The UK is mad about sports and high-profile British sporting events are broadcast globally. Famous stadiums, like Wembley in London and Old Trafford in Manchester, are recognised by football fans across the world. Throughout the country, there are thousands of other sports venues—from mega-stadiums to local cricket grounds, and from historic landmarks to ultra-modern complexes.
Bookmark our handy guide to the UK’s top sports venues to take a stadium tour or get your adrenaline pumping at a live game. Want to save energy for cheering on your favourite team? No problem, just jump in an Uber.
London: Wembley Stadium
Home of the English national football team and host to the FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium has a special place in the heart of English football fans. The contemporary, bowl-shaped venue was opened in 2007, and occupies the same spot as the original stadium, which was built in 1924 as part of the British Empire Exhibition. A towering, 133-meter tall arch pays homage to the old stadium’s famous twin towers. Wembley is an iconic London landmark that can hold up to 90,000 spectators, and there’s a staggering 34 bars, eight restaurants, and 688 food and drinks points on-site. You can find out about the story of the site—and the football legends who have played there—on the Wembley Stadium tour. Uber in London can help you get there.
Manchester: Old Trafford Stadium
Second only to Wembley in terms of size, Old Trafford Stadium was nicknamed “The Theatre of Dreams” by the English footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton. This historic venue is home to Manchester United F.C., perhaps the world’s best-known football club. Man U players such as David Beckham, Eric Cantona, George Best, and Cristiano Ronaldo are household names from Gdańsk to Gambia. Originally opened in 1910, Old Trafford now has capacity of over 75,600 fans. The on-site museum and stadium tour bring the ground’s history to life, and you and a friend can take an uberX there.
Sheffield: BT Local Business Stadium
Providing space for a modest 2,089 football fans, the BT Local Business Stadium (or the Coach and Horses Stadium) is dwarfed by the giant venues, but it has no less a history. Home to Sheffield F. C., the world’s first football team, the Coach and Horses Stadium is in Dronfield, ten miles south of Sheffield. The site has been used as sports grounds since the late 19th century and in 2001, it became Sheffield F. C.’s permanent home, an event that was marked by an exhibition match between the local team and Manchester United. Opposite the stadium, the Coach and Horses pub is a favourite of supporters. Take an Uber from where you are in Sheffield, pop in for some typical, British pub grub and a pint of locally-brewed Thornbridge Beer.
Leeds: Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Cricket lovers and rugby fanatics visiting Leeds should take an Uber to Headingley Carnegie Stadium. This dual-purpose venue occupies a historic site, two miles from central Leeds. It’s home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team. The grounds date back to 1890 and were most recently reconstructed in 2006. The complex consists of two main venues: the Headingley Cricket Stadium and Headingley Rugby Stadium, which cleverly share a two-sided stand.
Newcastle: St James’ Park
Football has been played on the turfs of St James’ Park since the 1880s. In 2000, the site was redeveloped and now houses a vast stadium with capacity for over 52,000 spectators. St James’ Park is the home ground of Newcastle United F.C, or the Magpies, named because of their distinctive black-and-white home strip. St James’ Park not only hosts championship football games, it served as a venue for the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Tours tell the story of the grounds and the big names who have played there. After the match, grab some traditional stotty (or Geordie loaf) and a Newcastle Brown Ale. From there, Uber in Newcastle can get you back safely.