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The historic football fields caused nostalgic feelings for the British

English football is developing in such a dizzying speed, many new stadiums are built to meet the increasing demand for capacity and playing conditions. However, English football fans are often nostalgic about the old stadiums, which store the history, memories, glory and failure of the club they love.

  1. Highbury (Arsenal, 1913-2006)

Arsenal fans around Highbury Stadium in their last derby with Tottenham there in March 2006. This is Arsenal’s home ground since 1913, located in North London and has a capacity of 38,419 seats.

After closing Highbury, Arsenal held an auction to sell parts of the stadium. The money was used to build an apartment complex called “Highbury Square”. Farewell to Highbury, Arsenal moved to the new Emirates Stadium.

  1. Maine Road (Manchester City, 1923-2003)

For a long time in history, the Maine Road was the largest pitch in England. In existence from 1923-2003, Maine Road has always been remembered as the legendary stadium of English football.

The demolition of the stadium began in late 2003 and lasted about 10 months. Along with that is the team switch to play in City of Manchester (later changed to Etihad Stadium).

  1. The Dell (Southampton, 1898-2001)

The Dell has been Southampton’s home ground since 1898. By 1950, The Dell was the first stadium in England to have a lighting system installed for matches taking place at night.

In the 1993/94 season, with a capacity of only 15,000 seats, The Dell was the smallest stadium in England.

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Why can’t people build stadiums in Italy? (Part 2)

But the project exceeded its budget by 84%, with the team cost estimated to be one billion euros today. The overspending left a huge debt and so the local government that owned the stadium demanded exorbitant rent from the clubs.

They were even more ugly when CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) financed a number of projects with the requirement of adding an athletic track to make football fans pushed further, difficult to follow. ball situations on the field.

But the most unfortunate part of the 1990 project lies in its timing. Nowadays, the renovated / newly built stadiums are no different from modern architecture, from a distance looks like a spaceship; at that time, the stadiums in Italy were faithful to the giant concrete ‘rice bowl’ design.
The real stadium-building boom took place in the late 1990s, with iconic constructions like the Stade de France or the Amsterdam Arena. Thus, although built only less than a decade apart, but Italy has many backward and redundant stadiums compared to the rest of Europe. Many pitches are too big for the club’s stature, like San Nicola with 58,000 seats while Bari, currently competing in Serie C, has an average audience of just 12,000. The average number of spectators watching Lazio and AS Roma is 40,000 but that is still too small, leaving more than 33,000 vacancies at the giant Olimpico. On the other hand, clubs have struggled to find round-by-round revenue, while still paying extremely expensive maintenance fees to ensure these dilapidated stadiums meet the standards of tournament organizers.

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Why can’t people build stadiums in Italy? (Part 1)

Italy has no shortage of romantic football stories, from individual players, rich traditional clubs whose stories have been passed down for generations to iconic stadiums.

But at the end of 2020, the outdated facilities, the crumbling brick floor and the uncomfortable view from the stands are still part of the fans’ experience coming to the football field. Only four clubs have their own stadiums: Juventus, Udinese, Sassuolo and Atalanta. The remainder attempted to modernize or build their own ‘soccer sanctuary’, but were all thwarted by a combination of rigid bureaucracy and decision-making at speed. cow turtle. A report earlier this year found that 93% of the stadiums of Italy’s three highest leagues were owned by the government. The average age of these courtyards is 63 years, of which 42% are not equipped with roof.


To understand why the situation is so bad, we have to go back thirty years to the 1990 Italian Summer.

The country’s first boot-shaped World Cup since 1934 sparked a super project to build and renovate stadiums across the country. Exactly only two newly built stadiums are the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin and the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, but the rest are significantly upgraded to host the World Cup.

The San Siro is the most notable example: an additional stand was added to increase capacity, the roof was fitted and the iconic circular concrete blocks to this day. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Luigi Ferratis in Genoa, San Paolo in Naples and Artemio Franchi in Florence are also in the category of major upgrades.

