The 45 Best Stadiums From Europe's Lower Divisions

The stadiums from the top leagues in Europe get the most attention, but here are some cool stadiums that you may not know about from the lower divisions.

Stadiums are part of a club's identity. They are the embodiment of the history, past and present of any club, contribute to the atmosphere of a match and add an aesthetic value to to the game. 

The stadiums of top level teams are usually the most developed and have the highest capacity. They also get the most love. Stadiums like Old Trafford, the Santiago Bernabeu and the San Siro are world renowned, because some of the best teams play there. 

But there are plenty of stadiums in the lower leagues that people don’t notice. While they may not be the most famous, these stadiums definitely have an aesthetic charm for bigger or smaller teams in the lower leagues.  Here are some of the best stadiums from the lower divisions of European football.

Best Stadiums of Lower League European Football 

England

1. Villa Park - Capacity: 42, 785

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Location: Birmingham

Club: Aston Villa

League: EFL Championship

2. Pride Park - Capacity: 33,597

Location: Derby

Club: Derby County

League: EFL Championship

3. Elland Road - Capacity: 37,900

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Location: Leeds

Club: Leeds United

League: EFL Championship

4. Bramall Lane - Capacity: 32,702

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Location: Sheffield

Club: Sheffield United

League: EFL Championship

5. Hillsborough - Capacity: 32,732

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Location: Sheffield

Club: Sheffield Wednesday

League: EFL Championship

6. Bet365 Stadium - Capacity: 30,089

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Location: Stoke-On-Trent

Club: Stoke City

League: EFL Championship

7. Oakwell - Capacity: 23,009

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Location: Barnsley

Club: Barnsley FC

League: EFL League One

8. The Valley - Capacity: 27,111

Location: London

Club: Charlton Athletic

League: EFL League One

9. Ricoh Arena - Capacity: 32,500

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Location: Coventry

Club: Coventry City

League: EFL League One

10. Fratton Park - Capacity: 21,100

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Location: Portsmouth

Club: Portsmouth FC

League: EFL League One

11. Stadium of Light - Capacity: 48,707

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Location: Sunderland

Club: Sunderland AFC

League: EFL League One

France

12. Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps - Capacity: 21,379

Location: Auxerre

Club: A.J Auxerre

League: Ligue 2

13. Stade Océane - Capacity: 25,000

Location: Le Havre

Club: Le Havre AC

League: Ligue 2

14. Stade Bollaert-Delelis - Capacity: 38,223

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Location: Lens

Club: RCL Lens

League: Ligue 2

15. Stade Marcel Picot - Capacity: 20,087

Location: Tomblaine

Club: AS Nancy-Lorraine

League: Ligue 2

16. Stade Charléty - Capacity: 20,000

Location: Paris

Club: Paris FC

League: Ligue 2

17. Stade Auguste Delaune - 21,684

Location: Reims

Club: Stade de Reims

League: Ligue 2

18. Stade du Hainaut - Capacity: 25,172

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Location: Valenciennes

Club: Valenciennes FC

League: Ligue 2

19. Stade des Alpes - Capacity: 20,068

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Location: Grenoble 

Club: Grenoble Foot 38

League: Championnat National

20. Stade du Hameau - Capacity: 18,000

Location: Pau

Club: Pau FC

League: Championnat National

21. Stade Jean-Bouin - Capacity: 20,000

Location: Paris

Club: Red Star FC

League: Championnat National

Germany

22. DDV Stadion - 32,066

Location: Dresden

Club: Dynamo Dresden 

League: 2. Bundesliga

23. MSV Arena - Capacity: 31,500

Location: Duisburg

Club: MSV Duisburg

League: 2. Bundesliga

24. Volksparkstadion - Capacity: 57,000

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Location: Hamburg

Club: Hamburger SV

League: 2. Bundesliga

25. Audi Sportpark - 15,000

Location: Ingolstadt

Club: FC Ingolstadt

League: 2. Bundesliga

26. RheinEnergieStadion - Capacity: 49,698

Location: Cologne 

Club: 1. FC Köln

League: 2. Bundesliga

27. Millerntor-Stadion - Capacity: 29,546

Location: Hamburg

Club: FC St. Pauli

League: 2. Bundesliga

28. Alte Försterei - Capacity: 22,012

Location: Berlin

Club: Union Berlin

League: 2. Bundesliga

29. Stadion der Freundschaft - Capacity: 22,528

Location: Cottbus

Club: Energie Cottbus

League: 3. Bundesliga

30. Fritz-Walter-Stadion - Capacity: 49,780

Location: Kaiserslautern

Club: 1. FC Kaiserslautern

League: 3. Bundesliga

31. Ostseestadion - Capacity: 29,000

Location: Rostock 

Club: FC Hansa Rostock

League: 3. Bundesliga

32. Stadion Zwickau - Capacity: 10,049

Location: Zwickau

Club: FSV Zwickau

League: 3. Bundesliga

Italy

33. Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi - Capacity: 38,402

Location: Verona

Club: Hellas Verona

League: Serie B

34. Stadio Via del Mare - Capacity: 40,670

Location: Lecce

Club: US Lecce

League: Serie B

35. Stadio Renzo Barbera - Capacity: 36,349

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Location: Palermo

Club: Palermo

League: Serie B

36. Stadio Renato Curi - Capacity: 23,125

Location: Perugia

Club: AC Perugia

League: Serie B

37. Stadio Arechi - Capacity: 31,300

Location: Salerno

Club: Salernitana

League: Serie B

Spain

38. Carlos Belmonte - Capacity 17,300

Location: Albacete

Club: Albacete Balompie SAD

League: Segunda Division

39. Juegos Mediterráneos - Capacity: 15,200

Location: Almeria 

Club: UD Almeria

League: Segunda Division

40. Ramón de Carranza - 25,033

Location: Cadiz

Club: Cadiz CF

League: Segunda Division

41. Abanca-Riazor - 36,660

Location: A Coruña

Club: Deportivo La Coruña

League: Segunda Division

42. La Rosaleda - Capacity: 30,044

Location: Malaga

Club: Malaga CF

League: Segunda Division

43. El Sadar - Capacity: 18,761

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Location: Pamplona

Club: CA Osasuna

League: Segunda Division

44. Estadio Carlos Tartiere - Capacity: 30,500

Location: Oviedo

Club: Real Oviedo

League: Segunda Division

45. El Molinón - Capacity: 29,029

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Location: Gijon

Club: Sporting Gijon

League: Segunda Division

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