84 Of The Largest Stadiums In The World

Nothing brings people together quite like live sports. Everything from American football to cricket can draw in thousands of dedicated fans who are clamoring at the chance to experience the buzz of competition. Sporting events are only getting more popular. As a result, stadiums are getting bigger and bigger!

Stadiums are much more than just a place to sit back and watch the game. These venues are iconic as the sports themselves! They all have their own unique identities and can enhance the experience for sports fans. Plus, it gives teams, cities, and entire nations the chance to put their pride and culture on full display.

While all stadiums have their quirks and distinct designs, size and capacity are what makes them stand out the most. Some of the biggest stadiums in the world are capable of holding well over 100,000 patrons!

Think you know you which stadiums are the largest? Check out this list of the world’s biggest stadiums.

 

 

#1 – Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – Pyongyang, North Korea

Capacity: 114,000
Built: 1986-1989
Opened: 1st May 1989
Team / Tenant: National Football Team

Covering about 51 acres of land, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-use venue that hosts football games, festivals, and parades. The stadium features a scalloped roof that resembles a magnolia flower. When the stadium first opened, it reportedly held up to 150,000 people! Even now with its 114,000 seats, it’s still the largest stadium in the world by capacity.

 

#2 – Motera Stadium – Ahmedabad, Gujarat India

Capacity: 111,000
Built: 1983 (former structure) 2017 (expansion)
Opened:
12 November 1983
Cost: 8 billion INR (US$110 million, reconstruction, 2017–2020)
Team / Tenant: India national cricket team & Gujarat cricket team

Officially known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, the Motera stadium hasn’t always been so large. When first opened in 1983, it only held about 49,000 spectators. However, a massive reconstruction project more than doubled its total capacity. Motera stadium is sporting several corporate boxes, clubhouses, and an Olympic-sized pool. It also has a near-pillarless design, giving every seat an unobstructed view of the field.

 

#3 – Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Capacity: 107,601
Built: 1926
Opened:
October 1, 1927
Nickname:
The Big House
Team / Tenant: Michigan Wolverines football American football

The official stadium for the University of Michigan, Michigan Stadium is primarily used for the school’s sporting events. It’s also the venue for graduation events, NHL matches, and even the occasional international football match. Since it opened in 1927, “The Big House” has steadily increased its capacity from 72,000 up to 107,601.

 

#4 – Beaver Stadium – State College, Pennsylvania United States

Capacity: 106,572
Built: 1959
Opened:
September 17, 1960
Nickname:
The White House

Cost: $1.6 million
$13.8 million in 2019 dollars
$93 million (2001 expansion

Team / Tenant: Penn State Nittany Lions football (American football)

Home to the Penn State Nittany Lions, Beaver Stadium is a massive sports venue with humble beginnings. The earliest iteration of the stadium was known as New Beaver Field. In 1960, the entire stadium at New Beaver Field was moved and expanded to become Beaver Stadium. Currently, the stadium is the third biggest in the world. Though, that will change when future renovations reduce the venue’s capacity by several thousand.

 

#5 – Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio United States

Capacity: 102,780
Built: 1921
Opened:
October 7, 1922
Nickname:
The Horseshoe, The Shoe, and The House That Harley Built
Team / Tenant: Ohio State Buckeyes football ( American football 🏈 )

Also known as the Horseshoe, Ohio Stadium has a distinct design you can’t miss. While there’s seating surrounding the entire field, a horseshoe-shaped ring of uninterrupted seating gives the venue its name. The stadium is home to the Buckeyes collegiate team, but the stadium has also hosted big-name musicians like Metallica and the Rolling Stones.

 

#6 – Kyle Field – College Station, Texas United States

Capacity: 102,733
Built: 1927
Opened:
September 24, 1927
Nickname:
Home of the 12th Man
Team / Tenant:  Texas A&M Aggies football ( American football 🏈 )

Named after Texas A&M graduate, Edward Jackson Kyle, Kyle Field is a stadium with a lot of rich history. It started out as a simple sports field with bleachers that could hold a paltry 500 people. The official stadium we know today began development two decades later. Now, it’s the fourth largest stadium in the United States.

 

#7 – The Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, Tennessee – United States

Capacity: 102,455
Built: 1921
Opened: September 24, 1921

Team / Tenant: Tennessee Volunteers football (American football)

Neyland Stadium is owned by the University of Tennessee and is the official home of the Tennessee Volunteers team. However, it’s also the site for many NFL exhibition games. Originally built for $42,000, the stadium is one of the most recognizable in American collegiate football. It’s also a common venue for music shows, political rallies, religious events, and more.

 

#8 – Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, Louisiana United States

Capacity: 102,321
Built: 1924
Opened: November 25, 1924

Nickname: Death Valley

Team / Tenant: LSU Tigers football (American football)

Located in Baton Rouge, Tiger Stadium is one of the most intimidating stadiums in American collegiate football. Often referred to as “Death Valley,” the stadium is home to the ultra-competitive Louisianna State university Tigers. It was ranked as the NCAA’s loudest venues in 2013 due to the tenacity and dedication of the Tigers’ fans.

