10. Bukit Jalil National Stadium [87,411] –
Originally built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, this multi-purpose built stadium plays home for the Malaysian National Football team. Whilst it can hold up to 100,000 people for other events, it is limited to 87,411 for football. It has also been used by Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal in their pre-season tours.
9. Bung Kamo Stadium [88,306] –
Although the stadium is popularly known as Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Stadion Gelora Bung Karno), its official name is Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno), as there are other stadiums in the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, such as the Tennis Stadium and the Swimming Stadium. Bung Karno Stadium hosted the 2007 Asian Cup Final between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Other competitions held there are several Tiger Cup finals and domestic cup finals.
8. Wembley Stadium [90,000] –
One of the most iconic stadiums in world football, the new Wembley was finally completed in 2007, replacing the original stadium built in 1923. Costing pennies under £800 million the stadium has already been the host of various music concerts, the first ever European NFL fixture (2007), the finals of men and womens football in the Olympics 2012, the final of all major play-offs in English Football, the FA and League Cup final and 2 Champions League finals (2011, 2013).
7. The Rose Bowl [93,420] –
The natural grass playing field sits at an elevation of 825 feet (251 m) above sea level. The stadium is a National Historic Landmark and a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It was the venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
6. FNB Stadium [94,700] –
First National Bank Stadium or simply FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is a stadium located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736. The stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to its resemblance to the African pot or gourd. It was also the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, which was played by the Netherlands and Spain.
5. Azadi Stadium [95,225] –
The Azadi Stadium, formerly Aryamehr Stadium is an all-seater football stadium in Tehran, Iran. It was inaugurated on 18 October 1971 and is self owned by Esteghlal and Persepolis and also home stadium of Iran national football team. It has a current capacity of 91,623 spectators. It was built to host the 1974 Asian Games and has hosted the 1976 AFC Asian Cup. The stadium also hosted AFC Champions League final on two occasions: in 1999 and 2002.
4. Camp Nou [99,225] –
Home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou was originally opened in 1957 with numerous expansions and renovations since then to make it one of the world’s biggest, and best, stadiums. In recent years they have put a stop to plans to expand it even more (to 106,000) due to the financial crisis in 2008. One of the tiers of the stadium has been designed with different coloured chairs spelling ‘Mes Que En Club’, literally translating to ‘More Than A Club’, in a reflection to the huge support for Barca.
3. Estadio Aztecz [105,064] –
One of the most emblematic stadia in world football, Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexican national team and is probably best remembered for the two World Cup final’s it hosted in 1970 and 1986. Having twice been the venue for football’s most prestigious event, the Azteca is held dear to many fans of the game; but it is not the matches themselves, rather the moments of football history that have taken place on its turf that have made it one of the most famous arenas of all time.
2. Salt Lake Stadium [120,000] –
It is the largest stadium in India, and the second-largest stadium in the world by capacity. The stadium was built in 1984 and holds 120,000 people in a three-tier configuration. It is home to 4 of the biggest league clubs in India, Mohun Bagan A.C., East Bengal F.C., Mohammedan SC and Prayag United S.C, whilst also occupying most of the Indian National Football Teams home games. The local ‘Kolkata’ derbies between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are often sold out to maximum capacity.
1. Rungrado May Day Stadium [150,000] –
The Rŭngnado May First Stadium, or May Day Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, completed on May 1, 1989. It is regarded as the largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 150,000, and occupying over 207, 000m squared. Although the primary purpose of the stadium is to host vast parades and other public spectacles in North Korea, it is also used to host some of the national football team’s fixtures making it the largest football stadium on the planet.
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