The 15 Biggest Stadiums in the World

March 21, 2024

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There are few things that can bring people together like sporting events. From american football to cricket, stadiums around the world are designed to give fans the best views of each game. 

We’ve compiled a list of the 15 biggest stadiums in the world based on capacity. We’ll look at the history of each stadium and the teams that call them home.

1. Narendra Modi Stadium

Cricket match ending at the Narendra Modi Stadium as the sun sets
Cricket match taking place at the Narendra Modi Stadium
Capacity: 132,000
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Opened: 2020
Sport: Cricket

With an incredible 132,000-spectator capacity, Narendra Modi Stadium in India is the largest stadium in the world. It’s home to the Indian national cricket team, India women’s national cricket team and the Gujarat Titans.

The stadium was first opened in 1983, with a capacity of just 49,000. After it was renovated in 2006, the capacity increased to 54,000. Just a few years later, in 2015, the stadium was completely demolished and rebuilt in 2020, when it reached its current 132,000 capacity. The reconstruction cost an estimated ₹800 crore (US$100 million). 

The stadium covers 63 acres and has four entrance points. There are also four team dressing rooms, six indoor practice facilities and three outdoor practice fields.

Matches from four cricket world cups (1987, 1996, 2011, and 2023) have been hosted in the stadium. Several cricketing triumphs have also occurred in the stadium. Sunil Gavaskar reached 10,000 Test runs here in a match against Pakistan in 1987, and tt was at this stadium that Kapil Dev overtook Richard Hadlee as Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker in 1994.

2. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium on the bank of the Taedong River in North Korea
View of the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium and the Taedong River
Capacity: 114,000
Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
Opened: 1989
Sport: Football (soccer), gymnastics and athletics

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-sport stadium. It’s typically used for football matches, athletics, and mass gymnastics (where large numbers of participants simultaneously perform the same routine)

The stadium is shaped like a magnolia blossom. It has a scalloped roof with 16 arches in a ring formation. The main pitch covers 242,000 sq feet (22,500 m²), while the total floor space covers 51 acres (207,000 m²) over eight stories. 

North Korea built the stadium to compete with Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium hosted the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, its first major event in 1989. At the time, this was the largest international event hosted in North Korea.

3. Michigan Stadium

View from above of Michigan Stadium
Aerial view of Michigan Stadium
Capacity: 107,601
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Opened: 1927
Sport: American football

With a capacity of over 107,000, the Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States and the Western Hemisphere. Despite its official seating capacity, the stadium has hosted crowds of over 115,000 at some events (115,109 fans attended the Michigan vs Notre Dame game in 2013).

The stadium’s seating capacity always ends with “-01”. This tradition began in 1956 when an additional press box brought the official seating capacity to 101,001. The ‘extra seat’ was said to be reserved for Fritz Crisler, who was head coach at the University of Michigan from 1938 to 1947. 

Since the mid-1980s, the stadium has been known as “The Big House”. It hosts the Michigan Wolverines football team representing the University of Michigan in college football. The team was founded in 1879 and has played at the stadium since it was opened in 1927. 

4. Beaver Stadium

NCAA Big Ten college football game taking place at Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium, home to the Penn State Nittany Lions
Capacity: 106,572
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Opened: 1960
Sport: American football

Pennsylvania State University stadium has an official capacity of over 106,500, however, the record attendance in the stadium is 110,889, which was reached in the 2018 Penn State vs. Ohio State game. 

The stadium was created when New Beaver Field was dismantled and moved from the northeast of the Rec Hall to the current location. New Beaver Field had a capacity of 30,000, while its predecessor (Beaver Field) had a capacity of just 500. 

When the current stadium was built, it had a capacity of 69,000 before this increased with several expansions. A major (and controversial) expansion occurred in 2001. An upper deck was built on the stadium’s south end, blocking the view to the nearby Nittany Mountain. The view had sentimental value to many fans. However, the expansion made the stadium the second-largest in the US. 

5. Ohio Stadium

View of one of the sides of Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, often referred to as “the Horseshoe”, or “the Shoe”
Capacity: 104,944
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Opened: 1922
Sport: American football

Ohio Stadium is the third-largest stadium in the United States and the fifth-largest in the world. It has been the home of Ohio State Buckeyes football since 1922. From 1996 to 1998, it also served as the home venue for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. 

