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Football is a game of beauty. The spirit and magic of football transcends age and time. Unforgettable stories are passed down through the generations of the eminent football players along with the most wonderful atmospheres of most memorable matches. It would be unwise without mentioning the role of great players and their respective teams as well as fans, but if there is no stadium to host the game and encapsulate all that sticks in our mind, the mere memories would be gone forever.
Keeping that in mind, Sporty Ghost will rank the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. In our consideration, the size of the stadiums, the overall atmosphere and visual appeal play important role. All these largest football stadiums have their own legacies and impact both on the football and their individual countries.
Biggest Football Stadiums in the World:
The best part of all these largest soccer stadiums is the opportunity to tie the football and travel together. So, take a short break from your regular monotonous 9 to 5 working schedule, hop on a plane and visit some of these beautiful countries and most importantly, enjoy the football.
10. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 : Algiers, Algeria
This football stadium is located in Algiers, Algeria and has a massive capacity of 95,000. After inaugurated in 1972, the stadium has arranged several sporting events including 1975 Mediterranean Games, 1978 All-Africa Games, 2004 Pan Arab Games and 2007 All-Africa Games. The stadium also hosted 9 matches of 1990 African Nations Cup. The final match of that tournament was watched by a huge 105,302 spectators, where the home team Algeria defeated Nigeria by 1-0 to win the Cup.
The stadium had a record attendance of 110,000 in a friendly match between Algeria and Serbia in 2010. But following a new phase of renovation, the capacity of the stadium is reduced with the current seating capacity of 64,000. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algeria is at no. 10 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.
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9. Borg El Arab Stadium: Alexandria, Egypt
With a capacity of 86,000, Borg El Arab is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest football stadium in Africa. In our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world, it stays at no. 9 spot. There is a running track around the pitch with four massive floodlights. There is a roof covering one side of the stand of the stadium. The main cabin of Borg El Arab stadium is covered by an umbrella, which covers a total 35% of the stadium area. It is considered as the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. The fence surrounding the ground is 3 km long and the internal road networks run for 6 km.
The stadium is also composed of a huge parking lot, where 5000 cars and 200 buses and an airplane could easily fit. The stadium is also facilitated by 300 press conference rooms, a hotel for 200 guests, 32 cafeterias, 8 elevators for the broadcasters and 2 sub play grounds and many more.
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8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium: Central Jakarta, Indonesia
This multi-purpose stadium is named after Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The stadium is mostly used for football with the seating capacity over 88,083. There are other stadiums in this huge complex such as the Swimming stadium and the Tennis stadium.
The Stadium complex is renamed “Gelora Senavan Complex” under the ‘de-Sukarno-ization’ policy by the former Indonesian president Suharto. We’ve consider to put the stadium at no. 8 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of Indonesia National Football team.
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7. Wembley Stadium: London, England
The stadium was opened in 2007 replacing the original Wembley Stadium at this site, which was demolished in 2003. The stadium is a designated UEFA category four stadium with the capacity of 90,000 spectators. Wembley is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom and also second largest football stadium in the Europe. The Wembley stadium is famous for hosting major football matches including the FA Cup Final and the home matches of England National Football team.
The Wembley stadium is designed by HOK Sports, Fosters and Partners. The Wembley arch is heighted over 440 feet, including a partial retractable roof. The overall cost to build Wembley was estimated about £798 million. With its huge capacity, the Wembley remains at 7th place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.
The Wembley stadium is also renowned for hosting the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, FA Community Shield, and the Gold medal match of 2012 Olympics games football tournament.
6. The Rose Bowl Stadium: California, USA
It is the home of UCLA Bruins Football team and it is the main site of the Rose Bowl Game, which is traditionally held on New Year’s Day. Various major sports events were hosted by The Rose Bowl Stadium, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals. The stadium also hosted five Super Bowl games so far in the Bowl Championship Series.
