With live sports making a re-entry on our television sets or over the internet and us dreaming about trips while we sit back at home and slow down our lives, here’s a glimpse of some of the best stadiums in the world that could be added to our travel lists once the world is back in motion.
Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Opened in 1947, the Santiago Bernabeu is arguably the most popular football venue in the world. Home to Real Madrid, the stadium has a capacity of over 80,000 and has been a witness to countless historic moments in the club’s long and illustrious history. Besides catching a game, you can also visit any of the 4 restaurants inside the stadium as well as take the stadium tour, which takes you through the entire stadium, including a sight at the overflowing trophy cabinet of the club. Sports fan or not, a visit to this sporting institution is a must on your next visit to Madrid.
Lord’s Cricket Ground (London)
Famously called the home of cricket, Lord’s is one of the oldest cricket venues in the world, with a history spanning over 200 years. The stadium houses the famed ‘Long Room’, as well as the oldest sporting museum in the world, a must see for any cricket fan. This was also the venue for the historic Natwest Series final in 2002, as well as England’s first ever world cup triumph in 2019 in one of the greatest ODIs ever played. The history and heritage of Lord’s have made it a mecca for cricket fans all over the world.
Wembley is home to England’s national football team and also hosts the cup finals for England’s domestic cup competitions. Opened in 2007 after reconstruction at the earlier stadium’s original site, the new Wembley has a capacity of 90,000, making it the largest stadium in England. The stadium also boasts of its’ trademark arch, a landmark by itself. The venue is also slated to host key fixtures, including the final of the Euro 2020 (now postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
All England Lawn Tennis Club (London)
Otherwise a highly exclusive private member’s club, the venue is also host to the most coveted of the tennis grand slams, Wimbledon. The championships have now become more prominent than the club itself, and play host to tennis legends and even British Royalty, each summer. For tennis fans all over the world, catching a match at Wimbledon, either at one of the courts or the nearby viewing terrace, should be a part of a summer London visit.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is the 2nd largest cricket ground in the world (after the newly constructed Motera stadium in Ahmedabad) with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. It is one of the flagship cricketing venues in Australia, and often plays host to the annual ‘Boxing Day’ test. The stadium also hosts the Australian Football League, along with other local leagues. The sheer scale and atmosphere within the stadium makes it one of the best sporting experiences you can have in Australia.
Written by Pranav Agarwal
Pranav is a consultant, currently working in Gurgaon and an avid Arsenal Fan. He is also the editor at Heenas.in
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