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The Largest Stadiums In North America

With the exception of the Estadio Azteca in Mexico, 19 of the 20 largest stadiums in North America are in the US.

North America is home to some of the largest stadiums in the world with the top five biggest stadiums having a seating capacity exceeding 100,000 people. All the top 20 largest stadiums in the continent are located in the United States with many of them being owned by universities. The Estadio Azteca in Mexico is the 9th largest in North America and the only one outside of the US on the top 20 largest stadiums list.

Michigan Stadium (USA)

Michigan Stadium is a football stadium located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is owned and operated by the University of Michigan. The Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States with a capacity of 107,601, making it the second largest stadium in the world. The stadium was constructed between 1926 and 1927 at the cost of $950,000 ($13.1 million inflation adjusted) and was officially opened on October 1st, 1927. It was later renovated in 2010 at the cost of $226 million. The record attendance at the Michigan Stadium was set on September 3rd, 2013 with an attendance of 115,109. The stadium has hosted several important events including many NFL games.

Beaver Stadium (USA)

Beaver Stadium is an outdoor football stadium located within the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. The stadium is the second largest stadium in North America and the third largest in the world with a seating capacity of 106,572. However, the record attendance stands at 110,753 set in 2002 during the Pennsylvania State games. The stadium is named after a former Pennsylvania Governor, James A. Beaver who was once the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees president. Construction of the Beaver Stadium commenced in 1959 and was completed in 1960 at the cost of $1.6 million ($13 million with adjusted inflation). Several expansion and renovation works have been done with the most intensive being done in 2001 at the cost of $93 million. The stadium is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania State University.

Ohio Stadium (USA)

Ohio Stadium is a football stadium located within The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. The stadium is owned by Ohio State University and is operated by the university’s Department of Athletics. Ohio Stadium is the third largest both in the United States and in North America, with a seating capacity of 104,944. On November 26th, 2016 the stadium had an attendance of 110,045 which set its record attendance. Ohio Stadium’s design was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and gave it its nickname, “The Horse Shoe.” The stadium’s construction began on August 3rd, 1921 and ended on October 7th, 1922 at the cost of $1.34 million ($19.2 million with adjusted inflation).

Kyle Field (USA)

The Kyle Field is a stadium located on the Texas A and M University campus in College Station, Texas. The football stadium is the fourth largest stadium both in the US and in North America with a seating capacity of 102,733. Kyle Field is also the world’s fifth largest non-racing stadium. Kyle Field was constructed between May 1927 and September 1927 with the stadium being opened on September 24th, 1927. However, to reach its current capacity, several expansion works were conducted with the latest being completed in 2015 at the cost of $484 million.

Use of Stadiums in North America

As indicated, the majority of the largest stadiums in North America are located in the United States. The country is renowned for its love of American football. America's passion for football is one of the main factors that has led to the creation of these large stadiums.

The Largest Stadiums In North America

RankStadiumCapacityCityCountry
1Michigan Stadium107,601Ann Arbor USA
2Beaver Stadium106,572University Park USA
3Ohio Stadium104,944Columbus USA
4Kyle Field102,512College Station USA
5Neyland Stadium102,455Knoxville USA
6Tiger Stadium102,321Baton Rouge USA
7Bryant–Denny Stadium101,821Tuscaloosa USA
8Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium100,119Austin USA
9Estadio Azteca95,500Mexico City Mexico
10Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum93,607Los Angeles USA
11Sanford Stadium92,756Athens USA
12Rose Bowl92,542Pasadena USA
13Cotton Bowl92,100Dallas USA
14Ben Hill Griffin Stadium88,548Gainesville USA
15Jordan-Hare Stadium87,451Auburn USA
16Memorial Stadium86,047Lincoln USA
17MetLife Stadium82,500East Rutherford USA
18Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium82,112Norman USA
19Memorial Stadium82,000Clemson USA
20FedExField82,000Landover USA

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