As the Lions prepare for the first of three matches at New Zealand's Eden Park fortress, our rugby writers choose the stadium they consider to be the most intimidating - for atmosphere, fan fervour and sheer aura.This is a list of football stadiums in England, ranked in descending order of capacity.
There are plans to increase the capacity to 80,000 in the future. Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Galatasaray ‘Welcome to Hell’ read a string of banners that adorn the Ali Sami Yen Stadium and few would disagree.Galatasaray’s ground is a cauldron of hate and despite its meagre capacity of 22,500, the noise and intensity of the spite spitting from the stands is deafening. Fratton Park, Portsmouth A controversial choice, but the Pompey faithful have turned Fratton Park into one of the most atmospheric grounds in the country.Orders can be placed by telephone or via their website. All of the photographs on this web site are © Copyright Duncan Adams, the owner of The Football Ground Guide, or are © Copyright of their respective owners, as individually stated.According to Setanta Sports, the Mestalla stadium in Valencia has the best atmosphere of all stadiums in Europe.Listed below are those teams from the English Premier and Football Leagues, whilst above are links to other Leagues.
Buy my new book ' Football Grounds A Fans Guide' for just £12.99.Many people think that all Dutch supporters are the same as the orange clad hordes of Oranje who follow the national team - all painted faces, welcoming smiles, pairs of clogs around the neck and always ready to dance with the Brazilians, even after defeat. Here's our take on the most intimidating venues in Dutch football... Perhaps not, as a trip to many Dutch stadiums, particularly in the 80's and 90's, proves that these are common misconceptions.Feyenoord One of the greatest footballing arenas in world football, Feyenoord's de Kuip makes for an intimdating place for opposition players and fans alike.A temple to the working class identity of Rotterdam, it's classed as one of the most atmospheric not just in Holland, but also Europe.Prior to 1988, however, the last newly built Football League ground in England was Roots Hall, Southend, which was opened in 1955.