The biggest stadiums in the world are usually football stadiums. In North America, college football and soccer stadiums have the largest capacity while soccer stadiums have the greatest capacity in other continents. For the purpose of this article, we are not including racing facilities—auto or horse—because those stadiums often include standing room for the majority of their fans and may not have legitimate seat counts.
Rungrado May Day Stadium
This 150,000-seat stadium is located in Pyongyang, North Korea and was built in 1989. It is one of the most beautiful of all the stadiums built since the mid-1980s, resembling a blossoming flower when it is looked at from above. It is used regularly for soccer and it was once filled by 190,000 fans for a professional wrestling event.
Salt Lake Stadium
This professional soccer stadium seats 120,000 fans in Calcutta, India. The stadium was built in 1984 and it consists of three tiers. While some of the seats in the back sections of the first and second decks have obstructed views and there are many poles in the third deck that keeps fans from seeing all of the field, many of the seats are close to the action and give fans a surprisingly sharp view.
The largest soccer stadium in North America, Estadio Azteca seats 114,465 fans and is located in the heart of Mexico City. It is the only stadium that has been used to host two World Cup championships, which it did in 1970 and 1986. It is the home of the Mexican national team and it is used regularly for key international matches. The stadium, built prior to the 1968 Olympics, was also used to host an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.
This stadium is used to host college football games by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It has a seating capacity of 109,901 fans (with additional room for standees). Known as “The Big House,” it was built in 1925 with a capacity of 72,000 and it has undergone several expansions throughout the years. The Michigan Wolverines have received steady support for decades. Michigan Stadium has not had a crowd of less than 100,000 since the 1975 season.
Beaver Stadium is the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions in University Park, Pennsylvania and it has a capacity of 107,282. Like Michigan Stadium, it has undergone several expansions. It was built in 1960 with a capacity of 46,284.
Jornalista Mario Filho
This is the stadium that is often called “Estadio de Maracana” and is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium was used to host the 1950 World Cup and it has a capacity of 103,045. Maracana is owned by the government and it is regularly used to host international soccer matches and it is also used by the top professional teams in Brazil.