Sports take center stage for many of us. In fact, according to a CBS News report, 56% of Americans will rearrange their schedule to accommodate watching their favorite sport or team. Are you one of those sports enthusiasts? If you are, why not take it to the next level. We have a list of 6 most impressive sports stadiums in the world that you can discover, and possibly visit someday and get the ultimate sports experiences:
1. National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The National Stadium in Kaohsiung is not only impressive, but it is also the world’s largest solar-powered stadium and the most eco-friendly in the world. It has almost 9,000 solar panels covering the roof of the complex, producing more than enough solar energy that is needed without relying on power from other sources.
From afar, the stadium looks like a dragon. This multi-purpose stadium sits 55,000. To get to the stadium, you’ll have to travel from the capital, Taipei, for about 220 miles to Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city.
2. Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Also known as the Big House, Michigan Stadium is America’s classic and most recognized college football stadium. Built in 1927, it is one of the oldest stadiums and the largest college football stadium in America.
Located in the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Home of the Michigan Football, this stadium can accommodate 72,000 people.
Some of the fun facts about Michigan Stadium are, it was the first stadium to use electronic scoreboards for official game time, three-quarters of the stadium is below ground level, and according to legend, a crane was buried in the ground during excavation. Tours are available and should be arranged at least two weeks in advance.
3. Camp Nou, Barcelona
Camp Nou, the mighty playing field of FC Barcelona and the FC Barcelona Museum located on-site, attracts millions of tourists each year. Europe’s largest stadium is also home to FC Barcelona, one of the most successful and popular football teams in the world.
A Camp Nou experience is a must when visiting Barcelona. Diego Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo are some of the world’s greatest football players that play in that stadium that sits 100,000 spectators. Fly into Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) and make sure you plan a trip to Camp Nou.
4. Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro is the largest stadium in Brazil and the second-largest in South America. This legendary sports venue used to have a capacity of 200,000 before the renovation in 2013. The newly renovated stadium, venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics has a capacity of just over 78,000.
The best way to enjoy the stadium is to be one of the spectators during a football (soccer) game. Brazilians treat soccer as a religion, and watching a game at the stadium is the ultimate experience you can have with the enthusiastic locals.
Guided and self-guided tours are available daily, making it easy for you to experience the stadium first hand. Besides soccer games, Maracana is used for concerts and the annual carnival.
5. Fenway Park, Boston
Fenway Park, “America’s most beloved ballpark” is the oldest major league baseball stadium in America. Home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912 when it opened, Fenway Park is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Fenway Park Living Museum is located there too.
Enjoy the tradition of baseball at this quirky stadium and be on the look out for the 37-foot tall left-field wall known as “The Green Monster” – built to keep non-paying fans from getting a free view from outside the stadium.
6. Allianz Arena, Munich
Allianz has several stadiums around the world, namely Munich, Sydney, London, Nice, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Turin, and St Paul, MN. If you can only visit one, go to Allianz Arena in Munich, the Allianz’s first and oldest stadium.
Home to FC Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena, the Allianz Munich offers fans a virtual look at the interior and exterior of the stadium on their website.
Several types of tours are available for purchase if you can’t attend one of the games in the arena.