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Why have football leagues in Europe been so rarely delayed due to snow? (to be continued)

Most countries in Europe feature cold weather, especially in winter. They have rarely postponed any games despite the fact that playing under the snow might bring great risks. Actually everything has its own reasons.
Since football gradually became a commercial sport and it costs the audience an arm and a leg to watch it, therefore the coaches realized how much money they can lost if any matches are postponed.

This forced football organizers to quickly come up with a solution about how to deal with snow on the ground while football matches take place.
Many solutions have been proposed. There have even been football teams deciding to install giant water pipes under the yard and then keep hot water running through them. It is an extremely expensive solution, however not effective at all.
And finally, under-soil heating technology – a system to help keep football stadiums from getting too much snow or frost on their surface during winters has been put into reality, which marked a great milestone throughout the development of an entire industry.

The introduction of underground heating

Everton may not be the most powerful club in history, however, they do have their own pride. For example, Goodison Park – their home ground – is the first stadium which was installed with the “under-soil heating” in the world.

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LIST OF STADIUMS WITH THE MOST SPECTACULAR VIEW OF THE WORLD

These stadiums are nowhere near as classy and superior as Nou Camp or Wembley, however, these are outstanding with the breath-taking beautiful rounded scenery. 

Any players or football fans knows, or at least hear about some stadiums such as 

Nou Camp, Wembley or San Siro thanks to its magnificent appearance and great services. However, hardly do they know that all around the world, there are still a lot of other football stadiums which the scenery around them is absolutely spectacular which is known as such a gift of nature. Below is top 10 stadiums like that.

Stadion Gospin Dolac Stadium, Croatia

Just being a top 3 ranked stadium in Croatia, however, it is obvious that NK Imotski has its right to be proud of its stadium with such spectacular view around. Stadion Gospin Dolac stadium featuring the capacity of up to 4.000 people, is located on the verge of a cliff with the remained scenery of an ancient city.

Eidi Stadium, Faroe archipelago

Eidi stadium is located in the Faroe archipelago, which is renowned for the gorgeous, romantic view as being arounded by the sea. This stadium belongs to 1 amateur-professional club in Faroe.

Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella Stadium, Andorra

Being the smallest-sized football team in Europe, Andorra has have any remarkably good competition titles in the international field, however, they can still be proud with the Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella stadium.

This football stadium is located in the Pyreness highland, only featuring the capacity of 1.000 seats, however is outstanding with the gorgeous natural view. 

Tórsvøllur stadium, Faroe archipelago

Tórsvøllur stadium is the home stadium of  Faroe archipelago national football team. This has welcomed a lot of famous football teams coming to compete for the stage rounds of World Cup and Europe.

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BEING OVERWHELMED WITH TOP 10 BIGGEST FOOTBALL STADIUMS IN THE WORLD

7. Wembley Stadium – England, the capacity: 90.000 seats

The Wembley stadium may not be a strange name to many worldwide football fans as this is the hosting pitch of England National Football Team and also the revenue where many legendary matches take place such as Champions League Final or FA Cup. 

Wembley Stadium – especially with the view from high above. 

Wembley Stadium was reconstructed throughout the period from 2002 to 2007 with the enormous total cost of up to 757 million pounds (1,1 billion USD). Thus, being the most modern and impressive stadium in the world at that time is not a hard-to-understand thing for the Wembley Stadium of England.

Located in the West of London capital so apart from holding the greatest football matches, the Wembley Stadium is also where melodious concerts of top 1st worldwide singers, musicians have taken place.

6. The Rose Bowl – America, the capacity: 92.542 seats 

Located in Pasadena, The Rose Bowl is the stadium that has the largest capacity in America, however, it is the public pitch but not the home pitch of the American National Football Team or any specific Club. 

