La Liga is one of the world’s most popular football leagues. Many Brits visit some of these biggest stadiums in Spain every season.
Spain is famous for many things, but football has to be up there as one of the key things you associate with the country. They’ve been blessed with some of the best players and teams the world has ever seen.
The Spanish football league is widely lauded as one of the top ones in Europe, and it’s home to so many iconic stadiums.
Today, we’ll talk you through the biggest Spanish football stadiums in the country. Many of these have tours available, and you can always buy tickets for a game as well! Check them out, and maybe they’ll give you something fun to do during your time in Spain:
Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona, and it has seen some memorable nights. For many years, Barcelona were considered the kings of the footballing world. They held many Spanish internationals and legends of the game, including Xavi, Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Carlos Puyol, and more.
This is the largest Spanish soccer stadium by a fair distance – the capacity is around about 99,354 spectators. It’s gone through some hefty construction work over the years, but it stands as one of the most iconic stadiums in the world.
The tours available are definitely worth the price. They have an extensive trophy cabinet, and one of the most exciting histories in world football. Or, if you want to watch a match, then it’s well worth it to see the best player in the world take the field; Lionel Messi.
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Another iconic stadium that’s home to arguably the most recognised team on the planet. The Santiago Bernabeu stadium is where Real Madrid play their home games. It’s been around since 1947 and has seen some of the games brightest stars play here. Real Madrid are known as one of the power players in the sport, once assembling a team of ‘Galacticos’ that featured pretty much the best 11 players on the planet.
Recently, the side won the previous 3 Champions League tournaments in a row – an unprecedented feat that won’t be matched for some time. The stadium itself sits around 81,044 spectators, and it creates a unique atmosphere.
Again, stadium tours are mightily impressive as you view the incredible facilities and museum. It also happens to be one of the leading Spanish football stadiums that host national team games from time to time.
Here, we have the newest Spanish soccer stadium on the list. Well, that’s a bit of a lie as this stadium was initially built to help Spain bid for the 1994 World Cup. They didn’t win the bid, and the stadium ended up being closed in 2004. But, it’s recently been renovated and re-opened in 2017 as the new home of Atletico Madrid.
Atletico are emerging as a global footballing superpower as they push local rivals Real for the title of ‘best team in Madrid.’ This newly renovated stadium has a capacity of 68,000, and you regularly get close to that in every home game. The Atletico fans are passionate, creating a very fiery atmosphere that intimidates away teams.
There’s not a lot of history to see on the tours here because it’s a new stadium. But, they’re still fascinating as you see how modern and revolutionary this stadium actually is. We’d also wholeheartedly recommend seeing a match here, just to experience the home support!
Estadio Benito Villamarin
Moving away from Madrid, and we enter the city of Seville. Here, we have the Benito Villamarin Stadium; home to Real Betis. It’s a highly atmospheric stadium that features one of the best designs you’ll ever see. The home club plays in green and white stripes, and this is reflected in the green seats all around the stadium. There are splashes of white too, which help create a mural in the seats of a Betis player celebrating – quite magnificent!
It’s the fourth largest Spanish football stadium with a capacity of 60,721. Given the fact that Real Betis haven’t endured anywhere near as much success as the two Madrid clubs or FC Barcelona, it’s a credit to their fans that they regularly pack it out.
It’s well worth enjoying a match here as you experience an atmosphere that’s hard to describe. There’s an almost colosseum look to the stadium in the high sloping stands, and that’s replicated in the roars of the crowd. The tours are also very cheap, and you get to see so much of the stadium too – you’re even allowed on the pitch!
Estadio de Mestalla
Interestingly, there are two stadiums in Spain with a larger capacity than the Mestalla. But, both of these aren’t currently being used by any Spanish football team! So, that makes the Mestalla the next largest on this list, with a capacity of around 55,000.
It’s home to one of the most iconic teams in Spain; Valencia CF. It’s widely recognised that’s to the unbelievably steep terraces and tightly packed feel. Visiting teams used to get very little joy here, but the clubs recent form has left a lot to be desired. Still, it’s a legendary stadium that’s played host to many important games throughout the history of football.
Local Valencians are incredibly proud of the stadium, and it’s definitely one of the main tourist attractions. A tour will take you all the way through the stadium – you even see the dressing rooms and the media area. Plus, the museum shows you just how dominant Valencia CF used to be, which may upset some current fans! Watching a match here is such an experience, particularly if you get seats in the legendary North Stand.
There you have it; the top five biggest Spanish football stadiums for you to visit. Whether it’s to watch a match or enjoy a tour, you will have a lot of fun in all of these. A couple of honourable mentions include Athletic Club Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium, and the Ramon Sanches Pizjuan – home of Sevilla.
If you’re looking for a fun thing to do in Spain, then visiting these iconic stadiums is 100% something to consider!