Although for many Mexicans and foreigners the Aztec stadium is the most emblematic football, which housed two World Cup finals: 1970 and 1986, and exalted Pelé and Maradona, respectively, is currently not one of the most modern and functional.
For this reason the “Colossus of Santa Úrsula” did not appear in the first places of the study carried out by the page Compate.bet, on the Best 15 stadiums in the world.
To the surprise of many, the home of Club América and Cruz Azul received 40 points, which gave it the opportunity to place itself in the Top 10.
The study took into account aspects such as property capacity, average match attendance, reviews, fan tour costs, accessibility, global search volume, and social media hashtags.
1986 file image of Argentine player Diego Armando Maradona with the World Cup after defeating the Argentine team against Germany by three goals to two, in the final played at the Azteca stadium in the Mexican capital.
With 40 points in total, there is the largest stadium in Mexico, the Azteca Stadium, a multipurpose venue that hosts the matches of the national team. Despite its size, the Azteca Stadium has the lowest average attendance of any stadium in the top 15, with only 41,527 visitors despite its capacity of 87,523, almost half!
“The stadium doesn’t get much interest online either, with just 32,000 searches per month worldwide. However, the stadium earns points due to the fact that it offers one of the cheapest tourist prices (200 pesos) and has a capacity of 87,523 in total, the fourth highest of the top 15, ”the review read.
In addition to the Azteca and the Maracana, “La Bombonera” from Buenos Aires was the other property on the American continent to appear on this list, which is led by the Camp Nou from Barcelona.
This is how the list was:
1 Camp Nou (Barcelona)
2 Old Trafford (Manchester United)
3 Wembley (England national team)
4 Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich)
5 Anfield (Liverpool)
6 Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund)
7 San Siro (Milan and Inter Milan)
8 Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid)
9 Maracana (Flamengo and Fluminense)
10 Aztec stadium (America and Cruz Azul)
11 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham)
12 The Bombonera (Boca Juniors)
13 Soccer City (South Africa team)
14 Celtic Park (Celtic)
15 Wanda Metropolitano (Atlético de Madrid)
The fall of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to eighth position with 52 points stands out, a stadium that is currently in the process of being remodeled and that could go up several steps once finished.
But despite the 54 years of the Azteca stadium, it is also in the process of remodeling with a view to the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in Mexico, United States and Canada; although the American Union will be the one that will host more parties.
Last october One of Luisa, president of the Mexican Soccer Federation (FemexFut), informed that these works will be carried out in 2023 and 2024, although several have already been made.
He explained that these renovations will include VIP and box areas, as well as dressing rooms:
Fortunately, these different remodeling plans have been working with the people of FIFA. We can see that the stadium changed its entire structure of lights, surely there will be remodeling changes in all VIP areas, all sections of boxes and other dressing room issues
“Let’s remember that the dressing rooms at the Azteca Stadium are underground and construction is not easy at all, but the people at the stadium already have an improvement plan for the dressing rooms. We are going to establish the big changes between 2023 and 2024”, he concluded.
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