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Many countries have a national sport stadium, which typically serves as the primary or exclusive home for one or more of a country's national representative sports teams. The term is most often used in reference to an association football stadium. Usually, a national stadium will be in or very near a country's capital city or largest city. It is generally (but not always) the country's largest and most lavish sports venue with a rich history of hosting a major moment in sports (i.e. FIFA World Cup, Olympics, etc.). In many, but not all cases, it is also used by a local team. Many countries, including Spain and the United States, do not have a National Stadium designated as such, instead matches are rotated throughout the country. The lack of a national stadium can be seen as advantageous as designating a single stadium would limit the fan base capable of realistically attending matches as well as the concern of the cost of transportation.

A list of national stadiums follows:

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Australia does not have an official national stadium, yet its two biggest stadiums alternate hosting large events are the following:

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brazil does not have an official national stadium. Large sports events are commonly held in alternate venues.

The biggest (and most well known) stadium in Brazil is Estádio do Maracanã.

Brunei Darussalam

  • Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Stadium (football)

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Prior to confederation into Canada, the Dominion of Newfoundland used King George V Park as its national stadium.

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

People's Republic of China

Colombia

Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

East Timor

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

England

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

The Gambia

Georgia

Germany

  • The German national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country. However, the venue for the German Cup Final is the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Ghana

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

  • Puskás Ferenc Stadium

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Republic of Ireland

Israel

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Japan

Kenya

Kiribati

Republic of Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Kurdistan

Kyrgyzstan

Lesotho

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Macedonia

Malaysia

Malta

Martinique

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Nigeria

Northern Ireland

Norway

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Scotland

Serbia

Singapore

Somalia

Spain

  • The Spanish national football team usually plays at different stadiums throughout the country. However, it uses two stadiums frequently for exhibition and tournament qualification matches: Camp Nou (home ground of F.C. Barcelona) is the biggest stadium in Spain and in Europe, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Real Madrid) has hosted important games like the 1982 FIFA World Cup Final, as well as it is located in its capital.

Sierra Leone

South Africa

The national football, rugby union and cricket teams all play at various venues throughout South Africa. However, these are the de facto national stadiums:

Suriname

Sweden

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tunisia

  • Stade 7 November

Ukraine

United States

  • Like Spain, Brazil, Germany or Italy, the US soccer team has no dedicated stadium or arena. They play at different venues throughout the country for exhibition or tournament purposes. However, 21 games have been held on RFK Stadium in the country's capital, Washington, D.C., more than any other venue in the country, which led to suggestions that RFK Memorial should be their national stadium.[1][2] The women's soccer team also has no dedicated venue.

Uruguay

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wales

Zimbabwe

References

pt:Estádio Nacional

ru:Национальный стадион

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