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From Melbourne to Chicago: 10 of the oldest active stadiums that have inspired athletes and fans for centuries

Beyond physical activity and spectacle, sport has the unique ability to unite people around a common passion. Throughout the centuries, sports arenas have been not just venues for competition but majestic monuments to human perseverance and the pursuit of excellence. Today, we take a look at 10 of the world's oldest active sports stadiums that epitomize the spirit of athletic competition through their grandeur and history.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Opening its doors back in 1854, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the oldest continuously operating sports arena in the world. With a seating capacity of over 100,000 spectators, this grand stadium has witnessed countless historic matches and events in the world of cricket, one of the most popular sports in Australia and the Commonwealth of Nations. The stadium is still in operation, and at times, it has been the scene of some very racy situations.

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, founded in 1875, is considered the cradle of American horse racing and one of the most legendary racetracks on the planet. Located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, this majestic equestrian complex annually hosts one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, the famous Kentucky Derby.


The main arena of the legendary Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Stadium, founded in 1884, is one of the most famous and atmospheric soccer stadiums in the world. Its unique square shape, which gives the arena its unique architectural character, is awe-inspiring for every Reds fan.

Old Trafford

The home stadium of the legendary Manchester United, Old Trafford, built in 1910, is one of the world's premier sports arenas. Throughout its century-long history, this arena has seen many key events in the life of the Red Devils and English soccer in general. In the near future, the arena of one of the most popular soccer teams in the world may be modernized or even rebuilt.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park, opened in 1912, is the oldest operating Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball arena in the United States. The stadium, home of the legendary Boston Red Sox, is known for its unique 11.3-meter-high left-field wall, nicknamed the 'Green Monster'.

Wrigley Field

The second oldest Major League Baseball arena after Fenway Park, Wrigley Field in Chicago, opened in 1914. One of the main visual attractions of this stadium, aside from the game itself, is the stunning views of Chicago's skyscrapers from the stands.


An iconic arena for professional tennis, the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon was founded in 1922. This grand tennis complex hosts public tournaments just two weeks a year during the legendary Wimbledon Tournament. Millions of fans download 1xbet app or register with other famous bookmakers in order to bet on the games of this tennis tournament.

San Siro

The San Siro stadium in Milan opened in 1925, is the home arena for two iconic Italian soccer clubs, AC Milan and Inter. This grand stadium, named after the city's neighbourhood of the same name, seats over 80,000 spectators. Before the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, San Siro underwent a major renovation, which resulted in its current modern and technologically advanced appearance.

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Bryant-Denny Stadium opened in 1929, is the home arena for the legendary University of Alabama Crimson Tide soccer team. This field has seen over 200 Crimson Tide home victories, making it one of the most successful stadiums in the history of college American soccer.

Notre Dame Stadium

Opened in 1930, Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend is one of the most recognizable and iconic structures in the world of college American soccer. Its enormous bowl framing the playing field seats more than 80,000 spectators and is considered a true shrine to many NCAA legends.

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