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Top 10 Largest Football Stadiums in the World

Updated on March 9, 2017

Top 10 Largest Football Stadiums in the World

As a football (soccer) fan, I wanted to know which teams have the largest stadiums, so I gathered data from around the globe and made this list of the ten biggest, based on capacity.

Note: this list is only of stadiums used for association football and by National teams and local football clubs.

#10 Borg al Arab Stadium

This list starts in North Africa. Our first stop is in Cairo Egypt. In the position of number 10 we have the Borg al Arab Stadium, home to the Egyptian Army National Team. The stadium, which opened in 2007, accommodates 86,000 seated fans, occupies 145 feddans (approximately 145 acres), and is surrounded by a fence which is 3 km long. The main reason the stadium was built was because Egypt was in the running for a bid of the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

Borg al Arab Stadium in Cairo, Egypt

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#9 Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium

Next stop at number 9 is Gelora Karno Stadium in central Jakarta, Indonesia. The stadium holds 88,083 spectators, was built in 1962, and was named after Sukarno, Indonesia's first president.

Its original capacity of 120,800 was reduced to 88,083 after renovations for the Asian Cup of 2007.

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

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#8 Wembley Stadium

Here we come to London and the beautiful Wembley Stadium sitting at number 8 on the list of the world's largest football stadiums.

Wembley stadium is a host to all England National Team games as well as other European football competitions. The capacity of the stadium is 90,000 seated fans and it has already been a host of two Champions League Final matches. This renovated stadium broke ground in 2007 (built on the site of the previous stadium which was demolished in 2003) and hosted its first match that year. It is the second largest stadium in Europe.

Wembley Stadium in London

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium | Source

#7 Rose Bowl

California here we come! At number seven is the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Its capacity is 94,000 spectators and the largest recorded crowd it has ever held was 106,869 during the 1973 Rose Bowl (capacity was lowered following the 1998 Rose Bowl). The stadium was opened in 1922 and it was one of the venues of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Lately, its been used mostly for American football games and international football friendlies. Without a doubt, the Rose Bowl is one of the most legendary stadiums in the United States.

California's Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl Stadium Picture
Rose Bowl Stadium Picture | Source

#6 Soccer City Stadium (FNB Stadium)

For number six we go south to Johannesburg, South Africa, to Soccer City Stadium (First National Bank Stadium), the home of the FIFA World Cup 2010 Final. The stadium first opened in 1989 and was renovated for the 2010 World Cup in 2009. Its capacity is 94,736.

The stadium has hosted the 2010 World Cup as well as the African Nations Cup. Also it is the home of the local football team Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in South Africa. It was the site of Nelson Mandela's first speech after his release from prison in 1990, and was where his memorial services were held in December of 2013.

The Soccer City Stadium of Johannesburg, South Africa

Soccer City Stadium
Soccer City Stadium | Source

#5 Camp Nou

Barcelona, here we come. In number five we have the second European stadium on the list, Camp Nou, home of the Barcelona Football Club since 1957 when it was built.

This beautiful venue is also hosted some of the Spanish National football team matches. The stadium was expanded in 1982. Its capacity is 99,786 and the highest attendance recorded was in 1986 during the match between Juventus and Barcelona and the attendance was 120,000 spectators (the maximum capacity of the stadium has been adjusted several times over the years).

Camp Nou in Barcelona

Camp Nou
Camp Nou | Source
The Amazing Camp Nou
The Amazing Camp Nou | Source

#4 Azadi Stadium

For the fourth largest football venue in the world in the Middle East, we arrive in Tehran, Iran, at the Azadi Stadium. This stadium doesn't have the largest seating capacity, but it does have a very large ground for standing occupants and its capacity is 100,000. It was built in 1971 and was renovated in 2003.

The stadium is home to the Iranian National football team as well as two other local football teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal. The stadium is being considered as a potential home for a future Olympic event.

Azadi Stadium of Tehran, Iran

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#3 Estadio Azteca

For the third largest football stadium in the world we go to Mexico and stop at its capital, Mexico City. Estadio Azteca, named as a tribute to Aztec heritage, has an official capacity of 105,064 people. Its largest attendance recorded was 120,000 in 1968 when Mexico faced Brazil (the stadium's capacity has changed since then).

The stadium was built in 1966 and renovated in 1985. It is the official home of the Mexican national football team as well as the local football club America.


