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20 of the most beautiful football stadiums in the world


This ranking represents the world's largest sports stadiums (football, american football, cricket). All stadium capacity data is dated. June 2018.

As many in the comments ask about the famous stadium Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, I will elaborate on it in the preface to the rating. Maracan's attendance record was set at the 1950 World Cup final, where Brazil lost to Uruguay 2: 1. Then the match was attended by 199 thousand 854 fans. However, after the reconstruction of the Maracana it holds only 78,838 Now Maracana is not even in the top 50 largest stadiums in the world.

As for the largest Russian stadium Luzhnikithen after the reconstruction, completed in 2017, its capacity is 81 thousand, which is not enough to get into this rating.

Next - the top 25 largest stadiums in the world.

25th place: Stadium of Indian youth named after Vivekananda / Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (another name is Salt Lake Stadium). Capacity - 85 thousand people. The stadium was built in 1984 and is located in the Indian city of Calcutta. The Indian national football team, as well as the football clubs East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan, hold their matches at this stadium. In addition, there are competitions in athletics.

24th place: Memorial Stadium / Memorial Stadium. Capacity - 85 458. The stadium was built in 1923 in Lincoln, Nebraska (USA). Here is the team of the University of Nebraska in American football - Nebraska Cornhuskers.

23 place: Burj Al Arab / Borg El Arab (another name is the stadium of the Egyptian army). Capacity - 86 thousand. It is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest stadium in Africa. The stadium, built in 2006 by engineers of the Egyptian army, is located in the resort town of Burj al-Arab near the city of Alexandria. The stadium was built to win the right to host the 2010 World Cup, but in the end Egypt lost the right to host the South African World Cup. The stadium is scheduled to hold matches of the national football team, as well as the finals of the Egyptian Cup and important matches of the Egyptian clubs.

22 place: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium / Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (other names - Gaylord Family, Owen Field, The Palace on the Prairie) - 86,112. Home team of the American Football team of the University of Oklahoma. Located in the city of Norman. The stadium was built in 1921.

21 place: Aztec / Azteca. This stadium has a capacity of 87,000 people is the biggest in Latin America. The stadium was built in Mexico City in Mexico in 1966 and hosted two world soccer championships (1970, 1986). "Azteca" June 22, 1986, witnessed how Diego Maradona scored with a hand goal, called "Hand of God", and three minutes later scored "Goal of the Century" - a goal recognized as the best in the history of the World Cup, he was scored after Maradona's breakthrough into the penalty box of the English team, during which he beat six players, including the goalkeeper.
Now "Azteca" - is the home arena of Mexico national football team. Also here the football club "America" ​​holds its matches - the 12-time champion of Mexico.

20th place: Bukit Jalil / Bukit Jalil. The capacity is 87,411. This stadium was opened in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in 1998 in order to host the Commonwealth Games here (the British Commonwealth, not to be confused with the CIS). Now this is the largest stadium in Malaysia serves as the home arena of the country's football team, as well as the venue for the Malaysian Cup and Super Cup finals.

19th place: Jordan haire / Jordan – Hare. Capacity - 87,451. The stadium was built in 1939 and is located in Auburn (US Alabama). Jordan Hare is home to the local university football team of the university - Auburn Tigers (Auburn Tigers).

18th place: Ben Hill Griffin / Ben Hill Griffin, popularly referred to as "The Swamp" (swamp). Capacity - 88,548. The stadium was built in Gainesville (Florida, USA). Ben Hill Griffin is the home of the local university team of the American Football - Florida Gators (Florida Alligators).

17th place: Wembley / Wembley. Capacity - 90 000. The stadium was built in London in 2007 and is the home arena of the England national football team. Wembley hosts the finals of the FA Cup. Also on the Wembley rugby team "Saracens" (Saracens) plays their matches.

16th place: Rose bowl / Rose Bowl. Capacity - 90 888. The stadium was built in 1922 in the city of Pasadena (California, USA). The stadium held matches of the FIFA World Cup 1994, including the final. Now at the Rose Bowl, the University of California American Football team is conducting their home games.

