The 7 Most Architecturally Striking Soccer Stadiums in Europe

Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, packs passionate supporters into stadiums around the globe. And while it’s debatable which continent has the best fans, it’s in Europe—where storied teams such as Manchester United, F.C. Barcelona, and Bayern Munich play—that we see the most architecturally stunning stadiums. And with soccer being a lifeline for many Europeans, all of these structures are sure to be packed to capacity on a weekly basis with devoted fans. From the craggy rocks in the south of France that surround Stade Louis II in Monaco to the colorfully lit Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands, ADsurvey’s all fifty-one countries in Europe to whittle down the top twenty soccer stadiums in throughout the continent.

Team: AEK Athens F.C.
Built: 1982 (renovated in 2004)
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Capacity: 70,000

Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania

Teams: FC Steaua București and FC Dinamo București
Built: 2011
Architect: Gerkan, Marg & Partners
Capacity: 55,700

St. James’ Park, Newcastle, England

Team: Newcastle United F.C.
Built: 1892 (expanded in 2000)
Architects: TTH Architects, Gateshead UK
Capacity: 52,000

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Team: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Built: 2017
Architect: Kisho Kurokawa
Capacity: 68,000

Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Team: S.L. Benfica
Completed: 2003
Architect: Damon Lavelle (Principal at Populous)
Capacity: 65,000

Stade Louis II, Monaco, France

Team: AS Monaco FC
Built: 1985
Architects: Henri Pottier, Philippe Godin, and Jacques Rechsteiner
Capacity: 18,480

Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland

Team: AFC Ajax
Built: 1996
Architect: Rob Schuurman
Capacity: 53,500

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