10) The San Siro (Milan, Italy)
Opening in 1926, the San Siro plays home to two of Italy’s most prominent and historic soccer clubs, AC Milan and Inter Milan. With two teams sharing this arena as their home, the 80,000 person capacity makes for a loud and rowdy home field when either team has a match. This stadium has hosted both the European Cup Finals as well as the Champions League Finals making the San Siro an international spectacle as well as an Italian past time.
9) Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)
The Estadio Azteca is most known for its large capacity as well as being the home pitch for the Mexican National Team. Seating over 100,000 fans, the Azteca has served as a neutral site for two World Cup Finals in 1970 and 1986. This massive stadium paired along with its patrons love for the game makes the Azteca one of the most difficult places to steal a win on the road.
8) Stamford Bridge (London, England)
Rich in history, the Stamford Bridge was constructed in 1877 and is currently the home of Chelsea Football Club. The Bridge has played host to numerous events outside of Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League schedule such as the FA Cup Finals and Semi-Finals, England International Matches, and even other sports such as cricket and baseball.
7) Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)
The Allianz Arena in Munich is the home of soccer powerhouse Bayern Munich and middle of the pack German club 1860 Munich. It is one of the newer stadiums to step onto the football scene, being constructed only a few years ago opening in 2005. The Allianz provides spectators with a more intimate experience with seating closer to the playing field than the prior site for these two teams, the Olympiastadion. Another unique feature of this amazing facility is its exterior’s ability to change colors depending on which team is playing on a particular day, or in support of the recent World Cup Champion Germany.
6) Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid, Spain)
In the overly competitive realm of Spanish soccer, the Santiago Bernabeu is the home to one of Spain and Europe’s most winning and beloved programs Real Madrid. Real Madrid holds to its name nine European titles, along with arguably the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo and the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale.
5) Parc De Princes (Paris, France)
In English, the Parc de Princes translates literally into the “Park of Princes”. Since 1973 this magnificent arena has been the home of French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. PSG is known for their acquisitions in recent years of high salary superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and most recently the most expensive defender in the world David Luiz. The extravagant spending of the clubs owners had already translated into back to back league titles in 2013 and 2014.
4) Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
Who is the richest franchise in sports, the Yankees? The Lakers? The answer is England’s Manchester United Football Club. Since its opening in 1910, much of that revenue has been generated in the Red Devil’s Old Trafford located in Manchester. Old Trafford held the 2003 Champions League Final and after its 2006 renovation became the largest stadium in England, seating over 75,000 fans.
3) The Maracana (Rio De Janiero, Brazil)
The Maracana in Rio De Janiero has had a recent impact on the soccer world given that it was the host of the 2014 FIFA world cup won by Germany. The tenant of the stadium is the Brazilian national team and it provided a loud, rowdy home field advantage for the Brazilians in their World Cup chase.
2) Wembley Stadium (London, England)
Easily regarded as one of the most iconic stadiums in sports, the Wembley Stadium is the home of England’s national team and has the capacity to seat 90,000+ fans. This size makes the Wembley stadium the second largest stadium in Europe after its renovation and reopening in 2007.
1) Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
Coming in at #1 on the list is Europe’s largest stadium and home to Spain’s Barcelona FC. The structure holds 98,000 people and has hosted both the European Cup Final and Champions League Final. The capacity maxed out around 120,000 but recent law reform has reduced the maximum capacity to 99,000 for safety reasons. Current superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. call the Camp Nou their home, giving it even more reason to be called the top stadium in football.