The Top 10 Best Rugby Stadiums in the World | Venatour Travel Guide
Something that makes rugby such a unique spectator sport is the stadiums. Despite the on-field aggression, supporters can happily sit next to opposing fans and enjoy the game whilst soaking up the unique atmosphere. In this handy guide, we have compiled the Top 10 Best Rugby Stadiums in the World – many of which we are looking forward to touring soon!
10: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles
A surprising entrant to kick-start our list, LA’s principal stadium is set to host the USA Sevens 2020 as the event shifts from Vegas to California. This 27,000 seater stadium is home to the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL, as well as hosting the famous soccer club LA Galaxy whose former stars have included David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Rugby sevens events are always a weekend to remember with the carvinal of rugby bringing the party atmosphere to town. Just a short drive from the beach and famous LA sights including Hollywood and Santa Monica, Dignity Health Sports Park is sure to be a superb host of USA Sevens 2020.
Venatour’s packages include four nights in an LA hotel, return flights from Heathrow to LAX, guaranteed match tickets, and a whole host of bonuses to ensure that you have the perfect sporting experience.
9: Kingsholm, Gloucester
One of the most legendary and feared rugby stadiums around, Kingsholm is a fortress for Danny Cipriani’s Gloucester side as they look to once again challenge for the Premiership title.
Full of history, the infamous Shed boasts some of the most passionate supporters who create an intimidating atmosphere for opposition wingers.
Always packed to its 6,000 capacity on match days, the all-standing stronghold is referred to as Gloucester’s “16th man”. A trip to The Shed is surely a bucket list experience for all rugby fans.
8: Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand
Perhaps an unorthodox entrant in our list of the best rugby stadiums in the world, Clermont’s home ground is always rammed to its 20,000 capacity with rugby-mad local fans.
If given a home fixture in Europe, never bet against Clermont, with their yellow wall often powering them to an emphatic victory.
7: Stade de France, Paris
The first of the international grounds on our list of the best stadiums in world rugby, the atmosphere in Stade de France mirrors their national team: boisterous and joyful when on the front foot, but quiet and frail when behind.
With many tipping France as an outside favourite for the 2020 Six Nations, Venatour will hop across the channel in the Spring as England do battle against the French in Le Crunch.
6: Twickenham, London
For what England’s HQ lacks in atmosphere, it certainly makes up for it in occasion.
At 82,000 it is the biggest rugby stadium in the Northern Hemisphere, having witnessed a record 13 Six Nations Grand Slams for their home side.
5: Eden Park, Auckland
Home to the greatest rugby team on the planet, the All Blacks have not lost in Auckland for a quarter of a century.
Boasting the unique achievement of hosting two Rugby World Cup finals, we visited this 50,000 seater-stadium in 2017 as the Lions earned a series draw against New Zealand.
Venatour were at Eden Park for the 2017 British and Irish Lions series
4: Newlands, Cape Town
First opened in 1890, Newlands is the oldest stadium on our list and remains stooped in history as the venue where Jonah Lomu ran riot against England in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, scoring four tries in the process.
A stone’s throw from Table Mountain, this Cape Town cauldron is sure to ignite when the Lions come to town and we’ll be there to see it happen. Why not join us and register your interest today?
3: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Stuart Hogg et al are renowned for their inconsistency on the road, but who wouldn’t be with a home like Murrayfield?!
When England journey North of the border, this stadium reaches fever pitch, with its 67,130 capacity going wild for a sporting occasion to savour.
Can Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for the third year in a row? Find out by joining Venatour at Murrayfield for Scotland v England in the Six Nations 2020 (limited spaces left).
2: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
With its famous retractable roof closed, Wales’s Principality Stadium creates a cacophony of Cymru-enthused cheer.
Home of the most rugby-mad nation in the world, Wales have a true fortress in the centre of Cardiff that has helped to seal Six Nations Grand Slam titles in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2019.
1: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Nestled right in the heart of Gauteng Province, one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the world, Ellis Park takes Venatour’s top spot.
All Blacks legend Justin Marshall said of the 62,567 stadium: “Even the drive to Ellis Park on the bus is daunting, where often supporters push the bus, and certainly make it very clear you’re in enemy territory.
“On the field it’s an atmosphere like no other – hostile and very passionate. No coincidence that the Springboks play better there than at any ground in the country. They’re different beasts when they run on to Ellis Park. Something in them stirs.”
In 2021, Venatour will be sure to give as good as we get in this iconic arena. You can join us in Johannesburg and for the rest of our Lions tour by registering your interest today.