The legendary Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro has reopened with a first test match after three years of building works. Before hosting another test match on the 15th of May, it will then officially open on the 2nd of June with a friendly between the Brazilian and [...]
Erik Terpstra is the founder and managing editor of The Stadium Guide. He started the website in 2001 as a hobby, which meant the occasional lack of attention, but has recently taken up the task to further professionalise it.
Erik has visited many football stadiums and matches spread over 11 countries. His favourite teams have a tendency to underperform and to choke when on the verge of winning something.
You can contact Erik via erik [at] stadiumguide [dot] com.
The Dutch Eredivsie is the first of Europe’s major leagues to finish. We have once more collected the attendances and will present you our findings below. We will be a bit more to the point than last year, when we presented our conclusions in an extensive article, and instead [...]
While it is not uncommon for shiny new stadiums to get built in places where you would not expect them, there is something even more special going on in Iraq right now: an actual stadium boom. The Arab country, still recovering from the war, has decided to put some of its oil money in a massive overhaul of [...]
Here’s the New York Times on the proposed new MLS stadium in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in the New York borough Queens: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Major League Soccer officials are talking about a new soccer stadium, partly as a way to help rejuvenate the park. The 25,000-seat stadium [...]
Oh, how times can change. Let me give the word to Peter Storrie, ex-chairman of Portsmouth FC: Portsmouth is moving into a new dawn with the backing of owner Alexandre Gaydamak and these are very exciting times for the club both on and off the field. The new [...]
The Chinese are expanding their influence in developing countries by offering them investments in infrastructure in return for access to their raw materials. These infrastructure projects regularly involve building new stadiums. From Frank Dikköter’s review on a book about China’s dealings in the developing world: From the copper mines of [...]
It is the end of December, which means that it is tradition to look back at the year we are about the finish. In our case, it means looking back at what happened in the fascinating world of football stadiums. The year 2012 came off the back of a prolific 2011 in terms of [...]
Both the Brazilian Série A and Japanese J-League season have ended, and we have therefore put the attendances of their seasons in a few charts. No extensive analyses this time, but just some charts. The average Brazilian league attendance dropped with 13.6% from 14,989 spectators per match in 2011 to [...]
Today, UEFA made clear that the 2020 European Championships will get played at an estimated twelve different venues all over Europe. Reactions were almost entirely negative, with talk about nightmare logistics, increased costs for fans, and the over-commercialisation and lost soul of [...]
Every weekend, hundreds of thousands of football fans all over the world make the biweekly journey from home to the stadium. For many of them, this has become part of an almost sacred ritual, but quite a few will some day be faced with a change of routine when their [...]
Instead of being nicely spread out over the years, stadium openings tend to come and go with waves. We recently dedicated an article to the particularly prolific year of 1923, but the early 1920s have not been the only period of frantic stadium construction in the last 150 years. These [...]
Football used to be the sport of the working masses, but this has long ceased to be the case. These days, it is not unusual for fans having to save instead to be able to watch some live football from the stands. But while in particular fans in England have been complaining about [...]
The year 1923 was a rather uneventful one. The First World War had ended a few years ago, but the volatile years of the Great Depression were still six years away. Sure, the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the French and Belgian occupation of the Ruhr area, and the [...]