OK, everybody’s got a stadiums Top Ten right?
Well, whatever… here’s mine. Let me know your favourites and I’ll put them in the Top Ten.
1 - The San Nicola
Where? Bari, Puglia, Italy
Why? Because it was designed by architect Renzo Piano and looks like a giant flying saucer. The steps all around the ground look like the landing ladder on a spaceship. Check out the pic… Don’t know who the bloke with the dog is, but it was the only picture that showed the steps thing.
2 - Ibrox Park
Why? Old, old stadium with all the industry-heavy girders still showing. Plus those wrap-around stairwells in the corner. What a looker.
3 - Stadio Dall’ara
Where? Bologna, Italy
Capacity? 38,000 +
Why? That fantastic-looking church-type structure in the middle of the stand. It’s only the useless athletics track keeping it off the top spot. In case you’d forgotten, it was the stadium where England conceded to San Marino after 11 seconds when trying, and failing, to qualify for World Cup ‘94.
4 - Carrow Road
Why? It’s Norwich’s stadium. It does look great now it’s built up in all the corners, but the jury’s still out on the hotel in the corner next to the Barclay stand. Bit bias with that one.
5 - The Emirates
Where? Finsbury Park, North London
Why? Arsenal’s new stadium looks imperious from the top of the hill where I live, and the ‘wave effect’ of the stands are pretty unique. Feels a bit corporate though.
6 - Bordeaux
Where? Bordeaux, France
Why? Lovely old number with sand arches circling the stadium. Good atmosphere. I went there to watch Argentina against Croatia in the ‘98 World Cup, so probably looking at this one through rose-tinted glasses, mind. It was 1-1, both teams a bit lazy to be honest.
7 - The Reebok Stadium
Where? Bolton, well… quite near Wigan actually
Capacity? About 30,000? Not sure
Why? Good design - a sign you don’t have to build an identikit St Mary’s or Madjeski. Great sweeping girders and floodlights.
8 - Allianz Arena
Where? Munich, Germany
Capacity? 66,000 +
Why? Come on… it’s made of glass and glows in the dark.
9 - Busan Main Stadium
Where? South Korea
Why? Who wouldn’t want to watch a match in a giant lampshade?
10 - Khalifa Stadium
Why? A more extreme version of Wembley