 

#9 – Bryant–Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, Alabama United States

Capacity: 101,821
Built: 1928
Opened: September 28, 1929

Team / Tenant: Alabama Crimson Tide football American football

Nearly 100 years old, Bryant-Denny Stadium is home to the Crimson Tide football team. The stadium was originally built in 1929 and held roughly 18,000 people. However, several renovations over the years have increased that capacity significantly. The most notable is the addition of the upper deck, which started in 1998 and continued until 2010.

 

#10 – Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium – Austin, Texas United States

Capacity: 100,119
Built: 1924
Opened: November 8, 1924

Nickname: DKR

Team / Tenant:  Texas Longhorns football American football

The Darell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is home to the Longhorns of the University of Texas. Originally built as a war memorial, this stadium continues to evolve. Despite holding over 100,000 people, the seating doesn’t wrap around the entire field! That’s all set to change with some future renovations. With the current plans, the stadium is set to become the largest in the United States!

 

#11 – Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne, Australia

Capacity: 100,024
Built: 1853
Opened: 1853

Nickname: The MCG

Team / Tenant: Australia national cricket team, Victorian Bushrangers, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Cricket Club, Richmond FC, Hawthorn FC, Collingwood FC, Melbourne FC.

Affectionately referred to as “The G,” Melbourne Cricket Ground has an impressive history. It was built over 150 years ago. Redevelopment projects have expanded the stadium’s capacity significantly since them. Thanks to the stadium’s popularity, it has hosted some huge events. These include the 1956 summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and two Cricket World Cups!

 

#12 – Camp Nou – Barcelona Spain

Capacity: 99,354
Built: 1954–1957
Opened: 24 September 1957

Team / Tenant:  FC Barcelona (Association football)

A shining landmark in Barcelona, Spain, Camp Nou is a massive sports venue that can hold just shy of 100,000 people. In 1986, the stadium managed to accommodate a record 120,000 people during a single event! Camp Nou first opened in 1957 after a lengthy construction period that cost €1.73 billion! Ever since the doors opened, Camp Nou has been home to FC Barcelona.

 

#13 – FBN Stadium (Soccer City) – Johannesburg, South Africa

Capacity: 94,736
Built: 1986
Opened: 1989

Nickname: Soccer City, The Calabash

Team / Tenant: South African national football team, Kaizer Chiefs F.C. ( Association football ⚽️ )

FBN Stadium, also known as Soccer City, is a relatively new stadium. Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the stadium first opened its doors in 1989. While it’s most known for hosting the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, it’s also been the site of several historic events. The most notable is Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg following his release from prison.

 

#14 – Sanford Stadium – Athens, Georgia, United States

Capacity: 92,746
Built: 1928
Opened: October 12, 1929

Nickname: Between The Hedges

Team / Tenant: Georgia Bulldogs football ( American football )

Sanford Stadium is considered by many American collegiate football fans to be one of the most-beautiful University stadiums in the country. One unique thing about Sanford Stadium is its use of privet hedges around the field. Said to control the crowd, the hedges have become a big part of team tradition. Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs team say that games are played “between the hedges.”

 

#15 – Cotton Bowl Stadium – Dallas, Texas United

Capacity: 92,100
Built: 1930
Opened: 1930

Nickname: The House That Doak Built

Team / Tenant: States City of Dallas ( American football 🏈 )

The Cotton Bowl Stadium is named after the post-season bowl game that occurs after the American college football season. Unlike other stadiums in the United States, this one isn’t home to a single team. Instead, it hosts a wide range of events. It’s the site of major NFL and college football matches. Plus, it hosts games for American soccer teams.

 

#16 – Beijing National Stadium – Beijing, China

Capacity: 91,000
Built: 2007
Opened:
28 June 2008
Nickname:

Team / Tenant: Athletics, association football

This gorgeous stadium opened up to the public in 2008. It was built to host the 2008 Summer Olympics and is scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The design of the stadium was inspired by a bird’s nest. It features intertwined steel, giving it a modern look that’s identifiable the world over.

 

#17 – Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California United States

Capacity: 90,888
Built: 1922
Opened:
October 28, 1922
Nickname: America’s Stadium
Team / Tenant: UCLA Bruins football, Rose Bowl Game (American football)

Located in Pasadena, California, the Rose Bowl stadium is a multi-use venue. It’s most commonly associated with the Rose Bowl, a post-season match for American college football. However, it’s also hosted several Super Bowl games, FIFA games, and even Olympic events. It was built nearly 100 years ago and is a National Historic Landmark.