15th place: Cotton Bowl / Cotton Bowl. Capacity - 92 100. The stadium was built in 1930 and is located in Dallas (US state of Texas). Cotton Bowl was the home arena of various American football teams. Also here were the matches of the world championship in the "regular" football in 1994.

14th place: Sanford Stadium / Sanford Stadium. Capacity - 92,746. The stadium was built in 1929 in Athens, but not in the Greek, but in the US (Georgia). Here, the local American football team of the University of Georgia - Georgia Bulldogs (Georgia Bulldogs) plays their home games.

13th place: Los Angeles Coliseum Memorial / Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The capacity is 93,607. The stadium was built in 1923 and hosted the Summer Olympics twice (1932, 1984). Here plays the University of Southern California team in American football, bearing the nickname "Trojans" (Trojans).

12th place: Soccer City / Soccer city. The capacity is 94,736 (this the largest stadium on the African continent). The stadium was built in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1989. In 1996, the 1996 African Nations Cup Final was held here, and in 2010, Soccer City became the venue for the matches (including the finals) of the World Cup. Sucker City is the home arena of the South African national football team, as well as the club Kaiser Chiefs - 11-time champion of South Africa.

11th place: camp Nou / Camp Nou (translated from the Catalan "New Field"). This stadium, which is the home arena of FC Barcelona, ​​seats 99,354 spectators and It is the largest stadium not only in Spain, but throughout Europe. The stadium was built in 1957, in 1982 it hosted the World Cup, and in 1992 the Summer Olympics.

10th place: Melbourne Cricket Ground / Melbourne Cricket Ground. Capacity - 100,024. This stadium is the largest in Australia. In addition, it The world's largest cricket stadium. Here the national team of Australia plays cricket. Also at this stadium home matches are the Australian national football team. Australian football is also played here. The stadium was built in 1854 and has since been reconstructed more than once. In 1956, Melbourne Cricket Ground was the main arena of the Summer Olympics, and during the 2000 Olympics took on football matches.

9th place: Darrell Royal / Darrell K Royal (formerly the Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas Memorial Stadium. Capacity - 100 119. The stadium was built in 1924, located in Austin (Texas, USA) and is named after American football coach Darrell Royal. Now the stadium is home arena of the local university team in Texas American football Longhorns.

8th place: Brian Denny Stadium / Bryant Denny Stadium. Capacity - 101 821. The stadium was built in 1928 in the city of Tuskalus (Alabama, USA) and initially accommodated 18 thousand people. This is now the home arena of the local university football team.

7th place: Tiger Stadium / Tiger Stadium. Capacity - 102 321. The stadium was built in 1924 and is located in the city of Baton Rouge (US state of Louisiana). Tiger Stadium is the home arena of the University of Louisiana American Football team.

6th place: Niiland Stadium / Neyland Stadium. Capacity - 102 455. The stadium was built in 1921 in the city of Knoxville (Tennessee, USA) and initially accommodated only 3200 people. This is now the home arena of the local university football team of the University - Tennessee Volunteers.

5th place. Kyle Field / Kyle Field. The capacity is 102,512. The stadium was built in 1927 and initially accommodated 32,890 people, but as a result of renovations (the latter took place in 2015), its capacity has been multiplied. It is the home arena for the American Football Team of the University of Texas A & M. Located in the city of College Station.

4th place: Ohio Stadium / Ohio Stadium. Capacity - 104 944. The stadium was built in 1922 in the city of Columbus (Ohio, USA) and initially accommodated 66 thousand people. This is now the home arena of the local university football team at Ohio State Buckeyes. It is noteworthy that there is no lighting at this stadium, so the matches are held during the day or lighting equipment is temporarily delivered to the stadium.

3rd place: Beaver Stadium Beaver Stadium. This stadium with a capacity of 106,572 people is the second largest in the United States. The stadium was built in 1960 and initially accommodated 46,284 people. Beaver Stadium is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Beaver Stadium - the home arena of the university's American football team - Penn State Nittany Lions.

