Most exciting sporting events in the world are incomplete without audiences and huge crowds in the stadiums. We saw this evidently during the peak Covid times when sports were played without the fans at the stadiums. Few of the stadiums with the highest capacities in the world have hosted historic sporting events ranging from NFL to soccer to cricket. None of the sports seemed as exciting as it looked with a packed stadium. In this blog, we will look at the top 10 biggest stadiums in the world.
Top 10 Biggest Stadiums in the world
|Narendra Modi Stadium||Ahmedabad||132,000|
|Rungrado 1st of May Stadium||Pyongyang||114,000|
|Michigan Stadium||Ann Arbor||107,601|
|Beaver Stadium||State College, Pennsylvania||106,572|
|Kyle Field||College Station, Texas||102,733|
|Neyland Stadium||Knoxville, Tennessee||102,455|
|Tiger Stadium||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||102,321|
|Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium||Austin||100,119|
This Stadium is situated in the southeastern United States, on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. It opened 93 years ago and was originally named Denny Stadium in honor of George H. Denny, the school’s president from 1912 to 1932. With a seating capacity of 100,077, it is considered the fourth-largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference. Bryant-Denny Stadium is the 8th biggest stadium in the United States and the tenth biggest stadium in the world.
Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
It is situated in the Austin region of Texas, on the campus of the University of Texas. It has been home to the Longhorns football team since 1924. The seating capacity of this stadium is 100,119 making the stadium the largest in the Big 12 Conference. In the United States, it is the seventh-largest stadium and the ninth-biggest stadium in the world. This Stadium attendance record of 105,213 spectators was set on September 10, 2022, when Texas played The University of Alabama. This university in Texas honored football coach legend Darrell K Royal, who enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1943. In 2021, a New FieldTurf surface is installed for $429,906.
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Tiger Stadium is situated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the campus of Louisiana State University. In 1924, this Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000. It is the third-largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Tiger Stadium is the sixth biggest stadium in the NCAA and the eighth in the world. It has an official seating capacity of 102,321.
Neyland Stadium is situated in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. The stadium is named after Robert Neyland, who served three stints as football head coach at Tennessee University from 1926 to 1952. It is constructed in the year 1921 as Shields–Watkins Field and has undergone 16 expansion projects. In the United States, Neyland Stadium is the fifth largest. The seventh biggest stadium in the world, and the second biggest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.
Kyle Field is situated on the campus of Texas A&M University, United States. It is the biggest non-racing stadium in the world and the largest in Texas. Edwin Jackson Kyle, an 1899 graduate of Texas A&M and wanted to secure and develop an athletic field to promote the school’s athletics. In 1906, the Corps of Cadets unofficially named the field “Kyle Field” in Kyle’s honor.
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The fifth-largest stadium in the world is Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Ohio Stadium is known as ‘The Horseshoe’ or ‘The Shoe’ due to its unique shape. It is opened in 1922 and serves as the home field for the state’s college football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The stadium also hosts music concerts. The seating capacity of this stadium gradually increased over the years and reached a total of 91,470 in 1991. It was built by E. H. Latham Company of Columbus in 1922, with materials and labor from the Marble Cliff Quarry Co. and its original capacity was 66,210.
Beaver Stadium, which opened in 1960, is primarily used for American football and serves as the home of the Pennsylvania State University football team. This stadium has an official seating capacity of 106,572. It also occasionally hosts college athletics. Beaver Stadium was voted the number 1 football stadium in college football in a USA Today poll in 2016. The stadium has been expanded six times and in 1976 the capacity increased to 60,203. This stadium was the first to have its interior included in Google Street View.
Michigan Stadium or “The Big House” is the stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the United States, it is the largest stadium and the third biggest stadium in the world. This stadium mainly hosts American football college matches. Its official capacity is 109,901 but has hosted attendance more than this. In 1927, this stadium was built at a cost of $950,000 and had an original capacity of 72,000. “The Big House” holds the record for the highest attendance for an NCAA Division II football game.
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
Rungrado May Day Stadium, also known as Rungrado 1st of May Day Stadium, is the second largest stadium in the world. It has been built over an area of 20.7 hectares (51 acres). The stadium was opened on 1 May 1989, with its first major event being the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. Currently, the stadium is used for football matches, athletics events, and most often for the mass games of the Arirang Festival. The stadium’s roof has 16 arches arranged in a ring that resembles a magnolia blossom.
Narendra Modi Stadium
At number 1 on this list of biggest stadiums in the world is Narendra Modi Stadium, a cricket stadium that is located inside the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Ahmedabad, India. This stadium is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association. This stadium is a host to Test, ODI, T20I, and Indian Premier League cricket matches. It was constructed in 1983 and was first renovated in 2006. It is the largest stadium in the world, with an official seating capacity of 132,000. In 2015, the stadium was demolished before being completely rebuilt by February 2020, with an approximate cost of ₹800 crores. In 2021, the stadium was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium by the Gujarat Cricket Association after the current Prime Minister of India.