GALLERY: Bask in the vision of the stadiums with the most scenic views on earth

Ireland will be playing Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala - right in the Himalayas

BY Raf Diallo 16:23 Tuesday 8 March 2016, 16:23 8 Mar 2016

A policeman keeps a lookout at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharmsala, India, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The venue, which hosts several ICC Twenty20 World Cup matches, will hold the first match between Bangladesh and the Netherlands on March 9. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Tomorrow morning, the Irish cricket team will begin their 2016 ICC World Twenty20 campaign against Oman.

The tournament, which is being hosted by India, sees Ireland starting off against the Gulf state at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.

For anyone who was lucky enough to catch the Channel 4 show Walking The Himalayas with explorer and journalist Levison Wood, they will know it's a mountain range with so much more to offer than its main landmark Mount Everest.

The Dharamsala stadium (pictured above and below) is far from the only one with such beautiful views or a closeness to nature, but there are some other places around the globe where the sport on the pitch is not the only thing worth looking at.


Security personnel keep watch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association(HPCA) stadium before a cricket match in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, April 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)



 Panoramic view of the Hernando Siles stadium during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game Bolivia against Colombia in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. At 3,650 m (11,975 feet) above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital in the world.(AP Photo/Jose Lavayen)

The Bolivian capital of La Paz is the world's highest capital, and its Hernando Siles Stadium is beautifully laid out amid skyscrapers and mountain peaks.

Hernando Siles Stadium, La Paz, Bolivia. Picture by: Matthew Ashton / EMPICS Sport


A General view of the Rheinpark Stadium, Vaduz. Wales take on Liechtenstein in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match.  Picture by: Chris Radburn / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lichtenstein is not a football power (although they did hold Ireland to a 0-0 draw in 1995). But the tiny Alpine nation regularly gets to take on Europe's biggest teams in European Championship and World Cup qualifiers. Its stadium in the capital Vaduz has some extraordinary views.



General view of the Municipal Stadium. Picture by: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Built in 2003 ahead of Euro 2004, the home of Portuguese league club and occasional Champions League participants SC Braga has two stands and a quarry at one end of the ground.



F1 racing cars take the harbor chicane during the Qualifying session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Not a stadium per se, but a sports venue once a year, for Formula One watchers, the Monaco Grand Prix's marina section is a joy to behold as the cars zoom out from the tunnel.

San Francisco

 This Nov. 17, 2015 photo shows a man walking along McCovey Cove past the Juan Marichal statue outside AT&T Park in San Francisco. The park is the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball club. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The AT&T baseball park is right in San Francisco's scenic bay.


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