Paris Saint-Germain isn’t used to finish at the bottom of any list considering the amount of money Qatari Sports Investment has pumped in the French club since 2011.
However, in a recent stadium rankings list from France Football (via ParisFans), they release their top 30 stadiums from around the world, which saw the Parc des Princes rank 29th, just ahead of the Millerntor-Stadion of FC St. Pauli. Here is the full list:
1. Bombonera (Boca Juniors)
2. Anfield (Liverpool FC)
3. Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund)
4. Rajko-Mitic Stadium (Red Star Belgrade)
5. Celtic Park (Celtic)
6. Estadio Monumental (River Plate)
7. Vodafone Park (Besiktas)
8. Karaïskakis Stadium (Olympiakos)
9. San Mamés (Athletic Bilbao)
10. Maracana (Flamengo and Fluminese)
11. Türk Telekom Stadium (Galatasaray)
12. De Kuip (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
13. San Paolo (Napoli)
14. Orange Vélodrome (Marseille)
15. Geoffroy-Guichard (AS Saint-Étienne)
16. Cairo International Stadium (Al Ahly)
17. Sükrü-Saracoglu stadium (Fenerbahçe)
18. Mestalla (Valencia CF)
19. Toumba Stadium (PAOK Salonika)
20. Stade Mohammed-V (Raja Casablanca and Wydad AC)
21. Campeon del Siglo stadium (CA Penarol)
22. St James’ Park (Newcastle United FC)
23. Olympic Stadium (AS Roma)
24. Estadio Pedro-Bidegain (San Lorenzo)
25. Marshal Jozef-Pilsudski stadium (Legia Warsaw)
26. Luz Stadium (Benfica)
27. Stade du 5-Juillet-1962 (Mouloudia Club of Algiers)
28. Stade Radès (Espérance Sportive de Tunis)
29. Parc des Princes (Paris Saint-Germain)
30. Millerntor-Stadion (FC St. Pauli)
Many PSG supporters believe that the atmosphere within the Parc des Princes is one of the best in Europe and should place the stadium in the top 10 but that just wasn’t the case.
The surprisingly low ranking is made even more difficult to swallow considering the clubs in front of them, particularly rivals Olympique de Marseille whose Orange Vélodrome ranks 14th. Even AS Saint-Étienne placed higher in 15th place.
Despite PSG having the Collective Ultras Paris singing and chanting every match for 90 minutes, the rest of the stadium can struggle to match the energy from the Ultras.
Furthermore, when the PSG ultras were banned in 2010 after incidents that led to the Plan Leproux, everyone got to see how dead the atmosphere is without them.
Paris is a tourist city and there will be tourists at the Parc. The good news is that the most passionate fans are back and creating a lot of noise and energy inside the stadium. Maybe next season we’ll see PSG climb up this list and top Marseille at the very least.