Ohio Stadium is often nicknamed the “the Horseshoe”, “the Shoe”, and “the House That Harley Built”. The latter refers to Chic Harley, who brought Ohio State to national attention early in the 20th century. Harley was such a popular player that he inspired a $1.3 million funding drive in 1920 to build the Ohio Stadium.

Before 2014, the Ohio Stadium didn’t have permanent lighting. This meant night games were rarely played. Only 14 night games were played in the 92 years between the opening of the stadium and the installation of permanent lights. 

As well as sports, the Ohio stadium also hosts many musical events. The likes of U2, the Rolling Stones, and Genesis are just some of the acts that have performed here. In 2018, Taylor Swift became the first woman to headline a concert at the stadium. 

6. Kyle Field

The entrance to Kyle Field, showing university motto "Home of the 12th Man"
Kyle Field, located on the campus of Texas A&M University
Capacity: 102,733
Location: College Station, Texas, United States
Opened: 1927
Sport: American football

In sixth place is Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The stadium was opened in 1927, although a basic grandstand had served as the home of the Texas A&M Aggies football team since 1904. The original grandstand cost just $650 ($22,864 in 2022) to build. The 2014 expansion and renovation cost an incredible $483,888,885. 

Until 1970, the stadium had a grass playing field. Astroturf was installed and used until the 1996 season when natural turf was brought back. 

Kyle Field has an official capacity of 102,733. However, 110,633 people, the stadium’s record attendance, watched Texas A&M play against the Ole Miss Rebels in 2014. Students are invited to Kyle Field for football training camps during the summer. The stadium also hosts various Texan high school football playoffs in the fall. 

7. Tiger Stadium

Tiger Stadium on a non-match day
Tiger Stadium, on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, LA
Capacity: 102,321
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Opened: 1924
Sport: American football

Built in 1924, Tiger Stadium has been the home of the LSU Tigers football team for nearly 100 years. The stadium’s original capacity was just 12,000 when it first opened, but four renovations have increased it to over 100,000. 

Tiger Stadium is nicknamed ‘Death Valley’ as it is often considered one of the most intimidating football venues. In 2013, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ranked Tiger Stadium as the ‘loudest stadium in college football’. Various polls have also ranked the stadium as one of the greatest sites of professional and college football. 

In 1936, the stadium was turned into a horseshoe when an additional 24,000 seats were added at a cost of $1,816,210 ($38.3 million in 2022). The total cost of renovations and expansions is estimated to be around $183 million. 

8. Neyland Stadium

Crowd in blocks of orange and white at Neyland Stadium
Checkerboarded colors of fans at Neyland Stadium
Capacity: 101,915
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Opened: 1921
Sport: American football

Neyland Stadium is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is home to the Tennessee Volunteers football team. It has also hosted various National Football League (NFL) exhibition games, political rallies, and concerts. 

Since it opened in 1921, the stadium has undergone 16 expansions. It had just 3,200 seats in 1921, which has grown to 101,915 over a century later. The original construction cost was $42,000 ($575,000 in 2021), while the 2004 to 2010 renovations cost $136.4 million. 

The record attendance for the stadium was 109,061 in 2004. The match was played by the Tennessee Volunteers against Florida. In 2000, Tennessee set a school record by averaging 107,595 fans per home game. 

9. Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium

Texas Longhorns fans cheering and saluting football players on the pitch
Fans enjoy a Texas Longhorns football game
Capacity: 100,119
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Opened: 1924
Sport: American football

Situated on the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 100,119, although the stadium recorded 105,213 spectators in 2022. The record-breaking crowd came to the stadium to see the Longhorns football team play the Alabama Crimson Tide team from the University of Alabama. 

Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium has been renovated seven times and expanded eight times since it opened in 1924. It had natural turf from 1925 to 1968, before artificial turf was added in 1969. The stadium returned to natural grass in 1996.

In 1924, the UT student body decided to dedicate the stadium to the 198,520 Texans who fought in the First World War and the 5,280 who lost their lives in the conflict. In 1977, the stadium was re-dedicated to veterans of all conflicts.

