Biggest Football Stadiums in Europe: Man Utd Look to Replace Old Trafford With Wembley of the North

Biggest Football Stadiums in Europe: Man Utd Look to Replace Old Trafford With Wembley of the North

Joel Reyes
updated at February 7, 2024 at 1:59 PM
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  • Reports have surfaced that Man United are planning to build a new stadium and replace Old Trafford
  • Camp Nou, the home of Barcelona, is the biggest football stadium in Europe's top five football leagues
  • Signal Iduna Park and Estadio Santiago Bernabeu are ranked second and third in terms of capacity

Is Manchester United moving out of Old Trafford?

Owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly looking at the possibility of building a new home for the Red Devils.

Sports Brief looks at the biggest football stadiums in Europe following the news that Ratcliffe plans to build the "Wembley of the North" in Manchester.

Old Trafford, Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabeu, Allianz Arena, San Siro.
Manchester United's home ground, Old Trafford. Images: Shaun Botterill/ S. Mellar.
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Biggest football stadiums in Europe

1. Camp Nou (Barcelona)

FC Barcelona's home ground, Camp Nou, is one of the most renowned football venues in the world. It is also the largest football stadium in Europe, with an arena that can accommodate 99,354 people at a time.

The Catalan giants are planning to restructure Camp Nou in the next few years, with the club increasing its capacity to 105,000, per Reuters.

2. Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund)

Signal Iduna Park, also known as Westfalenstadion, is the home ground of German club Borussia Dortmund. It has a capacity of 81,635 for Bundesliga matches, counting seated and standing people.

It holds the European record for average fan attendance, with almost 1.37 million spectators flocking to the venue over 17 games in the 2011-12 Bundesliga season. That translates to an average of 80,588 per match.

3. Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid's home ground, Santiago Bernabeu, is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

It is the second-largest football stadium in Spain, with the arena having a seating capacity of 81,044.

It has hosted the biggest football matches, with the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro, UEFA Champions League, and Copa Libertadores finals staged here.

4. San Siro (AC Milan and Inter)

San Siro, the home ground of Italian giants Internazionale and AC Milan, is the fourth-largest football stadium in Europe's top five football leagues.

It has a seating capacity of 80,018, making the venue the largest stadium in Italy.

5. Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich)

Allianz Arena is the home ground of German powerhouse Bayern Munich.

It has a seating capacity of 70,000 for international matches and 75,000 for domestic games, making it the fifth-biggest football stadium in Europe's top five leagues.

6. Old Trafford (Manchester United)

Old Trafford, also known as the Theatre of Dreams, is the largest club football stadium in the United Kingdom, with a seating capacity of 74,310.

The Red Devils' owners have been urged by the architects overseeing the redevelopment of Old Trafford to demolish United's home stadium as the ground has reached the end of its natural life, per

If they push through with their plans to build a new stadium, the so-called "Wembley of the North" is expected to have a seating capacity of at least 90,000.

Man Utd coach McCarthy's South Africa message

Sports Brief recently reported on Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy sending a message to South Africa ahead of their showdown with Nigeria.

He wished Bafana Bafana all the best for the game, adding that every South African is behind them.

McCarthy made 81 appearances for South Africa during his international career.

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