Top 10 largest stadiums in the world
Where in the world will you find the largest venues for sports, concerts and other enormous events?
10 | Melbourne Cricket Ground: Australia
Previously built back in 1853, the Melbourne Cricket Ground has an eventful history and was even used as a military base during the Second Wold War.
Situated within Yarra Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia and holds a number of sporting events per year. The arena has a maximum capacity of approximately 100,000 citizens and is placed on the Australian National Heritage List.
The ground has undergone extensive restorations and was the stadium in which the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games and Cricket World Cups in 1992 and 2015 were all held
9 | Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium: Texas
Located in Austin, Texas, the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium is the second largest stadium within the region and the ninth largest worldwide. Originally established in the 1920s, the stadium is now home to Texas Longhorns football team.
The stadium has undergone several developments to cater for the increased numbers who visit the games. In the 1920s, the stadium held approximately 28,000 spectators; however, the stadium can now seat over 100,000 guests, with the last renovation works completing in 2009 at a total cost of $27 million. A further $62 million will be invested into the stadium to ensure spectators receive a world-class experience at each game
The Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is appropriately named after the Texans who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, alongside coach Darrell K Royal who helped lead Texas into three championship games.
8 | Bryant-Denny Stadium: Alabama
Home to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team is the Bryant-Denny Stadium, situated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The stadium is the eighth largest stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 101,821.
Established in 1929, the stadium (previously titled Denny Stadium after George Denny), the stadium’s previous capacity of 12,000 has been increased, in addition to expansion works, such as an upper deck in the 1980s to cater for an extra 10,000 people. Over 150 skyboxes are also now incorporated at the stadium.
Both the north and south end zones have been expanded, costing a total of over $100 million, in addition to the incorporation of large display screens to ensure a world-class experience.
7 | Tiger Stadium: Louisiana
Owned by Louisiana State University, the Tiger Stadium is the seventh largest stadium in the world. With expansion works increasing seating from 12,000 to 102,321, the stadium has undergone several renovations to make sure it remains fit for purpose in all weather conditions.
The stadium also contains ‘the Stadium Club’, incorporating over 3,000 amenity seats, in addition to 70 suites and 3,000 club seats, completed in 2014.
6 | Neyland Stadium: Tennessee
Originally named the Shields-Watkins Field, the stadium is now named after coach Robert Neyland. Home to the Tennessee Volunteers Football Team, the stadium is also popular with the National Football League (NFL).
The Neyland Stadium is one which has undergone the most extensive renovation works, with over 15 development projects attached to its name, costing over $300 million. From one grandstand upon its original completion, the stadium now incorporates several stands and zones to increase the number of seats available.
5 | Kyle Field: Texas
Home to the Texas A&M Aggie football team, the Kyle Field stadium is the fifth largest stadium worldwide, with a capacity of 102,733 seats.
Named after Edwin Jackson Kyle, President of the General Athletics Association in the early twentieth century, the stadium has undergone extensive development and expansion works, costing over $480 million in total.
Expansion incorporated demolition and reconstruction work and the widening of walkways, in addition to implementing a Sports Museum within the Bernard C. Richardson Zone and embedding first-class technologies.
4 | Ohio Stadium
Designed in 1922 by architect Howard Dwight Smith and constructed by E. H. Latham Company of Columbus, Ohio Stadium adopts a double-deck horseshoe design and has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Built at a cost of $1.3 million in order to replace Ohio Field, it was the largest poured concrete structure in the world at the time of completion, with a capacity of over 66,000 spectators. However, through extensive renovation works, the stadium now adopts a seating capacity of 104,944.
3 | Beaver Stadium: Pennsylvania
Home to the Penn State Nittany Lions, Beaver Stadium now has a capacity of 106,572, with over 100 rows on each side, with approximately 60 enclosed skyboxes. The last upgrade to the stadium was in 2006, with supporting structures replaced to ensure the safety of spectators
2 | Michigan Stadium
Since its establishment in the 1920s, the capacity at Michigan Stadium has risen from 72,000 to 107,601.
Constructed at a cost of $950,000, setbacks were initially seen with regards to foundation works of the stadium due to high levels of moisture, at which over 400 tonnes of reinforced steel were implemented into the build.
The stadium underwent a $226 million renovation in 2010 to modernise the stadium, increase the number of seats and make it increasingly accessible. The renovation works also improved the safety of spectators through the instalment of hand rails and the widening of the stadium’s aisles.
1 | Rungrado 1st of May Stadium: North Korea
Established in 1989, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium occupies over 50 acres and is the largest stadium in the word. After undergoing renovation works from 2013-2015, it is one of the most sophisticated stadiums in the world.
Enabling a capacity of 114,000 spectators, the stadium houses 80 exits and 10 lifts. The unique arch roof design has been compared to flower blossom, at which the stadium encompasses eight storeys, reaching heights of 60 metres.
Famous for its sporting events and Mass Games, the stadium has a number of training halls and sporting facilities to enable various teams to train in a number of sports.