What are the Biggest Stadiums in the world? Which country has the best soccer in the world? These are the top questions soccer fans are asking.
So what’s the latest? We took our time to research through the various countries to bring you all you need to know about the best, biggest and most beautiful soccer stadiums in the world.
Football tops the sports business in the world, mainly in Europe, South America, Asia and the emerging North American market. Africa and Asia also have a fair share of the market, notable countries like Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and South Africa where football is also attractive to investors.
Over the years, the competition and investment in sports facilities have increased.
It is now becoming a competition globally in countries like Mexico, where clubs have begun to bring innovations to their sporting facilities. In Mexico Liga MX, some of the stadiums owned by big clubs are worth millions in three-figure.
In the United States MLS, the stadium requirements have also increased in a bid to establish more soccer-specific stadiums in the league and also to boost the revenue generated by participating teams.
Back to the European scene where football has its base, clubs like Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich have all spent heavily on their respective Stadiums lately.
Biggest and best football (soccer) stadiums in the world
10. Salt Lake Stadium – 85,000
Construction cost: N/A
Location: Salt Lake, Greater Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Tenants: ATK Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mohammedan, India Men’s National Football Team
The Salt Lake Stadium is an all-seater multi-purpose stadium that is the largest in India, with a current capacity of about 85,000 spectators.
The stadium came to light when Indian football received a big boost with the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Salt Lake Stadium features electronic scoreboards, elevators, VIP enclosures, floodlighting, VIP restroom, conference hall, etc.
Apart from football and other sporting activities, the Salt Lake Stadium is a top venue for Indian cultural activity, music concerts and Tours.
9. Borg El Arab Stadium – 86,000
Construction cost: N/A
Location: Borg El Arab, Egypt
Tenants: Egyptian National Men’s Football Team
The Borg El Arab Stadium, sometimes referred to as the Egyptian Army Stadium, is an all-seater football stadium with a running track around the pitch.
The stadium has a capacity of 86,000. It is the second-largest in Africa after the FNB in South Africa. Borg El Arab is the home ground for the Egypt Men’s National Football Team.
The Borg El Arab features 86,000 seats for spectators, locker rooms, press room floodlights, swimming pool, gym, hotel for guests, cafeterias, etc. It is one of the best sporting facilities in Africa.
8. Bukit Jalil National Stadium – 87,411
Construction cost: RM800 million
Location: Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tenants: Malaysia Men’s National Football team
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is an all-seater multi-purpose stadium that is the largest in Malaysia. It has a capacity of 87,411 seats.
The stadium is the home ground of the Malaysian national football team. Ranked according to capacity, Bukit Jalil National is the eighth largest in the world.
Bukit Jalil has hosted several sporting activities, especially athletics Championships and football matches. Famous English Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have played in the stadium.
Malaysia is not an exception when it comes to music concerts and Tours. The Bukit Jalil has hosted famous international music artists and entertainers.
Ranked amongst the best sporting facilities in Asia, the stadium features a retractable roof, retractable seats, comfort ventilation, modern sports and lifestyle facilities.
7. Estadio Azteca – 87,523
Construction cost: MXN 260 million
Location: Tlalpan, Mexico City
Tenants: Club América
The Estadio Azteca is a multi-purpose stadium located in Mexico City. It is the largest football stadium in Mexico, having a capacity of 87,523 seats.
The Azteca has been home to Mexican and North American soccer giants Club América since its completion in 1966. It is also home to Liga MX side Cruz Azul, Mexican Men’s National Team and a venue for the American NFL International Series.
The Estadio Azteca is one of the most famous and iconic football stadiums globally, sitting at 2,200 m (7,200 feet) above sea level.
The stadium was the venue for the 1970 and 1986 World Cup Finals. It was also the main venue for soccer matches during the 1968 Summer Olympics and 1971 Women’s World Cup.
Mexico is another music and entertainment hub in North America. Since 1983, major music concerts and Tours that sell out have been hosted at the Estadio Azteca.
6. Rose Bowl – 88,565
Construction cost: $272,198 million
Location: Pasadena, California, United States
Tenants: Rose Bowl Game (NCAA)
The Rose Bowl is an outdoor athletic stadium that is one of the largest stadiums in the United States. It is an all-seater that has a seating capacity of 88,565.
The Rose Bowl is tagged as one of the most famous venues in sporting history. Mainly used for NCAA, it hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
The stadium was the venue for the 1984 Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Match. It is also home to soccer matches involving the United States Men’s National Team.
The United States is a hub for music and entertainment. The Rose Bowl has hosted numerous music concerts and Tours in the country, attracting many people.
5. Wembley Stadium – 90,000
Construction cost: £789 million
Location: Wembley, London, England
Tenants: English Men’s National Team
The Wembley Stadium, also known as Wembley Stadium, connected by EE for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-use stadium..
Wembley is the largest stadium in England, having a capacity of 90,000. It is home to the English Men’s National Team and hosts national finals like the FA Cup and other competitions.
The Football Association of England’s office is situated right inside the Wembley stadium. As a multi-use arena, Wembley host football, rugby union, and some boxing bouts.
Wembley is also one of the best stadiums in design and layout. There are two partially retractable roof structures over the east and west ends.
The stadium has also been a preferred destination for other social activities like concerts and Tours. Its unique features would allow for business meetings by private and cooperative entities.
