The renovated Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, just re-opened. Built originally for the 1950 World Cup and now the permanent home for América, it has a capacity of 25,000, with at least double that in terms of intimidation factor judging from these pics.
Aerial shots by Secopamg on Flickr.
Impressive. Certainly a far cry from what the stadium looked like before the renovation.
(Photo from the Flickr of the Governo de Minas Gerais)
Starting today, a new list will be updated alongside the Stadium Bucket List, called the Former Stadium List. It will include stadiums that have been destroyed or gone unused.
1. Ali Sami Yen Stadium
Built: 1964 - Capacity: 23,477 - Closed: 2011
Former home of Galatasaray SK.
The stadium became known only as “Hell,” as Galatasaray pulled many upsets in European competition over clubs like AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The stadium was replaced by the Turk Telekom Arena, which is an amazing facility in itself. However, this is hard to top.
Photo by Flickr user esmerrrr.
26. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California, USA
Built: 1923 - Capacity: 93,607
Home of the USC Trojans. Former home of the Los Angeles Rams, Raiders and Dodgers. Host of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as the first Super Bowl (then called the NFL-AFL Championship Game.)
It is one of only eight sports stadia to enter the U.S. National Historic Register*.
Photo by Flickr user MetroLA.
*: The list in the link includes some golf courses, historic districts and casinos that were not counted as sports stadia.
25. Parc des Princes
Built: 1972 | Capacity: 48,712
Home of Paris Saint-Germain. Previous home of the French national football and rugby teams until the completion of the Stade de France in 1998.
The stadium hosted the final of the 1984 European Championship. France defeated Spain 2-0 to gain their first major international honours. The Parc des Princes also hosted several matches of the 1998 World Cup, including the third place match (Netherlands 1-2 Croatia).
Like the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, there was a cycle track around the original Parc des Princes, which was built in 1897. The stadium hosted the final leg of the Tour de France until 1967.
Photo by psgmag.net (flickr page)
23. Michigan Stadium (The Big House)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Built: 1927 - Capacity: 109,901
Home to the University of Michigan Wolverines. The stadium will host the 2013 NHL Winter Classic; a 2010 hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State holds the single-game attendance record for a hockey match.
It is the third-biggest stadium in the world (not including auto racing venues). The stadium was built with the footings to be able to expand to 200,000 seats.
Photo by Flickr user AndrewH324.
20. Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Built: 1911 - Capacity: 36,703
Home of Genoa CFC and UC Sampdoria.
Photo by the Flickr account of mentelocale.it
18. Estadio Banco Pichincha (El Monumental)
Built: 1987 - Capacity: 75,000
Home of Barcelona SC, one of the most successful clubs in Ecuador.
Photo by José Luis Merizalde Alcívar. (EDIT: The first image on this post was another picture. I replaced it with Mr. Alcívar’s.)
17. Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)
Built: 1974 - Capacity: 80,720 (65,718 all-seated)
Home of Borussia Dortmund, and host venue of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including one semifinal.
The südtribüne (shown here) is the largest free-standing grandstand in Europe, with a standing capacity of 25,000.
Photo by Flickr user fanthomas2.
Built: 1884 - Capacity: 45,276
Home of Liverpool FC.
It is unclear whether the club’s current owners want to renovate Anfield and add to its capacity or to build a new stadium in neighboring Stanley Park.
Photo by Andy Nugent.