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Veltins Arena – home of the Schalke 04 fans


Gelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaGelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaThe fourth largest stadium in German Bundesliga is situated some forty kilometres away from Dortmund and the border with the Netherlands. This time we are going to see Gelsenkirchen and its famous Veltins Arena. Obviously, we are talking about the home ground of Schalke 04, which is one of the few stadiums boasting of a retractable roof and a slide-out pitch. How did Veltins Arena come to exist?

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Amsterdam Arena after renovation in 2020


Amsterdam - Amsterdam ArenaAmsterdam - Amsterdam ArenaThe Ajax stadium, built in 1996, was considered to be one of the most modern arenas in the world at that time. To preserve its reputation as one of the most modern grounds in the world, it has to undergo some changes from time to time. And that is why Ajax presented their project of a progressive redevelopment of the arena which will go on until 2020. Another reason for launching the project is the fact that Amsterdam intends to be one of the venues for the 2020 World Cup.

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A new stadium with a capacity of 13,000 to be built in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia


Dunajská Streda - MOL ArenaDunajská Streda - MOL ArenaThe fans of FC DAC Dunajská Streda will finally get a new stadium too – in the course of the 2017/2018 season their team will move to a new arena, which will have a capacity of 13,000 and will also house a club museum, a gift shop and a restaurant. The new MOL arena will comply with the Category 4 UEFA regulations, which means that the stadium will be able to host international matches.

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Highbury – former stadium of Arsenal


London - HighburyLondon - HighburyThe ground, named after the district of Highbury, North London, was also known as Arsenal Stadium. Highbury, built already in 1913, used to be the home ground of Arsenal F.C. until they moved to the new Emirates Stadium in 2006. The stadium capacity was 38,419 seats. However, before the stadium was turned into an all-seater, it could hold much more spectators. A record for the number of spectators was set in 1935, when more than 73,000 people came to see Arsenal play Sunderland.

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A new stadium, nicknamed “Lollipops” to be built in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic


Hr. Králové - Malšovice ArenaHr. Králové - Malšovice ArenaThe idea of a new football stadium, the home ground of the Czech first league team FC Hradec Králové, was first put forward in 2010. Since then the plans for the new stadium have changed several times. However, it is certain that the Malšovice stadium, which is to have a capacity of 9,500, will be built on the site of the present stadium, built in 1960. According to plans, the construction should begin in 2017, and if all goes well, the stadium should be opened in 2019. However, let us not get ahead of things...

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Ali Sami Yen, the former home ground of Galatasaray SK


Istanbul - Ali Sami YenIstanbul - Ali Sami YenAli Sami Yen Stadium was built in 1964 in the shape of an oval, which was typical of most Turkish stadiums at that time. Floodlights were installed a year later and Galatasaray fans were finally able to enjoy home matches of their team in the evenings too. The red and yellow stands were full of fans, dressed in the same colours and using drums, smoke bombs and flares to cheer their team on. All this contributed to the legendary and literally hellish atmosphere at the Ali Sami Yen, which earned the stadium its nickname, Cehennem, or Hell.

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Bratislava may expect to have a new stadium in 2018


Bratislava - Tehelné poleBratislava - Tehelné poleUntil recently no new football stadium had been built in Slovakia. This changed in 2015 when the new City Arena, with a capacity of 19,200, opened in Trnava. Until then the most modern stadium in Slovakia was the MŠK stadium in Žilina, which has a capacity of 11,000 and which underwent major redevelopment in 2010. And up next is the National Stadium in Bratislava – its construction began last September on the site of the former Tehelné pole stadium.

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