There are very few venues possessing the power to bring people together the way stadiums do. No matter the sporting event or the country it’s in, fans both new and old, stop and take a seat to watch the unfolding magic. Since a large portion of traveling is to experience the local culture. What better way is there to cheer along (or against) the home team? So go grab a beer, put on some team pride, here are five sports stadiums from across the world.
1. Soccer City
Located on the site of an old gold mine, this stadium is the largest on the entire African continent. Originally named FNB Stadium, in preparation for the 2010 World Cup the South African government gave the place a major facelift. Inspired by African pottery, the stadium has a ring of lights running around the bottom at night to simulate a fire under the ‘pot’ shaped building.
Photo courtesy | 2010 World Cup – Shine 2010
Built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics this venue has also hosted the Euro ’88 final, the 1974 World Cup final and countless European Cup finals. The stadium was actually built in a pit made by bombs that were dropped on Munich, Germany during World War II. With a transparent canopy, the stadium is pretty impressive.
Photo courtesy | Bjoern Schwarz
3. The Float
Made entirely of steel, The Float, which is located in Marina Bay, Singapore, is the world’s largest floating stage, measuring 120 meters long and 83 meters wide. At max the platform can hold up the weight of 1070 tonnes. With the city behind you, the Singapore Flyer to the left and nothing but water in front of you, playing on this field has to be a once and a lifetime experience.
Photo courtesy | Shankar S.
4. Camp Nou
FC Barcelona calls this place home, making it an easy choice right off the bat. Built in the 1950’s, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. Full of retro charm, passionate fans run rampant here. A trip to Barcelona simply would not be complete without stepping into these hallowed soccer grounds.
Photo courtesy | Philipp Rümmele
5. Wembley Stadium
Located in London, Wembley is the second largest stadium in Europe (and the most expensive). The centerpiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wembley is also home to the English national soccer team. With a 90,000 capacity it seats more people under a retractable roof than any other venue. For non-soccer fans, Wembley also hosts NFL season games, as well as rugby matches.
Photo courtesy | Gideon Chilton