5 biggest football stadiums across Europe and some interesting facts about them
Football is one of the sports where the home ground factor is of the highest importance to the teams. The clubs leave no stone unturned to make their players feel "at home".
The world is decorated with some architectural marvels. While the common crowd hails the London eye, the football fans go week in their knees seeing the Wembley crown. Europe undoubtedly has the finest stadiums in the world.
With the power of media, the clubs manage to create a worldwide fanbase. Week in and out, the fans turn up in large numbers to watch their team play. The clubs thereby have a responsibility to accommodate the fans so they can get behind their teams.
Here, we take a look at the 5 biggest football stadiums across Europe, in terms of capacity.
#5 Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow, Russia)
Capacity: 81,000 seats
The stadium was used for the 1980 Olympics. Till 1990, its capacity was 100,000 which was reduced after the stadium was renovated to add a roof.
An unfortunate incident popularly known as the Luzhniki Disaster occurred during a UEFA Cup tie between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, where a lot of lives were lost. The rush to leave the stadium saw a chaos begin at the stairs. As a result, people were crushed and reported dead.
The Luzhniki Stadium would be hosting the final of the FIFA World Cup, 2018. It was at this ground where Manchester United beat Chelsea in 2008, courtesy of the 'John Terry slip'.