The Camp Nou. Anfield. The Den. The Dell.
Legendary football stadiums whose names speak volumes of the home club, its history and culture. A name that can strike awe in the hearts of visiting supporters. Or, in the case of Millwall, pure fear.
These days football grounds are lumbered with instantly forgettable corporate names. The iPro Stadium. Bargain Booze Stadium (sadly, its name has now been changed).
No history, no endurance, no style.
So before every stadium falls prey to a .com naming rights deal, here are some of football’s best-named homes.
Gigante de Arroyito (The Giant of Little Creek), home to Rosario Central (Argentina) and officially named Estadio Lisandro de la Torre.
El Cementerio de los Elefantes (The Elephant Cemetery), home to Colón de Santa Fé (Argentina) officially named Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez.
El Nuevo Gasómetro (The New Gasometer), home to San Lorenzo (Argentina), official name Estadio Pedro Bidegain.
La Olla (The Pot) home to Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) official name General Pablo Rojas.
Defensores del Chaco (Defenders of Chaco) home to Olimpia (Paraguay) official name Defensores del Chaco.
La Bombonera (Candy box) home to Boca Juniors (Argentina), official name Estadio Alberto J. Armando.
And just about every country in South America has a stadium called El Monumental.
Candlestick Park in San Fransisco (USA) has hosted some soccer games. Such as Club América vs Real Madrid.
iPro Stadium – Derby County FC
Bargain Booze Stadium – Wincham Park, home of Witton Albion.