While football attracts approximately 3.5 billion viewers a year on TV and streaming, only a handful can attend games live. As a result, many teams are expanding their current stadiums or even building new stadiums to give everyone the chance to experience the electric mood inside a football stadium. So which football stadiums are the biggest in the world right now?
Top 25 Largest Football Stadiums In The World
25. AT&T Stadium
Located in Arlington, Texas – the AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, serves as the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and opened in 2009. With a capacity of 80,000, the stadium is used for a variety of other activities such as concerts, basketball games, football, college and high school football contests, rodeos, motocross, and professional wrestling.
24. Lusail Iconic Stadium
With a capacity of 80,000, in twenty-fourth place is the Lusail Iconic Stadium which will host the final game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It is owned by the Qatar Football Association, is the biggest stadium in Qatar, and is one of eight stadiums converted for the World Cup in Qatar. Located in Lusail, Qatar, the stadium will be cooled using solar power and will have a zero carbon footprint.
23. Guangdong Olympic Stadium
Built in 2001, Guangdong Olympic Stadium, or officially Aoti Main Stadium is situated in Guangzhou, China. It is mostly used for football matches and was originally planned to host the 2008 Summer Olympics until a decision was made to build the National Stadium in Beijing. It has a capacity of 80,012 and is currently the largest stadium in the country by seating capacity.
22. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
Commonly known as San Siro, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is the twenty-second largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 80,018. It is located in Milan, Italy, and is the largest stadium in the country. It is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan, and will also host the opening ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympics of Milan.
21. Estadio Monumental
Estadio Monumental was opened in 2000 and is situated in Lima, Peru with a capacity of 80,093. At the time of its construction, it became Peru’s largest stadium and also the fifth largest in South America. It is the home of Club Universitario de Deportes.
20. Shah Alam Stadium
Built in 1994, the Shah Alam is located in Selangor, Malaysia, and has a capacity of 80,372. The stadium is the official home of Red Giants, Selangor F.C. Despite multiple renovation attempts over the years, the stadium is currently in a state of disrepair resulting from long-term neglect in maintenance.
19. Luzhniki Stadium
With a maximum capacity of 81,000, Luzhniki Stadium is the nineteenth largest stadium in the world making it the largest in Russia. It is the national stadium of Russia and is located in its capital city, Moscow. Luzhniki was the main stadium of the 1980 Olympic Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the final of the football tournament, it was also the main stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
18. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Situated in Madrid, Spain, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the eighteenth largest stadium in the world and has a capacity of 81,044. It has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. Named after footballer and Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabéu, the stadium is one of the world’s most famous football venues.
17. Stade de France
Stade de France is the national stadium of France situated in Saint-Denis, France, and holds a capacity of 81,338. Originally built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, it is the largest in Europe for track and field events, and is used by the France national football team and France rugby union team for international competition.
16. Signal Iduna Park
In sixteenth place we have Signal Iduna Park, located in Dortmund, Germany, and also known as Westfalenstadion. It is home to the German professional football club Borussia Dortmund, and has a capacity of 81,365. It is Germany’s largest stadium and is one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe, renowned for its atmosphere.
15. Jakarta International Stadium
Jakarta International Stadium is the fifteenth largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 82,000, making it the largest stadium in Indonesia and the largest football-specific stadium in Asia. Situated in Jakarta, Indonesia, it is the home ground of Persija Jakarta and the occasional home of the Indonesia national football team.
14. Croke Park
Located in Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park was originally known as the Jones’ Road sports ground. It had a major redevelopment from 1991 to 2005 that raised its capacity to 82,300. Since 1891 the site has been used to host Gaelic sports, including the annual All-Ireland in Gaelic football and hurling. It now serves as both the principal national stadium of Ireland and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
13. MetLife Stadium
With a maximum capacity of 82,500, the MetLife Stadium is the thirteenth largest stadium in the world and is situated in New Jersey, USA. Opened in 2010, it is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL).
12. Stadium Australia
The twelfth largest stadium in the world is located in Sydney, Australia, and is also sometimes referred to as Sydney Olympic Stadium, Homebush Stadium, or the Olympic Stadium. It was completed in March 1999 to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. It is currently known as the Accor Stadium and has a capacity of 83,500, with the National Rugby League being their most regular tenant of the ground.
11. Salt Lake Stadium
Situated in Kolkata, India, Salt Lake Stadium also known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, is the eleventh largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 85,000 people. It is home to multiple football clubs such as the India national football team, ATK Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mohammedan, and is the fourth largest sports stadium in Asia by seating capacity.
10. Borg El Arab Stadium
In tenth place, we have Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria Egypt which is sometimes referred to as El Geish Stadium. With a maximum capacity of 86,000 people, it is the largest and most iconic stadium in Egypt. It is home to the Egyptian national football team as well as two Egyptian football teams; Smouha and Al Ittihad.
9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is the ninth largest football stadium in the world with a maximum capacity of 87,411 people. This multi-purpose stadium is home to the Malaysia national football team.
8. Estadio Azteca
The eighth largest football stadium in the world is located in Mexico City, Mexico. This iconic stadium was the first to host two World Cup finals (in 1970 and 1986). Estadio Azteca has a maximum capacity of 87,523 people and is home to the Mexican football team as well as two Mexican football teams, Club América and Cruz Azul.
7. Wembley Stadium
Situated in London, England, the infamous stadium has housed some of the world’s most iconic games. With a maximum capacity of 91,000 people, it is the seventh largest football stadium in the world. It is home to the England National football team and has held significant games such as the FA Cup final, The League Cup Final, and FA Community Shield.
6. Rose Bowl
With a maximum capacity of 92,800, it is the largest football stadium in the USA and the sixth largest football stadium in the world. Located in Pasadena, California, the stadium was host to the men’s 1994 World Cup final and the Women’s 1999 World Cup final. It is now home to the UCLA Bruins football programme which represents the University of California in college football.
5. FNB Stadium
FNB Stadium, or First National Bank Stadium, is the fifth largest football stadium in the world with a maximum capacity of 94,736 people. Situated in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, it is currently home to the South African Football national team and Kaizer Chiefs who play in the professional South African football league.
4. Camp Nou
Camp Nou, home of European giants FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957, is the fourth largest football stadium in the world, with a maximum capacity of 99,354 people. This iconic stadium is also expected to be renovated in 2026 to expand its capacity further to get more people to enjoy the magic of the Nou Camp.
3. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Founded and managed by Melbourne Cricket Club, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the third largest football and second largest cricket ground by capacity. It’s in Melbourne Australia and can seat up to 100,024 people. It is currently home to four Australian football clubs: Collingwood FC, Richmond FC, Hawthorn FC, and Melbourne FC.
2. Azadi Stadium
Built in 1971, Azadi Stadium in Iran is the second largest football stadium in the world with a maximum capacity of 100,116 people. The stadium is currently home to the Iranian national team as well as Iranian clubs Esteghlal FC and Persepolis FC.
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
With a maximum capacity of 114,000 people, Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea is the largest football stadium in the world. It was opened on the 1st of May 1989 to host the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. It currently houses both the men’s and women’s Korean football national teams.
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