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World's most important sports venues

World's most important sports venues
SportsPro magazine has published a list of the world's most important sports venues in its June edition. The list includes venues from 13 different countries. Here are the top ten venues rated by the magazine.\n

\n\n10) The Bird’s Nest, China\n

\n\n(Getty Images)
World's most important sports venues
9) Veltins Arena, Germany\n

\n\n(Image: www.veltins-arena.de)
World's most important sports venues
8) Yas Marina Circuit\n

\n\nAbu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit is the highest motor-racing venue at eight. Dubai Sports City came in at the eleventh place.\n

\n\n(ITP Images)
World's most important sports venues
7) All England Club, UK\n

\n\n(Getty Images)
World's most important sports venues
6) Sapporo Dome, Japan\n

\n\nA 100-strong original list of venues was compiled by the SportsPro editorial team, before the rankings were determined through consultation with a number of sports industry experts which included designers, architects, stadium managers and sponsorship experts.\n

\n\n(Getty Images)
World's most important sports venues
5) Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa\n

\n\n(Getty Images)
World's most important sports venues
4) Wembley Stadium, London, UK\n

\n\n(Getty Images)
World's most important sports venues
3) Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, USA\n

\n\n(Bloomberg Images)
World's most important sports venues
2) Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE\n

\n\nMeydan was described as a 'game-changing' venue for both the Middle East and the horse racing industry, and the venue – which opened officially in time for the Dubai World Cup in March – rated highly in terms of innovation, originality, infrastructure, potential commercial prowess and the sheer magnitude of the integrated facility. (ITP Images)
World's most important sports venues
1) World Games Stadium, Koashiung, Taiwan\n

\n\nThe winner of the poll was the World Games Stadium in Kaohsung, Taiwan, which features 8,844 solar panels that power 75 percent of the venue when it is in use, and 80 percent of the surrounding area when the stadium is not in use.\n

\n\n(Photo: www.worldgames2009.tw)