Three of the Best Stadiums to Have Hosted the Champions League Final

Munich - Allianz ArenaMunich - Allianz Arena 31.08.2020: The Champions League final is always one of the most anticipated sporting events on the calendar, and this prestigious occasion tends to require a venue to match. A number of different stadiums have hosted this showpiece event since the tournament was rebranded in 1992, with some locations proving far more memorable than others. The venue must be a Category 4 stadium in order to qualify for hosting duties, whilst a capacity of over 70,000 is also preferred. We take a look at three stadiums which have proven to be the perfect place to stage this annual extravaganza.

Allianz Arena


Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena has been chosen as the venue for the 2023 Champions League final and will host the biggest match in European club football for the second time in a decade. With a capacity of 75,000, it is the perfect size for a match of this magnitude, with a wall of noise from both ends of the ground expected to greet the players onto the pitch. The locals may not have such happy memories of this ground, with the Bundesliga side having been defeated on penalties by Chelsea in the 2012 final.
Hansi Flick's side will be hoping to right those wrongs in a couple of year's time, however, their immediate focus is likely to be on this year's tournament. They are currently odds-on favorites for success having seen off Barcelona in the quarter-finals, as well as Lyon in the semi-finals, and with Paddy Power offering the best odds on the UEFA Champions League, Bayern backers may potentially look towards other options such as the goalscorer markets in order to extract some value.
   
It's tough to beat Champions League nights under the lights in Bavaria, and the Allianz Arena continues to be one of the best venues for staging top-class European action.
 


Camp Nou


The Camp Nou is the beating heart of Catalonia, and it's an iconic venue which is synonymous with Champions League football. With a capacity of around 99,000, this world-famous sporting pantheon comes to life when hosting European football, and it's a must-visit for all sports devotees.
 
Although it's been twenty years since it last hosted this showpiece event, it will forever be associated with one of the most dramatic finals in the history of the competition. Manchester United's unexpected comeback at this venue is one of the most absorbing games of football ever recorded in this tournament, and was played out in front of over 90,000 stunned spectators. 
     
With many of its unique features still intact, traditionalists tend to enjoy a visit to this wonderful stadium, and the unbeatable match-day atmosphere makes this one of the standout Champions League venues.
 


Wembley Stadium


Since the redesign, Wembley Stadium has become one of the best places to watch Champions League football. Having hosted the all-German final back in 2013, the ground is also set to play a prominent role at Euro 2021 next summer. The iconic arch which looms over the stadium is visible for several miles, and fans can enjoy a pre-match stroll down Wembley Way as they prepare themselves for another 90 minutes of competitive action.

The turf is always pristine at this West London venue, and its hard to imagine anything more enjoyable than a visit to Wembley to take in some top quality European club football under the lights.

With both the Allianz Arena and Wembley Stadium set to host Champions League finals in 2023 and 2024 respectively, these superb venues will surely produce yet more iconic moments in this competition. Although less high-profile grounds such as the Gazprom and the Ataturk Olympic Stadium are slowly being introduced, these old fashioned iconic venues continue to deliver on a consistent basis, and will surely continue to reign supreme for many years to come.
 

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