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Football clubs that don’t own their stadium 2024

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Stadiums are an important asset for every club, but unfortunately, not every club has the luxury of owning one they could call their own. 

 

One of the reasons some teams do not have their own Stadium is due to financial constraints, location, etc. That said, many teams in Europe and the outside world have their Stadium, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, etc.

 

We’ve brought to you some of the famous teams that don’t own their stadiums

 

1. Manchester City (Etihad stadium)

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Man City plays its home games at the City of Manchester Stadium. The EPL giants moved to the ground in 2003.

 

The City of Manchester Stadium has a capacity of 53,400 seats and can be expanded to 60,000 to accommodate other activities like music concerts and small events. The Manchester City Council owns the ground.

 

The Cityzens have succeeded in the Premier League since the takeover by City Football Group. The Emirate company has brought significant changes to the club, including facilities at the stadium.

Read: List of teams owned by City Football Group 

 

2. Chelsea (Stamford bridge)

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Chelsea is one of the most popular teams globally. But interestingly, they do not own the iconic Stamford bridge. Instead, it is owned by Chelsea Pitch Owners, a non-profit organization tasked with the upkeep and maintenance of the stadium.

 

Stamford Bridge has a seating capacity of 40,341 seats and has been the home group of the Blues since 1905. It is currently ranked as the ninth-largest venue in the Premier League.

 

Chelsea football club is one of the most successful teams in English football. The club has won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

 

3. Newcastle United (St James’s Park)

 

Newcastle City Council owns the Famous St James’s Park in Newcastle upon Tyne. It has a seating capacity of 52,305 seats and has been home to Newcastle United since 1892.

 

It comes as a surprise the iconic venue known for its atmosphere isn’t owned by the Magpies.

 

4. Nottingham Forest (City Ground)

The City Ground is a 30,445-stadium in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, established in 1898.

 

 

It serves as the home ground for Premier League side Nottingham Forest. The club has been operating on the ground since 1898. But it is owned by the Nottingham City Council.

 

By and large, Nottingham Forest has carried out a series of changes, including the reconstruction and replacement of facilities at the stadium.

 

5. Hertha Berlin (Olympiastadion)

 

Olympiastadion is a multi-sports stadium at Olympiapark Berlin, in Berlin. It was originally built to host the 1936 Summer Olympics having a capacity of 74,475 seats.

 

It has been the home ground for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin since 1988. However, the club was a tenant between 1963 and 1986. The stadium is owned by the Government of Berlin but controlled by Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH.

 

6. West Ham United (London stadium)

London Olympic Stadium West Ham

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West Ham United is one of the most famous teams in the Premier League without a Stadium. The club used to play its home games at Boleyn Ground before it was demolished to give room for new development.

The Hammers moved to the London stadium in 2016 and have adopted it for its home games ever since.

 

London Stadium is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium in the Stratford district of London. It was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a seating capacity of 62,500 that can be expanded to 80,000 for concerts.

 

The London Stadium is owned by E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Newham Legacy Investments.

 

7. Flamengo (Maracanã)

 

Flamengo, surprisingly, is one of the biggest teams globally without a stadium of their own. The Scarlet Blacks have played their home matches at the Maracana since its completion in 1950.

 

The Maracana is a 78,838-seater football stadium located in Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the most iconic grounds globally and hosted two FIFA World Cups and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Despite Flamengo and Fluminense’s occupation of the ground, it is owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government and controlled by Complexo Maracanã Entretenimento.

 

8. Kaizer Chiefs (FNB Stadium)

 

Kaizer Chiefs is one of the biggest and most successful soccer teams in South Africa. The club plays its home games at the First National Bank Stadium (FNB) along with the South African Men’s Football team and the Rugby Union team (Springboks).

 

FNB, also known as soccer city, is a 94,736-seater stadium in Johannesburg. Stadium Management South Africa owns it.

 

9. PSG (Parc des Princes)

 

Le Parc des Princes is an all-seater stadium located in Paris. It has a capacity of 47,929 seats and is owned by the Council of Paris.

 

The ground was established in 1972 and has been the home ground for Paris Saint-Germain since 1974.

Read: Football (soccer) teams that share their stadium 

 

10. Club Brugge (Jan Breydel)

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Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge are the two occupants of Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges. It has a seating capacity of 29,062 and is owned by the Bruges city council.

 

Club Brugge is one of the most successful teams in Belgium. The club has adopted the ground for its home matches.

 

11. AS Roma and Lazio (Stadio Olimpico)

AS Roma and Lazio play home games at the 70,000 spectators’ Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Italian National Olympic Committee owns the stadium.

 

12. AC Milan and Inter Milan – San Siro

 

Milan and Inter are two of the biggest teams globally without their stadium. The two sides play at the San Siro, owned by the Municipality of Milan.

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