10 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World
The ten largest sports stadiums in the world based upon normal seating capacity. The list does not include motor sports stadiums like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which can seat over 400,000 people for the Indianapolis 500 or Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic which has a seating capacity of 270,000 but is used for rock concerts today and not for sporting events. The list is based upon normal seating capacity and not maximum capacity as stadiums like the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California has a normal seating capacity of 92,542 for the Rose Bowl but can be expanded to over 105,000 when it hosts Super Bowls.
Most of these stadiums are used for football or soccer and every one of these stadiums is a great tourist attraction and well worth a visit by anyone not just sports fans. Most of these stadiums offer tours for visitors and all of them help fill up the local hotels and restaurants in each city that they are located in during sporting events. The atmosphere in these stadiums transcends the sports and really adds to the experience of visiting these stadiums.
1) Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea - 150,000 seating capacity
Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea tops the list of largest sports stadiums in the world with a normal seating capacity of 150,000. Rungrado May Day Stadium is used for soccer matches and the yearly two month long Arirang Festival which features gymnastics and artistic performances by the most skilled athletes and gymnasts in North Korea.
2) Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata in West Bengal, India - 120,000
Salt Lake Stadium is not located in Utah but in the West Bengal State in India where 120,000 spectators can watch primarily soccer matches though the stadium is also used for track and field and other athletic performances.
3) Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan - 109,901
Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the home of the Michigan Wolverines and is the largest American football stadium in the United States with a seating capacity of 109,901. Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 and has undergone numerous renovations since then with the last renovation in 2010. The first night game in Michigan Stadium will be played in 2010 vs Notre Dame which should fill up all the hotels in the Ann Arbor area.
4) Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania - 107,282
Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions college football team and has a seating capacity of 107,282. Most of those fans love to tailgate before a game drinking plenty of beer and consuming inordinate amounts of grilled foods.
5) Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico - 105,491
Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico is the home of the national football (soccer) team of Mexico and seats 105,491 spectators. Estadio Azteca was home to Diego Maradona's famous or infamous Hand of God goal and also his Goal of the Century when he scored both goals vs England in Argentina's 2-1 quarter-final victory over the Brits in the 1986 World Cup which Argentina went on to win. Estadio Azteca was opened in 1966 and was also home to the Game of the Century when Italy defeated West Germany 4-3 in 1970.
6) Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee - 102,495
Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee is the home of the Tennessee Volunteers college football team. Neyland Stadium was opened in 1921 and is today named for General Robert Neyland who compiled a stellar 173-31-12 record as head coach of the Volunteers in three stints (1926–1934, 1936–1940, 1946–1952).
7) Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio - 102,329
Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is home of the Ohio State Buckeyes college football team. Ohio Stadium was opened in 1922 and is certainly one of the great football stadiums in the United States.
8) Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama - 101,000
Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the home of the 2009 NCAA college football champions Alabama Crimson Tide. Bryant-Denny stadium was opened in 1929 and is named for former Alabama president George Hutchenson Denny and legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant who compiled a 323-85-17 record while winning 6 national championships.
9) Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas - 100,119
Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas is the home of the University of Texas Longhorn college football team. The stadium was opened in 1924 and is named for Darrell K Royal who coached the Longhorns to a 184-60-5 record including 3 national championships. Football is second only to religion in the big state of Texas.
10) Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia - 100,018
The Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia rounds out the list with a seating capacity of 100,018 people. Melbourne Cricket Ground or MCG holds the world record for the highest light towers of any sporting venue and is home to a number of cricket teams as well as the Australian Football League, rugby football teams, is the finishing place for the Melbourne Marathon and hosts other events like concerts and the Olympics which helps fill the hotels in Melbourne.
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