What’s your least favourite stadium?

March 19, 2008

New Wembley

Juventus have decided to redevelop the moth-balled Stadio delle Alpi, one of the most unloved stadiums in the world.

Built for the 1990 World Cup, most Juve fans have always hated the Turin stadium because a running track kept them too far from the pitch and the acoustics were terrible. The 69,000 capacity ground was also hardly ever full. The Serie A side are currently sharing the smaller Stadio Olimpico with Torino.

What’s your least favourite stadium? The old Wembley had history, but that was part of the problem as it decayed before our eyes. The new version is great, but the trip home through congested north London remains a pain.

Barcelona’s Nou Camp is special, but I once watched a boring 2-0 win over Alaves from the very top tier in January. I could hardly tell which player was which and I was freezing cold. You also wouldn’t believe how uncomfortable the ‘seats’ are at Milan’s San Siro.

The new breed of stadiums in England, like Middlesbrough’s Riverside and Derby’s Pride Park, are clean and well-planned but they all look exactly the same and lack soul. I guess they are better than the cow sheds of the lower divisions, though.

Let us know your views in the comments.

Mark Meadows, Milan

PHOTO: The new Wembley is turned into a motor sport track for the Race of the Champions, Dec. 16 2007 REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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ELLIS PARK IN JOHANNESBURG IS THE BEST IN AFRICA.THE SEAT ARE VERY NICE.YOU CAN HARDLY MISS THE ACTION.HOW I WISH,IT WAS MY TEAM’S[ MAMELODI SUNDOWNS]STADIUM.

Stadio delle Alpi is easily the worst stadium. Its unbelievable that such a well financed club would build such a cut rate stadium. Any stadium with a track around it is totally useless, might as well be at the pub.

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Santiago Bernabeu is the best, great view of players and pitch, heating in the winter, easy to exit, right in the middle of town, and home to one of the greatest sporting teams in the world.

Posted by Alex | Report as abusive

Unfortunately the likes of the Riverside Mechano Stadium et al lack soul and are very uncomfortable due to the viewing angles. But a wet wednesday night in Barnsley with a hole in your shoe and flooded toilets takes some beating!!

Posted by Terry Hibbitt | Report as abusive

By far the worst stadium I’ve been to is Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympiat stadium. It has around 80.000 seats but usually it’s has only a couple of thousand fans in the stands because it’s only Istanbul’s to least popular clubs that play there. Even if the Turkey national team plays or Galatasaray play there and the stadium isn’t empty it’s still a shitty stadium. It’s located far from the city on a hill where a cold wind always blows. Terrible…

Posted by Anders | Report as abusive

I’d agree Anders — the Ataturk is a terrible place to watch football. My personal least favourite was the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Freezing cold most of the time (or so it seemed) and not much of an atmosphere.

Posted by Kev | Report as abusive