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Biggest Stadiums in The World By Capacity

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is the largest sports stadium in the world followed by 8 college football stadiums and Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Stadiums are not only architectural marvels but massive theaters of entertainment, celebration, and passion. Among the largest fifty stadiums in the world, half are found in the United States, about a quarter in Europe, and the remaining quarter is scattered in AsiaAfricaSouth America, and Australia. Noticeably, the largest stadiums in the world host American college football teams. This list does not include stadiums that are now-defunct, such as the Strahov Stadium in Prague, which has a total capacity of 56,000 when seated (or 250,000 while standing) but is today only used as a training center. 

Large Stadiums in the United States

The majority of the world’s largest stadiums are found in the US. Eight out of the top ten largest stadiums in the world are in the US where they play host to American football and baseball teams. Some of them are Michigan Stadium (107,601 people) in position two behind Rungrado, while Beaver Stadium (107,572), Ohio Stadium (104,944), and Kyle Field (102,733) complete the top five. In total, 25 stadiums among the top fifty are all in the US where they host American football and baseball games. The two sports demand larger playing area thereby providing for the construction of larger spectator areas on the fringes of the pitch. The two games are wildly popular in the US and hence the big stadiums to accommodate the thousands of fans who turn up at almost every game.

Sports Played in the Largest Stadiums

Gigantic stadiums are known to host rugby, cricket, and even martial arts festivals find their way into the list of the world’s largest stadiums. North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium which is the world’s largest stadium with a capacity of 114,000 people hosts football games besides a festival called Arirang (gymnastic and artistic games). Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which hosts 100,024 people and is primarily a cricket ground comes in at number 10 among the world’s largest. Twickenham Stadium (82,000) in the United Kingdom mostly hosts rugby games and it comes in at position 30. Although soccer is the world’s most popular sport, it loses out in terms of its stadiums’ capacities. In total, only 14 stadiums know to host soccer make it to the top fifty, including Barcelona's Camp Nou (99,354), Johannesburg's Soccer City (94,736), and Mexico City's Estadio Azteca (87,000). 

Increasing Capacities

Stadiums in the US and Europe are also increasing their capacities. For instance, Tiger Stadium expanded from a 92,400 to 102,321 capacity while Texas’s Kyle stadium can accommodate almost 21,000 more people from the previous 82,000 person capacity after its expansion. Wembley Stadium which comes in at number 17 among the world’s largest, was expanded from a 40,000 to a 90,000 capacity stadium in 2003. Russia's Luzhiniki Stadium was expanded some years ago to the current capacity of 81,000.

Biggest Stadiums in The World By Capacity

1Rungrado 1st of May Stadium114,000Pyongyang, North Korea
2Michigan Stadium107,601Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
3Beaver Stadium106,572State College, Pennsylvania, US
4Ohio Stadium104,944Columbus, Ohio, US
5Kyle Field102,733College Station, Texas, US
6Neyland Stadium102,455Knoxville, Tennessee, US
7Tiger Stadium102,321Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
8Bryant–Denny Stadium101,821Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US
9Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium100,119Austin, Texas, US
10Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)100,024Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
11Camp Nou99,354Barcelona, Spain
12Soccer City94,736Johannesburg, South Africa
13Sanford Stadium92,746Athens, Georgia, US
14Rose Bowl92,542Pasadena, California, US
15Cotton Bowl Stadium92,100Dallas, Texas, US
16Wembley Stadium90,000London, England, UK
17Ben Hill Griffin Stadium88,548Gainesville, Florida, US
18Jordan–Hare Stadium87,451Auburn, Alabama, US
19Bukit Jalil National Stadium87,411Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20Estadio Azteca87,000Mexico City, Mexico
21Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium86,112Norman, Oklahoma, US
22Memorial Stadium86,047Lincoln, Nebraska, US
23Borg El Arab Stadium86,000Alexandria, Egypt
24Salt Lake Stadium85,000Kolkata, India
25Stadium Australia83,500Sydney, Australia
26MetLife Stadium82,500East Rutherford, New Jersey, US
27Croke Park82,300Dublin, Ireland
28FedExField82,000Landover, Maryland, US
29Twickenham Stadium82,000London, England, UK
30Memorial Stadium81,500Clemson, US
31Lambeau Field81,441Green Bay, Wisconsin, US
32Signal Iduna Park81,365Dortmund, Germany
33Stade de France81,338Saint-Denis, France
34Estadio Santiago Bernabéu81,044Madrid, Spain
35Luzhniki Stadium81,000Moscow, Russia
36Notre Dame Stadium80,795South Bend, Indiana, US
37Shah Alam Stadium80,372Shah Alam, Malaysia
38Camp Randall Stadium80,321Madison, Wisconsin, US
39Williams-Brice Stadium80,250Columbia, South Carolina, US
40Estadio Monumental80,093Lima, Peru
41Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)80,018Milan, Italy
42Guangdong Olympic Stadium80,012Guangzhou, China
43AT&T Stadium80,000Arlington, Texas, US
44Beijing National Stadium80,000Beijing, China
45Grand Stade de Casablanca80,000Casablanca, Morocco
46Stade 5 Juillet 196280,000Algiers, Algeria
47Stade des Martyrs80,000Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
48Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium79,560Tallahassee, Florida, US
49Estádio do Maracanã78,838Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
50Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum78,467Los Angeles, California, US


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