The Top 15 World’s Biggest Stadiums 2022

The top 15 biggest stadiums in the world.


The biggest stadiums in the world are impressive huge stadiums. Originally, most of these amazing stadiums were more humble than how they are presently. Most have been built close to 100 years ago or above. 


However, over the years, they undergo renovations, that bring these stadiums to their current seating capacity. In fact, these stadiums can accommodate more than their official seating capacity.


These are the top 15 world's biggest stadiums in 2022, they are, 

  1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
  2. Narendra Modi Stadium
  3. Michigan Stadium
  4. Beaver Stadium
  5. Ohio Stadium
  6. Kyle Field
  7. Neyland Stadium
  8. Tiger Stadium
  9. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
  10. Bryant–Denny Stadium
  11. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  12. Camp Nou
  13. First National Bank Stadium (FNB Stadium)

And two more huge stadiums. Check out their pictures, official seat capacity, locations, date opened, and lots more. Please read on...




1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium      

The biggest stadium in the world is Rungrado 1st of May Stadium.
Image credit: Nico

Seat capacity: 114,000

Sport: Multi-purpose

Area covered: 200,000 sqm (20.7 hectares, 51 acres)

Overall Height: 60 meters

Cost: USD $210 million:

Location: Pyongyang, North Korea

Year opened: 1989

Renovation: 2014


The stadium looks like a parachute and it symbolizes a magnolia flower. The highest attendant recorded was in 1995, in which the stadium occupy 190,000 people. The stadium was actually set to occupy 150,000. 


Rungrado 1st of May Stadium interior showing it is the biggest stadium in the world.


Even at the capacity mentioned above, it is still the largest stadium in the world in 2022. It was built in response to the disagreement over Seoul’s Olympic Stadium between North and South Korea. 


The construction of the building takes about 2.5 years. It has other facilities such as indoor halls, swimming pools, and running tracks. Although it is big, it has not been used for large football as well as some athletic events




2. Narendra Modi Stadium     

Among the biggest stadiums in the world is Narendra Modi Stadium.
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Seat capacity: 110,000

Sports activities: Cricket

Area covered: 63 acres

Overall Height: 9 meters 

Location: Ahmedabad, India

Year opened: 1983

Renovation: 2020 

Cost: US$110 million


It is the second among the largest stadiums in the world in 2022 with its seating capacity according to Populous firm that designed the stadium and Guinness World Record. 




It was formerly known as Motera Cricket Stadium. Its former structure was demolished and redesigned between the years 2017 and 2020. Its design is like a large bowl with two big seating tiers. 


Each of the tiered spaces is capable of accommodating 50,000 people. Even though it is basically built for cricket, other sports activities can be carried out in it, such as lawn tennis, basketball, hockey, and football.




3. Michigan Stadium       

One out of the biggest stadiums in the world is Michigan Stadium.
Image credit: Lectrician2

Seat capacity: 107,601

Sports activities: Football

Area covered: 16 acres

Overall Height: 82 feet

Cost: $950,000 (in 1926), $226 million (2010)

Location: University of Michigan, South State Street, United States

Date opened: October 1, 1928

Renovation: 2010


It is also referred to as the Big house due to its huge size have been built in the 1980s. Even though from the outside, it seems small until you get inside, then you see that it is huge. 


Since the time it was built in 1927, this stadium has always been listed among the top largest stadiums in the world. At the start, when it was inaugurated, the stadium can only accommodate 84,400. 


In 2013, there was a record of 115,109 people in attendance. Although it was nicely designed, one crane got sink inside the quicksand, under the field, this is because there is an underground running spring under the stadium. 


In the United States, it is the largest college football stadium. The first game played in the stadium, that is the day it was opened, the game was between Ohio Wesleyan and Michigan. In the game, Michigan defeated Ohio Wesleyan 33-0.




4. Beaver Stadium             

One of the biggest stadiums in the world is Beaver Stadium.
Image credit:  StateLionPro

Seat capacity: 106,572

Sport: Football

Surface: Natural grass

Cost: $93 million (for the expansion in 2001)

Location: Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, United States

Date opened: September 17, 1960

Renovation: 2001, 2008 & 2014


When it was opened, the stadium can only accommodate 46,284. The stadium has been expanded and renovated up to six times from the time it was built. 




The seating capacity increased from 93,967 in 1991 to  107,282 in 2001. Because of people with disabilities, it was reduced to the capacity mentioned above in 2011. 


On September 29, 2018, it was the highest number of people recorded,  there was a game between Ohio State and Penn State in which people in attendance was 110,889.




