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World’s biggest sports stadiums 2

The 30 biggest sports stadiums in the world, ranked by crowd capacity Part 2

By Alan Dawson

The world is home to some truly gigantic sports venues, covering much-loved sports like football, soccer, and rugby.

To work out which non-racing stadium is king, we have collected official crowd capacity data from the venues to produce a power ranking based on their size as of March 2018.

When it comes to game day, it is fair to say these stadiums can become as heavily-populated as small cities.

20: Bukit Jalil National Stadium — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Getty Images

Capacity: 87,411.

Home team: Malaysia national football team (soccer).

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is the largest in Southeast Asia and has hosted multi-sport events like the Southeast Asian Games.

19: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Auburn, Alabama, United States Getty Images


Home team: Auburn Tigers (college football).

The stadium is named after two influential Auburn University sports figures — Ralph “Shug” Jordan, who has the most wins as head coach, and Cliff Hare, a former Auburn Tigers player.

18: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — Gainesville, Florida, United States Getty Images


Home team: Florida Gators (college football).

Nicknamed “The Swamp” as it is home to the Gators, the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium gives its college team a peculiar advantage. The stadium is built in a shallow sinkhole, below ground level. The stands are steep, providing fans with seats that are close to the action. These factors trap noise which provides great home support and an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams.

17: Wembley Stadium — London, England Getty Images

Capacity: 90,000.

Home team: England national football team (soccer).

Distinctive for the its structural arch, which supports around 75% of its roof load, the modern-day Wembley Stadium is the home to the England soccer team. It also hosts other major events like boxing world title fights, NFL games in London, and music concerts for artists like Foo Fighters, Oasis, and Take That.

16: Rose Bowl — Pasadena, California, United States Getty Images


Home team: UCLA Bruins (college football).

The Rose Bowl is not just a college football stadium. It has hosted the 1984 Olympic gold medal match in soccer, the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and five Super Bowl games.

15: Cotton Bowl Stadium — Dallas, Texas, United States Getty Images


Tenant: Dallas Independent School District.

MLS club FC Dallas and NFL team Dallas Cowboys have played their home games at Cotton Bowl in the past, but the stadium now hosts matches like the Red River Showdown, the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the State Fair Classic.

14: Sanford Stadium — Athens, Georgia, United States Getty Images


Home team: Georgia Bulldogs (college football).

The field at Sanford Stadium is surrounded by privet hedges which are said to help with crowd control. Games in Athens therefore take place “between the hedges.”

13: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — Los Angeles, California, United States Getty Images


Home team: USC Trojans (college football).

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is steeped in sporting history. It hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 and will also be a host venue for the 2028 Summer Olympics. MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers and NFL side Los Angeles Rams have played there in the past.

12: Soccer City — Johannesburg, South Africa Getty Images


Home team: South Africa national football team and Kaizer Chiefs (soccer).

Built in 1989 and widely used as a soccer stadium, Soccer City — or FNB Stadium for sponsorship purposes — was also the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg following his release from prison in 1990. After Mandela’s death in 2013, a memorial service was held for him at the venue.

11: Camp Nou — Barcelona, Spain Getty Images


Home team: FC Barcelona (soccer).

The Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is famous for being home to FC Barcelona, one of the best soccer teams in the world, and by extension, Lionel Messi, one of the best players on the planet.

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