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Oldest Football Stadiums in the World

Oldest Football Stadiums in the World

It seems like an eternity, since we have been able to attend our favourite football matches in person, and enjoy the spoils of the atmosphere, with our friends, families and loved ones. While it may still feel like there is a hurdle ahead, in terms of getting back into watching live matches and standing in unison with fellow fans, it is comforting to know that some of these standing stadiums have seen wars and stood for quite some time. Yet, they still remain resilient, meaning we can hope they all will be there to welcome us with open arms, once all this goes away. Each stadium has a story and history behind it, and that is what we hope to explore with you in today's article.

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While the newest stadiums across the world are all shiny and brand new, they do not have as much of a tale to tell, like some of the oldest stadiums in the world. So, if you are wanting a history lesson through football, you are most definitely in the right place to receive one. Continue reading to find out more.

Bramall Lane

The first of the oldest stadiums in the world, go to Bramall and its 1855 built stadium. First and foremost, used as cricket grounds, the stadium became exclusively used towards Sheffield FC's home matches. Yet this did not happen until 1889. Being the oldest stadium in the world, it has had a few repairs and renovations here and there to keep it current, it very much still stands on the main foundations of when it was first built.

1936 was the year that there was a record high attendance within the stadium, with 68.2 thousand fans turned up to watch the home match against Leeds United, back in the day. Renovations did take the seating capacity of this stadium down by half, due to security maintenance and the general safety of all those in attendance of the stadium. With such historical prominence within the football community, it is believed that Bramall Lane will not be giving up this hive of history just yet. In fact, it very much remains the spiritual home and base of this well-known team.

Field Mill Stadium

Another old but gold hotspot, this stadium was built in 1861, within the home of Mansfield Town, Nottinghamshire. Despite it standing for a shorter period of time than Bramall, it in fact holds the longest reign for a stadium that used their grounds purely for football. It only officially became home of the Stags however, during 1919 permanently. Before that it was used by multiple clubs at a time.

The stadium here has seen multiple upon multiple events within its reign and standing, however one of the most historic moments was the performance of Westlife here, within 2010. The tour took place here by Westlife, when the stadium was sold by its previous owner. Unfortunately, due to a clause within the agreement of the purchase, there will not be any sport permitted to play here, until 2032. Surely, it will still be standing by then, won't it?

Tannadice Park

Tannadice Park is another stadium built within the 1800s-in 1870 to be exact. This stadium has been common playing grounds for Dundee United since the year 1909. Before that it was a hub for multiple local matches. Yet what sometimes causes a little havoc by the location of this stadium, is the fact that it is located just 180 metres from arch city rivals at Dens Park. So, you could imagine the football politics that can occur from time to time here. The two stadiums are the closest two football stadiums within the UK.

Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge is yet another famous stadium, yet this time it is known for it being a huge team's base, and that is Chelsea FC of course. Chelsea have used this current home since 1905, despite it being built earlier than that, during 1877. Yet, make no mistakes here, there have been multiple developments made to get it edgy and up to date with the best facilities in the world. We are talking technology censoring, expanded seating capacity and so much more. Funnily enough, it took a while to actually get all the necessary renovations done, due to financial constraints for the club.

The club did want to leave and find an alternative stadium, yet nothing has actually come to an agreement as of yet. Meaning, fans may yet still be able to return to Stamford Bridge once again and enjoy their favourite team play within the Premier League.

Rodney Parade

Rodney Parade is the home and stadium of Newport County Football Club. In addition to this, two other rugby teams also use the stadium to play games within major leagues, and it is for that reason, considered pretty modern and up to speed with today's grounds available out there. Tottenham Hotspur played here when they participated within the FA cup, meaning although this stadium has been around since 1877, it has certainly had its fair share of witnessing action!

The rugby history here is very rich as the stadium has welcomed matches from the likes of South Africa and New Zealand, making this unmistakably treasured by the surrounding community.

Deepdale

Deepdale was a home to one of the first ever matches for the English Football league, being built in 1878, the history that unfolds from here is vast, well give you that. This hub is considered today as the oldest used stadium for the purpose of football only, especially when professional football is concerned. Home to Preston North End, Deepdale is a local treasure that has long been missed by local fans, seeking to witness matches once again.

The founding member of the Football League was actually Preston, and this was achieved within 1888, just a decade over Deepdale actually being built. It was just a year later that Preston actually managed to win the title of the League too, which seems very fitting and an appropriate milestone of success for the club and stadium. Preston were also the first club to achieve a domestic double within English national football and for that very reason, they will always be remembered as the 'invincibles', due to not having any unbeaten campaigns for quite a long time.

This stadium is one that holds a beacon to Prestons history, meaning it would definitely be worth paying a visit here, if you want to visit one of the longest reigning teams to stadium relationships in football history right now!

Ewood Park

Another famous spot within the history books, this stadium is the hotspot for the Blackburn Rovers, and they have been calling this their home since the year 1890. While the stadium has been actively used towards football goals, before that, it has seen some greyhound racing and other forms of athletics too, up until Blackburn Rovers named it their own. It was not until 1994, that Blackburn managed to pick up the Premier League trophy, more than a century later, after Jack Walker saw it best to invest on the pitch for the team. He goes down as one of the owners who had the best interests at heart for the club and the fans too. In honour of his legacy, there is a stand dedicated to Jack Walker, the owner much loved by the fans and his team.

Turf Moor

Another famous selection, Turf Moor has been Burnley's since the year of its conception within 1883. The stadium was first introduced to the community as one for cricket matches, however Burnley were interested in taking the grounds for themselves and thus were successful in their strong interest for the stadium. This football ground has seen royal family visits too, with Prince Albert actually attending a Burnley match against rivals Bolton, back in the year 1886. Just 3 years after it was founded. Due to it being a centre for a royal visit, the stadium has gained massive respect and prestige in terms of the facilities it provides, and the fans still love it there, until today. You should definitely hit this stadium up if you are interested in your history.

Anfield

The last stadium to feature within our list, is the mighty Anfield stadium. Home to Liverpool FC, this stadium was once belonging to their rivals Everton! Built in 1884, the stadium was given to Liverpool after a long winded dispute within the football politics of Everton. The reds were not born however until a few years after the move itself, so there were no team-on-team disputes here. Funnily enough, Everton did move just a few hundred metres down the road, at Goodison Park, which definitely makes you wonder what would it be like should Everton still have remained here, right? The landscape would be far different to what we are used to today!



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