May 10, 2014

Football Stadiums I’ve Visited

I’ve always wanted to “do the 92” (i.e. visit every single English League team’s football stadium, including Welsh teams, ex-League teams) and it’s still one of my travel dreams.

Inside the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, England

Inside the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, England

On my travels through over 100 countries, I have visited as many football stadiums as I could, watching a match in more than half of them, my favourite 6 stadiums are these 6:

1. The Oval Grounds, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2. Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland
3. Dean Court, Bournemouth, England
4. Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay
5. The Maracana, Rio, Brazil
6. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

(here is the full top 10 list)

Dean Court in Bournemouth - football stadiums I've visited

Dean Court in Bournemouth – football stadiums I’ve visited

I also love my football facts and figures and love the banter down the pub with my mates who support all teams. Sites like football elevens are great for reading up on fun footy facts. These are all the stadiums I have been to, by country, the list is not completely up to date just yet:

ADAMMIA
No National Stadium – visited Jagstonian Plains

AFGHANISTAN
Beta Stadium, Masar e Sharif
Buzkashi Stadium, Masar e Sharif

ALGERIA

ANDORRA
Estadi Comunal, Andorra La Vella +
Estadi Nacional, Andorra La Vella +

ARGENTINA
La Bombonera, Buenos Aires +

ARMENIA
Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan
The Republic Stadium, Yerevan +

AUSTENASIA
No National Stadium – visited Kingdom of Copan Park

AUSTRALIA
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney *+#
ANZ Stadium, Sydney #
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney **
Devonport Stadium, Devonport +
Etihad Arena, Melbourne #
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane *#

AUSTRIA
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna *

AZERBAIJAN
Bakcell Arena, Baku *
Sheki Stadium, Sheki +

BAHRAIN
National Football Stadium, Manama

BANGLADESH
Cricket Stadium, Chittagong

BELARUS
Spartak Stadium, Bobruisk *

BELGIUM

BELIZE
National Stadium, Belmopan

BOLIVIA
Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz +

BOTSWANA
Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone

BRAZIL
Castelao, Fortaleza *
Estadio Do Pacaembu, Sao Paulo +
Estádio Ilha do Retiro, Recife +
Maracana, Rio De Janeiro *

BRUNEI
National Stadium, Bandar Seri Begawan

BULGARIA
National Stadium, Sofia

CAMBODIA

CANADA
BMO Field, Toronto **

CATALONIA
Camp Nou, Barcelona +

CHILE

CHINA

COLOMBIA

COSTA RICA
Estadio Nacional, San Jose

CZECH REPUBLIC
Sparta Stadium, Prague *

DENMARK
Parken Stadion, Copenhagen *

ECUADOR
Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito

EAST TIMOR
National Stadium, Dili+

EL SALVADOR
Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador +
Estadio Magico Gonzalez, San Salvador

ENGLAND
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool * (2)
Ashton Gate, Bristol * (30)
Brunton Park, Carlisle * (29)
City Ground, Nottingham ** (28)
Craven Cottage, Fulham
Dean Court, Bournemouth **+ (3)
Deepdale, Preston
Edgar Street, Hereford * (27)
Elland Road, Leeds *
Ewood Park, Blackburn * (5)
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Gigg Lane, Bury * (26)
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Griffin Park, Brentford *+ (10)
Highbury, London
Hillsborough, Sheffield * (4)
Huish Park, Yeovil ** (25)
Kassam Stadium, Oxford *+ (24)
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster * (23)
Kingsmeadow, London * (13)
Layer Road, Colchester ** (11)
Loftus Road, London * (12)
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Old Trafford, Manchester *+ (14)
Plainmoor, Torquay * (15)
Priestfield Stadium ** (16)
Recreation Ground, Aldershot * (22)
Roker Park, Sunderland
Roots Hall, Southend * (17)
Stamford Bridge, London +
St. Andrews, Birmingham * (31)
St. James Park, Newcastle +
Tatnam Park, Poole *
The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester * (21)
The Boleyn Ground, London
The Chronicles, Exeter *
The Grove, Portland *
The Matchroom Stadium, London * (8)
The Memorial Ground, Bristol * (20)
The New Den, London ** (7)
The Silverlands Stadium, Eastleigh *
The Stadium of Light, Sunderland +
The Valley, London * (31)
Turf Moor, Burnley * (6)
Twerton Park, Bath * (19)
Underhill, London
Victoria Park, Bournemouth *
Wembley, London *
Wessex Stadium, Weymouth *
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham ** (18)
White Hart Lane, London **+ (1)
Woodspring Stadium, Weston Super Mare *

– WELSH grounds are included under Wales including Swansea City (9) and Millennium Stadium.