Mexico City's Azteca Stadium

Azteca Stadium
Azteca Stadium | Source

#2 Bukit Jalil National Stadium

We go to Malaysia for our next stop at Kuala Lumpur. In the position of second biggest football stadium in the world sits the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, a very beautiful venue for up to 110,000 seated spectators. It was designed to host a multitude of events, including football matches with Malaysia's National teams, and first opened in 1998.

Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur

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#1 Salt Lake Stadium

In first place we arrive in South Asia and, most precisely, India. Kolkata, India is the home of the Salt Lake Stadium with a capacity of 120,000 people. The structure covers an area of 76.40 acres and was built in 1984.

It is the official home of four local football teams: Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Pailan Arrows, and Prayag United.

India's Salt Lake Stadium

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Largest Stadiums: A Summary

Name
Location
Date Built
Official Capacity
Borg al Arab Stadium
Cairo (Egypt)
2007
86,000
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Jakarta (Indonesia)
1962
88,083
Wembly Stadium
London (England)
2007
90,000
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California (USA)
1922
94,000
Soccer City Stadium
Johannesburg (South Africa)
1989
94,736
Camp Nou
Barcelona (Spain)
1957
99,786
Azadi Stadium
Tehran (Iran)
1971
100,000
Azteca Stadium
Mexico City (Mexico)
1966
105,064
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
1998
110,000
Salt Lake Stadium
Kolkata (India)
1984
120,000

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      This is a great article. I am amazed at the number of large stadiums in the world. In the United States, we have hundreds of stadiums of vast size. The Rose Bowl that you mentioned is not our largest football stadium, that honor belongs to Michigan Stadium which seats over 109,000. It is the third largest in the world, just ahead of the fourth largest - Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania, home of the Penn State Football Lions, which has over 106,000 seats for American Football. The U.S. has many other stadiums of similar size. In the National Football League there are thirty stadiums ranging from Dallas which seats 80,000 down to the smaller venues which have a capacity of around 65,000. American Football is not big business on a global level but is wildly popular in the 48 adjacent states.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thanks for the comment Bill, we were focusing on more of the world stadiums that soccer is played in, but you are right there are so many American Football stadiums that are much bigger than soccer stadiums around the globe.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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      Matej 4 years ago from Leskovec

      Really nice hub ! I just hope that one day, Old trafford will also be on this list :)

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      webrevolve 4 years ago from Liverpool

      Quite pleased to say I've experienced both the new and old Wembley stadiums - although I don't remember too much about the old ground as I was 11 when Tranmere met Leicester City in the League Cup Final there :)

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Look at the football field at Camp Nou -- it's instantly dwarfed by the vast seating space, especially when filled with spectators.

      Very nice and interesting hub. Thanks for posting. :)

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      Alan Taiwo 4 years ago

      What is the position of Maracana stadium? Me think is the biggest soccer stadium in the world when it hosted the Final of 1950 World Cup between Uruguay & Brazil whit attendance of 200'ooo

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Maracana is one of the greatest football venues of all time. That being said, I know that it is undergoing some major renovations right now and I think it will be ready for the FIFA World Cup 2014. I love Rio, and Maracana being one of the main attractions of the city of God I think that the World Cup in Brazil will be the best Cup in recent memory, as football returns back home to the mecca football: BRAZIL!

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      oj 3 years ago

      Does that mean Maracana stadium will come back to number one after renovation!!!!!

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      jeric 3 years ago

      I am having my thesis right now, can you help me on finding an more information about football stadium? more detailed like floor plans, space requirements, human circulation and players way to their locker room. thank you very much, i like your article. I am graduating student of architecture so it is a big thanks if you help me. thanks again.

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Send me a private message and we can discuss a plan on how to help you out and what we will need to research no problem

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hopefully it does! Maracana is the best stadium in the world my personal opinion

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hopefully it does! Maracana is the best stadium in the world my personal opinion

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      jeric 3 years ago

      how can i send a private message? i hope you can help me.. my thesis are football stadium, basketball stadium, and indoor sports arena. with different seating capacity. i will tell more if i can message you.. thanks very much.

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      Let me see how I can message you and I will help out

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      Jeric Malate 3 years ago

      email me? jmilan_27@yahoo.com i think this is the way we can talk..

