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UEFA Champions League 2017-18: The Stadiums, Part II

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Group E

Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla, Spain)
Opened: September 7, 1958

The unofficial name of the stadium is La Bombonera, mainly used in relation to the famous home stadium of the Argentine Boca Juniors.

The total capacity of Sevilla’s stadium is 45500 people. It reached a huge number of fans, when 34705 people came to see Sevilla defeat the Slovenian Maribor earlier in the season’s Champions League.

Anfield (Liverpool, England)
Opened: September 28, 1884

As many as 52070 fans came to support Klopp’s team at the legendary stadium as Liverpool shared points with Sevilla on matchday 1. The number is close to 100%, as Anfield’s capacity is 54074 people.

There are plans to expand the Anfield Road Stand, which would increase the stadiums’ size to around 59000.

Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow, Russia)
Opened: September 5, 2014

There is another modern stadium in Moscow other than CSKA’s VEB Arena. Home for Spartak is Otkrytiye Arena with a total capacity of 45360 people. The stadium which has replaced the legendary Luzhniki as Spartak’s home ground, had an average attendance of 43841 fans after the big matches against Liverpool and Sevilla.

Ljudski vrt (Maribor, Slovenia)
Opened: 12 July 1952
Renovated: 1960–1962, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2006–2008, 2011

The Slovenian Maribor brought Champions League to its city again, starting from the second round of the tournament. Ljudski vrt was almost 100% full in the two group stage matches against Spartak and Liverpool. Nevertheless, the total capacity of the stadium is not impressive. The smallest stadium of the season’s Champions League is not bigger than 12994.

Group F

City of Manchester (Manchester, England)
Opened: 10 August, 2003

The total capacity of Manchester City’s stadium is 55097 fans. The two home meetings in the current Champions League edition against Shakhtar and Napoli collected 46915 fans on average. 
It is interesting to know, that Manchester City clinched its right of the stadium name in 2010, after improving the 250-year lease contract with the city-council. The stadium received a new name July 2011 as a part of a 10-year agreement with the main sponsor - Etihad Airways, an airline from the United Arab Emirates. Anyway, the stadium is officially referred to City of Manchester rather than Etihad Stadium in Champions League due to commercial reasons. 

OSC Metalist (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
Opened: September 12, 1926
Renovated: December 5, 2009

The total capacity of the Kharkiv stadium is 40003 people. It collected a high attendance when Shakhtar hosted Napoli: 32679 spectators witnessed the Ukrainian club’s victory against the Italian visitors. This was the Champions League debut for the Ukrainian city, which replaced Lviv’s Arena Lviv, where Shakhtar spent two Champions League seasons after its own Donbass Arena was unable to host football matches because of the war.  

San Paolo (Naples, Italy)
Opened: December 6, 1959
Renovated: 1990, 2010

Despite the total capacity of 60240 people, only Stadio San Paolo in 198735951 people attended Napoli’s first Champions League victory of the season, when the team took over Feyenoord. However, the numbers should be higher in November, as the Italians expect the arrival of Manchester City and Shakhtar. San Paolo is the third largest stadium in Italy.

De Kuip (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Opened: 27 March 1937
Renovated: 1994

The Dutch stadium of Feijenoord, or De Kuip, is designed to accommodate 51577 people. The previous two matches collected 43500 people each. The legendary stadium has seen many big battles, with one of the most memorable ones being the EURO 2000 final between France and Italy.

Group G

Vodafone Park (Istanbul, Turkey)
Opened: April 11, 2016

The stadium of Besiktas is capable of hosting 43500 people. The attendance in the match against the German vice-champions RB Leipzig was slightly less, namely 36641 fans. This number might increase in the next matches, as Besiktas has had a perfect start to its Champions League campaign so far, winning all of its three matches. 

The Inonu stadium, on the site of which the current Vodafone Park was built, had the status of an architectural masterpiece. Certain elements of its construction were preserved during the establishment of the new arena. In particular, two towers to the left and to the right of the new main tribune and a metal gate between them were a part of the old stadium, too.

Dragão (Porto, Portugal)
Opened: November 16, 2003

The stadium was built in the place of the old Estadio das Antas, which was home to Porto since 1952. The name of the new stadium, build prior to EURO 2004, is associated with a dragon, the symbol of the club.
The stadium is still to host two group stage matches this autumn. The first one against Besiktas saw an attendance of 42429 people in a stadium, which has a total capacity of 50399.

Stade Louis II of MonacoStade Louis II (Fontvieille, Monaco)
Opened: 25 January 1985

This is one of the most famous stadiums in Europe, which hosted UEFA Super Cup from 1998 to 2012. The stadium is considered one of the most beautiful stadiums of the continent, boasting 18523 seats. Despite Monaco’s amazing results last season, the average attendance has been low this time around. The first match against Porto gathered 11703 people, while the second one against Besiktas saw 7403 fans, an attendance number, which is quite far from Champions League standards. This makes Monaco, the least attended club in the season’s Champions League.  

Red Bull Arena - Zentralstadion (Leipzig, Germany)
Opened: 4 August 1956
Renovated: December 2000 - March 2004

Five matches of the 2006 World Cup took place at the stadium, which now is home to RasenBallsport Leipzig. It was the only World Cup stadium located on the territory of the former GDR. 

The stadium celebrates its Champions League debut with some high attendances. The average attendance in the first two matches has been 40782 fans in a stadium, which can accommodate 44345 in total. 

Group H

Wembley (London, England) 
Opened: March 9, 2007

Being one of the most beautiful and well-known Wembley Stadium in London, home for Tottenham Hotspurstadiums in the world, the new Wembley was built in 2007, after the older one on the same site was demolished in 2003. The stadium can shelter up to 90000 people under its roof. Tottenham Hotspur chose the stadium as their temporary home ground until their new stadium on the site of their old White Hart Lane is finished. As many as 67343 fans visited the Champions League battle with Borussia there. However, the Spurs became the most attended British club in Champions League last season, as 85000 fans visited Wembley to witness Tottenham’s defeats to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen. 

Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid, Spain) 
Opened: 14 December 1947
Renovated: 1982, 2011

Santiago Bernabéu hosted the finals of the 1964 European Championships and the 1982 World Cup. Several finals of the most prestigious club competitions in Europe were played in the arena as well.

The average attendance for the most winning European club in the Champions League has been 73824 spectators this season. Real Madrid’s home has a capacity of 85454 in total.

Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany)
Opened: 2 April 1974
Renovated: 1992, 1995–99, 2002–03, 2006

The most attended stadium in Germany hosted matches of the FIFA World Cup in 1974 and 2006. It also hosted the 2001 UEFA Cup final. With a tough group, where Borussia Dortmund has had a disastrous start, the maximum capacity of 81360 people should not be expected to be reached. Borussia will host APOEL and Tottenham Hotspur in the next two matches. As for the first one, where the Germans lost to defending champions Real Madrid, the number of spectators reached 65849.

GSP Stadium (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Opened: 6 October 1999

GPS Stadium serves as a home arena for several Nicosia clubs, such as APOEL, Olympiacos and Omonia. The stadium in Nicosia collects an average of around 16000 fans, while the total capacity of the arena is 22859 seats. Titleholders visit the arena on November 21. What else, if not Real Madrid’s visit can make the attendance to reach 100%?


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