 

#18 – Wembley Stadium – London United Kingdom

Capacity: 90,000
Built: 2002
Opened:
9 March 2007
Nickname:
Home Of Football
Team / Tenant: England national football team (Association football ⚽️ )

The famous Wembley Stadium is home to the England national football team. The stadium we known today opened in 2007. However, it was built on the same site as the original Wembley Stadium, which opened in 1923. The stadium is most notable for its innovative architecture. It has an enormous structural arch that supports most of the roof.

 

#19 – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida, United States

Capacity: 88,548
Built: 1930
Opened: November 8, 1930

Nickname: The Swamp

Team / Tenant: Florida Gators football American football

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, known as “The Swamp” by locals and adoring fans, is the home of the University of Florida Gators. The stadium is built on a shallow sinkhole. Due to the stadium’s location in the heart of Gainesville, Fl, space is limited. To overcome this, the stands are steep. However, the design puts spectators closer to the action.

 

#20 – Jordan – Hare Stadium – Auburn, Alabama United States

Capacity: 87,451
Built: 1939
Opened:
November 9, 1939
Team / Tenant: Auburn Tigers football ( American ⚽️  )

Opened in 1939, Jordan–Hare Stadium is named after Ralph “Shug” Jordan and Cliff Hare. Hare was one of the original members of the first football team at Auburn University. Meanwhile, Jordan has the most wins in the team’s history. The stadium features massive upper-deck sections, contributing to its enormous seating capacity of over 87,000.

 

#21 – Bukit Jalil National Stadium – Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Capacity: 87,411
Built: 1995
Opened:
11 July 1998
Team / Tenant: Malaysia national football team Association football, athletics

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is the largest in all of Southeast Asia. It’s located in Kuala Lumpur and hosts several different types of events. It hosts Malaysian international football matches, the Southeast Asian Games, music concerts, and more. It was originally built to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

 

#22 – Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico

Capacity: 87,000
Built: 1961
Opened:
29 May 1966
Nickname:
El Coloso de Santa Úrsula  – “The Colossus of Santa Úrsula”
Team / Tenant: Club América, Cruz Azul, Mexico national football team ( Association football ⚽️ )

This multi-use stadium is located in Mexico City. It’s home to a few different football clubs. These include Club America, Cruz Azul, and the Mexico national football team. Estadio Azteca has also hosted FIFA World Cup final matches and the 1968 Summer Olympics. Between sports events, the stadium is commonly used for religious events, funeral services, and some musical acts.

 

#23 – Memorial Stadium – Lincoln, Nebraska United States

Capacity: 86,047
Built: 1923
Opened:
October 20, 1923
Nickname:
Tom Osborne Field “Sea of Red”
Team / Tenant: Nebraska Cornhuskers football ( American football 🏈 )

Memorial Stadium is in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is home to the Cornhuskers football team. Many people refer to the stadium as the “Sellout King.” That’s because it has an ongoing sellout streak that dates back all the way to 1962! Holding over 85,000 people, that’s an impressive accomplishment.

 

#24 – Borg El Arab Stadium – Alexandria, Egypt

Capacity: 86,000
Built: 2005
Opened:
2009
Team / Tenant:  Egypt national football team ( Association football ⚽️ )

Borg El Arab Stadium opened its doors in 2009. The stadium was built by the Egyptian Armed Forces Corps of Engineers. Originally, Borg El Arab Stadium was erected as a bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While Egypt didn’t win the bid, the stadium continues to host several events every year.

 

#25 – Salt Lake Stadium – Kolkata India

Capacity: 85,000
Opened:
January 1984
Team / Tenant: India national football team Association football

Salt Lake Stadium is located in Kolkata India. Currently, it’s home to the Indian national football team. Salt Lake Stadium is an interesting case where renovations reduced capacity. Originally, the stadium held roughly 150,000 people. It once held the title as the largest football stadium in the world. However, modernization of the design reduced the capacity significantly.

 

#26 – Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Norman, Oklahoma United States

Capacity: 86,112
Built: 1922
Opened:
October 20, 1923
Team / Tenant: Oklahoma Sooners football American football

The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium goes by many names. Sometimes it’s referred to as simply Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Some also refer to it as Owen Field or the “Palace on the Prarie.” It’s home to the Oklahoma Sooners college football team. Originally built in 1923, the stadium has seen major renovations several times in the last hundred years.

 

#27 – ANZ Stadium – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Capacity: 83,500
Built: 1996
Opened:
6 March 1999
Nickname:
Stadium Australia, Homebush Stadium, Sydney Olympic Stadium
Team / Tenant: Blues, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, South Sydney Rabbitohs. Rugby league, rugby union, cricket, Australian rules football

Also known as Stadium Australia. ANZ Stadium was specifically built to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. When it opened its doors, it had a capacity of roughly 115,000, making it one of the biggest Olympic stadiums ever built. However, capacity has been reduced to about 82,500 during a reconfiguration project in 2003.

