Best Stadium/Area Name

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It’s the offseason so let’s have an offseason-type thread.

I’ve always loved “Craven Cottage”, but what say you SOSH? What’s the best name for a stadium or area in European soccer?
 

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Wrexham’a Racecourse is unique and fun.

I was always partial to White Hart Lane, may it rest in peace or whatever. It sounds romantic.
 

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I can't think of any better than seen here right now but I love this thread. It's one of my favorite things about football compared to American sports. We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...

Fake Edit: The Baseball Grounds for Derby, and I've always loved saying La Bombanera.

Actual edit: @canderson has the right of it- it's the romance of the names
 

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We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...
You forgot one located in The Bronx!
 

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It’s the offseason so let’s have an offseason-type thread.

I’ve always loved “Craven Cottage”, but what say you SOSH? What’s the best name for a stadium or area in European soccer?
I do love Craven Cottage, to me it sounds like where a very British but only mildly evil version of the Legion of Doom would meet.
 

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Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...
Wrigley is just another corporate branded stadium!

Soldier Field is the oldest NFL & MLS stadium. The original facade is still in great shape & fun to explore. The spaceship landed inside it less so.
 

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We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...
Two of those three are named after people. One of them a chewing gum magnate, the other a longtime coach.

I get that things can acquire some romance when they've been part of the local architecture for long enough. But for me, even "Soldier Field" has more romance than those, just as a name.

I like:
- Camp Nou (sounds pastoral)
- Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl
- Croke Park (for gaelic football / hurling, in Ireland)
- Estadio Monumental (Peru's national stadium)
- Arrowhead Stadium (just sounds cool)
- Stadium of Light (Sunderland)
 

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I can't think of any better than seen here right now but I love this thread. It's one of my favorite things about football compared to American sports. We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...

Fake Edit: The Baseball Grounds for Derby, and I've always loved saying La Bombanera.

Actual edit: @canderson has the right of it- it's the romance of the names
Agree 100% on saying La Bombanera. I think the name itself along with that wall of fans is why I tend to root for Boca. Their great rivals, River Plate, play at the Estadio Monumental, which I like too. I’ve also liked saying El Riazor (the Z pronounced with a soft “th” sound) in A Coruña. I’ve always been struck by Athletic Bilbao naming their stadium, San Mamés, after a Catholic saint who allegedly tamed lions that were supposed to devour him, hence the nickname of the Lion’s Den for San Mamés and the club is known as the Lions.

Any discussion on stadium names in Spain always ends up at the worst name for a stadium- the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. It would never be mistaken for a colosseum and Alfonso Perez never played for Getafe. While he’s from the neighborhood and did start in the Getafe academy, he’s recognized as a player who suited up for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. Getafe have unveiled plans for a new stadium with a new name, so we are about to lose the only thing in Spanish soccer that most fans can agree on.
 

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You forgot one located in The Bronx!
Yeah, don't love the word 'Stadium' in there...you'd never hear it referred to as "yankee" or whatever. Makes me think of the Polo Grounds though which was a great name.

Wrigley is just another corporate branded stadium!

Soldier Field is the oldest NFL & MLS stadium. The original facade is still in great shape & fun to explore. The spaceship landed inside it less so.
It's true about Wrigley (sort of) which is funny. Great call on Soldier Field

Two of those three are named after people. One of them a chewing gum magnate, the other a longtime coach.
Really? Ok, thanks for imparting your wisdom. I had no idea.

I get that things can acquire some romance when they've been part of the local architecture for long enough. But for me, even "Soldier Field" has more romance than those, just as a name.
I don't disagree with the Soldier Field call, I was just quickly replying to the thread and those were the first that popped into my head.

I like:
- Camp Nou (sounds pastoral)
- Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl
- Croke Park (for gaelic football / hurling, in Ireland)
- Estadio Monumental (Peru's national stadium)
- Arrowhead Stadium (just sounds cool)
- Stadium of Light (Sunderland)
The 'Bowls' are a good call for American sports that don't have corporate names. Maybe NCAA stadiums are the way to go (The Big House, Death Valley, etc, but those are just nicknames).
 

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I always liked “The Hawthorns” for West Bromwich Albion, and “Turf Moor” for Bromley.

And props to @candylandriots Union Berlin as well
Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium at the old foresters house) is a great descriptive name.
It really is - and gets bonus points, I think, because the stadium is actually still surrounded by the forest.

I was trying to think of another German stadium with a descriptive name. I knew there were others, but I couldn’t remember any on my own. But Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe is named for the Grand Duke’s deer park.

