Football is a game that is being played, loved and appreciated by so many people around the world. Football is one of those sports that even brings two countries fighting wars together and this game is seen as passionate and a game of love for interested individuals. Men and women watch football especially when their favourite team or country is competing with another and the players are being cheered on while they are on the field.
There are so many big football stadiums in the world that can carry huge capacity but have you seen how beautiful and small football stadiums are being made? Even with a small capacity, many of these small stadiums are also being used for international games and they tend to give you the right feeling when you are watching your favourite sport in a big stadium.
Top 10 Smallest Football Stadiums in the World (2023)
1. Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium
This football stadium is named after Real Madrid’s former legendary player Alfredo Di Stéfano. Real Madrid is the biggest club in Spain and they are known to have lifted so many European league titles their players are known to be world-class which includes present and past. The Alfredo Di Stéfano is located in Spain and it was inaugurated in 2006 with a capacity of 6,000 seats. This stadium has so many facilities that are worth it like environmentally friendly solar panels, undersoil heating, four booths for TV commentators and 10 for those in charge of radio, 28 posts for newspapers journalists and 32 for commentators, members of the press have their own media centre and a gallery for cameras as well.
2. Ipurua Stadium
With world-class facilities and seats, a fine pitch and a top-notch environment the Ipurua stadium are known as one the smallest football stadiums in the world with a capacity of 8,164 and it was opened in 1947, located in Eibar, Spain. Although this stadium has received lots of backlash from fans and supporters there has been serious work ongoing to improve the quality of facilities there and fans have been complaining about the unavailability of space in the stadium.
3. Toyota Soccer Field
Located in Texas United States is a football stadium that has a seating capacity of 8,296 and can be expanded to 18,000 seats. The design of the stadium is capable to hosts different sports games aside from football and it has all modern facilities available. This stadium is designed in three phases and currently, only phase 1 is being used it has 16 private suites, 864 midfield club seats, and a field-level beer garden for over 200 fans with tiered table and chair seating as close as 15 feet behind the south goal. The stadium could hold 9,000 spectators with standing-room-only accommodations. This stadium has been built to a world-class standard and it has been regarded as one of the best so far.
4. Haladás Sportkomplxum
Inaugurated in 2017 is the Haladás Sportkomplxum located in Szombathely, Hungary with a capacity of 8,903. This stadium is a replacement for the former stadium that was built and the Hungarian state entirely financed the cost of this stadium. This stadium was selected to host the 2021 UEFA European under 21 championship.
5. Estadio Regional De Chinquihue
This stadium is only used for football matches and it holds a capacity of 10,000 and is located in Puerto Montt, Chile. The atmosphere in this stadium during games is mad wrecking, as you could hear fans chants and sing the songs of their favourite teams and players. This is a stadium you would want to be and watch a football game.
6. New Meadow (Montgomery Waters Meadow)
This is one of the smallest stadiums in the world that has a capacity of 10,210 and has hosted big games in England which includes the FA cup. The New Meadow stadium is located in Shrewsbury, England and it serves as the home ground of the English football club Shrewsbury Town.
7. Guldfågeln Arena
When it comes to football the women’s teams in Sweden have been regarded as one of the best worldwide. The Guldfågeln Arena is located in Kalmar, Sweden with a seating capacity of 11,000 and was inaugurated in 2011. It was used in hosting the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 tournament and since then lots of eyes have been on this beautiful stadium and its amazing facilities.
8. HaMoshava (Petah Tikva Stadium)
Having a seating capacity of 11,500 with an expansion of 20,000 seats is the HaMoshava (Petah Tikva Stadium) located in Petah Tikva, Isreal. This was also one of the stadiums that hosted the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and surprisingly it has a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena and training fields with artificial turf.
This stadium is sued for staging football matches and it is located in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. This stadium has a seating capacity of 12,500 and it is located in the city centre with the airport and central train station nearby. They have hosted a Ukrainian cup final and also a premier league team in a football game.
10. Borisov Arena
This football arena is one of the smallest football stadiums in the world with a seating capacity of 13,126 and it is located in Barysaw, Belarus. It is known as a UEFA category four (4) stadium and it has hosted quite a lot of international games as well. Belarus has quite a likeness for football and on its first game opening. The ground saw a full capacity of over 11,000 football fans and this has made the stadium to be one of the best in the country.
If you are a fan of football and you have not visited any of these stadiums then you are advised to do so. There are so many world-class games that are being held in these smallest football stadiums in the world and you could have the opportunity to see your favourite team or players playing on the field that day.