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The five best stadiums that you absolutely must experience live one day

Undoubtedly, football stands as the most beloved sport globally. Each week, millions of fans flock to stadiums, passionately supporting their cherished clubs.

Have you ever been to a world-class live match? Have you or do you want to experience this mesmerising feeling? Do you want to know which five football stadiums should be on your bucket list? Then read on.

Wembley

Wembley Stadium is of course a no brainer. This stadium simply has a breathtaking history with some legendary stories written there.

England became world champions for the first time on home soil at Wembley in the 1966 World Cup final, while it has been the stage for several European Cup and Champions League finals. Nicknamed the ‘Home of Football’, Wembley was rebuilt into a state-of-the-art 90,000 capacity venue and reopened in 2007.

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Barcelona’s famous 2011 Champions League final performance came under the iconic arch, as Pep Guardiola’s pass masters tormented Manchester United. In summary, Wembley should be a top address for an upcoming football trip to a stadium on your bucket list. 

San Siro

Milan’s San Siro ranks as one of Europe’s most significant stadiums, it’s standing of such status that plans to demolish and rebuild the venue were blocked due to its cultural significance.

One of the largest clubs stadiums in Europe, it is unique in that it is home to two of the continent’s superpowers, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Two teams with a combined haul of 10 Champions League crowns and 38 Serie A titles, it has been the stage for some of the game’s greats in Marco van Basten, Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini and others.

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A huge venue with steep sloping tiers, it has hosted four European Cup finals in 1965, 1970, 2001 and 2016, and is a contender to host the 2026 Champions League decider. Another to add to the bucket list. 

Santiago Bernabéu

Let’s continue with the home ground of Real Madrid. The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is a cauldron of noise and history, the home of the record 14-time European champions and arguably world football’s biggest club.

Recently renovated, the addition of a retractable roof and a steel facade have made the Madrid venue state-of-the-art, alongside a new pitch removal and storage system and increased capacity to 85,000.

Watching Los Blancos in action is a unique experience, with Jude Bellingham now among the Spaniards’ star-studded side. For any football fan, a live experience of an El Clàsico contest with Barcelona should be high on the wish-list.

Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich moved into the Allianz Arena in 2005, moving away from Munich’s Olympiastadion, which included the often maligned running track around the pitch.

The Allianz Arena is a perfect venue for top-level football with world-class facilities and fans close to the pitch. It was the first stadium to include a full colour changing exterior.

With a capacity of more than 75,000 people, it really stands up to the best in the world, fitting for a football giant in Bayern.  And if you want to experience it all, a tour of the stadium is highly recommended. This is the best way to see every single one of the club’s successes and trophies.

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Camp Nou

The list would not be complete without mentioning FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou.

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the former home of probably the best footballer of all time, Lionel Messi? Although it is currently being renovated, it is planned to be one of the largest and most modern in Europe when it reopens.

The renovation work includes an expansion to a whopping 105,000 capacity, while the largest roof in European football will also be constructed in a transformative project. Securing ticket for a clash in Catalonia is a dream for most football fans, but don’t forget to include a stadium tour.

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