10. Bryant–Denny Stadium

A college football game taking place at the Bryant-Denny Stadium
Alabama Crimson Tide football game
Capacity: 100,077
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Opened: 1929
Sport: American football

Based on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the Bryant-Denny Stadium serves as the home field for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

When the stadium opened in 1929, it had a capacity of just 12,000. It was expanded eight times in the following years and now has a capacity of 100,077. The original construction cost $196,000, which now equates to $3.34 million. 

 The stadium is jointly named after Paul W. Bryant and Dr. George Denny. Bryant was a longtime head coach and alumnus, and Denny served as the school’s president from 1912 to 1932.

11. Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground is a venue for Australian rules football and cricket
Capacity: 100,024
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Opened: 1853
Sport: Cricket, Australian Rules Football

Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and the second-largest cricket stadium by capacity. The stadium is located in Melbourne, Australia, and has a capacity of 100,024. 

As well as cricket, the stadium has also hosted other major sporting events. This includes international rugby union matches and FIFA qualifying matches. Various concerts have also been held at the concert, with artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and David Bowie. 

The stadium was opened in 1853, less than 20 years after the city of Melbourne was founded. It was the birthplace of test cricket in 1877 and has served as the home of Australian football since 1859.

12. Camp Nou

View of Campo Nou from high up in one of the corner stands
Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona
Capacity: 99,354
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Opened: 1957
Sport: Football (soccer)

Camp Nou has been the home of FC Barcelona since it opened in 1957. The stadium was constructed as there was no room for Camp de Les Corts, the team’s original stadium, to expand. The stadium also serves as the home for the Catalan football team. 

The stadium has an official capacity of 99,354. However, it had a record attendance of 120,000 during the Barcelona vs Juventus European Cup Quarter Final in 1986. Camp Nou has also hosted concerts by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias, and Michael Jackson.

It cost €1.73 billion ($1.89 billion) to build the stadium, which was four times higher than expected. The stadium was expanded in 1982 and 1994. Another expansion and renovation is scheduled for 2026.

13. FNB Stadium

View of part of an empty FNB Stadium
FNB Stadium is home to Kaizer Chiefs Football Club
Capacity: 94,736
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Opened: 1989
Sport: Football (soccer)

FNB Stadium is the largest stadium in Africa and the 13th largest in the world. It’s home to the Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League and also hosts fixtures for the South African national football team. The stadium served as the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.

The stadium has strong links with Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa. Mandela gave his first speech here after he was released from prison in 1990. FNB Stadium later hosted his memorial service following his death in 2013. 

The outside of the stadium is designed to look like Calabash, an African pot. It has a mosaic of red, orange, and yellow cladding on the outside of the stadium, which is designed to look like fire cooking the pot. 

14. New Administrative Capital Stadium

The New Administrative Capital Stadium during the construction phase
New Administrative Capital Stadium during construction
Capacity: 93,940
Location: New Administrative Capital, Egypt 
Opened: 2023
Sport: Multi-sport

The newest stadium on this list is the New Administrative Capital Stadium, which opened in June 2023. It has a capacity of 93,940, which makes it the second-largest stadium in Africa. 

Construction began in 2019 as part of a large sports complex. It’s likely the stadium is being built in preparation for potentially successful bids for the Olympic games or FIFA World Cup. It’s likely the stadium will also replace the  Cairo International Stadium as the country’s new national stadium. 

The stadium was designed with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a training ground, and two indoor halls. Its roof is inspired by the headdress of Nefertiti, an ancient Egyptian queen.

15. Sanford Stadium

Crowd of fans walking under Sanford Stadium sign on way into the stadium
Fans pass under Sanford Stadium sign on game day
Capacity: 92,746
Location: Athens, Georgia, United States
Opened: 1929
Sport: American football

The Sanford Stadium is the home field for the Georgia Bulldogs football team. It lies on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and has an official capacity of 92,746. The stadium reached a record attendance of 93,246 in 2019 when the Bulldogs played against Notre Dame.

There have been two renovations to the stadium and nine major expansions. The original construction cost in 1929 was $360,000, equating to $6.14 million in today’s money. Yale played against the Bulldogs in the stadium’s first-ever game. The College donated half of the game’s takings to the University of Georgia to help pay off the construction costs.

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