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I Hate Stadio Olimpico!  
User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

Maybe it is my American influences, but Stadio Olimpico irritates me!

Would it be a fair statement to say England, Germany, and Spain could teach Italy a thing or two in constructing a fan friendly pitch?

I guess the part I dislike the most, is the European (Italy) habit of putting a track field between the stands and the pitch...so at Olimpico for example, if you sit down low, the view is just terrible. It seems to be this way at most places I've visited.

Don't get me wrong, not all football stadia in Italy are bad, San Siro is fantastic, if one lives up there, but Stadio delle Alpi is awful! (Juventus)

My usual, Cagliari Sant'elia has be the worst! Again, that stupid track around the pitch, in my opinion, makes almost half the seats worthless - might as well stay home and watch it on television!!!!

Why does Italy have such mediocre facilities, when the sport is so popular?

I have heard, that on the Continent, Hamburger SV AOL Arena, and Koln FC are maybe the best.....but the best places to enjoy a match are still to be found in the UK. (Just my opinion, based on visits to CellNet-M'Brough, City of Man, Coventry-Ricoh, Derby-County, and the grandest of them all: Villa Park)

And then there is Madrid, that place is brilliant! And HUGE! (Doesn't hurt that there is a TGI Fridays just outside!)
Find my butt in Dortmund frequently, but refuse to see a match there....Too big, too far from the pitch....kind of like Berlin.

What's the consensus of the best Football stadium in Europe? (UK/Ireland included...as well as Poland, Finland, Turkey, those places most people don't think about.)

Russia?
Would it be worth it for a football stadium junky like myself to go there and visit? The only places I can think of would be Luzhniki and Dinamo....but are there any others? Zvezda? (Not the A.Net user, but the Perm stadia!)

Disagree? Agree?
And before you send out your flamethrowers, consider I'm an ex-Pat from the USA, and have only just recently, in the past 2 years begun to embrace World Football as superior to the North American version....more of a rugby rip off, with helmets. To be honest, I think I am possibly addicted! I'll watch anything at this point, whether or not I have any interest in the sides involved.

What are considered by the experts as the best and worst? Maybe not in Europe as a whole, but maybe best and worst/nation by nation?

If you had to select ONE Stadium for the rest of your life, which one would it be....regardless if it is the home pitch for your side...Try an be objective!
 Smile Please?

(Well, there I go again, inflicting a painful prolixity on you folks just to squeeze out an answer!! Please accept my apologies for this horrible novel!! Forgive me, I have a lot of time to make up for...considering not even 5 years ago I could not care any less about European Football!)
And while we're at it, can ANYONE explain "off-sides"? I have tried to wrap my head around it but to no avail



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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
And while we're at it, can ANYONE explain "off-sides"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offside_(football)

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
World Football as superior to the North American version....more of a rugby rip off, with helmets.

You just lost all credibility with that little gem.

Signed,

KROC


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
What's the consensus of the best Football stadium in Europe? (UK/Ireland included...as well as Poland, Finland, Turkey, those places most people don't think about.)

There's no such consensus.

The Amsterdam Arena, Wembley, San Siro, Bernabeu/Nou camp are some of the usual suspects.

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
guess the part I dislike the most, is the European (Italy) habit of putting a track field between the stands and the pitch...so at Olimpico for example, if you sit down low, the view is just terrible. It seems to be this way at most places I've visited.

That's a way for a football side to get a cheaper deal on a new stadium by having the local government to foot part (or all) of the bill on the hope that some day it will host some track&field competition.

Similarly, it's a cheapo way for clubs not to build their own stadium, but rather play on a government-owned one.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
And while we're at it, can ANYONE explain "off-sides"? I
We are never off side!!

Signed,
Italy, Portugal, Spain.

Stadiums?... what did they exactly do to Wembley? Better?

My favorite,... only been to one and that was the old Waldstadium in Frankfurt, now named Cammerzjunk... or something like that ?

Edit that, i was once in Azteca stadium, not for a game, the place was empty and we went on the field, very impressive.... until we walk in the stands and seen several dead animals laying around, including dogs. Disturbing to say the least.

[Edited 2006-12-21 17:17:59]


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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 3):
Stadiums

 redflag 

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
stadia

 checkmark 

 Wink

I found Barcelona's stadium to be pretty damn impressive.

What can I say though, I support Port Vale... Shite!

Kieron747


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
I Hate Stadio Olimpico!

Well I got a memo from the stadium and it hates you as well.  Wink



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 3):
Stadiums?... what did they exactly do to Wembley? Better?

Don't know, have not been there yet....but for some reason, I can't think of an EPL team playing there....
Arsenal is Highbury
Charlton is The Valley
Fulham is Cottage
WestHam is Boleyn
Chelsea is Stamford Br.

Have I left anyone oot?
But thanks Yooyoo for reminding me about Wembley, I just assumed it had a side there....looks there isn't, unless it is a team in the Coke league.

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):
You just lost all credibility with that little gem.

Good.  Wink
Too much credibility leads to moral bankruptcy!
But seriously,
North American football has begun to bore me something fierce, and I once lived for Sunday!

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):
Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
And while we're at it, can ANYONE explain "off-sides"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offside...ball)

Been there, done that. Even the cute little animations at BBC.com
It is just too much of a judgement call in my dim, narrow view.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/h...l/rules/newsid_3632000/3632335.stm
I am crippled by the US football penalty of the same name.
So if I am getting this, if you are behind the defenders basically, and you make a play on the ball, you're called for the foul?

My ears bleed whenever I hear the words, OFF-SIDES. Seems like every referee/umpire/official; whatever they are called, have their own interpretations.....

Quoting JJJ (Reply 2):
There's no such consensus.

Really? No little group of unofficial opinion?
Then what is your favorite place?

Quoting JJJ (Reply 2):
That's a way for a football side to get a cheaper deal on a new stadium by having the local government to foot part (or all) of the bill on the hope that some day it will host some track&field competition.

Thats about what I expected.....even though I don't care for the practice.
FYI-I have yet to see a track and field event staged in any of these places, or I just don't know what to look for.



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 984 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 5):
Well I got a memo from the stadium and it hates you as well.

Well, I am a rather nasty chap.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 4):

i should have known that.

Is Aquarium ----> Aquaria?

Skydome in YYZ is the biggest dud that i know of.



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User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 6):
Then what is your favorite place?

Besides my obvious choice (Barcelona) I'm partial to Amsterdam Arena and the colourful Portuguese stadia.

At most, I could pick a top 5.

[Edited 2006-12-21 18:30:27]

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