10 oldest active football stadiums in the world
Anfield and Parc Des Princes then and now.For any football club, the stadium stands as a symbol, an architecture that affixes history and its proud heritage with the beautiful game. Throughout the years, several stadiums in top-flight football have witnessed historic matches – games that have shaped the landscape of the sport, and in the process have transformed these grounds of yesterday into the cathedrals of today.Stadiums like the Santiago Bernabeu, San Siro, Old Trafford, Anfield and so many more have been there long enough to attain legendary status among the fans of the game. However, there are some venues which have been established when professional football was in its ripe stages – some even before that.Some of these clubs have managed to constantly perform at the highest level while over several decades while other have dropped down the pecking order, failing to follow up with the constant changes that are demanded in order to evolve and sustain success. This can be attributed as a reason as to why a few of these grounds may not sound familiar to many.We take a look at some of the most iconic and oldest active stadiums in the world. Also read: 10 Biggest football stadiums in the world
#10 Hillsborough Stadium - 1899
Hillsborough will be forever haunted for the tragic incident that befell the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. To this day, the lost souls are remembered by the Anfield faithful every year as the cries of the “Hillsborough disaster” still echo in Merseyside.
But apart from it being a dark spot in the game’s history, the home of Sheffield Wednesday is also one of the oldest venues that exist in world football. It still continues to operate as the home ground for Sheffield Wednesday.
Established in 1899, the ground is located in the Sheffield suburb of Owlerton and has a total seating capacity of 39,732. The stadium has also hosted World Cup matches in 1966.