Top Football Stadiums You Have to Visit

15 Apr Top Football Stadiums You Have to Visit

  1. Old Trafford, Manchester United

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 ORA, UK

Capacity: 75 811

Old Trafford Stadium, inside

Nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams” by former United star, Sir Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford is home to twenty times England champions, Manchester United, the Red Devils. It is the only stadium in England that has the prestigious UEFA five-star rating, which is the ranking system for football venues around the world. Be sure to purchase the tickets for the stadium tour featuring the new Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, players’ dressing room, and the utmost honour of emerging from the Red Tunnel following in the footsteps of many legends of United. There has been countless sensational footballers such as Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo who have came through the Red Tunnel stepping onto the pitch in the famous red jersey. The plans of expanding the stadium is in the pipeline whereby upon completion, it will see the seating capacity rise to an estimated 95000, making it the biggest in England.

=How To Get There=

Old Trafford is located in the Southwest of Manchester city centre, 5 km from Manchester Piccadilly Station. It is best reached by Metrolink from Piccadilly Station to Old Trafford Station.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hotel Football

$$$

Address: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester

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  • The Lowry Hotel

$$$

Address: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester City Centre

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=Ticket Sales=

£31.00 for lower tier seat to £53.00 for a central seat.

Stadium tour costs £18.

 

  1. Camp Nou, Barcelona

Address: C. Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

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Home to one of the most successful clubs in Europe, FC Barcelona, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in the Europe. Visiting Spain in the Catalan region, Camp Nou should be one of the highlights of the trip. The atmosphere during match day in Camp Nou is popularly known as a roaring cauldron with the high tiers jam-packed with Catalonian faithfuls. Many exceptional players like such as Puyol, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Johan Cruyff have graced the Camp Nou pitch, electrifying the fans of Barcelona. Today, FC Barcelona’s golden boy Lionel Messi who has already won the FIFA Ballon d’Or five times is the cornerstone to the successes of the Catalonian club.

=How To Get There=

Camp Now is located in the east of Barcelona, 5 km from the city centre. It can be reached by metro in the direction of Zona Universitaria and get off at Les Corts. From there, it will be a short 10 minutes walk to the stadium.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hotel Palace GL

$$$$

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, Eixample, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

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  • Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL

$$$

Address: Passeig de Gracia, 68, Eixample, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

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=Ticket Sales=

Category D range from €29.00 for upper tier to €109.00 for central middle tier seats. Category A range from €59.00 to €169.00.

Stadium tour costs €23.00.

 

  1. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio San Siro), AC Milan & FC Internazionale

Address: Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milano, Italy

Capacity: 80 018

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Football is never merely a sport in Italy: it is a way of life. The devotion to calico, as football is called in Italian, is reflected in the stadiums. San Siro was originally owned by AC Milan but was sold to the city of Milan in 1935. On 3 March 1980, the stadium was named in honour of Giuseppe Meazza who played for both Inter Milan and AC Milan. A tour around San Siro will give you double dosage of the grandeur of two Italian footballing giants. It is at this very place that the stellar stature of captains Paolo Maldini and Javier Zanetti battled it out in the Derby di Milano.

=How To Get There=

San Siro is location in the west of Milan, 5 km away from the city centre. It is easily reached by metro and the nearest stations are San Siro Ippodromo and San Siro Stadio. It can also be reached with 30 minutes journey on tram 16 from the centre of Milan to the last stop of the line, San Siro Stadio.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hotel Magna Pars

$$$

Address: Via Forcella 6, Navigli, 20144 Milan, Italy

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  • Hotel Milano Scala

$$$

Address: Via dell’Orso 7, Milan City Centre, 20121 Milan, Italy

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=Ticket Sales=

Regular tickets range from €21.00 to €47.00 for second tier and cheapest lower tier. Central lower tier seats are priced up to €179.00.

Stadium tour costs €17.00.

 

  1. Allianz Arena, FC Bayern & TSV 1860 Munchen

Address: Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 Munchen, Germany

Capacity: 75 024

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The Allianz Arena is a football stadium in Munich, Bavaria, Germany known to be the world’s first full colour changing exterior which is made of inflated ETFE plastic panels. The stadium is the third largest in Germany and has been nicknamed “Schlauchboot” (inflatable boat). It is home to German giants FC Bayern and TSV 1860 Munchen. As each panel of the exterior can be independently lit with white, red or blue lights, the colour changes as according to the respective home team – red for Bayern Munchen, blue for TSV and white for the German national team. On 19 May 2012, the Champions League Final was held at the Allianz Arena. Incidentally, Bayern Munchen was drawn as the home team against English club, Chelsea. Then Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger’s penalty struck the left post while Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba swept home the winning penalty. Memorable moments like these define the stadium and the prestige it carries.