 

#28 – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States

Capacity: 82,500
Built: 2007
Opened:
April 10, 2010
Team / Tenant: New York Giants, New York Jets ( American football 🏈  & Association football ⚽️ )

Next up is the MetLife Stadium. The naming rights for the stadium were acquired by the MetLife insurance firm in 2011. The stadium was originally conceived as a big to host the 2012 Summer Olympics in New York. But, the vision was downsized a bit. Today, the stadium is home to the New York Giants and the New York Jets, both American NFL football teams.

 

#29 – Croke Park – Dublin, Ireland

Capacity: 82,300
Built: 1880
Opened:
1884
AKA:
Páirc an Chrócaigh
Team / Tenant: GAA Gaelic football, hurling, camogie.

Croke Park originally opened in 1884. It’s home to the Gaelic Games. It also hosts Gaelic football games and hurling events. Croke Park is currently the third-largest stadium in Europe. It also happens to be the largest stadium that’s not normally used for association football events.

 

#30 – FedExField – Landover, Maryland, United States

Capacity: 82,000
Built: 1996
Opened: September 14, 1997

Team / Tenant: Washington Redskins ( American football 🏈 )

Originally known as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, FedExField is located in Landover, Maryland. It’s currently home to the Washington Football Team, which was formerly known as the Redskins. FedExField is a relatively new stadium that first opened in 1997. In the two decades since, it’s hosted several high-profile matches in American football, soccer, and more.

 

#31 – Twickenham Stadium – London, United Kingdom

Capacity: 82,000
Built: 1907
Opened:
2 October 1909
Nickname:
Twickers
Team / Tenant: England national rugby union team ( Rugby union )

A rugby union stadium, Twickenham Stadium has hosted several major rugby events. These include the Rugby World Cups in 1991, 1999, and 2015. It’s currently the largest stadium in the world that’s dedicated to the sport and the fourth-largest stadium in Europe.

 

#32 – Memorial Stadium – Clemson United States

Capacity: 81,500
Built: 1941
Opened: September 19, 1942

Nickname: Death Valley

Team / Tenant: Clemson Tigers football (American football 🏈 )

Owned by Clemson University in South Carolina, Memorial Stadium is an intimidating venue. It’s home to the Clemson Tigers and is often called “Death Valley.” The stadium has gone through several expansions. During those expansions, several steel upper decks were added. These decks give the stadium a foreboding feeling that undoubtedly benefits its home team.

 

#33 – Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin United States

Capacity: 81,441
Built: 1956
Opened:
September 29, 1957
Nickname:
The Frozen Tundra
Team / Tenant: Green Bay Packers American football

Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lambeau Field is home to the Greenbay Packers. It was originally called City Stadium. However, the venue was later named after Curly Lambeau, who was the founder, player, and long-time coach of the Green Bay Packers.

 

#34 – Signal Iduna Park – Dortmund Germany

Capacity: 81,365 
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Opened:

Nickname:
Westfalenstadion
Team / Tenant: Borussia Dortmund (Association football )

Signal Iduna Park is the official name of the stadium in Dortmund, Germany. Unofficially, it’s sometimes referred to as Westfalenstadion. The stadium boasts a seating capacity of more than 81,000 for domestic matches. For international events, the seating capacity is decreased to around 65,000. The stadium is home to the Borussia Dortmund team.

 

#35 – Stade de France – Saint-Denis France

Capacity: 81,338
Built: 1995
Opened:
28 January 1998
Team / Tenant: France national football team, France national rugby union team – Association football, rugby union, athletics

Located north of Paris, Stade de France is used by the France national football team. The venue has hosted several events in its short history. These include UEFA, Rugby World Cup, Race of Champion, and World Championship events. It’s set to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

 

#36 – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu – Madrid Spain

Capacity: 81,044
Built: 1944
Opened:
14 December 1947
Nickname:
El Bernabéu
Team / Tenant: Real Madrid C.F. Association football

Since its completion in 1947, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu has been home to the Real Madrid football club. It’s located in Madrid and features a classic design that complements the surrounding buildings of the historic city. Throughout its history, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu has been an open-air stadium. However, the stadium is undergoing renovations to add a roof for all-season playing.

 

#37 – Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, Indiana, United States

Capacity: 80,795
Built: 1929
Opened:
4 October 1930
Nickname:
The House That Rockne Built
Team / Tenant: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football American football

Owned by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana, Notre Dame Stadium is a massive open-air stadium with almost 80,000 seats. Originally opened in 1930, the stadium has gone through some minor renovations. Upwards of 20,000 additional seats were added in 1997 and artificial grass was put in for the first time in 2014.

 

#38 – Shah Alam Stadium – Shah Alam, Malaysia

Capacity: 80,372
Built: 1990
Opened:
16 July 1994
Team / Tenant: Selangor FA Association football

Home to Selangor FA, the Shah Alam Stadium is primarily used for football matches. However, it’s hosted some interesting events throughout its nearly 30 years of operation. This includes the Southeast Asian Games, FIFA World Youth Championships, the Malaysia Cup, and even an episode of The Amazing Race Asia!

