As we start to return to somewhat normal living after the throws of the Covid 19 pandemic, we can start enjoying actual in-person events again, and that includes SPORTS! Watching on TV just isn’t the same, and especially when no fans are present at all. What a waste of some really cool spaces. So to celebrate, let’s rank the top ten coolest sports stadiums.
10 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Home of the Dallas Cowboys
Often referred to as “Jerry World”, the stadium that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones planned to be a huge entertainment venue, is the biggest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity, with the ability to seat around 80,000 people. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the HD video display at AT&T Stadium, which is the largest in the world.
9 – Camp Nou – Barcelona, Spain
Home to FC Barca
Camp Nou is home to one of the most well-known soccer teams in Europe as well as the largest stadium in Europe, with a capacity of 99,354. Not just a stadium though, Camp Nou also has a chapel, presidential box, VIP lounge, press rooms, TV studios, Sports Medicine Center, veteran players area, and of course the FC Barcelona museum.
8 – Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Home to the Green Bay Packers
One of the most historic stadiums in America, Lambeau Field is the oldest stadium with an an NFL team continuously using it as their home. It’s also one of the most difficult places to play football, considering the cold Wisconsin climate andthe huge crowds of over 80,000 Packers fans shouting “Go Pack Go!” And of course, there is the famous “Lambau Leap”. If a Packers player makes a touchdown, they jump on the wall into a crowd of fans – a wall that is between six and eight feet tall.
7 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Known for its replica pirate ship in the middle of the stadium, Raymond James Stadium has hosted the Super Bowl three different times, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history by becoming the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl on their home field (in 2021). It can seat 65,618 people
6 – London Stadium – London, England
Home to West Ham United and UK Athletics
The London Stadium used to be known better as the Olympic Stadium and the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I am happy they went with the simpler name, for my own sake. The stadium was actually created for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and it was renovated to become multi-useful but primarily serves as West Ham’s home. The 2017 IAAF World Championships and 2017World Para Athletics Championship were also hosed there.
5 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – LA, California
Home to the University of Southern California (USC)
Former home of the LA Rams,this stadium was conceived as a memorial to the Los Angeles war veterans of World War I. It has held the Olympics twice and will host again in the 2028 Summer Olympics. With its Olympics host in 1932 and 1984, it eill be the first stadium to have hosted three Olympics, and is the first to host two Super Bowls, and one World Series.
4 – Beijing National Stadium – Beijing, China
Home of the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and future home of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Another neat once-Olympic stadium, the Beijing National Stadium is also known as the “Bird’s Nest” because of the steel sections on the roof which twist like a nest. The stadium can hold 91,000 people and is an architectural wonder.
3 – Al-Rayyan Stadium – Al-Rayyan, Qatar
Home to Al-Rayyan Sports Club and Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, now known as Al-Rayyan Stadium, was previously demolished in 2015 to make way for new renovations, which are expected to use the remains from the old version of the stadium. It was built to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. There will be a media facade for projections, news, updates, etc.
2 – 2 Pancho Arena – Felcsút, Hungary
Home to Puskás Akadémia FC
This stadium is mostly interesting for its exterior look. It appears to be like a bunch of little huts.It was designed by an award-winning architect in Hungary, Imre Makovecz. It’s got a huge wooden roof structure and wooden exterior. It was listed among the top most beautiful stadiums in the world in fact, according to stadiumdb.com.
1 – Fenway Park – Boston, Massachusetts
Home of the Boston Red Sox
I put this one as number one not only for its history and aesthetics, but also for its environment. Smack dab in the middle of the city, baseball game days are a whole event in Boston. It opened in 1912, the oldest baseball stadium in the MLB, and has become one of the most well-known and visited baseball stadiums in America. It has what’s known as the “Green Monster”, the wall in left field, which is the tallest wall in any MLB park ay 37 feet. When Josh Hamilton said Dallas isn’t a “baseball town”, Boston came to mind as one that most definitely is, and the stadium brings the whole thing to life.