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

Old Trafford — Manchester, England

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Year Opened: 1910Capacity: 75,731Tenants: Manchester UnitedWhy 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

San Siro — Milan, Italy

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Year Opened: 1926Capacity: 80,018Tenants: A.C. Milan & Inter MilanWhy 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

Olympiastadion — Berlin, Germany

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Year Opened: 1936Capacity: 74,064Tenants: Hertha BSCWhy 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

Estadio Azteca — Mexico City, Mexico

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Year Opened: 1966Capacity: 105,000Tenants: Club América & the Mexican National TeamWhy 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

Millennium Stadium — Cardiff, Wales

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Year Opened: 1999Capacity: 74,500Tenants: Wales National TeamWhy 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

La Bombonera — La Boca, Argentina

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Year Opened: 1940Capacity: 49,000Tenants: Boca JuniorsWhy 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

Allianz Arena — Munich, Germany

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Year Opened: 2005Capacity: 71,437Tenants: F.C. Bayern Munich, 1860 München, and the German National TeamWhy 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

Estádio do Maracanã — Rio de Janeiro

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Year Opened: 1950Capacity: 78,838Tenants: 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

Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Year Opened: 1996Capacity: 52,960Tenants: AFC AjaxWhy 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

Donbass Arena — Donetsk, Ukraine

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Year Opened: 2009Capacity: 52,518Tenants: F.C. Shakhtar DonetskWhy 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

Luzhniki Stadium — Moscow, Russia

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Year Opened: 1956Capacity: 81,000Tenants: Russian National TeamWhy 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

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Year Opened: 2011Capacity: 52,652Tenants: Galatasaray SKWhy 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.

13. Camp Nou — Barcelona, Spain

Camp Nou — Barcelona, Spain

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Year Opened: 1957Capacity: 99,354Tenants: F.C. BarcelonaWhy 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

FNB Stadium — Johannesberg, South Africa

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Year Opened: 1989Capacity: 94,736Tenants: Kaizer Chiefs F.CWhy 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

Anfield — Liverpool, England

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Year Opened: 1884Capacity: 45,276Tenants: 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

Providence Park — Portland, Oregon

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Year Opened: 1926Capacity: 20,438Tenants: Portland TimbersWhy 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

Celtic Park — Glasgow, Scotland

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Year Opened: 1892Capacity: 60,832Tenants: 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

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Year Opened: 1973Capacity: 91,623Tenants: Esteghlal F.C., Persepolis F.C., and the Iranian National TeamWhy 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

Estádio Municipal de Braga — Braga, Portugal

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Year Opened: 2003Capacity: 30,286Tenants: S.C. BragaWhy 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

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium — Madrid, Spain

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Year Opened: 1947Capacity: 81,044Tenants: Real Madrid C.F. & the Spanish National TeamWhy 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

Wembley Stadium — London, England

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Year Opened: 2007Capacity: 90,000Tenants: English National Team and the site of the FA Cup FinalWhy 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.

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