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The Ten Strangest Football Stadiums Around The World

Publish Date: 22/06/2021
Fact checked by: James Leeland

We present to you: The ten weirdest football stadiums from various parts of the world.

There may be one or two you may know of already, but we can almost guarantee that there are some football stadiums you didn’t know existed. The thing is, some of them are in some very unusual locations.

1. Stadion Vozdovac – Serbia

We’re straight into it here, with Stadion Vozdovac being situated on the top of a shopping centre. After being constructed a decade ago, in 2011, the old stadium was demolished to make way for the new complex. This time, they built a shopping centre situated underneath the stadium. Home to Vozdovac Belgrade, the stadium has a seated capacity of 5,175.

On top of all that (pardon the pun), the stadium meets UEFA’s standards for European matches. If Vozdovac Belgrade qualify for the Champions League or Europa League, expect the stadium to be a major talking point.

Stadion Vozdovac Serbia

2. Marina Bay Stadium – Singapore

As you may have guessed by the name, the pitch for the Singapore national football team is located at a marina. Rather, on the marina. The pitch floats, and if we’re honest, there’s not much room for manoeuvre around the pitch.

With a cage around the pitch to stop the ball from being lost in the marina, fans in attendance watch from the stand situated on land. We actually think it’s a cool concept – after all, it is a floating football pitch.

Marina Bay Stadium Singapore

3. Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium – Switzerland

This stadium with spectacular views rarely has away fans attending. FC Gspon play their home games at the top of a mountain, and is around 2,000m above sea level. That’s pretty high up.

Named after former German footballer and Switzerland national team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, the home of the amateur football team is the highest stadium in Europe – an interesting statistic to have for a relatively small football club.

Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium Switzerland

4. Estadio Municipal de Braga – Portugal

This may be familiar to football fans, who have seen Braga play their home games a few times when in European competitions. Or, if you’re a big fan of the Liga NOS, then you’ll know exactly what we mean.

With two big stands on either sideline, SC Braga’s stadium has been built into a mountain. The Estadio Municipal de Braga has a capacity of just over 30,000, and is the seventh biggest stadium in Portugal. It has also been around for a while now, after construction finished in 2003.

Estadio Municipal de Braga Portugal

5. The Rock Stadium – Abu Dhabi

Unfortunately, The Rock Stadium is not named after Dwayne Johnson (or at least we don’t think it is). As you can see from the image below, The Rock Stadium is in the middle of a desert. Not only that, but the pitch is actually sunk into the ground, underneath the desert surface.

The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats, which is a lot considering many fans will be travelling to a desert to watch the football. This is definitely one stadium concept that you don’t see every day.

The Rock Stadium Abu Dhabi

6. Eidi Stadium – Faroe Islands

If you’ve ever watched the Faroe Islands national team play at home, then it’s very likely that you will have an idea of what makes their stadium strange. In the middle of the Norwegian Sea and a lake, Faroe Islands play their home games every time they have an international game.

It’s a very remote stadium, with the town it is located in with a population of less than 700. With that said, the views from the location are spectacular, and it’s definitely a treat for the eyes. It’s picturesque, and combines well with the fact that football “is the most beautiful game in the world”.

Eidi Stadium Faroe Islands

7. Shenyang Pitch – China

From some of the best sights you’ll see in the north of Europe, to a pitch that is located in the middle of a circular overpass. In the Liaoning Province of China, this football stadium is a very uncommon concept.

It really is a strange place to place a football pitch, and anyone travelling to the ground has to work their way around the overpass maze to get to it. Admittedly, this is one of the weirder stadiums on the list, and we’re questioning whose idea it was to put it there!

Shenyang Pitch China

8. Gospin Dolac Stadium – Croatia

Built in 1989, NK Imotski’s home ground is situated in the middle of a crater. With a capacity of over 4,000, the Gospin Dolac Stadium is another on this list that comes with some picturesque views. The ground is located right next to Blue Lake in Croatia, and it does paint a pretty picture.

This stadium really is one that we haven’t seen before, and we’re pretty sure that not many other football fans will be familiar with. With that said, a number of fans would appreciate an away day travelling to the Gospin Dolac Stadium.

Gospin Dolac Stadium Croatia

9. Alpensia Ski Jump Stadium – South Korea

Again, the clue is in the name for this one. The South Korea national team play their home games at the ground that is located at the bottom of a ski jump. At the Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the area is primarily a skiing/winter sports complex.

However, we think that this is another stadium that offers some top-quality views. We don’t think that football and ski jumping takes place at the same time, though. There is a capacity of 13,500, so plenty of football fans can attend when their national team plays.

Alpensia Ski Jump South Korea

10. Central Arena Stadium – Russia

Also known as the Ekaterinburg Arena, we’re sure that the final stadium on the list you may have seen before. As an official World Cup venue for the 2018 tournament in Russia, the Central Arena Stadium hosted four matches of the 2018 World Cup.

In the city of Yekaterinburg, the stadium has a capacity of 35,000, and has stands outside of its circular structure. It is also the home of Russia’s oldest football club, FC Ural Yekaterinburg. It’s very unusual to see some fans somehow sitting outside of the ground, whilst still being in attendance.

Central Stadium Russia

Which Is The Weirdest Football Stadium?

We want to know your thoughts about which stadium is the strangest of them all. Here are the ten that we think have to be in the conversation. Have you ever seen a football stadium underneath a desert? We certainly haven’t.

Do you think we have missed one? Is there anything that can top a floating pitch in Asia? Let us know via our Twitter - @Betting_COUK!

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