World Class Soccer Stadiums

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Camp Nou

What’s the average number of seats in a soccer (football) stadium? If you visit Camp Nou, Barcelona’s incredible stadium, there would be upwards of 90,000 seats, all of them with butts in them. With a team like Barcelona, with Deco, Ronaldinho, Messi, Etoo, and more, there’s no doubt each game is a sell out.

Barcelona was the best supported club last season with an average home attendance of 79,000. Barcelona has 141,000 socios or club members, essentially season ticket holders but they have a vote and a say in how the club is run to an extent.

You really have to go to understand what it’s like to play in front of this many people. Imagine 90,000 people screaming your name or whistling when you make a bad play, as they do in European football.

It’s a joy to see the passion of so many people, all on the edge of their seats with each touch, pass, punt, and of course goal. The adoration of the Barca team is becoming a world wide phenomenon, as they continue to play beautiful football.

Camp Nou
Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium located on Ashburton Grove, north London, and is the current home of Arsenal Football Club. The stadium opened in July 2006, and has an all-seated capacity of 60,432, making it the second largest stadium in the Premiership after Old Trafford, and the third-largest stadium of any kind in London, after Wembley and Twickenham. It was informally known as Ashburton Grove before a naming rights deal with the airline Emirates was announced in 2004. The stadium project cost £390 million, but not all of this was for the actual construction of the stadium itself.

Old Trafford

Old Trafford

Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir. Bobby Charlton) is a football stadium that serves as the home of Manchester United.

Located in the borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, it has been United’s permanent home since 1910, apart from an eight year period following the bombing of the stadium in the Second World War. The club had to temporarily share Manchester City’s home ground, Maine Road, until the rebuilding of Old Trafford was completed in 1949. The stadium holds just under 70,000 people.

Maracanã Stadium

Maracana Stadium

The stadium, built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, originally had a capacity of 200,000. However, its capacity was greatly reduced when it was converted to an all-seater in the 1990s; it can currently hold around 77,720 seated and 103,022 with standing room. It is now undergoing renovations that will increase its all-seated capacity to around 100,000.

San Siro

San Siro

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as the San Siro, is a football stadium in Milan, Italy. It is the home stadium for two of the three most successful Italian Football League teams: A.C. Milan and Internazionale, and one of the most famous soccer stadia in the world. Although it has been officially renamed in honour of Giuseppe Meazza, the Inter and Milan player of the 1930s and 1940s, it is still commonly called the San Siro. With the spectators being so close to the pitch, the stands being so steep and with a large roof, it is considered to have one of the best atmospheres of any stadium in the world.

Olympic Stadium in Berlin

Olympic Stadium (Berlin)

Aside from its use as an Olympic stadium, the Olympiastadion has a strong football tradition. Historically, it’s the ground of club Hertha BSC of Berlin. It was also used for 3 matches in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. It hosted six matches, including the final, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was renovated for that reason. The German Cup final match is held each year at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.Photo to the left is from the FIFA World Cup Final in Berlin of course, France versus Italy, with the Italians winning on penalty kicks.

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Sources: Wikipedia

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