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68. El Cilindro

Stadium facts

  • Located Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Opened 1950
  • Tenants Racing Club
  • Capacity 51,389
  • Record attendance 125,000

For decades, the Estadio Presidente Peron – more commonly known as El Cilindro – offered Racing fans the unique experience of walking all around the pitch, from behind one goalmouth to the other, so they could follow the team’s attack on both halves. And Racing were worth following, as they beat Celtic and became the first South American world champions.

But in the 1980s, following relegation and one of the club’s occasional spirals into crisis, the stadium was rented out during the summer months and used as a potato deposit. Later on – after 32 years without winning local titles sparked rumours that rival Independiente fans had made a dark ritual and buried seven black cats under a goalmouth – club president Daniel Lalin organised a public exorcism to cure the curse, including a proper priest and fans specially dressed for the occasion (albeit looking more like Ku Klux Klansmen than pilgrims). 

The amazing Racing fans, who consider themselves “an inexplicable passion”, managed to celebrate a couple of titles again (2001 and 2015). The stadium remains one of the best places to watch football, with a great atmosphere and even the occasional ghost – reptuedly 1920s player Natalio Perinetti. – MM 

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67. Telia Parken

Stadium facts

  • Location Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Opened 1992
  • Tenants Denmark, FC København
  • Capacity 38,065
  • Record attendance 42,099

Football has been played on the site of the Telia Parken since 1911; the Danish national team’s Idrætsparken ground was here until it was replaced by the modern stadium in 1992.

Although inspired by Italia 90 stadiums, architect Gert Andersson wisely decided to place a greater emphasis on keeping supporters close to the action, the distance between the final row of seats and pitchside being a mere 32 metres – barely outside “Beckham territory”.

Idrætsparken’s old main stand was initially left intact and integrated into the new stadium as a hulking side stand, but its 1950s architecture jarred with the modernity of the ‘90s build.

The relic was finally torn down in 2007 and replaced with the striking, glass-faced SuperBest-tribunen. A quirk of the change is that Parken’s 42,099 attendance record can now never be broken, a 10% reduction in capacity caused by the redesign of the final section. – LR

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