5. Ohio Stadium               

Ohio Stadium is among the biggest stadiums in the world.
Image credit:  Lectrician2

Seat capacity: 102,780

Sport: American Football 

Area covered: 14.5 acres

Surface: Fieldturf

Cost: $1.34 million (in 1921)

Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Date opened: October 7, 1922

Renovation: 2014


The stadium has the shape of a horseshoe, and for this, it is known as "the Horseshoe", "the Shoe", as well as "the House That Harley Built". 


In 1999, it can only occupy 91,470 spectators, but the capacity continues to increase over the years and now it has the capacity mentioned above in 2019. The stadium is owned by Ohio State University. 


It has the highest record on November 26, 2016, with spectators of 110,045 in attendance that watch Ohio vs. Michigan. This stadium is one of the largest stadiums as well as it is the largest poured concrete building in the world.




6. Kyle Field                     

Kyle Field is on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
Image credit: Janreagan at English Wikipedia

Seat capacity: 102,733

Sport: American football 

Surface: Latitude 36 Bermudagrass 

Cost: $650 (in 1927), $365,000 (1929), $425 million (2015)

Location: Houston Street, College Station, Texas, United States

Date opened: September 24, 1927

Renovation: 2015


The stadium is named after the man that built it, Edwin Jackson Kyle. He was given the land where the stadium is today for agricultural purposes since he graduated from the horticulture department in 1899. 


Instead, he fenced the land and use it for an athletics field for the students. The original capacity was for 500 people at the time he built it, then the first concrete building in the stadium was built in 1929 for 32,890 spectators. 


And the seating capacity continues to increase to the latest capacity in 2015. It has its highest record attendance in 2014, there were 110,633 people in the stadium that watch the Ole Miss Rebels vs Texas A&M. 




7. Neyland Stadium               

Neyland Stadium is part of the top biggest stadiums in the world.
Image credit:  Neomrbungle

Seat capacity: 102,455

Sport: Football & multi-purpose

Surface: Grass

Cost: 136.4 million (2010)

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Date opened: September 24, 1921

Renovation: 2004 to 2010


The stadium location is fascinating, as it is located south of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, on the bank of the Tennessee River. The stadium was formerly known as Shields–Watkins Field but was renamed its present name in 1962.


 The stadium was named in honor of a legendary coach, Robert Reese Neyland (1892-1962). From the year it was built, till today, the stadium has undergone 16 expansions. 


On September 18, 2004, the stadium recorded its highest attendance which was 109,061 people watching Florida vs Tennessee.




8. Tiger Stadium                  

Tiger Stadium is the 8th on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
Image credit: AuburnPilot

Seat capacity: 102,321

Sport: Football

Area covered: 3 hectares

Surface: Grass

Cost: $300,000 (1912), $60 Million (expansions)

Location: Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, United States

Date opened: November 25, 1924

Renovation: 2009


It was formerly known as Briggs Stadium and Navin Field. It is also referred to as  "The Corner", because of its location which is the intersection of Trumbull Avenues and Michigan. 


It is also regarded as the State of Michigan Historic Site. It is one of the top largest stadiums. The first structure of the stadium was able to accommodate 24,000 spectators. 


In order to enhance the design of the stadium and expanded, it was closed in June 2001. Then the former building was demolished in 2008 and it was completed in 2009.




9. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium  

On the list of the biggest stadiums in the world is Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Image credit: Brint03

Seat capacity: 100,119

Sport: Football, Track, and field

Overall Height: 67.97 meters

Cost: $125,000 (In 1926), $200 Million (on expansions)

Surface: FieldTurf

Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Date opened: November 27, 1924

Renovation: 2021


It is also referred to as DKR, War Memorial Stadium, or simply Texas Memorial Stadium. The stadium was dedicated to a legendary football coach, Darrell Royal (1924-2012), and War Veterans. 


It is the 9th largest stadium in the world and 8th among the biggest in the US. It is located near downtown Austin. The stadium belongs to the University of Texas System. When it was built, it has a horseshoe shape that accommodate only 13,500 people then. 


The current seating capacity was realized in 2009 and the most recent renovation was done the last year 2021. The stadium has a scoreboard that is 7,370 sq. feet (685 sq. meters) in area. It is the world's largest HD video screen. 




10. Bryant–Denny Stadium         

One of the biggest stadiums in the world is Bryant–Denny Stadium as number 10.
Image credit: Latics

Seat capacity: 100,077

Sport: Football

Area covered:-

Surface: Grass

Cost: $196,000 (1929), $107 million (2019 renovation) 

Location: Paul W Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

Date opened: September 28, 1929

Renovation: 2019


The enormous stadium is situated within the campus of the University of Alabama. It was named after George H. Denny, the president of the University at that time. 


