What Are The Best Football Stadium Experiences In Europe?
October 24, 2015
Now that the main football leagues throughout Europe have resumed after a seemingly endless summer break, fans on the continent have been making their weekly pilgrimages to watch their favourite sides in action. These trips involve so much more than watching football however, as fans are also able to share unique experiences with one another in some of Europe’s most renowned and atmospheric stadiums.
As Europe is home to some of the world’s most incredible stadium experiences, at Bethut we decided to list our top three…
The San Siro (Milan, Italy)
A classic stadium in every sense of the word, Milan’s San Siro offers a uniquely atmospheric experience whether you are watching a game or simply enjoying a backstage tour. Opened in 1926, it has earned the nickname of ‘Milan’s other Cathedral’ and is currently home to both AC and Internazionale. From the moment that you approach its distinctive red iron girders and bask beneath its vast, rectangular roof, you are met with an imposing structure that is truly a Mecca for both local and European football fans.
The Nou Camp (Barcelona in Spain)
While the Nou Camp only opened its doors in 1957, it has packed an incredible history and footballing heritage into its short and illustrious life. Home to the famous FC Barcelona, it has also seen some of the world’s greatest ever players ply their trade, including the Argentinian legends Diego Maradona and the incomparable Lionel Messi. With a capacity of just under 100,000, it is the largest stadium in Europe and offers a fascinating touring experience for anyone with a passion for this history of the beautiful game.
Craven Cottage (Fulham in West London, England)
For those who are surprised at our final inclusion, it is important to remember that Craven Cottage is a unique stadium that represents a dying breed and retains close ties to the venues of yesteryear. Opened in 1896, it has scarcely changed since its initial construction and retains the wooden seats and pillars that are indicative of the Victorian era. This also creates a unique match day atmosphere that can often be imposing for visiting teams, as many European sides and fans found out to their disadvantage during Fulham’s stunning Europa League cup run in 2010.