6 Iconic UK Football Stadiums to Experience before You Die
What makes a football stadium “iconic”? The teams or the matches that took place there? Is it perhaps the passion of the fans? Hard to say.
We are all witnesses of a new era of Virtual reality when you don’t need to be physically able to attend a live mach and you’ll still be able to be there. That takes the football experience to a whole new level. The thrill, the anticipation and the betting will never be considered the same.
One thing is certain: when one enters certain stages of a legend, one cannot help but shudder. If the walls of a stadium could speak, they would certainly have tons of exciting stories to tell us and all of them are real. Stories about victory, stories about failure, stories about football betting…
Gambling on football matches is completely legal in the UK and is considered to be a sport by its own. Some play for the excitement, some play for the love & support of the team and others just want to make some money.
This is 21st century. And in this century almost everybody has a mobile phone or PCs with an internet connection. People often bet on football through betting websites as it is readily accessible and safe.
Still, there are marvellous football stadium in the UK that are worth visiting in person. Some of them are large and home of well known football teams. Here is our list—
Wembley, London, England
It was built in 1923. Thereafter the reconstruction of the Wembley stadium took place 10 years ago and reopened on 2017. The cost of reconstruction was a huge total of nearly £ 800,000,000! But water has flowed under the bridges and the stadium is now a national emblem. Wembley stadium is the biggest football stadium of England with the capacity of 90,000. The old Wembley stadium hosted the 1966 World Cup final – still the biggest trophy ever won by England – and the 1966 European Championship final. Two Champions League finals.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
If the “theatre of dreams” is no longer the “nightmare scene” for Manchester United’s opponents, especially since Sir Alex Fergusson’s departure, Old Trafford is still second biggest stadiums in England (Fergie is still haunting Places, in the form of a statue, in front of the tribune which bears his name) with the capacity of 75,731. It was built on 1910. In addition to hosting home games at Manchester United, the stadium also received World Cup matches in 1966 and Euro 1996, as well as the 2003 Champions League final (an exciting duel between Juventus and The AC Milan, which ended in a draw 0-0). It also hosted football matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including women’s international football for the first time in its history.
Anfield, Liverpool, England
“I was watching the Liverpool fans and they gave me chills. A mass of 54000 fans, united behind the team “: the words of Johan Cruyff after a match of Liverpool at the Anfield stage. It’s the sixth largest football stadium in England. It has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892. The Kop stand (the name of a Battle of the Boer War in which a large number of locals were killed) is the soul of the stadium, which is probably the loudest of the Premier League stadiums. This is also the oldest stadium on this list. There are rumours about rebuilding it for several decades, but nothing has been done yet. Its capacity is 54,074.
Emirates Stadium, London, England
A fan of Arsenal could not forget this stage as it is the Home of Arsenal Football Club. With capacity of 60,000 seats, it is the third largest stadium in London after Wembley and Old Trafford., padded seats, breathtaking height and fascinating matches make this stadium one of the best. To restore history and heritage of Arsenal Emirates stadium has undergone a process named Arsenalisation. The stadium was opened on 22 July 2006.
The official stadium and home stadium for well known football club – Celtic Football Club. It was opened on 1892 and was renovated on 1998. Scottish football is not the best, but in the Champions League, or in a Rangers / Celtic (Old Firm Derby) match, you will have a magical moment. It has the capacity of 60,411.
During the renovation of the Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Stadium was used as a replacement stadium for the biggest games in England. But now the stadium is known as Principality Stadium as the sponsor of the stadium is Stadiwm Principality. This stadium has the capacity of 74,500 people and is used as a rule for rugby matches, but it is also the home of the team of Wales.
That is all. Every year near about 1 million people travels to UK to feel the beat. So if you are planning to go on a vacation perhaps you need to recalculate your thought. Come and enjoy the matches experience the passion.