Former stadiums

Stade de Gerland (1897 - 2015)Stade de Gerland (1920 - 2015)

Olympique Lyon spent 65 years at Stade de Gerland

Stade de Gerland, named after the Gerland quarter, has become a "former" stadium only recently - at the end of 2015. During the last years of its use it had a capacity of 41,044, which made it the fifth largest stadium in France. The construction of the stadium began in 1913, but it was hindered by the First World War. It was completed in 1920. Stade de Gerland became the home ground of Olympique Lyon in 1950, when the famous French football club was founded.
 

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Istanbul - Ali Sami YenAli Sami Yen (1964 - 2011)

Ali Sami Yen, the former home ground of Galatasaray SK

Ali 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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London - HighburyLondon - Highbury (1913 - 2006)

Highbury – former stadium of Arsenal

The 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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Stadio Delle Alpi (1990-2006)Stadio Delle Alpi (1990 - 2006)

Delle Alpi - the former stadium of Juventus

FC Juventus spent 16 years playing their home matches at Stadio Delle Alpi, which had been built to provide venue for the 1990 Italy World Cup. The name translates as "of the Alps" and refers to the fact that under certain conditions it is possible to see the summits of the nearby Alps. Stadio Delle Alpi had a capacity of 69,000 and a unique design of the roof covering the stands behind goals, reinforced by A-shaped columns. This unique design has been preserved at the new Juventus Stadium, built on the site of Delle Alpi in 2001.
 

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Olympiastadion (1972 - 2005)Olympiastadion (1972 - 2005)

Olympiastadion in Munich, former stadium of Bayern

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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Lisboa - Estádio da LuzEstádio da Luz (1954 - 2003)

How Estádio da Luz, home of Benfica, changed over time

10.11.2015: The Estádio da Luz had been the home ground of the Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon for more than fifty years before it was replaced by a new stadium, bearing the same name, in 2003. The construction of the stadium, also known as the Estádio de Carnide, was begun in July 1953. It was inaugurated a year later, on 1st December, with a match between Benfica and Porto (1-3). The initial capacity of the Estádio da Luz was 50,000 but when the third tier was built, the capacity increased to 80,000.

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Gelsenkirchen - ParkstadionParkstadion (1973 - 2001)

Remembering Parkstadion, the former home ground of Schalke 04

The Parkstadion was the home ground of Schalke 04 from 1973 to 2001, when the German club from the coalmining city of Gelsenkirchen moved to a more modern stadium, the Veltins Arena. During the twenty years the Parkstadion was in use, it provided venue not only for football world cup matches, but also for concerts given by well-known musicians, like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd.
 

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Za Lužánkami (1953-2001)Za Luzankami (1953 - 2001)

The legendary Czech stadium - Za Luzankami

The legendary Stadion Za Luzankami was built in 1949-1953 in Brno, the second biggest city in the Czech Republic. In the 1960s and 1970s a new stand was built, thus bringing the stadium capacity to 50,000. There were mostly standing areas and Luzanky was often packed to capacity. It was common that matches were watched by 30,000 spectators. However, as time went by no renovation works were carried out and the stadium failed to meet the norms applied to first league stadiums and it was eventually closed in 2001. It came back to life in June 2015 when Petr Svancara, a former Zbrojovka Brno player, played his farewell match at Za Luzankami.

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Southampton - The DellThe Dell (1898 - 2001)

The Dell, the former home of Southampton

The Dell was the home ground of Southampton F.C. for more than a hundred years. In particular, it was between the years 1898 and 2001, when the club moved to their new home, St. Mary’s Stadium. In the 1880s Southampton played their home matches at the Antelope Ground, but in 1896 they were forced to move away, as the site was sold to property developers. The club then played for a short time at the County Cricket Ground, and in 1897 they announced the purchase of a plot of land where they would build a new stadium.

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Amsterdam - De MeerDe Meer (1934 - 1996)

Remembering the former stadium of Ajax - De Meer

Ajax were playing their home matches at the De Meer Stadium for more than sixty years. The stadium was inaugurated on 9th December 1934 by a friendly match between Ajax and a French club Stade Français (5-1). The stadium initial capacity was 22,000 seats and it underwent only minor changes while it was in use – the capacity was increased to 29,500 seats and roofs were built over the stands. However, the capacity was later reduced to 19,000 seats for safety reasons.

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Metropolitano de MadridMetropolitano (1923 - 1966)

The former stadium of Atlético - Metropolitano de Madrid

For more than 40 years the stadium Metropolitano de Madrid was the home ground of Atlético Madrid, one of the most successful football clubs in Spain, until the club moved to Estadio Vicente Calderón in 1966. In the first decade of Atlético’s existence the club played their home matches on various makeshift grounds. In 1913 the club moved to Campo de O’Donnell.
 

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Barcelona - Les CortsLes Corts (1922 - 1957)

Remembering the former stadium of Barcelona - Les Corts

Camp de Les Corts was the home ground of FC Barcelona from 1922 to 1957, when the club moved to the Camp Nou, where they have been playing ever since. During the first ten years of its existence the Spanish club was moving from one place to another. They have finally settled at Camp del Carrer Indústria in 1909. As they were enjoying more and more success and were drawing a greater number of supporters the club decided to build a new stadium – Les Corts.
 

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