Edit: Dortmund’s second team plays at Rote Erde (Red Earth) which is nickname for Westphalia, the area it is in.
 
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Really? Ok, thanks for imparting your wisdom. I had no idea.
I assume this is withering sarcasm. And ok fine, you knew that and liked it anyway, I don't begrudge you that.

I'm just saying, stuff named after people has a little less charm to me than, say, Craven Cottage or White Hart Lane. And some names are better than others, and perhaps "Wrigley" is more fun to refer to than, I dunno, Bryant-Denny Stadium. There's something about "Kyle Field" at Texas A&M that makes me want to know the backstory (involving an agriculture professor who used campus cropland to make their first makeshift stadium 115 years ago). Either way they're much better than corporate names that went to the highest bidder, and change every time at contract renewal.

I think it's that permanence which is another big aspect of charm. Something you can get attached to, even if the players change from year to year. Here in Pittsburgh, the Steelers played at "Heinz Field" for 50 years, and the change last year to some random insurance company is just actively ignored by everyone. It's Heinz Field. I don't care what you call it on the broadcasts. So when you've got something whose name is not for sale, like Fenway, where the team is actively refusing an opportunity to make money because they value that permanence and community-connection more, I think it adds a lot to the charm. And maybe that's equally true for stadia named after people than for those named after, well, anything else.

La Liga does pretty well with this. Only a handful of stadiums in the league have a corporate sponsor, a lot are municipally owned. Not all are equally charming, some are just place-names (e.g. Montilivi in Girona is just the local barrio name), or a local river (hey, it works for the Maracana!), or named after a club president. Vallecas (Rayo Vallecano) marks the name of a community whose separate identity was erased when it was absorbed into the Community of Madrid. Cadiz CF's original team name was Mirandilla, so after some controversy relating to the stadium's longtime previous name, they changed it to Nuevo Mirandilla.

I guess my favorite there, after reading about all of them, would be Deportivo Alaves, whose stadium, "Mendizorrotza", is a Basque word for mountain peak - which I guess is in the backdrop. The stadium also turns 100 years old next year.
 

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I was trying to think of another German stadium with a descriptive name. I knew there were others, but I couldn’t remember any on my own.
Closest I could think of would be 1860’s ground, Das Städtliches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße, or the city stadium on Green Forest Street.

Expanding to cricket/Aussie rules, the stadium in Brisbane is commonly known by a nickname that’s short for the aboriginal name of the area, Wooloongabba. It’s officially the Brisbane Cricket Ground, but no one calls it that. It’s just called The Gabba.
 

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The ones that came to my mind were:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium - Sturm Graz
Gay (as in Happy) Meadow, Shrewsbury Town
Kit Kat Crescent - York City
Wankdorf, FC Bern

Moving outside of football, St Helens Rugby League Club play at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
 

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Some really good ones here. Turf Moor and Camp Nou especially.

I’ll add a couple others:

Vicarage Road for watford
And Millwall playing in the Den.
 

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Some really good ones here. Turf Moor and Camp Nou especially.

I’ll add a couple others:

Vicarage Road for watford
And Millwall playing in the Den.
Millwall's stadium used to be called The New Den, to distinguish it from its predecessor, but they eventually renamed it just to The Den.
 

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The former iteration of San Mamés was referred to as "La Catedral" by Athletic Club fans. I like that one.
 

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Has no one esle noticed the splling error in the thred titel?
 

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Has no one esle noticed the splling error in the thred titel?
No error, I meant area. For example white hart lane is the name of the road that led to the stadium at Tottenham.

I wasn’t as familiar with non-English stadiums and thought maybe the area around the stadium itself had the cool name.
 

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I'll throw in a plug for Anfield. One word. Perfect. All you need.

In the US, Camden Yards would be perfect if they just called it "Camden Yards." The whole "Oriole Park at..." crap is stupid and cumbersome. Of course, I call it "Oriole Park" to my Oriole fan friends because it annoys them.

I can be like that.
 
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No error, I meant area. For example white hart lane is the name of the road that led to the stadium at Tottenham.

I wasn’t as familiar with non-English stadiums and thought maybe the area around the stadium itself had the cool name.
Well shit.
 

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I can't think of any better than seen here right now but I love this thread. It's one of my favorite things about football compared to American sports. We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...

Fake Edit: The Baseball Grounds for Derby, and I've always loved saying La Bombanera.

Actual edit: @canderson has the right of it- it's the romance of the names
Agreed, I just love the variety of names as opposed to everything being "Corporate Brand Stadium."

I've always liked Stamford Bridge because it sounds like a place where a famous battle was held. "We won at Stamford Bridge" has a nice ring to it.

