The cheers of victory, the agony of defeat, and the collective sigh at every missed opportunity while having drinks and snacks with friends, is best felt in a stadium. From soccer to cricket, baseball to rugby, sport is one of the colossal unifiers in modern society – with the occasional great divide thrown in for good measure. The need for bigger and better stadiums always ends up in the creation of iconic structures, each more breath-taking than the other. And, when these stadiums are built in the vicinity of stunning natural landscape, they tend to leave us speechless. Here, we have compiled a list of 10 amazingly picturesque iconic stadiums around the world. So, next time you are in these cities, don’t forget to catch a live match and be part of history.
Cape Town Stadium
Opened: December 14, 2009
Towards the right, the spectacular Table Mountain, while on the left, the sapphire of the Atlantic, and behind you, the stunning views of Cape Town’s transformed waterfront area: this amazing view of the city’s most famous landmarks is visible through the one side of the famous Cape Town Stadium. This multi-purpose venue hosting club soccer games and various music events, and also hosted a number of games during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Opened: June 19, 1983
From the top, it appears that a crown of a princess has been placed on a ground, as this gigantic metal structure shines in the night sky. The BC Place stadium in Vancouver is made up of stainless steel and acrylic and is the only stadium to have hosted the World Cup Finale as well as the Olympics and Paralympics in 2010. BC Place will host its first major International Sports competition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in 2015. It’s most characteristic feature is its air-supported domed rooftop, believed to be the world’s largest of its kind.
Aviva Stadium, Ireland
Opened: 14th May 2010
Did you know that Aviva Stadium is built on one of the oldest sports grounds in the world? A home to the Irish National Rugby and Republic of Ireland National Football Team, Ireland’s UEFA Elite stadium has won number of awards that includes RIAI & RIBA. Since its opening millions of fans have passed through the façade to experience the live Rugby, Soccer and many other events.
The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Opened: May 5, 2012
When it comes to sports stadiums, it does not get more picturesque than this. Take our word on it! The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also known as the Olympic Stadium, will play host to the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015. This stadium was specially constructed to serve as a host stadium for several matches during the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Paralympics and the IAAF World Athletics Championships. This stadium was designed to ensure that the audience gets the magnificent views of the London city along with stunning views of the Lower Lea Valley.
National Stadium, Beijing
Opened: June 28, 2008
Popularly known as the Bird’s Nest, and situated in Olympic Green Village, the National Stadium in Beijing was uniquely designed for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, weight throw, Paralympics along with Italian Super Cup, 2009 Race of Champions and The Football League Championship have already been held there. Also, it was awarded the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize in 2009. The design was chosen to represent the historical Chinese traditions and culture.
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada
Opened: July 17, 1976
Diverse sports and cultural events, fairs, music concert, exhibitions, film shoots, social events and many more… this Olympic Stadium in Montreal brings many events together. Its doughnut-shaped structure with the Montreal Tower is known to be the tallest inclined tower of the world, from where you can admire the stunningly beautiful St. Lawrence Plains and the surrounding Montreal area. The principal site for the 1976 Summer Olympics, this stadium is home to football and baseball teams of Montreal. This stadium also played host to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Luzhniki Olympic Complex, Moscow
Opened: July 31, 1956
Russia’s largest sporting stadium and a future host of the 2018 football world cup, the Luzhniki Olympic Complex of Moscow is a symbol of the Soviet leadership to enhance the country’s sports facilities. Also, known as Grand Sports Arena, this stadium had served as a centrepiece of the 1980 Olympics. This stadium hosted the UEFA Cup final between Parma and Marseille and in 2008 the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
PGE Arena Gdansk, Poland
Opened: July 19, 2011
One of the stadiums built to host 2012 European Football Championship in Poland, PGE Arena Gdansk is not just a place for football, which draws you out here, as there are a lot of other fun activities you can indulge in here. On the other hand, its shape and amber-coloured facade emulate the typical local amber and the architecture seems smoothed and rounded from the water, sand and the wind.
Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Opened: June 16, 1950
There are a couple of stadiums on the planet that can rightly claim to be truly historic landmarks as well as sporting arenas. The famous Maracana stadium, with its gigantic expanse, colossal seating capacity and imposing structural engineering, is certainly one of them. Built in the heart of Río de Janeiro for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, this epic stadium has witnessed some of the most life-changing minutes in Brazilian and world football.
Opened: March 17, 2007
Wembley Stadium, London’s most iconic sporting attraction, also considered ‘’ The Home of Football’’, is the second largest stadium in Europe. Besides sporting events, Wembley has also played host to major musical concerts like NFL International Series and live concerts by Muse, Oasis and U2 bands. Wembley has also played host to a number of cup finals including the FA Cup final and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final. From England’s splendid victory in 1966 Football World Cup to the Live Aid Concert in 1985, this stunning stadium has been witness to some of England’s most unforgettable moments.