Football stadiums can often be the crown jewel of a city. They are the proud homes of the local football clubs and any bustling metropolis will often feature more than one. They can also be the centre-point of any European city trip. If you have yet to see our part one list, click here. Otherwise, in no order, here are five more iconic football stadiums to visit in Europe.
At the time of writing, the Coronavirus pandemic has halted both foreign travel and fans entering sports venues. So when planning your venture to Europe, stepping foot inside one of these iconic grounds will give you the best of both worlds. If you have not checked out the precursor to this list, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!
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5. Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy
The Stadio Olimpico is something of an Italian version of Wembley. It too is associated with the national team, hosts the Coppa Italia final and is the joint-home ground of Roma and Lazio football clubs. Renowned for its electric atmosphere and rich history of fixtures for all associated teams, it is a marvel of a matchday experience.
Unfortunately at the time of writing, there are no official stadium tours available, so if you wish to visit this iconic ground, it has to be on a match-day. Reviews from match-day experiences are very positive with a plethora of local bars and restaurants that offer first-rate dining options for the occasion.
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4. Wembley, London, England
The only ground not affiliated with a club(s), its capacity reaches a whopping 90,000 (15,000 standing) making it the second largest on the continent. Hosting the finals of the League Cup and FA Cup, as well as England national team games. If you can get hold of a match-day ticket, you are in for a real treat, only the biggest and best play here.
The stadium also offers a guided tour service, either individually or as part of a group. Here you can experience this historic ground more closely. Attractions include the FA 150 Exhibition, the Royal Box and the Jules Rimmet trophy (World Cup 1966). You can also have the chance of lifting the FA Cup, browsing the official stadium merchandise store and dine at the stadium tour café.
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3. Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
With a capacity of over 60,000, Celtic Park is the largest ground in Scotland. With 51 league titles, 40 Scottish Cups and a European Cup to their name, Celtic fans have had a lot to celebrate at this historic stadium since its inception in 1892. Visiting for a fixture, such as the infamous Old Firm Derby or a European night and you are in for one of the most electric atmospheres in Europe.
Furthermore, you can take a guided tour of the stadium. You can experience the boardroom, player dressing rooms, tunnel and pitch side dugout. The crème de la crème of the tour being its heavily stocked trophy room. There are also exquisite dining options at the Number 7 Restaurant to top off a perfect day.
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2. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Signal Iduna Park (Westfalstadion) is the colossal home ground for Borussia Dortmund. With a capacity of over 81,000, it is the largest stadium in Germany. It offers arguably the most incredible match-day experience in Europe with its infamous ‘Yellow Wall’ providing an incredible setting to behold as a spectator.
As is the norm with the other tours listed, you can venture into the player’s dressing rooms, tunnel, dugout and press areas. Uniquely, you get to enter the Yellow Wall where you can hear the incredible echo. There is also an extensive club museum and while I could not find designated dining options, there are plenty of off-site restaurants at the location.
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1. Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Named in tribute to the legendary Dutch forward and coach, the Johan Cruyff Arena is the home ground to Amsterdam-based club AFC Ajax. On a match day, you have the choice of a hospitality package, which includes ideal seating and light food and beverage options as you watch the fixture with over 50,000 Ajax fans.
For a closer glance, you can opt for the guided tour option, which takes you into all of the press and behind-the-scenes areas, player dressing rooms, merchandise store and club museum. There is also a virtual-reality experience of the pitch on a matchday, which has received many plaudits in reviews. Nearby, there are plenty of good-value catering options to meet your needs.
So there you have it, five more iconic football stadiums to visit in Europe, as promised. Every stadium featured here, as in the first list, offers tourists a truly unique sporting experience, so they are all fantastic options for neutral fans.
Although some stadiums do not offer the full package in regards to on-site hospitality, you are never stuck for options in the locations you will be travelling to.
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