The day my team (AFC Bournemouth) got relegated at Brunton Park, Carlisle

The day my team (AFC Bournemouth) got relegated at Brunton Park, Carlisle

ESTONIA
National Stadium, Tallinn

ETHIOPIA

FAROE ISLANDS
National Stadium, Torshavn
Stadium, Sorvagur

FINLAND
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
National Stadium, Helsinki

FRANCE
Parc Des Princes, Paris
Stade Velodrome, Marseille

FRENCH GUYANA
National STadium, Kourou

GEORGIA
Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi

GERMANY
HDI Arena, Hannover
Weserstadion, Bremen +

GIBRALTAR
The Victoria Stadium +

GREECE

GUATEMALA
Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City +

GUERNSEY

GUYANA

HERM

HONDURAS
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula +
Estadio Francisco Morazan, San Pedro Sula
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Football Club, Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong Island **
Mong Kok Stadium, Kowloon **
Yuen Long Stadium, New Territories *

HUNGARY
Loki Stadium, Debrecen+
Puskas Stadium, Budapest

Inside Loki Stadium, Debrecen, Hungary

Inside Loki Stadium, Debrecen, Hungary

ICELAND
Hlíðarendi, Reykjavik +
Keflavíkurvöllur, Keflavik +
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik *

INDIA

INDONESIA

IRAN

IRAQ
Erbil Football Stadium, Erbil+

On the pitch in Erbil, Iraq

On the pitch in Erbil, Iraq

ISRAEL

ITALY
Arena Garibaldi, Pisa+
Pierluigi Penzo Stadium, Venice

JAPAN

JORDAN

KAZAKHSTAN
FC Kairan Stadium, Almaty

KENYA

KOSOVO
National Stadium, Pristina

KUWAIT
Jaber Al Ahmad National Football Stadium

KYRGYZSTAN
National Stadium, Bishkek

LAOS
Chao Anouvong Stadium, Vientiane

LATVIA
National Stadium, Riga *

LIECHTENSTEIN
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz *

LITHUANIA
The Old National Stadium, Vilnius +

LUXEMBOURG

NAGORNO KARABAKH
Stepanakert Stadium, Stepanakert

NEW ZEALAND
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

NORWAY
National Stadium, Oslo

MACAO

MACEDONIA
National Stadium, Skopje +

MALAYSIA

MEXICO
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City +

MOLDOVA
The Republic Stadium, Chisinau

MONTENEGRO
National Stadium, Podgorica

MYANMAR

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam+
Kras Stadion, Volendam

NORTHERN IRELAND
Blanchflower Park, Belfast **
Breda Park, Belfast *
Castlereagh Park, Newtownards *
Clandeboye Park, Bangor **
Inver Park, Larne
Lakeview Park, Loughgall *
Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast #
Shamrock Park, Portadown+
Solitude, Belfast *
Taylor’s Avenue, Carrickfergus *
The Oval Grounds, Belfast **+
The Showgrounds, Coleraine **+
The Showgrounds, Killyleagh *
The Showgrounds, Limavady *
Wilgar Park, Belfast **
Windsor Park, Belfast **

NORTH KOREA
Mayday Stadium, Pyongyang #+
Kim Il Sung Stadium, Pyongyang

QATAR

PALESTINE

PANAMA

PARAGUAY
Estadio 3 de Febrero, Ciudad Del Este
Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion +

PERU

PHILIPPINES

POLAND
Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw *

PORTUGAL

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Lansdowne Road, Dublin +
Pairc Ui Chaiomh, Cork +#

ROMANIA
National Stadium, Bucharest *

RUSSIA
Olympic Stadium, Moscow

SAN MARINO
National Stadium, Serravale *

SARK
Sark School Pitch/National Stadium, Sark +

SCOTLAND
Easter Road, Edinburgh *
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow **+
Tynecastle, Edinburgh +

SINGAPORE

SLOVAKIA
National Stadium, Bratislava *

SLOVENIA
NK Maribor Stadium, Maribor *

SOUTH AFRICA
Orlando Stadium, Soweto
Soccer City, Johannesberg

SOUTH KOREA
World Cup Stadium, Seoul +
World Cup Stadium, Suwon

SPAIN
Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, Madrid +
Campo de San Memes, Bilbao
Estadio de Anoeta, San Sebastian
Estadio Jose Rico Perez, Alicante +
Estadio Santiago Bernabeau, Madrid +
Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid +
Mestalla, Valencia +

SRI LANKA

SURINAME
Andre Van Kamperveen Stadion, Paramaribo +

SWAZILAND

SWEDEN
Friends Arena, Solna *

SWITZERLAND

TAIWAN
Shinying Stadium, Shinying

TANZANIA

THAILAND

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO

TURKEY
Adana 5 Ocak Stadium, Adana *

TUNISIA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

UNITED STATES of AMERICA
Ikon Stadium, New York
StubHub Center, Los Angeles *+

URUGUAY
Estadio, Colonia Del Sacramento +
Estadio Suppicci, Colonia Del Sacramento +
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo **+
Estadio Luis Franzini, Montevideo

VENEZUELA

VIETNAM

WALES
The Liberty Stadium, Swansea *
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff *

Key:
BLANK  – I have been to the stadium but not been inside the stadium, nor watched a match there
* – I have watched one match here
** – I have watched multiple matches here
+ – I have been inside the stadium and not watched a match
# – Football is not the main sport played here, but they have hosted a football match before
( ) – Numbers in brackets denote those stadiums that have been used in the English Football League and that I have watched a match at on route to doing the 92.
Those in Italics means the ground no longer exists

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