7 of the Weirdest Features at Stadiums as Atletico Madrid Prepare to Move to New Ground

Atletico Madrid are set to play their first fixture at their new stadium on Saturday in La Liga clash against Malaga. After playing at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, Diego Simeone's side will switch to the Wanda Metropolitano, which has a capacity of around 68,000. There are sure to be a few quirks to the new ground, but what other stadiums have weird and odd features? Fulham's Craven Cottage actually has a cottage inside the stadium. It's currently used as a dressing room, mainly because the...

Fulham's Pavilion

Fulham's Craven Cottage actually has a cottage inside the stadium.


It's currently used as a dressing room, mainly because the ground's original architect failed to include a place for players to get suited and booted.


In a 25,000 capacity stadium, it now provides friends and family of Fulham players with a nice vantage point to watch the players.

Forest Green's Wooden Stadium

Known for their recent promotion to League Two and their vegan eating, Forest Green Rovers are planning to develop one of the most eco-friendly stadiums in the world.


Costing £100m, the new stadium will feature an organic pitch, while it will also be entirely constructed of wood.


It will be a partially solar-powered stadium, with the capacity expected to be around 5,000.

Manchester City's Tunnel Club

Footballers don't have too much privacy these days but Manchester City took things to another level with their 'Tunnel Club' initiative.


Fans can watch City players arrive at the ground as well as seeing them enter and leave the pitch at the start and end of matches.


It's an American concept, first from NFL outfit Dallas Cowboys, while Tottenham will also have a similar system in place at their new stadium.

Luton Town's Kenilworth Road

You could easily walk past Luton's home and not even realise the stadium was hidden amongst a load of houses. 


Supporters can even see the gardens of residents whilst walking through the gates, with Kenilworth Road having a remarkable older feel of English football to it.


The ground holds just over 10,000 people and it remains a stadium that feels more in touch with the 19th century than the 21st. 

Braga's Big Cliff Behind a Goal

At most grounds you will have fans sitting and watching from effectively four sides, but not in Braga's Municipal Stadium.


Instead, a cliff resides on one side where normally supporters would be placed, watching their team.


The cliff is a stunning part of the stadium, and there is even a screen planted on it so fans can watch replays of matches.

Southern United's Glass Ceiling

The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, has a glass ceiling, meaning players have to worry about where the ball will ricochet after hitting the roof.


The ground can hold just over 30,000 for football matches and also stages concerts and rodeo events.


Southern United play at the stadium, which cost just under $200m to be constructed before it was opened in 2011.

Boca Juniors' Vertigo

Boca Juniors, one of the biggest clubs in Argentina, play at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando, widely known as La Bombonera, which holds 49,000 supporters.


It's main drawing point is the amazing acoustic atmosphere it creates thanks to three of the stands being practically vertical.


The stands constantly look as though they're about to collapse but help create an amazing noise inside the stadium.

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