21 Soccer Stadiums You Should Watch A Game In Before You Die

    Grab a beer, get in the stands, and raise that scarf high above your head.

    1. Old Trafford — Manchester, England

    Year Opened: 1910

    Capacity: 75,731

    Tenants: Manchester United

    Why you should visit: It's one of the most popular stadiums in England and they don't call it "The Theatre of Dreams" for nothing.

    2. San Siro — Milan, Italy

    Year Opened: 1926

    Capacity: 80,018

    Tenants: A.C. Milan & Inter Milan

    Why you should visit: The bitter crosstown rivals share the stadium and have their home games on alternate weekends. If you happen to be there when they play each other, well...you're in for a treat.

    3. Olympiastadion — Berlin, Germany

    Year Opened: 1936

    Capacity: 74,064

    Tenants: Hertha BSC

    Why you should visit: The historic venue has been home to the Olympics, two World Cups, and multiple rock concerts, and is the second largest stadium in Germany.

    4. Estadio Azteca — Mexico City, Mexico

    Year Opened: 1966

    Capacity: 105,000

    Tenants: Club América & the Mexican National Team

    Why you should visit: One of the largest and most hostile environments for opposing teams, Azteca has been near impossible for others to win in. It was also where Diego Maradona scored two of his most famous goals ever.

    5. Millennium Stadium — Cardiff, Wales

    Year Opened: 1999

    Capacity: 74,500

    Tenants: Wales National Team

    Why you should visit: It's the second largest stadium in the world to have a retractable roof, which makes it perfect for not only soccer, but rock concerts, movie filming, motor sports, boxing, and large conferences.

    6. La Bombonera — La Boca, Argentina

    Year Opened: 1940

    Capacity: 49,000

    Tenants: Boca Juniors

    Why you should visit: The stadium is, by far, one of the fiercest environments for any opposing player and fan. The stadium also features a 90 degree section, which kept the stadium from being built over the street and neighborhood behind it.

    7. Allianz Arena — Munich, Germany

    Year Opened: 2005

    Capacity: 71,437

    Tenants: F.C. Bayern Munich, 1860 München, and the German National Team

    Why you should visit: The outside design looks like a beautiful boat, along with the inside being near perfect. When Munich takes the field on a Saturday night, it's a great place to be.

    8. Estádio do Maracanã — Rio de Janeiro

    Year Opened: 1950

    Capacity: 78,838

    Tenants: Flamengo and Fluminense F.C.

    Why you should visit: It's the home of Brazil's national team and is constantly overlooked by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Once inside, the colorful stadium will be sure to impress.

    9. Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Year Opened: 1996

    Capacity: 52,960

    Tenants: AFC Ajax

    Why you should visit: Home to one of the most popular clubs in the Netherlands, the stadium has a huge retractable roof, which has made it a go-to stop for stadium rock shows in Europe.

    10. Donbass Arena — Donetsk, Ukraine

    Year Opened: 2009

    Capacity: 52,518

    Tenants: F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk

    Why you should visit: It's a unique stadium that can be used daily and includes a fitness center, conference room, restaurant, bar, and café, along with stadium tours and museums.

    11. Luzhniki Stadium — Moscow, Russia

    Year Opened: 1956

    Capacity: 81,000

    Tenants: Russian National Team

    Why you should visit: It's Russia's largest sporting stadium and future host of the 2018 World Cup. It is also the site of one of Russia's most tragic sporting disasters.

    12. Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul, Turkey

    Year Opened: 2011

    Capacity: 52,652

    Tenants: Galatasaray SK

    Why you should visit: Home to one of Turkey's most successful and popular clubs, the stadium once held a world record for the loudest crowd roar in 2011.


    Year Opened: 1957

    Capacity: 99,354

    Tenants: F.C. Barcelona

    Why you should visit: With the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar taking the field on a weekly basis, you can't go wrong with watching a game in Europe's largest stadium.

    14. FNB Stadium — Johannesberg, South Africa

    Year Opened: 1989

    Capacity: 94,736

    Tenants: Kaizer Chiefs F.C

    Why you should visit: It's the largest stadium in Africa, host of the 2010 World Cup, and the site of Nelson Mandela's first speech after being released from prison. What more do you need?

    15. Anfield — Liverpool, England

    Year Opened: 1884

    Capacity: 45,276

    Tenants: Liverpool F.C.

    Why you should visit: To be a part of a stadium full of fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" should be on the bucket list for any traveling soccer fan.

    16. Providence Park — Portland, Oregon

    Year Opened: 1926

    Capacity: 20,438

    Tenants: Portland Timbers

    Why you should visit: Even though soccer isn't immensely popular in the United States, you wouldn't know that after seeing a Timbers home game.

    17. Celtic Park — Glasgow, Scotland

    Year Opened: 1892

    Capacity: 60,832

    Tenants: Celtic F.C.

    Why you should visit: It's one of the oldest stadiums in the United Kingdom, and if you happen to catch a game in Celtic Park when the Rangers are in town...prepare to have your mind blown.

    18. Azadi Stadium — Tehran, Iran

    Year Opened: 1973

    Capacity: 91,623

    Tenants: Esteghlal F.C., Persepolis F.C., and the Iranian National Team

    Why you should visit: The stadium once hosted a record 128,000 spectators for a World Cup qualifying game between Iran and Australia in 1998.

    19. Estádio Municipal de Braga — Braga, Portugal

    Year Opened: 2003

    Capacity: 30,286

    Tenants: S.C. Braga

    Why you should visit: Known as "The Quarry," due to literally being carved out the side of an old quarry, the stadium is one of the most unique in the world.

    20. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium — Madrid, Spain

    Year Opened: 1947

    Capacity: 81,044

    Tenants: Real Madrid C.F. & the Spanish National Team

    Why you should visit: There's no better place to watch a Champions League game, especially when world superstars and future legends are on the pitch.

    21. Wembley Stadium — London, England

    Year Opened: 2007

    Capacity: 90,000

    Tenants: English National Team and the site of the FA Cup Final

    Why you should visit: Although New Wembley isn't as historic as the original Wembley Stadium yet, there will be plenty of time to see if England can live up to its glory and bring a World Cup trophy back to the stadium.