Stadio Sant’Elia - Italy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.