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Principality Stadium tops poll for the best stadium in Europe

09 Nov 2023 2 minute read
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff

The best stadiums in Europe according to the atmosphere they generate have been ranked in a poll – and the home of Welsh rugby came out on top.

The vote, was compiled by rugby website Ruck, and included stadiums from the Premiership, United Rugby Championship, Top 14, and international rugby.

The ranking was judged by considering the user ratings from websites like rugbygroundmap, Tripadvisor, and many more.

Coming out on top and beating off competition from the likes of the the Stade de France and Murrayfield, the Principality Stadium was adjudged to create the best atmosphere at a rugby match.

Wales fans in the stands before the Guinness Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff (Credit: PA)

According to Ruck: “The home fans’ singing is so morale-boosting, it’s said to count for a try.

“Ask any rugby fan where to go for the best atmosphere, and you’ll likely hear all about Cardiff and its Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium).

“Boasting an impressive capacity of 74,500, it’s home to the Welsh Rugby Union and is the second-largest stadium in the world with a retractable roof.”

These were the rankings of the rest of the top 10

2. Stade Marcel Michelin – (Clermont)
3. Stade de France – (France)
4. Thomond Park – (Munster)
5. Kingsholm – (Gloucester)
6. Stade Felix Mayol – (Toulon)
7. Murrayfield Stadium – (Scotland)
8. The Rec – (Bath)
9. Welford Road – (Leicester Tigers)
10. Twickenham Stadium – (England)

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
6 months ago

Always be the Arms Park to me!!

6 months ago

Last time I went pre covid it was expensive, the food was awful (took food back for a refund) and up and down like a yoyo as the boozers were either filling up or emptying. I even had to decant the water bottle I bought there from the plastic bottle to a plastic cup (no bottles allowed from the bar, but plastic eh). Dare not put your stuff on the ground cos people kick over their beer and it runs down the steps. Think there was a match on as well. Atmosphere is good but ticket prices now put me… Read more »

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

No doubt inside it is lovely then. I have not been inside for about 20 years, although even then it appeared half finished. But walking beside the river a few weeks ago, outside it looks to be shabby, past its glory days. Those massive towers that hold up the roof are flaking paint and showing rust. Every other entrance looks like a building site, or the rear entrance of a busy restaurant with smelly wheelie bins full of heaven knows what, or scaffolding scattered around.
Still, people voted and who am I to hold a differing view?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

I agree with some of the points brought up here in the comments. However, the stadium is something for every Welsh person to be proud of and the atmosphere is always electric!

6 months ago

Well, it won’t top it ever again now that they play American songs that have no soul or connection to Wales or its people. The WRU are adamant in its attempt to destroy rugby in this country.

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