Stadiums

In 776 BC, the Olympic Games of antiquity were hosted at the Olympia stadium in Peloponnese, Greece, an arena widely believed to be the world’s oldest stadium. The elongated U-shaped track and stand had a capacity of up to 45,000 people.

Almost 3000 years later, and the typology of the sports stadium continues to act as a gathering place for tens of thousands of eager spectators. As populations, and indeed revenue generated from sporting events continues to increase around the world, the design of sports stadiums is destined to follow suit.

Below, we have rounded up the 15 largest active sports stadiums in the world in terms of total capacity. The list spans 10 countries, with an impressive 15 out of 25 stadiums located within the United States. Note that this list does not include race tracks, closed or inactive stadiums, or figures attained from temporary spectator capacity.

1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea

1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com

Architect: Unknown
Capacity: 114,000
Tenant: Korea DPR national football team

2. Michigan Stadium / Ann Arbor, MI, USA

2. Michigan Stadium / Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user mgoblog. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: Bernard L. Green / HNTB
Capacity: 107,600
Tenant: Michigan Wolverines football

3. Beaver Stadium / State College PA, USA

3. Beaver Stadium / State College PA, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user drocpsu. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Architect: Michael Baker Jr., Inc. / Populous
Capacity: 106,600
Tenant: Penn State Nittany Lions football

4. Ohio Stadium / Columbus OH, USA

4. Ohio Stadium / Columbus OH, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user fensterbme. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Architect: Howard Dwight Smith
Capacity: 104,900
Tenant: Ohio State Buckeyes football

5. Kyle Field / College Station, Texas, USA

5. Kyle Field / College Station, Texas, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user eschipul. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Architect: F.E. Geisecke / Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam / Populous
Capacity: 102,700
Tenant: Texas A&M Aggies football

6. Neyland Stadium / Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

6. Neyland Stadium / Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user kmoliver. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: McCarty Holsaple McCarty
Capacity: 102,400
Tenant: Tennessee Volunteers football

7. Tiger Stadium / Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

7. Tiger Stadium / Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user 23881321@N03. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: Wogan and Bernard / Trahan Architects
Capacity: 102,300
Tenant: LSU Tigers football

8. Bryant-Denny Stadium / Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

8. Bryant-Denny Stadium / Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user 23881321@N03. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: Davis
Capacity: 101,800
Tenant: Alabama Crimson Tide football

9. Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium / Austin, Texas, USA

9. Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium / Austin, Texas, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user wesbrowning. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: Herbert M. Greene
Capacity: 100,100
Tenant: Texas Longhorns football

10. Melbourne Cricket Ground / Melbourne, Australia

10. Melbourne Cricket Ground / Melbourne, Australia. Image via Scottt13 / Shutterstock.com

Architect: Ancon
Capacity: 100,000
Tenant: Melbourne Cricket Club

11. Camp Nou / Barcelona, Spain

11. Camp Nou / Barcelona, Spain. Image via Iakov Filimonov / Shutterstock.com

Architect: Francesc Mitjans
Capacity: 99,300
Tenant: FC Barcelona

12. Soccer City / Johannesburg, South Africa

12. Soccer City / Johannesburg, South Africa. Image courtesy of flickr user kartaba. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Architect: Boogertman & Partners / Populous
Capacity: 94,700
Tenant: South African national football team

13. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum / Los Angeles, California, USA

13. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum / Los Angeles, California, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user skinnylawyer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Architect: John and Donald Parkinson / DLR Group
Capacity: 93,600
Tenant: USC Trojans football, Los Angeles Rams

14. Sanford Stadium / Athens, Georgia, USA

14. Sanford Stadium / Athens, Georgia, USA. Image courtesy of flickr user geekstar. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Architect: CBRE | Heery
Capacity: 92,700
Tenant: Georgia Bulldogs football

15. Rose Bowl / Pasadena, California, USA

15. Rose Bowl / Pasadena, California, USA. Image

Architect: Myron Hunt
Capacity: 92,500
Tenant: UCLA Bruins football

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