4. FNB Stadium – 94,807
Construction cost: US$440 million
Stadium Avenue, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tenants: Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa Men’s National Team (selected matches)
The First National Bank Stadium, or simply FNB Stadium, is the biggest football stadium in Africa which has a seating capacity of 94,736. It is also known as Soccer City and The Calabash.
Famously known for its interesting architecture, the FNB Stadium was the central venue during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The edition was also the first time it was hosted on African soil.
The stadium was built to accommodate soccer and Rugby union, which is also one of the most popular sports in the country. Located in Nasrec, a Soweto area of Johannesburg, it is the home ground for Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League.
The stadium has some of the best facilities in the world. It has executive suites, an encircling roof, modern changing room facilities, modern floodlights, etc.
The FNB host South Africa domestic soccer and rugby union matches. It is also one of the best venues for music concerts and Tours.
3. Camp Nou – 99,354
Construction cost: €1.73 billion
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Tenants: FC Barcelona
Camp Nou is the largest football or soccer-specific stadium in Europe, with a seating capacity of 99,354. Located in Barcelona, it has been home to Spanish football giants FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.
Camp Nou, one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe, has hosted several football competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, European Cup, European Football Championship, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, etc.
Over the years, FC Barcelona has invested heavily in technical facilities, including the introduction of modern technology around Camp Nou. In the future, it could be an all-covered stadium.
Barcelona has also increased its annual turnover from ticket sales and other services offered at camp Nou. It is the destination for music concerts and Tours.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground – 100,024
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is a sports stadium and is the largest stadium in Australia. It has a capacity of 100,024 seats that make it the second-largest cricket arena by capacity.
The stadium was opened in 1853 and is home to several Australian Football Rules teams, Cricket clubs and Rugby Union teams
Interestingly, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is within walking distance of the city centre and adjacent to Melbourne Park. It hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games, and two Cricket World Cups in 1992 and 2015.
The Austrian Men’s National soccer Team has also hosted some World Cup qualifiers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Apart from it, other soccer matches have been played there since.
The Stadium is also a venue for some music concerts and Tours. It is said to be one of the venues that have constantly attracted people.
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – 114,000
The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Rungra Island, Pyongyang, North Korea. With 114,000 seats, its the largest stadium by seating capacity
The stadium was opened in 1989 and was the main venue for 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Rungrado has one of the most outstanding designs as it features an eight-story, scalloped roof. The Stadium is the venue for the North Korean Men and Women National Teams and other national activities.
Famous soccer teams and their stadiums
Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid is the most successful team in Spanish football history. The club also has a record as the most successful team in Europe and the world, along with Al Ahly.
The club began to dominate the Spanish and European scene during the 1950s when it won the five consecutive European Cups. And after the competition was rebranded to Champions League, the club made three successive wins.
Some notable Real Madrid players are Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Santiago Bernabéu and Cristiano Ronaldo.
To date, Real Madrid is a household name in world football globally. The Los Blancos play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Barcelona – Camp Nou
Barcelona is the second most successful team in Spain behind Real Madrid. The Catalan club has won major trophies, including the La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Barcelona’s is also a household name in football with millions of fans worldwide. Barcelona plays at the famous Camp Nou, the largest football-specific stadium in the world.
The Blaugrana are best known for their style of play and philosophy backed by an ever strong La Masia Academy, which has produced some of the greatest players in the club’s history.
Argentine forward Lionel Messi is the best player in the history of Barcelona in the 21st century. He won over seven Golden Shoe awards at the club.
Manchester United – Old Trafford
Manchester United is the biggest football club in the history of the English Premier League. The club has a high pedigree not just in English football but at the continental Europe.
Man United is a global brand. Today, the club is the most popular English club and could be ranked among the top three most popular football clubs globally.
Man United also became the first English football club to win the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008. The club plays at the Old Trafford which is the second biggest Premier League Stadium to date.
Club América – Estadio Azteca
Club América is the most successful Mexican soccer team, closely followed by Chivas Guadalajara.
The CONCACAF Champions League, dominated by Mexican soccer teams, América has won over seven titles.
Club América plays at the famous Estadio Azteca located in Mexico City, which is also the biggest in Mexico and North America.
Club América is a famous football club in the Americas, especially in Mexico, the United States and other Latin American countries.
Bayern Munich – Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich is the most successful team in German football. However, the club also holds numerous records in European football.
In 2020, the club became the only second European club to achieve the seasonal treble twice. Bayern is also the most successful German club internationally.
Bayern Munich plays at the Allianz Arena, which holds 75,024 people. The Allianz Arena is famously known for its exterior, inflated ETFE plastic panels with full colour changing abilities.
Boca Juniors – La Bombonera
Boca Juniors is one of the famous teams in South America. In Argentine football, Boca Juniors is the most successful team.
Boca Juniors plays at the Alberto J. Armando Stadium, known as La Bombonera.
Al Ahly – Al Ahly WE
Egyptian club Al Ahly is the most successful football club in Africa and also the most successful in the world. The club plays at the Al Ahly WE Stadium.
Over the years, football clubs, private investors and councils who own these sporting facilities have spent heavily to construct, renovate or install new facilities.
That been said, football and the quality of stadium are vital. And as things stand, some of the biggest football stadiums in the world are Camp Nou, Wembley, Estadio Azteca, Bukit Jalil, etc.