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      Okay I am not gonna approve your comment so nobody else can see your email and I will email you later on today

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      When you reply to a user I guess it approves it automatically I can't change I think I have to look in the settings to see how I can change it sorry about that

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Thanks for sharing, this is amazing:)

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      Belvin Gill 3 years ago

      The picture of Bukit Jalil stadium is incorrect. Please post up an actual picture of the stadium

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      This is the actual picture of the stadium do some research, but if you find another one please message me and I will research it! Thanks

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      Sheeb 3 years ago

      Where is the MCG in Melbourne that holds over 100,000

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      Sheeb 3 years ago

      I think there is a stadium in Pyongyang that holds 150,000

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      Jayant Pachoria 3 years ago

      I am surprised to see Salt Lake sta. in the list......

      I think that the No.1

      should be Estadio Azteca......!!!!

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      boris 3 years ago

      the MCG in Australia has capacity of 100,018. Where is it on the list?

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      The reason why it's not on there is because it is not mainly used for football but thanks for the info I enjoy to read about different stadiums around the world

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      ishan 3 years ago

      a nice list.felt gd 2 see an indian stadium in that list

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      Johnny 3 years ago

      Hi mate, just a question.... where did you get this info from? It is totally wrong.... Let's see... This are the association football stadiums (soccer use) sorted by capacity (order of decreasing).

      1. First of May Stadium - Pjöngjang (North Corea) - 150,000

      2. Salt Lake Stadium - Kolkata (India) - 120,000

      3. Azteca Stadium - Mexico City (Mexico) - 115,064

      4. Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne (Australia) - 100,018 *

      5. Azadi Stadium - Tehran (Iran) - 100,000**

      6. Camp Nou - Barcelona (Spain) - 99,354

      7. FNB Stadium - Johannesburg (South Africa) - 94,700

      8. Wembley Stadium - London (UK) - 90,000

      9. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium - Jakarta (Indonesia) - 88,306

      10. Bukit Jalil National Stadium - KL (Malaysia) - 87,411

      * Yes, they play football (soccer) there. Aussie National Team do.

      ** The capacity is quite questionable due to they say they can add additional grandstands and reach the 100,000. Ok we buy it, but they use to have less (95,225)

      I think you need to update the post cuz the list and the capacities are wrong. All my respects, mate.

      Br

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thanks for the response will research and change it

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      Soccer_dude 3 years ago

      hey, what the heck, maracana is the biggest stadium in the world that hold 200,000 people in the brazil vs Uruguay world cup final in 1950

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      nwali henry 3 years ago

      so camp nou barcelona is the biggest stadium in EURO

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      Georgiana Dacosta 3 years ago from London

      Great article, lots of interesting content! I've been to Camp Nou and I must say it's amazing. I went on a guided tour once and the second time watched a Barcelona match there. I must admit I'm intrigued to visit the rest of the stadiums in your list. Voted up, great hub!

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thank you very much for the support and wish you best of luck to see all those stadiums!

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      hector 3 years ago

      #10 is actually the stadium of FC Necaxa in Mexico.. Needs to be revised.

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thanks for the input will do!

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      Ernesto villanueva 3 years ago

      Hello nice article but photo in #9 stadium is not Bukit Jalil National stadium, its estadio aztecas photo, im mexican and i Live near the estadio azteca, and about capacity, when they built the stadium originally it was for 120,000 people, but some years algo they puto two jumbo screenshot and now the capacity is for 104,000 people. Thanks and greetings from mexico

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      wallang joseph 3 years ago

      hi,

      i have the feeling that the up coming PAUL BIYA ONISPORT $ the renovated AMADOU AHIDJO stadium of CAMEROON will be competing for the first position in the world,beating MARACANA of Brazil.Long-live Cameroon,Long-live greater accomplishment AMEN.......

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      siyabulela 2 years ago

      Nice work beautiful stadium

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      Shaylen 2 years ago

      It may not be the largest, but I think the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa is the most beautiful.

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      rest 2 years ago

      Soccer city in South Africa is great. Big up to south Africa for making such a beautiful stadium. Most beautiful in the world Moses mabhida in Durban. Here I in South Africa. Proud hey

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      Kamrul Hasan 2 years ago from Dhaka

      For me. I like the Camp Nou most also last year I liked Signal Iduna Park and Vicente Calderón Stadium because of the color their fans created.

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      Arnie 2 years ago

      Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good inrfnmatioo.

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      Daniel Galvan 7 weeks ago

      You complied a great list but there are some other grounds have to mention like Stade de France. I have found another amazing list of biggest football stadiums you can find here at https://www.footballpulp.com/champions-league/larg...

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