Monday, January 30

The 10 Biggest Stadiums Around The World

Manchester United #1

Stadiums are used all around the world for lots of different sports. Some of the most famous sports trophies have been won at these impressive stadiums, adding a little history to the grounds as each year goes by. Here are ten of the biggest from around the world played by the biggest players in some of the biggest soccer stadiums around  the world.

Bryant-Denny Stadium

In our list of the ten largest stadiums in the world, Bryant-Denny Stadium rounds out the top ten with its capacity of 100,077. As well as hosting the University of Alabama football team, this venue serves as the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Tuscaloosa opened its stadium in 1929 and has expanded it multiple times since, like many other college football stadiums in the United States. 

Camp Nou

Camp Nou has been home to FC Barcelona since September 24, 1957. As well as hosting Catalan national matches, it served as one of the stadiums for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Spain. The stadium also held the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final, in addition to two Champions League finals.

The spectator capacity was 121,749 at the start of the 1980s, compared to just over 93,000 four years earlier. In 1993, the number was lowered to 115,000; by 2005, it had fallen again to 98,772. There are plans to increase capacity to 105,000 in 2021, which is a slight increase since 2016. 

The Nou Camp has been used for more than just soccer. John Paul II celebrated a Mass at the ground in 1982, attended by twelve thousand people. In addition, Julio Iglesias performed there in 1983 for 60,000 people. In addition Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Three Tenors, and other acts have performed at the stadium.

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Michigan Stadium

Located in Ann Arbor, in Michigan, a part of the University of Michigan, the stadium is the largest in the United States. Students at the University of Michigan call the stadium “The Big House,” and it has a capacity of 107,601. During college football games, the venue is most commonly used to host the sport. In addition to the International Champions Cup, it hosts other sporting events. The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs played there in 2014, and 105,491 people attended.

FNB Stadium

Known as Soccer City and The Calabash, the First National Bank Stadium is one of South Africa’s most famous stadiums for both soccer and rugby. In 1996, it hosted the African Cup of Nations, the first time it had done so, then again in 2013. It also hosted most of the 2010 FIFA World Cup games, including its final.

Major stadium renovations were undertaken in preparation for the World Cup. With the construction of an upper-tier, the stadium’s capacity was expected to increase to 94,736. However, it was limited to 84,490 tickets because VIP seating and FIFA family seats had to be reserved.

Kyle Field

Kyle Field is one of the largest stadiums in College Station, Texas, and is owned by Texas A&M. Kyle Field has a capacity of 102,733. The venue is typically used as a college football stadium, just as many of the other stadiums on our list. Opening in 1905, Kyle Field has a long history of hosting college football games. One of the biggest redevelopment projects in US collegiate sports history began in 2014, and the project was completed in 2015. Over the past two decades, thousands of fans have attended every home game for the Aggies football team.

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Rungrado May Day Stadium

The largest stadium in the world is the May Day, located in Rungrado. Although the stadium’s capacity is officially 150,000, it is believed to be closer to 114,000, making it the world’s largest stadium in terms of capacity. Despite being intended to resemble a magnolia flower, the stadium is shaped like a parachute. North Korea’s national soccer team plays there during several of its sporting events. Most of the time, however, military parades are held at the stadium. The stadium hosted a wrestling event in 1995 that attracted 190,000 spectators, setting a world record.

Estadio Azteca

Estadio Azteca, located in Mexico City’s Santa Ursula neighborhood, is the home of the Mexico national soccer team. It is also the venue of the Apertura festival and the home stadium of Club America in the top tier of Mexican soccer. Other clubs have also relied on this stadium throughout the years, including Necaxa, Atlante, Universidad Nacional, Atletico Espanyol, and Cruz Azul.

The stadium’s events have been boxing matches, concerts featuring big-name musicians, and many other sporting events. For example, the Dangerous Tour by Michael Jackson sold out five shows in 1993, and U2’s The Joshua Tree attracted 110,000 people in 2011. Just five years after McCartney played there in front of 53,000, the Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos had his funeral at the stadium in 2014.

Ohio Stadium

The Horseshoe, or simply “The Shoe” because of the shape, is located within Ohio State University in Columbus. Built in 1922 and renovated in 2001, this venue first opened in 1922. It can accommodate 102,780 people. Major college sports, including college football, are played in the stadium. During the 2016 college football season, the stadium hosted a record crowd of 110,045 spectators who attended a game between Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. There are also non-sporting events held at Ohio Stadium, from concerts by Pink Floyd to performances by the Rolling Stones.

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Beaver Stadium

In University Park, Pennsylvania, you will find the second largest stadium in the United States. With a capacity of 106,572, the venue opened in 1960. The field is now home to the Nittany Lions, the football team of Pennsylvania State. But, Beaver Stadium is considered to be a college football stadium first and foremost. In a survey conducted by USA Today, the stadium was voted the best college football stadium of 2016.

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

With a capacity of 100,019, this stadium is the ninth-largest in the world, formally known as the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at Campbell-Williams Field. Located in Austin, the capital of Texas, the venue hosts international events. The Texas Longhorns play their home games in Arlington. Over the years, the stadium has undergone multiple renovations since being dedicated in 1924. The Longhorns took on the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans in a game that drew the stadium’s largest crowd last year when 103,507 spectators attended.

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