Best, iconic rugby stadia

A rugby Stadium is the best place to be since most of the venues are remarkable and the memories during matches last forever.
The question on many rugby lovers mind is; Which is the best rugby venue in the world? Here are the top ten stadia in the world as compiled by Wales Online. The list was made based on the most iconic rugby venues, intimidation factor, atmosphere, tradition, capacity and location.
 10.Thomond Park (Limerick)
The Munster based stadium is owned by Irish Rugby Football Union. Munster Rugby, Shannon RFC and UL Bohemian RFC use it as their home ground. It is noisy during play and silent whenever there are conversion.
While playing at this venue Munster rugby had an intimidating 12 year unbeaten run in the Heineken Cup from 1995 to 2007. In August 2013 Thomond Park was awarded the title of ‘Best Rugby Stadium in the World. It has a capacity of 26 200 and its surface is grass. It was built in 1940.
9.Allianz Stadium
Moore Park based stadium was built in 1988. It hosts rugby league, rugby union and soccer. Kangaroos, Wallabies and the Socceroos occasionally play at the stadium, while the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC are the ground’s major tenants.
Sydney Football Stadium usually hosts both National Rugby League semifinals and one preliminary final. It has a capacity of 45,000. $68 million was spent to built the stadium.

Allianz Stadium, Photo courtesy

8.Velez Sarsfield (Buenos Aires)
It is named after Estadio Jose Amalfitani, the president of the Velez Sarsfield club who led the club for 30 years. The stadium has both terraces and seats and it carries up to 50000 people. It is the home ground for the Jaguares, the Argentine Super Rugby franchise. The ground regularly hosts tests of the Argentina national team.
It was built between 1947-51 before the expansion 1978. It surface is grass.

Velez Stadium Photo courtesy

7.Newlands Stadium
The Stadium is located in Cape Town, South Africa. The stadium’s capacity is 51,900. It is the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and the second-oldest rugby stadium in the world.  Stormers and Western Province use the stadium as their home ground.
The stadium was one of the host venues for the Rugby World Cup held in South Africa. The stadium hosted two pool games in Pool A and a quarter final match. Its was built in 1888 and was renovated in 1919.

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  1. Etihad Stadium (Melbourne)

The venue was opened in 2000 and $ 460 million was spent on constructing the venue. It is located in Harbour Esplanade, Melbourne Docklands. It has capacity of  53,359. It has great atmosphere when shut because fans chants remain within the facility.
It has a retractable roof that takes eight minutes to fully open or close. The stadium has a movable seating section, two large internal replay screens which display scores and advertisements, external super screen, 1000 video seats, 500 car parking spaces below the ground and over 700 2000-watt lights for arena illumination.

Etihad Stadium. Photo courtesy

5.Loftus Versfeld (Pretoria)
The stadium was opened in 1923 and it hosts 51, 762 people. It is a rugby and association football stadium located Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The Stadium is owned by the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and it is the home ground of the Bulls franchise of the Super Rugby tournament and the Blue Bulls union in South Africa’s Currie Cup. It hosted the 2009 Super 14 Final and part of 1995 Rugby World Cup matches.

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  1. Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane)

Comprises of a three tiered rectangular sporting stadium with a capacity of 52,500 people. Established in 1914, on the site of the former Northern Brisbane cemetery. It hosted the 2008 Rugby League World cup final and has hosted many other historic events including the 2006 Tri Nations series. It the home of Queensland rugby.
$280 million was spent on the redevelopment of the facility.

  1. Ellis Park (Johannesburg)

The facility is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It hosted the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup which was won by South Africa. The stadium was the country’s most modern when it was ups upgraded in 1982 to accommodate almost 60,000 people. Now it hosts both rugby and football matches. Located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world but it is one of the most iconic rugby arenas around.
40 Million South African rands were used to construct the stadium.

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  1. Eden Park

It hosts the record of the largest New Zealand. It is in central Auckland which is the largest city. Its rich sporting and social history and its international profile are unmatched by any other stadium in the country. In 2011 it hosted pool games, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final of Rugby World Cup 2011 to become the first stadium in the world to host two Rugby World Cup Finals after hosting it in 1987.
The 50,000-capacity stadium is home of Blues and Auckland RFU. It was opened 117 years ago.

1.Principality Stadium
It is refereed to as Principality due sponsorship purposes. It is the national stadium of Wales, located in Cardiff. Home of the Wales national rugby union team. It was initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup and has hosted several large-scale events.
A total of £121 million was spent on the building the facility.

After being opened in June 1999, its first major event was an international rugby union match on 26 June 1999. It hosted the friendly clash between Wales and South Africa. Its total seating capacity of 74,500, it is the third-largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship behind the Stade de France and Twickenham. It is also the second-largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof and was the second stadium in Europe to have this feature.

Its features include a retractable roof making it the only the second stadium of its type in Europe. It has natural grass turf made up of a modular system installed by GreenTech ITM and an in built irrigation and drainage. The pitch itself was laid on top of some 7,412 pallets that could be moved so the stadium could be used for concerts, exhibitions and other events.

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