Top 3 Spanish Football Stadiums
Football is definitely the most popular sport in Spain, followed fervently by millions of people. It is no surprise that some of the world’s biggest players (Messi, Suárez, Piqué) play on Spanish teams. Also, the Spanish league “La Liga” is one of the major and profitable leagues in the world, according to official insights.
Here are the best 3 football (soccer) stadiums you cannot miss on your next trip to beautiful Spain.
- Camp Nou
Camp Nou (meaning “new camp” in Catalan) is Barcelona’s most famous football stadium, and actually the largest stadium in Europe by capacity, and the second largest association football stadium in the world. It is home for FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most successful clubs.
Sports can offer great insight into a culture, so whether you are a passionate fan or just want to observe the way locals celebrate their teams, it is well worth attending a match at Camp Nou. And if you fall in love with the atmosphere and the excitement of the crowds, you should consider a spanish school in barcelona to develop new skills that will allow you to interact with locals and gain an inside once in a lifetime experience.
While in Barcelona, you can either attend a match at Camp Nou or maybe, if you do not get tickets – which happens a lot during high season –, just visit its amazing museum (it attracts more than 1 million visitors per year!), to lose yourself in the middle of the large collection of the club’s trophies and explore all the different parts of the stadium, such as the stands, the field, and the changing room.
- Santiago Bernabéu
The Bernabéu was built in 1947 and is the home of Real Madrid, the sworn enemies of Barcelona and the world’s richest and prestigious football club. It is located in the heart of Madrid, Spain’s capital, and largest city, and it is named after the legendary club president Santiago Bernabéu.
It is the only stadium in the world that has hosted Champions League, Copa Libertadores, European Championships and World cup finals.
Tours (to learn about the whole history of the club) are extremely popular among visitors to the city. They include exclusive and “backstage” areas like the player’s bench, lockers, the tunnel that leads you directly to the field, and the technical and press area.
Also, a home game at Santiago Bernabéu is an incredibly special experience. Even non-football fans are sure to be captivated by the atmosphere of the stadium.
Although the Bernabéu is huge, it is usually sold out. An advance booking provides security and offers adjacent seats in case you are going with someone else.
This stadium belongs to the Atlético de Madrid club, founded in 1903 by a group of Basque students living in the Spanish capital.
It is Spain’s most recent football stadium, inaugurated in Madrid’s Rosas neighborhood in September 2017 and the most advanced and sustainable of the entire world. Its name has actually nothing to do with the club, it is linked to the gigantic Chinese company Wanda (a real estate company), which owns part of it. “Metropolitano” refers to the name of the old club’s stadium.
A tour to the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best sightseeing activities for sport lovers in Madrid, including lots of extras like the “Walk of Legends”, which honors Atlético de Madrid players with commemorative plaques with impressive visual displays.
Spain is one of the great footballing nations in the world, more than a sport, football means a tradition for its people, so the atmosphere generated at Spanish football stadiums is really the best in the world.
To visit the stadiums of the famous names in Spanish football is a unique experience and an opportunity to set foot in some old charming historic arenas.
It should be noted that the country also has many other amazing stadiums where attendance is not as large as those in the Premier League, but definitely worth the visit.