Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, watched by billions of people in practically every country. While watching on TV is fun, there’s nothing quite like seeing the beautiful game live in a large stadium with thousands of people. All the major soccer clubs have stadiums, but the following have stood the test of time and become as renowned as the teams that play there.
These stadiums all have certain things in common, which include excellent seating, high capacity, and high quality painting jobs that were done by professional painting companies.
Wembley Stadium (London)
Wembley Stadium is known as the “home of football”, and is also the home of the English national football team. Since the 90,000 capacity stadium reopened in 2007 (built over the 1923 original), it’s been the site of several major sporting events including the 2012 Olympic football final and the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. No question about it, Wembley Stadium is one of the greatest soccer arenas in the world.
Camp Nou (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou was opened in 1957 and since that time, the 98,757 capacity stadium has hosted several championships including the 1999 Champions League final and the 1989 European Cup final. Camp Nou is the largest soccer stadium in Europe, and during the 1982 World Cup finals, the stadium’s capacity reached 120,000, but it was reduced to the present level to meet new regulations.
Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Home of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, the 85,454 capacity stadium opened its doors in 1947, and it’s been the home of several memorable spectacles, as the 2010 Champions League finals, the 1957, 1969 and 1980 European Cup finals were all held here.
The Bernabeu has been renovated twice, the first in 1982 and the second in 2001, which is the reason why in spite of its age, is still one of the most modern stadiums in terms of design. Because it is home to Real Madrid, it is ranked among the best places to play in.
Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
Old Trafford was built in 1910. With a seating capacity of 75,731, it is well known for being the staging ground for the 2003 Champions League final, and of course for being the home of Manchester United. Regardless how one feels about the team, there’s no question that “The Theatre of Dreams” is an icon. Part of what makes it so is definitely the paint job, as the colors make the stadium instantly recognizable.
The Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)
Built in 1950, the Maracana is the home of the Brazilian national football team and is rightfully regarded as one of the best soccer stadiums in the world. With a capacity of 78,838, the Maracana ably hosted the 2016 Olympic Games football final as well as the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals. The stadium is also famous for hosting the 1950 World Cup group-stage match between Chile and Brazil, which drew a mind boggling 199,854 fans.
Allianz Arena (Munich)
Last but not the least is the Allianz Arena. The Arena was opened in 2005 and is the official home of Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, and while it is relatively new compared to the others on this list, it’s