We look at the biggest football stadiums in the world (by capacity) and admire these engineering and architectural marvels. Football stadiums are theatres of entertainment, passion and celebration where thousands of supporters stand witness to the most beautiful game in the world.
To put out an authentic football-exclusive list, only the stadiums which are used for football matches regularly were included, which might explain the absence of the May Day Stadium in North Korea and other big football stadiums.
10) Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
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The biggest stadium in South America, the Maracana Stadium was constructed in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup. It still holds the attendance record for a football match, 199,854 set during the 1950 World Cup.
#Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund, Germany)
Originally known as Westfalenstadion, this stadium is the home ground of German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. It is the largest stadium in the German top-flight and was opened in 1974, but has since undergone renovations from time to time, the largest of them being undertaken in 2006 at a cost of 200m Deutsche Mark.
#Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid, Spain)
Another highly prestigious and famous football venue, the Santiago Bernabeu is the home ground of Real Madrid. It was named in honour of the former club chairman Santiago Bernabéu.
#Azadi Stadium (Tehran, Iran)
One of the most intimidating and inspiring stadiums to play in, the Azadi Stadium is home to the Iranian national football team and local clubs Persepolis FC and Esteghlal FC also call it their home.
#Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia)
One of the most unexpected names on the list, the Gelora Bung Karno stadium was built in 1962 and regularly hosts the matches of the Indonesian national team as well as other major domestic league and cup fixtures. It is also the home ground of Persija Jakarta, one of the most successful Indonesian football clubs.
Its usage is similar to the Wembley and, hence, the inclusion.
#Wembley Stadium (London, England)
It has been christened as the ‘Mecca of football’ for its association with history and location in the most popular football country in the world.The new Wembley was opened in 2007 after bringing down the old Wembley 4 years earlier. Famous musicians and bands have performed at this stadium, which also hosted the football finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
#Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa)
The main venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the FNB stadium aka Soccer City hosted the opening ceremony and the final, besides other group and knockout encounters.It is regularly used by the national team for its international fixtures while it also plays host to the Kaizer Chiefs playing in the Premier Soccer League.
#Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
The Camp Nou is perhaps one of the most famous sporting venues in the world and certainly one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world. It is home to one of the greatest and most successful football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.
#Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)
The Estadio Azteca has witnessed some golden moments in football since it was opened in 1966. It has been the center of world football for 3 major tournaments including the 1968 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cups in 1970 and 1986.
#Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata, India)
Also known as the Yuva Bharati Krirangan and built in 1984, the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata is a multi-sports arena with football being the major sport. It is home to various Indian football clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and often hosts the national team’s fixtures.
The stadium will be given a much needed face-lift ahead of the U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017.