With the attendance capacity of 92,542, The Rose Bowl is at no. 6 in our selection for the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. It is also the 17th largest stadium in the world and 11th largest stadium in USA. The stadium is a true landmark in the historical point of view.
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5.The FNB Soccer City Stadium: Johannesburg, South Africa
The stadium is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters in Johannesburg. The First National Bank Soccer City Stadium is the largest football stadium in Africa with its huge seating capacity for 94,736 spectators . The Soccer City was mainly designed as the association football stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the football world cup, the maximum seating capacity was ensured for 84,490 viewers leaving the reserve seating for the press and other VIPs. The FNB Soccer City stadium is the home of South African National Football team. The Soccer City stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to the resembling design to the African pot.
The stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and Netherlands. The FIFA world cup closing ceremony on that day saw the final public appearance of Nelson Mandela. The stadium is also famous for Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from the prison in 1990. The FNB Soccer City is the 5th biggest football stadium in our list.
4. Camp Nou: Barcelona, Spain
Camp Nou is the home for the Barcelona FC since 1957. With its massive seating capacity of about 99,354, it is at no. 4 place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Camp Nou is also the biggest football stadium in Europe. Many famous sports events took place in this stadium, such as two UEFA Champions League Finals, and the football matches of 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona.
The construction started on 28 March 1954 as the previous one, Camp de Les Corts had no room for expansion. The total construction took three years with a cost of total 288 million pesetas. At the opening ceremony of the Camp Nou, Handel’s Messiah was performed and Barcelona FC defeated Legia Warsaw by 4-2 in an opening friendly match.
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3. Bukit Jalil National Stadium: Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Bukit Jalil National stadium is a multi-purpose sports complex with a 100,200 all-seater capacities. The stadium was opened by the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 1 January 1998 and staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Bukit Jalil is the home of Malaysian National Football team. In addition to 1998 Commonwealth games, the stadium also served as a host of Southeast Asian Games in 2001, FESPIC Games in 2006 and ASEAN University games in 2008 . By the capacity, till date, it is the 11th largest sports stadium in the world and the stadium stands at 3rd spot in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. This large sports complex was designed and built by the United Engineers Malaysia and finished three months ahead of schedule. The expanding 1.2 km² Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is the most prominent sports venue in the Southeast Asia.
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2. Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata, India
Salt Lake Stadium is the 2nd largest soccer stadium in the world by capacity. This multi-purpose stadium has an arrangement for the 120,000 spectators to watch the game. The record attendance of 131,000 was documented in 1997 in a match between Mohon Bagan AC and East Bengal FC.
The roof of Salt Lake Stadium is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets and concrete. It is situated about 10 km East of Kolkata covering the area of 309,200 m2 . The stadium was inaugurated in 1984. Several important international matches were held in this stadium such as the Pre-World cup tournament in 1985, super-soccer cup in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994, Charminar Challenger Trophy in 1992 and 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup. On 12 October 2014, the first match of Indian Super League was also held in the Salt Lake Stadium.
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1. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium: Pyongyang, North Korea
This multi-purpose stadium is regarded as the largest stadium in the world. With the capacity of about 150,000 and over 207,000 m² of occupying area, Rungrado is at no. 1 in the list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Currently, the stadium is only used for football matches along with few other athletic events. It’s scalloped roof featuring 16 arches arranged in a ring like manner and is said to resemble a Magnolia blossom. It has a total floor space of over 2.2 million ft² across eight stories and the roof peak is more the 197 ft from the ground.
The stadium is also famous as the site of massive performances. In 2002, it hosted the colossal and meticulously choreographed ‘Arirang’ artistic and gymnastic performance, involving some 100,000+ participants. The game was also opened for the foreigners that time.
There are many more beautiful and larger soccer stadiums across the world. We only picked up the top 10 based on the attendance capacity. The game of football is truly glorified by all these massive stadiums.’ Top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world’ will inspire the football lovers across the world for sure.
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