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22. Mestalla

Stadium facts

  • Located Valencia, Spain
  • Opened 1923
  • Tenants Valencia
  • Capacity 55,000
  • Record attendance 55,000

In 2019 Valencia CF celebrates its centenary – and could finally close the doors on the 82-year-old Mestalla. That would be 12 years since the club broke ground on the fiscally delayed Nou Mestalla, a couple of miles up the road in the Benicalap region of the city.

As nice as the new ground looks, it would be a shame to leave the old place, for the Mestalla is one of Spain’s best stadiums due to its steep banked stands and close proximity to the pitch creating an intimidating, somehow quite English atmosphere for visiting teams. It’s also walkable from the city centre.

Mestalla has been under threat before. In 1957 the River Turia burst its banks and flooded the ground, leading to a partial stadium collapse. In the 1970s the club considered relocation but opted to refurbish in time for España 82, for which it hosted all three of the host nation’s first-stage games. Nine domestic cup finals have also been held at the famous old ground. – GM

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21. Singapore National Stadium

Stadium facts

  • Location Kallang, Singapore
  • Opened 2014
  • Tenants Singapore 
  • Capacity 55,000
  • Record attendance 52,107

When the decision was made for Singapore to have a shiny new stadium, a number of different groups submitted bids for the project, to be built on the site of the country’s original national stadium.

Considering the sweltering conditions typically presented in the Southeast Asian nation, it came as no great shock when a design with a retractable roof and air conditioning got the nod. A truly modern stadium, it features configurable seating, a roof made of lightweight material and easy access to public transport – the best a reported S$1.87 billion (£875m) can buy.

It has proven a game-changer for Singapore in terms of being able to attract world-class talent to their shores. That was never more evident than in Neymar’s four-goal turn in Brazil’s 4-0 thrashing of Japan in front of a packed crowd in October, 2014. – JD

FFT's 100 Best Stadiums: 100-91 • 90-81 • 80-71 • 70-61 • 60-51 • 50-41 • 40-31 • 30-21 • 20-11 • 10  9 • 8 • 7 • 6 • 5 • 4 • 3 • 2 • 1

#FFT100STADIUMS The 100 Best Stadiums in the World: list and features here