It was always all about the game – the emotion, the victory, and the losses. Even from the era of Antiquity, thousands of people were going to look at the beautiful spectacles that took place on sports arenas. In memory of those events, history has preserved for us the Colosseum, as well as the ancient sports facilities in Greece.
Today, the stadiums gather hundreds of thousands of fans, and sports facilities themselves become the pinnacle of architectural excellence.
In this article, we will focus on stadiums that are probably not that famous, that are built in strange and wet amazing places.
So, let’s try to look at the most beautiful stadiums in the world and appreciate their comfort and convenience for those for whom they are primarily built, for us, the fans.
- Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena (Switzerland)
Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena is located in the Alps at over 2000 meters above sea level, and it is considered to be the highest pitch in Europe. The stadium looks absolutely magical. The stadium itself is 25% smaller than usual because, in the mountains, there was no place for a normal size football field. Because of the high sea level, artificial turf is used for the pitch, instead of natural grass.
It is very difficult to get there by car, but when you do, you can see that it’s totally worth it.
- Hasteinsvollur Stadium (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland)
First of all, good luck with pronouncing the names above. The Hasteinsvollur football Stadium is located in the town of Vestmannaeyjar in the southern part of Iceland, and it is famous for being located next to a sleeping volcano. For over a hundred years this stadium has been the home ground for the Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja club, or as the locals call it, IBV. The capacity of the stadium is only 534 people, and about 2300 more fans can stand on “Hasteinsvollur”.
Its very appearance is a spectacular combination of pristine nature and human presence. Imagine the feeling of going to a game to support your local team there, crazy right?
- “Rheinpark Stadion” (Vaduz, Liechtenstein)
This stadium, located in a picturesque place in the Alps, is the home of the national team of Liechtenstein and the club “Vaduz”, which plays in the Swiss league. The stadium was built in 1998 and expanded in 2006, there are 6127 seats here, and if you add the standing places, more than 7500 spectators can attend the match. Located by the River Rhine, the stadium is just a few meters from the border with Switzerland.
- Pancho Arena (Felcsut, Hungary)
Curved wooden supports and excellent lighting are the hallmarks of the Hungarian Pancho Arena. This stadium is an architectural marvel, it is also the base of the Hungarian football club “Puskas Akademia FC”. The stadium, named after the legend of Hungarian football Ferenc Puskas (nicknamed Pancho), was designed by architect Imre Makovecz in 2014. The official capacity of its stands is about 3,500 people.
- Victoria Stadium (Gibraltar)
The Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar is one of the most picturesque football fields out there. This open arena surrounded by mountain peaks and plains has existed the world since 1926. All football clubs and the national team of Gibraltar use it as a home stadium. Victoria, with a capacity of 2,000, is mainly used for football, but cricket competitions are also held there and an annual music festival is held.
- Cocodrilos Sports Park (Caracas, Venezuela)
Cocodrilos Sports Park is a multifunctional sports ground, which is most often used as a football stadium, which is home of the Caracas Futbol Club. What is so unique about Cocodrilos Sports Park is the strange location of the stadium. On the one side, it is surrounded by cliffs, on the other, it leads to a busy highway. The stadium was completed in 2005, and its capacity is 3,500 people.
- Estadio Municipal de Braga (Braga, Portugal)
This wonderful stadium, built in 2003, is located in a niche carved right into the rocks. Since its commissioning in 2003, it has been the home arena of the Sporting Clube de Braga. It has 30,154 seats for fans, and for ease of movement of the audience, there is a special tunnel under the field.
- Beijing National Stadium (a.k.a. “Bird’s Nest”, Beijing, China)
Construction of the arena was completed in 2008 for the Olympic Games of the same year. The national football team of China plays its games at the stadium. The arena has 91,000 seats, of which 11,000 are temporary.
The stadium is known as the bird’s nest, and the reason for that is quite obvious. The unique design is achieved with the help of curved and specially intersected steel columns. In 2022, it is planned to hold the Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympics here.
- Gospin dolac (Imotski, Croatia)
The Gospin Dolac stadium is the home ground of the Croatian Imotski club. Built in 1989 and is designed for 4000 spectators. The field is on the edge of a cliff, and the surrounding ruins provide the perfect scenic backdrop.
- Eidi Stadium (Faroe Islands)
Eidi Stadium is located in Eidi village in the north-west of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands and is right next to the Atlantic Ocean. The view of the ocean is breathtaking, and sometimes, during a game, the ball ends up in the water. The population of the city is quite small – only 669 people, but many of them are passionate fans.
This has been quite an adventure, right? We don’t know about you guys, but seeing all these beautiful places and stadiums makes us wanna travel even more and see them all.
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