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Old August 6th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #1481
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no i dont watch soccer. :P but yes, there are nicer looking soccer stadiums around the world that aren't just boxy and boxed in around a rectangular soccer field. allianz stadium in munic is one example.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #1482
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there are corporate boxes. second row.
Correct, but they are very few in number compared to contemporary stadiums of its size, which I actually think is a good thing.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #1483
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No doubt this is the best of all:











Estadio Municipal de Braga, Portugal...

Didn't know if you already knew it... Its the best no doubt!
I would have to say it is one of the nicest stadium I have seen. Simple but very effective.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #1484
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I would have to say it is one of the nicest stadium I have seen. Simple but very effective.
yes this is very interesting. i love how it is so very integrated into its environment. so in terms of being environmentally friendly and not looking like a huge eyesore on the landscape, it is definitely up there. but i dont think it's THE best of them all in terms of every aspect including design. it's almost too simple. i think stadiums should have some glitz and pizazz to them. sorry!
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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #1485
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yes this is very interesting. i love how it is so very integrated into its environment. so in terms of being environmentally friendly and not looking like a huge eyesore on the landscape, it is definitely up there. but i dont think it's THE best of them all in terms of every aspect including design. it's almost too simple. i think stadiums should have some glitz and pizazz to them. sorry!
Fair enough mate. Each to their own.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #1486
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Estádio Municipal de Braga (30,154 seats) : A Brilliant architecture indeed !







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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #1487
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new stadium in Melbourne

Due to be completed late 2009 early 2010. Will be used by Melbourne Victory for non blockbuster games (football), Melbourne Storm (rugby league) and possibly a new Super 16 team for Melbourne (rugby union competition with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa)









Very close to the CBD of Melbourne next to the following stadium:

Old Olympic Park - after completion of new stadium will be used primarily for athletics
17,500

MCG - AFL, Rugby, Football, Cricket, 1956 Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games.
100,000

Rod Laver Arena - Tennis, Basketball, Netball, FINA World championships 2007
15,000

Hisense Arena - Tennis, Netball, Basketball, Velodrome



FYI - the other Melbourne stadium on the other side of the CBD.

Etihad Stadium - AFL, Rugby league state of origin, Commonwealth Games 2006, Rugby Union internationals, Melbourne Victory blockbuster games and grand finals.
55,000




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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #1488
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Old August 8th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #1489
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I see you are doing some PR again MO
Thanks for the credit if you do it that way ALWAYS then i dont mind you doing that

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Old August 9th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #1490
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I remember when I first saw the Braga stadium on TV during Euro 2004. Seeing the rock outcropping behind the goal I let out a big "WHAT THE #($*??". However, I love this stadium because it so unique and so unlike any other stadium out there.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #1491
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It's in a pretty unique place, but the actual stands are awful IMO.

They're on the border of being bland and brutal.

The interior of them is simply bland and boring, and the exterior is horribly ugly.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:03 AM   #1492
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My own top ten...

Mexico City - Azteca
It would need some renovation but that is THE perfect place to watch football. I was lucky to attend a derby between America and Cruz Azul in a full house. Just the best atmosphere I ever enjoyed in a football stadium...




Barcelona - Camp Nou
The EIGHTH wonder in the world... To my view, in the large stadia category, this one is simply one of the very best. It is a grandiose cathedral. From the lower tier, the stands just seem to reach the sky and from the top tier, the view is just tremendous. It looks like the crater of a volcano...




Paris - Parc des Princes
Even if it is holding 45,000 seats, it is a rather intimate stadium. The enclosed structure is perfect for the atmosphere. Aesthetically, it is great too.




Paris/St-Denis - Stade de France
The main feature is obviously the roof. It is really breathtaking, especially at night when it is illuminated. The bowl is rather classic but nice. Viewing distances are good and much better than in other stadiums in this capacity range like in Rome or Berlin for example. Otherwise, the outside of the venue is too plain and should be much better.




Seoul - Olympic Stadium
Aesthetically, IMHO, this one is just the most beautiful stadium with an athletics track. Nice bowl. Looks like Parc des Princes' brother...




Madrid - Santiago-Bernabeu
I like enclosed venues with steep multi-decker stands. The view from the top tier is just amazing. On the lower tier, it is also very impressive to see these almost vertical stands surrounding the pitch.




Riyadh - King Fahd International Stadium
Surely not the best place to watch football but great architecture with such an unusual roof.




Montevideo - Centenario
Just history... The site of the first world cup. I visited it a while ago and you can feel the history. There is an interesting museum in the main stand too.




Lisboa - Estadio da Luz
Awesome football stadium. Brilliant design and nice roof over steep tiers.




Sydney - Stadium Australia
I like the architecture of that stadium. Maybe I preferred it with the huge stands at each end when the venue hosted the Olympics.

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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #1493
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Nice collection of faves...steep bowls are cool.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #1494
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My own top ten...
1- Parc des Princes has 48,712 seats, not 45K

2- Nice collection of stadiums !

3-What does Estadio Centenario in your top 10 list ??????????? If it's only about history..so what about Colombes ???
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:53 AM   #1495
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About Centenario, maybe because it was the site of the very first World Cup. And, when I visited that stadium (in 2005), I was really feeling something special. That can't really be explained... Just a great feeling.

I can say that I don't like our real historic national stadium... Colombes has been the main stadium in France for many years. It hosted the 1924 Olympics, the 1938 World Cup Final and so many internationals football and rugby games. I have visited Colombes a few times in the 1980s before "Tribune de Marathon" was flattened. Even if I enjoyed, I didn't feel the same than in Centenario. And, you know "Les gouts et les couleurs..."

Anyway, I really LOVE history about stadiums. I am not that old myself even if I am now 40 but I have soon be interested in seeing old stadiums, either now demolished or much different from nowadays. The postcards I prefer in my (huge...) collection usually are old ones. I'll post more later...

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Old August 18th, 2009, 01:11 AM   #1496
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I see NFL stadiums like Relient and Quest getting a lot of love on this forum from both the US and non-US crowd, those stadiums are overrated and have roofs which make them sterile in my mind.

To me the most beautiful stadiums of the NFL are Arrowhead, Lambeau,& New Mile High
I agree. In the US, I prefer their older stadiums. I do like that new stadium they built in Arizona for the NFL though. In Canada, I suppose Olympic Stadium is the most beautiful, but it's not a great place to watch sports.

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Old August 18th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #1497
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@Azteca:
I understand very well what you mean about "feeling something special" in historic stadiums (something like a soul).

I've been at several historic stadiums around the world simply because I also love historic/old stadiums (and new ones, of course, but it isn't the same "feeling").


About that "soul", I felt it in Colombes several times when I was there (Even if it wasn't very big or very suitable whatever the sport, during its whole history): 130 years of sports/international competitions. And a 90 years old stand ! ("les goûts et les couleurs" )
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Old August 18th, 2009, 09:45 AM   #1498
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Mexico City - Azteca
It would need some renovation but that is THE perfect place to watch football. I was lucky to attend a derby between America and Cruz Azul in a full house. Just the best atmosphere I ever enjoyed in a football stadium...

Dammit, man, I'm already having trouble going to sleep as it is...
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Old August 18th, 2009, 08:06 PM   #1499
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According to me the most beautiful stadium in the world

Inonu stadıum Istanbul:



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Old August 21st, 2009, 07:49 AM   #1500
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