Sharing the same football pitch by two or more clubs has been in existence right from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
It is a common practice among teams in the same city; mostly in Italian football. And when these teams file out to square against each other, the excitement of the fans and the frenzy for the game gets amplified because apart from the fact that one city houses the two teams, they share the same stadium.
The question that has been asked by the new generation of football fans and enthusiasts is why two teams choose to share a stadium even in the 21st century?
In this exposé, sportivation.com.ng rounds up a handful of teams who share ground with other football club sides.
Maracana Stadium – Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, Fluminense
Regarded as one of the best football stadiums in the world, the Maracana Stadium was constructed prior to the 1950 world cup hosted by Brazil in the centre of Rio de Janeiro city.
The football theatre which houses the Selecao of Brazil is also shared amongst four Brazilian club sides namely Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, Flamengo and Fluminense at various times.
According to reports, the aforementioned football club sides have their own official home grounds but are far smaller to accommodate the teeming fans of the Brazilian league – the biggest of them could accommodate 20,000 fans actually.
Allianz Arena – Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich
Without a doubt, Bayern Munich are the most successful club side in the history of the German Bundesliga, but they have big brothers in TSV 1860 Munich.
TSV 1860 Munich had laid claim to the Sechzgerstadion right before the formation of Bayern Munich.
But Bayern Munich, founded in 1900, made use of the Muncher Sport Club until it became more prominent in German football and Europe.
This was when Bayern moved to Sechzgerstadion and shared the stadium till 1972 when both clubs moved to Olympiastadion.
The Munich teams spent 33 years at Olympiastadion before they moved to their current base (Allianz Arena) in 2005.
Stade Charlety – Paris FC vs Paris Saint-Germain Feminines
There are actually eight to nine kilometres separating PSG’s Parc des Princes and the Stade Charlety Stadium, which encamps the female team of the Les Parisians and Paris FC, a professional football club that plays in the second tier of the French League.
However, the reality is that Paris FC are nothing the size of Paris Saint-Germain as per glamour, fanfare and pedigree and even the stadium-size because the Stade Charlety only takes 20,000 spectators at a go as to Parc de Princes’ 47,929.
Meanwhile, PSG Feminine shares the ground with Paris FC for their league and UEFA Champions League matches.
San Siro Stadium – AC Milan and Inter Milan
One of the legendary football theatres in the world, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was specifically built with football as a spectator sport in mind and it’s being shared by two giants in Italian football; AC Milan and Inter Milan.
When the stadium was opened in 1926, it was exclusively for the use of AC Milan, while Internazionale was using the Arena Civica as its home ground.
AC owned the ground from then until 1935 when they sold the stadium to the local council. For a further 10 years, they were the sole inhabitants of the San Siro.
But in 1947, both Milan and Inter became cohabitants and have remained there ever since.
Godswil Akpabio Stadium – Akwa United and Dakkada FC
E shock you? Just like there are Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich in Germany, you have Akwa United and Dakkada in Nigeria.
But in Nigeria’s case, there’s a peculiarity. The West African nation three-time AFCON winner has numerous football club sides in each state but very few sporting facilities.
Hence the practice of sharing football pitches amongst different clubs. Akwa United are and Dakkada are two football clubs from Akwa Ibom State playing in Nigeria’s topflight division.
The participation of Akwa United in the NPFL dates back to 1996-1997 season and dominated the Land of Promise