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The Strangest Football Stadiums In The World 

Photo above: Wikimedia/Calistemon

Forget Camp Nou, OLD TRAFFORD or the ALLIANZ ARENA. These are the real football stadiums you should have been to. Even if it means travelling to the “End of the World”

Stadio Sant’Elia - Italy

Stadio Sant'Elia

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Capacity: 16,000

Home of: Cagliari Calcio

Why is it so special? It is a stadium within a stadium

You need to check it out because … it will give you an opportunity to really get to know the south Italian mentality. The stadium was closed in 2002 because of security issues, and instead of building a new stadium, the team decided to build temporary steel stands on the running track. They even managed to keep it open until they were finally refused authorization to use it in 2013.

Estadio Hernando Siles - Bolivia

Estadio Hernando Siles

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Capacity: 41,143

Home of: Bolivian national team / Club Bolivar / The Strongest

Why is it so special? It’s located 3,601 metres above sea level

You need to check it out because … the air is so thin up here it makes it difficult to cheer your team on. But you’ll still be in better shape than the away team. 

Stadion Voždovac - Serbia

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Capacity: 5,200

Home of: FK Voždovac Belgrad

Why is it so special? It’s built on top of a shopping centre

You need to check it out because … you can do your daily shopping and errands to keep your special other happy, while also catching the game! 

Estadio Municipal de Braga, Portugal

Estadio Municipal de Braga

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Capacity: 30,268

Home of: Sporting Braga

Why is it so special? It is literally built into a cliff

You need to check it out because … “The Quarry” as the stadium is known to the locals reminds you of the hard work the players will put in on the pitch. 

Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena - Switzerland

Capacity: No official stats available

Home of: FC Gspon

Why is it so special? The highest place to play football in Europe

You need to check it out because … it’s all about getting there. Enjoy the idyllic Swiss mountain scenery as you make your way to the “stadium” either by car, cable car or foot. The wonderful backdrop also makes up for the rather questionable quality of the football on show. 

Igralište Batarija - Croatia

HNK Trogir Stadium

© Wikimedia/Ante Perkovic

Capacity: 1,000

Home of: HNK Trogir

Why is it so special? It is located between two UNESCO World Heritage sights

You need to check it out because … you can class visiting this stadium as “drinking in the local culture”. Just brush up on your notes while you’re there in case anyone asks: the tower of St. Marco is located behind one goal and Kamerlengo castle behind the other. 

Svangaskard - Faroe Islands 

Capacity: 6,642 (record)

Home of: Faroe Island national team, b68 Toftir

Why is it so special? It’s located slap-bang in the middle of green hills and blue lakes

You need to check it out because … you will be able to witness the minnows finally playing on a pitch worthy of international teams, and perhaps see a giant killing for the history books. 

Gospin Dolac - Croatia 

Gospin Dolac Stadium Imotski

© Wikimedia/Zvijerka

Capacity: 4,000

Home of: NK Imotski

Why is it so special? The idyllic location and a 500 metre drop behind the cliffs are a must-see

You need to check it out because … because you can pop by on your way to Trogir. You can check out the “topana” ruins and also watch players try to get their ball out of a caldera. 

The Float @ Marina Bay - Singapore

Marina Bay Stadium Singapur

© Wikimedia/Calistemon

Capacity: 30,000

Home of: N/A

Why is it so special? It’s a platform in the middle of the sea

You need to check it out because … engineers in Asia have found a way to prevent fans from running onto the pitch. 

Europa Point Stadium - Gibraltar

Capacity: 8,066

Home of: Gibraltar’s national team (as of 2016)

Why is it so special? It’s located on the southern point of the island, once known as the “end of the world”

You need to check it out because … a ball kicked out of the stadium has the potential to leave the continent. Theoretically…

Mmabatho Stadium - South Africa 

Mmabatho Stadium

© Wikimedia/Zaian

Capacity: 59,000

Home of: North West University

Why is it so special? Just look at the way those stands have been built!  

You need to check it out because … it proves that football stadiums don’t have to be practical. Or useful. Or pretty. 

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