A stadium is a large venue with a tiered structure for spectators to watch ongoing sporting activities, concerts, and other events. The construction and design of stadiums are in such a way that spectators can all view the field openly, regardless of their positions in the tiers. Modern stadiums contain more than just a playing ground with areas for spectators. Their design and construction have evolved to embrace features such as lighting, changing rooms, washrooms, air conditioning, and luxury suites. Some African countries have constructed large stadiums that meet international standards. Here is a list of some of the largest stadiums in Africa:
1. FNB Stadium
The FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa is the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736 spectators. The stadium first opened in 1989 and underwent renovations and expansion in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium, managed by the Stadium Management South Africa, has hosted other famous games since its construction, including the 1996 and 2013 African Cup of Nations. On May 17, 2017, the stadium hosted the Absa Premiership League match between the Orlando Pirates and the Ajax Cape Town.
2. Borg El Arab Stadium
The Borg El Arab stadium, located in Alexandria, is the largest in Egypt and the second largest in Africa with a capacity of 86,000 people. The stadium, inaugurated in 2006 and completed in 2007, was commissioned with prospects of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is a multipurpose one with athletics tracks in the pitch. The stadium is sheltered from the sun and possesses air conditioning facilities due to its location in a desert. Games played at the stadium include the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
3. Stade des Martyrs
The Stade des Martyrs is the third largest stadium in Africa and the largest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The stadium, located in Kinshasa, has a capacity of up to 100,000 people. After its opening in 1994, the stadium has hosted many football matches, athletic competitions, and concerts. Synthetic grass added during the 2008 renovations, after recommendations by FIFA, now covers the stadium.
4. Stade 5 Juillet 1962
The stadium in Algiers, Algeria is the third largest along with the Stade des Martyrs with a capacity of 80,000. Built in 1970 and inaugurated in 1972, the stadium has hosted many games including the 1975 Mediterranean Games, All Africa Games of 1978 and 2007, the 2004 Pan Arab Games, the African Cup of Nations 1990, and the 2000 African Championships in Athletics.
Growth Of Stadiums In AfricaWith the growth of sporting activities around the world, the construction of stadiums in Africa has increased. Africa is increasingly developing world-class, multi-purpose stadia to cater to the growing demand for sporting activities. Other large stadiums in Africa include the Cairo international stadium, Stade Mohamed V, and Stade Moulay Abdellah of Morocco, the June 11 Stadium (Libya), Ellis Park Stadium (South Africa), and the Bahir Dar Stadium (Ethiopia).
What is the Largest Stadium in Africa?
The FNB Stadium located in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the biggest African stadium by capacity. It has a capacity of around 94,000.
The Largest Stadiums In Africa By Capacity
|1||FNB Stadium||94,736||Johannesburg||South Africa|
|2||Borg El Arab Stadium||86,000||Alexandria||Egypt|
|3||Stade des Martyrs||80,000||Kinshasa||DR Congo|
|4||Stade 5 Juillet 1962||80,000||Algiers||Algeria|
|5||Cairo International Stadium||74,100||Cairo||Egypt|
|6||Stade Mohamed V||67,000||Casablanca||Morocco|
|7||Stade Moulay Abdellah||65,000||Rabat||Morocco|
|8||June 11 Stadium||65,000||Tripoli||Libya|
|9||Ellis Park Stadium||62,567||Johannesburg||South Africa|
|10||Bahir Dar Stadium||60,500||Bahir Dar||Ethiopia|
|12||Stade Olympique de Radès||60,000||Radès||Tunisia|
|13||Tanzania National Main Stadium||60,000||Dar es Salaam||Tanzania|
|14||Stade Leopold Senghor||60,000||Dakar||Senegal|
|15||Moi International Sports Centre||60,000||Nairobi||Kenya|
|16||Heroes National Stadium||60,000||Lusaka||Zambia|
|17||National Sports Stadium (Zimbabwe)||60,000||Harare||Zimbabwe|
|18||Odi Stadium||60,000||Mabopane||South Africa|
|19||Stade 19 Mai 1956||56,000||Annaba||Algeria|
|20||Cape Town Stadium||55,000||Cape Town||South Africa|
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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