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Many countries have a national sport stadium, which typically serves as the primary or exclusive home for one or more of a country's national representative sports teams. The term is most often used in reference to an association football stadium. Usually, a national stadium will be in or very near a country's capital city or largest city. It is generally (but not always) the country's largest and most lavish sports venue with a rich history of hosting a major moment in sports (i.e. FIFA World Cup, Olympics, etc.). In many, but not all cases, it is also used by a local team. Many countries, including Spain and the United States, do not have a national stadium designated as such; instead matches are rotated throughout the country. The lack of a national stadium can be seen as advantageous as designating a single stadium would limit the fan base capable of realistically attending matches as well as the concern of the cost of transportation, especially in the case of the United States due to its geographical size and high population.

A list of national stadiums follows:

Contents

Afghanistan[edit]

Albania[edit]

Algeria[edit]

American Samoa[edit]

Andorra[edit]

Angola[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Australia does not have an official national stadium, yet its three biggest stadiums alternate hosting large events are the following:

Austria[edit]

Azerbaijan[edit]

Bahamas[edit]

Bahrain[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

Barbados[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Belize[edit]

Benin[edit]

Bermuda[edit]

Bhutan[edit]

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Botswana[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Brazil does not have an official national stadium. Large sports events (mostly football) are commonly held in alternate venues. However, during reconstruction for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and as the capital city's and country's greatest stadium, the name Estádio Nacional (Portuguese for National Stadium) was added to the old Mané Garrincha stadium, leaving its official name as Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha, even though it doesn't act as a solo national stadium.

The largest and most well known stadium in Brazil is Estádio do Maracanã located at Rio de Janeiro. The Brazil national football team have most of their high-profile matches taken place in the Maracanã and the venue has hosted multiple World Cup and Copa America matches in its history including the two World Cup finals that Brazil has hosted (1950 and 2014).

Brunei Darussalam[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Burkina Faso[edit]

Burundi[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

Cameroon[edit]

Canada[edit]

Prior to confederation into Canada, the Dominion of Newfoundland used King George V Park as its national stadium.

Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Chad[edit]

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

The China national football team does not have a national stadium. The team traditionally plays games at Hongkou Football Stadium, Kunming Tuodong Sports Center, Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, or Workers' Stadium, but in recent years, they have played most of their games at other venues.

Colombia[edit]

Comoros[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

Republic of the Congo[edit]

Cook Islands[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia[edit]

There is no official national stadium. The following two stadiums are the largest and most commonly host international events:

Cuba[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Djibouti[edit]

Dominica[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

East Timor[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Egypt[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Eritrea[edit]

Estonia[edit]

eSwatini[edit]

Ethiopia[edit]

Faroe Islands[edit]

Fiji[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Gabon[edit]

The Gambia[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

  • The German national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country. However, the venue for the German Cup Final is the Olympiastadion in Berlin. As a multipurpose stadium, the Berlin Olympiastadion also hosts international athletic competitions and other events. However, the Munich Olympiastadion was used for the finals of international football competitions held during the later West German era, such in the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1988.

Ghana[edit]

Greece[edit]

Greenland[edit]

Grenada[edit]

Guatemala[edit]

Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Guyana[edit]

Haiti[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Team sports in Ireland are often governed by bodies representing both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, on an All-Ireland basis. See the Northern Ireland section for other cases.

Stadium Owner Sports Notes
Aviva Stadium Irish Rugby Football Union
football Association of Ireland
rugby union and association football The IRFU is all-island while the FAI is restricted to the Republic. The IRFU owns the land but the stadium built on it is jointly owned by both bodies.
Croke Park Gaelic Athletic Association Gaelic games and international rules football The GAA is all-island
Morton Stadium National Sports Campus Development Authority athletics Athletics Ireland is all-island, although Athletics Northern Ireland is linked to both Athletics Ireland and UK Athletics.
National Stadium Irish Amateur Boxing Association boxing The IABA is all-island
National Basketball Arena Basketball Ireland basketball Basketball Ireland is all-island
National Indoor Arena National Sports Campus Development Authority various indoor sports[2] Construction began at the National Sports Campus in 2015.[3]
National Aquatic Centre National Sports Campus Development Authority aquatics Swim Ireland uses but does not own the venue, which is part of the National Sports Campus.
National Horse Arena National Sports Campus Development Authority equestrianism Horse Sport Ireland uses but does not own the venue, which is part of the National Sports Campus.

