25 Biggest Soccer Stadiums In The World
Let's have a look at 25 biggest soccer stadiums in the world (by capacity) and the memorable fixtures related to them. The following slideshow contains a list of soccer stadiums, arranged by the seating capacity.
25. Maracanã Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Opened: June 16, 1950
Home Team(s): Brazil National Football Team, CR Flamengo, Fluminense FC, Botafogo FR, CR Vasco da Gama
Events Hosted: 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups
Record Attendance: 199,854 (Brazil vs Uruguay, 16 July 1950)
Memorable Fixture(s): Germany 1-0 Argentina (2014 FIFA WC Final)
Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (1950 FIFA WC Final)
Maracanã stadium, formerly Estádio do Maracanã is the largest stadium in Brazil. Tournaments such as the 1989 Copa America, 2013 Confederations Cup, and the 2014 World Cup have been held here. The Maracanã also witnessed the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
24. Beijing National Stadium - Beijing, China
Opened: June 28, 2009
Events Hosted: 2008 Summer Olympics
Record Attendance: 89,102 (Nigeria vs Argentina, 23 August 2008)
Memorable Fixture(s): Argentina 1-0 Nigeria (2008 Olympic Final)
Beijing National Stadium, or the 'Bird's Nest' has some interesting facts,
1) The Bird's Nest can withstand an earthquake of up to magnitude 8 on the Richter Scale.
2) At the peak of construction, there were over 9,000 workers on the project.
3) The project budget began at USD 500 million before it was drastically reduced to just under USD 300 million.
The 2008 Olympic Final match between Argentina and Nigeria is the memorable football match ever, played at the Bird's Nest. In that match, Angel Di MarÃa flapped his celestial wings and delivered a fatal blow to finalists Nigeria, and Argentina achieved revenge over Nigeria for their 1996 defeat as Argentina won 1-0.
23. AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas, US
Opened: May 27, 2009
Home Team(s): Dallas Cowboys
Events Hosted: 2009, 2011, and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups, 2026 FIFA World Cup
Record Attendance: 105,121 (DC vs NY Giants, 21 September 2009)
AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, is a stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas, United States. The ground of AT&T stadium is the home ground of the Dallas Cowboys.
22. Guangdong Olympic Stadium - Guangzhou, China
Opened: September 22, 2001
Home Team(s): Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC
Memorable Fixture(s): Guangzhou Pharmaceutical 0-3 Manchester United (2007 Asian Tour Friendly)
The Guangdong Olympic Centre Stadium or Aoti Main Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Guangzhou, China. With the seating capacity of 80,012, it is the largest stadium in China by seating capacity.
On 27 July 2007, Manchester United defeated Guangzhou Pharmaceutical FC 3-0 in the last match of their four-game Asian tour.
21. San Siro - Milan, Italy
Opened: September 19, 1926
Home Team(s): AC Milan, Inter Milan
Events Hosted: 1934 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro 1980, 2001 and 2016 UEFA Champions League Finals
Memorable Fixture(s): AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal (2012 UEFA Champions League)
Inter Milan 0-6 AC Milan (2001 UEFA Champions League)
San Siro or the Giuseppe Meazza is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy. The stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Europe and also the largest in Italy.
The most memorable match played at the stadium was between arch-rivals Inter and AC Milan, in the 2001 UEFA Champions League. Nothing can be sweeter than just thrashing bitter rivals, on a purely emotional level, to an embarrassing degree. The match technically was the only one away match on this list, AC Milan delivered the sort of beating that perhaps is seen once every couple of decades, pounding Inter 6-0.