
Tenants: Wrexham FC
The Racecourse Ground is the largest stadium in North Wales and the fifth largest in Wales. The stadium is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest international football stadium that still hosts international matches, having hosted Wales’ first ever home international match in 1877, and has hosted more Wales international matches than any other ground. It is worth a visit for its historical value alone!
That’s our top 10! If you feel we have left out one or see one that doesn’t deserve to be in the list please comment below or tweet to @FutbolNetwork. Also let us know how many you have been to and check out our piece on Europe’s must see stadiums!
By Peter Muldoon, TFN Founder & Editor on 01/04/2016 at 11:05
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