Not mentioned yet, I like Carrow Road (Leeds), The New Lawn (Forest Green Rovers) and Holker Street (Barrow).
 

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Agreed, I just love the variety of names as opposed to everything being "Corporate Brand Stadium."

I've always liked Stamford Bridge because it sounds like a place where a famous battle was held. "We won at Stamford Bridge" has a nice ring to it.

Not mentioned yet, I like Carrow Road (Leeds), The New Lawn (Forest Green Rovers) and Holker Street (Barrow).
Carrow Road is Norwich (great call on that name) and Leeds is at Elland Road which is a putrid name and a place akin to the Mos Eisley Cantina
 

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Back in the 80s, we used to have a socialist government so when a new indoor arena was about to be opened, they decided to name it Peace and Friendship stadium.

I can assure you, when there's a derby between Olympiacos and Patnathinaikos, there's neither Peace nor Friendship going on! :D
 

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I've always liked Stamford Bridge because it sounds like a place where a famous battle was held. "We won at Stamford Bridge" has a nice ring to it.
It is! The English beat the Norwegians on PKs but lost a bunch of guys to injury and card accumulation and went out to the French at Hastings in the next round.

Of course, the battlefield and the football ground are nowhere near each other.
 

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Agreed, I just love the variety of names as opposed to everything being "Corporate Brand Stadium."

I've always liked Stamford Bridge because it sounds like a place where a famous battle was held. "We won at Stamford Bridge" has a nice ring to it.

Not mentioned yet, I like Carrow Road (Leeds), The New Lawn (Forest Green Rovers) and Holker Street (Barrow).
The Battle of the Bridge!

Lots of good ones here already, I'll obviously add in my love for Camp Nou here. It always cracks me up when people call it the Nou Camp, which basically sounds as acceptable at this point.

The Wanda Metropolitana is a great name for a great stadium. Anoeta gets a nod from me, as does fellow Basque San Mames. Balaidos, good. El Madrigal/La Ceramica is top notch. La Mestalla is pretty iconic. RAMON SANCHEZ PIZJUAN--STRONG name, but probably not as legendary as Betis' ground across the city.

The Bernabeu is class and will be much nicer once renovations are done, but the pronounciation in English always cracks me up. Bern-a-boo, barn-a-boo, anything but bern-a-bay-eu.

Finally, El Monumental (River Plate) is Argentina's version of Camp Nou, and while it used to be an olympic-style stadium, they just added seats to where the track used to be so now it's really massive and you can sit close to the action. Doesn't hurt that it also doubles as the NT's main ground.
 

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The Wanda Metropolitana is a great name for a great stadium. Anoeta gets a nod from me, as does fellow Basque San Mames. Balaidos, good. El Madrigal/La Ceramica is top notch. La Mestalla is pretty iconic. RAMON SANCHEZ PIZJUAN--STRONG name, but probably not as legendary as Betis' ground across the city.

The Bernabeu is class and will be much nicer once renovations are done, but the pronounciation in English always cracks me up. Bern-a-boo, barn-a-boo, anything but bern-a-bay-eu.
The Wanda Metropolitano is now the Estadio Metropolitano after the Wanda sponsorship ended. I think one of the great mistakes in Spanish media was to refer to it as “The Wanda” initially instead of “The Metropolitano” which is more fun to say. Anoeta is now the Reale Arena (and it’s stunning after the renovations). Agree on the two Seville stadiums and prefer saying The Benito Villamarín over the Sánchez Pizjuan with a great deal of bias. La Cartuja, also in Seville, is a good name but a terrible stadium.

Hearing British media constantly butcher Spanish pronunciations is a favorite pastime, excluding the Madrid based journalists like Sid Lowe and Phil Kitro who say them properly.
 

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The Wanda Metropolitano is now the Estadio Metropolitano after the Wanda sponsorship ended. I think one of the great mistakes in Spanish media was to refer to it as “The Wanda” initially instead of “The Metropolitano” which is more fun to say. Anoeta is now the Reale Arena (and it’s stunning after the renovations). Agree on the two Seville stadiums and prefer saying The Benito Villamarín over the Sánchez Pizjuan with a great deal of bias. La Cartuja, also in Seville, is a good name but a terrible stadium.

Hearing British media constantly butcher Spanish pronunciations is a favorite pastime, excluding the Madrid based journalists like Sid Lowe and Phil Kitro who say them properly.
On my Sunday pub team we have a motley crew of gringos, Latinos, Arabs, white, and black dudes, so mocking pronunciation is a huge past time for us. And the Irish United guy insists on calling Lisandro 'MAR-tin-ez' (instead of the correct 'mar-TEE-nez') while the Latinos ridicule him mercilessly. I added that he should throw some respekt on a World Cup winner's name. I also tell him he should say it correctly since United are banking on him having a huge season. He's also our oldest player by a longshot, so I obviously took several swipes at his age.
 