The most impressive and outstanding match being taken place in Rose Bowl Stadium is the final of World Cup 1994. Apart from this remarkable match, The Rose Bowl is often chosen to hold friendly matches or an American football match.

5. FNB Stadium – Nam Phi, the capacity: 94.736 seats

Located in Johannesburg city, FNB Stadium is the largest stadium in South Africa and also Africa on the whole. Being established in 1989, with the other name as ”Soccer City”, FNB Stadium has been upgraded in 2008 to host World Cup 2010.

After World Cup 2010 came to a halt, this has been South Africa National Football League chose to be the home pitch of Kaizer Chiefs Club.

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BEING OVERWHELMED WITH TOP 10 BIGGEST FOOTBALL STADIUMS IN THE WORLD

Top 10 stadiums below are those biggest stadiums in the world nowadays which can surprise anyone who once starred at them or heard about their extravagance. 

10. Borg El Arab Stadium – Egypt, the capacity: 86.000 seats

Being located in Alexandria city, this is the largest stadium of Egypt and is the second largest stadium in Africa. This is established in 2007 with the view to helping Egypt National Football League have more privileges in the competition of hosting World Cup 2010. However, this intention finally did not come true when South Africa was the one where World Cup 2010 was decided to take place in.

Apart from the mission of holding football matches, Borg EI Arab Stadium is also the favorite venue where Olympic competitions have taken place. Even it is the largest stadium in Egypt, however, not chosen to be the home stadium of Egypt National football team as Borg EI Arab Stadium is 226 km far away from Cairo capital.

9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium – Malaysia, the capacity: 87.411 seats

Being located right in the centre of Kuala Lumpur capital, this is the largest stadium of gorgeous Malaysia. At the very first stage, Bukit Jalil National Stadium was built for the purpose of organizing the “1998 Malaysia national sports tournament”. However, lately, it was chosen to hold both Asian Cup and Sea Games.

Apart from organizing football and sport matches, Bukit Jalil National Stadium was where Disney On Ice takes place yearly.

8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium – Indonesia, the capacity: 88.083 seats

Being located in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is also the home station of Indonesia National Football team. Having been published since 1962 with most of money investment originating from Soviet Union, this was the largest stadium at that time.

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10 Largest Football Stadiums In The World (part 2)

Azadi Stadium (Iran)

Azadi Stadium was put into use in 1973. It is one of the 10 largest football stadiums in the world. Its capacity is up to 95,225 audience. Azadi had almost won the right to host the 1984 Olympic Games. But for some political reasons, the people of this Muslim nation have not seen this meaningful Olympics.

FNB Stadium (South Africa)

FNB Stadium is located in the city of Johannesburg. This is the largest football stadium in South Africa in particular and Africa in general. FNB is also known as Soccer City and was put into use in 1989. By 2010, Soccer City was renovated to serve the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

FBN is one of the largest football stadiums in the world. It can accommodate up to 94,736 seats. This is where a lot of important matches played in World Cup history. Especially the rise of the Spanish national football team. Interestingly, after the World Cup ended, Soccer City was “shared” by the South African Football Federation into the home of Kaizer Chiefs Club.

The Rose Bowl (USA)

The Rose Bowl is a stadium located in Pasadena. It is the largest capacity stadium in the United States. However, the special thing is that The Rose Bowl is not the football field of the national team or any football club.

As one of the largest football fields in the world, The Rose Bowl can accommodate up to 92,542 spectators. The largest stadium in the United States has seen the final of the 1994 World Cup. In the absence of the World Cup, this is the place for rugby matches or friendly matches.

Bukit Jalil National Stadium (Malaysia)

Located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Jalil is Malaysia’s largest stadium. Its capacity reaches 87,411 audience. The original purpose of the construction of this stadium was to organize the All-Sports Games. Song, then it was used to host the Asian Cup
or Sea Games. Besides, Bukit Jalil was also chosen to host the Disney shows. This is a special highlight that attracts people around the world.