Stadium is derived from the Latin word “Stadion”. Stadium is the place for outdoor events, sports and concerts which consists of field and built structures. In the modern world a stadium is recognized officially when 50% of actual seating capacity is a built structure of concrete. Stadiums with at least seating capacity of 10,000 are used for soccer or association football. For a stadium to host for world cup football final matches, it should have a seating capacity with the minimum of 40,000. There are total of 533 stadiums in the world which have the seating capacity of at least 40,000 and above. So, 533 stadiums in the world are eligible to host world cup final matches. In this article we are going to discuss about the top 5 Largest Stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity.
The oldest stadium in the world is the Stadium at Olympia situated in Olympia, in Western Peloponnese, Greece where the Olympic games used to be held from 776 BC. The track length of this stadium is 212.54 m and its width is 28.5 meters. Strahov stadium was the largest stadium in the world with an enormous area of 62,876.25 square meters which could hold 220,000 visitors is closed now so is not included in this list. Strahov stadium is located in Prague of Czech Republic.
Let’s start our Epic Top 5 Countdown of Largest Stadium in the World with Maximum capacity!
5. Kyle Field
Kyle Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity of 102,733 people. It is located in College Station, Texas of United States. It is mainly used for American football. The tenants of the Kyle field are Texas A&M Aggies football.
Kyle Stadium’s construction started in May, 1927 and was opened in September 24, 1927. The original construction cost for Kyle stadium was 650 dollars which is equivalent to 19.1 thousand dollars in 2017. It has the highest recorded attendance of 110,631 people during the match in October 11, 2014 vs Ole Miss.
4. Ohio Stadium
Ohio stadium is the fourth largest stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity of 104,944 people. It is located in Columbus, Ohio of United States. It is mainly used for American football. The tenants of the Ohio stadium are Ohio State Buckeyes football.
Ohio stadium is also known as the The Horseshoe, The Shoe and the House that Harley Built. This stadium has the highest recorded attendance of 110,045 people in November 26, 2016 vs Michigan. This stadium started it’s construction in August 3, 1921 and was opened in October 7, 1922. The construction cost for making of this stadium was 1.34 million US dollars which is equivalent to 19.6 million US dollars in 2017.
3. Beaver Stadium
Beaver stadium is the third largest stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity of 106,572 people. It is located in State College, Pennsylvania of United States. It is mainly used for American football. The tenants of the Beaver Stadium are Penn State Nittany Lions football.
This stadium started its construction in 1959 and was opened in September 17, 1960 which had capacity of 46,284 at that time. The construction cost was 1.6 million dollars which is equivalent to 13.2 million dollars in 2017. And it cost 93 million dollars during its expansion in 2001.
2. Michigan Stadium
Michigan stadium is the second largest stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity of 107,601 people. It is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan of United States. It is mainly used for American football. The tenants of the Michigan stadium are Michigan Wolverines football.
Michigan stadium is also known by the name of The Big House. It is the largest stadium in the United States and second in the world. It was built in October 1st 1927 AD. The total costs incurred during it’s making was 950,000 dollars which is approximately equal to 10.8 million dollars during 2016 calculations. During the renovation and expansion in 2010 it costed 226 million dollars.
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
After total dominance of stadium from United States, Rungrado 1st of May Stadium breaks the monopoly! Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is the largest stadium in the world with maximum seating capacity of 114,000 people. It is located in Pyongyang of North Korea. It is mainly used for Association football, athletics and mass games. The tenants of the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium are Korea DPR national football team.
The stadium covers the total floor space of over 207,000 square meters. The surface is made of artificial turf. The stadium was opened in May 1, 1989. The stadium occupies an area of 20.7 hectares which is 51 acres. Its name came from the river upon which it resides and from International worker’s day which is celebrated in May 1st. It’s roof is designed like Magnolia flower with 16 arches and is up to 60 meters above the ground.
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