The following venues are "designated national sporting arenas" for the purposes of Section 21 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (which regulates sale of alcohol at sports venues):[4] National Stadium,[5] Croke Park,[6] Semple Stadium,[7] Royal Dublin Society,[8] Aviva Stadium,[9] Thomond Park.[10]

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

  • The Italian national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country.
  • Stadio Olimpico (Olympics and rugby union)
    • In the case of rugby union, the national team plays matches throughout the country, but since 2012 has used Stadio Olimpico for all of its home Six Nations matches. Previously, Stadio Flaminio served the same purpose.

Ivory Coast[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Kiribati[edit]

Republic of Korea[edit]

Democratic People's Republic of Korea[edit]

Kosovo[edit]

Kurdistan[edit]

Kuwait[edit]

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lesotho[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Libya[edit]

Liechtenstein[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Macau[edit]

Malawi[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Maldives[edit]

Mali[edit]

Malta[edit]

Martinique[edit]

Mauritania[edit]

Mauritius[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Monaco[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

Morocco[edit]

The Moroccan national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country, however they have most of their high-profile matches taking place in Marrakesh Stadium, Stade Mohammed V or Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

Myanmar[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Nicaragua[edit]

Niger[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

North Macedonia[edit]

Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Palau[edit]

Panama[edit]

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Peru[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Romania[edit]

Russia[edit]

Rwanda[edit]

Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]

San Marino[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Somalia[edit]

Spain[edit]

  • The Spanish national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country.

Sierra Leone[edit]

South Africa[edit]

The national football, rugby union and cricket teams all play at various venues throughout South Africa. However, these are the de facto national stadiums:

Suriname[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Syria[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Togo[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Team sports in the United Kingdom are often governed by bodies representing the Home Nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – with some sports organised on an All-Ireland basis. In international sporting events these sports are contested not by a team representing the United Kingdom, but by teams representing the separate home nations, and as a result there are separate national stadiums for many sports.

England[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Wales[edit]

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Vatican City[edit]

Stadio Petriana (football)—because the Vatican City does not have enough territory to house a sports stadium, Stadio Petriana is in fact situated within the bounds of Italy.

Venezuela[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

(Selected match)

Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/venues/colombia/estadio-metropolitano-roberto-melendez/v3308/
  2. ^ "National Indoor Arena". National Sports Campus Development Authority. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ O'Keeffe, Alan (18 July 2015). "Work starts on national arena for Olympic 2016 stars". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003: Amendments, Commencement, SIs made under the Act". Irish Statute Book. 16 November 2016. Other Associated Secondary Legislation. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  5. ^ "S.I. No. 156/2015 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Designation of National Sporting Arena) (National Stadium) Regulations 2015". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  6. ^ "S.I. No. 149/2011 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Section 21) (Croke Park, Dublin) Regulations 2011". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  7. ^ "S.I. No. 124/2011 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Section 21) (Semple Stadium, Thurles) Regulations 2011". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ "S.I. No. 47/2012 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Section 21) (Royal Dublin Society) Regulations 2012". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  9. ^ "S.I. No. 160/2010 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Section 21) Regulations 2010". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  10. ^ "S.I. No. 388/2008 - Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 (Section 21) Regulations 2008". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  11. ^ RFK as our National Soccer Stadium: News Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine. Match Fit USA (2009-10-20). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  12. ^ Bill Simmons "Every big American soccer game should be played in RFK." News: ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2009-10-16). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.