10 most beautiful football stadiums in the world


#6 Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow, Russia)

Home team(s): Russian football team, Former home of CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow

Stadium capacity: ~81,000

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

The Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow is the 'home' stadium of the Russian national football team.

Formerly the home of Moscow football clubs CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Torpedo Moscow, the Luzhniki Stadium, with a capacity of 81,000, is Russia's largest football stadium and the ninth largest in Europe.

The Luzhniki, which roughly translates to ' the meadows' and overlooks the Moskva river close to the city centre, was originally built in 1956 and has hosted high-profile events and football games over the years.

It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1980 Summer Olympics, the first-ever all-English Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008, the World Athletics Championships in 2013 and seven games, including the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The original Luzhniki was demolished in 2013, and its capacity was increased from 78,000 to 81,000 owing to the removal of the athletics track. As a UEFA category 4 stadium, the Luzhniki meets all stringent requirements in terms of facilities, services and capacity.

#5 Azteca Stadium (Mexico City, Mexico)

Home team(s): Club America, Cruz Azul, Mexican football stadium

Stadium capacity: ~87,500

Azteca Stadium, Mexico City
Azteca Stadium, Mexico City

The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, first opened in 1961, is one of the most historic and iconic football stadiums in the world. With a capacity of over 87,500, it is also one of the largest sporting arenas in the world.

It is the only stadium to have hosted two FIFA World Cup finals (1970 - when Brazil beat Italy and 1986 - when Argentina beat West Germany).

The home of Mexican football clubs Club America and Cruz Azul and also that of the Mexican national football team is a multi-purpose arena that has also hosted NFL (American football) games and concerts over the years.

Latest renovations to the historic stadium include the installation of modern LED panels, new media boxes and private 'sky' boxes.

#4 Wembley (London)

Home team(s): England football stadium

Stadium capacity: ~90,000

Wembley Stadium, London
Wembley Stadium, London

The Wembley Stadium in London, opened at the site of the original Wembley in 2007, is the largest football stadium in UK and the second largest in Europe with a capacity of 90,000.

The home of the England football team has hosted several high-profile football games like the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League finals. It has also hosted other sports events like the 2015 Rugby World Cup, NFL (American football), boxing as well various musical concerts over the years.

The Wembley, one of the few UEFA Category 4 stadiums in Europe, has retractable roofs over two ends of the stadium and a signature 134-metre arch which supports over 75% of the roof load. The arch is the world's longest unsupported roof structure.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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