The best and the biggest seat in the house.
Behind the screaming and cheering, the wins and losses, there’s a crowd of spectators filling some of the world’s biggest stadiums. From North Korea, across America, through to Europe and even in Australia, we’ve found the biggest and the best. So without further ado, here are our top 10 stadiums where bigger is certainly better:
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
Named after the day that it first opened in 1989, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium found in Pyongyang in North Korea can easily accommodate 114,000 seated guests inside the flower-like arena. Used for athletic events such as football matches, Rungrado also sees crowds flocking to view performances celebrating the North Korean nation.
With the nickname “The Big House”, it’s clear to see why Michigan Stadium made the cut. Housing 110,601 spectators, Michigan is not only the largest stadium in the United States, but it also claims the title as the second-biggest stadium in the world. Opening its gates in 1927, in 2010 Michigan Stadium underwent a $226,000,000 renovation and has since hosted a crowd of 115,109 in September of 2013 for the Michigan v Notre Dame game.
Found on the campus of Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Stadium opened in 1960 and was later expanded another nine times to hold its current capacity of 106,572 in-house viewers. Although the number of spectators welcomed is overwhelming, in September 2018 Beaver Stadium saw an extra 4,317 guests (110,889) enter for the Penn State and Ohio State match.
Circling and towering over the green-grass field inside Texas A&M University campus is Kyle Field, the world’s fourth-biggest stadium. Opening in late September 1927, Kyle Field has increased its capacity 14 times to hold its current number of spectators at 102,733. Home ground to Texas A&M Aggies, Kyle Field also features a press box, a sports museum and even a cemetery for some of Aggie’s mascots.
Previously known as Shields-Watkins Field, Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium was opened to the public in September 1921. Since then, Neyland has undergone three renovations as well as 13 expansions to now host its staggering 102,455 audience. Today, Neyland Stadium is the fifth-biggest stadium in the world and generously hosts stadium tours for travellers and supporters.
Home to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Ohio Stadium resides on the campus of Ohio State University and is loosely known as the “horseshoe” and the “shoe.” Opening in 1922 and later renovated in 2000, Ohio Stadium now accommodates 102,082 guests after their four expansions over 1948, 1991, 2001 and 2014. To date, Ohio’s largest attendance was in late November 2016 with 110,045 guests present to watch Ohio State beat Michigan.
After expanding eight times after it’s opening in 1929, today, Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama easily seats 101,821 visitors. Its number of spectators since its opening has quintupled in size from its early seating of only 18,000. Renowned for its title of being the eighth-biggest stadium in the world, Bryant-Denny Stadium is also home to the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band with over 400 members.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Home to the Longhorns football team since its opening in 1924, the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium found in Austin Texas sees 100,119 spectators fill the venue. Renowned for being the eighth largest stadium in America, Darrell K has undergone seven expansion renovations commencing only two years after its opening. Found on campus at the University of Texas at Austin, in August of 2009 Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium underwent its final expansion which was a staggering $27 million project.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Australia surprisingly made the cut with Victoria’s very own Melbourne Cricket Ground. Being the oldest on the list, the MCG was opened in 1853 and today it is considered the tenth-biggest stadium in the world and holds the title of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. Welcoming 100,024 spectators, including Pope John Paul II as one of many notable guests, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is also home to the National Sports Museum and hosts stadium tours for visitors.
Meaning ‘new field’, Camp Nou found in Barcelona Spain was opened in September 1957 after only three years of construction. Home to FC Barcelona since its opening, today, Camp Nou welcomes 99,354 football fans to its stadium, some of which have included Pope John Paul II, Bruce Springsteen and even Michael Jackson in 1988. Since then, Camp Nou has hosted two European Cup Champions League finals, the football final at the 1992 Olympics and housed the opening game of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.