Most Iconic Sports Stadiums
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13 Iconic Stadiums That Are Still In Use

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Most Iconic Sports Stadiums
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Stadiums Still Standing

The Roman Coliseum is now a crumbling relic, home only to tourist groups and history lessons. The most famous stadium in the history of the world is no longer staging gladiator battles, but plenty of other old and storied venues still serve their original purpose. From England to Australia, from baseball to cricket, here's a look at some world-famous stadiums that are steeped in history where you can still catch a game.

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Fenway Park, Boston
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Fenway Park | Boston

The oldest major league ballpark still in use, Fenway Park has been the home of the Red Sox and a Boston institution since it opened in 1912. Built in only a year, Fenway got a modern facelift in 2002, but its most famous feature is the “Green Monster,” the 37-foot-tall left field wall that has swatted down would-be home runs for generations.

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Anfield, Liverpool, England
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Anfield | Liverpool, England

The Liverpool Football Club is one of the most famous organizations in sports, and Anfield is its home stadium. Built in 1884, the stadium originally housed the Everton Football Club. Not only did it change tenants, but it expanded over the decades. By 1928, it could hold 30,000 people. Today, a little more than 54,000 fans can cheer for Liverpool at the same time there. There are currently plans to add another 5,000 seats or so as Anfield creeps toward its 150th anniversary.

Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Cricket Ground | Melbourne, Australia

When the Melbourne Cricket Ground was built in 1853, the city of Melbourne itself was less than 20 years old. More than a century later in 1956, it hosted the Olympic Games. Exactly 30 years later in 1986, Pope John Paul II held a mass there. In 1992, the drama of the World Cup finals played out on the field of the iconic stadium. Part venue, part shrine to Australian sports, the 100,000-seat facility remains the home of Australian football and cricket.

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All-England Lawn Tennis Club | London

The All-England Lawn Tennis Club was created in 1868 as the All-England Croquet Club. It underwent several name changes, actually, between tennis, croquet, and both. No matter the name, it's known worldwide as the home of Wimbledon, the last of the Grand Slam tournaments still played on grass. Membership remains private to this day.

Wrigley Field, Chicago
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Wrigley Field | Chicago

Babe Ruth famously called his center field home run in Wrigley Field. Pete Rose tied Ty Cobb's hitting record there. Sammy Sosa hit his 60th home runs there in three different seasons. Second only to Fenway in terms of longevity among ballparks, Wrigley Field is second to none in terms of culture and significance in American sports. It opened just two years after Fenway in 1914, but the stadium has been slow to embrace modernity. The Cubs played their first night game in Wrigley after the stadium finally installed lights only in 1988.

Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
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Bramall Lane | Sheffield, England

Bramall Lane holds the distinction of being the oldest stadium on Earth that still hosts soccer matches. When it opened on April 30, 1855, its sole purpose was to host cricket matches, and it remained exclusive to the sport for seven years. After that, it welcomed soccer matches, and in 1889, the newly formed Sheffield United club became a permanent resident — Bramall Lane is still the club's home stadium today.

San Siro, Milan, Italy
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San Siro | Milan, Italy

Although it's located in a classic Italian city, San Siro is an English-style stadium. It took 1,000 tons of concrete and 150 tons of reinforced steel to build, but when it opened in 1926, it was one of the grandest soccer stadiums in Europe. It remains one of the continent's biggest — more than 80,000 people can cram inside before it reaches capacity.

Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
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Old Trafford | Greater Manchester, England

Old Trafford was badly damaged during World War II and underwent major renovations in the 1960s and ’70s, but it's always been the same stadium and it remains the home of Manchester United, who played Liverpool in the stadium's inaugural game on Feb. 19, 1910. The World Cup passed through in 1966, and the European Championships were held there in 1966.

Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
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Olympiastadion | Munich, Germany

Built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics, the infamous but magnificent Olympiastadion in Munich was bombed during World War II. It was soon rebuilt, and then thoroughly renovated decades later for the 1974 World Cup. Today, it not only hosts soccer matches, but also serves as a venue for some of the biggest entertainment acts in the world.

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Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
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Celtic Park | Glasgow, Scotland

The Celtic Football Club has been at home in the stadium that bears its name since Celtic Park was built in 1892. It was renovated in the mid-1990s, and its capacity has both increased and decreased over the decades. It hosted its record crowd in 1938 with an unofficial count of 92,000 spectators, although official attendance never topped 80,000.

Parc des Princes, Paris
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Parc des Princes | Paris

Home of soccer’s Paris Saint-Germain since 1974, Parc des Prince opened for business in 1972 — but the stadium built in the modern age sits on a much older history — literally. It replaced the historic Vélodrome, which stood on the site from the time it was built in 1897. It remains one of the most significant soccer venues in the world.

One Call Stadium, Nottinghamshire, England
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Field Mill | Nottinghamshire, England

The oldest operating stadium in England's professional Football League system, the legendary venue that is Field Mill is now called One Call Stadium. The legacy and the building, however, remain the same. It's been in use since at least 1861, and perhaps even longer. For nearly 50 years, it was a place for cricket. The sport was so singular in the stadium's purpose that soccer players weren't even allowed in the locker room. The 20th century brought change, however, and Field Mill became a multi-sport, multi-use facility. In 1930, Field Mill hosted England's first game ever played under lights.

Lord's Cricket Ground
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Lord's Cricket Ground | London

Known worldwide simply as Lord's, Lord's Cricket Ground in St. John's Wood bills itself as the home of cricket, a boast it backs up with a rich history. It was first established in 1814, but its legacy dates back to Thomas Lord, who opened his first cricket ground on Dorset Field in 1787. The stadium got its first lawnmower in 1864. Before that, sheep were used to keep the grass trimmed.