10 stadiums to visit this football season

Griffin Park – Brentford

Londen

Brentford FC is a typical community club, playing in the Championship and located in West-London. The stadium Griffin Park is enclosed in a residential neighborhood surrounded by 4 pubs, one in each corner with the Griffin pub as the most popular one. All this makes a trip to Griffin Park a unique away day experience. Unfortunately Brentford FC will move to a bigger new stadium next season not so far away, close to Kew Bridge. So don’t be late to visit Griffin Park and its 4 pubs a last time before it’s too late. https://morethan90minutes.be/brentford-a-night-at-griffin-park/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq7McUYhAXw

Stade Bauer – Red Star Paris

Paris

After last season’ relegation Red Star de Paris is finally back home at their Stade Bauer. This parisian cult club is now playing in the French third tier. Their beloved Stade Bauer didn’t meet the restrictions for the League 2 last season which means that they had to play their home games at Beauvais, 80 kilometres outside of Paris. https://morethan90minutes.be/red-star-de-paris-finally-back-home-at-stade-bauer/

Stade Joseph Marien – Union Saint-Gilloise

Brussels

11-times Champions of Belgium, Union Saint-Gilloise was the biggest Belgian club before WWII. Now the club is playing in the second Belgian Division. The stadium, Stade Joseph Marien was renovated last year but it still relives old times with the Art Deco main stand and its location in green Dudenpark. https://morethan90minutes.be/union-saint-gilloise-cercle-brugge-first-win-in-playoff-2-at-joseph-marien-stadium/

Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark – Dynamo Berlin

Berlin

Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sportpark is located at Mauerpark in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. Before 1989 this stadium was the biggest of East-Berlin and was even the venue for 10 International games for the DDR National team and for European games of Dynamo Berlin. This typical East-European stadium will be rebuilt this summer so you’ll still have a couple of months to admire this stadium in all its glory. https://morethan90minutes.be/semi-final-landespokal-berlin-dynamo-berlin-fc-viktoria-berlin/

Craven Cottage – Fulham

London

Another classic old-school stadium will be renovated next year: Craven Cottage. In this case only the Riverside stand will be modernized and upgraded. This stadium is the most authentic and beautiful in the British capital. The old main grandstand, named after Johnny Haynes, the first professional football player to earn more than £ 100 a week, has been virtually untouched since it was built in 1896. To the left of the Johnny Haynes Stand is the famous Cottage or chalet to which the stadium is named. The wooden chairs and stairs makes you feel like you are in a different era. https://morethan90minutes.be/a-sunny-afternoon-at-craven-cottage/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mXt9grmtq8

San Siro – Guiseppe Meazza

Milan

Guiseppe Meazza stadium also known as San Siro is the home ground of AC Milan and Inter Milan. This 80.000 seater was renovated for the 1990 World Cup and is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe and the biggest of Italy. The typical design of the stadium will disappear soon because both teams annonced that the stadium will be rebuild and replaced by a modern arena.

Stadion An der Alten Forsterei

Berlin

Union Berlin, another cultclub located in East-Berlin, was promoted to the Bundesliga this season. After difficult times where they were close to relegation out of professional football they finally got back to the highest tier of German football. The passionate fans of ‘die Eisernen’ are going one step further for their club. They even donated blood to raise money for the the renovation of An der alten Forsterei and were helping hands during the construction. This stadium is located in the outskirts of Berlin in a forest which makes it at night a fairytale experience. With 18.300 standing places of a total stadium capacity of 22.000 the atmosphere of Eisern Union is always very impressive.https://morethan90minutes.be/eisern-union-an-der-alten-forsterei/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSBGQPE5h5E

Estadio Mestalla – Valencia CF

Valencia

Mestalla is home of Valencia CF and has a capacity of 52.600 seats. Mestalla is known for its steep stands similar to the big South American stadiums. In 2007 Valencia started to build a new modern stadium outside of the city center, Nou Mestalla. Due to financial problems construction of Nou Mestalla is stopped. The new estimated opening date is now foreseen for season 2022-2023.

Villa Park – Aston Villa

Birmingham

Another promovendus club, Aston Villa is finally back in the Premier League. Villa Park is for me one of the most beautiful stadiums in England and even in Europe. The stairs of the Holte End are almost like climbing to heaven. The walk to Villa Park, passing by authentic Holte pub, is also a must for every football fan. Villa used to be a big club in the 70’s and 80’s. They were 7 times Champions of England and even won Europa Cup I in 1982 in a final against Bayern Munich. https://morethan90minutes.be/the-second-city-derby-aston-villa-birmingham-city/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53tGPR-QwI&t=3s

Signal Iduna Park – Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund definitely deserve a place in this list. Why? Because a visit to Borussia Dortmund is simply always a good idea. If you’re lucky to find a ticket for the Gelbe Wand you will definitely enjoy a lovely football Saturday afternoon. Also the matchday experience is very special with beer gardens in the Rote Erde stadium (stadium used for the second team of Borussia Dortmund) and Strobels. Three hours before kick-off it’s already quite busy around the stadium. https://morethan90minutes.be/der-klassiker-in-german-super-cup-promising-victory-for-bvb/https://morethan90minutes.be/dortmund-hannover-96-easy-win-for-bvb/https://morethan90minutes.be/throwback-thursday-heja-bvb-heja-bvb/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTMGIc6tm_w

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