=How To Get There=

Allianz Arena is located at the north of Munich, 10 km from the city centre. It can be reached by metro on line 6 towards Garching-Hochbruck and alight at Frottmaning.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hotel Freisinger Hof

$$$

Address: Oberfohringerstrabe 191, Bogenhausen, 81925 Munich, Germany

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  • Hotel Konig Ludwig II

$$

Address: Burgerplatz 3, 85748 Garching bei Munchen, Germany

 

=Ticket Sales=

Seating tickets for Bayern Munch range from €35.00 to €70.00, standing tickets at €15.00.

Seating tickets for TSV 1860 range from €19.90 to €36.00, standing tickets at €14.00.

Stadium tour costs €10.00.

 

  1. Stade de France, France National Football Team

Address: ZAC du Cornillon Nord 93216 Saint Denis, France

Capacity: 81 338

Stade de France - Marseille / Paris Saint Germain- Finale -Coupe de France- 29.04.2006 - OM / PSG - Foot Football - Largeur illustration vue ensemble generale

The Stade de France is the national stadium of France and the fifth largest stadium in Europe. It is also used by the French rugby union team for international competitions. Originally built in 1998 for the FIFA World Cup, it is also where France was bestowed as the Champions of FIFA World Cup 1998 on 12 July 1998 when they defeated South America giant, Brazil 3-0. The upcoming 2016 European Championships are played in France. In 2008, Stade de France launched its Walk of Fame to immortalize great athletes and artists such as World Cup Champions Lilian Thuram, Emmanuel Petit and Zinedine Zidane.

=How To Get There=

Stade de France is located in the north of the city centre, about 8 km from the Louvre Museum. It can be reached by RER. Get off at La Plaine Stade de France on line B or Stade de France Saint Denis on line D.

=Where to Stay=

  • Terrass’ Hotel Montmartre by MH

$$$

Address: 12-14 Rue Joseph De Maistre, 18th arr., 75018 Paris, France

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  • Declic Hotel

$$$

Address: 17 Rue Duhesme, 18th arr., 75018 Paris, France

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=Ticket Sales=

Stadium tour costs €15.00

  1. First National Bank Stadium, Kaizer Chiefs FC & South Africa National Football Team

Address: Stadium Avenue, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa

Capacity: 94 736

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Also known as FNB Stadium or Soccer City or The Calabash due to its resemblance to the African gourd. Being the flagship stadium and headquarters of the World Cup, Soccer City hosted spectacular opening ceremony and inaugural match between BafanaBafana and Mexico. It is fast becoming a sought after destination for both local and international film crews to use as a backdrop for advertising campaigns, documentaries, movies, etc.

=How To Get There=

Soccer City is located Southwest of Johannesburg, 8 km from Johannesburg’s Central Business District. You can reach by car from Johannesburg in about 14 minutes: Take Von Wielligh St to Scott Rd, follow Scott Rd and Trump St to Booysens Rd in Johannesburg, follow Booysens Rd and M70 to League Ave. Exit from M70 and continue on League Ave. Drive to Soccer City Ave.

=Where to Stay=

  • Arum Place Guest House

$$

Address: Number 15, 1st Street, 2019 Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Die Agterplaas B&B

$$

Address: 66 Sixth Avenue, Melville, 2092 Johannesburg, South Africa

 

  1. Beijing National Stadium, China

Capacity: 91 000

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Known as the Bird’s Nest due to the similarity in the outlook, Beijing National Stadium was designed for use during the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. It will be used again in 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium also boasts the largest ski resort in urban Beijing.

=How To Get There=

Take bus 82, 538 or 645 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong Station.

Take Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Line 8. Get off at Olympic Sports Center Station.

=Where to Stay=

  • Michael’s House Beijing

$$

Address: No. 1, S.Yard, Zhiqiang Garden N., XiaoXiTian, Hai Dian, 100088 Beijing, China

  • Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian

$$

Address: Building A, No. 89 Shuangqing Road, Hai Dian, 100085 Beijing, China

 

 

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