Best stadiums for FIFA 21 Ultimate Team
Every great club needs its own fortress. Can your opponents do it on a wet, Tuesday night in Mexico City?
The stadiums in FIFA 21 are, once again, absolutely gorgeous.
While your eye will definitely be drawn towards the new FUT Stadium feature, EA have wasted no time in adding even more terrific arenas to use in Ultimate Team. After all, this is still what the majority of people will be playing, no matter how desperate they are to bring FIFA Street back.
From the far reaches of Asia to the congested cities of North America, you now need to decide where your club is going to call home. Fortunately, I’ve ranked the best FIFA 21 stadiums to help you find your very own impenetrable fortress. Let’s do this.
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HOW TO REMOVE STADIUM SHADOWS IN FIFA 21
Let’s face it - shadows can be pretty annoying in FIFA. In fact, a lot of players actually dismiss a lot of the better stadiums because the shadows on the pitch disrupt the gameplay. However, there’s actually a really simple trick to get rid of them: you just need to change the time of day.
If you load up a game of Squad Battles (or any other single-player mode), advance through the team and kit selection menus until you get to the pre-match screen. Click on ‘Game Settings’ and you’ll be able to fiddle around with the time of day, season and even the weather conditions.
Obviously, playing the game in darker conditions will get rid of any annoying shadows, leaving you free to enjoy any stadium you like! In my opinion, a lot of the stadiums actually look a lot better at night, anyway. And the best part- any changes you make will automatically become the default settings for your stadium, so you don’t have to bother switching things about before every game.
TOP 7 BEST FIFA 21 STADIUMS
7. Wembley Stadium
Where better to settle down than the home of football itself? Boasting an absolutely massive crowd capacity and that infamous giant arch, Wembley Stadium has been a favourite of Ultimate Team players for years now. Free of any existing club banners and logos, Wembley offers you a grand blank canvas onto which you can paint the colours of your own FUT club.
There’s a bit of an annoying shadow near one of the penalty areas during daytime matches but, apart from that, Wembley offers a smooth, clean playing surface.
6. Signal Iduna Park
Club: Borussia Dortmund
The atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park is always absolutely electric, which makes it an incredibly intimidating place for the opposition. Home to the infamous Yellow Wall of Borussia Dortmund, this stadium provides one of the best atmospheres you’re likely to find in FIFA 21. Instead of a sea of black and yellow, however, you can now flood the stands with your own club colours.
Although the “Pink Wall” just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
5. San Siro
Club: Inter & AC Milan
The San Siro is one of the most iconic stadiums in world football, and has played host to some of the beautiful game’s biggest moments. Allowing you to pack in just over 80,000 fervent supporters, this is an arena worthy of every Ultimate Team, providing the ideal playground for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or whoever else you’ve packed.
Unfortunately, the historic Milanese stadium is set for demolition in just a couple of years, so it makes sense to enjoy it while we can.
4. Estadio Azteca
Club: Club América
Ever since Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera was taken out of the game (it’s on PES instead now), I’ve probably played most of my games at the fantastic Estadio Azteca. Now the home to both Club America and Cruz Azul, this is an absolutely massive arena. The stands rear up above you in an almost completely vertical stance, while the sheer scope of it all really hits you every time you take a goal kick.
Yes, a good portion of the near-side is shrouded in shadow, but it’s not anywhere near as disruptive as most of the other stadiums’ lighting. When the sun’s gone down and the lights come on, the colossal size of the stadium makes every game feel like a Champions League Final.
3. CenturyLink Field
Club: Seattle Sounders & Seattle Seahawks
When it comes to atmosphere, nobody comes close to touching CenturyLink Field. This is one of the loudest football stadiums in the world, constructed with the sole purpose of creating as much noise as possible and becoming an invaluable 12th man. The open North stand also provides a unique design, offering gorgeous views of downtown Seattle and making it a part of the city.
2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Club: Atlanta United
Atlanta United's stadium continues to make a bold impression - and it’s not hard to see why.
An enormous, circular video scoreboard sits right above the pitch, which proudly proclaims “GOOOOOOOOAL” every time you put the ball in the back of the net. Video screens behind the goals and a fully-retractable roof add to the sense that this is very much a football stadium from the future. In fact, it looks like something straight out of Rocket League.
In addition, the stadium really does look fantastic during the darker hours, with the blazing lights of the screen and floodlights creating a jaw-dropping atmosphere. The only downside is the fact the words ‘ATLANTA UNITED’ are displayed in huge print all around the stadium, which can kinda ruins the illusion of it belonging to your club.
1. Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı
If, like me, you enjoy new sparkly things, then nothing is shinier than the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı. First introduced for FIFA 20, this stadium was originally built for the 2008 Turkish Olympic Games (which obviously never happened) and was supposed to host the 2020 Champions League Final (which also didn't happen).
Still, the two steel roofs not only look completely different from everything else in the game, but they also make this seem like a football stadium from the future. It’s crisp, clean, modern and, more importantly, crying out for your club to stamp its character all over it.