The Sports Stadiums in The World – Part 2
One of the most successful club football teams in the world in the past decade have been Barcelona, and their stadium, Camp Nou is regarded as many as one of the best stadiums in the world. The stadium has a capacity for just over 99,000 spectators and is the second largest in the world.
The stadium is relatively new as it was constructed in 1954, as its old home ground the Camp de les Cots was just too small to seat all of its spectators. The ground is regularly sold out and the Catalan club has many derby matches but none is bigger than the annual fixtures against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid also plays at a famous stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu which holds 81,000 spectators. It was built in 1944 and in recent years has been just as successful as one in Barcelona. The popularity of the stadium is reflected by the fact that it has been the venue for the Champions League final on four occasions, and in 1982 it hosted the FIFA World Cup final between Italy and West Germany.
The United States are home to the most technologically advanced sports stadiums in the world. One of the country’s best baseball stadiums in the AT&T Park which is the home ground for the San Francisco Giants.
It has a capacity for just over 40,000 spectators and the club has the best catering facilities in the baseball league. The ground overlooks the Pacific Ocean with McCovey Covey facing the stadium, and the park has seen the Giant win the World Series three times in the last six seasons.
AT&T also have sponsored the stadium of the Dallas Cowboys American Football team that is in Arlington Texas. It was built in 2009 and has a capacity of 105,000, possessing a retractable roof. It cost 1.15 billion US dollars to construct which makes it the most expensive sports stadium ever to be built.
There are over 3000 Sony LCD displays throughout the luxury suites and concession areas. There is a 175 foot video screen hanging down from the center of the stadium, which is the second largest in a sports stadium in the world. Within the stadium there is an art gallery plus art is displayed everywhere around the facility.
The United States is not only country that have stadiums with large capacities and the same applies to Australia. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is famed for the size of its arena and is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere and the largest cricket ground in the world.
It can hold just over 100,000 spectators and since it has was built in 1853 it has been known for its flexibility. As well as being used as cricket ground in the summer it is also used as a home ground by the Australian Rules football sides Richmond, Collingwood and North Melbourne. It also hosts the Grand Play off final each season.
The stadium was home to the 1956 Summer Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. However, it is as a cricket ground that it is most well-known and it has been the venue for both the cricket World Cup finals in 1992 and 2015. Its most famous test is the cricket match that starts on Boxing Day every four years.
If a stadium popularity is based on tradition that are few more like than Wimbledon which is based in South-West London. Every June the world of tennis descends on the grass courts to compete for the annual championships of the All England Club
The tennis club was founded in 1867 and the first championships were held in 1877. The stadium now has 18 grass courts plus 10 other outdoor courts of different surfaces and 5 indoor courts. The top courts are Centre Court and number 1 court. There have been many changes to the Centre Court which now has a capacity of 15,000 and has been fitted with a retractable roof.
The world is full of magnificent stadiums and generally the newer ones benefit from the same technological advance that other buildings have experienced over the years.