In a career spanning over two decades, Nigel Owens etched his name in the annals of rugby history not just as a legendary referee but also as a witness to some of the sport’s most electrifying atmospheres.
Renowned for his calm demeanor on the pitch and an uncanny ability to command respect, Owens officiated in numerous iconic stadiums around the world. However, when asked about the venues that left an indelible mark on him, the Welshman surprisingly omitted his beloved Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
From the southern hemisphere’s rugby strongholds to the cauldrons of European rugby, Nigel Owens’ journey through these stadiums unveils the diverse tapestry of emotions woven into the fabric of the sport.
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#5. Stade de France, Paris
Nigel Owens recalls the electric ambiance within Stade de France, acknowledging its incredible atmosphere. While the stadium may lack the bustling surroundings of Cardiff, its grandeur and fervent crowd make it a memorable stage for rugby battles, showcasing the vibrant spirit of Parisian rugby enthusiasts.
Owens wrote: “When you’re inside the Stade de France it’s an incredible stadium. The atmosphere is up there with the best and I absolutely loved refereeing there but the actual location of the stadium is not the best, there isn’t a lot going on around it, it’s the total opposite to Cardiff in many ways.”