Sports stadiums are predominately the scene of joy for one set of supporters, but heartbreak for another.
Every time a soccer match or basketball game takes place for example, one group of fans will be left delighted with the win, whilst the others will be heading home upset over a defeat.
They can be the scene of great triumphs for individuals and teams showing excellent athleticism and commitment to achieving their goals. However, that isn’t the only application for a good sports stadium.
They can also be a great venue for gigs by some of the biggest bands in the world. Only the true musical greats, capable of attracting thousands of people, can hope to play a stadium gig.
When they do, they unite a whole stadium with an electric atmosphere. There are no divisions, no sides, just a huge amount of people gathered for a single event.
So with that in mind, we are going to look at the top five best stadiums in the world for hosting concerts.
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden is one of the most iconic venues in all of New York, famed for hosting huge sporting events. It plays host to the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers and has hosted sell-out Wrestlemania events as well.
It famously held the first ever Wrestlemania, as well as the 10th and 20th event, but it is also a great concert venue.
British act Above and Beyond became the first British DJ’s to sell out the iconic venue which has also hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Guns N’ Roses and KISS.
If Madison Square Garden is an iconic venue in America, then fewer represent England better than Wembley.
A ‘Premier League Stadium Guide’ by Ladbrokes details how Wembley’s capacity is 90,000, making it the perfect setting for the very biggest events and bands in the country.
It’s the home of English soccer, and the stadium was renovated at the turn of the century, but it is still as important in British culture today as ever. It hosts England’s home matches as well as all the domestic cup finals.
It’s also a wonderful concert stadium, having seen the likes of Green Day, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Take That and Coldplay perform over the years.
The BBC report how Muse became the first band to sell out the new Wembley Stadium across two nights in 2007.
The 55,000 capacity Etihad Stadium opened in 2002 and is best known as the home ground of Premier League giants Manchester City.
Every week some of the world’s greatest players appear on its hallowed turf, sweeping aside many of their challengers as they look to bring success to the blue side of Manchester.
It’s also become an important gig venue, not least for one of the biggest bands to emerge from the city.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were the first to play there, supported by soul legend James Brown and the Manchester Evening News document how the Stone Roses played some iconic gigs there in 2016, spanning four different nights.
Stade de France
The French national stadium has a capacity of over 80,000, making it perfect to host the very biggest gigs that the country has seen.
It’s the home of the French national soccer team, as well as their rugby union side. Whilst it’s well known for huge sporting events, it’s also been used to put on gigs as well.
U2, the Rolling Stones and Beyoncé are amongst the acts to have performed there.
The fabled stadium in Milan is perhaps best known for being the home ground of two of the most recognizable soccer teams in the world: AC Milan and Internazionale.
It’s also a renowned concert venue, which has hosted some of history’s greatest bands and singers.
Bruce Springsteen played to 65,000 there in 1985, whilst almost 80,000 saw Milanese rappers J-Ax and Fedez in the summer of 2018.