World's Biggest, Best or most amazing soccer stadiums

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I was surfing through http://www.wsoccer.com/stadium/index.htm and found some interesting pics and stats.

Some of these stadiums have huge capacities.
Imagining playing infront or being a fan, of 120,000+.
I assume some stadiums have some sort of mysterious ora (sp?)

Let's here some stories of stadiums TTPers have visited and their experiences.

I'm sure fastshow should be able provide some feedback on this.
Also, I believe the captain has been abroad and attended some matches.

As for capacity I think North Korea's Mayday stadium takes the prize of 150,000. :eek:
 

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since you asked.........

Well, since it's yer birthday......

I went to Ayresome Park many times during the 1980's and early 1990's and there's something about a North-East crowd that has a certain je ne sais quoi, particularly for a derby (ie: Scumderland or the barcodes from up the A19). I wouldn't presume to compare it to a Rangers-Sellick derby as I would imagine that fixture is imcomparable due to the religious factor but the hatred displayed between three clubs that lie a mere 50 miles apart from one another is a sight to behold. Hatred is an energy and, as such, the atmosphere is always electric and aggro is never far away. This can only be considered a 'good thing' if said aggro is at a safe and enjoyable watching distance from wherever you are. Voyeurism requires little energy.

The crowd in Middlesbrough is very knowledgeable if only because, for a depressingly large number, due to the bleak economic outlook of the area, there is little else into which people can channel their energy. The humour on the terraces was also something that has no Canadian counterpart if only because, for the most part, Canadians aren't funny. Intentionally.

Night before last 20,000 people turned up at The Riverside, Ayresome Park's successor, to see the return of Juninho in a reserve fixture against Bradford. 9-0 for the 'boro.


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Some great players have represented Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park over the years. Alf Common, Wilf Mannion, Mickey Fenton, John Hickton, Bobby Murdoch, Brian Clough, Graeme Souness, Gary Pallister, Bryan Robson. The list goes on.

Various high points in the history of Ayresome Park include the electric football produced by the Boro teams of the late 1930's when Wilf Mannion and Co. were tearing up defences and threatening for the Division 1 Championship. Alas, World War Two put an end to this.

Another high point was it's involvement in the 1966 World Cup. Ayresome Park staged a number of group games with teams including Italy, Russia, North Korea and Chile. This gave Ayresome Park a great reputation as one of the best grounds in the country.

Other highlights include the reign of Jack Charlton and the football stars of the 1970's including Graeme Souness, Willie Maddren, David Armstrong and John Hickton, and the appointment of Bryan Robson in 1994 as player manager.

The major low point in Ayresome Park's history occurred in the year 1986 when it's gates were padlocked by the liquidators and Middlesbrough were forced to play their home games at Hartlepool's Victoria Ground.

There have been numerous other memories of Ayresome Park. The most recent one in Boro fans' minds was the final game of the 1994/1995 season. Middlesbrough were playing Luton Town and won 2-1 with John Hendrie scoring the goals. The Division 1 champions enjoyed one of the most electric atmospheres ever to say goodbye to their home since 1903. Following that season Middlesbrough moved the the Riverside Stadium and Ayresome Park was demolished.

Ayresome Park had served Middlesbrough Football Club for 92 years, hosting thousands of league games, numerous league cup games and many more FA cup games.

Where Ayresome Park was now stand houses. Where the large iron gates used to hang in Watson Street is now just somebody's back garden fence. The old cobble street remains but little else.
Other grounds I've been to off the top of my hungover Thursday head are White Hart Lane which is a shithole, Craven Cottage which, thankfully has a lovely view of the Thames to make up for the fact Fulham are mince, St. James's Park which, begrudgingly, is a superb shrine to football, Loftus Road which should have been sorted during The Blitz and sometimes looks as though it was, and, of course, BC Place which is the best ground I've ever been to, bar-none.
 

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Boro Smog Tales

Fastshow:

Thank you for waxing wistful about your smog lore. Interestingly enough, some of us have never heard about the glories of Boro football history, while others out there are surely amazed that 20,000 fans turn out to watch a Brazilian field mouse train, when less than that show up for a regular game.

In regards to White Hart Lane, this is a magnificent stadium in a shabby, dodgy area (to put it mildly). Much better than Highbury, whose corners remind me of Candlestick Park in SF. Friend of mine's dad grew up a stone's throw from the Lane, and says the neighbourhood went downhill when all the "ethnics" moved in. Gotta love Londoners. But I would still rather travel to a game in Tottenham than brave the Mad Max-like roving gangs of teenage hoods from Peckham Estate to travel to somewhere like The New Den.

