Stadiums provide the perfect flooring and atmosphere for the athletes to perform. The fans and supporters are the reason for a crazy atmosphere all around the stadium. Henceforth, the more the number of fans the more interesting the match gets. Here are the top 10 largest stadiums for association football based on the seating capacity.
10. Lusail Iconic Stadium
Recently renovated for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Lusail Iconic Stadium is the largest stadium in the host nation. The stadium will be the stage for the greatest megaevent of the year. The finals for the upcoming FIFA World Cup are destined to be hosted in this stadium.
The stadium boasts a capacity of around 80,000.
9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium
It is a multi-purpose stadium located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Also home to the Malaysia national football team, it is the largest stadium in the Southeast Asia region.
The stadium is capable of having an audience of 87,411. The stadium often hosts AFC matches and other domestic league matches.
8. Estadio Azteca
Home to the Mexico National Football Team, Estadio Azteca is located in Mexico’s Capital city. The stadium is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet above sea level.
Being the largest stadium in Mexico and Latin America, it can accommodate a total of 87,523 fans. However, for an important match, the audience amount can go higher. The record attendance was in a matchup between Mexico and Brazil on 7th July 1968.
7. Wembley Stadium
One of the most renowned stadiums in the world, Wembley stadium is also home to the England national football team. This stadium is also the battlefield for the FA Cup Finals. This UEFA 4-star rated stadium is located in Wembley, London.
The stadium has an official maximum capacity of 90,000. The highest attendance in the stadium was recorded in a matchup between Cardiff City and Portsmouth on 17th May 2008. The audience had a headcount of around 89,874.
6. Rose Bowl
Acknowledged as a National Historic Landmark, the Rose Bowl is a multi-purpose stadium located in Pasadena, California. The stadium hosts an annual college football game which is named on the stadium itself.
The maximum seating capacity of the stadium is 88,565. Although, the record attendance is much higher than the maximum capacity. The numbers went as high as 106,869 for the 1973 Rose Bowl Game.
5. FNB Stadium
Short for First National Bank Stadium, FNB Stadium is a stadium located in Nasrec, Johannesburg. This stadium is the home to the South African Football team and Kaizer Chiefs F.C.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 94,736. However, its record attendance goes higher up to 94,807 in a matchup between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The stadium is also linked to various historical events in the nations political history.
4. Camp Nou
Home to one of the most decorated clubs in the region, Barcelona, Camp Nou is a battlefield for various top-tier matches in the league. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and has a capacity of 99,354.
Currently branded as “Spotify Camp Nou” as per the brand deal between Barca and Spotify. This stadium is 4-star rated by UEFA and has a record attendance of 120,000. The matchup was between Barcelona and Juventus in a European Cup Quarter-Final.
3. Melbourne Cricket Ground
With a fantastic topographic location at the center of the city, Melbourne Cricket Ground is easily accessible and hence is an easy attraction. When compared on the basis of size MCG is the largest stadium in the whole of the Southern hemisphere.
It has a seating arrangement for a total of 100,024 fans in the stands. With almost all seats occupied, its record attendance is 100,022 in a Grand Final matchup of Australian Football League 2018.
However, for an association football matchup, the numbers go as high as 99,382. This was in an International champions league matchup between Real Madrid and Manchester City.
2. Michigan Stadium
Entitled “The Big House”, Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the entire United States. It is a football stadium at the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor.
It has had a total capacity of 107,601 since 2015. However, it has hosted an audience of more than its capacity on multiple occasions. The record attendance is 115,109. However, the stadium is primarily hosting American Football, it hosts multiple association football matches.
The record attendance for an official association football match is 109,318, played between Real Madrid and Manchester United.
1. Rungrado 1st of May
Located on Rungra Island in Pyongyang, North Korea, this stadium is the largest stadium for association football. However, it is also the second-largest stadium in the world.
It has an artificial turf floor spread over 242,000 sq ft area. The stadium is capable of hosting 114,000 guests at a time. Home to the Korea DPR national football team this stadium is the battlefield for football teams seeking glory against the Korean team.