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)
Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid)
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Stade Velodrome (Marseille)
Old Trafford (Man Utd)
Rhein Energie Stadion (Cologne)
Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich)
Principality Stadium (Wales)
Allianz Stadium (Juventus)
Celtic Park (Celtic)
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)