The highest number of attendance was on October 16, 2010, with a spectator of 101,821 attendance. Since the date it was opened which is more than 93 years ago, it has been expanded multiple times. 


The original structure of the building was just the lower tier of the eastern stand. It is certainly, one of the largest stadiums in the world today. 




11. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)    

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the 11th on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
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Seat capacity: 100,024

Sport: Football, Cricket, and other events 

Cost: $465 million (2006),  $55 million (2012)

Surface: Grass

Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Year opened: 1853

Renovation: 2006 (major), 2012


We have left the US and we are now in Australia. It is the biggest sports stadium in Australia and of course one of the top largest stadiums in the world. 




This huge stadium is rich in history as it was opened 169 years ago, that is a very long time ago and since then, it has undergone many renovations. The stadium is recognized for its role in international cricket development. 


In 1877 and 1971, the MCG hosted the inaugural Test and One Day International cricket matches between Australia and England. The highest record of attendance of 121,696 of the stadium experience was in 1970, which was the VFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Carlton. 




12. Camp Nou                  

Camp Nou is beautiful at night and one of the biggest stadiums in the world.
Image credit: Mark Freeman

Seat capacity: 99,354

Sport: Football

Area covered: 55,000 sqm

Overall Height: 48 meters

Surface: GrassMaster hybrid grass

Cost: $310 million

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Date opened: 24 September 1957

Renovation: 2018


The stadium was designed and constructed by architects Josep Soteras Mauri and Francesc Mitjans Miró. The construction of the stadium is mainly Iron and concrete. 


It is the biggest stadium in Europe and undeniably, on the list of the largest stadiums in the world as well. By July 2022, the stadium will be renamed Spotify Camp Nou. Another renovation of the stadium may start by June 2022. 


Although, due to various adjustments, the total capacity has fluctuated over time. When it was opened, it could only accommodate roughly 92,053 people, then it was increased in 1982 to around 120 seating capacity and then in the 1990s reduced back to nearly 99,000. 




13. First National Bank Stadium (FNB Stadium)   

The 13th stadium on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world is First National Bank Stadium (FNB Stadium).
Image credit: EUROLUFTSBILD.DE /Reuters Via Fandom.com


Seat capacity: 94,736

Sport: Football

Area covered: 24 hectares

Surface: Grass

Cost: $440 million

Location: Stadium Avenue, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa

Year opened: 1989

Renovation: 2009


It is also referred to as the Calabash due to its design, if you look at its aerial view or from the inside, it looks like a calabash ( a traditional African pot or bowl). 


The exterior cladding is a fire and clay color mix, with a ring of lights flowing around the bottom of the building, mimicking fire beneath the pot. 


It is also known as the Soccer City, which is among the biggest stadiums in the world and the largest in Africa. It is one of the landmarks in South Africa. The stadium is well designed and no matter where you are in the stadium, you are going to have unobstructed views.




14. Sanford Stadium           

Sanford Stadium is among the biggest stadiums in the world and the number 14.
Image credit:  Ugadawgs12

Seat capacity: 92,746

Sport: Football

Area covered: -

Surface: Tifton 419 Bermuda Grass (Natural grass)

Cost: $34 Million (expansions)

Location: Sanford Dr and Field St, Athens, Georgia, United States

Date opened: October 12, 1929

Renovation: 2018


Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium is the stadium's full name. It was named after,  Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford. He was the athletics committee faculty representative and he later became the University System of Georgia Chancellor. 


It is one of the electrifying arenas for college football and certainly one of the largest stadiums in the world. The major renovation in 2018 includes the establishment of a team locker room, a plaza for supporters, and an area to host prospective student-athletes. 


Since the time it was built, the stadium has experienced different expansions, however, that 2003 expansion bring the stadium to the seating capacity it has today. 




15. Cotton Bowl Stadium           

Cotton Bowl Stadium is the 15th on the list of the biggest stadiums in the world.
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Seat capacity: 92,100

Sport: Football, large music concerts & similar activities

Surface: Natural grass

Cost: $328,200 (in 1930, about $5.5 million today), $50 million (2008 renovation)

Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Year opened: 1930

Renovation: 2008


The stadium has an amazing look at night. It was previously known as Fair Park Stadium in the 1930s which was a wooden stadium then. 


It was named the Cotton Bowl Classic, which is a yearly college football post-season bowl game that was launched in 1936 officially. 


It is one of the iconic stadiums in the US and certainly the 15th out of the largest stadiums in the world. Nonetheless, the game which the stadium was named after, bowl games are no longer played at the stadium.




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  1. Nice post. I always enjoy reading your posts

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  2. Thanks for the clarification on the first and second biggest stadiums.

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