2nd place: Michigan stadium / Michigan Stadium. Capacity - 107,601. Michigan Stadium - the largest stadium in the USA, North America and the entire Western Hemisphere, as well as the largest American football stadium in the world. It was built in 1927 and originally contained 72 thousand people. The Michigan Stadium is located in Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA). The stadium is the home arena for the University of Michigan American Football team - Michigan Wolverines (Michigan Wolverines). It is also the home stadium for the university lacrosse team. The Michigan Stadium is sometimes the venue for hockey matches. December 11, 2010 a record of attendance of a hockey match was set here. 104 073 people came to see the game between the hockey teams of two local universities.

May Day Stadium in the North Korean capital Pyongyang with a capacity of 150 thousand people is the largest stadium in Asia and around the world. The stadium was built in 1989 for the XIII Festival of Youth and Students. Now at this stadium the national football team of North Korea holds its home games.

1. Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)

Capacity: 71 137

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Architekten

The arena of Munich "Bavaria" because of the form in the people is often called the "inflatable boat" or "car tire". Its façade and roof consist of 2,760 EF pillows filled with dry air. Each of them can be highlighted from the inside, so that the Allianz Arena takes on a red color for Bayern matches, and a white color for team matches. This glow is so strong that it is noticeable even at a distance of 75 km.

2. Amazonia (Manaus, Brazil)

Capacity: 42 377

Architects: bureau GMP Architekten

"Amazonia" was built on the site of the former Vivaldan Stadium specifically for the 2014 World Cup. The source of inspiration in the design of the stadium was the anaconda living in the jungles of the Amazonia. The combined facade and roof of the arena are somewhat reminiscent of the skin of these snakes. Another important factor that played a role in the design - ecology. The power supply of the “Amazonia” is partially carried out at the expense of solar batteries located on the roof.

3. “Arena das Dunas” (Natal, Brazil)

Capacity: 39 971

Architects: bureau populous

Arena Das Dunas was built specifically for the 2014 World Cup on the site of the old Mashdan Stadium. The name and appearance refer to the main local attraction - the sand dunes of Natal. At the same time, the stadium is very similar to a giant flower. According to the architects from the Populous bureau, the Arena das Dunas bowl is 20 petals, ready to open at any moment. This is especially noticeable in the evening when the backlight of the panels is turned on. Stadium stands are made of collapsible metal structures, due to which the arena's capacity can vary from 45 to 32 thousand spectators, depending on the status of the football tournament or the event held.

4. "Velodrome" (Marseille, France)

Reconstructed: Last time in 2014

Capacity: 67 394

Architects: SCAU office

The Arena of Marseilles "Olympic" was built almost 80 years ago and is still the largest club football stadium in France. It was named Velodrome because it was intended not only for football matches, but also for cycling races: the tracks remained until the mid-1980s, when they were replaced by stands. The last reconstruction of the stadium was timed to coincide with the European Championships in 2016 and ended in 2014. Its capacity has increased to 67,394 spectators, and a roof has finally appeared above the stands - a wavy canopy of 65,000 square meters.

5. “Giuseppe Meazza” (San Siro), (Milan, Italy)

Reconstructed: last time in 1989

Capacity: 80 018

Architects: Ulisse Stacchini and Alberto Cuggini

The legendary arena of the Italian "Milan" and "Inter" was built in 1926 and originally bore the name "San Siro", in honor of the suburb, near which it was located. The stadium, which then played only Milan, could seat 35,000 spectators, and could not accept everyone. In the following decades, the arena experienced more than one reconstruction, due to which its capacity in different years ranged from 100,000 to 80,000 people. In 1979, San Siro was renamed Giuseppe Meazza, in honor of the two-time world champion in the Italian national team. One of the last major reorganizations of the arena took place in preparation for the 1990 World Cup, when additional tiers and a roof appeared, located on four concrete towers.

6. “Incheon Munkhak” (Incheon, South Korea)

Capacity: 49 084

Architects: Bureau ADOME Architects & Engineers Inc.

The stadium in Incheon, the third largest city in South Korea, could well compete with the future Zenit arena in terms of construction time: almost 8 years passed from the laying of the first brick to the opening. Built specifically for the 2002 World Cup, the Incheon Munhak seats almost 50,000 spectators. And his business card, of course, is an unusual roof, the membrane of which is made of fiberglass. With its shape, it resembles ship sails and masts, thus emphasizing the maritime history of the city of Inchon. In 2014, the stadium hosted the Summer Asian Games.

