Only a few stadiums in Europe can boast with the title of “UEFA Elite Stadium” due to rigorous conditions imputed by UEFA. We made a list with them which contain only stadiums which are finished.
Following conditions are necessary to be an UEFA Elite Stadium (what was before classified as UEFA Fourth-Category Stadium):
- Stadium must be all-seated and have a minimum capacity of 30,000;
- The playing surface must either be natural turf or FIFA-licensed artificial turf;
- The playing surface dimensions must be 105 meters in length and 68 meters in width;
- The dressing rooms must seat at least 25 people;
- The substitute benches must seat at least 13 people;
- Stadiums must have CCTV both inside and outside and a ‘Security Control Room’;
- There should also be a separate ‘Doping Station’, ‘Delegate’s Room’ and ‘First Aid Room’;
- Must provide seating for at least 1500 VIPs and 200 journalists;
- There must be at least three TV studios within the Stadium;
- The floodlights must light the pitch to an luminance of at least 1400 lux
The stadiums are ordered by seats capacity:
1. Camp Nou – FC Barcelona
2. Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium is located in Londra and it was recently built (2007) replacing the old 1923 Wembley Stadium. It is biggest stadium in United Kingdom and it hosts England national football team’s games.
5.The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is also known as San Siro stadium and is home ground for both Inter Milano and Ac Milan. The capacity of this stadium is 80,074 and it was opened in 1926 for the first time, but was renovated in ’56 and ’89.
6. Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium is the biggest stadium in Moscow, Russia with a capacity of 78,360 seats. It is home ground for two reputable teams from Russia: CSKA Moscow and FC Spartak Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium recently hosted a UEFA Champions League final (2008) and is one of the Russian stadiums which will hold World Cup matches in 2018.
7. Old Trafford
Old Trafford, one of the oldest stadium from our list is home ground for Manchester United. With a capacity of 75,957 seats, it’s the second stadium in England, after Wembley. Old Trafford is also known as “The theatre of dreams”.
8.Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Atatürk Olympic Stadium is located in Istambul, Turkey and is the biggest stadium in this country with a total capacity of 76,092 seats. Was built in 2002 and its costs are estimated at 150 millions (euro). Turkish national team play their games here.
9. Millennium Stadium
10. Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion is located in Berlin, Germany and was built in 1936. After two renovations, now it can held up to 74,500 spectators. Olympiastadion is home ground for Hertha Berlin and hosted World Cup 2006 final between France and Italy.
11. Stadio Olimpico
12. Olympic Stadium – Athenes
Olympic Stadium from Athena, is the biggest stadium in Greece, with a 69,618 capacity. Phanatinaikos Athena and AEK Athena use it as home ground. In 2007, the UEFA Champions League final between AC Milan and Liverpool was disputed here.
13. Estádio da Luz
Estádio da Luz is located in Lisboa and used as home ground by Benfica, a reputable team from Portugal. Also, national team play there some of their home matches. It was built in 2003, before Portugal organize Euro 2004, and held the final between Greece and Portugal.
14. Allianz Arena
16. Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla is a multi-purposed stadium, opened in 1999. Despite it is a Elite Stadium it’s unused now and hosts only Spanish national team’s matches because both FC Sevilla and Real Betis Sevilla uses their own courts. The capacity is 57,619 seats.
17. Volksparkstadion – Hamburg
18. Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is located in Barcelona, Spain. It’s the second largest stadium in Barcelona where first one is also the biggest stadium in Europe (Nou Camp). Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is home ground for Espanyol Barcelona and has 55,926.
Built this year, National Arena replace former Lia Manoliu 1953 and become new national arena for Romania. With 55200 seats, National Arena is nominated to host UEFA Europa League final next year. Cup final and Super-Cup in Romania will be also hosted by this stadium.
20. Vicente Calderón Stadium
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, the biggest stadium in Austria, was built in 1931. It hosted seven matches from EURO 2008, including a semi-final and the final. Both Austria Vienna and Rapid Vienna play their UEFA games here.
22. Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam Arena is currently the biggest stadium in Holland (52,960 seats). And it will remain so until 2016 when De Nieuwe Kuip (Feyenoord), with 85000 seats, will be built. Amsterdam Arena is home ground for Ajax Amsterdam and here is where 2013 UEFA Europa League final will take place.
23. Hampden Park
24. De Kuip
25. Donbass Arena
Donbass Arena is first UEFA Elite Stadium in Ukraine. It was recently inaugurated, in 2009 and has 51,504 seats. The stadium will host some matches from Euro 2014, but in rest is home ground for Shaktar Donetsk.
26. Ibrox Stadium
27. Estádio do Dragão
28. Estádio José Alvalade
Estádio José Alvalade, situated in Lisboa, is another stadium constructed for Euro 2004 (five matches were hosted on this court). Along with that, Estádio José Alvalade (50,049 seats) is home ground for Sporting Lisboa, a club which had the rare occasion to play an UEFA Cup final (in 2005) on its own court but they lost it against CSKA Moscow.
29. Stadio Olimpico di Torino
EDIT: We found more UEFA Elite Stadiums.
Olimpiysky National Sports Complex
Cluj Arena Stadium
Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium
There are many other GERAT STADIUMS but we can’t add them here until we find trustable sources to prove that. We know how much you want your favorite team’s Stadium here, but please come with proves (links) and we will gladly add them.
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