Biggest soccer stadiums in the world

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Soccer, or as the English refer to it, football, is undoubtedly the most popular sport across the globe.

To some, soccer transcends being a sport and is firmly a religion. When you think about countries like Brazil and Argentina, who’ve had iconic players don their colours, it’s easy to understand why Pele, Maradona and even Lionel Messi have enjoyed God-like status to their native fans.

However, these ‘Gods’ require the grandest of stages to display their natural talent. Recent years have seen the development of modern-day amphitheatres that are a wonder in itself, aside from the action.

These are some of the largest soccer stadiums found around the world.

10. Borg El Arab Stadium – 86,000

The top ten list starts in Africa with the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt. The Egyptians built the stadium as part of their bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, opening its doors in 2006. The on-site hotel accommodating up to 200 guests, is a stand-out feature.

Also known as the El Geish Stadium, it has parking spots for 5,000 vehicles and 200 buses, while the 136 electronic entrances allow 800 fans to enter the stadium per minute.

9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium – 87,411

Asia makes the list at number nine with the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia. The multi-purpose venue in Kuala Lumpur was built in 1995 and has already hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2003 FA Premier League Asia Cup, and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

With a capacity of 87,411, the Malaysian National Team often uses the venue for international matches.

8. Estadio Azteca – 87,523

The Estadio Azteca was built in 1962 and officially opened four years later. The stadium is in Mexico City and serves as the headquarters for the national team and the home ground for Club America, a local soccer team.

Even though the stadium is old, upgrades such as jumbotrons, ground-level suites, and a field tracking camera have pulled this ancient colosseum into the modern age. Undoubtedly, its 87,523 capacity will come in handy when Mexico co-hosts the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the USA and Canada.

7. Rose Bowl – 87,565

Not to be confused with the cricket ground in the UK, this Rose Bowl is situated in California. It recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022 and is recognized as a national landmark.

The stadium has witnessed several historic moments hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Match. Its large capacity will be used for the 2026 FIFA showpiece.

6. Wembley – 90,000

Regarded as the home of soccer, Wembley was demolished and rebuilt in 2007. It’s the largest stadium in the UK and is second in Europe only to Camp Nou in Barcelona. The old twin towers of the stadium were replaced by an arch that you can see across the London skyline. The stadium boasts 34 bars, 8 restaurants, and close to 700 food and drink services.

5. First National Bank Stadium – 94,807

Nicknamed Soccer City and The Calabash, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, was demolished and rebuilt specifically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The original arena was built during the 1980s and is regarded as the home ground for the national team.

The stadium was filled when it hosted the opening ceremony and the final at the 2010 World Cup.

4. Camp Nou – 99,354

Barcelona’s home ground is one of the largest across Europe. It used to accommodate 120,000 people and did so comfortably at the 1982 FIFA World Cup before seating and standing regulations were introduced. Today, the stadium still fills when the home team plays their weekly fixtures.

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground – 100,024

Australia makes the Top 3, and even though it’s a traditional cricket ground, soccer matches have been played at the venue. Affectionately known as the ‘G’, it’s one of the largest stadiums in the world. Apart from the 1992 Cricket World Cup Final, it hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In addition to sporting events, the ground has been used for concerts that included U2, Paul McCartney, and Madonna performances.

2. Michigan Stadium – 107,601

Although the stadium was built in 1927 for traditional American Football, it also hosts soccer matches. Known as ‘The Big House’, it underwent upgrades in 2010, which added 40,000 seats to bring its capacity to the current 107,601.

1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – 114,000

Asia takes the prize of having the largest soccer stadium in the world. It’s located in North Korea and is known as the May Day Stadium. The design of the stadium mimics a flower or parachute and was opened in 1989.

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