 

#39 – Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wisconsin United States

Capacity: 80,321
Built: 1917
Opened:
November 3, 1917
Team / Tenant: Wisconsin Badgers football ( American football 🏈 )

Camp Randall Stadium is named after the original Randall Field. Before that, the site was known as Camp Randall. It was a Union Army training camp during the American Civil War. Today, Camp Randall Stadium is home to the University of Wisconsin’s Badgers football team.

 

#40 – Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, South Carolina United States

Capacity: 80,250
Built: 1934
Opened:
October 6, 1934
Team / Tenant: Gamecocks football American football

Home to the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Williams-Brice Stadium goes by many names. To fans of the Gamecocks, it’s sometimes referred to as “The Cock Pit.” Some fans also call it “Willy B.” The stadium holds more than 80,000 patrons. Its highest recorded attendance was more than 85,000 people in 2012.

 

#41 – Estadio Monumental – Lima, Peru

Capacity: 80,093
Built: 1936–1938
Opened:
26 May 1938
Team / Tenant: Universitario de Deportes Association football

Located in Lima, Peru, Estadio Monumental holds many notable football events. It’s hosted several FIFA World Cup qualifying matches as well as exhibition games. The stadium, and the surrounding complex, is owned by Club Universitario de Deportes.

 

#42 – Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) – Milan Italy A. C. Milan

Capacity: 80,018
Built: 1925
Opened:
19 September 1926
Team / Tenant: F.C. Internazionale Milano, Atalanta B. C. (only UCL 2019/20 matches) Association football

Despite the modern look of San Siro, this stadium has been around for almost 100 years. It features distinct architectural elements that continue to look great to this day. Located in Milan, Italy, the stadium is home to AC Milan. It’s also a UEFA category four stadium and has hosted FIFA World Cup matches and the European Finals.

 

#43 – Guangdong Olympic Stadium – Guangzhou, China

Capacity: 80,012
Built: 1999 – 2001
Opened: 22 September 2001

Team / Tenant: Association football, athletics

Also known as the Aoti Main Stadium, this beautifully designed stadium hosts several different kinds of events in China. The building features traditional Chinese architectural design elements. The most beautiful of which is a ribbon-like roof that floats over the entire seated sections.

 

#44 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas United States

Capacity: 80,000 ( expandable to 105,000 )
Built: 2005 – 2009
Opened:
May 27, 2009
Nickname:
Cotton Bowl  
Team / Tenant: Dallas Cowboys ( American football 🏈 )

The AT&T Stadium, formerly known as the Cowboys Stadium, is a multi-purpose venue. It’s fully enclosed and features a retractable roof. As a result, it’s used for several events throughout the year. It’s most commonly used for NFL games, as it’s home to the Dallas Cowboys. However, it also hosts soccer games, wrestling events, boxing matches, concerts, supercross events, and more.

 

#45 – Stade 5 Juillet – Algiers Algeria

Capacity: 80,000
Built: 1970
Opened:
17 June 1972
Team / Tenant: MC Algiers, Association football

Located in Algiers, Algeria, the Stade 5 Juillet stadium is a testament to the country’s dedication to football. It’s named after the day that Algeria gained its independence as a country. Originally, the stadium had a higher seating capacity of about 95,000. However, the capacity was decreased to meet compliance standards. Renovations are set to increase the capacity back up again in the future.

 

#46 – Stade des Martyrs – Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Capacity: 80,000
Built: 1988 – 1993
Opened:
September 14, 1994
Team / Tenant: Congo DR national football team Association football

The Stade des Martyrs stadium is home to the National Team of the Republic of Congo. It’s also used by the AS Vita Club. The stadium first opened in 1993. Construction lasted more than five years, partly because the new building replaced the old National Stadium.

 

#47 – Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, Florida United States

Capacity: 79,560
Built: 1950
Opened:
October 7, 1950
Team / Tenant: Florida State Seminoles football American football

Doak Campbell Stadium is the stomping grounds of Florida State University’s Seminole football team. When it was first built, the stadium was nothing more than a series of risers. However, the building was slowly developed over time. Today, it’s the largest continuous brick building in the entire United States.

 

#48 – Estádio do Maracanã – Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Capacity: 78,838
Built: 1948 – 1950
Opened:
16 June 1950
Team / Tenant: Flamengo, Fluminense, Brazil national football team Association football

The Estádio do Maracanã opened in 1950, just in time for the FIFA World Cup. Brazil hosted the event that year. While Brazil was defeated, the stadium would go on to host several high-profile matches throughout the decades. The stadium has an official capacity of just shy of 80,000. However, it’s held more than 150,000 people on roughly 26 different occasions!

