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List of the World's Highest Sports Stadium Attendance

What is the highest attendance at a sporting event? Millions of people attend the Tour de France each year, but is hard to quantify exactly how many people line the roads to watch. Our extensive list of large sporting crowds is mostly composed of horse racing and auto racing tracks.

Perth Stadium for a football match a crowded Perth Stadium for a football match, Western Australia

Below we have listed the largest spectator crowds for the classic enclosed stadiums, not including horse and car racing venues such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway which can be expanded to cater to up to 400,000 spectators.

When sports are played in an enclosed stadium, spectator numbers are much easier to quantify. The current largest sports stadium in the world is India's Narendra Modi Stadium with a capacity of 132,000. However, no event has been held at that stadium at capacity, the largest crowd so far is 101,566 for the 2022 cricket IPL Final.

This list of largest stadium attendance figures is very different from the list of largest stadium capacity. Most of the high attendance figures below are from the past when there was a large component of standing room, and many more people could fit in the same space. The actual spectator numbers in the table can vary from different sources, as sometimes there are no official records, entry numbers were not always accurately kept, and many spectators entered without tickets.



The Top-10 Highest Stadium Attendance

Maracana stadium in Brazil had a record attendance of 199,854 for the Brazil vs. Uruguay match in the World Cup Final on the 16th June, 1950. This is the biggest attendance at a sporting event held in an enclosed stadium. The crowd number is an unofficial number - the official crowd (people who paid for tickets) that day was 173,850. Due to its large capacity, Maracana Stadium has many more reported sporting events with large attendance figures.

Rank Highest attendance Venue  Event
1 199,854 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil vs. Uruguay World Cup Final on the 16th June, 1950. The crowd number is unofficial - the official crowd (people who paid tickets) that day was 173,850.
2 190,000 Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea The largest attended event took place at the stadium on April 28th and 29th, 1995. The pay-per-view event promoted as "Collision in Korea" was the largest event ever in the history of professional wrestling. The two days recorded an attendance of 150,000 and 190,000.
3 150,000 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia A match between Persib Bandung and PSMS Medan, the 1985 Perserikatan Final.
4 149,547 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland Football match between Scotland v England on 17th April 1937 Sources say that there were more, considering there were a lot of people in the stadium without tickets.
5 138,032 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil A football match between Corinthians and Ponte Preta, 9 October 1977.
6 135,000 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal Football game between Benfica and Porto, 4 January 1987.
7 132,834  Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Campeonato Mineiro final football match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova in 1997. The paying attendance was 74,857, with 56,618 women and children who entered for free.
8 132,247 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Boxing match between Julio César Chávez and Greg Haugen, 20 February 1993
9 131,781 Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kolkata, India 1997 Football Federation Cup Semi-Final between arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan holds the record for the largest audience for an Indian football match. The match, played on 13th July 1997.
10 129,690 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain Football match between Real Madrid and A.C. Milan, 19 April 1956.
11 128,000 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier Iran v Australia, 22 November 1997
12 126,047 Wembley Stadium (original), Wembley, London, UK 1923 FA Cup final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United.
13 121,919 Crystal Palace, London, England FA Cup Final Aston Villa versus Sunderland in 1913
14 121,696 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia VFL Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood on 26 September 1970.
16 120,480 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt 1986 African Cup of Nations final
19 120,000 Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, United States Estimated attendance at the Notre Dame v. USC Trojans November 26, 1927.
20 120,000 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain 1986 European Cup Quarter Final between Barcelona and Juventus.
21 118,567 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland Old Firm v Celtic, 2 January 1939
22 118,496 Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil Brazil v Uruguay football match, August 27, 1980

Notes:

Source: the original data was extracted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sporting_venues_with_a_highest_attendance_of_100,000_or_more in November 2023, though the list is added to and updated as new information is found.



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