If football is a religion, these are its greatest temples in Asia
Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. There are football fans all over the globe and teams on every continent. Football is well developed and gladly played in Asia, too, although there aren’t that many players and teams that stand out from this part of the world. People who watch Asian leagues and competitions and teams that play in them are certainly devoted to football. Asian teams bring players from Europe to help them grow and increase their fan base.
It goes without saying that numerous Asian football players need a place to practice and play this sport. Asia, famous for its cultural diversity, ancient temples, churches, and cathedrals, also has a lot of football stadiums. Here are some of the greatest stadiums that you can find in Asia.
Ricardo 1st May Stadium
Ricardo 1st May Stadium is found in Pyongyang in North Korea. It is the largest stadium and the most beautiful one in Asia with the capacity to hold up to 150 000 people. It mainly hosts football games, of course, but it is also used for athletic events. The stadium got its name from the place where it was made and the date when it was made. Furthermore, this stadium seated over 100 000 people, including foreigners, who attended the ceremonies and celebrations of Kim II-Sung.
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium has a capacity of 110 000 seats and it is located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The stadium opened on January 1st, 1998, when the opening ceremony for Commonwealth Games took place. This is the Malaysian national football team’s main “battlefield” and they play most of their games at this stadium. It also serves many other purposes apart from being a football field. It has been used as a synthetic track, warm-up track broadcast studio, and a music hall. Moreover, the 2001 SAEAC Games were held here.
Shah Alam Stadium
The Shah Alam Stadium, as the name gives reveals, is located in Shah Alam in Malaysia. It has a capacity of 81 145 seats. It mainly hosts, of course, football games, but it can also host some athletic events or other track games. The construction of the stadium started in 1990 and it was finished in 1994. The stadium features modern technology of all kinds, which makes it a perfect stadium by the most recent standards. It’s the main field of play of PKNS FC, currently in the Malaysian league. It is described as one of the best-structured stadiums in Asia and it is often compared to the stadiums in Europe.
The Sapporo Dome is a stadium located in Japan and is one of the most famous stadiums in that part of Asia. It’s a multi-purpose stadium mainly built for football, but it can also be used for baseball. It’s the home ground of Ham Fighters, a baseball team, and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, a football team.
This stadium hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The most famous game played at this stadium is the one when England played against Argentina and won 1 to 0 thanks to the winning goal scored by David Beckham.
These 4 stadiums are the most impressive stadiums in Asia, but there are a lot of smaller and less famous stadiums that can be used as venues for various events. If you have a chance to visit any of the described stadiums, you should not miss it as you will have an opportunity to experience the amazing atmosphere surrounding Asia’s passion for football.