The Largest Stadiums in the World
It’s a question that sports fans everywhere want to know the answer to – where are the largest stadiums in the world?
Of the current top 10 competitive sports venues globally, eight of the top 10 are located in the United States.
However, stadiums in India and North Korea fill the top two spots on a list packed with some of the most iconic sporting venues on the planet.
Top 10 Largest Stadiums in the World
- Narendra Modi Stadium – 132,000 – Ahmedabad, India – Cricket
- Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – 114,000 – Pyongyang, North Korea – Soccer, athletics, multi-event
- Michigan Stadium – 107,601 – Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States – American Football
- Beaver Stadium – 106,572 – State College, Pennsylvania, United States – American Football
- Ohio Stadium – 102,780 – Columbus, Ohio, United States – American Football
- Kyle Field – 102,733 – College Station, Texas, United States – North America – American Football
- Neyland Stadium – 102,455 – Knoxville, Tennessee, United States – American Football
- Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States – American Football
- Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium – 100,119 – Austin, Texas – United States – American Football
- Bryant-Denny Stadium – 100,077 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States – American Football
Largest Stadium in Europe
The largest stadium in Europe is the Nou Camp in Spain. Home to La Liga giants Barcelona, the venue has a seating capacity of 99,354.
The club has revealed plans to invest €1.5 billion to transform the ground into a 105,000-seater stadium that is ‘at the avant-garde of technology’.
The new development, which will boast a retractable roof covered in 30,000 square metres of solar panels, is projected to be completed by the end of 2025.
Largest Stadium in North America
Michigan Stadium is the largest college football stadium in North America. It is nicknamed ‘The Big House’ due to its enormous 107,601 capacity.
It is home to the Michigan Wolverines, who regularly attract six-figure crowds to their college football home games.
The stadium hosted the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, while Manchester United and Real Madrid played an International Champions Cup game there during the same year.
Largest Stadium in South America
The Monumental Stadium is a football stadium in the district of Ate in Lima, Peru. It is the home of Club Universitario de Deportes.
There are conflicting views on the stadium’s capacity, although 80,093 appears to be the general opinion from the most reliable sources.
The stadium has hosted some of the Peru national football team’s international matches, including World Cup qualifying games.
Largest Stadium in Asia
The Narendra Modi Stadium is a cricket venue situated inside the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
It is the largest stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 132,000 spectators. Owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association, it is a venue for Test, ODI and T20I cricket matches.
The stadium regularly hosts international cricket and has staged matches during several World Cup tournaments.
Largest Stadium in Africa
The First National Bank (aka the FNB Stadium) is a football venue located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has a capacity of 94,736.
It is the home of South African Premier League team Kaizer Chiefs and regularly hosts key fixtures for the country’s national team.
The FNB Stadium for the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands. The closing ceremony for the tournament saw Nelson Mandela make his final public appearance.
Largest Stadium in Australia
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria.
Managed by Melbourne Cricket Club, it is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, the 11th largest globally and the second-largest cricket ground by capacity.
The stadium has hosted several major sporting events including the Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Cricket World Cup.
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