Soccer fans tend to think that their sport is a huge deal, and it is. In fact, it’s the most watched, most played and most popular sport on the planet. So, you’d think that this insane popularity would be matched by the biggest stadiums in the world, right?
Prepare to be shocked by our list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
10. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) – 100,024
Built in 1853 and in a constant state of renewal since, “The G” is the largest stadium in Australia, the Southern Hemisphere, and in cricket.
It also boasts the tallest light towers of any sports stadium in the world (24 stories tall) and sits proudly on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
9. Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium – 100,119
Home to the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns football team since 1924, the DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium has delivered a great home field advantage with the team’s home record through the 2015 season is 362–108–10 (76.5%).
The stadium was named after legendary University of Texas football coach Darrel K. Royal in 1996. Up until that point, it had been called War Memorial Stadium, Memorial Stadium, and Texas Memorial Stadium.
8. Bryant-Denny Stadium – 101,821
Opened 88 years ago in 1929 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the stadium was originally named Denny Stadium in honour of George H. Denny, University of Alabama’s president from 1912 to 1932. In 1975, the state legislature added the longtime head coach and alumnus Paul “Bear” Bryant to the stadium’s name.
Bryant led the Tide for seven more seasons, through 1982, and is one of the few in Division I to have coached in a venue bearing his name. No doubt he’d be proud of its status as one of the biggest stadiums in the world today.
7. Tiger Stadium – 102,321
Popularly known as Death Valley, Tiger Stadium is opened in 1924 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the campus of Louisiana State University. It is the home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team.
Prior to 1924, LSU played its home games at State Field, which was located on the old LSU campus in Downtown Baton Rouge.
6. Neyland Stadium – 102,455
Constructed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1921, and originally called Shields-Watkins Field, Neyland Stadium is the home of the Tennessee Volunteers football team and within touching distance of the top 5 biggest stadiums in the world.
The stadium has undergone 16 expansion projects, reaching a capacity of 104,079 between 2000 and 2005, before being slightly reduced by alterations in the following decade.
5. Kyle Field – 102,512
Kyle Field is a football stadium located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It has been the home to the Texas A&MAggie football team in rudimentary form since 1904, and as a complete stadium since 1927.
It is known as the “Home of the 12th Man”, and sits proudly among the five biggest stadiums in the world.
4. Ohio Stadium – 104,574
Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, “the Shoe”, and “the House that Harley built”, is an American football stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Its primary purpose is the home venue of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team and the Ohio State University Marching Band; it also serves as the site for the university’s Spring Commencement ceremonies each May.
3. Beaver Stadium – 107,572
Beaver Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, on the campus of Pennsylvania State University. It is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference since 1960, though some parts of the stadium date back to 1909.
The stadium is named after James A. Beaver, a former governor of Pennsylvania (1887–91) and president of the university’s board of trustees.
2. Michigan Stadium – 107,601
Nicknamed “The Big House”, Michigan Stadium is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is the largest stadium in the United States and the second biggest stadium in the world.
Its official capacity is 107,601, but it has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000.
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – 150,000
The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, completed on May 1, 1989. It is the biggest stadium in the world, with a total capacity of 150,000.
The site occupies an area of 20.7 hectares (51 acres). The main pitch sprawls over 22,500 m² (242,200 ft²). Its total floor space is over 207,000 m² (2.2 million ft²) across eight stories, and the lobes of its roof peak at more than 60 m (197 ft) from the ground.
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