Football is more than a sport. It is a religion. The game is played almost anywhere, and if you think about it, all you need is a ball, a few friends, and that’s that. You’re ready!
Since it is the biggest sport in the world, you can only imagine how much money there is in the industry. From TV revenue to lucrative advertisement deals, football has also turned into a worldwide brand like entity, and because of this, stadiums are being renovated more than ever now in order to attract more fans, please the existing fans and also to improve the playing standards.
Let us look at some of the biggest football stadiums in the world.
1. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid – 81,044
Santiago Bernabeu is home to the all-conquering Real Madrid FC. They are also the wealthiest football club in the world as well. The gates to the stadium were opened in the year 1944. The club’s president, Florentino Perez, is a keen fan of the stadium and also made several renovations that helped the stadium become even more prominent structurally. He has often stated his desire to make the stadium the best in the world. Great players require great stadiums, and Santiago Bernabeu is just that.
2. FNB/Soccer City, Johannesburg – 94,736
Home of the Kaizer Chiefs FC, FNB Stadium was built in the year 1987, and the stadium was also renovated in order to accommodate the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The name “Soccer City” was given to the stadium during the World Cup because of the fact that FIFA did not entertain having the sponsors name when a FIFA tournament is being held. Soccer City also has a unique feature wherein the spectator will be less than a hundred meters away from the action at a given seat which makes viewing a pleasurable experience.
3. Camp Nou, Barcelona – 99, 354
One of the biggest and richest football clubs currently, the home of FC Barcelona has always been Camp Nou, and its stature has only grown with each passing year with the abundance of accolades and trophies that the team has accumulated during the years. What many are not aware of is the fact that the stadium was previously named Estadi del FC Barcelona and it was when fans were asked to vote in that the name was changed to Camp Nou. Until then, the name Camp Nou was only a nickname. Where else would you want a player of Lionel Messi’s stature to be?