Stadium Hopping around the World
Collected by Bryan Kitch , AFAR Contributor
1 National Stadium S Rd, Chaoyang Qu, China, 100101
Like millions of other people, the first time I saw Bird’s Nest Stadium (officially known as Beijing National Stadium), was during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration...
Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin, Germany
I've been fascinated with the Olympics since I watched the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games and saw that archer and his flaming arrow light the Olympic flame. Prior to my trip to Europe, I'd never been to an Olympic stadium....
al ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warszawa, Poland
This is the view of the new National Stadium from Castel Square. The venue hosted the opening match, remaining two group matches, a quarterfinal, and a semifinal of the UEFA Euro 2012. It's used mostly for football matches; however, two concerts...
45 Sajik-ro, Sajik 2(i)-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea
South Korea embraces a lot of aspects of American culture. As you travel around the country you can see the American influence on fashion, food, and music, but one of the most interesting things about this influence is the popularity of baseball...
Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
If you want to understand a country and its culture, then you have to go to a soccer (football) game in that country. I stopped in Stuttgart on my way to Slovenia and stopped by the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which holds just over 60,000 passionate...
1274 Miyanomori, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0958, Japan
Coming from a tropical country, it was interesting for me to explore the unfamiliar world of winter sports in one of the actual Olympic sites. Mt. Okura was one of the venues for the 1972 Olympics and home to ski jumping events. Today, it holds an...
Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-130, Brazil
Estádio do Maracanã, or Maracanã Stadium, was first opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil, ironically, lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final match. In it's heyday, the stadium capacity was about 160,000, but for this particular...
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany
The Olympic Park from the 1972 games, is still very much alive with activity. Today concerts are held in the arena and the main stadium also hosts sporting events. The funny thing to me was that although it was an Olympic venue, there are no...
North Corona, Queens, NY 11368, USA
Serena Williams is barely breaking a sweat against Coco Vandeweghe. This match will be over soon. Beautiful night at the US Open.
4141 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N7, Canada
Leaning over the stadium built for the 1976 Olympics, La Tour de Montréal is the world's tallest inclined structure: 574ft/175m tall and audaciously pitched at 45 degrees... Take a funicular to the top for views over the St. Lawrence River and the...
Wembley HA9 6QU, UK
Take That never broke here in the US but they are massive in Europe. We went to one of their 8 sold out nights at Wembley Stadium. This has to be the biggest production I have ever seen and I've been to a lot of shows. The crowd from the bottom...
2010 Moose Krause Cir, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Wake up the echoes and go to a game... As a die-hard domer, I can't honestly say that it doesn't matter if they win or lose... But, as most people generally love to hate the Irish when it comes to football, I promise you, no matter who you cheer...
Pyongyang, North Korea
Don't fret. If you can't afford an appropriately sized Jumbotron for your annual revolutionary celebration, you can just assemble tens of thousands of people with multi-colored placards and it pretty much accomplishes the same thing--all at a much...
Köln-Altstadt-Nord, Cologne, Germany
Sure, they love 'the beautiful game' in Germany and nobody loves it more than the fans of FC Koln. They even have a beautiful stadium that hold 50,000 fans to prove it! Unfortunately they will be playing in the second division this season but fear...
123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368, USA
Even with a prolonged 2012 losing streak, it is still nice to purchase cheap tickets, hop on the 7 train and root, root, root for the (other) home team. Also, truth be told, I enjoy my seat in Citi Field a lot more than the view from Yankees...
Brøndby Stadion 30, 2605 Brøndbyvester, Denmark
This stadium in the greater Copenhagen area is home to Brondby IF and can seat up to 29,000 fans. When I was in Copenhagen for business, the team was playing out of town, but fortunately "out of town" was just north of the city, so got to go see...
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