A new report has listed the top football stadiums in Europe, with St James Park making the list.

It is all very subjective as to what makes a great football stadium but always nice to get recognition whatever the criteria.

At the very top is Europe’s best supported club, Borussia Dortmund.

Their Signal Iduna Park looks absolutely brilliant when Dortmund are at home in the Bundesliga, with tens of thousands of fans in safe standing areas helping to make a top class atmosphere.

St James Park makes it into position number 22 in this top 30 list compiled by Talksport.

The report talks about the development of St James Park in the modern day but one thing they don’t include, is the superb city centre location, one of the reasons why it is so popular with away fans.

I make it that I have watched Newcastle United play in competitive matches at 15 of the 30 stadiums listed – At Chelsea, Monaco, Benfica, Feyenoord, West Ham, St James Park, Everton, Arsenal, Juventus, Principality Stadium (FA Cup semi v Man Utd), Man Utd, Liverpool, Marseille, Barcelona, Inter Milan (I have also been to a number of the others for NUFC friendlies)

The Talksport write-up on St James Park:

‘Newcastle United’s home ground changed almost beyond recognition between 1993 and 2000.

‘Going from a ground with ageing terraces and a capacity just above 30,000, to a modern 52,000-all seater stadium.

‘That development was extremely lop-sided, with the Main Stand and Leazes End towering above the Gallowgate End and, particularly, the East Stand, behind which stands a row of Georgian terraced houses that restrict any expansion to the stadium on that side.’

The top 30 football stadiums in Europe (in descending order) selected by Talksport:

Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund)

San Siro (Inter/AC Milan)

Wembley (England)

Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid)

Camp Nou (Barcelona)

Stade Velodrome (Marseille)

Anfield (Liverpool)

Mestalla (Valencia)

Ibrox (Rangers)

Old Trafford (Man Utd)

Rhein Energie Stadion (Cologne)

Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich)

Principality Stadium (Wales)

Allianz Stadium (Juventus)

Celtic Park (Celtic)

Veltins-Arena (Schalke)

The Emirates (Arsenal)

Olympiastadion (Herthan Berlin)

Goodison Park (Everton)

Sukru Saracoglu (Fenerbahce)

Groupama Stadium (Lyon)

St James Park (Newcastle United)

Parken (FC Copehagen)

London Stadium (West Ham)

Stadion Feijenoord (Feyenoord)

Estadio da Luz (Benfica)

Friends Arena (Allsvenskan club AIK)

Stade Louis II (Monaco)

Luzhniki Stadium (Has been used by CKSA Moscow, Torpedo Moscow and Spartak Moscow)

Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)

  • Leazes.

    Cant believe they have ibrox above Celtic Park……

    Did you know ‘Santiago’ means ‘St James’ in Spanish?

    You can tell there’s an International break.

    • Billmag

      Your knowledge is astonishing. Is there an international break ?

  • whitleylad

    Goodison Park above St James’. Seriously?

    • Peaky

      Unreal isn’t it….bloody awful ground with bloody awful mackem loving supporters….hate Everton with a passion…

      • Billmag


    • Billmag

      It was a hovel in 1974 and it hasn’t improved since. Unbelievable.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Porter will post soon – stadium of shyte fails to make top 30.

    Bet Moscow has been banned from half of these. He will add Loughborough to this list on Saturday lol

    • Peaky

      😂😂 I bet Donal Macintyre has been following him for years undercover…..Danny Dyer will be playing him in an upcoming film….”Football Factory In A Lift…..He Bought Me A Pint”…..

    • Toon

      Followed by “Must read, classic comments as Sunderland don’t make top 30 stadium list” he is that thick he is probably redrafting the title now if he sees this.

    • killymag

      probably for stealing sweets off kids

  • Themoscow72

    There is only one good stadium in the world and that is ours. Within a mile there are hundred bars and bus, metro and train links. No other stadium can get near ours that is for sure. Been to that one in Moscow 72 of us and it was freezing but did have a bar outside the stadium serving draft.

  • Rich Lawson

    I expect shortly we will have the usual arguments about expanding the ground/moving it.As a kid/teen I used to enjoy standing in the Leazes to watch the match and rmbr crowds of of 60,000+. I’ve sat in the back row of the Milburn and the top tier at Old Trafford and the view/atmosphere is s##t, but you still get charged an extortionate amount of money for your trouble. It’s an important part of the city where it is and 52,000 is enough,any higher and people are just remote from what is happening on the pitch and just an act of greed.

    • Leazes.

      The capacity is fine….for a failing club in an isolated conurbation with no competition.

      You have just given a reason why United don’t need to have ambition….if you can fill it with socio group E,F and G fans then you don’t need to attract A,B,C or D….

      ….It was a problem when it was built wasn’t it…. a problem for the future that they fixed by downsizing the club.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’m more concerned with the incessant greed to cram more paying customers in for ”demand”. In a regional or even national theatre you often receive a reduced price for seats with a ”restricted” view.

        • Leazes.

          Ah you want to save people money….. I was thinking more in terms of making the thing work to compete.

          We should have a stadium as good as the Principality in Cardiff but we’ve been left behind by a few clubs now.

          • Rich Lawson

            Honestly yes,the price of a match for a possible 90+ mins of misery compared to a band etc defies belief. I do believe that Prem money and sponsorship cash should be used to reduce the price for folks who actually turn up in all weathers thru thick n thin. Give those (most of) 50,000 a break. I would refer you to the match day prices for Bayern Munich and Barcelona who are both managing to keep their heads above water ?

          • Leazes.

            That’s another way to keep the gates down to 52,000….serve up miserable football, but you have to remember that for over half the crowd the misery of a two hours torture scene is only part of the matchday experience.

          • Rich Lawson

            But we are both old enough to know it can actually be a better day out, and I appreciate the cost of living rises but I would like to not be consistently battered by a profit making company for my support,which sadly unlike my energy provider I am unable to change on a regular basis.

          • East Durham Mag

            A bizarre mass self flagellation?

          • Leazes.

            52k is the max

  • Kenny

    Best stadium i`ve been in, Camp Nou.

  • Martin Rooney

    Which numpty wrote this, Shalke Cardiff arms park Ibrox, goodish*t, Berlin Olympic stadium, above St James’ Park, writers a southerner for sure. Celtic should be much further up the list as well. So guessing a Chelsea fan.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      The Principality Stadium is not Cardiff Arms Park and holds 74,500.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    We should have come up with a solution years ago concerning a new stadium but let some old bint bully us out of it.
    St James’ Park now stands as a lopsided monument to the greed and short-termism of Shepherd and the Halls.
    It is an emotive subject where fans will be up in arms if you suggest moving from it’s current location but unfortunately that is the way football has gone.
    We are now being left behind so it is something to think about for those who will follow “The Calorie Challenged One”, Because nothing will ever change with him in control.

  • DeadToiler

    Another pointless article

  • graham18

    tried the best owner survey? We’d be bottom-FCB out