Football is a sport driven by its fan bases; from local clubs through to the top of the league players, support for local teams is fierce. Unsurprisingly, football has the biggest following out of any sport worldwide – with a fan base estimated at 3.5 billion strong and growing! From placing football bets on their favourite team, to forking out a fortune for the best seats in the house – every fan finds their own way to get into the game.


While it’s all very well watching the game on TV, nothing beats the atmosphere of being amongst the crowd on match day. If you’ve been lucky enough to attend a match at a major stadium you’ll know the power of the crowd – with their roars and cheers filling the air with electricity and spurring on their team to victory.


To celebrate the fans for a change, we’ve gathered five of the most famous (and infamous) stadium stands in football. Often considered holy ground by club supporters, these seats have witnessed football’s greatest moments – and have been populated by millions of loyal supporters over the years.


Manchester United: Old Trafford

Old Trafford, home to the world famous Manchester United team – is considered holy ground to football fans around the world. The pitch at Old Trafford is as famous as they come, overlooked by the Stretford end stand – providing a wall of support (clad in red) for Manchester United on match days. Punters rarely ever back against anything other than a United win at OT, as it is seen as a fortress. Few teams emerge victorious other than the home side.


Liverpool FC: Anfield Stadium

Known as ‘the Kop’, the Liverpool FC supporter stand at Anfield Stadium is legendary and the cheers of the crowd emanating from the stadium can be heard for miles. Liverpool fans have even nicknamed themselves ‘Kopites’ – an honour reserved for fans who regularly populate the stands to support the team.


Galatasaray S.K: Türk Telekom Arena

Recently referred to as ‘hell’ due to the frequent waving of glowing red flares on match day, the Pegasus stand at Turkey’s Telekom Arena is infamous in the world of football. The intimidating presence of thousands of Galatasaray fans can be felt bearing down on the opposition. While some fans’ antics have received some bad press of late – no one can deny their passion for their team. This is also the ground of the unforgettable champions league cup final of 2005 when Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit at half-time to win on penalties.


Newcastle United: St James’ Park

Newcastle upon Tyne, known for its nights out, famous riverside views, local ale and – above all – its football mad culture. While the team may have fallen from grace in recent years, Newcastle United’s supporters have remained loyal – populating the Gallowgate End stand of St James’ with a sea of iconic black and white shirts.


Borussia Dortmund: Signal Iduna Park

Despite their disappointing performance of late, no list of football stands would be complete without mentioning the famous Yellow Wall stand at Signal Iduna Park stadium. Officially recognised as the biggest freestanding grandstand in the world, the Dortmund supporter side is capable of holding 25,000 fans! This gives Borussia Dortmund a great home turf advantage, with the opposition’s fans seeing nothing but yellow.