Top 10 Stadiums in the world

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Meh, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Meh

    Meh Guest

    NZ Rugby world magazine named the top 10 stadiums in the world in their opinion.

    1 - Millennium Stadium (Cardiff, Wales);
    2 - Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane, Australia);
    3 - Yarrow Stadium (New Plymouth, New Zealand);
    4 - Croke Park (Dublin, Ireland);
    5 - Twickenham (London, England);
    6 - Stade Aime Giral (Perpignan, France);
    7 - Newlands (Cape Town, South Africa);
    8 - The Greenyards (Melrose, Scotland);
    9 - Thomond Park (Limerick, Ireland);
    10 - Stadio Flamino (Rome, Italy).

    Do you agree and what are your faves?

    Think that Murrayfield and Stade de France should be in there somewhere.
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    If Twickenham is 5th, the rest must really be ****.

    HQ is big, but it's ugly and has no atmosphere.
  4. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    is there a link to the article?

    I take it they based it on historical significance. Millennium Stadium: 1st retractable roof; Suncorp: 100 000 seater; Newlands: 1000 years old.
  5. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    I went to Stadio Flaminio this year to see Italy vs France and the entire weekend was a total laugh.

    My only concern was that all the extra scaffolding erected to get the capacity up to <strike>25,000</strike> <strike>35,000</strike> <strike>37,000</strike> nobody actually knows to substitute for the fact that the FIR can't decide on whether they want to move to the Olympic Stadium in Rome or move it up to Turin or was bloody dodgy with a high wind at times. The thing was moving around all over the place and when the Italians start stamping their feet in the South Stand everything starts shaking!
  6. Meh

    Meh Guest

    No link sorry. Was linked from somewhere else that just had the list.
  7. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    Have enjoyed out time at Croker but in general given the size of the stadium its difficult to judge the atmosphere. However, it is the Stadium that holds the attendance record for a club match, on a day when the atmosphere was better then any other I've ever witnessed, it deserves a slot somewhere in the list.

    Thomand park as the ground with a capacity in the 20,000 mark, but hosted a game attended by millions also deserves to be there.
  8. tommowins

    tommowins Guest

    I paticularly like Yarrows Stadium.
  9. No way the Stade de France isn't there. It's huge and awesome.
    If you want to chose a provincial french stadium in terms of atmosphere I would pick Toulon's Stade Mayol, although I hate Toulon it's an absolute roman arena in there...
  10. KZNSharksFan

    KZNSharksFan Guest

    Do you know what the criteria were? Millenium stadium is a magnificent monument to Engineering and its atmosphere is probably amazing when the Welsh start singing with beers in hands, but doesn't the grass die in the corners where the sun never reaches? I also thought Ellis Park would be ahead of Newlands?
  11. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    Yarrow Stadium... what the hell?


    Yeah, great atmosphere there.
  12. Boggle

    Boggle Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (KZNSharksFan @ Jun 6 2009, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I'm guessing the criteria was something to do with historic significance such as Steve-o pointed out, or atmosphere or perhaps just the setting of the Stadium (where it's located, nice area or in the middle of shitsville ala Ellispark).

    I would have thought Loftus would be up there, it's an amazing stadium in my opinion, none of the vertigo you get at Kings park, big enough to automatically be a world cup stadium and actually looks really good.
    I understand Newlands as it's the oldest stadium in the world after lansdown road (which I'm not sure is open again) it's also privately owned and has a really good atmosphere (been there a few times).

    no idea about most of the others though.
  13. tommowins

    tommowins Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (wairarapa_cullen @ Jun 6 2009, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Just 'cause Carisbrook isn't there... <_<
  14. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

  15. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (tommowins @ Jun 6 2009, 11:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Just 'cause Carisbrook isn't there... <_<

    :huh: What's that supposed to mean? Carisbrook is just as bad as Yarrow.
  16. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (KZNSharksFan @ Jun 6 2009, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    well given the north stand has concrete cancer that's not exactly a ringing endorsement of quality engineering! Still though can't fault the atmosphere.
  17. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    Well, what are they basing the opinions on?


    I have only been to Twickenham and Apia Park really. Twickenham is nothing special, yeah it's the home but as Mite says, unless it's rammed, it's not actually that great for a large stadium. Apia Park is cool, it's no massive feat of engineering, but as the locals love their rugger so much, they just don't stop wooping for the 80 minutes!

    Oh and i love their big screen.. it's as big as a small mountain, but it's cool. You don't need a closed in stadium to have a top atmosphere.
  18. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (tommowins @ Jun 6 2009, 11:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Just 'cause Carisbrook isn't there... <_<

    Swing and a miss.
  19. tommowins

    tommowins Guest

    Well all you guys say Yarrows has nothing but the critics who made this list beg to differ.
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  21. Meh

    Meh Guest

    I did actually point that out on the first post ;)

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