TOP-10 Largest Football Stadiums in the World 2016
10) Borg El Arab Stadium – Capacity: 86,000
The Borg El Arab Stadium is located in Alexandria, Egypt, and is the biggest stadium in the country as well as the second biggest on the continent. The stadium was opened in 2007 and had been commissioned in an unsuccessful bid to host the 2010 World Cup by the Egyptian FA. Whilst the stadium was primarily built to host football it also has an Olympic running track to ensure the stadium isn’t just an expensive white elephant for the country. While it is the largest stadium in Egypt it is not home to the national football team who play at the Cairo International Stadium.
9) Gelora Bung Karno Stadium – Capacity: 88,306
The stadium is named after Indonesia’s first President. Amazingly the stadium was originally built in 1962 and was ahead of its time in terms of facilities. The roof of the stadium forms a ring which is referred to as the temu gelang, while the stadium can host a number of indoor and outdoor Olympic sports. The Indonesia football team play their home games at the stadium which also hosts the domestic side, Persija Jakarta.
8) Wembley Stadium – Capacity: 90,000
Built on the site of the old Wembley stadium, the new Wembley cost the English FA over $1billion to build. The project also suffered a number of delays which caused the cost of the project to rocket. The world famous towers of the previous Empire Stadium were replaced with the Wembley Arch which measures 134 metres in height. The stadium is home to the England national team, as well as hosting all domestic cup finals and league play-off finals.
7) Azadi Stadium – Capacity: 91,000
Located in Tehran, Iran, the stadium was opened in 1974 to host the Asian Games. The ground is home to the national team, Esteghal football club and Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club. Whilst the current capacity sees the stadium in seventh on our list, the ground’s record capacity is in fact over 100,000.
6) FNB Stadium – Capacity: 95,000
The First National Bank Stadium frequently features on our lists. Not only is it the sixth largest stadium in the world but it is the largest in Africa, as well as the most expensive. The stadium is better known as Soccer City and is located on the outskirts of Johannesburg. It was one of many built for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
5) Camp Nou – Capacity: 99,500
The Camp Nou was originally constructed in 1957 and is the largest stadium in Europe. Home to Catalan giants Barcelona, the ground has seen some of football’s greatest players grace the pitch. A 1980 remodelling of the stadium was funded by the club’s fans, who donated money to the development in return for having their names inscribed on the stadium’s bricks. The club this year unveiled a £495million redevelopment of the ground which would see the capacity rise to around 105,000.
4) Bukit Jalil National Stadium – Capacity: 100,200
The stadium was built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. Situated in Kuala Lumpar, the stadium is owned by the Malaysian government. Whilst initially used for athletics the main usage of the stadium now is by the Malaysian national team. A number of domestic football fixtures such as the Malaysian FA Cup final also take place at the stadium which has a reputation for being one of the most structurally impressive ever built.
3) Estadio Azteca – Capacity: 105,000
The Estadio Azteca of Mexico City is the largest stadium in the world used solely for football. It is also a stadium steeped in history. The stadium has twice hosted the World Cup final in both 1970 and 1986, the only stadium to hold that honour. When it isn’t hosting World Cup finals the ground is home to the Mexican national team and Club América football club.
2) Salt Lake Stadium – Capacity: 120,000
The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India is the only stadium on our list that’s terrain is Astroturf and not grass. Although it is a multi-purpose stadium it is invariably used for football. The India national football team play their home matches at the stadium as do a number of sport clubs, not just football teams. A new metro station is currently being constructed to service the stadium and improve transport links.
1) Rungrado May Day Stadium – Capacity: 150,000
This North Korean stadium is not just the largest football stadium in the world, but the largest stadium in the world excluding those built for auto-racing. Whilst football is played at the stadium its primary usage is for the Arirang Festival and cultural celebrations. It is infamous for also being the site of the execution of a number of North Korean generals who were implicated in the attempted assassination of Kim Jong-Il in the 1990’s.
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