Sports facilities across the world are increasing every year with the establishment of numerous stadiums across the world for popular team sports. These include top group sports such as American football, soccer, cricket, etc. In this blog, we will talk about the top 3 largest stadiums in the world that are dedicated to the world of sports.
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Narendra Modi Stadium, India
Cricket is one of the top-followed sports in the world with a massive global fan following and leading cricket players from across the world. The world’s largest stadium is the cricket stadium named Narendra Modi Stadium which has a huge capacity of 132,000 seats, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
A little backstory about this stadium is that it was first constructed in the year 1983 – a part of the area was previously known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. It was demolished and in 2015 the construction of the world’s biggest stadium began which took 5 years to finish and cost Rs. 800 crores.
The recently renovated stadium was given the name to honor the current prime minister of India, Narendra Modi. It is operated by the Gujarat Cricket Association. The stadium hosts both domestic and international cricket matches. It is regarded as one of the world’s premier cricket stadiums.
The inauguration of the stadium began in 2020 when it opened its door to the public for the Namaste Trump event – an event hosted for the former American president, Donald Trump. Following that, in February 2021, the stadium held its first international Test match which took place between India and England.
This stadium hosts T20, One Day International, Test, and Indian Premier League cricket matches. It is home to the India Nation Cricket Team, India Women’s National Cricket Team, Gujarat Titans, and the Gujarat Cricket Team.
Rungrado 1st of May, North Korea
Only in the second place is the Rungrado 1st of May which holds a capacity of114,000 people. Located in the capital city of North Korea, Pyongyang, it is a multi-purpose sports stadium where football, athletics, and other mass games are held. It is home to the Korea DPR national football team.
The second biggest stadium in the world is built on an area of 51 acres. The stadium has a unique roof which is supported by steel structures that form 16 arches that resemble a parachute while some say it looks like a magnolia blossom.
It was opened on 1st May 1989 – hence, the name of the stadium. The first event held at the stadium was the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Initially, the stadium had a larger capacity making it the world’s largest stadium in the world at that time. It held a world attendance record of hosting 190,000 people for a wrestling game! However, the capacity was cut back after the stadium was converted into an all-seater arena in 2014.
Michigan Stadium, USA
The largest sports stadium in the US – the Michigan Stadium located in Ann Harbor, Michigan, United States. It is dedicated to the University of Michigan with a capacity of 107,601 individuals and a record attendance of 115,109 fans. Casually referred to as the Big House, it is home to American football with the home team, Michigan Wolverines football. This stadium was built in 1927 with a construction cost of $950,000 and had an original capacity of 72,000 spectators.The stadium is not just confined to American football matches; it has also hosted a couple of team sports matches including NHL and soccer games.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LARGEST STADIUMS IN THE WORLD
Q. What is the largest stadium in the United States?
Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States and the third-largest stadium in the world.
Q. Why are American stadiums so big?
American football stadiums are comparatively larger than soccer stadiums found in different regions such as in Europe and the UK.
Q. Which is the smallest stadium in the world?
Eden Park in New Zealand is one of the smallest cricket stadiums in the world.
Q. What is the most expensive stadium in the world?
SoFi Stadium is regarded as the most expensive stadium ever built at a whopping $5.5 billion.
As a sports enthusiast, I would love to attend a sports game at these three largest stadiums in the world. For the ultimate sports experience, nothing beats watching a game at a stadium filled with thousands of fans chanting and showing their love for the game and the players!