Sports are a huge part of our daily lives. The incredible popularity of sports has made them big business, with the most elite teams and the most successful franchises building incredible stadiums to hold the millions of adoring fans who loyally follow their favorite teams. These stadiums have become an essential part of major cities and whole continents throughout the world. They are a source of local and national pride and feature some of the most innovative technology and entertainment advances that the world has ever seen. Here are the top 10 most spectacular stadiums in the world:
The Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran, is the biggest sports arena in the country and the Middle East. Home of the Persepolis and the Esteghlal football clubs, the Azadi Stadium can hold an impressive 100,000 people. The large crowds and bowl shaped structure make for a loud and exciting game experience. In fact, Azadi Stadium has been voted the most intimidating stadium in Asia because of its high noise levels and passionate fans. In addition to its unique ambiance, Azadi also has a distinctive design and breathtaking views of the mountain range in the distance.
The magnificent Cape Town Stadium, located on the Green Point Common in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted eight World Cup matches in 2010 and currently serves as a multi-purpose venue for various sports, concerts and large events. Cape Town Stadium brings a refreshingly abstract design and modern shape to the sports world. The sleek six-level stadium is situated between the breathtaking Table Mountain and Robben Island, both of which make for a beautiful backdrop.
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is a striking blue building that was used in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Water Cube is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also environmentally friendly. The state-of-the-art facility is constructed of lightweight Teflon that provides energy-saving features indoors. The aquatic center uses solar energy to heat the pools and even recycles used pool water.
CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle that hosts the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, as well as a wide range of concerts, trade shows and other events. The stadium's open roof and horseshoe shape provides a breathtaking view of the downtown Seattle skyline. Thanks to the stadium's intimate atmosphere, CenturyLink Field is known for having one of the loudest (and most intimidating) crowds in the league.
Wembley Stadium takes the cake as one of the most expensive sports arenas in the world, as well as one of the most magnificent. London's Wembley Stadium hosts several big soccer and rugby games, including five NFL International Series games. The stadium's signature circular-section lattice arch spans an impressive 315 meters, making it the world's longest unsupported roof structure. The massive bowl design allows for a whopping 90,000-person capacity.
San Francisco Giants fans have plenty to brag about. Not only is their team the 2010 World Series champions, but they also have one of the most spectacular stadiums in the history of sports. AT&T Park boasts breathtaking views of the city skyline, the San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. The modern steel and brick structure has maintained many nostalgic and old-fashioned features, such as an 80-foot wooden Coca-Cola contour bottle, the world's largest baseball glove and a prominent statue of the legendary Willie Mays.
Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany, is a spectacular stadium that was originally built for the 1972 Summer Olympics and has housed many football matches, such as the 1974 World Cup Final and the Euro '88 Final. Olympiastadion was and still is an architecturally iconic stadium that draws many spectators each year. The arena's signature glass canopies and lush surroundings make it one of the most stunning stadiums in the world.
The Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is one of the most spectacular NFL football arenas in the world. Every home game, the Dallas Cowboys take the field at this massive domed stadium that seats 80,000 people. The new $1.15 billion Cowboys Stadium, often nicknamed "Jerry's World," opened in 2009 and has already broken many sports stadium records. It is the largest domed stadium in the world, with the world's largest column-free interior and the world's largest high-definition TV that suspends over the field. In addition to its impressive interiors and unconventional design, the Cowboys Stadium also has its own contemporary art exhibits.
The Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, is a sight to see. This famous soccer stadium gets its unique look from the thousands of foil panels that are lit up to display a myriad of colors on the puffy exterior. Not only is Allianz Arena a showstopper on the outside, but the massive arena is also spectacular on the inside. Allianz Arena can fit nearly 70,000 people in seating and standing areas, which comes in handy for major soccer games, like the upcoming 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.
Yoyogi National Gymnasium is a historic arena, located in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan. The gymnasium was built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games and continues to host a wide range of sports events, including ice hockey, futsal and basketball games. The Yoyogi National Gymnasium was, and still is, an architectural icon. What makes this arena so spectacular is its distinctive design that incorporates western and traditional Japanese aesthetics. The gymnasium's sweeping curves and unique suspended roof give it a modern and sophisticated look that many people have come to admire.
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I Just Came Back From The Final Four In San Antonio, And It Was Incredible!
Back in March, our friends at Buick (an official sponsor of the NCAA) invited us to take part in their March Madness Buick Bracketball Challenge, pitting me against a group of my peers as we battled it out for bragging rights… and a trip for two to the Final Four!
Talk about some high-stakes! According to the rules, whoever managed to outlast any bracket busters and secure a top spot on the leaderboard would win a trip to San Antonio for the Final Four games, complete with tickets, a hotel room, and a Buick loaner to get around town.
The only problem? I’ve never actually participated in a March Madness bracket before, so my odds were slim to none. But I decided to give it a shot anyway, going with some of my favorite teams, and picking my beloved Villanova for the win.
Virginia’s first-round upset by UMBC was a HUGE blow to me (and pretty much everyone else), as I had them facing off against Villanova in the end. But amazingly enough, my other picks performed much better, and I was holding steady in the top 5 for much of the series.
After the Elite 8, I got an e-mail that was a total game-changer – “You’ve landed yourself a top spot in the Buick Bracketball Challenge leaderboard and will be headed, along with a guest, to San Antonio for the Final Four games next weekend on behalf of Buick!”
My jaw about hit the floor. I was going to the Final Four!
