By News Team
25th March 2020
Whether it’s football, cricket, tennis or even snooker, we all love sport and everything it brings with it.
Whether it’s the excitement, atmosphere or the fact we all share a common interest, sport just wouldn’t be the same without the packed stadiums and venues that house it.
Below, we have taken a look at some of the most iconic sporting homes and detailed just why they are so magical and memorable.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
When summer is here, attentions usually turn to cricket and there aren’t many better places to spectate than Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Widely referred to as the home of cricket, Lord’s plays host to Middlesex County Cricket Club as well as the England Test and ODI sides and also boasts the world’s oldest sporting museum.
Though not the most raucous sport to go and watch, Lord’s, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014, can open its doors to as many as 30,000 spectators, while it is currently building to expand upon that number.
Hundreds of Test matches take place at Lord’s and the London venue hosted the 2,000th Test match when England welcomed India in July 2011.
Snooker is a little bit marmite in the sense that you either love it or hate it. But those who adore the sport know the Crucible is where the true magic of the game happens.
Home of the World Snooker Championship, the sport’s pinnacle tournament, thousands flock to Sheffield every year to watch their favourite players break.
It may not hold the most supporters, or sit alongside the prettiest backdrop, but snooker lovers will insist there is no better place to watch their sport.
The famous roar, the thousands of spectators from Great Britain and Ireland and the top-class action that Cheltenham, especially the Festival, offers means Prestbury Park deserves its place on our list.
Hosting the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup, racing fans, horse lovers and punters alike descend on Cheltenham hoping to get a glimpse of their favourite runners and hopefully back a winner.
With a capacity of 67,500 and an amphitheater-style setting in among the Gloucester Hills, it’s difficult not to love what Cheltenham Racecourse has to offer.
Football fans around the world will make a case for their team’s football stadium as each and every one has left them with a wealth of memories and stories to tell.
The likes of the Bernabeu, Nou Camp and Allianz Arena all deserve a nod of approval, but it’s Wembley, the home of English football, which gets our approval.
It plays host to the magical FA Cup final and has hosted the Champions League final, and every child growing up in the country dreams of scoring for their side there, regardless of whether it is for Manchester United or Macclesfield.
Having been rebuilt in 2007 and boasting its incredible arch, Wembley Stadium in London is at the epicentre of football in England, regardless of whether it’s international or domestic.
No, we aren’t talking about Vinnie Jones and Co. Instead, the British summertime staple that is the tennis at Wimbledon – with strawberries and cream, Pimm’s and downpours.
So the weather isn’t always the greatest, but that’s partly what makes Wimbledon so very British and we wouldn’t have it any other way, and the queues of people each year suggest the same.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world welcomes thousands of tennis lovers to the leafy side of London as well as the games’ biggest names.
No matter which court you find yourself on, the action promises to be brilliant, thanks in large to the amazing atmosphere flowing around the tournament.