The best stadiums in the Champions League (now the Emirates is hosting Europa League games…)

By Daniel Cowan
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Dec 12th, 2018
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This season’s Champions League campaign is well underway, with the group stage almost finished. Some groups already have their qualified teams confirmed, whilst others have it all to play for in the final group game.

The Champions League winner odds 2019 sites give the impression that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the favourites to win the tournament for the first time in their history, but face tough competition from Barcelona and Juventus. All three teams have experienced impressive starts to their seasons and are battling it out at the top of the table in their respective leagues.

Not only do these clubs have the best squads, they also have some of the best stadiums in Europe. There are just some stadiums which football enthusiasts need to visit at some point in their lives, and these are just some of them.

Westfalenstadion

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Capacity: 81,365

Officially called the Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship reasons, Borussia Dortmund’s stadium is one of the most famous football grounds in the world thanks to its atmosphere. The stadium was officially opened in 1974 and had the capacity to hold 54,000 spectators despite only having one tier. Since then, the stadium has been expanded and redeveloped multiple times and now has the capacity to hold 81,365 spectators.

The UEFA regulations means that the capacity is dramatically decreased to 65,829 in European games as stadium becomes seated only. Regardless of whether the fans are sitting or standing, the atmosphere that the fans generate is sensational.

Westfalenstadion

Image Source: wikipedia.org

Camp Nou

Club: Barcelona

Capacity: 99,354

Before the opening of the Camp Nou in 1957, Barcelona played their games at Camp de les Corts. Despite having the ability to host 60,000 spectators, the club outgrew the stadium and moved to the much larger Camp Nou.

When the iconic stadium opened it was able to host over 100,000 spectators. However in following few decades, the stadium underwent little change expect for in 1982 when the stadium capacity was increased to over 120,000 for the upcoming World Cup.

Even though the club had no issue in selling out their stadium, the capacity has gradually been reduced over the years in order to be compliant with UEFA regulations by eliminating all standing room.

camp nou

Image Source: wikipedia.org

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Club: Real Madrid

Capacity: 81,044

Barcelona’s main rival, Real Madrid, also have one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world. The stadium was opened in 1947 and had an original capacity of 75,145 spectators but this was dramatically increased less than a decade later to 125,000

Even though the stadium was now the biggest in Europe, changes to the stadium had to be made in the following decades in order to make it more suitable for spectators and fall in line with FIFA and UEFA regulations. The summer of 1998 saw the stadium capacity drop down to 75,328 spectators, the lowest since the stadiums original capacity. 2006 saw the stadium capacity increase to 80,354, but there has been no expansion since then.

bernabeu

Image Source: wikipedia.org

Wanda Metropolitano

Club: Atletico Madrid

Capacity: 67,703

After spending nearly half a century in the same stadium, Atletico Madrid moved to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in 2017. The stadium was originally create to promote Spain’s 1997 World Athletics Championships bid, but failure to win the tournament meant that the stadium was used sporadically before being abandoned in 2004.

Fortunately for the city, Atletico took ownership of the location in 2013 as they announced plans to build a new stadium on the site. Although the Vicente Calderón Stadium had a capacity of over 50,000, the new site would increase their capacity to over 65,000 with potential to increase it even further.

Even if your club doesn’t manage to play against Atletico this season, there is a chance you might still visit the stadium this year as the 2019 Champions League will be hosted at the Wanda Metropolitano

wanda metropolitano

Image Source: wikipedia.org

Next year the Emirates will be featuring on these lists again when Arsenal are back in the Champions League where they belong.

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