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List of the World's Largest Sports Stadiums (by capacity)

Huge sporting stadiums may be a thing of the past, with stadium design now focusing on spectator experiences and comfort, and the move to TV and online viewing. However, nothing beats being part of a sell-out crowd of fans watching their teams battle it out on the field, and there will always be a place for watching live sporting events.

We have listed only 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. Also worthy of note is Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czechia, a stadium which is no longer used for competitive sports events (just large concerts!). It has a capacity of 220,000 (56,000 seated).

This list of largest stadium capacity is very different from the list of largest stadium attendance for sporting events. Most of the high attendance figures are from the past when there was a large component of standing room.

The Top-10 Largest Sports Stadiums

These listed capacities were from figures published in August 2022 and are subject to change.

Stadium location capacity
1 Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India 132,000
2 Rungrado May Day Stadium Pyongyang, North Korea 114,000
3 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 107,601
4 Beaver Stadium State College, Pennsylvania, USA 106,572
5 Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio, USA 102,780
6 Kyle Field College Station, Texas, USA 102,733
7 Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, LA, USA 102,321
8 Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee, USA 101,915
9 Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Austin, Texas, USA 100,119
10 Bryant–Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA 100,077

Source: the original data was taken from List_of_stadiums_by_capacity though it is added to and updated as new information is found.


Rungrado 1st of May Stadium located in Pyongyang, North Korea, View of Rungrado 1st of May Stadium located in Pyongyang, North Korea, the world's 2nd largest stadium

Notes on Capacity

Stadium capacity is listed as actual seats where a spectator can buy a ticket for a sporting event. This does not include press box seats, standing room, and added chair capacity. Some stadiums are able to modify the seat arrangements depending on the event. One such stadium is the Cowboys (AT&T) Stadium in Arlington Texas, which is listed as having a seating capacity of 80,000, but apparently it is expandable to 105,000 with standing room.

Sometimes the attendance at the stadiums can be greater than the listed capacity. For example: The highest attendance at the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was recorded at 102,315 at Texas' season opener against Notre Dame in 2016, despite the listed capacity of 100,119. See largest sporting crowds.

Other large sporting venues (but not stadiums)

The list of largest stadiums is for classic enclosed stadiums and does not include horse and car racing venues. A large sporting venue that is in use (but is not a stadium) is Circuit de la Sarthe, the site of the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race in France. It has a capacity of 263,500. Other large race tracks are also not included, such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which has a capacity of 257,325. Another large venue is the Tokyo Racecourse with a capacity of 223,000 (with seating for 13,750).

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