The 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World
Football is one of the most popular field games played throughout the world. The main reason for its ever rising popularity can be contributed to its simple game play; basic equipment requirement and the uncomplicated rules. This game has now transcended above and beyond the narrow confines of race, age, gender and culture.
This game is so undemanding that one can straightway play it without any need of an expensive sports kit. What required is a simple football, a group of players and voila game of football is ready for action.
As this sport is getting a whole lot of new viewership and rising number of spectators, it has now become a mass moment which requires dealing with hundred thousands of people at a single time. This ultimately led to the construction of large stadiums to accommodate such crowds.
So it is not a surprise that some of the biggest stadiums have been constructed all over the world. Some of the biggest football stadiums in the world based on their size and capacity include the following.
From North Korea and Egypt to the USA and the UK: The biggest football stadiums
Rungrado May Day Stadium ( North Korea)
This is the largest football stadium of the world and it is situated at city of Pyongyang, North Korea. Rungrado May Day stadium has a capacity of accommodating 1, 14,000 spectators at a single time. This mega stadium was constructed in 1989 after the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. The site itself occupies more than 20.7 hectares of total area. The design of this stadium resembles a magnolia blossom. This stadium is the home ground of North Korean National Football Team and also used for other cultural/political activities.
Camp Nou (Spain)
Camp Nou which is also known as Nou Camp is the second largest football stadium built at Barcelona, Spain. This stadium has a seating capacity of 99, 354 spectators but there is an instance in history when a crowd of more than 1, 20, 000 people attended a match played between FC Barcelona and Juventus during the 1985-86 European Cup quarter finals. Camp Nou was constructed in 1957 and had undergone renovations in 1995 and 2008. This stadium is the training ground of FC Barcelona and also caters to the other Catalan teams. Apart from football this field is also used for hosting music concerts and religious ceremonies.
Estadio Azteca (Mexico)
This association football stadium is situated in the suburb of Mexico City called Santa Úrsula. Estadio Azteca was constructed in 1966. Today this stadium is the home ground for the Mexico National Football team along with home stadium for professional football teams such as Cruz Azul and Club America. Estadio Azteca currently has a sitting capacity of 80,000 spectators and is the largest football stadium in Mexico. The other interesting thing about this stadium is that it sits 2195 meters above the sea level.
Azadi Stadium (Iran)
Azadi stadium is situated at Tehran, Iran. As expected, this stadium is owned by Ministry of Sport and Youth (Iran). This stadium covers 450 hectares of space and has a current capacity of accommodating 78, 116 spectators at a single event. The largest known gathering in this stadium is of 1, 28,000 during a match between Iran and Australia for 1998 FIFA World cup qualifier. This stadium is also used for music concerts, cultural programs and other sports events such as Women’s Islamic Games.
FNB Stadium (South Africa)
FNB is the short form for First National Bank thus FNB Stadium. This stadium is also known as Soccer City and situated at Johannesburg, South Africa. FNB stadium was designed to be a part of the association football stadiums for 2010 FIFA World Cup. This stadium has a capacity for accommodating 94, 736 spectators. FNB Stadium is the home field for the Kaizer Chiefs F.C and a key fixture in the itinerary of the South African national football team. The design of this stadium resembles a Calabash, an African pot or a gourd.
The Rose Bowl (USA)
The Rose Bowl stadium is situated at Pasadena, California. This stadium is designed as an outdoor athletic stadium and is the largest football stadium in United States. The Rose Bowl stadium was constructed in 1922 and is considered as one of the National Historic Landmarks. The latest renovation was done in 2003 and it currently have the seating capacity of 90, 888 spectators. Originally this stadium was designed in the form of a horse shoe but lost its unique shape after several rounds of renovations. Apart from football this stadium is also used for NFL, Super Bowl and college football games.
Wembley Stadium (UK)
This iconic football stadium is situated at Wembley, London. The current stadium building was constructed upon the remains of the earlier one which was demolished in 2002-2003. Wembley Stadium is known for hosting all the major football matches played by England National Football Team and other major leagues. This stadium is currently the home ground of Tottenham Hotspur till September of this year. Wembley stadium has a capacity of 90,000 seats and is the largest football stadium in United Kingdom. This stadium is also used for cultural and musical programs apart from major sports activities that include rugby, rugby league, boxing and American football.
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Indonesia)
This stadium is situated at Central Jakarta, Indonesia. Gelora Bung Karno stadium is named after the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno. This stadium was constructed in 1962 and had capacity of seating 110,000 spectators. This capacity underwent a decrease with each renovation and its current capacity stands at 88, 083 seats. The most amazing thing about this stadium is the gigantic steel roof construction which provides shade to the spectators. This stadium is used by some of the top ranking teams from Asia region.
Borg El Arab Stadium (Egypt)
The Borg El Arab stadium officially known as Stad El Geish is situated at Alexandria, Egypt. This stadium was constructed in 2006 and has capacity of 86,000 seats. The middle football ground of this stadium is encircled by a running track. Borg El Arab stadium is air-conditioned and also provides clothes chamber, salons and elevators. A hotel is also incorporated into this stadium and can accommodate 200 guests at a time. The unique thing about this stadium is that it was solely constructed by the Egyptian Armed Forces Corps of Engineers. This stadium is the home ground for Egyptian National Team.
The ANZ Stadium (Australia)
The ANZ stadium also known as Stadium Australia was earlier christened as Telstra Stadium. This stadium is situated at Sydney, Australia. This stadium was constructed in 1999 and has a capacity of 75,000 seats. The ANZ Stadium also hosted Rugby World Cup Finals in 2003. Being the largest stadium with a rectangular field, this stadium is also used for hosting Australia National Soccer team games. Apart from rugby and football this stadium is also used for cultural programs and concerts showcasing leading vocal singers from all over the world.