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I think it's that permanence which is another big aspect of charm. Something you can get attached to, even if the players change from year to year. Here in Pittsburgh, the Steelers played at "Heinz Field" for 50 years, and the change last year to some random insurance company is just actively ignored by everyone. It's Heinz Field. I don't care what you call it on the broadcasts. So when you've got something whose name is not for sale, like Fenway, where the team is actively refusing an opportunity to make money because they value that permanence and community-connection more, I think it adds a lot to the charm. And maybe that's equally true for stadia named after people than for those named after, well, anything else.
22 years, but agree w/you. In 1973, it was 3 Rivers Stadium; of the 3 cookie cutter places, Phila, Pitt and Cinci; the first two got to live their lives out w/o a name change (Cinci, was Cynergy at the end, I believe).
 

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I always thought Three Rivers Stadium was a great name. I'm partial to grounds named after local geographical features rather than the road they're on, the area they're in, or a historical club administrator, though all of those are better than corporate namings. The Valley is a good one (one of the side stands literally goes along the bank at the edge of said Valley). Deepdale and Oakwell have nice rings to them.

Benfica really won out by having their ground in an area that translates to 'Light,' though I find the Sunderland copycat cringey.
 

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I don't understand what's so great about Camp Nou. It just means New Field. Yawn.

La Bombanera is a great nickname, but it's not the official name. If that counts, then all the great college football nicknames should count too.
 

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I can't think of any better than seen here right now but I love this thread. It's one of my favorite things about football compared to American sports. We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...
Isn't Fenway Park at least partly named to promote the Fenway Realty Company that the Taylors owned? Vague memories of reading that in a SABR publication once.

Agree with @coremiller that La Bombanera is great but doesn't really count. Feyenoord's De Kuip is a similarly good nickname.

In football, I like a lot of the places that just take their name from the streets/area: Goodison Park, White Hart Lane, Turf Moor, Molineux, Old Trafford, Ibrox, the San Siro (which is now not the official name I guess). All so simple and evocative. Baseball Ground is great too. Some of the national stadia names are great too - the Maracana, Wembley, Hampden Park.

In cricket, I like the Oval in London for its direct simplicity. Hate that it's officially the Kia Oval now.

I normally don't really think much of stadium names that are just the name of the team that plays in them, but I do like Metalist Stadium, home of FC Metalist 1925 Kharkiv.
 

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The San Siro is a good name, though not its official name. Same with the Maracana.

What do we think about Completely-Suzuki Stadium? It may be the worst.
 

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None of these European soccer stadium names hold a candle to Guaranteed Rate Field or Acrisure Stadium. And Anfield and Old Trafford don’t teach me about M&A — how would I know that Pacific Bell had been purchased by SBC, which then acquired and took the name of AT&T, if we had named that lovely baseball stadium on Embarcadero after a neighborhood or famous person?
 

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Just realizing how many English parks sound like George RR Martin place names - Craven Cottage, Turf Moor, White Heart Lane, Bloody Meadow, Bramall Lane. (Only 1 of those is from GoT.)
 

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I can't think of any better than seen here right now but I love this thread. It's one of my favorite things about football compared to American sports. We used to have some (the Forum, The Garden, etc or ones named after people) but almost all of them suck now. Fenway, Wrigley, Lambeau, not sure how many other still exist...
Stampede Corral was good but it's long gone.
 

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In football, I like a lot of the places that just take their name from the streets/area: Goodison Park, White Hart Lane, Turf Moor, Molineux, Old Trafford, Ibrox, the San Siro (which is now not the official name I guess). All so simple and evocative. Baseball Ground is great too. Some of the national stadia names are great too - the Maracana, Wembley, Hampden
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I always liked Parken, where the Danish national team plays. Simple and evocative.
A few others... Deepdale in Preston, and Spotland in Rochdale.
 

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I don't understand what's so great about Camp Nou. It just means New Field. Yawn.

La Bombanera is a great nickname, but it's not the official name. If that counts, then all the great college football nicknames should count too.
It's mostly because it's been unchanged since the 50s, so 'new field' moniker is kinda ironic. It's also just important as it was one of the few public places Franco tolerated anti-Franco rhetoric. Finally, it gets some bonus points for being Catalan as opposed to Spanish (Campo Nuevo).