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The Largest Football (Soccer) Stadiums In The World

The North Korean Rungrado May Day Stadium has a seating capacity of 114,000, making it the largest one in the world.

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Football or soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It is a game for all that transcends race, culture, gender, and age. It has been referred to as the game that unifies humanity.

Football has simple rules and demands relatively few essential types of equipment. Thus, it is possible to play the game almost anywhere like beaches, streets, parks, gymnasiums, and school grounds. According to the international football governing body FIFA, there were about 250 million soccer players and more than 1.3 billion soccer fans in 2000. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, over 3.2 billion people watched the matches on television. During the 2014 World Cup 2014, FIFA generated more than $1.7billion in revenue in broadcasting rights.

Over the years, many world-class stadiums have been built to accommodate a large number of spectators who flock to watch the football matches. The biggest of these stadiums have been mentioned below.

The 3 Largest Stadiums by Capacity

1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is the largest football stadium in the world. It is located in Pyongyang, North Korea. It has a capacity of 114,000 spectators. Its construction was completed in 1989, and it is used mainly for soccer matches and athletic events. The stadium has a scalloped roof with arches that appear like a magnolia blossom. The main pitch has an area of 22,500 square m. The total floor space of the stadium is 207,000 square m.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is not only a top venue for international cricket but also hosts matches of Australian rules football. It is located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria. It is the largest stadium in the entire Southern Hemisphere and has the tallest lighting towers of any sporting venue. The MCG has a seating capacity of 100,024,

3. Camp Nou

With a capacity of 99,354, Camp Nou is the third biggest soccer stadium worldwide. It is located in Barcelona, Spain and serves as the home stadium of FC Barcelona. Camp Nou was completed in 1957 when it became the biggest stadium in Europe. Many popular national and international football events have been held at the stadium like the European Cup 1989 and 1999, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and others.

4. FNB Stadium

The First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the largest football stadium in Africa. It has a seating capacity of 94,736. The stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup final match between Netherlands and Spain. It also featured the last public appearance of Nelson Mandela during the final closing ceremony of the World Cup.

Importance Of Football

Football plays a significant role in promoting good international relations between countries because of its global popularity. For instance, the International Olympic Committee has over 200 member countries, more than the total number of UN member states (192).

The Largest Football (Soccer) Stadiums In The World

RankStadiumCapacityLocation
1Rungrado May Day Stadium 150,000Pyongyang, North Korea
2Melbourne Cricket Ground100,024Melbourne, Australia
3Camp Nou 99,354Barcelona, Spain
4FNB Stadium94,736Johannesburg, South Africa
5Rose Bowl Stadium90,888Pasadena, United States
6Wembley Stadium90,000London, England
7Estadio Azteca87,523Mexico City, Mexico
8Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9Borg El Arab Stadium 86,000Alexandria, Egypt
10Salt Lake Stadium 85,000Kolkata, India
11ANZ Stadium84,000Sydney, Australia
12MetLife Stadium82,500East Rutherford, United States
13Croke Park82,300Dublin, Ireland
14Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion) 81,360Dortmund, Germany
15Stade de France 81,338Saint-Denis, France
16Santiago Bernabéu Stadium81,044Madrid, Spain
17Luzhniki Stadium 81,004Moscow, Russia
18Shah Alam Stadium80,372Shah Alam, Malaysia
19Estadio Monumental U80,093Lima, Peru
20Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) 80,018Milan, Italy

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