With the world’s passion of football so strong, the drive for better and larger stadiums has always resulted in some classic infrastructures, many of which have gone on to become the world’s top stadiums. Here is the list of best football stadiums in the world 2022
10. Soccer City (South Africa)
The First National Bank Stadium, often known as Soccer City, was built in 1989 and was refurbished in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Although it is home to South African club team Kaizer Chiefs, the stadium is most known for hosting not just the showpiece event of the 2010 World Cup final, but also the first game and goal of the tournament—Siphiwe Tshabalala reaching the back of the Mexican net with a thundering effort.
Stadium capacity: ~94,736
9. San Siro (Italy)
The San Siro, also known as the Estadio Giuseppe Meazza, is one of the world’s largest and oldest football stadiums. AC Milan and Inter Milan both name the San Siro their home.
The stadium, which was established in 1926, has been refurbished four times and was renamed in 1980 after two-time FIFA World Cup winner Giuseppe Meazza, one of the most prominent Italian football players who played for both AC and Inter. Originally meant to hold 35,000 spectators, the San Siro can currently hold up to 80,000.
Stadium capacity: ~80,000
8. Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid, Spain)
The Wanda Metropolitano is one of Europe’s newest football stadiums. The stadium, officially inaugurated in 2017, is the home of Atletico Madrid, a Spanish La Liga team.
The stadium, which was opened in 1993, was refurbished and reopened in 2017 as a state-of-the-art facility with a capacity of over 68,000 spectators.
The Wanda Metropolitano, with its eye-catching roof and bowl-shaped arena, hosted the 2019 UEFA Champions League final, which Liverpool won against Tottenham Hotspur to claim their sixth championship in the competition.
Stadium capacity: ~68,000
7. Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany)
The home of Borussia Dortmund, formerly known as the Westfalenstadion, is Germany’s largest stadium.
Dortmund’s excellent run in the last four years, which has seen them win back-to-back Bundesliga crowns and reach the Champions League final, has raised their popularity across Europe.
Signal Iduna Park is frequently on the list of must-see stadiums for any football fan, thanks in large part to The Yellow Wall. Dortmund’s south stand is Europe’s largest free-standing grandstand, with 24,454 people filling it every home game.
Stadium capacity: ~81,365
6. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)
The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, was built in 1961, is one of the world’s most historic and recognizable football stadiums. It is also one of the world’s largest sporting venues, with a capacity of about 87,500 spectators.
It is the only stadium in the world that has held two FIFA World Cup finals (1970 – when Brazil beat Italy and 1986 – when Argentina beat West Germany).
Stadium capacity: ~87,500
5. Allianz Arena (Munich)
The Allianz Arena, which has been home to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich since the 2005-06 season, is Germany’s second-largest football stadium, with a capacity of 75,000 spectators.
The stadium is famous for its outside of inflated ETFE plastic panels that can be lighted up in various colors of white, red, or blue, and it is the first in the world to feature a full color-changing exterior.
Stadium capacity: ~75,000
4. Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Real Madrid, Europe’s most successful club, has earned the privilege to play in the Bernabeu. Some of the world’s best players have played here, adding to the worth of this magnificent stadium.
Even a few years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo called the Bernabeu his home. It is presently ranked forth among the top football stadiums in the world.
Stadium capacity: ~81,044
3. Old Trafford (United Kingdom)
Tenants at Old Trafford are divided. You either adore them or despise them. Regardless of your point of view, there’s no denying that “The Theatre of Dreams” is a genuinely stunning arena.
The Red Devils’ home stadium, was opened in 1910, currently seats over 75,000 supporters after a 2006 makeover and is England’s largest club stadium.
Stadium capacity: ~76,000
2. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
The towering Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, first inaugurated in 1957, is one of the world’s largest sports stadiums and the largest football stadium in Europe. The Camp Nou, which translates as “new ground,” was a huge improvement over Barcelona’s previous Les Corts stadium, which could only hold 48,000 fans.
With a seating capacity of 99,354, the Camp Nou is one of the few football stadiums on the continent that meets UEFA’s demanding Category 4 stadium criteria in terms of amenities, services, and capacity.
Stadium capacity: ~99,000
1. Wembley Stadium (London)
The Wembley Stadium in London, which opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley, is the largest football stadium in the United Kingdom and the second largest in Europe, with a capacity of 90,000.
The England football team’s home ground has hosted a number of high-profile football matches. The Wembley Stadium, one of Europe’s few UEFA Category 4 stadiums, with retractable roofs on both ends and a signature 134-metre arch that carries more than 75 percent of the roof weight. The arch is the longest unsupported roof structure in the world.
Stadium capacity: ~90,000