Since ancient times, people love to watch sports games and to gather at a place where they can share their passion for supporting their favorite athletes. In the 20th century, the sport evolved in a sort of showbusiness absorbing and generating billions of dollars. For many people, following sports competitions and supporting certain teams or athletes is a substitution of religion in certain sense. From this point of view, stadiums and arenas are temples of sports. And the biggest of them is the real cathedrals. In the following list, the largest stadiums in the world are mentioned. But as there are several criteria by which they can be judged, you will find stadiums with huge capacity as well as stadiums with enormous space.
10. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
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Opened in 1854, the Melbourne Cricket Ground became famous as the main stadium of 1956 summer Olympic Games. Its capacity is 100,019 spectators which make it the biggest cricket stadium in the world and one of the world largest stadiums. There are nit many countries in which cricket can attract a crowd of 100,000, Australia is definitely one of them. Cricket is not the only sport being played there, soccer games take place there as well.
9. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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Tho home ground of the University of Alabama football team is a beautiful stadium. The stadium was opened in 1929 and was completely reconstructed in 2010. The capacity of 101,821 spectators makes it one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Its name – Bryant Denny – refers to the former University of Alabama president George H. Denny and the former Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
8. Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Ohio stadium is another football stadium in the list built in the 1920s. After its reconstruction in 2001, it has a capacity of 102,329 spectators. The Ohio stadium is located on The Ohio State University campus. To visit a game at any of world largest stadiums is a unique experience!
7. Strahov stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
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The big Strahov stadium in Prague, Czech Republic is the No. 1 among the largest stadiums in the world in term of an area. With 62,876 square meters, it is really huge. It was built in 1926 and it was reconstructed several times. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was used primarily for Sokol displays of massive synchronized gymnastics. During the communist era, it was used for the similar events in pro-regime version and after the 1989 revolution, several massive concerts including that of U2, The Rolling Stones or Guns N’ Roses took place there. Its overall capacity is 250,000 people of which 96,000 can sit.
6. Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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The Tennessee Volunteers football team are at home here. After the reconstruction in 2010, its capacity is 120,455 spectators. Except for football games, many other actions like conventions and exhibitions také place here.
5. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
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Estadio Azteca is the real pride of Mexico. It serves as a home ground for Mexican national soccer team and that of Club América. The stadium was built in 1966 and it has the capacity of 105,000 spectators.
4. Beaver Stadium, State College, Pensylvania, United States
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With a capacity of 106,572 people, the stadium on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. It was opened in 1960 and the last major renovation was done in 2001. Penn State Nittany Lions football team has a home ground here.
3. Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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The Michigan Stadium has the largest capacity (109,901 spectators) in the United States and it is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. As many other American football fields, it was built in the 1920s and renovated in 2010. Michigan Wolverines are at home here.
2. Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India
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120,000 spectators stadium is being used for athletics, soccer, and cultural events. It was opened in 1984. In 1997, the record was settled with the attendance of 131,000 people watching a soccer game of two Indian teams.
1. Rungnado May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
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As the exhibition of the North Korean power, the stadium was completed in 1989 and it has currently the capacity of 150,000 people. It is currently being used for the soccer games and athletics as well as for pro-regime festivals and parades.
As written above, visiting any of this world largest stadiums is a unique experience. There are many other famous stadiums not listed here which fit into the category of super-stadiums like Camp Nou in Barcelona, Maracana in Rio De Janeiro or Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. But during the winter season when it is not very pleasant to sit down at the stadium so why not to try Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America?