 

#49 – Azadi Stadium – Tehran Iran

Capacity: 78,116
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Team / Tenant: Iran national football team, Persepolis, Esteghlal Association football

Azadi Stadium has a unique design that looks like it’s almost molded out of a crater! The stadium is part of a larger Olympic-sized complex in Tehran, Iran. It’s an all-seater stadium that comfortably holds more than 78,000 people. The stadium is home to the Iran national football team, though several festivals and concerts occur in the venue as well.

 

#50 – Luzhniki Stadium

78,011 Moscow Russia

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Team / Tenant: Russia national football team Association football

Officially known as the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, this stadium is the largest in all of Russia. It’s the home turf of the Russia national football team. But, the venue has hosted other events as well. It was the site of the 1980 Olympic Games, the main stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and more.

 

#51 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles United States

Capacity: 77,500
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Team / Tenant: USC Trojans football, American football

Located in sunny Los Angeles, California, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a massive sports venue with a colorful history. Originally, the stadium was designed to be a memorial to the L.A. veterans lost to World War I. However, it’s gone on to host the University of Southern California games, Major League Soccer, the Rams, the Chargers, the Bruins, and more.

 

#52 – Gelora Bung Karno Stadium – Jakarta, Indonesia

Capacity: 77,193
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Team / Tenant: Indonesia national football team, Persija Jakarta Association football, athletics

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium has a capacity of 77, 193. It’s located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The stadium has hosted several Asian Games events. Before the Asian Games of 1962, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium was quite massive. It held around 110,000 patrons. However, the capacity has been reduced several times through renovations.

 

#53 – TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Florida United States

Capacity: 76,867
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Team / Tenant: Jacksonville Jaguars American football

TIAA Bank Field, referred to by locals as “The Bank,” is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The stadium has gone through several names throughout its nearly 100-year history. The current naming rights belong to the financial organization TIAA. However, it was once named after EverBank and Alltell.

 

#54 – Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri United States

Capacity: 76,412
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Team / Tenant: Kansas City Chiefs American football

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The design of the stadium is distinct. It features a symmetrical shape complete with circular walkways for patrons. One cool thing about Arrowhead Stadium is that it holds the Guinness World Record as the loudest stadium in the world. During a single match, decibel records peaked at 137.5!

 

#55 – Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium – Fayetteville, Arkansas – United States

Capacity: 76,212
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Team / Tenant: Arkansas Razorbacks football, American football

This stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, can hold over 76,000 people. It’s owned by the University of Arkansas and is the home turf of the school’s football team, the Razorbacks. Despite its already impressive seating numbers, the stadium has room for expansion. The stadium has a massive “PigScreen” on one end rather than an upper deck.

 

#56 – Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, United States

Capacity: 76,125
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Team / Tenant: Denver Broncos, Denver Outlaws American football, lacrosse

The primary tenant of Empower Field at Mile High is the Denver Broncos, an NFL team. However, the stadium has hosted several notable events in the two decades since its construction. This includes rugby matches, soccer games, political events, and massive concerts.

 

#57 – Atatürk Olympic Stadium – Istanbul, Turkey

Capacity: 76,092
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Team / Tenant: İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K. Association football, athletics

Located in Istanbul, Turkey, the Atatürk Olympic Stadium is the largest in the country. It’s named after the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Costing the equivalent of about $140 million, the stadium was originally built as a bid for the 2008 Olympic Events. While Turkey lost out on the bid, the stadium continues to be a beautiful landmark for the country.

 

#58 – Old Trafford – Manchester, United Kingdom

Capacity: 75,639
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Team / Tenant: Manchester United F.C. Association football, rugby league

The eleventh-largest stadium in Europe, Old Trafford lives up to its name. It’s been around since 1910! Since the beginning, the stadium has been home to Manchester United. It’s nicknamed “The Theatre of Dreams” and continues to be a place for all of Greater Manchester’s biggest events. There are plans to renovate Old Trafford even further, which include increased seating capacity.

 

#59 – Spartan Stadium – East Lansing, Michigan United States

Capacity: 75,025
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Team / Tenant: Michigan State Spartans football American football

Spartan Stadium is the biggest stadium of the Big Ten’s college football conference. It’s located in Lansing, Michigan, and is the home field for the Michigan State Spartans. The stadium is massive and features two upper decks flanking the main seating areas. The upper deck doesn’t wrap around the entire field, leaving plenty of opportunity for expansion in the future.

 

#60 – Athens Olympic Stadium – Athens, Greece

Capacity: 75,000
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Team / Tenant: AEK Athens Association football, athletics

The Olympic Stadium of Athens is a marvel of modern engineering. Located in Athens, Greece, the stadium features prefabricated pillars weighing in at over 600 tons. Two expansive arches stretch across the entire stadium to support the roof. The arches can withstand gale-force winds and earthquakes up to 8 on the Richter scale.

 

#61 – Allianz Arena – Munich, Germany

Capacity: 75,000
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Team / Tenant: Bayern Munich Association football

Finished in May of 2005, the Allianz Arena is a tech-filled stadium with some innovative design. The exterior of the building is clad in ETFE plastic and features color-changing LED lights. Since opening, the stadium has been home to FC Bayern Munich. It’s also hosted matches for the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

 

#62 – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – Kochi, India

Capacity: 60,000
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Team / Tenant: FC Kochin, Kerala Blasters FC Association football

Known locally as Kaloor Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a multi-use venue that has decreased capacity since its opening. When it was first built, the stadium held up to 100,000 people. Capacity was reduced with renovations. Even with its modern capacity, seats are purposely limited by FIFA for Indian Super League matches.

 

#63 – Cairo International Stadium – Cairo, Egypt

Capacity: 75,000
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Team / Tenant: Egypt national football team, El Ahly, El Zamalek Association football

Cairo International Stadium is an Olympic-standard venue that can hold 74,000 people. Its highest record attendance, however, was 120,000 people! The stadium is primarily used by Zamalek SC and Al Ahly. However, the Africa Cup of Nations has hosted events in the venue as well. The building was designed by Werner March, the same architect who designed the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

 

#64 – Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium –  Isfahan, Iran

Capacity: 75,000
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Team / Tenant: Sepahan S.C. Association football

The Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium is only a few years old. Located in Isfahan, Iran, the stadium is home to the Sepahan football club. It’s a beautifully designed stadium that’s equipped with expansive ceiling trusses. The trusses support shade structures that can provide relief to spectators in the hot Iranian heat.

 

#65 – Principality Stadium – Cardiff, United Kingdom

Capacity: 74,500
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Team / Tenant: Wales national rugby union team Rugby union, association football

Formerly known as the Millenium Stadium, Principality Stadium is located right in the middle of Cardiff. It’s the national stadium of Wales, hosting games for the Wales national rugby team. The stadium has been the site of several high-profile events, too. This includes association football matches, charity relief events, and concerts.

 

#66 – Olympiastadion – Berlin, Germany

Capacity: 74,228
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Team / Tenant: Hertha BSC Berlin Association football, athletics

Olympiastadion was built in the 1930s to host the 1936 Summer Olympics. Major renovations helped to create the stadium as it is today. The field was lowered to create a more intimate atmosphere. The roof was extended as well. It was equipped with semi-transparent shades to allow light to stream in while still providing a protective covering for sports fans.

 

#67 – New Era Field – Orchard Park, New York United States

Capacity: 73,967
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Team / Tenant: Buffalo Bills American football

Fans of the Buffalo Bills know New Era Field all too well. This stadium, located in Orchard Park, New York, became the new home of the team after years of playing in the nearby War Memorial Stadium. While some think that the site is cursed, the stadium continues to host NFL games, ice hockey matches, and huge concert events.

 

#68 – Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina United States

Capacity: 73,298
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Team / Tenant: Carolina Panthers American football

The home facility for the North Carolina Panthers, the Bank of America Stadium is a classic venue with a traditional design. Holding nearly 74,000 people, the stadium has some distinct architectural features. These include lighted domes, bronze panther statues, and football-shaped arches. Despite the beautiful features, there are talks of demolishing the stadium for something newer.

 

#69 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans United States

Capacity: 73,208
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Team / Tenant: New Orleans Saints American football, association football, baseball

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is an interesting structure that doesn’t look like your traditional stadium. It’s fully enclosed underneath a massive dome, making it the perfect venue for all kinds of sporting events. A big tourist destination in New Orleans, the stadium has hosted concerts, major sporting events, and matches for the New Orleans Saints NFL team.

 

#70 – FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland United States

Capacity: 73,200
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Team / Tenant: Cleveland Browns American football

Standing tall in Cleveland, Ohio, the FirstEnergy Stadium has been a staple in the city since its opening in 1997. The structure sits off the coast of Lake Erie and is home to the Cleveland Browns NFL team. With a field of Kentucky Blue Grass, the stadium is predominantly used for American football games. Though, soccer matches and concerts occur there, too.

 

#71 – International Stadium Yokohama – Yokohama – Japan

Capacity: 72,327
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Team / Tenant: Yokohama F. Marinos Association football

Also known as the Nissan Stadium due to naming rights contracts, the International Stadium Yokohama is the home turf for the Yokohama F. Marinos of the J1 League. It’s located in the Kanagawa prefecture. In addition to football matches, the venue hosts rugby games and musical concerts. Many of the country’s biggest musical acts perform at the venue regularly.

 

#72 – Legion Field – Birmingham, Alabama – United States

Capacity: 72,000
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Team / Tenant: UAB Blazers football American football

Built in 1927, the Legion Field is as All-American as a stadium can get! It features a simplistic design with a traditional bowl shape. Thanks to its age, you can sometimes hear fans and locals calling the stadium the “Old Gray Lady.” Owned by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, the stadium is most often used to host home games for the UAB Blazers.