7. Camp Nou (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

Reconstructed: last time in 2008

Capacity: 99 354

Architects: Francesc Mitanes Miro, Josep Sauteras Mauri and Lorenzo García Barbon

The football house of the Spanish “Barcelona” is the largest stadium in Europe and has the highest rating of UEFA - five stars. In 1957, when FC Barcelona Stadium (then it was called that way) accepted the first match, its capacity was already 90,000 spectators. And especially for the 1982 World Cup, the number of seats was increased to 120,000. The next restructuring took place in the late 1990s, when UEFA demanded that all stands be equipped with seats. In order to save as many places as possible, the builders even had to lower the level of the lawn a few meters. The current name “Camp Nou” (translated from Catalan as “new land” or “new stadium”) was only received by the arena in 2001. By the way, the most popular museum of Catalonia, dedicated, as you might guess, the history of the Barcelona football club is also located on the stadium territory.

10. Borg El-Arab Stadium (Borg Al-Arab) - 86,000 people

This stadium is located to the west of the Egyptian city of Alexandria, near the Mediterranean coast. It was built in 2007 by the Engineering Corps of the Armed Forces of Egypt and includes both a football field and an athletic track around the perimeter of the field. Thanks to this, Borg Al-Arab can be used as a multipurpose sports arena.

And the Egyptian national team plays in Cairo and does not use the country's largest stadium for their matches.

9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium (“Bukit Jalil Stadium”) - 87,411 people

Although it is sometimes called the “110,000-seat stadium,” in fact it is much smaller. According to StadiumDB.com, Bukit Jalil has a capacity of just over 87 thousand people. However, the national stadium of Malaysia, built on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur - is the largest stadium in the country.

8. Wembley (“Wembley”) - 90,652 people

England's largest stadium was born in agony (2003-2007). First, it was built 4 years later than originally planned. Secondly, the cost of its construction amounted to 798 million pounds, and hoped to spend half as much. Because of this, the general contractor and investors were in court, and many events had to be canceled.

The stadium is shaped like a bowl with a retractable roof, and the seats are divided into 3 tiers, the middle of which is exclusively for people who have reserved seats on a long-term basis. This scheme is highly conducive to profits, but also deserved criticism from the media and fans. This approach separates the regular fans, which makes it difficult to create the right atmosphere.

The most characteristic feature of the stadium is, of course, the 133-meter-high steel arch, whereas its predecessor stadium had twin towers. At night, the arch lights up and is visible for many kilometers.

7. Bird’s Nest (Bird's Nest) - 91,000 people

Национальный стадион Китая, построенный в Пекине для проведения летней Олимпиады 2008 года, вновь распахнет свои ворота для олимпийцев зимой 2022 года.

«Птичьим гнездом» один из самых крупных стадионов в мире по футболу был назван не случайно. Он состоит из бетонной чаши, вокруг которой расположены 24 колонны, а поверх них находится переплетение гигантских стальных балок. Они напоминают ветки, из которых построено гнездо огромной птицы. И так же, как гнездо, структура стадиона кажется хаотичной и в то же время очень прочной. As the cost began to grow rapidly, the organizers abandoned the retractable roof structure, which was originally supposed to be made under the “nest”.

6. Rose Bowl (Rose Bowl) - 92,542 people

The name of this American stadium comes from the Rose Bowl game, which is held here every year, starting January 1, 1923.

Originally, the shape of the stadium was horseshoe, but the open end of the horseshoe was closed by 1928. Until now, the bowl built at that time has hardly changed, only minor additions or reconfigurations have been made.

With its huge size, the stadium in its best years (1972-1997) was able to accommodate over 104 thousand people. But due to the addition of seats, especially in the western and eastern zones, its size has decreased to 92,542 people.

