Football also called soccer in some places, is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and played sports around the world.With the simple rules and the fantastic allowance offered by the football community team motivates the players to play it anywhere and at any weather conditions adds on to the popularity of the game. Not to mention, football has gifted us some brightly shining stars who hundreds and thousands of people idolize.With such popularity and fans crossing over a billion, it is not unexpected that it has many stadiums around the globe. It becomes exciting for us as a football fanatics to know which amongst all these stadiums has the largest capacity.
The top 10 biggest football stadiums in terms of capacity are:
Rungrado May Day Stadium, North Korea
Holding a capacity of 150,000, it is the largest football stadium in the world. It was inaugurated on 1st May 1989 and is also called Rungrado 1st of May Stadium. This stadium is also used for state events, so that is why it is also called as a multi-purpose stadium.
This stadium holds an area of 51 acres. The stadium looks like a magnolia flower for its scallop shaped roof. The roof is built on 16 arches and looks like a ring. The ground of the stadium is made of artificial turf.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia
Melbourne Cricket Ground, which quite apparent from its name, is a cricket ground; however, it is a stadium used for many other sports. It is also the largest football stadium in Australia with a capacity of 100,024. Even the International champions cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester City was played in 2015. Stadium had the highest recorded attendance for a football match with 99,382 fans present. Some other big teams like Manchester United and even the Argentina national football team have played close games against Australia in this stadium.
Camp Nou, Spain
Camp Nou is the second largest football ground in the world holding a capacity of 99,354. It was inaugurated in 1957. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe and Spain. Previously called Estadi del FC Barcelona, the name ‘Camp Nou’ was selected with an official fan poll in the year 2000. This stadium is home to FC Barcelona, the second most vibrant football club in the world. The highest recorded attendance for this stadium was in the 1986-1987 European Cup quarter final match between FC Barcelona and Juventus with a crowd of 120,000 which exceeded the stadium’s seating capacity.
FNB Stadium, South Africa
FNB Stadium or the First National Bank Stadium has a capacity of 94,736. It is commonly referred to as the ‘Soccer City.’ The FNB Stadium was opened in 1989 and became more popular when it hosted the 2010 World Cup. Stadium Management South Africa manages the Stadium.The architecture of the stadium has been done by keeping in mind the African traditions. The stadium earned its nickname ‘The Calabash’ as a result of its resemblance to an African fruit with the same name. The audience of this stadium can sit within 100 meters of the playing ground.
Rose Bowl Stadium, USA
It was opened in 1922; Rose Bowl Stadium can hold a capacity of 92,542. This football ground is also known as ‘Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl.’ It hosted the FIFA World Cup Final of 1994, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final of 1999 and several other qualifiers.The Rose Bowl Stadium is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Estadio Azteca, Mexico
It is the largest football stadium in Mexico. It has a capacity of 87,523 people. The stadium was opened in 1966. It is 7,200 feet above sea level. Before renovation that got completed in November 2016, it could hold a capacity of 107,000. In the year of 1968, the match between Mexico and Brazil the stadium witnessed its highest ever attendance with a crowd of 119,853.
It is in this venue the historical moment of football, ‘Hand of God’ goal of Diego Maradona took place in the 1986 Quarter Finals. It held two FIFA World Cup Finals, one in 1970 and the other in 1986. It was also the main venue of the Summer Olympics of 1968. Apart from these main events, this multi-tasking stadium has also held certain religious and political ceremonies and activities.
Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Malaysia
It was inaugurated in the year 1998, Bukit Jalil National Stadium sits in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. This multi-purpose stadium can hold 87,411 fans in it. Being the largest stadium in Southeast Asia, it has hosted matches of some big heavyweights of the football world like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool during their pre-season tours. It had also hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games.The stadium also has a 400m synthetic track with nine lanes for hosting athletic events.
Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom
The Wembley Stadium is one of the top stadiums in the whole of Europe. Residing in the city of London, the stadium is the home ground of the England National Football Team. It has a capacity of 86000 people for the football matches. It is one of the Category 4 stadiums of UEFA which is the highest category. It has even hosted the UEFA Champions League Final of 2011 and 2013. Other than that Wembley also hosts several big matches in the English football like the FA Community Shield, League Cup Final, FA Cup semi finals, etc. It will be hosting both the semi finals and finals in the UEFA Euro 2022.The famous arch of Wembley also adds to its beauty and is visited by football fans for stadium tours. The stadium is also used to host big concerts in it.
Borg El Arab Stadium, Egypt
The largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest in the whole of Africa, Borg El Arab Stadium is capable of holding 86000 fans. It is used as the home ground for the Egyptian National Team. The vast stadium also has a hotel that can serve 200 guests and has a swimming pool and gym. The parking lot could fit as many as 5000 cars and 200 buses.
Salt Lake Stadium, India
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, also known as the Salt Lake Stadium is located in Kolkata and is the biggest stadium in India. Once holding the rank of the 2nd largest football stadium in the world with a capacity of 120,000, now has reduced to 85,000 in capacity after renovations. It is the home ground of the two big clubs of India- East Bengal and Mohun Bagan who play in the I-League and also Atlético de Kolkata who play in the ISL. The stadium boasts its record-breaking attendance with a crowd of 131,781 in the year 1997 in a match between the Indian football giants- East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
It also prides itself in hosting many other big matches like the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup final and even ten different events in the same tournament and hosting some matches of the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification. Some other memorable moments of the stadium have been when it hosted the friendly game against Argentina and Venezuela in the year 2011. Oliver Kahn played his farewell match with Bayern Munich in this stadium.