 

 

#73 – NRG Stadium – Houston United States

Capacity: 71,500
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Team / Tenant: Houston Texans American football

The indoor NRG Stadium is a multi-use facility. It’s the home field for the Houston Texans NFL team. But, it’s also a popular spot to view rodeo competitions, motorsports races, and concerts. NRG Stadium was the first in the NFL to have a retractable roof. While the venue has experienced damage from hurricanes, it’s still quite beautiful and technologically advanced.

 

#74 – M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, United States

Capacity: 71,008
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Team / Tenant: Baltimore Ravens American football

The home arena for the Baltimore Ravens, the M&T Bank Stadium is a beautiful open-air venue that has been featured prominently in TV shows, movies, and ad campaigns. It played a big part in recycling campaigns. The reason for this is because the stadium is partially built out of post-consumer recycled aluminum.

 

#75 – Faurot Field – Columbia, Missouri United States

Capacity: 71,004 
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Team / Tenant: Missouri Tigers football ( American football 🏈 )

Located on the campus of the University of Missouri, Faurot Field usually plays host to the Missouri Tigers football program. The stadium takes on the traditional horseshoe. The curved part of the horseshoe is a grass berm, which is used for general admissions on the school’s game days.

 

#76 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, United States

Capacity: 77,430
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Team / Tenant: Atlanta United FC American football, association football

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a modern stadium that stands out. Instead of the traditional sloped lines, the entire building is covered in angled architectural pieces. The multi-purpose stadium is owned by the state of Georgia and was only recently completed in 2017. It hosts games for the Atlanta Falcons NFL team and the Atlanta United FC.

 

#77 – Stadio Olimpico – Rome Italy

Capacity: 70,634
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Team / Tenant: A.S. Roma, S.S. Lazio, Italy national rugby union team Association football, athletics

The largest sports facility in Rome, Stadio Olimpico serves many purposes. It’s home to A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio. The stadium also hosts the Coppa Italia Final and is used by the Italian national rugby union. Stadio Olimpico first opened in 1932. However, a major renovation project in 1990 expanded the stadium and added its signature roof.

 

#78 – Kinnick Stadium – Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Capacity: 70,585
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Team / Tenant: Iowa Hawkeyes football American football

Kinnick Stadium is the home field for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. This stadium was built in a record seven months thanks to round-the-clock work. Even when it first opened in 1929, the stadium had an impressive capacity. Future renovations brought the seating limit up to nearly 70,000 where it stands today.

 

#79 – SDCCU Stadium – San Diego, United States

Capacity: 70,561
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Team / Tenant: Aztecs football American football, baseball

The SDCCU Stadium stadium is a multi-use facility that’s been around since 1967. Unlike most of the stadiums on this list, SDCCU wasn’t built with primary football in mind. It has a square-shaped field, which accommodates baseball. When used for football matches, additional temporary seating is added to the field.

 

#80 – SoFi Stadium – Inglewood United States

Capacity: 70,240
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Team / Tenant: Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, hosts LA Bowl American football

The SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California is expected to have its inaugural game in 2020. The new home to both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, this stadium has a planned capacity of 70,240. However, the building was designed for expanded seating up to 100,240. The first season in the stadium will likely have reduced capacity due to social distancing guidelines from the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

#81 – Husky Stadium – Seattle, United States

Capacity: 70,138
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Team / Tenant: Washington Huskies football American football

The Husky Stadium is located in Seattle, Washington. It’s home to the University of Washington’s Huskies collegiate football team. The venue’s design has made it one of the loudest in the nation. Most of the seats are between the endzones. Thanks to the cantilevered metal roof overhead, the sound gets trapped in the stadium!

 

#82 – Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti – Buenos Aires Argentina

Capacity: 70,074
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Team / Tenant: Argentina national football team, River Plate Association football

Sometimes referred to as the River Plate Stadium, Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti is home to the River Plate association football club. The stadium opened in 1938. However, it didn’t have its planned design due to a lack of funding. Eventually, renovations brought the original design to life in 1978. That happened to be the same year that the stadium hosted the World Cup.

 

#83 – Estádio Nacional de Brasília – Brasília Brazil

Capacity: 70,064
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Team / Tenant: Sociedade Esportiva do Gama* Association football

Estádio Nacional de Brasília is a stadium that has gone through several changes. Upon opening, the venue had a capacity of less than 50,000. However, renovations increased that number significantly. The stadium originally had a budget of 300 million USD. However, it ended up costing three times as much! Luckily, that money paid off as the stadium has gone on to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

#84 – Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex – Kiev Ukraine

Capacity: 70,050
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Team / Tenant: FK Dynamo Kyiv Association football, Athletics

This nearly 100-year-old stadium is the premier sports venue in Ukraine. It has a long history filled with major renovations and expansions. The latest renovation saw the installation of a new roof. The stadium has hosted several events for UEFA. Its main tenant is the FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Neal Merchant

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