5. Soccer City (Soccer City) - 94,736 people

At the FNB Stadium, which is also known by the more recognizable name of Soccer City, the 2010 World Cup Final was held. Although 94 736 seats can be placed in its stands, in 2010 only 84,490 spectators were allowed into the stadium, having reserved other seats for VIPs and the press. The stadium is located in one of the most dangerous cities in the world - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Because of its shape, resembling an African pot or a local pumpkin, the stadium was nicknamed "Calabas".

4. Camp Nou (Camp Nou) - 99,354 people

The famous club "Barcelona" has the honor to play not only in Spain, but also in the largest stadium in Europe for football. Construction began in 1954 and lasted three years. Three are also the number of architects who led the project - Francesc Mithans, Lorenzo Garcia Barbon, José Soteras Mauri.

From the start, the Camp Nou has been built on an impressive scale. The initial capacity of 90,000 spectators was increased to 110,000 in 1978, and then to almost 120,000 in the run-up to the 1982 World Cup. However, the safety regulations of FIFA, UEFA and the national federation further forced the stadium management to reduce the number of seats.

For many decades, Camp Nou has been a zone for the World Cup, the Olympic Games, the Cup Winners' Cup, the Champions League and many other major events.

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground (“Melbourne Cricket Ground”) - 100,024 people

The history of this Australian stadium, as the name implies, is primarily associated with cricket. But it is also used for football tournaments (the first game took place in 1859), earning the status of the “spiritual home” of the Australian national team.

Along with major events in cricket (it took 2 world championships), the stadium is also the annual venue for the Australian Football Championship. In addition, the best European clubs sometimes use this stadium for their foreign tournaments.

2. Estadio Azteca (Aztec Stadium) - 105,000 people

The second most spacious football stadium is located in the Mexican capital of Mexico City. It boasts one of the largest premium-class zones, in which there are 856 private lodges for corporate clients. Interestingly, the stadium is neither public property nor the property of a sports club. Its owner is the Mexican media group Televisa.

In 1986, on this pitch, football legend Diego Maradona scored one of the most famous goals - “Hand of God”, during the Argentina vs. England game in the quarter finals.

1. Rungrado May Day Stadium (May Day Stadium) - 150,000 people

North Korea is not the most successful and richest country in the world. However, she has something that other countries do not yet have. This is the most spacious football stadium in the world. It is designed for 150 thousand spectators. The total area of ​​the building is 207,000 m², and its height is 60 m.

North Korea’s National Stadium was built on May 1, 1989 in response to the construction of the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, as part of the rivalry between the two countries. The construction took 2.5 years, which is very fast for building on such a scale.

The most spectacular element of the stadium is its roof. It forms 16 segments in the form of petals that cover the stands and the 8-storey stadium building. In shape, it resembles a parachute or - in another symbolic connotation - a magnolia flower. The unique roof was awarded and awarded the first prize at the 1988 Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions.

Because of its scale, the stadium saw many remarkable events, setting a world record for attendance in 1995. Then in its stands were placed 190,000 spectators.

When the North Korean football team is not playing on the pitch, mass holidays take place there regularly. Also at the stadium in 1992, a public execution was carried out of generals who planned to overthrow Kim Jong Il - the Sun of the nation and the Father of the People (these are not all his official titles).

Russia's largest football stadium

In Moscow, not far from the Sparrow Hills is the Luzhniki Stadium. In its stands can accommodate 81 thousand spectators. Very soon (from June 14) the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin there.

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1. Stadium on the 1st of May, Pyongyang, North Korea (150 000)

Who would have thought that the most capacious stadium in the world would be in the DPRK, which the world did not notice much success in football? Named it in honor of the popular in the past and we have a May Day holiday. Unofficially, the stadium is also called by the place where it is located - Rungnado.
Although this huge stadium can accommodate 150,000 football fans in its stands, there are hardly any in Pyongyang, so football is not the main event in this arena. More, it is intended for pompous national holidays, which, for their impeccable theatricality and mass character, were included in the Guinness Book of Records. Externally, the stadium looks very beautiful, recalling its outlines the national Korean flower - a magnolia. Its arches, located in a circle, look like 16 petals. This colossal building has 80 entrances. The height of the arena is about 60 meters, and the area of ​​the sports complex is 2,000,000 square meters. The stadium was opened on May 1, 1989.

