People love football. Okay, granted there are differences as to which football we’re talking about depending on which country you’re in, but that’s another discussion. Point is, football is huge, and the stadiums for it, just as big.
There are few stadiums that could compete for the title of ‘ largest football stadium in the world’, obviously, but many stadiums are still massive, yet wonderfully designed and aesthetically appealing; refusing to sacrifice appeal for function and size.
Here’s a few of them.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Clocking it at a relatively small number of 67,800, the Gazprom Arena, AKA the Saint Petersburg Stadium, played host to the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup. Reportedly, it’s one of the most expensive stadiums to be constructed, with a cost of $1.1bn.
The home territory of the famous Real Madrid FC, this stadium needs no introduction. It’s hosted the Champions League final four times, as well as the final matches for several other leagues, namely, the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Signal Iduna Park
While it’s not the largest football stadium in the world, Signal Iduna Park, colloquially known as the Westfalenstadion, is, however, the largest stadium in Germany, and an iconic venue in club league football. The southern terrace, the Südtribüne, or the Yellow Wall, holds 24,454 people, making it one of the largest terraces in European football. This is a regular venue for Bundesliga and Champions League, and it also hosted the 2001 UEFA Cup Final and several matches of the 2006 World Cup.
ANZ Stadium (83,500)
Aussies love their sports, and the ANZ Stadium is proof of that. Known by many names; the Sydney Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Stadium, and the Homebush Stadium, this massive venue plays host to different sports. It’s a regular venue for rugby, cricket, and football, and has even played host to several Olympic events.
Bukit Jalil National Stadium (87,411)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This stadium opened back in 1996, and is the home of the Malaysian national football team. It’s also the biggest football stadium in the Southeast Asian region. While the Malaysian national team ranks 169th in the world, the recent renovation the stadium underwent with, it won the 2018 Stadium of the Year award.
Wembley Stadium (90,000)
The old Wembley is a legendary icon, and no stadium can replace it, but its successor has managed to do it justice. Host not only to football, it’s also versatile enough, and large enough to host Olympic events, concerts, and even NFL games.