Stadium of the Year 2023: The final countdown!

source:; author: Kuba Kowalski

Stadium of the Year 2023: The final countdown! Here we go! Well, almost - the competition for the best stadium of the year will start on February 10. Who will win, who will surprise and who will... disappoint and finish in last place? There have been many winners and losers in our competition over the 13 years - ahead of you, the stadium with the biggest and... smallest score in history plus more memories.


The beginning - a beautiful victory and the lowest score

The top of the first edition of Stadium of the Year (carried out only on the Polish version of the website) was dominated by Polish venues. In second and third place were, respectively, Stadion Miejski from Poznań and Stadion Józefa Piłsudskiego from Kraków. The offensive of Poland's refurbished arenas, however, was not enough for a strong candidate - Aviva Stadium from Dublin. It must be said that it was a well-deserved win.

In that edition we met, as it turned out years later, the worst Stadium of the Year contender in history - Angola's Estádio Nacional de Ombaka. Of course, this year's vote will not be the last, but it is unlikely that any stadium will score less than 68 points in the future. The spiteful would say that the stadium was only voted for by the stadium management, or that there were problems with internet access in Angola. Either way, our competition at the time was just taking off - it only got better after that.

Aviva Stadium© William Murphy (cc: by-sa) / | Aviva Stadium

The glory days

In 2014, as many as 32 new stadiums appeared on the stadium map of the world. But what facilities they were! We recall with nostalgia the competition held at the beginning of 2015, in which a record 96,772 people took part. But it didn't stop there - the winner of this edition received the most votes in the history of Stadium of the Year. With 134,725 points, Allianz Parque - one of several great venues located in Sao Paulo - came first.

A little later, in 2022, our long-standing efforts to organise the Stadium of the Year competition were rewarded. The winner of the twelfth edition of the poll was Spain's unrivalled Estadio El Sadar, and we presented the statue... in person! At the special invitation of CA Osasuna, the founder of and, Grzegorz Kaliciak, travelled to Navarre and presented the Stadium of the Year statuette to Osasuna's President, Luis Sabalza, just before the game against Real Madrid. The ceremony was broadcast on the official La Liga telecast in 115 countries. Perhaps that is why twice as many people took part in the vote the following year as did then.

Presenting a statuette at Estadio El SadarPresenting a statuette at Estadio El Sadar

High hopes

Stadium of the Year 2023 can only be one. Well, unless there is a tie... Follow our website and our social media - Instagram, Facebook and X - so you don't miss the start of the competition. But even then, it won't be the end of the world - there's up to a month to submit your votes! Votes, because you have as many as five to distribute, and here are the stadiums you'll be able to cast them for:

Stadium Capacity
Saudi Arabia flag Al Ettifaq Club Stadium 15,000
Saudi Arabia flag Al Fateh SC Stadium 11,000
Saudi Arabia flag Al-Shabab Club Stadium 15,000
Tanzania flag Amaan Stadium 15,000
Poland flag ArcelorMittal Park 11,600
Brazil flag Arena MRV 46,000
China flag Asian Youth Games Stadium 22,000
Germany flag BBBank Wildpark 34,302
China flag Dalian Suoyuwan Football Stadium 63,000
China flag Dong’an Lake Sports Park Stadium 40,000
Turkey flag Elazığ Stadyumu 18,423
Angola flag Estádio General França Ndalu 20,000
China flag Haimen Sports Center Stadium 10,095
China flag Handan Sports Center Stadium 30,000
China flag Kaifeng Sports Center Stadium 30,000
Turkey flag Karaman Stadyumu 15,000
China flag Longxing Football Stadium 60,000
Iran flag Mes Rafsanjan Stadium 10,000
South Korea flag Mokpo Stadium 16,380
National Stadium of Solomon Islands 10,000
Hungary flag Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ 37,326
Croatia flag Opus Arena 13,005
Poland flag Orlen Stadion 15,004
China flag Qingdao West Coast University Town Stadium 20,000
China flag Qingdao Youth Football Stadium 50,000
Austria flag Raiffeisen Arena 19,080
China flag Sanya International Sports Industry Park Stadium 45 000
Ivory Coast flag Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly 20,000
Ivory Coast flag Stade de la Paix de Bouaké 40,000
Ivory Coast flag Stade Laurent Pokou 20,000
Algeria flag Stade Nelson Mandela 40,784
China flag Tangshan New Sports Center Stadium 35,000
China flag Wenzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium 50,000
China flag Xiamen Egret Stadium 60,592
China flag Yuhuan Olympic Sports Center Stadium 20,000