Loftus Road is no different than Griffin Park, and both aren't much better than the sports club in Osterley where my sh!t Sunday league team play.

Regards,

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regards?

I love reading stories about other people's friend's Dads. I'll bet he's got a few bob or two. Fiddler on the roof is my absolute favourite musical. Ethnics indeed.

Pass the pork scratchings, there's a good chap.

More than 20,000 turn out for a 'boro Premiership fixture, of course they do, there's fcuk-all else to do in Middlesbrough. It's much like Ealing. Except nicer and with far fewer fcuking Seth Efricaans. You're right on one count, however, the 'boro do play irregular games.

Dean Court, home of 'the cherries' is a lovely stadium not far from the seaside. I saw Luther Blissett play there after his Watford and England heyday. Reports that he saw me remain unconfirmed.

Warmest, most condascending and ingratiatingly crawling regards,

Fastshow.
 

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I actually had the opportunity to play against Luther Blissett when he was finishing his career at Bournemouth(sp?- I don't actually care). He was still a very good player. Of course, to stay on topic, he played us at Swangard Stadium, which must rank up there with parks such as Celtic Park, Ibrox, and Old Trafford. For you, Fasty, carry on. See you on Saturday. :)


Captain who is reminiscing about being skinned by Luther Blisset......
 

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The new Allianz Arena in Munich has recently undergone it's coloured-shell lighting system. It's too be ready for the 2005-2006 season and, of course, the 2006 World Cup.

Very cool.
 

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How cool would it be to be on your way to a Van Halen concert being held there, eh RF?

:D

I'd hate to see the Americans playing at that venue in 2006 though :mad: Not a potential terrorist target at all... :rolleyes:

~Regs.
 

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Couple more interesting places to watch a game:

Rose Bowl in Pasedena. Got to see Brazil & Italy go at it for all the marbles in 1994. Everybody was either Brazilian or Italian for a day. Thankfully, mostly Brazilian...

Azteca in Mexico City (any of the 3 times I have been there). The first time (1987), we took a tour bus, and were actually allowed to go onto the field. Looked up, up, up, and even further up at the stands, and imagined how it felt for anybody coming into there to play against a packed house. On a later trip, I got to see Club America playing UNAM Panthers from the 2nd deck. Nothing else ever quite like it, even at the Mundial.

Old Empire would have been my best pick for domestic games. Swangard is a great place to watch a game with the best scenery in North America behind it, but just doesn't have that same atmosphere that you could only generate by adding 25,000 more bodies with the same amount of interest in a game.

Beerz,

stew :cool:
 

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from espn, (feel free to make your own jokes)

Young Boys' Wankdorf Erection Woe


BERNE, Switzerland, June 26 (Reuters) - Young Boys have been forced to play a UEFA Cup qualifier with Finnish side MyPa away from their Neufeld home after European soccer's governing body UEFA refused to allow temporary seating.

Young Boys, who host MyPa in the second leg on August 28, said on Thursday UEFA has not granted either their request to allow supporters to stand or for makeshift stands to be erected at the 6,800-capacity Neufeld stadium.

The Neufeld is being used as an temporary home while Young Boys' new Wankdorf stadium, which will become the Swiss national team's home, is built following the demolition of their previous home.

Young Boys said they are in talks to play the game in Lausanne, Basel or Zurich. A decision must be made before July 8.
 

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If only the Parks Board could afford . . .

Only 22 games(!) and it needs to be ripped up already.
08.11.2005 Saturday's highlight clash between Bayern and Werder Bremen had hardly come to an end before the Allianz Arena authorities swung into action. Taking advantage of a break in the German first and second division fixture programme for the next two weeks, stadium operator Munich Stadion GmbH has seized the opportunity to replace the playing surface.

Specialist equipment was moved into the towering temple of football on Monday morning to begin the mammoth task. The current pitch is scheduled for complete removal by Thursday, when work starts on laying pristine new turf. The total cost comes to approximately €100,000.

New surface should hold till end of term

The investment appears sound as the relaid pitch should now remain in good order until the end of the season. "That'll be it on the subject until then," Arena managing director Peter Kerspe declared. From now until late May 2006, the authorities expect 34 matches at the ground in Fröttmaning. The stadium has hosted 22 games since coming into operation, as well as a string of opening events which placed a huge strain on the current turf.
The picture almost makes you weep.
 

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