Some of the biggest football stadiums in the world have been built with public funds. They are typically the home of national football teams but they are also used for multiple other events such as club football matches as well as concerts.
Many of these stadiums have been built in times where safety concerns such as evacuation routes were a bit more relaxed. Historically, many of these stadiums have even seen seat capacity reduction due to changing or evolving safety standards. This is also why many of these stadiums listed below have been even bigger in the past. But even by today’s standards, the biggest football stadiums in the world impress even those outside of the sporting world.
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10. San Siro, Italy
San Siro was inaugurated a long time ago. Receiving its first visitors in 1925, San Siro is one of the oldest football stadiums in the world. It has the potential of turning 100 in just 5 years. This stadium has seen one of the earliest editions of the world cup. With a capacity of 75.000 seats, it has hosted games from the 1934 World Cup as well as games from the 1990 FIFA World Cup. In Euro 1990, the stadium hosted 3 games of the continental tournament. Today, it is the home of both AC Milan and Inter Milan.
9. Santiago Bernabeu, Spain
With a capacity of over 81.000 seats, the royal stadium of Madrid is the home of Real Madrid. It has seen record attendance of more than 125.000 people. But the stadium has also hosted some of the biggest clashes in football history. It was the home of top football players such as Ronaldo, Zidane, and Beckham. The stadium enjoys easy access from any part of Madrid and internationally through the Madrid Airport. It’s currently closed due to the pandemic.
8. Stade de France, France
Stade de France is the national football stadium of France’s national football team. It has a capacity of over 80.000 seats and it enjoys easy access from the French capital. The stadium features a larger round roof which covers most of its seats. It can be a good place to watch a football match when the weather isn’t perfect. Historically, the stadium has seen many football matches with top French players such as Zinedine Zidane or Didier Deschamps.
7. Westfalenstadion, Germany
This large stadium also has a seating capacity of over 80.000 seats. It has seen games where this capacity was even broken in the days before too many safety measures. But today, the stadium found in the Nordic city of Dortmund is the home of the local Borussia football team. It has a historic role as this small team always clashes with the largest football teams in the country such as Bayern Munich which comes from a more affluent part of the country/
6. Borg El Arab Stadium, Egypt
Borg El Arab Stadium has 86.000 seats. It’s Egypt’s biggest football stadium and it was only constructed a few years ago. It features a running track since it also hosts other sporting events outside football matches for Egypt’s national football team. This stadium comes with no roof and watching a game here in the high summer heat might not be as easy for football fans as in a covered stadium.
5. Estadio Azteca, Mexico
Estadio Azteca is another important venue in the history of football. It comes with a capacity of around 87.000 seats and it is the home of Mexico’s national football team. But this stadium has seen some of the most successful world cups. It has been an official venue at the 1970 FIFA World Cup as well at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. It has been the place of the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal scored by Maradona. In 1968, Estadio Azteca also hosted a large sporting event, the Summer Olympics.
4. Wembley, England
Wembley is considered by many the most important stadium in football’s history. It is the home of an entire nation of football lovers and England’s national football teams. It has been completely rebuilt and it now has some of the most modern facilities of any stadium. Even the underground stations close to the stadium have been considerably expanded to allow fans easy access to the football grounds.
3. FNB Stadium, South Africa
Known as ‘The Calabash’ the stadium is the biggest in Africa. It’s the home ground for South Africa’s national football team. It was part of the 2010 World Cup. The stadium saw clashes between South Africa and Mexico and one of the most interesting football matches in history, Uruguay versus Ghana. But this 94.000 seat stadium has also hosted the final match of that event between Spain and Netherlands.
2. Camp Nou, Spain
With 99.000 seats, Camp Nou is the biggest stadium solely dedicated to football. It hosts FC Barcelona and it represents one of the most important venues you need to visit as a football fan. It has been opened to the public in 1957 and its architecture now looks outdated. However, this oval stadium has been consistently selling out in home FC Barcelona matches before the pandemic. It has also hosted several concerts for the residents of Barcelona.
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, North Korea
With a capacity of 150.000, this stadium is the biggest in the world. It is the home of North Korea’s national football team on several occasions. But it also hosts multiple state-drive events such as athletic competitions or various festivals. It’s also the football stadium fans know little about as it represents a total mystery for the Western world. Its mysterious profile also makes it one of the hardest places to visit on earth and one of the football stadiums least likely to ever receive a large number of visiting fans whenever North Korea plays here. It is believed that this large stadium hosts various political events. It’s no wonder given its large size as its roof sits more than 60m above ground level.