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Loftus Road Ranked at #42 in "Greatest Stadiums for Atmosphere" Listing

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Daily Mail - THE LIST - The Most Atmospheric Stadiums in Football
- "Sportsmail celebrates the great cathedrals of world football by revealing our top 50 greatest stadiums for atmosphere. Our writers have voted, with many preferring to salute venues from a time when teams played at 'grounds' rather than stadiums."

- And at #42 - Loftus Road, QPR

50 El Monumental, River Plate

49 Bramall Lane, Sheffield United

48 The Den, Millwall

47 Stadium of Light, Sunderland

46 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Sampdoria/Genoa

45 Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

44 Villa Park, Aston Villa

43 Britannia Stadium, Stoke

42 Loftus Road, QPR

41 Maksimir Stadium, Croatia

40 Stadio San Paulo, Napoli

39 Turf Moor, Burnley

38 Stade Felix Bollaert, Lens

37 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

36 Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough

35 Stadio Olimpico, Roma/Lazio

34 Maracana, Brazil

33 Ashton Gate, Bristol City

32 Memorial Ground, Bristol Rovers

31 The Dell, Southampton

30: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion

29: Stark's Park, Raith Rovers

28: Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Fenerbahce

27: Boothferry Park, Hull City

26: Upton Park, West Ham United

25: Elland Road, Leeds United

24: Tynecastle, Heart of Midlothian

23: Estadio Mestalla, Valencia

22: Ninian Park, Cardiff City

21: Roker Park, Sunderland

20: La Bombonera, Boca Juniors

19: Hampden Park, Scotland

18: Stade Velodrome, Marseille

17: Millennium Stadium, Wales

16: Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday

15: Ibrox, Rangers

14: Westfalenstadion, Borussia Dortmund

13: Galatasaray, Ali Sami Yen Stadium

12: Maine Road, Man City

11: White Hart Lane, Tottenham

10: Fratton Park, Portsmouth:
Away teams - particularly south coast rivals Southampton - are always in for a hostile atmosphere when they visit Fratton Park, home of Pompey's chiming, ever raucous fans

9: Wembley (the one with the Twin Towers), England
The home of football. Wembley has been the scene of many a wonderful spectacle, but none topped England's 1966 World Cup victory
Goodbye to all that: Chelsea and Aston Villa fans walk along Wembley Way in 2000 with the - criminally demolished - Twin Towers looming, as the great stadium played host to its final FA Cup final

8: Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid
Real Madrid fans break the goalposts before 1998's Champions League semi-final with Borussia Dortmund. The game, which Real won 2-0, was delayed by 76 minutes, with officials forced to find a replacement from the club's training ground

7: San Siro, AC Milan/Inter Milan
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as the San Siro, is an intense cauldron that hosts both AC and Inter Milan. The ground was the site of one of the greatest World Cup shocks when Cameroon beat holders Argentina in 1-0 in the opening game of Italia 90, thanks to Francois Omam-Biyick's goal

6: Goodison Park:
Home of Everton since 1892, no club has contested more seasons in the top flight. Here, jubilant Toffees' fans stage a pitch invasion to celebrate Premier League survival following a 1-1 draw with Coventry on the final day of the 1997-98 season

5: Old Trafford, Manchester United
The Theatre of Dreams is England's largest stadium, and home of the European Champions

4: St James' Park, Newcastle United
Newcastle fans welcome Michael Owen to St James' Park, where the fanaticalToon Army populate the sweeping Gallowgate End

3: Parkhead, Celtic
Bhoys fans in full voice at the intimidating Celtic Park

2: Camp Nou, FC Barcelona
The majestic Camp Nou - with a capacity of 98,787 - is the largest stadium in Europe

1: Anfield, Liverpool
The sign says it all..The world famous Spion Kop - home of Liverpool's most passionate supporters - welcome Chelsea and then boss Jose Mourinho to Anfield, while fans greet the club's 2005 Champions League victory with merriment at the Paisley Gateway, below

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