Top 5 Rugby Stadiums in the World

One of the things that makes rugby such a truly great all inclusive sport is that despite its fans partisan views, they are still able to hold a well balanced, intellectual debate on any topic in the game even after the tenth pint on a cold November evening (we hope). And as much as teams and players are at the centre of almost every debate, fans can also be fiercely loyal  and equally damming of their teams stadium.

As such we are going to take a look at what we perceive to be the best 5 stadiums in which to witness a game of rugby. Do however feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below and if they get enough support we will look to include them in the post.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top 5…

The Millennium Stadium

Millenium_Stadium_733429aLocation – Cardiff, Wales

Capacity – 74,500

The Millennium Stadium has become one of the most popular stadiums in world rugby with both fans and players due to it’s central location in Cardiff. Fans can quite literally crawl their way from the bar into the stadium in a matter of minutes. And once inside the steep angle of the stands create and incredible atmosphere that is amplified even further when the roof is closed. The local banter isn’t too bad either

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Suncorp Stadium

suncorp stadiumLocation – Brisbane, Australia

Capacity – 52,500

Not the biggest stadium by a long shot but Suncorp’s great sight lines and facilities make it a great standard bearer for modern stadia. Another stadium that has great access and is surrounded by bars making the pre-match atmosphere almost as electric as during the game.

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Newlands

newlands stadium

Location – Cape Town, South Africa

Capacity – 51,900

Whilst Newlands may not be able to boast the kind of facilities on offer at the likes of the Millennium and Suncorp, the atmosphere is unbelievable. A stadium that can often see as many visiting fans as home supporters is always going to create a fantastic atmosphere and the backdrop of Table Mountain make for a truly spectacular experience in Cape Town.

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Parc des Princes

parc des princes

Location – Paris, France

Capacity – 48,712

Another stadium that is maybe lacking somewhat in the modern facilities expected in international stadia these days but another ground that more than makes up for it in atmosphere. When the fans get going you can quite literally feel the stadium rocking underfoot, the fact that it is so well located only adds to the experience.

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Eden Park

eden park

Location – Auckland, New Zealand

Capacity – 50,000

Whilst maybe not the best stadium in terms of facilities, Eden Park is the home of the All Blacks and as such the atmosphere created by the fans on game days more than compensates for any of the stadiums failings. The fact that the stadium is now 100 years old means it is packed full of history and still remains the only ground to have hosted two World Cup finals.

*Edit – Thomond Park added by popular demand

Thomond Park

Thomond Park

Location – Limerick, Ireland

Capacity – 26,500

As you can probably tell from the comments section below, there has been an overwhelming demand to add Thomond Park to the list so here we are. The passion and support shown by the home fans here has seen Munster secure many a famous victory. During the stadiums redevelopment they kept the terracing at Thomond helping to retain the stadiums famous atmosphere.

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  1. whoever created this list has never been to Thomond Park on big game day

  2. Thomond Park needs to be on the list, as does Twickenham!

  3. About time you put thomond park stadium on the list and I’m state side

  4. Need a pic of thomond park as well please

  5. TP definitely deserved to be included but Parc des Princes??? It has only played host to one rugby match in 15 years. Surely Toulouse or Clermonts home grounds are more deserving than the home of PSG!

  6. Looks likes thomond park is #1
    Looks likes Munster rugby is #1
    Looks likes Munster supporters are#1

  7. Thomond Park the best rugby ground in the world to be in when the give full silence for kickers during all games. Its amazing to be able to hear a pin drop its so silent. We love it, we respect it as does any team who ever comes to play there. Where else would you get such respect like that!!!!

  8. Thomond park is know world wide.

  9. Thomond park …just ask any visiting team and their supporters..just awsome

  10. Thomaond Park unbelievable atmosphere on Heineken Cup Days!

  11. there’s nothing like Thomond Park on Heineken Cup day!

  12. Thomond pk best place ever to watch rugby

  13. No other stadium matches thomond you can’t buy passion like it pure tribal

    • I still think Wales v England at the millennium stadium with the roof shut is the best. No other stadium like it for atmosphere and rugby passion.

  14. Munster v the all blacks think in 2007 was the best atmosphere for a match ever! Munster all black players even performed the haka the place went banannas

  15. Now that Thomond Park is there, I can’t be Stade Marcel Michelin isn’t. That atmosphere for the semi final this year came out of the tv. Was incredible.

    Dont think Newlands or Parc de Prince should be there.

    The Kings have a better atmosphere than Newlands

  16. When will the winner be announced??? Looks like Thomond Park has run away with the competition.

  17. So, how actually do I vote. Thomond obviously.

  18. Have been to Newlands numerous times, nice view,crowd is hostile towards opposition and no drinking in the stands. The atmosphere will never, ever beat Thomond Park, not to mention the warm welcome munster supporters give to opposition teams!

  19. Having been to famous wins and losses at Thomond, involving Munster v all sorts of top sides, International, Provincial, Club and schools I have to say it is absolutely unique. I have won and lost Cup Finals there, seen the Boks, Wallabies, the Blix, Argentina, Canada, and a host of European great come and go, usually chastened to some degree, and I never tire of it. The big local derbies, the battles with the other Provinces – the list just goes on and on. Millenium holds a special place in my heart too.

  20. Thomond Park is a Rugby mecca. Limerick’s finest lady.
    Ireland’s finest sporting heritage. The famous history speaks for itself…and I’m from Wales, we live and breath the stuff!

  21. Just watch this link- http://youtu.be/D8hzfrTPo6E -and tell me Thomond Park is,nt the best stadium in the world,watch the respect they have for the all blacks Haka total class…

  22. well i can safely say that thomond park is way ahead cause nobody else could be arsed voting for the rest of them, but thomond park is magical on match days!!

  23. Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin hands down and that’s coming from an Irish man so no bias towards Clermont

  24. Victor Edward Long

    Thomond is an atrocious stadium full of inbred hicks and has been rugby players.

    • Atrocious in what way, Victor? the “inbred hicks and rugby has beens” will be glad to not see you at another game, so it’s win, win.

      • Victor Edward Long

        Sure the munster fans don’t even go there anymore. Place was sold out everytime when they were winning the Heineken but once they started loosing they don’t even open the terraces anymore as the fairweather fans won’t go. It’s a massive shame.

  25. Eden Park is not an amazing stadium at all. Dubedins new stadium is better.

    • Forsyth might be more advanced, but the history, atmosphere and prestige of Eden Park makes it the top in NZ!

      *I think anyway

  26. where’s twickenham? 😛

  27. newlands is an old shithole that lacks atmosphere to be honest. I’m a stormers fan who goes there regularly and I believe it should be knocked down as soon as possible so we can move to the cape town stadium.

  28. Technically Croke Park is the largest rugby stadium in the world. It’s had international games and will have more if we get the world cup. So, in all things rugby, it’s Ireland hahaha.

  29. What about Kingsholm In Gloucester? The Shed is widely recognised, especially by visiting players as a seriously intimidating place

  30. Suncorp or whatever it calls itself depending upon sponsors is not that great a stadium. The best stadiums are without a doubt in the UK

  31. What about Ellis Park?

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