Top 10 Most Famous Sports Arenas in the World

Sports Arenas all over the world are places of joy and heartbreak, places where a few people symbolise the hopes and dreams of an entire nation. Many sports arenas have become symbolic of the major events which are held there, just as Wimbledon denotes tennis and Lord’s is representative of cricket.

Here are ten of the most famous sports arenas in the world:


1. Lords, London:

Every cricketer dreams of the day when he will step on the cricket field at Lords in England. Owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club, it is known as the “home of Cricket” and houses one of the world’s oldest sporting museums. The first cricket match was played here in 1814, and today after it has moved thrice, in it’s latest location, it can accommodate up to 32000 spectators.


2. Madison Square Garden:

Popularly known as the Garden, Madison Square Garden is probably the world’s most famous arena. Here on any given day you can see either a music concert or a hockey game or a basketball game. Situated above the Pennsylvania Station, it has been the site of many a battle between sporting teams and also between the authorities and owners of the building. It has seen renovations and additions and today it is the world’s third busiest sports arena in terms of ticket sales.


3. Wimbledon:

Tennis players all over the world have said that there is a special thrill when you play at the Wimbledon Centre Court. These hallowed grounds have seen many an epic battle between the greats of tennis. Even though the actual name is the All England Club, yet we only know them as The Championships, Wimbledon. No other sports are played here, and the courts are all out in the open, yet it is one of the famous arenas in the world.


4. Maracana, Rio De Janeiro:

The largest stadium in Brazil and South America, this stadium was built in 1950 to hold the FIFA World Cup. It has a seating capacity of over 82,000 spectators and it is now being prepared to host the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. Originally it was meant only for football but now it has become a multi-disciplinary centre and many other games such as volleyball are played there.


5. Ascot Racecourse:

You may not want to term it as a sports arena, but the fact remains that it is the world’s most famous racecourse and it stages most of England’s prestigious races. It is a part of folklore and Audrey Hepburn in her black and white dress in My Fair Lady, made the racecourse even more famous than before. The racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and even today it is closely associated with the British Royal Family.


6. Beijing National Stadium:

The 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony at Beijing National Stadium unveiled a new state-of-the-art sports arena, now commonly known as the Bird’s Nest. Even though it has not been used too often after the Olympics, it is still well known and highly admired for its design and construction.


7. Yankee Stadium:

Synonymous with baseball all the world over, this famous stadium is located at The Bronx in New York City. The original one was built in 1923, but the new one which was built just across the street was opened to the public in 2009. The home of the New York Yankees, it is believed to the third most expensive stadium in the world.


8. Wembley Stadium, London:

The second largest stadium in Europe and the home of English football, the New Wembley Stadium was completed in 2007, over the site of the previous stadium, which had been built in 1923. With a seating capacity of over 90,000 spectators it has also become the venue of music extravaganzas and concerts.


9. Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg:

The recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa brought into focus the excellent sports arenas in that country, specially the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. The largest stadium in Africa, it also has a seating capacity of over 90,000 people.


10. Circuit De Monaco:

The Monaco Grand Prix is held at this circuit and it is gathering place not only of the rich and famous but also of all the Formula One enthusiasts.  A narrow course spread out on the streets of Monaco, it cannot technically be called a sports arena, but it is the location of one of motor racing’s most prestigious and sought-after events.

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8 Responses

  1. Bernie

    I would have to say that the MCG in Melbourne, Australia is definitely in the top 10. Roughly 100+ thousand seating capacity, and the Boxing Day Test match is played there. As well as the AFL Grand Final which draws around 100 thousand fans.

  2. shreejit

    where the hell is Eden Gardens,Kolkata worlds most popular cricket should be above Lords.It has seating capacity 100,000+

  3. Jamal

    I don’t think the list is taking seating capacity into account. If it did, then it should include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, which has 250,000 permanent seats, or possibly Daytona International Speedway or even Bristol Motor Speedway, both of which have 160,000+ seats.

    I believe the list is strictly on how well known the venues are worldwide. To that end, I’ve never heard of Eden Gardens before reading the above post. I have heard of Lords, which has a much longer history.

  4. BobHatesYou

    No, it doesn’t take seating capacity into account because that is not what the list is about.

    If he did then some stadium stupid 200 thousand person stadium in North Korea would show up, or the Salt Lake Cricket ground in India.

    Maybe Indy deserves to be here, but then so does Le Mans. Daytona sure as hell does not deserve to be here.

    I think you must knock Lords and Ascot down a bit because their worldwide recognition is not what it used to be, maybe throw Churchill Downs a bone.

    I’m from the USA and have my favorites, but putting the MCG up there would be pretty sweet.

    Lastly, I know they may not have deserved to make it, but at least an honorable mention to the Tokyo Dome in Japan and Lumpini stadium in Bangkok Thailand would be good. Maybe throw the Rosebowl and Coliseum in to.

  5. alan

    who knows yankee stadium. it should be replaced by brit oval cricket ground from germany

  6. samamama

    wembley is the cathedral of football and you put it below the yankees stadium, this is a disgrace.

    this list is the most famous stadiums in the world not the biggest, lords is the home of cricket which is one of the top 3 most watched sports in the world. typical americans annoyed their stadiums arent dominating the list, this is the most famous ones not the biggest and nobody cares about your pathetic sports since theyre just traditional european sports youve modified and claim they are your own. so unoriginal, infact a american i met once actually seriously believed that england copied american football to make rugby, do me a favour.

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