2. Salt Lake, India (120,000)

In the suburbs of Calcutta is the second largest in the world in terms of capacity, Salt Lake Stadium or Indian Youth Stadium. Its area is about 309,000 square meters. m, and it was built as a multisport building. It has a peculiar ellipsoid shape. Mostly in his arena are football meetings and athletics competitions. Above the third tier of the stands, a powerful roof of concrete and aluminum was built. The stadium was opened in 1984.

3. Aztec, Mexico (105,000)

Three of the most capacious football stadiums in the world are locked up by the Mexican Aztec, built in its capital. At this legendary stadium were two finals of the championships. In the quarterfinals of 1986, Diego Maradona scored a goal here with his hand against the British, and later Argentines became world champions. At Aztek there are not only football matches, but also other mass events. In 1993, a concert of Michael Jackson was staged here, and after 6 years, Mexicans greeted Pontiff John Paul II at the stadium. The stadium was built in 1966.

6. Camp Nou, Spain (99 354)

The most ambitious football stadium in Europe, which was once more spacious, again wants to increase the number of seats. By order of the Barcelona club, the Japanese prepared a project for the reconstruction of the legendary stadium, as a result of which the number of spectator seats on it would have again exceeded 100,000. Camp Nou is a real football stadium, designed to play the main team of the capital of Catalonia.
It is the second largest football stadium in the world after Aztec. Although there are concerts of world superstars. It was built in 1957 after, due to the increased popularity of Barcelona, ​​there was a lack of spectator seats at the old Les Corts stadium. Although for many years its official name was FC Barcelona stadium, but residents of the city and the press so persistently called it “Camp Nou” (“New Field”) that in 2001 the popular name was officially approved. In the process of one of the adjustments, the capacity of the Camp Nou reached 120 thousand spectators. Many important football matches and finals were held at this stadium.

7. Soccer City, South Africa (94,700)

The largest football arena in Africa was the Soccer City Stadium, built in Johannesburg. Its construction was carried out from 1986 to 1989. Before the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa, the stadium underwent a major overhaul. Locals call it "Kalabash" because it looks like this plant.

8. Rose Bowl, USA (94,000)

In the Californian city of Pasadena, another large Rose Bowl Stadium was built, which does not quite reach the current Camp Nou. At the same time, it is one of the oldest stadiums in the United States, which began operations in the 1920s. From a bird's eye view, the stadium looks like a giant pink bowl, which is reflected in its name. For almost a century of the stadium’s existence, there were some matches of the football world championship, other football and non-football competitions. He also hosted competitions in the Olympic Games of the 1930s and 1980s.

9. “New Wembley”, United Kingdom (90,000)

It is the youngest of all ten of the most capacious football stadiums in the world. The “New Wembley” was opened only in 2007 in London, replacing the legendary Wembley Stadium, which stood in the same place. But during its very short history, this stadium managed to host the 2012 Olympic football final. The stadium is shaped like a bowl, it is equipped with a high-tech retractable roof, over which is 133 meters above the lobby level an elegant arc of the arch supporting the roof structure is seen.

10. “Luzhniki”, Russia (89,318)

Closes the ten largest football arenas in the world Moscow stadium "Luzhniki". It was built on the wave of euphoria from the confident victory of the Soviet Olympic team at the games in 1952. To continue to increase the country's sports potential, it was decided to build the largest stadium in the USSR that meets the international standards in force at that time. Surprisingly, such a colossus was built in an incredibly short time - it took only 450 days to do this.
July 31, 1956, the grand opening of the new sports arena. The stadium underwent reconstruction several times. Initially, the stands and the field were under the open sky, but at the end of the 20th century, visors were equipped above the seats. The following reconstruction was required by the Luzhniki before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. This reconstruction must be carried out in accordance with the most stringent UEFA requirements. The lawn on the stadium field is already the fifth generation cover.
Luzhniki Stadium is the main arena of Moscow, where not only football championships can be held, but also other major sporting events in many sports. In 1980, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games were held there, and in 1999 a football match was held between the FIFA and Russia teams. Naturally, not only sports earn this stadium - many mass events and musical concerts of celebrities are held here.