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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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The Luzhniki stadium renovation to be completed as scheduled in 2017


Moscow - Luzhniki StadiumMoscow - Luzhniki StadiumThe principal venue for the 2018 World Cup will be the renovated Luzhniki stadium, which will, among other matches, host the final on 8th July. Those were the main reasons for the major renovation of the largest Russian stadium, the home ground of Spartak Moscow until recently. In 2014 the club moved to the newly built Otkritie Arena, which will provide another venue for the World Cup. Moscow will be the only city, in which matches will be played at two stadiums.

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Britannia Stadium, the stylish name of the Stoke City stadium is no longer used


Stoke on Trent - bet365 StadiumStoke on Trent - bet365 StadiumSince its opening in 1997 the Stoke City stadium has had a stylish name – Britannia Stadium. In June 2016 the gambling company Bet365 got a naming-rights deal for the next six years. The company also agreed to redevelop the stadium in 2017. This will mainly concern the increase in capacity by 1,800 seats, achieved by building a corner stand in the east part of the stadium. After the redevelopment, the Bet365 Stadium will hold 30,000 spectators.

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Modernization of the Sevilla FC stadium done in three stages


Sevilla - Estadio R. S. PizjuánSevilla - Estadio R. S. PizjuánIn 2015 the Sevilla FC stadium - Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán - underwent major modernization. Even though the stadium does not resemble modern arenas, which are being built nowadays, the renovation did improve the stadium facilities. Architects of new arenas typically deal with retractable roofs or moveable pitches, whereas the owners of the Andalusian club had different plans, given their financial possibilities. It was only the main stand that was covered by roof prior the modernization and this has not changed after it.

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Olympiastadion in Munich, former stadium of Bayern

 

Olympiastadion (1972 - 2005)Munich - Olympiastadion

30.10.2016: The Olympic Stadium, originally built to provide venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics, was the home ground of Bayern Munich from 1972 to 2005 - Bayern spent 33 long years playing their home matches at this stadium featuring a running track. Most of the 71,000 seats are covered with canopies made of acrylic glass, which are reminiscent of spider webs. Since a renovation completed in 2011 the stadium has been used for commercial purposes. Just like Allianz Arena today, the stadium was also used by both Munich teams - Bayern and Munich 1860.

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Municipal stadium in Ostrava witnessed football euphoria


Ostrava - Municipal stadiumOstrava - Municipal stadiumQuality football as well as an incomprehensible invasion of “fans” to the pitch – all this could be seen at a derby match between the Second League teams of Baník Ostrava and SFC Opava, played in September this year. A stadium filled to capacity, beautiful and original choreographies, fantastic atmosphere – all this contributed to an unforgettable football experience. Football connoisseurs might find it surprising that Baník Ostrava, a well-known Czech football club, plays in the Second League.

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