World’s Largest Stadiums



Ever wondered what is the world’s biggest soccer stadium or why the Soweto derby between Orlando pirates and the mighty Kaizer Chiefs is played at the FNB Stadium for most parts of the season? Oh well the answer is rhetoric enough for everyone to understand, built in 1986 with construction completed three (3) years later; FNB Stadium is the biggest stadium in South Africa with a staggering capacity of 95 000. The gigantic stadium is also in the Top 10 of the best stadiums worldwide; this was after the stadium was renovated and expanded back in 2009 ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on home soil. This month we have decided to have a look at the world’s biggest soccer stadium, it is because of the quality of the fields and of course the most important stakeholders – the fans – that we get to enjoy the beautiful game. Today we take a quick look at some of the world’s stadiums and their capacity sizes.

Shadrack Ngako

16 JUNE 2020

Other best stadiums in the world includes Anfield in the United Kingdom (UK), the home of the Premier League side Liverpool FC; with a capacity of 54 074. According to The Stadium Guide the stadium located in  Merseyside, England is ranked number 38 in terms of capacity in Europe. This is the home of England’s most successful team with 18 Championship trophies, 6 European Cups and other trophies furthermore it is one of the world’s most successful soccer team

Camp Nou stadium in Spain, the home stadium of Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona, has a capacity of 99 354, it is not only Spain’s largest stadium but also Europe’s biggest stadium. The stadium located in Barcelona, Spain boosts a rich history both on and off the field; having been represented by a host of legends. The club’s motto Més que un club which is Catalan and means More than a club in English. It was renovated in 1995 and 2008, this was to accommodate facilities such as shops, a museum and surprisingly a chapel. The stadium hosted a 2015 Rugby match and like many other stadiums worldwide, can be booked to be used to host concerts.

Mention the words Theatre of dreams to any loyal Premier League fanatic and they will not hesitate to mention Old Trafford in England, the home stadium of Manchester United. It was opened in 1910 and it is England’s largest stadium with a capacity of 75 811. It was one of the most feared venues back then when Manchester United was under the leardership of Sir Alex Ferguson, there’s even a stand named after him at the stadium.

Manchester United is undoubtedly one of Europe’s UEFA Championship royalty having hosted the club football’s most precious finals for the first time on the 28th of May 2003.

The Allianz Arena, is the second in biggest stadium Germany, it is the home of Germany’s most valuable and richest soccer team FC Bayern Munich. An architectural masterpiece, built to perfection definitely a unique landmark in the capital and most popular city of Bavaria, Munich. Broke ground in October 2002, to date the stadium has a staggering capacity of 75 000. It is also the home of Germany’s national soccer team.

As much as there are bigger stadiums out there, it also raises eyebrows on who the smallest stadiums belong to; Bidvest stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa is the smallest stadium in our country with a capacity of just 5 000 that is active and hosts the home games of Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League. The stadium creates an illusion that it has a small pitch with the advertising boards and barriers very close to the pitch, but in fact the pitch size is 7 140 m2 (105 x 68m) which is within FIFA’s pitch dimension regulations with the minimum allowable size being 4 050m2 (90x45m). This clearly means the stadium size does not contribute at all to the pitch size. Due to the size of the stadium also the position and location of the grand stand it is not rocket science that opponents enter the venue already lost the psychological battle and prepare differently.

It is without a doubt that our selection does not necessarily show the world’s best stadiums, it was just by sheer luck and of course favoritism when we selected the stadiums in this article. Below is a list of South African biggest stadiums with their capacity: