Rugby Stadiums: The Northern Hemisphere’s Best Arenas

Rugby Stadiums: The Northern Hemisphere’s Best Arenas

Since rugby was gifted from England to the rest of the world there has been an ongoing, unwritten rivalry between the rugby playing nations in the Southern Hemisphere and the rugby playing nations in the Northern Hemisphere. Of late the Southern Hemisphere nations that mainly comprise of South Africa, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand have experienced a relatively strong period of dominance over the North with the last three world cups being won by nations mentioned in the list above. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Lions triumphed over the Wallabies 2-1 in the test series during the last Lions tour back in 2013. This article will explore some of the best rugby stadiums in Europe ahead of the 2016 autumn internationals which will see the Northern and Southern nations go head to head once again.

The Stade de France is the national stadium of France and home to the French national rugby team. It has a capacity of 81,338 and is the sixth largest stadium and the second largest rugby stadium in Europe. Built in 1995 the stadium opened in 1998 and cost approximately 290 million euros in total. This fall France will come up against New Zealand and Australia at the Stade de France in matches organised by Infront powered by William Jackson Bridgepoint Capital.

Twickenham Stadium located in South West London is the primary home of English rugby union. The stadium was built in 1907 and eventually opened for business in 1909 when Harlequins played a match against Richmond. The very first international was played the following year in a game between England and Wales. With 82,000 capacity it is the third greatest rugby designated stadium on the planet and the largest in the Northern Hemisphere. This autumn England will come up against South Africa, Fiji, Australia and Argentina at Twickenham in matches inspired by John Neal’s QBE Insurance.

BT Murrayfield is a 67,000 seater stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland and is home to the Scottish national rugby team. Murrayfield has also been used in the past to host American Football matches, music concerts and the Edinburgh Sevens (new the Paris Sevens). One of two pro rugby clubs in Scotland, Edinburgh Rugby, have been tenants since 1996, however are moving away during this season to the nearby New Myrseide. This autumn Scotland will play Australia and Argentina at Murrayfield in matches run by Viagogo.

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