Top Sporting Venues in the UK

On Saturday the 16th of August The 2014/15 Football League season kicks off again which gets the Express Displays men in the office excited over who will be top of the league and the rivalry between colleagues very visible on Monday mornings after the weekend’s fixtures. Here’s our top sporting venues in the UK.

1. Wembley Stadium London. We couldn’t start our list of top sporting venues without giving the top spot to Wembley. Originally built in 1923 the stadium was to become the home of English Football and the iconic twin towers of the stadium became a symbol of British Football. However it’s not just a home for Football, sporting events like the Olympics, Greyhound racing, Speedway, Hockey, American wrestling and even Evel Knievel have graced Wembley stadium over the years. However in October 2000 the last Football match was held at the traditional stadium, a game between England and Germany and the stadium was shut down to go through an expensive rebuild. The new stadium opened its turnstiles in 2007 and became the home to more sporting events and with its new removable roof a brilliant venue for events including many music festivals and is now also an iconic gig venue for comedy and music.

2. Wimbledon. When you think of Wimbledon you instantly think of tennis, strawberries and sunshine but the club that started in 1868 isn’t the stadium we are listing here, instead it’s the lesser known Wimbledon Stadium that hosts greyhound dog racing in the capital city. It might be a lesser known stadium but with a restaurant and lots of evening entertainment it’s a great place for a slightly different night out in London.

3. The Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales. Opened in June 1999 the Millennium Stadium is the home to the Welsh national rugby union team but isn’t just the home of rugby. With many events held in the stadium these include boxing, motorsport and a host of live music gigs.

4. Aintree. Although not quite a stadium the racecourse at Aintree is famous for hosting the biggest horse race of the year, The Grand National, started all the way back in 1839. The racecourse at Aintree isn’t the biggest racecourse in the UK and doesn’t hold as many horse races as some of the other courses like Sandown Park and Newmarket but this Liverpool facility is one of our favourites as it has a massive selection of exhibition space for when the horses aren’t racing.

5. The Olympic Stadium Stratford. Opened in 2011 ready for the UK hosting of the 2012 Olympics. The site also known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will soon be put into the hands of West Ham United Football club and become their new home in London. Until the stadium is handed over to the West Ham football team the venue is hosting a wide range of events from hockey and basketball tournaments to picnics and party events for the whole family.

Through choosing our favourite sporting stadiums in the UK it becomes clear that many venues are multi use arenas with sport at the forefront but closely followed with all year round attractions from exhibitions to live music gigs. What’s your favourite venue in the UK? Have we missed one off our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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