Buick was awesome, hooking us up with some incredible seats for the games (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was actually sitting in the same section as us, only MUCH closer to the court), a hotel room within walking distance of the Alamodome, and a Buick Enclave to get around town.
San Antonio is such a cool town, and we made the most of our time there exploring the city. The guy sitting next to us on our flight suggested that we check out The Guenther House for breakfast. The food was amazing (their waffles are like nothing you’ve ever had before), and it’s a really unique venue, an old flour mill from the 1800s.
After breakfast, we made our way downtown to the Riverwalk for the Rally on the River, where the team bands took to the water for a floating Pep Rally. People’s excitement levels were off the charts, it was really something to witness. We walked the length of the Riverwalk, taking in the sights and just people watching..
Of course, we had to visit The Alamo (no sign of Pee-Wee’s missing bike), which was located right down the street from our hotel. As the day went on, it got pretty warm, so we decided to escape the heat and check out Fan Fest. There were tons of cool exhibits here, and Buick had a huge activation as well, complete with a basketball court, a bunch of vehicles on display, and their Fandom University.
Before long, it was time for us to make our way to the Alamodome for the first two games, and it was a memorable experience for sure. Devoted fans were out in full force rooting on their teams, and the action on the court was intense. Michigan put an end to Loyola’s Cinderella story, and Villanova was on fire, making short work of Kansas with 3-pointer after 3-pointer.
Monday night’s game was one for the record books, with Villanova decimating Michigan and taking home the win with a score of 79-62. ‘Nova was on fire all night, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this amazing weekend.
Thanks again to Buick for an incredible experience, it’s one I won’t soon forget!
Harry Kane Achieves The Century
Harry Kane is comfortably one of the best strikers in world football right now. He has started this season in the rich vein of form that he finished the last, and so far the 24 year old has hit 31 goals in 32 games in all competitions. It’s set to be another hugely impressive campaign for the 24 year old Spurs striker, as Kane prepares to feature for England at the World Cup in Russia in the summer; and it’s also very likely that he will skipper the Three Lions too.
You could say that this has been a year to remember for Kane for a lot of reasons. It wasn’t so long ago that we were talking about his surpassing Alan Shearer’s record for scoring the most Premier League goals in a calendar year (36) when he took his tally in 2017 to 39, after a superb hat trick against Southampton in a 5-2 victory for Spurs. Kane had another target in mind, the Premier League 100 club.
Kane headed into the game at Anfield knowing that he only needed one goal to reach the landmark of 100 Premier League goals. While Spurs had beaten Manchester United last time out, Kane drew a blank in front of goal, but he wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity again, or was he? Spurs were actually behind in the game through Kane’s main rival for the Premier League golden boot, Mohamed Salah, before Victor Wanyama got them back on level terms with a powerful effort from distance. In the 87th minute, Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was adjudged to have fouled Kane, with Spurs awarded a penalty as a result.
This was the moment, it was Kane to take the spot kick to score his 100th Premier League goal but he remarkably missed it, with Karius saving it. Salah then added a second for Liverpool just a few minutes later, and it looked like Kane’s day would be put on hold once again, before Spurs were awarded another penalty. The Spurs striker made no mistake this time, equalizing for Tottenham to make it 2-2 and scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the process. He managed to hit 100 in just 136 games, with only Alan Shearer completing the feat quicker (124).
Kane recently overtook Teddy Sheringham to become the all-time leading Premier League goal scorer for Spurs and he’s the only likely candidate to break Alan Shearer’s all time Premier League goals record too. He currently stands at 24th on the list with 100 alongside Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and has 160 more goals to score to equal Shearer’s record that has looked unbeatable at times. Anyone who has the feeling that Kane can go on to squash a few more records, should have a look at the betting.com online betting news site, to ensure you get the best odds and bonuses on offer.
The best chance of someone equaling it and then surpassing it rests with Harry Kane. He’s the right age at 24 and still has plenty of time to do so. He’s scoring goals for fun and you could even say that he hasn’t even hit his peak yet. If he continues as he is now, he will undoubtedly become the all-time leading Premier League goal scorer within the next few seasons.
The Grand National: The Race That Stops A Nation
There are many big horse racing meetings and races in the UK, but one race stands above all the others as the race where everyone places a bet, and everyone stops to watch it. That race is the Grand National, an event that takes place in April (the 2018 edition of this fantastic contest will take place on April 14th) so mark that day in your calendar as one to remember.
The build up to this unique test for horses is huge, and there are many trial races where horses will battle it out against each other to prove they are worthy of taking their place in the 40 strong field that will head to post on the day of the race. What makes the Grand National unique is the challenge of both the distance and the fences that require jumping.
The fences that the horses jump are extremely unique, and they require a special horse to just get around the course safely, let alone win the race. Then, there is the test of the distance, which is four miles, two and a half furlongs, a huge test of stamina and one that certainly favors the bravest horses and jockeys out there.
Betting on the Grand National is huge, and many people will place their bets either on the day of the race or well in advance. People who only bet once a year will turn out in force to head to their local bookmaker and place their bets, before sitting together as a family to watch the fantastic spectacle live on TV. Oddschecker has many free bet offers for the Grand National available already and many people will have already placed their bets on the race, such is the importance of the event.
The favorite for the race right now is Blaklion, a horse who finished 4th in last season’s race. That experience will have done him well, and he has proven that he has the ability and heart to jump around these fences not only once, but twice before. That puts him in pole position and he looks to have a great chance of running well in the race.
Last year’s winner, One For Arthur, will unfortunately not try to repeat his heroics of last season as he has been ruled out of the race due to injury, leaving the door open for a new champion.